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Spring Training: A Beloved Arizona Tradition

Dust off your ball cap and head to the stadium, because spring training is officially here!

Every spring, a unique migration occurs under the sunny skies of Arizona. This special time of year, from late February through March, baseball fans fill the stands of the 10 stadiums in the Greater Phoenix area, as the city morphs into a spring training mecca for baseball teams. For locals and tourists alike, this ultimate up-close experience is a can’t-miss opportunity for enthusiasts of America’s beloved pastime. With a game every day and locations throughout the valley, gather the family for an outing full of Cracker Jack® and cracking bats and enjoy the delights of spring training.

Hats Off to Arizona’s Treasure: The Cactus League

Since its inception in 1947, the Cactus League has grown into the United States’ premier hotspot for baseball teams to kick off their season with spring training. Starting with just two teams seventy years ago, the league has now swelled to fifteen teams who recognize the benefits of training in Arizona’s unbeatable warm air under blue skies.

For generations, the Cactus League has invited baseball fans through the turnstiles to meet players and watch teams prep for a rigorous regular season. This entertaining annual event, a cornerstone of Arizona tradition, promises to please!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Cactus League’s location in the Phoenix metro area offers baseball fans convenience, whether they are traveling cross-country or across town. For those heading to the Grand Canyon State, Major League Baseball® has travel packages available. Once in town, there is a wide range of hotel accommodations and eating establishments from which to choose. If you’re fortunate enough to reside nearby, enjoy short drive times between stadiums to catch your favorite teams and players in action – it’s another great part about living the “desert lifestyle” in Sienna Hills.

No matter where you are in the area, there’s a stadium not far away. For residents of Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Goodyear Ballpark is a short 15-minute jaunt, and Camelback Ranch is within a half-hour drive. Check out a map here and head out on an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

Below is a list of conveniently located ballparks to take in a game or practice.

  • Camelback Ranch (Glendale)
  • Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear)
  • Sloan Park (Mesa)
  • Maryville Stadium (Maryville)
  • Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria)
  • HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa)
  • Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale)
  • Surprise Stadium (Surprise)
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium (Tempe)
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River)

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Tickets, Get Your Tickets

One of the best parts of spring training? It’s an affordable activity to enjoy with family and friends. Ticket prices vary but start as low as $8. Buy online or at the ticket office, all of which open between January and mid-February. Check out this schedule to find out when your favorite team is playing, or take the opportunity to learn more about a different team.

Spring is an exciting time under the Arizona sun—a time of celebrating, as a community, an authentic American pastime for all ages. Grab your cap and head out to the ballpark—it’s a blast!

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Buckeye: The Outdoor Recreation Mecca of Arizona

For recreation enthusiasts, few places match the amazing outdoors of Buckeye, Arizona. In this unique setting, with boundless nature and a year-round climate, recreation is possible from your doorstep. Whether you enjoy unbounded adventure or prefer to participate in organized events such as movies or concerts in the park, for residents of Sienna Hills, the opportunities are endless.

Freedom to Explore

Nature is an adventurer’s paradise, and Buckeye abounds with miles of rugged terrain promising fresh, exhilarating experiences.

Skyline Regional Park
Head out for a hike or camp overnight in Buckeye’s source of local pride, Skyline Regional Park. This mountain preserve offers the best of the White Tank Mountains: miles of safe trails featuring varying difficulty levels and lengths for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and wildlife viewers alike.

Buckeye Hills Regional Park
Conveniently located on State Route 85 just five miles south of Buckeye, Buckeye Hills Regional Park offers primitive hiking and biking and beautiful views of the Gila River riparian area. Pull out your compass and delight in your natural desert surroundings.

Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area
Explore the diverse terrain of this topographic wonder and marvel in the solitude and adventure that await you. Gaze upon wildlife in its natural habitat or take in sights of sloping lava flows while you hike, backpack, mountain bike, or ride horseback through this rugged Arizona gem.

Grow in Community

If organized events are more your speed, Buckeye is the place for you. With so many opportunities, what will you choose?

  • Saddle up at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena for Buckeye Days or stop by for other roping events throughout the year
  • Put on your workout clothes and meet for Fitness in the Park or join a sports team through the Buckeye Recreation Center
  • Play a round of golf at any of the nearby greenways
  • Stock up on local organic produce and artisan foods at the Buckeye Farmer’s Market
  • Celebrate Buckeye Valley’s rich history of cotton farming and take in a car show and carnival at Oktoberfest

No matter the time of year or your interests, there’s something on the calendar to keep you entertained in the outdoors when you have a home in Buckeye.

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The Pros of Living in Sienna Hills & Buckeye, Arizona

Many think location is key to choosing where you live. Some think standard of living is most important. At Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, you don’t have to compromise. This close-knit community was designed to meet the needs of residents who take pride in where they live.

The benefits of living in Buckeye are innumerable. With its local amenities, proximity to Phoenix, boundless outdoor opportunities, exceptional schools, and safe neighborhoods, Buckeye is an ideal place to call home.

Big City Convenience Meets Small Town Charm
Leave the congestion behind and spend locally. Buckeye boasts a vibrant economy bustling with restaurants and shopping both familiar and unique to the area. The city hosts art galas, community dinners, marathons, and an air fair at the local airport.

Opportunities to Grow
Get out in the fresh air and explore miles of trails for hiking and biking. Recreational opportunities abound, and Buckeye’s year-round climate encourages a healthy lifestyle. Listen to birds chirp from your kitchen window or watch them in the acres of surrounding open space.

Check out these local (free!) activities and expand your horizons.

Whether you’re raising a family or basking in your glory years, Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, is a community worth checking out.

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The Beauty of Desert Scenery in Buckeye

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a view stretching as far as your eyes can see. Jagged mountains climb toward clear blue sky, and authentic desert landscape sprawls before you. Can you feel your lips curling into a smile? Do you feel more rejuvenated?

According to Psychology Today, there is a direct correlation between nature and happiness. Happiness, in turn, positively affects health. Experiencing nature instills a sense of connectedness—to family, to our homes, and to ourselves. By choosing to surround ourselves with the beauty of nature, we offer ourselves a sustained sense of well-being.

You can have this experience and countless others at Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, a community committed to preserving old-world natural surroundings while providing new-world conveniences and amenities. In a place like Buckeye, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for convenience.

Thanks to homebuilders in Buckeye, who deliver smart-design homes, breathtaking sunsets and wildlife viewing await you from the comfort of your own home. Nearby you can experience the riparian area of the Gila River and explore the expansive land of the Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area. Buckeye boasts 360-degree views complete with a year-round climate to enjoy them.

Here are just a few awe-inspiring sights you’ll experience in the Buckeye area:

  • Blazing sunsets
  • Rugged mountaintops
  • Expansive desert landscape
  • Sloping lava flows
  • Grand saguaro cacti

Check out what’s waiting for you and take control of your happiness. There may be a “Big Sky Montana,” but Arizona has its own gem: Vast Views Buckeye.

A Bird’s Eye View Around the Valley

There’s no doubt that the wildlife in Arizona is amazing, and for some, a drawing point to living in certain areas. With Sienna Hills Community being in a desert area, there is definitely no shortage of critters. National Bird Day was January 5, so we wanted to take this opportunity to teach you a little bit about the birds you can expect to see in this area.


First we’d like to start off with the official state bird of Arizona! Cactus Wren are native to the southwestern region of the United States and even into some parts of Mexico. They like to build their nests in cactus and can be very protective of their homes, so don’t get too close. Their intricate feather patterns make them extremely beautiful birds to look at.


Another bird you will see quite often is the quail. Their cute little feather or “hat” on top of their heads makes them extremely easy to identify. The cuteness level increase a ton when the eggs hatch and mom and dad have 3-8 babies wobbling around behind them!


Up next, the namesake of our football team! Although a rare sighting, if you are lucky enough to see this beautiful Cardinal, it’s a real treat. Typically found more in woodland areas, they are easy to spot up in the trees with the vibrant red color of their feathers.


Hummingbirds are extremely common in Arizona, especially Anna’s Hummingbird. Their vibrant pink and green colors make them easy to spot even at their extremely fast pace. Want to see even more of these guys? Put out some sugar water in a bird feeder and watch them flock to your door.


Another extremely common bird in the area is the white wing dove. Easily spotted by the white feathers on the lower part of the wing, these birds are plentiful during April-September and then migrate south for the winter months.

There are many more birds you can see around this area, but these are just a few of our favorites. The world is a beautiful place and it’s amazing that so many different animals can be right in your backyard, in Sienna Hills Community. We’d love to hear about your bird watching adventures, so please share your stories with us!

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Location Matters: Why Sienna Hills in Buckeye is One of The Best Places to Live in Arizona

Maybe you’ve heard this one before. What are the three most important considerations when it comes to buying real estate?


That’s right. Location matters. No matter how much you might love your home, there’s no getting away from the fact that its location is a huge factor in your overall quality of life. Even a palace is less desirable if it’s too far away from amenities and shopping, or crammed in-between tightly packed rows of homes.

Sienna Hills: The best place to live in Buckeye

Sienna Hills was developed with its residents’ quality of life in mind. That’s why you can find our stunning collection of new homes in Buckeye conveniently situated along 1-10. Residents love the fact that they have easy access to all the conveniences of living in Buckeye, where there are multiple options for dining and shopping. But they also appreciate the breathing room they enjoy compared to the more congested metropolitan areas east of Buckeye. You can easily hop on 1-10 to get to work or a meeting, but at the end of the day, you get to avoid the crowds.

We also have good news for nature buffs: Sienna Hills is conveniently located at the base of the White Tank Mountains. Residents can easily explore Skyline Regional Park, with its 27 miles of trails and awe-inspiring vistas. Venture just a little further south and you’ll find Buckeye Hills Regional Park—almost 4,500 acres of natural desert.

If you’re looking at homes for sale in Buckeye, AZ, don’t settle for anything less than the perfect location. Click here to learn more about Sienna Hills and its convenient location.

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Buckeye Home Builders Strike a Balance

Searching for your next home can be overwhelming, but it is also an exciting time. Why not explore the affordable option of a new home? Think about it: new homes offer state-of-the-art designs; modern innovations; and shiny, energy-efficient appliances—and best of all, you’re not buying someone else’s problems.

New homes in Buckeye are available in covenant-controlled master-planned communities like Sienna Hills. These communities offer the added benefit of neighborhood amenities and home value protection. With the craftsmanship and innovation involved with buying new, along with the ability to design a house to fit your needs and satisfy your aesthetic wants, it makes sense to buy new. Home builders in Buckeye are doing their part to maximize your investment for this highest-priority need.

Home builders are developing communities in the Buckeye area and transforming the city into an affordable place to live. New homes in Buckeye are being designed and built with the homeowners in mind. These homes are tailored to the owners’ needs and wants, and their smart designs ultimately lower homeowners’ bottom lines.

These homes feature the following:

  • Superior energy efficiency
  • Maximized living space
  • New! Fresh paint, soft carpet, bright windows, etc.

Beazer Homes and Richmond American Homes are among the home builders transforming Buckeye into a desirable place to call home. These experienced, innovative home builders are making Sienna Hills a community that offers a top-shelf standard of living at affordable prices.

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Where to See Christmas Lights Around the Valley

Tis the season…We all know holiday lights went up the day after Thanksgiving, or even before that, if you were REALLY in the holiday spirit. But there is still time to check out all the great Christmas lights around the Valley! Here is a list of some of the best spots to see the where the holiday lights shine the brightest.


Tried and true, Zoo Lights are an Arizona tradition held at the Phoenix Zoo and this year they are celebrating 25 years! From now until January 8th you can head over to the zoo after dark and see all of these cute animal-shaped lights. The zoo is about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.



Keeping more with the Spanish tradition, every weekend during December the Botanical Gardens hosts Las Noches de Las Luminarias. The grounds are lit up with over 8,000 candles in different patterns and designs. The Botanical Gardens are about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.

Botanical Gardens Phoenix


More than just lights, the Princess puts on a whole holiday experience! They offer a train ride, ice skating, an animated tree, S’mores Land and over 3 million lights to look at. This place is fun for the whole family and is about 50 miles from Sienna Hills.

Fairmont Princess Resort


The downtown area of Glendale might be the prettiest of all! With over 1.5 million lights, glitter is an understatement. The lights will be up until January 7th. There are also a ton of winter activities to participate in so make sure you check out their event calendar! Downtown Glendale is about 25 miles from Sienna Hills.

Glendale Glitters

These are just a few of the great light displays and holiday events around the Phoenix area, but plenty more lights are out there. You could even just take a stroll around the Sienna Hills Community to find some great displays and maybe even some inspiration, if you haven’t put your lights up yet! From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

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Our Top 3 Picks for Dining Local in Buckeye

We start off the New Year with new diets for a good reason: the end of the year is packed with reasons to celebrate. The good news for Sienna Hills residents is that you don’t have to travel far to find a delicious meal you can enjoy with friends and family. Buckeye is home to some of the best restaurants in the area!

While there are many great options to choose from, we’ve highlighted three local options that won’t disappoint. Whether it’s a special night out or a celebratory lunch, you’ll enjoy the holiday season all the more by visiting one (or all!) of these fine Buckeye restaurants.

Cafe 25:35
For a fresh spin on the classic diner, it’s hard to beat Cafe 25:35. Located in downtown Buckeye, Cafe 25:35 serves up breakfast and lunch to loyal regulars and newcomers alike. Reasonable prices and consistent quality have made this hot spot a hit since it opened in 2011. From breakfast burritos and omelettes to classic club sandwiches and burgers, Cafe 25:35 delivers tasty meals in a quaint and friendly environment.

The Vic Bar + Kitchen
Fresh, local ingredients with breathtaking views. The Vic Bar + Kitchen is garnering praise for more reasons than one. Located high above the desert floor, with expansive views of the Valley, The Vic has a variety of seating options to ensure a fantastic dining experience. The menu is seasonal and changes often, so there is always something new to look forward to. And they’ve got the perfect gift for that aspiring chef in your life: cooking classes are available!

La Placita Cafe
Celebrate like a local at this downtown favorite. Homestyle Mexican food has been served faithfully at La Placita Cafe for decades. Locals love it for a reason! Try the legendary green chile cheese crisp (known as the GCCC) or the chicken flautas. Throw in a margarita with a salty rim and you’ll be humming Feliz Navidad til the new year.


Sienna Hills is a planned community located in Buckeye, AZ. In addition to great restaurants, residents enjoy new homes in an attractive neighborhood with parks, trails, and a swimming pool. Homes start in the high $100s. Learn more about Sienna Hills Homes here!

The Holiday Season is Officially Upon Us!

While some of us celebrate decade old traditions, some enjoy anything but the typical.


Friendsgiving is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Whether you can’t make it home for the holidays, or this serves as a second Thanksgiving for just friends, we love this trend. Get your Sienna Hills neighbors together for an informal, relaxed holiday. For Friendsgiving, people like to make it more of a pot luck, rather than having one person cooking. Let your guests know what type of dish to bring, and they can put their spin on it.

Throwing the Best Party

If you’re an entertainer, you know how important it is to throw the best party. There’s always a new way to cook Thanksgiving dinner favorites, or a way to make your own decorations for the season. A great way to throw a memorable Thanksgiving dinner is throwing a new twist on an old favorite. With the spacious kitchens in all the Sienna Hills model homes, we are sure that your Thanksgiving dinner will be one that the whole family can participate in.

Places to Take Family/Guests

Buckeye is such a fun city, full of places to explore during the holidays. Here are a few things to do with the family during Thanksgiving weekend:


Small Business Saturday on November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is a great way to support local stores and restaurants in the Buckeye Community. Sundance Towne Center, Main Street Buckeye and Verrado’s Main Street District are just a few places to shop local!

Here is a list from Trip Advisor for the Top 10 Places to Eat in Buckeye. Whatever you decide, make sure you support your local community by dining out on November 26th.

Season of Giving

Volunteering could be the most rewarding way to spend your Thanksgiving. The Buckeye area has many opportunities to give back to our wonderful community. Visit the ity of Buckeye to get involved and give back! You can also visit the All Faith Community Food Bank to find out ways to donate and volunteer.

Whatever it is that you’re doing this Thanksgiving, remember to spend time with those who matter, and always give Thanks! From the Sienna Hills Community, to you and your family, we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.