Tips and useful info for home buyers and sellers, local events, real estate updates things to do in the area.

Mac and Cheese Fest – Scottsdale Arizona

 

Local restaurants will be serving up their cheesiest renditions of America’s comfort food at this two-day festival, in its second year. General admission guests can purchase macaroni and cheese samples ($2) and wash them down with beers in the craft beer garden. VIP guests get five tasting tokens, four drink tickets and a free soda or water. The event also features mac and cheese cooking demonstrations and lawn games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $15 for general admission; $20 for beer garden (with general admission); $75-$85 for VIP; $10 for children’s general admission. macandcheesefestaz.com.

View more info about the Mac & Cheese Fest here.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Spire – Scottsdale, Arizona

Be sure to keep your eyes on the road as you pass this amazing sight — the Frank Lloyd Wright Spire!

The Spire was designed in 1957, and built in 2004. It stands proudly at the intersections of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Roads in Scottsdale at The Promenade Mall. The spire or tower was originally designed for the Arizona State Capitol, and weighs more than 75,000 pounds. It’s assembled with approximately 1,700 individual pieces of steel.

The Spire is lit at night and turns a cool blue. The internal illumination system includes 142 eight-foot lamps that range in size from 30 to 96 inches.

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Scottsdale Art Walk – Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

A 40-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.

Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles that are represented by Scottsdale galleries, from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from Southwest landscapes and Native American subjects to Russian Impressionism and more. Scottsdale ArtWalk keeps you on your cultural toes! Casual and eclectic, it’s a great time to visit the galleries and discover fabulous artists. Several times per year, the Scottsdale Gallery Association “pulls out all the stops” for Special Event ArtWalks with live music along the streets and special themed events.

ArtWalks are free to the public every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. along Main Street from Scottsdale Rd. west to Goldwater Blvd., and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd. to Fifth Ave.

For more information about the Scottsdale Art Walk click here.

 

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Fur children (our dogs) and dog parks…

Today I decided to take Tucker and Sunny to Paradise Valley dog park. As I got them ready putting their leashes on my 14 year old fur child Sassy just wimpered and layed by my husbands feet. She loves to go to the park with us but not the dog park. She is getting old and can’t run around like she used to. But the other two are raring to go! We are fortunate to have quite a few dog parks in the Phoenix Metro Area to choose from. My last count shows 36 dog parks!

I recommend finding several dog parks close by and going and checking them out. Many now have two fenced dog parks. One for the little dogs and one for big dogs. Check to see if there is water available Many have double water fountain-one for pups and one for humans! Some parks just have a water spiggot to fill bowls. Check to see if the area is well maintained-make sure it has grass and not a dust bowl or mud bath. Look for a shade structure and trees.

New to the area or thinking about making the move to the Phoenix area? For information on the 36 dog parks contact me at [email protected]

Click here to see map of the 36 dog parks in Phoenix Metro Area…

 

 

 

More home buyers looking for mutli-generation homes…

The last buyer I worked with to help find a multi-gen home I met at an Open House in Queen Creek. They were being relocated from South Carolina and were bringing their parents with them and wanted to live under one roof… the search began. After two months looking at eight different properties we found the ideal floor plan by Lennar Homes.

Multigenerational living continues to trend upward. As baby boomers retire, many are choosing to live with their adult children. A recent survey by Pew Research Center showed that 19% of US population is living in multigenerational homes. The survey showed 44 percent of respondents said they would like to accommodate their elderly parents in their next home, while 42 percent said they plan to accommodate their adult children. Many builders have responded to this trend and are now building muligenerational homes.

In Arizona, specifically the Phoenix Metro area it has become difficult to find affordable homes that meet this growing sector. Especially for families moving from other area’s of the country where housing cost are significantly lower. As the Valley of the Sun continues to build further out increasing it’s footprint it has created some affordable opportunities to meet our growing population.

There are several housing options that will accomodate this sector one being two story homes offering a bedroom with full bath downstairs. The other option is one and two story homes with a separate/private suite offering private living and bedroom/bath. Some properties even have separate entrances and garages.

To search Multigenerational Homes For Sale on the MLS click here

 

 

 

 

 

Lowest price home in the East Valley…

LOWEST PRICE BASEMENT HOME IN THE EAST VALLEY! Incredible 1 STORY+BASEMENT home offers 4963 SF*6 BR 3.5 BA FORMALS+FAMILY ROOM+LARGE KITCHEN W/GRANITE COUNTERTOPS. 4 CAR GARAGE + REFRESHING POOL WITH RV GATE *Association allows RV’s and boats behind gate. The 30,000 square foot lot backs to 2.5 acre lot for privacy! This is a semi-custom home built in 2001 by Cornerstone Builders. Open House this SAT & SUN