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Fun Things To Do in Peoria

Scottsdale Quarter Christmas tree photoDo you live in or around the Peoria area? Are you looking for something to go do during the winter months? Getting outside and being active in and around your area can be challenging when the weather gets nice and the tourists get into town, but with the right suggestions to keep you going, you’ll never want to stop checking out everything Peoria has to offer. You’re sure to find something for everyone in the family from the list below, so why not make plans to check out many or all of the great activities going on around you this season?

Challenger Space Center
Stop by the Challenger Space Center to learn and experience tons of great information about space travel! Check out Mission Control and be sure you try the simulated two-hour space exploration mission, too.

Peoria Sports Complex
Depending on the month, you may be able to experience some different sporting events taking place at the Peoria Sports Complex. Be sure to check out their web site to see what’s going on and what’s coming up, too.

New River Trail
It’s usually nice enough in Peoria to take a nature walk if the mood strikes you, even when it’s winter, so check out the New River Trail if you want to enjoy some of the local fresh air for a little while. This paved trail is great fo the whole family.

Craft Beer Breweries
The Freak’N Brewing Company offers tours and is a great place to stop by and try some of the region’s local craft beer. Don’t forget to pick up a few to bring home and sample, too.

Winery 101
Much like the craft beer experience in Peoria, you can also check out Winery 101 and learn a little bit about the winemaking process while you’re there. Sample some local creations and purchase gifts for yourself and others.

Go Golfing
The Quintero Golf Club is the most popular option in Peoria. However, you may also want to check out Trilogy Golf Club or Westbrook Village Golf Course for some other nice options in the area.

Visit a Spa
Choose Alvea Spa to experience the most popular option in Peoria. Treat yourself to an indulgent day just for you to prepare for the holiday season or to wind down after it’s done.

Horseback Riding
There are a few different horseback riding tours in Peoria that can help you get out and enjoy nature when the weather gets nice. Some are guided and some let you go on your own if you have experience, too.

Arizona Broadway Theater
Do you love dinner theaters? The Arizona Broadway Theater is sure to give you a night of great food and excellent entertainment, so check it out one evening during the winter.

Shooting Range
Check out the Cowtown Range or Shooter’s World Peoria, both located in the area. This can be a fun and unique way to pass a day during the winter months.

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Businesses Love Glendale AZ

Glendale AZBusinesses LOVE Glendale AZ.

Doing Business in Glendale:  Yes once again Glendale will be host to the 2015 Superbowl.  The first one in Glendale in 2008 put the city on the map as it was recognized as one of the most successful Superbowls in history. As Glendale prepares for this Super Event, there are other projects which have been set in motion; again helping to make Glendale a destination city.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground in Jan 2013 on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus. Glendale’s 3rd hospital they will be investing more than 44 million for the new 24 bed location in 2014.  This year Midwestern University will also debut its new veterinary school.

In other big news, Luke AFB will have more F-35As assigned to its base in Glendale, more than any other in the Air Force. They will have 6 squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center.

Glendale Glitters award-winning festival has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. This free event which just completed its 20th year typically attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The award also recognized the neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. So who were the other cities on this list? San Diego, Portland Oregon, Arlington Texas, and Somerville Massachusetts.  Yeah for Glendale!

Luke Days is Back!

Luke DaysLuke Days is back on the calendar.

Luke Days 2014 – March 15th and 16th at Luke Air Force Base is an open house and air show. The US Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will be performing both days. A display of the F-35A Lightning II should also be available for viewing. Previous crowds at Luke Days typically average more than 100,00 spectators each day. There will be food, games and attractions for the whole family. Visit www.luke.af.mil for more information.

 

 

Sedona’s Cathedral Rock-“8th Wonder of the World”?

Sedona to have the “8th Wonder of the World”?Sedona Arizona

Yes it’s true…Cathedral Rock is in the running to become the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Inspired by the newly developed 8th Wonder of the World contest created by Virtual Tourist, The Sedona Chamber of Commerce asked our 30,000 Visit Sedona Facebook fans “What are the 7 Wonders of Sedona?” Below are the complied results in order of popularity:

  1. Cathedral Rock
  2. Boynton Canyon
  3. Bell Rock
  4. Slide Rock  State Park
  5. Devil’s  Bridge
  6. Palatki  Heritage Site
  7. West  Fork Trail

As you can see from the results above, our fans, visitors and locals alike choose Sedona’s Cathedral Rock as the #1 most iconic spot in Sedona, Arizona. We therefore nominated Cathedral Rock into the running to become the 8th Wonder of the World. It seems obvious that with vivid crimson spires and copper sandstone monoliths, Cathedral Rock was a perfect nomination choice.

Official voting is now open until September 30, 2013; and Cathedral Rock is listed as one of the 324 locations around the world. Although Sedona is small, sometimes considered to be a hidden gem, we know we can count on the support of locals and national/international visitors who have marveled at the beauty and majesty of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. Ideal for a romantic hike, a family adventure, a photographer’s greatest ally or thrill seeking adrenaline junkies; Cathedral Rock has something to offer all ages and interests.

We hope we can count on your VOTE for Cathedral Rock as the 8th Wonder of the World. You can vote every day until September 30, 2013!

Reprinted courtesy of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

Home Price Index-Rising Real Estate Prices

Home Prices On The Rise.Phoenix Real Estate Market

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) was published today. Although this report is very promising, it does not reflect activity thru May but from the 1st quarter of this year, January thru March. The median date of sales for this Index is about February 14th, and according to Michael Orr of the Cromford Report, this is about 3.5 months from today. To imagine the HPI for today’s market we would have to allow an additional 105 days of home price changes.

Phoenix still leads the 20 cities reported…up 22.5%. Phoenix’s increase over the last month of about 1.7% looks pretty modest compare to other cities that are racing to the top at an incredibly fast pace. Here are the 20 cities ranked by percentage between Februaru and March of 2013.

1. San Francisco 3.9%
2. Seattle 3.0%
3. Las Vegas 2.7%
4. Portland 2.7%
5. Tampa 2.6%
6. Charlotte 2.4%
7. Los Angeles 2.3%
8. San Diego 2.2%
9. Phoenix 1.7%
10. Washington 1.7%
11. Denver 1.4%
12. Atlanta 1.3%
13. Dallas 1.3%
14. Miami 1.2%
15. Boston 1.2%
16. Detroit 0.0%
17. Cleveland 0.0%
18. Chicago 0.0%
19. New York -0.4%
20. Minneapolis -1.1%

The overall gain is about 1.4% which reflects the strong seasonal gain exhibited by some of these areas, but cities such as Minneapolis and New York are showing a decline as their market is different than other cities since they have “different” weather patterns which affects their seasonal growth for this time of year.

Looking at the 20 cities over the past 12 months we can see the following changes.

1. Phoenix 22.5%
2. San Francisco 22.2%
3. Las Vegas 20.6%
4. Atlanta 19.1%
5. Detroit 18.5%
6. Los Angeles 16.6%
7. Portland 12.8%
8. Minneapolis 12.5%
9. San Diego 12.1%
10. Tampa 11.8%
11. Miami 10.7%
12. Seattle 10.6%
13. Denver 9.8%
14. Chicago 7.8%
15. Washington 7.7%
16. Charlotte 7.3%
17. Dallas 6.8%
18. Boston 6.7%
19. Cleveland 4.8%
20. New York 2.6%

Contact me for up to the minute market updates and a more detailed report of what is going on in yor neighborhood. We will be happy to customize a report for you and your community.

Sonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

Sonoran Mountain RanchSonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

In the Northwest Valley north of 67th Ave & Happy Valley Rd, you will find Sonoran Mountain Ranch with its breathtaking desert views. The high desert setting offers homeowners views of the surrounding landscape while dedicated to preserving the open space and natural beauty of the desert. There are extensive hiking trails, parks, natural washes and spectacular mountain views.

There are many different floor plans and builders to chose from in Sonoran Mountain Ranch; some of these include Camelot Homes, Cresleigh Homes, Element Homes, Maracay, Morrison, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific and custom homes by Desert Cove Homes.

There are approximately 1468 homes in Sonoran Mountain Ranch. 345 of these homes have pools, 660 are single story.  Roughly 100 homes sit on lots that are larger than 15,000 Square Feet.

The schools served by Sonoran Mountain are some of the best in Deer Valley School District; Terramar, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School. There is also some great shopping, hiking, and walking paths nearby. The shops at Norterra on Happy Valley Rd, just east of the 101 offer fantastic shopping, boutiques and a variety of dining choices as well as some of your big box stores and a Harkins Movie Theatre.

If you are looking for a community with expansive desert views but still close to all the conveniences, then Sonoran Mountain Ranch will have a home just for you.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Arizona Wine Growers AssocaitionnArizona Stronghold will be pouring at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, April 5th -7th.  As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.  In partnership with the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the Tempe Festival of the Arts is proud to continue our presentation of the Arizona Wine Festival Gardens, bringing the best in Arizona wines to complement the ambiance of a fine arts festival environment! Arizona wine growers are on hand for tastings, serving, and are selling their fruits of the vine by the bottle or case on-site.

Located on Mill Avenue between 3rd Street and University Drive in Downtown Tempe

Did you know that Arizona has an emerging wine industry in Cochise Santa Cruz and Yavapai Counties. People are beginning to recognize Arizona as an up and coming wine producer. Visit Arizona Wine Growers Association for more news and information.

Courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce  Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Arizonan’s Favorite Vacation Spots

San Diego Sicilian FestivalSAN DIEGO SICILIAN FESTIVAL, MAY 19TH

Arizonan’s have many ways to escape the summer heat and one of our favorite vacation spots is San Diego, Calif. Check out this fun event. What began as a neighborhood celebration 20 years ago has grown into a multi-block, colorful, musical and culinary celebration of everything Sicilian. Grape stomping,  Sicilian treats, cultural displays, folk-dancing and nonstop live entertainment. Plus a festive Bambino Zone and Bellissimo Car Show.

Headling this years 20th Anniversary event is The Sicilian Tenors, direct from New York City. Three Sicilian American tenors, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio, and Sam  Vitale, will take the Sicilian Festival audience on a romantic musical journey during their dynamic presentation.

The Sicilian Festival is also the perfect venue for families with children. All children’s activities are FREE, and include a large inflatable slide, puppet theatre shows, face painting, and many other activities to keep the bambini entertained throughout day-without emptying their parents’ pocketbooks!

Admission: Free. Locatiion: Little Italy section of Downtown San Diego. Time: 10am-6pm. For more information, log on to the Sicilian Festival website at www.sicilianfesta.com

 

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Glendale Chocolate AffaireGLENDALE CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE FEBRUARY 8-10TH

Chocolate, Wine, Romance and MORE CHOCOLATE at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire February 8-10th at Downtown Glendale’s Murphy Park. This award winning event is a choclate lovers paradise. This event is hosted by Arizona’s very own Cereta’s candy makers. Chocolate confections will include items such as fried ice cream with chocolate and strawberries, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-covered churros, chocolate-covered key lime pie, chocolate-covered crepes and much more. In addition to all the sweet treats, there will be events and activities for children and of course those romantic at heart.  Click here for more details.

 

Glendale Homes For Sale-Westbrook Village-Active Adult Community

Westbrook Village.

Westbrook002Westbrook Village is located just north of Union Hills and between 83rd ave and 99th Ave. This adult community requires that at  least one permanent resident of each unit be 40 years of age or older and no more than 20% of all residences in Westbrook Village may have the oldest resident between 40 and 54 years of age. Westbrook loves our snowbirds and there is also an RV Parking Lot right in the community for those who like to travel.

* Did you know that during WWII, part of Westbrook Village (NW of Union Hills & 83rd Ave) was an auxiliary airfield for Chinese and Royal Air Force pilots training at the nearby Thunderbird Field (Greenway & 59th Ave)?

Click here to learn more about Westbrook Village