William Lyon Homes broke ground on their Rancho Mercado development in northwest Surprise, AZ on April 4. However, it’s going to be a long time before you get a chance to tour a model home, let alone live there.

Your West Valley covered the groundbreaking and noted the many hoops left to jump through before Rancho Mercado becomes a reality. First things first, you need a way to get to the site east of 163rd Avenue near Happy Valley and Jomax roads. Right now, that’s almost impossible. The road that leads to the development had to be built just for that reason.

WLH is going to have to lead that charge in order to make the development work. They’re working with the city to create east-west road options north of Grand Avenue, which will help not only Rancho Mercado but multiple other developments planned for the region.

Model homes aren’t expected to open their doors in Rancho Mercado for another two years but once it kicks off, it’s going to be a while before development stops. Phase I is expected to include over 1,900 homes while the full community will eventually include around 2,800 homes, a fire station, two schools, three regional parks, and trails. Altogether, the community will be home to around 12,000 residents.

WLH is also taking steps to make sure native trees on the site are saved and replanted within the development.