Thanksgiving – Not Just For A Day

Thanksgiving  and Gratitude

Thanksgiving was a great day; getting together with family, ignoring caloric content, catching a movie, and being thankful for my blessings.  It’s always good, even necessary,  to stop and be grateful, at least for a day.

It has been said that “an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they came from.” (Timothy Dexter, The New Dictionary of Thoughts, Garden City, NY. :Standard Book Co., 1961, p. 308)

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Avondale Waterfront Properties and Lake Communities

Crystal Gardens and Garden Lakes in Avondale

 Some of the most affordable lakefront homes in the Phoenix area are found in the Avondale lake communities of Crystal Gardens and Garden Lakes.  Even though they are adjacent to each other, they are very different. The lake of Crystal Gardens is actually an ecosystem wetland project consisting of 72 acres that recharge SRP and CAP water into underground aquifers. Garden Lakes is the more mature and traditional lake community with 2 lakes totalling 37 acres with the majority of homes being built during 1987 – 1993, while Crystal Gardens homes were built during 1999 – 2002.  Crystal Gardens does not allow boats while Garden Lakes does.

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Garden Lakes Waterfront Homes in Avondale

 Avondale Lake Community – Garden Lakes

 Directly north of one Avondale waterfront community, Crystal Gardens, is  Garden Lakes, a lake community that was built between 1987 and 1993. The entire subdivision including both the north and south lakes measure over 1 square mile.  North lake waterfront homes number over 130 while south lake waterfront home are approximately 100.  Garden Lakes builders include UDC, Pulte, and Continental.

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Crescent Falls Waterfront Townhouses in Fulton Ranch

Cachet Luxury Chandler Townhouses at Fulton Ranch

Crescent Falls in Chandler’s Fulton Ranch lake community is a 90 unit townhome community developed by Cachet Homes.   Phase II units offer two single story 3 bedroom plans, 1,797 and 1,876 square feet.  The 2,287 sq.ft. two story floorplan includes a downstairs master bedroom.  Architectural elevations feature Spanish Colonial and Ranch Hacienda styles.  Crescent Falls is uniquely located between luxury single family homes at The Islands at Fulton Ranch and a regional park and walking distance to The Promenade,  a 150,000 sq.ft shopping  center. Continue reading “Crescent Falls Waterfront Townhouses in Fulton Ranch”

Granite counter tops – An enviable upgrade

 Granite – An Elegant Natural Stone Upgrade

Granite counter tops in Phoenix homes are always considered an upgrade and a distinguishing characteristic in any kitchen. The Arizona Regional MLS has recently made “granite countertops” a searchable field for those buyers where granite kitchen counter tops are a “must have”.  While buyers and sellers alike will attest to the natural beauty of granite, the facts behind this natural igneous upgrade are sometimes unknown. 

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