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How well do you know Arizona? Test your knowledge with these fun trivia questions:

Did you know the state seal of Arizona has 5 “C”s on it?  What do they stand for? Climate, Cotton, Copper, Cattle and Citrus. In the early years of the State, these industries were important to Arizona’s economy.

Speaking of cooper, did you know that the amount of cooper on the roof of the Capitol Building in Phoenix is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies?

Did you know the Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 1 mile deep, and has an average width of 10 miles?

Did you know that it takes 50-100 years before a Saguaro Cactus grows an “arm?”

Did you know if you cut down a cactus you can face a felony criminal damage charge?

Did you know that mail going to Supai, below the south rim of the Grand Canyon is still done by mule train?  It makes 8 mile, three to five hour trips five days a week and carries about a ton of mail including supplies.

Did you know that the original London Bridge was shipped stone by stone to Lake Havasu City in Arizona and reconstructed? This gives new meaning to the song London Bridges!

Did you know that in World War II, Navajos were enlisted as secret agents, enemies could never figure out the Navajo language so our military secrets were kept safe?

Did you know there are 13 other states that have a city named Phoenix?
They are Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas.

Did you know the sun shines in southern Arizona 85% of the time, which is considerably more sunshine than Florida or Hawaii.

Want to view homes for sale in the Valley of the Sun? Give me a call at 602-329-7782!

“One Less” Campaign to Reduce Waste

As the West Valley continues to grow, there is a growing concern for environmental awareness. As a result, the City of Avondale has launched a “One-Less” Campaign to encourage people to make choices to reduce wasteful habits.

Starting on October 21st, each day will focus on a different aspect of waste with a challenge on how to reduce:

Day 1- Single Use Plastics
Avoid using items such as plastic straws and grocery bags
Only use reusable silverware (no plasticware)

Day 2- Recycling
Utilize proper recycling methods
Use our helpful High 5 Icon for recycling items

Day 3- Keep It Real
Avoid take-out or bring your own to-go containers
Drink from reusable Water Bottles and Coffee Mugs

Day 4- Green Clean
Avoid using harsh chemicals
Use all-natural or homemade cleaners

Day 5- Zero Waste Day
Avoid wasteful habits
Can you go the entire day without creating waste?

Are you ready for the challenge? What habits will you continue to use after the campaign?

Many homes today have environmentlly friendly features, what features are the most important to you when searching for a new home?

 

Desert Living: Why Arizona is the “It” Place

Arizona livingIf you’re thinking about relocating to Arizona, you’re in for a treat. There are a lot of incredible reasons to love Arizona. So whether you’re a new resident or a local who’s lived here your whole life, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy about this great state. Though the long-time residents of Arizona have always known how wonderful it can really be, it’s beginning to be more and more popular with people looking to move somewhere with a great climate and plenty to see, do, and get involved in, too. Check out the list we’ve put together below to see what might draw you to Arizona, too.

The Desert Scenery

You can’t beat the kind of scenery going on in Arizona. This state is full of incredible vistas and amazing mountain ranges, desert colors and flora and fauna you’ll have to see to believe. Depending on where you live, you might even have a great view of the desert right outside your own window.

Plenty of Outdoor Experiences

Do you love getting out and exploring the great outdoors? How about biking, hiking, horseback riding, or playing outdoor sports all year round? With the great weather in Arizona, you can do all that and a lot more. Plus, there are so many incredible outdoor locations to explore that you’ll never run out of options.

Wine Country

Arizona has a great wine country, especially in the Sedona Valley region. There are tons of great wine tours you can join just about anywhere in the state, and most vineyards will gladly offer a tour as well.

Golf, Golf, Golf

Arizona is where it’s at when it comes to golfing. There are dozens of golf courses in any given part of Arizona, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it. And if you live in a gated community you may even end up with a golf course as part of your home’s amenities, too!

Great Local Cuisine

Foodies are falling in love with Arizona because of the unique cultural dining experiences to be found throughout the state. Don’t be afraid to try all the variations of cactus you can find, including jelly, honey, and even margaritas made with cactus ingredients.

Get to the Grand Canyon

Last but not least, the Grand Canyon is in Arizona, and you can get there pretty easily from anywhere in the state. Visiting this site is a unique experience every time, so it’s worth it to get out and explore—especially if you’ve never gotten to before.

When you’re ready to find your new home in the Arizona desert, call me at 602-329-7762.

Rattlesnake Safety

snakeDid you know that from April through October, rattlesnakes can be found anywhere from hiking trails to city streets? There are 13 different types of rattlesnakes slithering throughout Arizona, so it’s important for everyone to know what to do when crossing paths with a snake. While snakes aren’t looking to cause trouble, people still must use extreme caution when they come across a rattlesnake. A snakebite has enough venom to cause serious injury or even death. Most snakebite victims have to spend at least two to three days in a hospital and spend weeks rehabilitating the area around the bite in order to regain full range of motion and muscle functionality.

Valley fire departments offer these tips for making your property less hospitable to snakes:

-Eliminate rodents (a snake’s preferred food) from around your home.
-Remove wood piles and junk from your yard to eliminate potential homes for snakes and their prey.
-Walls deter snakes from entering your yard. Solid walls 4 feet high with a four-inch lip angling outward will discourage most snakes. Sink the bottom of the wall well into the ground.
-Install gates snugly against the ground.
-Keep walkways clear of brush.
-Light pathways around your home.

Tips to keep safe when rattlesnake activity is at its peak:

-Stay on the trails. Rattlesnakes are more likely to be found in places with better opportunity to hunt, hide, and stay out of trouble.
-Be aware of your surroundings. Watch your step. Texting while walking has resulted in at least one bite that we know of, and head phones will keep the natural warning system from working.
-If you have a dog, keep it on a leash. Have the dog vaccinated for rattlesnake bites, and have it trained if it’s available in your area.
-If you encounter a snake, take a step (or two or three!) back. Snakes can only strike at a distance of one-third of their full body length, thus a three-foot snake has an effective strike range of 12 inches. The average human stride is 36 inches, so a step back will quickly put you out of harms way. If those seem to be obvious, it’s because they absolutely are. Rattlesnakes are simply not a threat to those who don’t go looking for it. Staying safe is just a matter of knowing better, and if you didn’t before, now you do.

For more information or to speak to a snakebite expert, call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center’s free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Local Farmers Markets

Farmers MarketLocal producers of organic and seasonal crops gather at farmers markets every week to offer high quality products. Farmers markets showcase the bounty afforded us by Arizona farmers, growers and artisans. Here are some of my favorite markets in the North Valley.

PINNACLE PEAK FARMERS MARKET
This market takes place at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park. Shop for vegetables from Taste of Paradise farm and then grab salsa from Los Muertos, tamales from the Tamale Store, beef jerky from Santana’s and honey from Sun Tan Honey Farm.
Details: Saturdays from 8am-1pm September through May. Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 602-465-1343, facebook.com/pinnaclepeakfarmersmarket.

TRILOGY AT VISTANCIA MARKET
Farmers truck in freshly harvested vegetables and food vendors sell relishes, cupcakes, Alaskan seafood, granola, breads, olives, honey, jams, jellies and organic beef.
Details: 4th Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm October-April. Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd., Peoria. azfarmersmarkets.us.

MOMMA’S ORGANIC MARKET
This market draws more than 100 vendors to Park West every Saturday, selling fresh produce, natural meats, wild fish, fresh-baked goods, fresh eggs, raw honey, local dairy and handmade goods and gifts. Food trucks and kids activities such as face painting are also featured.
Details: Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria. shopparkwest.com.

ANTHEM FARMERS MARKET
Farmers sell seasonal crops, grass-fed beef, pork and lamb at this market. You’ll also find pickles, pastries, bread and cold-brew coffee, as well as vendors selling plants, seeds, compost and worm castings.
Details: Sundays from 10am-1pm October-May. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.

ESTRELLA LAKESIDE FARMERS MARKET
This monthly market is held next to the Estrella community lake. In addition to fresh-from-the-farm produce, look for vendors selling pies, pasta, empanadas, crab soup, cookies, salsa and knitted items for babies.
Details: 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm October-April. 10300 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. estrella.com.

GOODYEAR FARMERS MARKET
This market offers local produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, breads, olive oils, jams, salsas, grass-fed beef and crafts from local artisans.
Details: Saturdays from 8am-noon October-May. 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.

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Historic Preservation in Encanto-Palmcroft

Tucked away in central Phoenix, Encanto-Palmcroft offers a piece of history that offers historic homes that date back to pre-World War II.  These homes, and their residents, are part of a group hoping to preserve and maintain the homes that bring the neighborhood pride and relish the historic nature of the structures. 

Encanto-Palmcroft is centrally located to Phoenix, and was originally developed as a product of the agriculture boom in Phoenix that brought a population increase in the 1920’s. When the Kenilworth streetcar line was developed along Encanto Boulevard, the option to travel with ease made the move to the outskirts of town more manageable. Not to mention the Model T Ford had dropped to an all-time low price, making it more affordable than ever to own a car. 

The two developers and masterminds behind the neighborhood, Dwight B. Heard and William G. Hartranft, bought 80 acres in 1927 to develop. Heard was the publisher of Arizona Republican and the largest owner of land in the area. It became home to the affluent professional and business middle class of the 30’s and 40’s. 

Today, the subdivision is notable from Seventh to 15th avenues, from McDowell Road to Encanto Park and Golf Course.Most the houses were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, featuring a Spanish Colonial and Tutor Revival type of architecture. 

Today, the Encanto Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association holds regularly scheduled meetings and advocates for the historic preservation of the neighborhood and homes. There are over 330 homes in the ¼ square mile of the sub division, making it a great neighborhood to walk around and enjoy the architecture. If you’re looking for a more in-depth view of the homes, check out their home tour — which happens every other year — with proceeds going to support the preservation society. 

Homes for sale in the neighborhood are priced on average around $575,000, and it was rated in 2014 the most expensive neighborhood in Phoenix. With the neighborhood being a short five-minute drive from downtown Phoenix and a short walk from Encanto Park, it’s no wonder the neighborhood has remained so popular over the years.

Encanto Area Homes For Sale

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$630,000
1631 N 11TH Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2593
Year Built: 1946
Subdivision: PALMCROFT 1 THRU 123
Description: Inviting large courtyard that wraps the front of this beautiful home in the...
Last Updated: February - 22 - 2020
$1,387,000
2110 ENCANTO Drive SW, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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Open House (02/23/2020 - 10:00 am)
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 5
Square Footage: 4489
Year Built: 1939
Subdivision: ENCANTO
Description: Historic Encanto Gem! This is truly a special home in the ''Beverly Hills o...
Last Updated: February - 22 - 2020
$387,000
2914 N 17TH Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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Open House (02/23/2020 - 1:00 pm)
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1842
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: ENCANTO TERRACE PLAT 2
Description: This gorgeous ranch home is located in the Encanto Terrace neighborhood and...
Last Updated: February - 21 - 2020
$859,900
740 W CORONADO Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2179
Year Built: 1930
Subdivision: PALMCROFT 1 THRU 123
Description: Welcome to 740 W Coronado Rd! This stunning historic home lies in the hear...
Last Updated: February - 20 - 2020
$295,000
1744 W AVALON Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1378
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: ENCANTO TERRACE PLAT 2
Description: This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home nestled in the Encanto historic district wi...
Last Updated: February - 20 - 2020
$340,000
2242 N LAUREL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1176
Year Built: 1946
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE BLKS 5-8
Description: Welcome to the most charming house on the block. Located in Encanto Village...
Last Updated: February - 20 - 2020
$539,900
1311 W PALM Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1652
Year Built: 1927
Subdivision: PALMCROFT 124-250
Description: Wonderful Spanish Revival in Palmcroft-Encanto Historic District. Charming ...
Last Updated: February - 19 - 2020
$415,000
2138 W CAMBRIDGE Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2084
Year Built: 1954
Subdivision: GREENWAY TERRACE 2
Description: Remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in the perfect Central Phoenix locatio...
Last Updated: February - 18 - 2020
$449,900
1525 W VERNON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1578
Year Built: 1936
Subdivision: DEL NORTE PLACE
Description: BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED HISTORIC DEL NORTE HOME LOCATED JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM ...
Last Updated: February - 17 - 2020
$560,000
2120 W Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009
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# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2420
Year Built: 1954
Subdivision: GREENWAY TERRACE 2
Description: Absolutely Stunning Home in Prime Location near booming Park Central area i...
Last Updated: February - 16 - 2020

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Crime Rates

neighborhood-street photoWhen determining what neighborhood is a good fit for you and your family, several factors likely come into play.  These factors probably include how far the neighborhood is from your place of employment, or the local airport if you travel often, whether the schools are a good fit for your children, whether there are HOAs, how centrally located the neighborhood is to shopping and major freeways.  One item you may not consider right away is the rate of crime in that particular neighborhood.  These statistics aren’t as obvious or as easily discovered as the others, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as important.

One good resource which also arguably offers the most accurate statistics is the local police department in the city or zip code in which you are searching.  For the City of Phoenix, this Police Department website offers crime maps and stats, as well as neighborhood crime counts.  This information will give you a clear picture of how much, or how little, crime has happened in that particular neighborhood.  For the City of Scottsdale, this website features the same information, specific to the city of Scottsdale.

There are also privately-run and managed websites which also offer and analyze such information.  One such website is Neighborhood Scout, which not only ranks the “safest” neighborhoods based on the numbers of reported crimes, but also groups the types of crimes between property and violent crimes.  Another privately run website which discusses crime statistics is this one, which examines crimes in Scottsdale by year and compares Scottsdale to other cities in Arizona.  These websites should only be used as a general starting point, as their accuracy can’t be verified like the government-run websites.

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Dog Parks in the Valley of the Sun

green common area photoIf your current home isn’t blessed with a large backyard, or your pooch is friendlier and more social than most, finding a great dog park may be of the utmost importance to you.  Here in the Valley of the Sun, fellow dog lovers are always on the lookout for outdoor recreational options for their pets.  These may fit the bill:

  • Grovers Basin Dog Park, located at 20th Street at Grovers Ave in Phoenix.  This 2.3- acre dog park is divided into two separate fenced enclosures, one for small dogs and one for large dogs.  The park has running water for the dogs to drink, as well as pooper scoopers.
  • Paradise Valley Park, located at 17642 N. 40th St in Phoenix.  The dog park is located in the west end of the park north of the softball fields, and features 2.4 acres of grass and two ramadas with tables and benches.  This park also has chilled drinking fountains for dogs (and humans) plus two double-gated, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs.
  • Chaparral Dog Park, located at 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ, features a 2 acre fenced area of dogs.
  • Surprise Dog Park, located at 15930 N. Bullard AvenueSurprise, AZ.  This 1.5-acre dog park is located in Community Park. It has a small dog area as well as a large dog area. The dog park is open from sun up until 10 pm and provides drinking fountains for dogs and people.
  • Desert Horizon Park, located at 15444 N 100th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, featuring one fenced area for all dogs.  There is a large grass area, shaded seating for humans, and a fountain for the dogs.
  • Foothills Dog Park and Dog Run, located at 19021 North 57th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308.  This park features an agility course as well as divided by size fenced play areas for the dogs, as well as drinking fountains.  Humans will enjoy the shaded benches and the lighting for evening visits.  This park is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.

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Northwest Valley Public Parks and Preserves

walking pathThe family friendly Northwest Valley has several beautiful public parks and preserves for everyone to enjoy.  Having a multitude of popular parks is a fantastic amenity for both buyers and sellers of homes as they provide opportunities for fitness activities, sports and play.

Farther north is the Deem Hills Community Park, located at 51st Avenue and Deem Hills Parkway (just north of Happy Valley Road).  This 40-acre park features amenities such as a playground for children age 2-5, ramadas, a walking path, restrooms, a lighted basketball court and 2 lighted soccer fields.  The Deems Hills Recreation Area is nearby, located at 39th Avenue and Pinnacle Vista.  This beautiful preservce includes 8 ½ miles of hiking trails and a picnic ramada.

To the south is Adobe Mountain Park, 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, is a 5-acre park with amenities such as two ramadas, a children’s playground, a ball field and a large open space area.  The park includes area lighting, making this a good choice for a night-time destination.

Further west is the Palo Verde Park, located at 26200 N. 73rd Drive.  Amenities in this 4-acre park include 2 shaded playgrounds, a walking path, 2 half court basketball courts, ramadas as well as a scenic overlook.     Heading south can be found two parks in Fletcher Heights.  Fletcher Heights North Park, located at 7877 W. Hillcrest Boulevard, is another 4-acre park with 2 lighted basketball courts, a shaded playground, a .30 miles walking path and picnic ramadas.  Fletcher Heights Park to the south, located at 8135 W. Lone Cactus Drive, is a 7.5-acre park with 4 picnic ramadas, 2 lighted tennis courts and 3 lighted basketball courts.  This park also features a shaded playground and restrooms.

To the east of these parks is the wonderful Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park located in the Hedgpeth Hills.  This park features 15 miles of multi-use trails, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and jogging.  Picnicking and bird watching are other popular activities in this park.