Interstate Homes Aims to Deliver Beyond Clients’ Expectations
Park Side at Grandpa’s Pond is a spectacular new subdivision in Hurricane Valley that features breathtaking views.
Nestled between Zion National Park and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area lies Hurricane, Utah, a growing suburb in the booming St. George area. Born out of general engineering contracting firm Interstate Rock, Interstate Homes has called the valley home for nine years while its parent company has roots dating back 60 years.
“Interstate Rock built the first subdivision in Hurricane,” Interstate Homes President Jeff Madsen says. “Interstate Rock acquired and developed a lot of land in the valley, so rather than sell out of the lots it created a homebuilding company to build homes and create a completed community.”
Interstate Homes builds custom homes to townhomes in the Hurricane, St. George and Washington area with a goal of developing and improving the communities in southern Utah. “We really love Hurricane Valley and we want it to be known to everyone how awesome it is here,” Madsen notes. “We want to share it with other people because it’s a great community that we care about, which comes from our long heritage here.”
Located in southern Utah, Hurricane is located in a desert climate with ample sunshine and warm temperatures, making outdoor recreation a way of life. From water sports on the Sand Hollow Reservoir to off-roading on the sand dunes, Hurricane offers a plethora of activities to experience. “Southern Utah in general is an ideal place to live,” Madsen says. “It’s a great place for people to come and retire.”
About 80 percent of Interstate Homes’ clients are from out of state and the company says the second home market is big in Hurricane right now. “We want to be the name that everyone knows when they want to move to Hurricane,” Madsen adds. “In order to do that, we have strategically placed our communities in desirable locations.”
Park Side at Grandpa’s Pond is a spectacular new subdivision in Hurricane Valley that features breathtaking views. The community began as an old gravel pit that Interstate Rock mined all the aggregate and gravel out of to create the centerpiece of the community: Grandpa’s Pond.
“We worked with the city, county and the Utah Fish and Wildlife Service to create this beautiful pond and big park that surrounds it,” Madsen says. “There is a bike path and play areas; the pond is stocked with fish and offers recreation activities such as canoeing and paddle boarding. This community has been decades in the making and it is hard to recreate what we have done there because it’s so unique.”
Park Side at Grandpa’s Pond will ultimately include 200 high-end homes with floorplans that range from 1,800 square feet to more than 4,200 square feet. “We have several different types of designs that blend together nicely to create a cohesive community look,” Madsen explains. “Designs range from traditional Southwest to modern farmhouse to prairie. Clients choose a floorplan, then the design and elevation of the house.”
The Farmhouse, for example, is a rustic-modern structure designed to look like the “original” farmhouse that may have stood in Hurricane years before any other house was built. The interior shows clean lines of a more modern home and includes many built-in areas for reading, playing or watching television. The outdoor space features a swimming pool and spa, barbecue area and large pergola for relaxation and entertainment.
At Interstate Homes’ Zion Vista community, the views of Zion National Park are nothing short of amazing. Strategically positioned atop the hillside that overlooks the park, Interstate Homes strives to allow each of its 70 homes in the community to have unobstructed views. “These are smaller homes that attract retired people, and as fast as we can build them we are selling them,” Madsen notes. “The greatest amenity in this community is the view and walking paths.”
The homes are traditional Southwest style, ranging from 1,440 square feet to 3,046 square feet. “The homes feature a very open floorplan with flex rooms and multi-use spaces,” Madsen describes. “The short hallways lead to private areas, so the layout is very efficient. We like to utilize the views in any way we can according to where the home will sit on the lot, so every house is different based off where the views are.”
Interstate Homes focuses on ease of use within all its homes – not just ones built for retirees. Because Hurricane is ideal for outdoor recreation, Interstate Homes builds large garages for homeowners to store their toys. Smart home features also come standard in the company’s homes to increase energy efficiency.
Helping Interstate Homes deliver homes beyond its clients’ expectations are its subcontractors. “We are very loyal to them and grateful for our team of subs; they are excellent, the best,” Madsen says. “We are very fortunate in that regard. They are great craftsman and business owners.”
Interstate Homes’ goal is to have 100 percent customer satisfaction when a home is completed and will continue to focus on that as it builds more communities in Hurricane and southern Utah. “When people move into their home, there is no question that they love it,” Madsen says. “I’m really proud we can deliver that satisfaction, which starts from Interstate Rock and the owners down.”