by Amie Rodgers
Centrally located yet with an air of wooded seclusion, Woodfield is an RV Park featuring park model summer homes. As you stroll the streets, there is a sense of community with just a touch of summer camp for grownups whimsy. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Woodfield’s co-owner Chris Hudson to learn more about this charming little corner of the mountain.
According to Chris, the story begins about fifteen years ago when his business partner began dreaming of building an RV park with a real sense of community. In 2015, the partners purchased roughly 15 acres of tall pines located near Vacation Village in Show Low. The master plan is designed to accommodate 174 spaces.
“We started Phase I with around 40 sites which opened in late 2016. Based on demand, we quickly began building Phase II in the winter of 2017. We opened that in May of this year and now we have begun taking home orders for Phase III,” says Chris with a proud smile.
Woodfield’s spacious RV lots with all the benefits of modern infrastructure (underground city utilities, paved streets with improved curbs, and high speed Wi-Fi) became so popular that many RV guests have opted to make Woodfield their permanent summer home. “Our philosophy is summer homes made simple. One simple annual fee, conveniently includes your utility costs of water, sewer, trash service and Wi-Fi internet and eliminates the need to have to pay real estate taxes. So, our residents get the benefits of community management and maintenance without paying an extra HOA fee,” notes Chris, “Currently, we have 75 sites developed with about 20 new homes that have been purchased. Buyers start by choosing one of our three floor plans as well as interior finishes. The models we sell are built in factory right here in Arizona as one bedroom, one bath homes with a covered porch and are transported to Woodfield where rooms and other additions can be built on site. Additional options include living room additions and storage sheds as well as our very popular wrap around covered porch options. Interiors boast tall 9-1/2’ ceilings and cabin like finishes such as knotty alder cabinets. They are built much like any other home with 2 x 4 exterior construction plus maintenance free cement siding, Trex-type decking and a metal roof. We have assembled a team of licensed contractors and we coordinate the entire process. Our homes also come with a factory warranty. Unlike some of the older summer homes on the market, these homes are well insulated, well-built and don’t come with unexpected and costly home repairs. We take care of the entire build process and allow the buyer to enjoy the fun part of picking their lot, colors, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and flooring and avoid the headaches of new construction in a new town. Due to popular demand, we are introducing a new 2-bedroom, 2-bath model that will be around 600 square feet.”
Given the quality of construction of these homes, one might expect the price tag to be considerable, but affordability has been a high priority to Woodfield’s ownership. “We’ve seen that there was a need for a well appointed community like this, but at an affordable price point. We just don’t think it makes a lot of sense for somebody to spend $300,000 to build a new home when you’re only going to use it in the summer,” says Chris, “At Woodfield you can have a brand new cabin in the pines for well under $100,000 that feels secluded even though you’re in the middle of town. We are very centrally located only a mile from the hospital and some of the best dining and shopping in the area. Many of our residents refer to Woodfield as a hidden gem.”
Interestingly enough despite all these other great selling points, Chris says that it is the community atmosphere of Woodfield that really sells its homes. “It is incredible to take a walk in the early evening and see various groups of folks gathering for supper or visiting together on their front porches. Everyone is so friendly and there is a real sense of community here. As a 55+ community, many of our residents share common interests such as golf, riding ATVs, playing guitar, etc. It is really neat to see the cohesiveness of the community and its residents. We also have a community garden with raised garden beds where residents can grow their produce right here on site,” smiles Chris genuinely, “We are on track to complete construction on The Pavilion by July 4, which will serve as a community center for our residents. It has a very rustic indoor/outdoor feel to its design. We wanted the Woodfield residents to be able to enjoy the cool outdoors, tall pines and natural vegetation that we have worked hard to preserve here, but also be able to close its large barn doors to enclose the space in the event of weather,” says Chris.
If you are looking for an affordable summer home ownership option in a community you can love almost as much as summer in the mountains itself, be sure to visit www.woodfieldrv.com for more information and to view 3D interactive tours of their current home models. You can call (928) 242-9326 and stop by for a personal tour.