Watch A Dead Housing Development Come Back To Life

The U.S. housing market is officially back, and we have proof.

Lindsay Park, originally a 156-unit subdivision in Mesa, Ariz., had been mothballed (as well as repossessed) from 2007 to 2010, after the housing bubble burst.

It’s since come roaring back thanks to Woodside Homes, which purchased the project in December 2010. All its remaining units have now been sold, said Paul Scroff, president of Woodside’s Arizona division. The last one, which had opened at $169,000, closed for $228,000 just last week, he said.  

We have the pictures to show the project’s evolution from boom to bust and back. 

We’ll start with Google Earth.

October 2005
Here’s what the empty lot looked like in October 2005, after it had been bought by the original developer, Landmark Homes, but before construction had begun. 

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November 2005
The first set of units had gone up by November…

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But that basically proved the top.

May 2007
By May 2007, things had basically ground to a halt, with just a few other units having been built in the intervening years.

lindsay park 2007

November 2009
At the low point of the recession, all the place had to show for itself was a new pool.

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March 2011
Woodside Homes came in in early 2011 and set up a model house…

lindsay park 2011

May 2012
By last spring, construction had exploded.

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June 2013
Which brings us to today: the entire thing’s been built out.

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Fran Bangert, a Woodside Homes rep at Kovach Marketing, sent us an additional series of on-the-ground before and after photos of the subdivision.

(May 2009-August 2010)

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phoenix housing before and after woodside homes lindsay park
phoenix housing before and after woodside homes lindsay park
phoenix housing before and after woodside homes lindsay park

(May 2013)

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Woodside’s Scroff told us the project’s prime location — minutes from schools and Mesa’s main freeway — along with aggressive courting of the community helped leapfrog the project to the front of buyers’ lists. There is no typical purchaser profile, he said: everyone from retirees to foreclosed homeowners “coming out of the penalty box” are now neighbours.

Nothing really changed in the Mesa-Phoenix market itself, he said. As soon broader financial conditions became ripe, the area’s reputation for affordability and favourable weather would kick in to bring back buyers.

Do you live in an area that has experienced a housing revival from bust to boom? Even better, have before and after photos? Share your story with Business Insider’s Rob Wile at [email protected]

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