What is a Monsoon?

Mention the word “monsoon” to a Phoenix resident, and memories of heavy localized rain, wind gusts, power outages, flash floods and dust storms quickly come to mind.  While most residents primarily think of a thunder storm, the monsoon season is more tied to wind shift rather than precipitation. The term “monsoon” comes from the Arabic “mausim” which means “season” or “wind shift.” During the summer wind shift which brings increased moisture and low pressure in the valley, you have essential ingredients of the monsoon season.

Defining the monsoon season

When I first arrived in Arizona, I asked why a summer rain storm is called a monsoon storm.  The answer I received was that the Arizona monsoon seaon officially begins after the third consecutive day of a dew point above 55 degrees.  On average, this occurred on July 7th and lasted for 2 months.  Was this too confusing? Too technical?  Apparently so because in 2008 the National Weather Service decided to make it simpler and set firm dates for the beginning and end of the Arizona monsoon season.  Since 2008, June 15th is the first day of the monsoon, and September 30th is the last day. During July-August-September the average rainfall is 2.65 inches.

Stupid motorist law and flash floods

Stupid Motorist LawIt may be hard to believe but with the heavy localized rain of a storm during the monsoon season, flooding is a common occurrence. And frequently, flash floods make streets impassable.  Does this stop drivers from attempting to cross a flooded street? Nope. So what happens when a driver attempts to cross a flooded street that is barricaded and they get stuck? They can be fined under what is known as the “Stupid Motorist Law”, ARS 28:910, which went into effect in 1995. This is intended to protect “stupid” motorist, first responders, and help absorb the cost of a rescue.  A helicopter in a rescue situation can cost up to $600/hour in addition to the fire department and police officers.Power Ranch Splash Pad

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$400,000 :: 10629 E Minnesota Avenue, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 04/17/18, Last Updated: 04/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5752922
Community: Sun Lakes
Tract: Sun Lakes
Status: Conditional


TRUE WATERFRONT PROPERTY!! What a view! Beautiful home, completely remodeled in 2015! New exterior paint in 2014. New A/C in 2014. Dramatic vaulted ceiling in the living room with wood burning fireplace! Kitchen features new granite counters & cabinets (2015). Two large bedrooms, each with their own updated bathroom. The master bath is just a dream come true! Huge walk-in shower, dual sinks, and room for a stylish stand up cabinet! Separate Niche off Living Room for Den/Office/ another Dining Space. Backyard has Sweet Pink Grapefruit and Orange fruit trees. Full length patio for entertaining and enjoying the Sun Lakes Lifestyle. Community Pools, Restaurants, Golf, Pickle Ball, Tennis, too many groups and activities to mention! Plus, coming soon, a State of the Art Fitness Center!!

Listed with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$425,000 :: 4777 S FULTON RANCH Boulevard #1115, Chandler AZ, 85248

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,797 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 04/19/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5754048
Community: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
Tract: SERENITY SHORES CONDOMINIUM AT
Status: Active


This light, bright & inviting home has all the upgrades without the new home pricetag! Upgraded lot offers lake views out both back patios to ensure quiet & serene living. Wood-look tile, upgraded cabinets, upgraded lighting & a gas cooktop are just a few of the upgrades! Dual Masters upstairs in addition to downstairs bedroom with custom installed glass doors to let in the light while maintaining sound privacy -the perfect office space. A water softener & RO system make living comfortable & easy while the EcoBee thermostat keeps it budget-friendly as well. Garage has epoxied floors & storage above parking. Speaking of parking, you can park in your driveway in this unit! Why buy new from the builder when you can get a larger place with more upgrades & a lake view for less!??

Listed with Red House Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$410,000 :: 7272 E GAINEY RANCH Road #120, Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,393 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 03/21/18, Last Updated: 04/19/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5739682
Community: Pavilions at Gainey Ranch
Tract: Pavilions at Gainey Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/19/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Looking for Resort Style Living, Easy Lock and Leave? Welcome home to The Pavilions at Gainey Ranch! Home has been beautifully remodeled with plantation shutters, upgraded light fixtures, custom kitchen, Berber carpet, and natural stone flooring. Interior walls were removed to open the living area to kitchen. Vaulted ceilings - extremely light and bright. Huge master bedroom with plenty of closet space, balcony off master for a fresh breeze. Master bathroom upgraded with granite c-tops, dual sinks, and walkin stone shower with overhead shower fixture. Second bedroom and bath also large and upgraded. Attached 2 car garage. The Pavilions is a 24 hour guard gated community with a community pool and is also part of the master Gainey Ranch Association

Listed with Apartment Source


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$449,990 :: 441 N CHOLLA Street, Chandler AZ, 85224

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,897 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/18/18, Last Updated: 04/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5753585
Community: Andersen Springs
Tract: Andersen Springs
Status: Active


Consider a Centralized Chandler Lifestyle in this stunning Luxury Waterfront! 441 Cholla portrays picture perfect living in every way, the location, lake neighborhood, Top Rated Chandler School options, hot new booming developments/amenities, 101/202 freeway proximities, designer home interior w/luxury finishes valuing $140k+, today's transitional floor plan w/an open great room concept modeling towering vaulted ceilings, expansive home spaces & owner suite downstairs, remodeled kitchen layout that would please a true Chef, spa-style owner suite bath, several major improvements... Decorative Landscaping, ROOF & HVAC system to name a few & finally a Backyard Pool Oasis for all the summers days & nights you've earned to relax & entertain in your breathtaking outdoor waterfront living space!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$425,000 :: 17109 S 176TH Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,164 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 04/15/18, Last Updated: 04/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5752243
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Status: Active


Enjoy the lifestyle you've earned in this gorgeous Waterfront Retreat in the Resort Style, Active Adult Community of CantaMia (My Song). Backyard is a dream come true with sparkling pool, large covered patio, Alumawood gazebo, gas firepit, pavered patios and plenty of places to relax in the sun. And you will never tire of the AMAZING views of the lake and the Majestic Estrella Mountains. Beautiful courtyard home with private casita is energy efficient and includes owned solar to help you keep utility costs lower! Private pavered courtyard is so spacious offering plenty of room for outdoor living and entertaining. Attached casita makes the perfect guest accommodations, studio, hobby space or anything else you might dream up. Light and open floor plan offers up those... see more

Listed with RE/MAX-Preferred Choice


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$429,900 :: 25642 S CEDARCREST Drive, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,668 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 04/15/18, Last Updated: 04/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5752185
Community: SUN LAKES 16 LOT 1-209 TR A-D
Tract: SUN LAKES 16 LOT 1-209 TR A-D
Status: Active


Beautiful Home on Lake, 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath plus separate Den/Office/Library. Formal Living Room & Dining Room, Fireplace. Family Room w/Wet Bar, Fireplace, Large Breakfast area & Kitchen w/all Stainless Steel Appliances, Tile Counter Tops. 1/2 Bath off Hallway, Large Master Bedroom & Bath, Carpet, Large Walk in Closet, separate Tub & Shower, 2 Sinks, private Toilet room, Door to Patio. 2nd Full Bath & 2nd Bedroom w/Murphy Bed. Inside Laundry w/Washer/Dryer. 2.5 Car Garage, Whole house Salt Water Softener & Filtration System, Newer Hot Water Heater. Vaulted Ceilings, Plantation Shutters, Solar Tubs, Newer Doors & Windows, dual pane. Ceiling Fans, Mirror accents, Alarm System, Skylights, Carpet & Tile Floors. Gorgeous Yard & View. So Much to offer, see list of Upgrades & Special Features

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$440,000 :: 42624 W MALLARD Lane, Maricopa AZ, 85138

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,102 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 12/12/17, Last Updated: 04/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5697915
Community: PROVINCE PARCEL
Tract: PROVINCE PARCEL
The price of this listing was last increased on 4/13/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterfront 3 Bedroom Orchid Model with Attached Casita home in active Adult community Province. Upgraded cherry wood cabinets, granite counter tops, gourmet kitchen w/ induction-heat cooktop, Huge kitchen island and breakfast bar, and large walk-in pantry. Floor to Ceiling windows with incredible views of the water. 18'' tile floors, custom window treatments, electric fireplace w/remote, 12' ceilings, formal dining and living room, his & hers walk-in closets in master bedroom, custom built-in entertainment center by DAGR Design, high-end flush-mount speakers. Attached casita/office w/separate entrance. Low maintenance landscaping including night-lighting that gives this home a resort-like feel, plus a 3-car oversized garage! At the Center

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$430,000 :: 14214 W MEADOWOOD Drive, Sun City West AZ, 85375

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,961 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 03/04/18, Last Updated: 04/10/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5731975
Community: SUN CITY WEST
Tract: SUN CITY WEST
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/10/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


**HUGE PRICE REDUCTION** Bring your visions to life in this amazing Sun City West home with separate guest quarters! Waterfront lot with golf course views and impeccable landscape. View F Main home features vaulted ceilings, neutral paint tones, and a handsome tiled fireplace. Bright and open kitchen boasts a plethora of cabinets, center island, ample counter space, and a raised breakfast bar. Two spacious bedrooms have plush carpeting. Master includes a private exit, walk in closet, and an adjoining bath. Studio guest quarters has plantation shutters, ceiling fan,a walk in closet, and a full bath. Enjoy the amazing Arizona weather from the backyard oasis with an extended covered patio, refreshing blue pool, and of course the wonderful views! This home is move in ready and waiting for you!

Listed with All About Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$444,888 :: 1345 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,643 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 04/04/18, Last Updated: 04/04/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5746489
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Status: Active


There is only one gated waterfront community in The Islands, and this fully updated home is located there. Welcome to The Falls where you can lock your door and leave because the HOA covers front and rear landscaping and exterior painting every seven years. From the moment you arrive at this beautiful waterfall community home you will love the curb appeal. The covered entry invites you into a grand foyer with a beautiful staircase and soaring ceilings. As you gaze across the giant family room you will be instantly drawn to your amazing water view. The oversized patio beckons you for relaxing evenings taking in your view of one of three community lakes. Take a cruise on a pontoon from your own private boat dock

Listed with The Beshk Group, Inc.


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$439,000 :: 10925 E MINNESOTA Avenue, Sun Lakes AZ, 85248

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,387 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 03/24/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673876
Community: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 $5000 B
Tract: SUN LAKES 26D LOT 1-38 $5000 B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/24/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful Home on Golf Course w/Lake View, Separate Guest House...4 Bedrooms/3.5 Baths. Formal Living/Dining Room/ Separate Den/Office w/Library. Large Open Kitchen w/Island, Desk, Walk in Pantry, Built in Microwave Oven, Breakfast Area and Family Room w/Wet Bar, Bay Window, Vaulted Ceilings. Home has Carpet, Tile Flooring, Solar Tubes, Plantations Shutters. Double Door Entry w/Stained Glass inserts. Inside Laundry w/Washer & Dryer, Cabinets & Sink. Large Master Bedroom w/Sitting Area, Large Walk in Closet, Separate Tub & Shower, Skylights, Door to Patio. Large 2nd Bedroom & Bath. Full 3 Car Garage. Full Tile Roof, double felt replaced 2013 along with re-coating Patio Roof. A/C Main replaced in 2004, Upstairs is original, but not used much & Casita A/C Replaced in 2017.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


 

 

 

 

 

Valley firefighters carried out several water rescues in the morning. Cost for emergency personnel at a water rescue starts around $4,000.