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About Bison Homes

Arizona’s Premier Developer of Affordable Vacation Homes

Since establishing its Arizona operations in 1980, Bison Homes has developed a solid reputation as a leader in providing its resort lifestyle homes to empty nesters, young professionals, seasonal residents, investors and other second home buyers.  Other real estate experience includes office developments, retail centers, luxury rental communities, a health and fitness club, unimproved land investments and turn-key development and construction services for select third party clients.

Mission Statement

Most people in today's new home market are seeking the home of their dreams--a dream all too often defined by "maximization" of things like square footage, trendy features and lot size.  Absorbed in the search for certain physical attributes, they lose sight of how the responsibilities of owning that home might affect the other areas of their lives.  Shortly after moving in, they find themselves consumed with maintenance items, a project list and the overall daily attention required of their new home. Their house becomes the one thing they are living for, and they realize how little time they have left to genuinely enjoy life. Bison Homes' ongoing objective is to design and deliver the ultimate in Arizona resort lifestyle to each of its buyers.

"Our individual living units are very carefully designed to reflect the casual, maintenance-free lifestyle for which we are known," principal Gary Martinson notes. Bison Homes' designs are the result of listening to what the buyers are saying and reflecting those ideas in subsequent communities. "Open, spacious floor plans and other included 'special touches' add to the resort lifestyle that distinguishes a Bison home from the more traditional offerings."  The resort lifestyle affords Bison homeowners the freedom to enjoy their leisure time without the worry or upkeep that comes with most single-family detached housing.

Importantly, the resort lifestyle offered by Bison Homes remains affordable.  "Many people have the mistaken idea that when you build in a more affordable price range, you are building for an entry-level buyer," Gary continues.  "Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of our clients are active retirees, young professionals, or those seeking a second home. These folks appreciate quality and value, and choose our homes because they provide them the opportunity to live the way they want to live. The maintenance-free lifestyle has become, for many, the preferred choice."

Past, Present & Future

Bison Homes is a family owned operation that traces its roots to North Dakota, where owner Gary Martinson learned the construction business from his father, a carpenter by trade. Gary built his first homes in 1970, and grew his company to become one of the largest homebuilders in that state. Seeking longer-term opportunities for more significant and sustained growth, Gary moved his base of operations to the warmer climate and more favorable economic environment of Arizona in the early 1980s. Since that time, Gary has built more than 1,800 new homes and has been involved  in the development of over a quarter million square feet of commercial projects.

After many years of success in the Fountain Hills residential market and fine tuning its popular resort lifestyle concept, Bison Homes expanded its market to North Scottsdale and Tucson's Oro Valley. The Company proceeded to expand into other select Arizona sub-markets, and eventually settled in to the White Mountains as its favorite location for offering its resort communities.

Bison Homes is proud of its past, diligent with the present and confident about its future.  Commenting on the reasons for the Company's success, Gary Martinson states: "We listen to our buyers.  We avoid competition. We have a great team.  We do our homework. We are loyal to our subcontractors and suppliers, and we are good citizens.  Most of all, we offer a desirable product in great locations at an excellent value that creates an enduring investment for our owners."

The future goal of Bison Homes is to continue to offer its unique resort lifestyle primarily in the White Mountains and in select locales in the Phoenix metro area.  It remains committed to upholding its reputation within the homebuilding industry as an experienced firm dedicated to quality and standing behind its products.  Those who select a Bison Home are assured of a product of superior construction, efficient floor plan and enduring value - at an affordable price.  Gary concludes, "We truly enjoy working with those buyers in search of the resort lifestyle and who appreciate the quality, value and affordability in our homes.  We want each of our Bison Homes buyers to enjoy living in their new home as much as we have enjoyed building it for them."


“Bison Homes” is a marketing brand name and legal trade name authorized for joint use by specific affiliated and/or non-affiliated independent legal entities operating under contractual arrangements to collectively provide certain homebuilding, home and/or lot sale, and rental services. Marketing is by Bison Homes, LLC. Selling/listing agent is Bison Realty, LLC (Gary A. Martinson, Designated Broker). Construction contractor for new construction is Cambric Construction, LLC (AZROC #255621). For new home purchases, Buyer must be provided a Subdivision Disclosure Report issued by the Arizona Department of Real Estate prior to purchase. Only lot reservations or conditional sales contracts will be taken if such report has not yet been issued. Subdivider varies by Subdivision.

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