Premier Land Planner Wendell Pickett of Greey|Pickett Partners with Harvard Investments on Cadence at Gateway Master-Planned Community

PHOENIX--()--Even at first glance, Cadence at Gateway’s ( land, neighborhood and amenity plan feels different. That’s because today’s homebuyers are different. They demand convenience and connectivity. They expect sustainable landscapes with a distinctive look and easy access to outdoor activities. They want neighborhoods that make sense, laid out logically, yet allow neighbors to easily connect. To meet these needs, Arizona-based real estate investment and development company Harvard Investments turned to someone with years of experience creating functional, aesthetically pleasing and award-winning designs — Wendell Pickett.

“I’ve done hundreds of land plans, so I knew right away this project was a chance to provide something beyond what was being built in the market”

“I’ve done hundreds of land plans, so I knew right away this project was a chance to provide something beyond what was being built in the market,” said Wendell Pickett, partner of Greey|Pickett. “This community is designed to be the best of the best, yet remain inclusive, intimate, attainable; so it really fits the needs of today’s homebuyer.”

Wendell Pickett, of the acclaimed Scottsdale-based land planning and landscape design firm Greey|Pickett, is one of the most active land designers in the industry. Well known for designing premium resorts and luxury-driven second home communities, he’s designed more than a million acres of land across the U.S. and abroad. Winning national accolades, his firm specializes in full-service design consultation for multi-use, urban and master-planned communities, including land planning, community theming and landscape architecture.

“Wendell has a reputation of providing developers with a strong return on investment and fresh ideas that actually reflect the desires of the market,” said Craig Krumwiede, president of Harvard Investments. “His vast experience with high-profile projects translated to delivering excellent, achievable ideas for our newest community, located in the East Valley. His multi-level thinking — from land acquisition through construction administration — is a great asset to the Cadence at Gateway team. He’s really the lynchpin bringing all the teams together.”

Wendell, along with the firm’s other principal Russell Greey, each have more than 30 years experience ranging from custom homes to multi-million dollar theme parks and everything in between. Familiar projects include Summerlin in Las Vegas, Vistancia, Windgate, Wickenburg Ranch, Encanterra and The Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility.

“We’re building a community where the family home built at Cadence could be passed from generation to generation,” Pickett said. “Beyond the neighborhoods, we’ve pushed the envelope to complete this vision, with the encouragement of Harvard Investments. Honestly, we’re building more amenities and special touches than we have to — but these guys support my philosophy of give more, do it better and don’t build the stuff no one uses. We designed Cadence in accordance with the desire for lush landscaping and need for shade, but also selected responsible plants that conserve precious water. We placed parks throughout the community, filled with stuff to do, and each park, trail or community space is no more than 300 feet from any home.”

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