Alan Jones, Lennar division president

Alan Jones, Lennar division president, said new homes with RV garages are in demand.

Homes in the Valley for baby boomers and beyond are taking on a new feel. 

Lennar is offering innovative choices in its communities. Lennar recently broke ground in Surprise at Heritage Encore and Buckeye’s Arroyo Seco, both of which are multigenerational NextGen home developments, complete with RV garages.

“We are unaware of anywhere else in the country where this home style is being built,” said Alan Jones, Lennar division president. 

NextGen models are, essentially, homes within a home, giving residents the balance of family privacy and togetherness under one roof. NextGen units can serve as fully functioning home offices, a state-of-the-art gym, a home for aging relatives, or even a classroom that keeps kids engaged and learning. 

“With the realities of homeschooling, working from home and having grandparents living in the family residence now, coupled with the explosion in popularity of RVs, this project was definitely accelerated due to what’s happening in the world today,” said Jones, whose company created the first NextGen home in the Phoenix market in 2012. 

Jones explained he and his team discussed how to combine the next generation of homes with an RV “home.” 

“We thought we would have something that’s really unique,” he added. “Our new home consultants are excited about it. We have one under construction as a model in Buckeye. It’s right by Verrado. It’s kind of fun and exciting for us.

“We look at it and realize it’s a combination of two really unique, new products. It took us a little bit to figure out how to make it all work without having the home be extremely large. It came out really well.”

Jones said NextGen models have been popular in the last two years. Lennar sold more NextGen homes in 2020 than in any other year since the model was conceived. Nearly 500 NextGen homes were sold this year in the Phoenix market, accounting for more than 25% of all Lennar home sales.

The RV garage homes are expected to follow suit, Jones added. Those on his sales team say they could “sell one every day.” 

“That’s quite a vote of confidence,” he added. “It’s exciting when you find something that’s innovative, and it’s coming about as a result of the pandemic, frankly. 

“That’s what expedited the whole situation.”

Initially, officials in a variety of cities questioned Lennar’s plans of having a separate living space with a full kitchen. 

“When we first started, the cities were resistant to it,” Jones said. “It was new and different. Now the cities look at it and say, ‘Oh, my gosh. We love this. You’re building homes for the way people are living.”

Jones is equally as excited about the Surprise active adult community that has RV garages as well. 

“The people who live in Sun City, Sun City West or Sun City Grand are going to be interested in them,” Jones said. “We’re seeing a lot of people in Sun City Grand and Sun City West coming over and going, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m going to buy this and help my son or daughter so that I can live in the NextGen suite and they can live in the home.”