Three Generations Enjoying Estrella

The stunning mountain scenery and relaxed lifestyle at Estrella has inspired three generations of Susie Colborne’s family to call the community home.

John and Susie Colborne first heard about Estrella in 2001, from a family member who worked on the development of the community’s Nicklaus Design golf course.

“We moved here from California and liked the slower pace of life, the pretty views and the people were very welcoming,” said Susie, who works for Southwest Airlines. “Plus, the houses were more affordable than what we were used to in California.”

The Colbornes purchased a Beazer home in 2002 and a T.W. Lewis home in 2006.

“I loved the pretty views of the sunsets from our Beazer home,” Susie said. “We’ve enjoyed the views of the golf course and the spacious sized lots as well.”

Soon her sister and family, Caroline and Frank Stenz, moved to Estrella, buying an Ashton Woods home in Estrella close to Susie.

“It was so nice to have family nearby, and six years ago my parents moved here too,” Susie said. “Estrella certainly has something for all ages. Of course, it is what you put into it, but there are lots of activities, clubs, casual spaces and retail offerings. It’s a wonderful place to live as a family or for retirees.”

One of the most notable benefits for Susie and her sister has been the education opportunities for their children. Within Estrella, there are two high-performing K-8 schools, Estrella Mountain Elementary School and Westar Elementary School, that feed into Estrella Foothills High School. Estrella Mountain Preschool and Phoenix Children’s Academy are also close by for daycare, preschool and Pre-K. 

“I’m a big advocate for educational opportunities for kids,” Susie said. “We’ve raised two children in Estrella, with positive results. Additionally, our daughter is on the varsity golf team here.”

Susie has enjoyed living away from the big city and enjoys that the sky is still dark enough to have a good view of the stars. The combination of serenity and space, along with the plethora of amenities and quality schools, was enough to convince Susie to become a Community Ambassador, a position that allows her to share Estrella with visitors and potential homeowners.

“The best aspect of Estrella, though, is the friends we’ve made and the community that helped me raise my kids. It takes a village, as they say. I’d recommend Estrella to other families, and the community will continue to get better in the future as people continue to choose to call our community home.”

Find your new home at and discover why 8,000 families already call this diverse, welcoming West Valley master-planned community home. Located in Goodyear, Arizona amongst pristine mountains and a dramatic desert landscape, Estrella amenities include multiple Residents’ Clubs, resort-style pools and a waterpark, 72 acres of lakes, 65-plus miles of paths and trails, the Yacht Club of Estrella, the award-winning Nicklaus Design course at the Golf Club of Estrella, community welcome center, and more than 50 neighborhood parks.