About Us

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


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


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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Arcadia Elm
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Arizona Oak
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Biltmore Ash
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Camelback Cascalote
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Paradise Valley Palm
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Phoenix Pecan
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Silk Floss
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The Community

The Manors at Butler North, a limited collection of 10-New luxury single family homes in the heart of North Central Phoenix. This gated, private enclave of semi-custom homes range between 2300-4800 SF with flexible floorplans and high performance included features. Authentic architectural detail including brick trim and façade, decorative shutters and recessed garages.  Quality construction, standard features that add real value and a low monthly HOA make The Manors at Butler North  your perfect North Central Phoenix sanctuary.