Granite counter tops – An enviable upgrade

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 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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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Pinelake Estates, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Making sense of Maricopa county property taxes and valuations

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Maricopa County Tax Bills Arrived – Some Happy, Some Not

The motivation for this article comes from all the recent news about taxes, and some buyers who say interesting things like “The property values have gone down, so the taxes better be lower!”   With that I thought it was the right time to dig in and get to the bottom of this sensitive topic.   I’m glad I did because there are some interesting facts of which I was unaware.  Read on and find out what is myth, what is reality,  and discover some unknown facts.

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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Ocotillo Lakes, Peoria, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch – Lake and Golf Community

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 Gainey Ranch – outstanding combination of lakes and green fairways

This prestigous Scottsdale community takes its name from Daniel C. Gainey,  the original owner and Minnesotan.  It was James Kilday,  the founder and CEO of Markland Properties who acquired 560 acres of the original 640 acres owned by Daniel Gainey that had  the vision of creating  a luxury resort community.

Gainey Ranch is a mixed use community comprised of residential, commercial office buildings, a private  golf course, and a luxury hotel.  The residential portion of Gainey Ranch occupies approximately 264 acres, less than half of the 560 acres.   The Gainey Ranch master planned community also includes commerical office buildings,  the Hyatt Hotel and an award winning 27 hole private golf course , Gainey Ranch Golf Club

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Scottsdale, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront Condos

Scottsdale Waterfront Luxury Condominiums

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Scottsdale Waterfront Residences Condominiums on Camelback

Balcony view from Scottsdale Waterfront Residences

Known for setting the standard of luxurious urban living in the heart of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Waterfront Residences are located near the intersection of Camelback and Scottdale Roads.  The waterfront designation is due to the location next to the historic Arizona Canal.  The SRP canal was completed in 1885 and facilitated the founding of many valley communities. In 1888, Major Winfield Scott purchased 640 acres next to the canal and Scottdale Arizona was born.  The real attraction to these luxury Scottsdale condominiums is the urban living atmosphere and proximity to dining, entertainment, shopping and everything within a close commute. The Scottdale Fashion Square, the largest shopping mall in Arizona with approximately 2 million square feet of retail is just across the street.

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Categories: Scottsdale, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Homes Near Phoenix Lakes and Reservoirs – Bartlett Lake

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Bartlett Lake from shoreBartlett Lake Offers Scottsdale Residents Nearby Watersports Recreation

If you live in the east valley and enjoy boating or water skiing, you are familiar with Saguaro or Canyon Lake.  If you live in Peoria or Surprise, Lake Pleasant is exceptionally close.  But for those that live in the northeast part of the valley, Bartlett Lake is the safe haven for water sport activists that live in Scottsdale, Carefree and  Cave Creek.  Bartlett Lake is 15 miles from north Scottsdale custom home communities such as Desert Mountain, Treviso, Mirabel, and Boulder Heights.

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Categories: Recreation, Scottsdale

Luxury Waterfront Homes in Phoenix

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Luxury waterfront homes

Phoenix Luxury Waterfront Homes in Lake Communities

Some of the most coveted luxury home locations are those in lake communities with  a waterfront view.  Very few waterfront or lakefront homes are being built with the slowdown of new home subdivisions.  A luxury home on a waterfront lot makes a fanastic combination that provides the owner with a unique oasis setting in the desert.   The following luxury home links list waterfront homes above $500,000 in various parts of the valley.

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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Water in the Desert – Phoenix water supply

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The next time you turn on the faucet or take a shower, take time to realize that you live in a desert where the average rainfall in the Phoenix valley is less than 9 inches/year but  the average person uses 150 gallons of water PER day.  So how do we satisfy our “thirst” for water that exceeds our natural supply  in the valley? Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Chandler, Crystal Point, Gilbert, Mesa, Recreation, Relocation, Scottsdale, Tempe

Basement homes in Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, and Scottsdale

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Custom Basement home in Chandler & GilbertAre there basement homes in the Phoenix area?

As of this writing there are 635 listings for homes with basements in the Phoenix metro area, out of  a total of 25,941 listings for single family homes.  Less than 2.5% of the total homes available for sale have basements.  Those that have moved here from other states, which is about everyone,  always ask why the scarcity of basement homes.   You’ll certainly get a variety of answers.  Read on for the real reasons!

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Categories: Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Mesa, Relocation, Scottsdale

Scottsdale Ranch Waterfront Homes

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scottsdale-ranch-lakefront3Scottsdale Lake Community

Scottsdale Ranch is home to over 250 waterfront luxury homes that surround Lake Serena. Scottsdale Ranch, a 1,100 acre residential development,  includes custom luxury homes, townhouses, condominiums, single family and patio homes. Conveniently located next to this lake community is Scottsdale Ranch Park, a 31 acre park that offers a variety of recreational activities.  Scottsdale Ranch waterfront neighborhoods include Lakeview and Bayview Estates, Las Brisas, Charter Point, The Landings, Monterey Point, Lake Serena Estates, The Watefront, and The Island. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: General Waterfront Info, Scottsdale, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Phoenix Real Estate Buyers Market?

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Days On Market by Price Range and Pending Sales for Phoenix Real Estate

The media continues to publish at every chance the woes of the housing industry; mortgage meltdown, rising foreclosures, negative equity and short sales, builders declaring bankruptcy, rising unemployment, etc.  These are valid concerns and I see them taking their toll everyday.  But somedays, it doesn’t feel like it.  Especially when there multiple offers on short sale after just three days!  Or competing with 9 other offers for a lender owned property that has been on the market for a week.  It feels like 2005 again. But the typical buyer response is “But it’s a buyers market.” Or ” I just read that home prices are still going down!”  I believe that the Phoenix metropolitan area median price will continue to trend downward this year, but remember it is the median calculation for an extremely large market covering many sub-markets and price ranges.  Real estate is local and cannot be lumped into one all inclusive headline as the media loves to do. So let’s break it down by price range and cities.

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Categories: Chandler, Gilbert, Relocation, Scottsdale, Tempe


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