The Metro Phoenix Area had an unfulfilled need for affordable condominiums in the mid-90s. This led to Robert Lyles & Patricia Watts forming Starpointe Communities to provide housing solutions through condominium conversions. The first three residences opened in 1996 to great acclaim, spurring Starpointe on to further development projects.
Expansion and expertise.
In 2003, Dan Richards joined the leadership team, lending his expertise on matters of acquisition, planning and engineering. Growing into one of the largest condominium developers in Arizona by 2010, Starpointe completed numerous mixed-use and residential projects, resulting in over 3,800 homes. Starpointe evolved into Deco Communities, which specialized in well-priced rental housing. The Cabana brand was born under Deco, with a model of acquiring under-performing assets and redeveloping them with vibrant aesthetics, quality communal space and public art.