Our Location and Sales Office Hours

3414 North 40th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85018


Open Daily From 11am - 5pm

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About the Community

Welcome to the highly-anticipated, fully gated sanctuary, The Villas at Baker Park.

Centered around a community park, featuring resort-style amenities, including a grand lawn, sparkling lap pool, spa, ramada and grill area, gas fire pits, bocce court and Dog Park.

An intimate enclave of just 44 semi-custom, luxury homes are rising from the former grounds of long-time favorite Baker Nursery. Many of the original trees are carefully preserved here, adding to the parklike setting.

From the preserved legacy of the 75-year-old Silk Floss Tree that stands at the center of the community amenities, to the flexible, open floor plans, Empire Residential Communities offers quality and value that lasts a lifetime.

Priced from the low $900s to over a million,  with single and two-story floorplans available,  these luxury semi-custom homes embrace classic exterior lines and feature “L” shaped backyards that create a transitional indoor/outdoor lifestyle while preserving a sense of privacy.

With included extras like SubZero/Wolf appliances, Andersen Windows, Moen & Kohler fixtures, Quartz counters and floorplan specific cabinetry, The Villas at Baker Park offer value to last a lifetime.

Low maintenance lifestyle and sense of community abound. Semi-Custom Homes feature soaring ceilings, open-concept plans, flex space and high-end finishes, including quartz countertops, Wolf & Sub Zero appliances, Anderson Dual-Pane Windows – all included at our base pricing. Customize to your taste!

  • Located in highly desirable Camelback sphere of 85018
  • Homes priced from the high-$800s to over a million
  • Exclusive, gated community of 44 homes
  • 1 and 2 story floor plans available
  • 2172 - 4847 square feet
  • Gracious living in the center of town
  • Close to fantastic dining, entertainment & cultural venues
  • Nine distinctive floorplans with 3-6 bedroom options available
  • NEW CONSTRUCTION semi-custom homes
  • Resort-like amenities including grand lawn @ outdoor reception area, fire pits, BBQ ramada, bocce ball court, dog park and more!
  • HOA only $199/month includes front yard maintenance

Bike to such popular dining spots as La Grande Orange, The Vig & Postino. Minutes to Old Town Scottsdale, the Biltmore, Camelback Corridor, Downtown Phoenix, the airport & freeways. Truly gracious living in the center of town!

Baker Nursery & Gift Shop

The Villas at Baker Park Community Pool

The Villas at Baker Park Seating Area

Community Site Plan

Quick Delivery Homes

Arizona Oak Model Home

PV Palm Spec Home

Silk Floss Spec Home

Arcadia Elm Leaseback

Phoenix Pecan Leaseback

Phoenix Pecan Leaseback #18

PV Palm Spec Home

Scottsdale Sissoo Spec Home #24

Phoenix Pecan Spec Home #22

Encanto Eucalyptus

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Baker Birch
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2,172 Sq. Feet
Camelback Cascalote
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2,347 Sq. Feet
Biltmore Ash
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2,795 Sq. Feet
Scottsdale Sissoo
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3,000 Sq. Feet
Arcadia Elm
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3,447 Sq. Feet
Phoenix Pecan
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3,851 Sq. Feet
Paradise Valley Palm
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2,918 Sq. Feet
Arizona Oak
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3,589 Sq. Feet
Silk Floss
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4,847 Sq. Feet

A Few Words From The Builder

The Empire Team

Richard Felker, Developer

Richard Felker began his business career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he owned and operated furniture/appliance stores.

After 10 years or so, in the early 1970s, he moved into the real estate development business in Wisconsin, and for the last 27 years he has focused on real estate developments in the Phoenix metropolitan area. During his 40 years of real estate experience, Mr. Felker has developed over 100 projects valued at over $1 Billion.

Those projects have included more than 1,845 apartment units; 128 apartment units converted to condominiums; 835 condominium units, 5,110 single family lots (consisting of lots sold to builders; custom lots sold to upscale buyers and single family/townhouse homes) and more than a dozen retail/commercial/office projects.

His vision, ability to recognize current and future trends, extensive contacts with lenders, brokers and municipal and community leaders and his wealth of experience in all phases of residential and commercial development, financing, construction, and property management, combined with his ability to assemble and lead great teams, have all helped create the success of his investment/development entities, collectively known as The Empire Group.

These accomplishments have led him to be the recipient of nine National Awards for Excellence for his projects, including recognition for Design and Excellence by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Professional Builder Magazine and the National Association of Realtors; Builders Magazine “Best in the West” Award, and the MAME Award.

Integrity, quality and commitment have been at the cornerstone
 of Richard Felker’s four decades of successful real estate development and construction.

Rich Zacher, Builder

Mr. Zacher began his real estate career in 1987 by working with a private production homebuilder located in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Zacher held several positions with that company over a five-year period, focusing in the areas of market research, land acquisition, product development, financial analysis, and capital formation for the company’s projects.

In 1993, Mr. Zacher joined the Phoenix division of Centex Real Estate Corporation, heading up that company’s land acquisition and development department as a senior level manager. At Centex, Mr. Zacher also coordinated and brought to market all of the company’s new residential communities. His duties at Centex ranged from identifying the specific property through the completion of the model home complex.

In August 1994, Mr. Zacher formed his own company, Zacher Homes, which he ran successfully until 2008. During this 14-year period, Mr. Zacher grew his company from approximately $1,000,000 in sales to a peak level of $104,000,000 in 2004. As owner of Zacher Homes and its related entities, Mr. Zacher was involved in the development and sale of residential land, single family spec and custom homes, commercial office condominiums, multi-family rental communities, commercial office buildings, and private golf communities. His overall experience resulted in the development, construction, and sale of over $335,000,000 in real estate projects.

Mr. Zacher is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, where he graduated from Brophy College Preparatory High School in 1982 and then went on to receive his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in 1986.

As Rich says, “my goal has always been to develop a site
plan that creates a community of exceptional homesites and design architecture which optimizes the living experience for the Homeowner.”

Our Company History


As a group of affiliated companies spanning over 30 years, the Empire Group is recognized as one of the leading residential and commercial real estate developers in the Phoenix metropolitan market. Over the past three decades, Empire has acquired or developed more than 100 properties in over 35 communities with a combined value in excess of $1 billion.

The master-planned communities, exclusive residential subdivisions, luxury condominiums, hillside estates, apartment projects and wide ranging commercial/retail projects developed by Empire have been successful because Empire develops lots, builds homes, creates neighborhoods and designs commercial/retail properties with an emphasis on quality, value, commitment to detail and distinctive design.

This has been accomplished through a joint effort by the members of the Empire team, who collectively have over 100 years of investment, development and construction experience. This experience enables Empire to work hand-in -hand with municipalities, neighborhood groups, buyers and tenants to solve ever-present zoning, entitlement and other user issues, the end result being successfully developed and innovatively designed projects.

The cornerstone philosophy of Empire Residential is integrity, quality and commitment, evident at every phase of development and design. Each home in The Villas at Baker Park has been expertly designed with attention to detail, flexible floor plans and options that add real value and meet every desire.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

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The Villas at Baker Park
3414 North 40th Street
Phoenix, Arizona, 85018

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Daily: 10:30am - 5pm
(including weekends)