$15M in upgrades for SaddleBrooke's clubhouse

2013-08-29T00:00:00Z $15M in upgrades for SaddleBrooke's clubhouseBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

SaddleBrooke’s Mountain View Clubhouse is getting a renovation that will make it more worthy of its name.

Chief among the $1.5 million in upgrades to the active adult community facility, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd., is well, a mountain view. Crews are installing a window wall that faces the Catalinas.

Pat Beeks, SaddleBrooke events manager, is dazzled with the work so far.

“It’s just gonna be breathtaking,” she said. “It was just time to give it a face-lift, and boy, did they.”

Bill Einecker, who is acting operations manager for the facility, is one of the residents who is pleased with the renovation also. He’s pushed for it for five years.

“For me, the most exciting thing is just the newness,” he said. “They are doing things with windows, making them open more toward the mountains and upgrading the carpet and furniture. There’s a spectacular grand entrance. It’s now very open, and I think it will be very exciting for residents to enter the building.”

Other upgrades include chandeliers, a stone fireplace and more lighting in the bar and dining areas.

Mike Burnham, president of SaddleBrooke Homeowners’ Association No. 2, said the renovations are meant to make the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse into a more accessible and modern community hub. The facility was built in 1997.

“I think it’s gonna be a fantastic renovation when it’s done,” Burnham said. It needed to be modernized. It was very dated and had been that way since it was built 16 years ago. It just needed to be remodeled.”

SaddleBrooke residents funded the remodeling by passing a $300-per-household assessment by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Residents also raised $16,000 for the renovation by buying the clubhouse’s old furniture in a rummage sale, and the HOA had also set aside budgetary funds for the project.

“They understand how it affects the value of the homes they’ve invested in,” Burnham said. “A lot of people had requested we look more into renovation.”

“I think people are happy with it,” Bunham said. “When you have 5,000 residents, there are always some different opinions on things. For the most part, everyone is looking forward to it. They are excited. As long as we stay on schedule and on budget, everything is looking good.”

Construction, which started in May, is scheduled to finish in time for a Nov. 1, grand opening.

“I think in order to keep the prestige of SaddleBrooke, which is a wonderful place to live in, we have to continue to maintain and update our facilities,” Einecker said. “It’s a benefit to not only existing residents, but future residents.”

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com

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