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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$675,000
729 W VERNON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3015
Year Built: 1951
Subdivision: HISTORIC ENCANTO
Description: What a rare find in the highly sought after historic Encanto neighborhood! ...
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$385,000
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1848
Year Built: 1948
Subdivision: ENCANTO VISTA
Description: Charming Encanto Bungalow. 2 Bdrm/2 Bath in the main house (1608 sf) with S...
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$204,999
2435 N 23RD Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1040
Year Built: 1968
Subdivision: ENCANTO PARK 2 TOWNHOUSES (SUB LOT DEV)
Description: BACK ON MARKET _ WELCOME HOME TO YOUR PRIVATE SUN DRENCHED TOWNHOUSE WHERE ...
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$495,000
Windsor exterior
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1883
Year Built: 1950
Subdivision: ENCANTO VISTA
Description: Stunning 1950 Mid Century Ranch home located in Encanto Vista! Situated on ...
Last Updated: July - 19 - 2019
$295,000
1615 W Palm Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1238
Year Built: 1951
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE BLKS 5-8
Description: This 3 bedroom home is perfectly situated on a large corner lot in the hear...
Last Updated: July - 18 - 2019
$259,000
2914 N 17TH Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1565
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: ENCANTO TERRACE PLAT 2
Description: Charming 1940's home in prime area of Phoenix near Encanto Park. Features 1...
Last Updated: July - 18 - 2019
$375,000
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: **PROPETY IS UNDER RENOVATION, UPDATED WITH AFTER RENO LIST PRICE, PLEASE C...
Last Updated: July - 17 - 2019
$429,900
728 W WILSHIRE Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1740
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: ENCANTO VISTA
Description: Very charming single story, 3 bedroom home available in the heart of Phoeni...
Last Updated: July - 17 - 2019
$339,000
1531 W ENCANTO Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1176
Year Built: 1936
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE BLKS 5-8
Description: Great home in the Fairview Place Historic District downtown Phoenix. This r...
Last Updated: July - 17 - 2019
$335,000
1837 W Virginia Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1600
Year Built: 1948
Subdivision: ENCANTO HEIGHTS AMD
Description: Don't miss out on this RARE, 3 Bed 2 Bath Home in the highly sought after E...
Last Updated: July - 15 - 2019

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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.