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 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.

Our Team

Richard Felker, Developer

Integrity, quality and commitment have been at the cornerstone
 of Richard Felker’s four decades of successful real estate development and construction. Throughout his career, Mr. Felker has acquired and developed more than 100 properties with a combined value of more than one billion dollars.

Mr. Felker, Principal and Founder of the Empire Group of Companies, is the recipient of many local and national awards for design and project excellence, including awards from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Builder Magazine and Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.

Rich Zacher, Builder

Zacher formed his own company in 1994. Zacher Homes specialized in new and originally designed premium in infill residential communities throughout the Valley. 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.”

With that vision, Zacher and his team are responsible for the development, construction and sale of an impressive $335M in real estate projects between 1994 and 2010.

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Model Home For Sale
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Model Home Leaseback
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Arcadia Elm
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Arizona Oak
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Biltmore Ash
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Camelback Cascalote
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Silk Floss
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Paradise Valley Palm
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Phoenix Pecan
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The Community

Representing one of the last large tracts of undeveloped land in the highly desirable 85018 zip code, The Villas at Baker Park set a new standard in gracious, luxury living. Centered around resort-style amenities, this gated community of 44 semi-custom homes is the ideal place for those wanting to live close to where they work, shop and rejuvenate.

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 offers quality and value that lasts a lifetime. Priced from the mid-$700s 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. 

  • Located in highly desirable Camelback sphere of 85018
  • Homes priced from the mid-$700s to over a million  
  • Exclusive, gated community of 44 homes
  • Close to fantastic dining, entertainment & cultural venues
  • Seven distinctive  floorplans with 5-6 bedroom options
  • NEW CONSTRUCTION semi-custom homes
  • Resort-like amenities including pool, spa, bocce ball, dog park, BBQ area, ramadas and more
  • HOA only $199/month includes front yard maintenance
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Contact Us

The Villas at Baker Park
3414 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, Arizona, 85018