Charter Schools in Arizona

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Charter schools provide an alternative to traditional public schools

One of the many, but very important items on the checklist of things to do for a family relocating to the Phoenix area is researching schools.  Which school is the best school in the area we want to live? Which district is the best? Do they have extra-curricular activities? And the questions go on and on.  These families will also have to add another question that they may not have considered previously, “What about charter schools?” Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead Ranch, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Relocation, schools, Scottsdale, Tempe

The HB 2001 Jobs Bill – Now for the part they didn’t tell you!

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Arizona Jobs Bill – HB 2001 will lower business property taxes, targets jobs creation

Arizona is open for business with business property tax cuts and targeted incentives aimed at job creation.  That’s the purpose and strategy behind HB 2001 that was signed into law last month.  That’s what the sponsors want you to remember.   What they didn’t tell you is what will happen to residential property taxes.  Buried deep in the 214 page bill is a change to the tax treatment of residential property.  And in this bill what they didn’t tell you will cost you.  How so? Read on.

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Categories: Ahwatukee Foothills, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Sun City, Sun Lakes, Tempe

Mesa Arts Center in Historic Downtown

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Excelling in Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Education

Even though the Mesa Arts Center is located in Mesa, residents of the entire Phoenix valley can enjoy the most comprehensive and largest Arts Center in Arizona.  Located on a seven-acre campus, the  212,000 sq.ft. $95 million facility focuses on performing arts, contemporary arts, and arts education.  The Mesa Arts Center(MAC)  features 4 theatres that range in size from the smaller 98 seat Farnsworth Studio Theatre to the larger Ikeda Theatre that seats 1,600, along with five art galleries and 14 studios and classrooms.

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Categories: Chandler, Entertainment, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe

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

Tempe Az Waterfront Property – Most varied waterfront options

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Tempe Waterfront Homes and Lake Communities

When it comes to Phoenix Az waterfront property, certain bragging rights can be claimed by each city or town depending on the lake communities within their city limits.  For example, Chandler has more lake communities than any other city.  And Gilbert has 3 of the 6 water ski communities in the Phoenix valley.   Scottsdale Waterfront Residences often claims the most expensive waterfront listing in the valley.   When you consider Tempe lake communities, it could easily be distinguished as having the most diverse selection of Phoenix waterfront property.

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

The Lakes in Tempe Waterfront Community

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Arizona’s First Man Made Waterfront Community

 Welcome to Arizona’s first man made lake community which offers a combination of desireable waterfront single family, patio homes, and condo’s for total of over 200 waterfront properties.  The majority of the homes were built between 1972 and 1977 providing very mature and lush green landscaping throughout this Tempe Az lakefront community. The proximity of this Tempe lake community to the US60 and downtown Phoenix is a significant advantage when considering commute times.

Satellite view of The Lakes

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Categories: Tempe, Waterfront / Lakefront Community, Waterfront Condos

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

Lakefront Tempe Condominiums at Regatta Pointe

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 Regatta Pointe Condominiums Offer Great Proximity to Tempe Town Lake Amenities

Regatta Pointe condominiums located right across the street from Tempe Town Lake were built in 2002.  While they cannot be considered waterfront property, some of the condominiums have fantastic views of Tempe Town lake.  This Tempe lakeview condominium development has 136 units; 116 single level units and 20 larger two story units.   A heated community pool and spa are at the center of the community.  The location features proximity to an endless list of amenities such as parks, the light rail, Mill Avenue restaurants and entertainment, and a cultural center.  Recent sales of distressed properties such as short sales or bank owned units have sold for 60% of their highs in 2005 – 2006.

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Categories: Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums

Tempe Town Lake Condos Lose Their Waterfront View – Temporarily

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Tempe Town Lake Inflatable Dam Bursts

At 9:45 pm on  Tuesday,  July 20th, one section of the inflatable dam at Tempe Town Lake burst releasing 750 million gallons into the Salt River.  Since it occured at night nobody was on the lake and one visitor at the west end of the lake was able to capture the release on video.   The day after the failure, the Town of Tempe and Bridgestone, the manufacturer of the inflatable bladders, squared off and each offered explanations of why the other party was at fault.  Obviously, something went wrong somewhere because according to the Town of Tempe  website, “The bladders have special ozone and ultraviolet ray protection from the southwestern climate and have been tested extensively for durability.” Bridgestone contends improper maintenance since  the bladders need to be kept moist and cool through the use of a sprinkler system that was not being used at the time of the failure, while the Town of Tempe Mayor counters that the poor design of the dam made it difficult to use the sprinklers effectively.

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Categories: Tempe, Townhouses & Condominiums, Waterfront Condos

Gated Waterfront Communities in Phoenix

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Gated Lake Subdivisions and Waterfront Property

When looking for Phoenix area waterfront homes, your dream home could be hiding behind one of the gated lake communities featuring waterfront homes. These unique gated subdivisions are spread throughout the valley in cities and towns such as Chandler, Mesa, Maricopa, Scottsdale, Tempe and Gilbert among others.

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Categories: Active Adult Retirement Lake Community, Chandler, General Waterfront Info, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Val Vista Lakes, Waterfront / Lakefront Community, Waterfront Condos


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