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New apartments offer abundance of amenities

Liv Ahwatukee scheduled to open in summer of 2014

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 4:45 am

A new apartment complex that boasts the most amenities of any in the community is currently being built at Chandler Boulevard and 51st Street.

Liv Ahwatukee is slated to open in the summer of 2014, but construction is under way for the 402-unit complex. The community will feature two resort-style pools, a fitness center, a mile-long fitness path with exercise stations, a sand volleyball court, a dog park, and a two-story clubhouse complete with a full-sized demonstration kitchen, theater, game room and business center.

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“Many other amenities will be spread throughout the community in addition to those just mentioned,” said Scott Brooks, a partner at IPA Management. “The apartments themselves will boast spacious layouts including large, ‘entertainment’ kitchens with stainless appliances, full-size washers, dryers, walk-in closets, private patios and balconies, and plank flooring.”

IPA has been around since 1985 and currently owns and manages approximately 4,000 apartments in Michigan and Arizona.

“What we pride ourselves on most at IPA is that we are a family-owned business that both owns and manages our communities directly,” Brooks said. “This means we can run the communities the way they should be run — truly focusing on the resident experience. We center all of our energy around identifying ways that we can help our residents live fuller lives... Each of our communities are built and operated with four key elements in mind — community, wellness, technology and sustainability. These elements should be visible everywhere on the property and through all of our community programming.”

IPA purchased the San Melia Apartments at 48th Street between Ray Road and Chandler Boulevard in 2009. They made substantial improvements to that community in two years, Brooks said, but decided to sell the complex in 2012 to fuel additional growth opportunities like Liv Ahwatukee.

“Ahwatukee is a highly desirable sub market of Phoenix with its affluent, educated population, strong schools, and growing job market with convenient proximity to the Chandler Price Corridor, the new Phoenix Premium Outlets, among many other employment hubs,” Brooks said. “Additionally, because Ahwatukee is mostly built out west of the (Interstate) 10, there is very little space for new communities to be added. So we are excited to bring Liv Ahwatukee to the broader Ahwatukee community because it will actually be the first new apartment community option for Ahwatukee residents in many years.”

IPA has several other Liv communities in the works. Liv Avenida in Chandler is currently open while Liv Northgate is opening in spring of 2014 and Liv Scottsdale is scheduled to open in fall of 2014. For more information on Liv Ahwatukee, visit

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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