Category Archives: lifestyle

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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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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Team Member Spotlight: Barbie Clemons

Our team is the heart and soul of Optima; the living embodiment of our values in action. We recently sat down (virtually, of course) with Barbie Clemons, Leasing Manager at Optima Sonoran Village, to talk about her journey working with Optima and what she loves most about being part of our team. Tell us a…

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