October 2016 marks Sharron and Rick Howell’s three-year anniversary. The newlyweds met online, sharing an exceptional courtship of hours-long Skype dates. “It was like someone put us together. We just knew. It was magical,” says Sharron.
When Rick relocated from Florida to Arizona to be with Sharron, they decided they didn’t want to live in her Carefree home; they wanted to get their house, together. They rented a home in Goodyear…and waited for Victory.
On Victory’s opening day, the Howell’s arrived at 5 a.m. to line up in the rain. They picked their Lennar home in the Hazelwood Neighborhood for its ideal location to fit their lifestyle—right across from The Victory Course and next to a greenbelt.
Being one of the first to move into Victory, the Howell’s have met lots of the other first families. Getting out and about with their dogs—Jewels their Yorkie and Cooper their Lhasa Cocker—helped them meet their neighbors quickly. (Unfortunately, the Howell’s lost Jewels in August).
“Our Victory neighborhood is full of dog-owners. When we go out walking, we usually run into a neighbor, or three. It’s like a dog party,” says Sharron.
Most days before and after their work days, the Howell’s can be found walking 14-year-old Cooper on the greenbelt next to their home. Time permitting, they love to meander around the neighborhood to another grassy area just a few blocks away. Cooper walks slowly and loves grass.
“Victory is the perfect community for us,” says Sharron. “It’s first class. The views, the quality of things…and we’ve met so many great people and made so many great friends here.”
Sharron and Rick are relishing their ability to socialize close to home. No more traveling to the east side of town to meet up with friends. The couple is also taking advantage of the fitness amenities and social clubs Victory offers. Rick is a regular at the Fitness Center, working out and running 2 to 4 miles every day. Sharron recently joined the Literary and Verrado Singing clubs, something she never considered before living in Victory. “We are enjoying all that Victory has to offer, even more than we thought,” says Sharron.
Looking ahead, Sharron is excited to watch the Victory Vineyard grow. “Even if we only have vinegar at first, I’ll still drink it,” says Sharron.
And she’ll likely bring Cooper along to enjoy the Vineyard grass.