Zanjero Trails in Surprise

Keridwen CorneliusSeptember 6, 2022
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This guide to the Valley’s best neighborhoods for a variety of personalities can help you navigate today’s crucible of a real estate market and find your ideal home.

Surprise’s Zanjero Trails

For compound living and multigenerational clans.
These days, many families are making a lifestyle change that sounds like The Brady Bunch meets The Golden Girls. Grandparents, parents and their kids are moving in together. An estimated one in four Americans now lives in a multigenerational household, according to Generations United, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit.

You can chalk it up to the pandemic, when families were driven bananas by isolation, remote work, homeschooling and lack of child care. But Alan Jones, Arizona division president of Lennar homebuilders, anticipated this trend in 2012 when he pioneered Next Gen Homes. These semi-divided dwellings have a one- or two-bedroom suite with its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, washer-dryer, side yard and – often – garage. The chic, airy suites can serve as a classroom for homeschooling, an office, a gym or a home for gran and gramps. “This provides for great interaction between grandparents and grandchildren, and it also provides an opportunity for people to take care of their aging parents,” Jones says.

Next Gen homes are available in Lennar neighborhoods Valleywide, but one of the most popular is Zanjero Trails, near the 303 freeway in Surprise. The area offers numerous places to recreate en famille: You can hike the 30,000-acre White Tank Mountain Regional Park, watch baseball at Surprise Stadium and feed the giraffes at Wildlife World Zoo.

Kim O’Connell with her daughter and grandson in front of their multigenerational Zanjero Trails home; Photo by Eric Cox
Kim O’Connell with her daughter and grandson in front of their multigenerational Zanjero Trails home; Photo by Eric Cox

’Hood Price Range

Starting at $492,990- $554,990 for a four-bedroom, three-bath Next Gen home.

spring training at Surprise Stadium; Photo courtesy Surprise Stadium
spring training at Surprise Stadium; Photo courtesy Surprise Stadium
home office in a house at Zanjero Trails; Photo courtesy Lennar
home office in a house at Zanjero Trails; Photo courtesy Lennar
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