Walkable Communities: Why They Matter

Whether you’re new to a city or a long-time resident, walking is the simplest way to immerse yourself into a neighborhood's culture and discover unique experiences. Walkable communities offer many benefits for residents, including increased options for activities, the creation of stronger collectives, healthier citizens, and reduced pollution from motor vehicles. The History of Walkable…

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The Benefits of Urban Greenspaces

At Optima, we approach every project as an opportunity to explore the best possible ways to create harmony between the built environment and the gifts of nature to allow our residents to enjoy a wealth of benefits that contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment. We understand that greenspaces; parks, gardens, conservatories, roof gardens and…

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Why Does Everyone Compare L.A. to Scottsdale?

What You’ll Learn: In this post about the debate between L.A. and Scottsdale, we’re going to cover: Why the Scottsdale vs. L.A. comparison is such a hot topic The similarities and differences between Los Angeles and Scottsdale Our tips for choosing the best city to live in, no matter your lifestyle Why Does Everyone Compare…

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Interior Design Tips to Make Your Apartment a Home

Moving into a new apartment is an exciting experience, especially because you have a completely blank canvas to decorate. But for many apartment dwellers, figuring out how to make their space feel like home can be a challenge.  Whether you’re getting ready to relocate to a new place or want to enhance your current apartment,…

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A Closer Look at Our Scottsdale Luxurious Amenities

In this guide to the luxury amenities available at our exclusive apartment community in Scottsdale, AZ, we’ll be exploring: The community and apartment amenities available to residents of Optima Sonoran Village How our amenities can elevate everyday living to a new level of luxury The features that make Optima Sonoran Village different from any of…

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The Environmental Benefits of Vertical Landscaping

Vertical landscaping is a signature feature across Optima communities. In Arizona, we’re easily recognized by the lush greenery that makes itself a key element of the facade at Optima Camelview Village and Optima Sonoran Village. Most recently, we’ve even strategized how to bring our vertical landscaping to the inclement midwestern climate, with plans to incorporate…

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Unpacking the Idea of Democratic Spaces

Coming out of the tail end of the COVID-19 pandemic where so many people suffered from social isolation, human connection and shared experiences feel more urgent than ever. One way to achieve such experiences is to embrace the idea of democratic spaces. This term describes spaces that are shared by the public for the free…

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New Age Modernism: Environmentalism over Formalism

While Modernism has a history over a century deep, modern-day architects designing in the discipline are looking towards the future. Recently, Space Caviar founder Joseph Grima published a manifesto for a new kind of non-extractive architecture, positioning Modernism’s traditional, formalistic approach against a new, environmentalist way of operating. Moving Away From the “Top-Down” Approach In…

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Best Day Trips Close to the Phoenix/Scottsdale Area

Phoenix and Scottsdale, cities sitting shoulder to shoulder in Arizona, are the central and exciting location of several Optima communities, including Optima Biltmore Towers, Optima Sonoran Village, and Optima Camelview Village. And while Phoenix boasts being the vivacious capital of Arizona, and Scottsdale prides itself in being the locus of access and luxury, these two…

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Exploring Optima Communities: Camelback Mountain

One of the reasons we were inspired to move to Arizona was our love for the surrounding desert landscape, and that same passion still resonates across our Arizona communities. An iconic landmark in the greater Phoenix area, Camelback Mountain is a prime example of the way nature informs our own designs through its neighboring Optima…

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