I would say one of the hardest decisions a parent has to make is who you are going to entrust your child with all day.  There are so many options and types of day care out there and you really need to do your homework and find the right fit for you and your child.  Living in the Glendale Homes for Sale area we are fortunate that we have many options so close to us. Located in the heart of the Glendale Homes for Sale area is the Phoenix Children’s Academy, at the corner of 39th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.  This is not only a day care facility but a pre-school too.  Phoenix Children’s Academy takes kids from 6 weeks of age to 12 years (before/after school program) but the majority of the care is for the 2-5 year olds.  With the capacity for 193 children and hours from 6:00am-6:30pm kids are put in more classroom settings rather than a day care environment.  Each age group has a structured day of learning with time for rest, outdoor play and meals too!  You have the flexibility here to have your child attend for 1/2 days or full days and the cost depends on the age and time frame you need.

If you live in Arizona and are sending your child to school for the first time you may realize that you have choices, lots of choices.  It can be overwhelming; I myself being from back east am amazed that you have a choice other than the school located within the boundaries of your home.  Living in the Glendale Homes for Sale area there are so many choices of public, charter, and private schools. One of the charter schools in the area is called Candeo.  Located in the northwest part of town at Lake Pleasant Pkwy and W. Calle Lejos, this K-6 school started in 2008 and has been a success ever since.  With an excelling ranking and about 432 students in attendance Candeo centers its teaching principles on ten Core Knowledge approach to learning. 

Q: What was the hottest temperature ever recorded in Arizona? It was 128 degrees in Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994 Did you know that it takes 50-100 years before a Saguaro Cactus grows an “arm?” Q: Why doesn’t Arizona practice daylight savings time? We did try daylight savings time in the Glendale Homes for Sale area and the rest of Arizona back in 1967, however no one liked the sun setting after 9:00pm in the summer months so we switched back to Standard Time, along with Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and believe it or not parts of Indiana.

Being from New York, more specifically Long Island I am very familiar with the Tanger Outlets.  But if you are from the Glendale Real Estate area of Arizona you may not know too much about it.  Well let me tell you....boy are we lucky!  These outlets aren’t your typical outlets.  These are higher end retail outlet malls, a great place to go and shop till your credit cards are begging for a rest! The Tanger Outlets are set to open at the Westgate City Center, which as you know has struggled some.  The opening of The Tanger Outlets should be a real boost to the businesses in this center.  Located at the Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, just in the shadow of arena and The University of Phoenix Cardinals stadium, The Tangers Outlets will be a huge draw for Arizonans from all over the valley. 

Sandra Day O’Connor High School is the newest addition to the Deer Valley Unified School District. This $44.5 million dollar school, located in the Glendale Homes for Sale neighborhood is located off of Happy Valley Road and 35th Avenue.  It consists of grades 9-12. Built in 2002 and home of the Eagles, SDOHS was named for Sandra Day O’Connor who is a native Arizonan and was the first woman appointed as a Supreme Court Justice.  Headed by Principal Dr. Bryce Anderson, SDOHS strives “to foster and teach the attributes of integrity, self-discipline, perseverance, honesty, and respect for other people and the environment”. SDOHS is a school of the Academy of American Studies, which means in part that the program teaches student’s using in depth lessons of U.S. History by incorporating lectures, visits to historical locales and national sites.  It is a program designed to engage the students throughout their four year high school experience.

  Many of us living in the Valley of the Sun are transplants from other parts of the country.  If you have come from back east or the mid-west homes here are very different from these areas.  It is quite a culture shock to move from say the east coast to the southwest.  In the newer areas of town you will find that most homes are very similar in design and color, whereas in other parts of the country you can drive down a street and every house is quite different in style. 

  If you have ever driven along Bell Road near 55th Avenue, you may have noticed a funky looking place that looks like a diner from back east.  Well it’s not a diner, it is a great BBQ place called Thee Pitts Again. Situated in the Glendale Homes for Sale area, this unique, non-corporate chain restaurant is serving up award winning BBQ dishes.  Featured a few years ago on the food networks “Diner, Drive Ins and Dives” this family run restaurant is sure to cure those BBQ cravings!

  After searching for that perfect home in the Glendale Homes for Sale area, you have finally found the perfect fit for you and your family.  Everything looks great, but have you really done a thorough inspection?  Like most home buyers you probably aren’t an expert on air conditioning units or roofs.  This is why it is imperative that you call in an expert to uncover any potential problems that you cannot see. Having the home you are about to purchase go through an inspection is really very important.  It may bring up potentially very expensive problems before you sign on that dotted line.  If the seller is made aware of these problems they can be fixed prior to closing or a negotiating tool for you.  Here are some things that you may want to have a professional come and check.

You love your home in the Glendale Homes for Sale area but in this day and age, many homeowners have considered and dreamed about owning a second home whether it is for vacation getaways with the family, as an investment, or perhaps somewhere to live after retirement.  Whatever your motives there are some important things to consider before purchasing your second home.

If you live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area and are looking for something different to do this weekend you have some options.  On Saturday, August 4th in downtown Glendale you and your Pooch can check out the Dog Days of Summer.  This annual event is a way to enjoy a morning out with your four legged friends.  The historic downtown area will be hosting breakfast in the park from 7-9am with Woofles (dog friendly waffles) and breakfast burritos for the humans; small fee does apply for the food.  There will be activities at 9:00am over at Murphy Park Amphitheater where there will be various booths set up offering dog treats, pet massages, and accessories. You can even enter for a chance to win the pet look a-like contest.