Rancho Mercado work starts, but homes are years away

The Rancho Mercado groundbreaking April 4 in Surprise / Submitted Photo

By Richard Smith | Independent Newsmedia

A typical groundbreaking for a development is usually the sign that new homes in a new community are on the way, and fairly soon.

But Rancho Mercado is not a typical development or situation. The large scale development in northwest Surprise is two years away from showcasing models, said Troy Wahlberg, director of land acquisition for the developer, William Lyon Homes.

Simply put, there is no “there,” there right now. The area east of 163rd Avenue in the vicinity of Happy Valley and Jomax roads has nothing resembling conventional infrastructure.


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