by Henry Brandt - Historian
To put things in perspective, Viewpoint West evolved 10 to 14 million years after Glassford Hill (previously named Bald Mountain) erupted: 10,000 years after the wooly mammoth (bones are in Sharlot Hall) roamed the area; 3,000 years after humans entered the area; 133 years after gold was discovered in Lynx Creek; 114 years after James Hall (oldest child of Sharlot Hall) and family settled in Lonesome Valley; 111 years after Mr. Thomas G. Barlow-Massicks built "the Castle" near Fain Park and ran a big gold dredging operation; 79 years after Granville "Dan" Fain bought the Rafter 11 Ranch in Lonesome Valley; and 30 years (1966) after Prescott Valley, Inc., started advertising land (lots sold for $1,500). So our new community is just a blip in the evolution of the area.
Intial excavation of the Viewpoint West subdivision was initiated in 1996. This is when roads, structures, fences, noise, and traffic started to displace the antelope, rabbits, javelina, coyotes and other wildlife. Construction of homes started on Lots 1 through 13 and the starting price was $24,900. Highlignts included paved streets with curbs, sidewalks and streetlights, underground utilities, municipal water and sewer, value protecting CC&R's, dedication of school and park sites, and panoramic views of Mingus Mountain, Granite Dells, the San Francisco Peaks and Granite Mountain. Of these, what can you see from your property?
Currently, all but a few of the 300 lots have homes built on them. The first professional Management Company (HOAMCO) was contracted in March 1998 to oversee and enforce association documents as written, fairly and impartially. In November 2000, the Viewpoint West was 70% (210 properties) sold and this milestone marked the turnover of the directorship of the association to the homeowners.
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