Infill projects are few along McKellips Road in Mesa, but a Scottsdale developer found a prime slice of land along a canal to be the perfect spot for The Alan Luxury Townhomes.
Taylor Shultz with Porter Kyle Multifamily Developers and Builders eyed the property, which was formerly an orange grove, with his partner Mike Stephan, who grew up in the area, and Matt Long.
The Alan—located on the north side of McKellips Road, east of Gilbert Road, and west of Lindsay Road—is three two-story buildings with private yards attached to each unit. Shultz and his partners went “to great lengths” to maximize the views and space afforded by the canal. They worked with SRP to permit direct access for The Alan’s residents so they could jog along the path.
“My partner actually knew the gentleman whom we bought the land from,” Shultz said. “It used to be an old orchard and we rezoned it with the city of Mesa.”
The units have two-car direct-access garages, and inside have 10-foot ceilings throughout. They boast stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, full-size, front-loading washers and dryers and a bathroom downstairs.
The private balconies off the master bedrooms have artificial grass to give it a homey feeling. The master bedrooms also have a picture window for plenty of natural light.
“It’s not your traditional apartment building,” said Shultz, whose company transitioned into a multifamily developer about two years ago. “We’re in the process of building two more communities right now, and we’re acquiring dirt right now to build more communities.”
The pet-friendly The Alan, which starts at $1,500 monthly, is near Hale Elementary, Stapley Junior High and Mountain View High schools. The gated community has a picnic area and a dog park onsite as well.
“There are a lot of tenants who moved in here just so their kids could stay in the school district or they sold their house and they wanted to stay in the neighborhood,” Shultz said.