PHOENIX-A residential real estate developer has purchased land in the northern Arizona town of Flagstaff and plans to begin construction next spring on the first of 1,100 homes to be built in a master-planned community.

Tempe-based Vistoso Partners, led by longtime developer Conley Wolfswinkel, recently paid $10 million for 650 acres just southeast of Flagstaff, which lies 130 miles north of Phoenix. The development, called Pine Canyon Club, is zoned for houses, townhomes and apartments. An 18-hole championship golf course is being designed by Jay Morrish.

Pine Canyon falls within Flagstaff’s self-imposed growth boundary, which the city set to limit growth so its infrastructure could keep up. Flagstaff has become a summer weekend retreat and second-home haven for many Phoenix residents, offering cooler temperatures just two hours drive from the Valley.

When it’s built out several years from now, the master-planned community could increase by more than 40% the population of the northern Arizona town, which currently has only 50,000 residents. More than 20,000 people could live in the project’s 11,000 new homes.

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