Corteza is a modern master-planned community surrounded by a 150-acre vineyard. Located east of Mayer in the high desert hills of Arizona, Corteza sits at nearly 4,000 ft in elevation. The area receives 14 inches of rain annually and the average temperature is 63 degrees. This climate is ideal for growing grapes and for year-round living. Corteza is designed to accommodate 10,000 residents on 1,200 acres in a mixture of apartments, condos, townhomes and patio homes. 25% of Corteza will be natural open space, vineyard and neighborhood parks.
The heart of the community is Corteza Plaza (pictured above) - a three-acre plaza surrounded by shops, restaurants and apartments. The plaza features a 100-foot bell tower with bells made by the foundry at Arcosanti. 200 one and two-bedroom apartments will be built on the plaza with retail and commercial at ground level. A temporary grocery store, healthcare center and police/fire station will be located at the plaza until permanent locations are constructed nearby.
The Corteza Winery, Community Center and Sculpture Park will share a 15-acre parcel. The Community Center will have meeting rooms, game rooms, a library, craft/workshop and café. There will be indoor and outdoor event facilities, a lap pool, separate family pool, toddler pool and splash playground. The outdoor sculpture park will be a six-acre natural open space park with walking trails and a 200-seat outdoor amphitheater for music events.
Corteza will have the following environmentally friendly features:
5-acre solar electric farm and rainwater reclamation center.
- Solar LED street, landscape and parks lighting
- Rainwater storage system for community landscaping and parks
Narrow streets and shared driveways to reduce total asphalt/concrete usage.
Natural open space landscaping wherever possible.
Crushed stone community walking and biking trails in lieu of asphalt or concrete.
10-15 YEAR BUILD-OUT (BELOW)
CORTEZA DESIGN INSPIRATION AND KEY ELEMENTS
NATURAL STONE - CYPRESS TREES - HIGH DESERT VEGETATION - VINEYARD - MINIMAL AESTHETIC - SIMPLE LIVING - TIMELESS