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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.

Good Glendale Homes For Sale-Mountain Ridge High School

Mountain Ridge High School, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District is located in the Glendale Homes For Sale neighborhood, on 67th Ave just north of Deer Valley Rd.

Ridge was built in 1995 and is the home of the Mountain Lions. This school is headed by Principal Debra Poulson and her amazing staff of educators. MRHS graduates young adults who are prepared to achieve personal success. The Mission Statement for Mountain Ridge is Merit, Responsibility, Honor and Success. The Mission of Mountain Ridge High School is to provide real world connections within highly engaging classrooms that prepare graduates to meet the rigors and demands of 21st century global citizens.

Ridge is noted for its intense academic criteria, which enables students to complete all of their goals. Advanced Placement classes and Dual Enrollment courses allow students the advantage and opportunity to excel in a competitive world. It is no wonder that Mountain Ridge High School has become a notably recognized and highly regarded school.

For the second year since the inception of the new labelling system, Mountain Ridge High School received an “A” Accountability letter grade from the Arizona State Board of Education. Mountain Ridge is the only high school in the Deer Valley Unified School District to receive this label for the 2nd consecutive year.

Mountain Ridge offers a large array of extra-curricular activities and a host of other academic clubs designed to enrich a student’s education. The Mountain Ridge Marching band has consistently placed in the top 5 for Division 1 Bands in state competition and remains the top band in the NW Valley. Their 3 concert bands have also been received ratings of Superior in various state competitions.

Of course MRHS has a full athletic program as well. With so many choices of different teams, from football, golf, volleyball, soccer, badminton, cross country, and pom and cheer to name just a few, the kids are sure to find something they would enjoy. All participants are required to have a physical each year and tryouts are a part of the process. In April 2012 Mountain Ridge Pom Squad won the National Title in Anaheim where they competed in the United Spirit Association where they competed against teams from all across the west coast.

These are just 2 of the many stellar groups that Ridge has on campus. As you know though as with any school in the DVUSD you can apply for open enrollment and see if you can become a student at MRHS.

 

New In Town- 10 Things NOT To Do When New To The Desert

So you say you’re new to the Valley of the Sun, well join the millions of transplants that already live here. Chances are you came from somewhere in the country with seasons, well we don’t really have seasons here so that is your first adjustment, but here are some big no no’s when it comes to living here.

1.  Don’t think that just because it is a dry heat that it’s not hot or you don’t need to drink fluids.  You must hydrate yourself, regularly!  Take a bottle of water out with you, stop and grab a soda, iced tea anything.  Just drink!

2.  So you go to step in the shower and didn’t really look before getting in, and oops stepped on a scorpion. OUCH!  Well lesson learned, you moved to their territory and they have been here millions of years before you.  They are not going anywhere so, look before stepping! Read more

Good Glendale Homes for Sale- Glendale Community College North Campus

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. Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Top 10 Reasons to Live In Glendale

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! Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Tips for Getting Kids Organized for School

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. Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Child Care Options

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. Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Candeo Charter School

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.  Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Sandra Day O’Connor High School

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.

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Glendale Homes For Sale-Curb Appeal, What is it?

 

Have you ever heard the saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression”?  Well the same holds true for homes.  Living in the beautiful communities of Glendale Homes for Sale, we come to expect the homes here to have fantastic “curb appeal”.  But what is that exactly?

When a prospective buyer drives up for the first time to see a home, the first thing they will see is the front yard, and front of the home.  If there are weeds growing or paint chipping the impression is this home was not taken care of on the outside, what am I going to see on the inside?  Even if the interior was maintained or even recently upgraded with the most current design trends, the first impression did not “impress”. Read more