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Snowbirds Love Arrowhead Ranch

Winter is a perfect time of the year in Arizona…The Legends at Arrowhead Ranch Golf surrounded by lakes and mountains offer a  perfect spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter in Arrowhead Ranch.  We hope you enjoy the photos.

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Featured Peoria Home

This home is currently listed by Elise Fay with the Sibbach Team and will be coming on the market in just a few days.  Here is your opportunity for a sneak preview!

Details: Beautiful curb appeal on this 4 bedrooms, 2 bath home in Bristol Manor, 79th Ave & Thunderbird.

1982 SF, 2 car garage with RV Gate and Pad. Stunning remodel in kitchen and and baths.

Beautiful Resort Style Backyard, pool, children’s playarea.

Call, email or text me if you want to see it OR if you know someone looking?

Glendale’s Mountain Ridge High School West Valley Player of the Year.

Glendale’s Mountain Ridge High School senior is West Valley Player of the Year. Madison Witt is one of the state’s top shot blockers.  She has amassed a 64-12 record and has appearances in two semifinal Division 1 state tournaments; just two years ago Mountain Ridge was hovering around the .500 mark.  West Valley Volleyball Player of the Year! Read more

Earthquakes, Mud Slides, Hurricanes or Haboobs?

The US Census Bureau just released some interesting figures for 2011. Arizona has seen a net increase in the number of people moving into the state. Don’t get me wrong, people do leave the Valley of the Sun. Check out this chart…there are some surprising stats here. Read more

Arizona Year End Market Report

What really happened to the housing market this year? 

Well let’s look at the stats.August 2011 saw the lowest price/SF and from that point on we have seen some terrific gains and movement in the marketplace. This is shown by the chart on the right. Here we can see significant and steady increases in sales prices, a whopping  28% increase in price/SF! Read more

Mountain Ridge High School-US Army All Americans

Congratulations to Mountain Ridge Band Students Ellie Wiemeyer and Danny Carrera!

Ellie and Danny  were chosen through national audition as members of the elite Army All-American Marching Band. These kids, from  all over the US are flown in and housed by the US Army to San Antonio and the Alamodome for  the High School Army All-American Football  game on January 5th, 2013.  In the span of one day they will learn and perfect a halftime show that  will be televised at the High School Army All-American Football game.

Ellie and Danny are the ONLY Arizona students selected to this elite group  this year. They are also the fourth and fifth MRHS students recognized with this prestigious honor since the All-American program was started six years ago. Last year Ridge Band seniors Alexandra Brooks and Jamieson Berry proudly represented Mountain Ridge High School as US Army All Americans. Congratulations Ellie and Danny!

Good Glendale Homes For Sale-Mountain Ridge High School

Mountain Ridge High School, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District is located in the Glendale Homes For Sale neighborhood, on 67th Ave just north of Deer Valley Rd.

Ridge was built in 1995 and is the home of the Mountain Lions. This school is headed by Principal Debra Poulson and her amazing staff of educators. MRHS graduates young adults who are prepared to achieve personal success. The Mission Statement for Mountain Ridge is Merit, Responsibility, Honor and Success. The Mission of Mountain Ridge High School is to provide real world connections within highly engaging classrooms that prepare graduates to meet the rigors and demands of 21st century global citizens.

Ridge is noted for its intense academic criteria, which enables students to complete all of their goals. Advanced Placement classes and Dual Enrollment courses allow students the advantage and opportunity to excel in a competitive world. It is no wonder that Mountain Ridge High School has become a notably recognized and highly regarded school.

For the second year since the inception of the new labelling system, Mountain Ridge High School received an “A” Accountability letter grade from the Arizona State Board of Education. Mountain Ridge is the only high school in the Deer Valley Unified School District to receive this label for the 2nd consecutive year.

Mountain Ridge offers a large array of extra-curricular activities and a host of other academic clubs designed to enrich a student’s education. The Mountain Ridge Marching band has consistently placed in the top 5 for Division 1 Bands in state competition and remains the top band in the NW Valley. Their 3 concert bands have also been received ratings of Superior in various state competitions.

Of course MRHS has a full athletic program as well. With so many choices of different teams, from football, golf, volleyball, soccer, badminton, cross country, and pom and cheer to name just a few, the kids are sure to find something they would enjoy. All participants are required to have a physical each year and tryouts are a part of the process. In April 2012 Mountain Ridge Pom Squad won the National Title in Anaheim where they competed in the United Spirit Association where they competed against teams from all across the west coast.

These are just 2 of the many stellar groups that Ridge has on campus. As you know though as with any school in the DVUSD you can apply for open enrollment and see if you can become a student at MRHS.

 

Not to be Missed, Shot of Java

If you are like me, you need coffee or some other form of caffeine to get you going!  I am always on the lookout for locally owned coffee places, the corporate joints are just fine but sometimes lack the coziness and friendly environment that I like.

In the heart of downtown Glendale, there is little place kind of off the beaten path, Shot of JavaRead more

Tips on Improving Your Credit Score to Prepare for Home Ownership

If you are currently renting and are considering purchasing a home you may need to check a few things before you begin your search.  One of the most important things to know before you venture into home ownership is what your credit score is.

Your credit score will tell you everything about your credit history and this is what lenders will be looking at when deciding whether to approve you for a home loan.  You may have thought you were doing everything right but your credit score will be the deciding factor.  Read more

The Greatest Pizza at La Piazza Al Forno

If you have a craving for pizza but don’t want the run of the mill chain pizza place or yet another trip to Peter Piper Pizza with the kids you must head over to historic downtown GlendaleLa Piazza Al Forno will not disappoint.

This wood fired brick oven pizzeria uses only the freshest and best ingredient to create their spectacular pizzas.  House made mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and home made dough and fresh toppings are what make this pizza so good.  So much so that La Piazza Al Forno is a VPN certified Neapolitan Pizzeria. Read more