Have you ever thought about going back to school or getting that degree that you started a long time ago?  Well if you live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area you probably have driven by Glendale Community College’s North Campus many times. The GCC North Campus, located on Happy Valley Road just east of 67th Avenue is a perfect location for those living in the Northwest valley and thinking about going back to school or finishing up a program.  This beautiful campus offers complete degree programs, a fitness center, library, cafeteria, student study space, and on site bookstore.

With the kids in school most of their day is accounted for, but what about those hours before dinner?  There are many options out there to keep your kids busy, whether you want them to be enrolled in a sports league or swim lessons or something academic related.  If you live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area you have lots to choose from. Of course the schools in the area all have after care programs where the kids can do their homework and get extra help with their studies.  They also offer games, crafts, and sports.  There are other options for you that may be more interesting to you and your child, here is a sampling.

Living on the West side of town in the Glendale Homes for Sale area we tend to forget about the family owned businesses and gravitate toward the big box restaurants and stores.  However if you step outside of your comfort zone once in a while you may find a great little spot that is unique and offers up some good home style comfort food. In the downtown Glendale area you can find such a spot, Haus Murphy’s.  This family owned German restaurant is in the heart of Glendale, located a midst the antique stores that line the street. This quaint little spot is serving up authentic German fare that will make you feel like you are eating your grandma’s cooking.  Haus Murphy’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and their specialty is the Sauerbraten.  This sweet and sour beef dish is a traditional German meal served with Spatzle and red cabbage.  It is delicious, and with it being such a labor intensive meal why not let Haus Murphy‘s do all the hard work and you can sit back and enjoy.  They also offer up the usual German brats, (sausage) many different varieties to select from as well as the ever popular Schnitzels.  Schnitzels are meat, it can be veal, steak, pork, chicken that is thin and tenderized then breaded and sautéed till golden and crispy and then covered with a  sauce.

Many of us living in the Valley of the Sun are transplants from other parts of the country.  I don’t know about you but trying to grow a lush green garden out here has been let’s just say difficult.  Being from back East I am not used to the different plants and trees that will flourish out here.  Let’s face it we all weren't born with a green thumb and we want our Glendale Homes for Sale home to look beautiful, so here are some tips for living in the Sonoran Desert.

There are so many fabulous reasons to live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area.  To try to narrow it down to just 10 may be a challenge but I will do my best. 1. Every year Glendale holds the annual Chocolate Affaire in downtown Glendale.  This chocolate lovers dream takes place in February and you can delight from various food booths that boast everything chocolate.  From cheesecake to chocolate pizza and everything in between.  Who wouldn’t love this! 2.  We are home for the Arizona Cardinals and the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Not to mention we are the host city for the 2015 Superbowl.....enough said!

The kiddos have gone back to school! Let’s try to hold in your excitement parents! With heading back to class in the Glendale Homes for Sale area, kids may feel a little overwhelmed and getting organized may help with the stress of school.  Here are some tips that can make the transition a bit easier on everyone. Allow for plenty of time in the morning.  Feeling rushed puts stress on everyone, even kids.  If you plan to give yourself enough time to do all of your morning routines you will have a much more pleasant experience.  Making lunch the night before, laying out clothes, packing your school bag, and putting everything you’ll need to take with you by the door will ensure that you aren’t scrambling around for things at the last minute.

We all have extremely busy lives between work, shuttling the kids around for activities, and our daily errands we sometimes forget how important it is to reconnect with the ones we love.  Living in the Glendale Homes for Sale area there are so many great options for a great date night out with our loved ones. If you have never been to The Melting Pot you really should experience it at least once.  It is a great intimate restaurant where you can spend a nice leisurely dinner without feeling like you have to eat and get out.  Located at 59th Avenue and the Loop 101, this romantic restaurant is a great place to spend time with your significant other and actually have a conversation, sip some wine, and dip into some great fondue.

We all like to head out of town to relax and enjoy ourselves.  The last thing you want to do while away is stress about the security of your home and everything you love that is inside of it.  Living in the safest areas like Glendale Homes for Sale will provide some sense of security but let’s be realistic, crime can happen anywhere!  Here are some tips to keeping your home safe. 1.  Hire a house or pet sitter.  Having someone come in your home on a regular basis while you are away is a great way to deter crime.  They will pick up newspapers in the driveway or packages left on your door step, turn on lights or off, bring in the garbage cans and if you have a pet take care of them too.  It leaves the illusion that you are home or at the very least someone is coming in and out at varying times.  This option can be a little costly but may be well worth it.

Living in the Greater Phoenix and the Glendale Homes For Sale areas you will find that the housing market has gone through some major peaks and valleys.  Many potential buyers out there are looking for investment properties rather than a home that they themselves will be living in.  Some investors are looking to flip a property in hopes that they will make some quick cash and perhaps reinvest in another flip.  Others are looking more long term when investing in real estate.  Here are some key things to consider before you venture into your first real estate investment property.

There are so many reasons to live in the beautiful city of Glendale Homes for Sale area.  There are so many gorgeous neighborhoods that make up this great area on the West side of town it is hard to narrow it down to just 10 but here we go. 1.  The selection of different style homes and types of neighborhoods are amazing.  You could live in home with beautiful golf course views or a lake front home in the Arrowhead Ranch area.  If you prefer gorgeous mountain views you could check out Westwing Mountain or Sonoran Mountain and the Stetson Valley area. 2.  Location, Location, Location!  The Glendale Homes for Sale area is centrally located in the valley that getting to any place is just a short drive. 3.  Shopping choices are amazing!  Arrowhead Towne Center, The Shops at Norterra, and so many in between you never have to drive too far to find what you are looking for.  The outlets will be opening soon at Westgate City Center and then there are the outlets at Anthem just a short drive away.