Living in Kierland

On this map area, the Kierland community is represented by the area from the 101 Freeway to the north, and Shea Boulevard to the south, between 56th Street and Scottsdale Road. Homes in this area are a mixture of luxury apartments and townhomes, and single-family homes. Most of the single-family homes in the specific Kierland community were built by UDC Homes between 1995 and 1998. More than half of these homes are two stories and range in size from 1,600 to 3,500 square feet.

Other residential options in Kierland include townhomes. First, the Kierland Greens community was built by Centex Homes between 1998 and 2000, and these apartment-style townhomes range from 1,100 to 2,200 square feet. Next Kierland Heritage, a Cachet Homes community, was built between 1997 and 1999 and offers 1,600 to 2,400 square feet one and two-story townhomes. Both communities back onto the Kierland Golf Club. The Landmark and The Plaza Lofts are appealing to empty nesters and business executives as these condos offer amenities such as a fitness studio, a heated lap pool, spa, outdoor kitchens, and a pet park. Constructed between 2005 and 2008, the units in these developments range from 1,100 to 3,900 square feet and offer the perks of urban living thanks to its location within Kierland Commons.

Other neighborhoods within this map area include Maravilla Two, Tatum Horizons, Scottsdale Sonoran Villas, Horizon Casitas, Heatherwood, Equestrian Manor, Desert Trails, Sunrise Shadows, Orange Tree Manor, Montage Condominiums, and Scottsdale Pueblo Norte.

The Kierland Golf Club is one of the more popular golf courses in Scottsdale. A Scott Miller designed course, the Golf Club features three nine-hole courses: Acacia, Mesquite, and Ironwood, named for the beautiful trees which line the courses. These courses offer a combined round of play on 18 holes of par 72, 6,900-yard golf.

Shopping and entertainment options are convenient to Kierland due to its location near Scottsdale Road. The eponymous Kierland Commons offers a wealth of shopping options such as Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel, Peek, as well as both casual and fine dining restaurants. The Scottsdale Quarter outdoor mall is across Scottsdale Road with stores such as Apple, Urban Outfitters, and American Girl, and the Scottsdale Promenade, home to the Nordstrom Rack, ULTA, and Home Depot, is less than a mile north. The larger Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall is fifteen minutes south of Kierland.

School: Arizona’s largest school district, Paradise Valley Unified, serves Kierland, specifically Sandpiper Elementary School, Desert Shadows Middle School, and Horizon High School. Other schools within this area are served by Scottsdale Unified School District, such as Cocopah Middle School. All are A-rated schools. Kierland is 20 miles away from Sky Harbor Airport.

Living in Desert Mountain

Desert Mountain is a private golf community that is based around six Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses.  Many of the homes line the pristine greens and offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.  There is a wide range of housing options, from small attached two-bedroom “lock and leave” cottages to large luxurious custom estate homes that sit on the foothills. The luxurious 8,000-acre guard-gated community consists of home sites, custom homes, semi-custom homes, attached cottages/casitas, and is set among a collection of villages.  Within the community are six clubhouses that offer nine tennis courts (1 grass court, 5 clay courts, and 3 hard courts), a full-service spa and a fitness center.

This quiet and rural community is located in North Scottsdale, bordering Cave Creek and Tonto National Forest.  Located in the high Sonoran Desert, elevation ranges from 2,500 to 4,800 square feet, offering slightly cooler temperatures and beautiful mountain views.  There are plenty of trails provided by the surrounding mountains for hiking, biking and riding horses.  Since Desert Mountain borders Cave Creek, residents can also easily enjoy the many stores, restaurants and art galleries that the quaint downtown area offers.  The community is also not far from the many retail stores and restaurants offered at Desert Ridge Marketplace, CityNorth, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarters.  Carefree Hwy is minutes away and the Loop 101 Freeway is easily accessible.  

Children in the area attend schools within the Cave Creek Unified School District. 

Living in Cave Creek

“I love it up here!”  This is what you will hear most from residents living in Cave Creek and Carefree who enjoy cooler temperatures at 2,200 feet elevation.   The lush Sonoran Desert landscape, small-town character and rural charm is what people appreciate most about this part of town.  Yet, the amenities of a city are a short drive away.  Desert Ridge, Kierland, DC RanchGrayhawk and Scottsdale Quarter shopping centers are less than 30 minutes away.

Most communities are surrounded by beautiful mountain views, low traffic congestions and still strict zoning rules.  Real estate in the area is a variety of horse properties, luxury estates built at the foothills and, seasonal condominium residents and single-family homes within gated and non-gated communities governed by HOAs.

Things To Do: There are plenty of golf courses, hiking trails, horse riding and hiking opportunities within and surrounding the area.  Bartlett lake is about a 30-minute drive and is a popular weekend destination for campers, hikers and for boating.

The area is part of the Cave Creek School District, excelling schools with A+ ratings.

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Featured Home in Desert Vista at Troon North

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Absolutely gorgeous home with breathtaking mountain views and tons of on-trend features located in the quiet community of Desert Vista. Spacious open great room has oversized windows for tons of natural lighting and a huge wet bar with granite counters, fridge, and breakfast bar. Gourmet eat-in kitchen incorporates granite counters, island with breakfast bar, stainless appliances, 4 burner cooktop, and double wall ovens.

Other features include soaring high ceilings, 18in ceramic tile flooring, built-in speakers throughout. den with double door entry, gas living room fireplace, and 3 car garage. The master suite offers a charming gas fireplace, two walk-in closets, wood flooring, private patio exit, and a full bathroom with dual vanities, a makeup vanity, soaked tub, and snail walk-in shower.

Oversized backyard has stunning views of Troon and McDowell mountains, extended covered patio, view fence, above ground spa, pebble tech pool with boulder waterfall, and an upgraded irrigation system! This private lot is ideal for stargazing!

Call us today for your exclusive private showing! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Living in Arcadia

Arcadia is an established neighborhood which is located within the boundaries of both Phoenix and Scottsdale. On this map area, Arcadia Proper is represented by the area from Thomas Road north to Camelback Road, and from 40h Street east to 68th Street. Arcadia is best-known for its ranch style homes on large manicured lots. The original Arcadia area began in an area with citrus groves in the 1920s. The irrigation system resulted in large, mature landscaped yards, many with citrus trees, as well as shaded, leafy streets which are a hallmark of Arcadia.

Some homes in Arcadia still remain from the 1920s and the majority of the homes in Arcadia have been partially or fully updated. Major development of this area of Arcadia began mostly in the mid-1950s amongst the remaining citrus farms, and therefore the homes in Arcadia include several different types, from large ranch homes, to custom and patio homes. The homes have a variety of architectural styles beyond its typical ranch homes, including country cottage, Revival, Pueblo and blended architectural types.

The majority of the lot sizes in Arcadia are large, with few under a half acre, and some properties are up to 5 acres in size. Many homes have swimming pools in their large yards, and others have sports courts. Within Arcadia Proper are smaller distinct neighborhoods, including Dateland Homes, Bissell Manor, Arcadia Grove CondominiumsEl Camello, Whitwood, Golden Keys Five and Camel Vista, among others.

Amenities:  Camelback Mountain is a major source of outdoor activity for fitness lovers in Arcadia, who also enjoy the many bike and jogging paths throughout Arcadia and along the Arizona Canal. Golfers have many options as well, including the Phoenician Golf Course, in the foothills of Camelback Mountain. Shopping, culture and entertainment options are centrally located to Arcadia. Arcadia is five minutes from downtown Scottsdale, a cultural and art hub. Shopping at the Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square is minutes away, and ten minutes away is downtown Phoenix with its many museums (science, children’s, art), sporting venues (Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena) and theatres (Herberger and the Dodge).

Schools:  The Scottsdale School District serves Arcadia Proper, including Hopi Elementary and Tavan Elementary, Ingleside Middle School and Arcadia High School. All are A-rated public schools. Arcadia Proper also has several private and charter school options available to its residents.

Eating-In Instead of Out During the Coronavirus

restaurant table and chairsWhile all of our favorite restaurants may be closed for dine-in eating, most are still open for take-out! After chatting with friends and co-workers, we complied a list of everyone’s favorite local restaurants for take-out:

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
11055 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Hopdoddy Burger Bar is open for curbside pickup and delivery via Uber Eats (free delivery), Postmates, and DoorDash.

Joyride Taco House
Multiple Valley Locations
Joyride Taco House has shifted to a to-go operation, serving guests through curbside pickup and delivery. Order through UberEats for free delivery.

Breakfast Kitchen Bar
15147 North Scottsdale Road, Suite H133, Scottsdale
The Breakfast Kitchen Bar at Scottsdale Quarter is offering a carry-out menu of $8 breakfast items and $20 mimosa kits. Customers also get a free coffee with purchase of entrée.

Autumn Court Chinese Restaurant
Autumn Court Chinese Restaurant is offering its entire menu for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Delivery is also available through Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.3752 East Indian School Road

Casa Mia Cucina Italiana
11675 North 136th Street, #107, Scottsdale
Casa Mia Cucina is offering takeout and delivery directly from the restaurant off a limited menu.

Sapiens Paleo Kitchen
10411 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, #120, Scottsdale
Sapiens Paleo Kitchen is offering its full menu of French paleo cuisine for takeout and curbside pickup from 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner packages and weekly meal preps are also available.

Unbaked Edible Cookie Dough & Ice Cream
3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale
Unbaked Edible Cookie Dough & Ice Cream is offering curbside pick up and delivery for everyone’s sweet tooth!

Do you have a favorite restaurant that should be added to our list? Let us know, we would love to try something new! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Grocery Shopping Safety Tips During the Coronavirus Pandemic

grocery shoppingOur daily routines have definitely over the past month, yet one thing hasn’t changed – our need to eat! Fortunately, grocery stores have been able to stay open, but many are wondering – is it safe to go grocery shopping when supplies are running low or should we opt for delivery?

If you’re planning on ordering your groceries for delivery:
Ask your delivery person to leave the groceries outside your door if contact-less delivery is available. Some services have sections where you can specify how you would like your groceries to be dropped off so, tell the delivery people to leave them outside. If you plan on giving the delivery person a tip, see if you can tip electronically instead of giving cash.

If you’re picking up ordered groceries:
The steps are basically the same for this option as for delivery. If you’ve ordered and are having someone put the groceries in your car in a parking lot, consider opening your car door yourself rather than having the person bringing the items to your car touch the handle. And if you can tip on a supermarket’s app, do so rather than giving cash.

If you’re planning on going to the store:
Try to go when it’s least crowded. Since the virus is mainly transmitted through close contact with other individuals, the key to social distancing is by avoiding large groups of people. Bring sanitizing wipes with you so you can clean any shopping carts or baskets you use and use hand sanitizer after going through the checkout. Many stores are offering special early hours designated for Seniors only.

During this time of social distancing, all of us will need to grocery shop at one time sooner or later. The key is to be smart about how we go about it so we can minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Is there something you need help? Give us a call, we would love to help out! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Gated VS Non-Gated Neighborhoods

gated communityLiving in a gated or non-gated neighborhood can be a tough decision for some people in the market for a new home. There are different opinions on both ends of the debate which are completely pro or against one or the other, but what are the real advantages and disadvantages to a a gated neighborhood?

Many people think that there are strong benefits to raising a family inside a gated neighborhood. Some who live in gated areas say they feel more secure or are not afraid to be home alone or leave their kids alone in the neighborhood. Often, people who live in the gated neighborhoods feel a sense of safety that they don’t think they would feel in a non-gated neighborhood. Another reason some homeowners prefer a gated neighborhood is the perceived added prestige.

No matter the reason for choosing to live in a gated neighborhood, the biggest question surrounding gated vs non-gated is safety. The major question that is asked of gated neighborhoods is “Do they really keep crime rates down?” The short answer is, not really. In most cities, some forms of crime such as car theft is reduced initially but the long term crime rates are only marginally better at best. The trend is that crimes against people tend to go down because “outsider” perpetrators initially prefer not to go into areas with which they are unfamiliar and it may be more difficult to escape. Typically, crimes such as burglary drop within the first year of a new gated community but then rise back to the same levels as non-gated neighborhoods.

Does living in a gated neighborhood give a false sense of security? This is what many people believe; gates are more of a marketing tool and fad than serving any true benefit or purpose. For example, in neighborhoods with unmanned gates, codes to get into the gates are given to many people who don’t live there but visit frequently. Often, friends who don’t live inside the gated neighborhood can become irritated with having to remember the code or contacting you for the digits each time they visit. “Outsiders” who get the code not only include friends but also food delivery persons or other individuals providing services to people living inside the gates. Think about all the contractors, landscapers, house cleaners, dog walkers, pest control providers, etc. who enter on a normal basis and consider the level of security coded gates truly provide.

Despite the statistics showing no significant decrease in crime in gated neighborhoods over time, the number of these communities continues to grow. While research shows that the “old school” neighborhood watch programs prove to reduce crime if properly run by the community, often these are forgone in a gated community due to the sense of security from the gates and walls alone. Whether living in a gated or non-gated neighborhood, homeowners should always rely on providing their own safety and security first. Locking doors and windows and keeping the garage shut are the most basic forms of safety and other home safety devices or home security alarm systems can always be installed for added measures.

At the end of the day, living in a gated or non-gated community really just comes down to personal preference. There are pros and cons to living in a gated community. The added security is debatable, but that hasn’t stopped them from being a popular choice for families across the country.

Call us to view homes for sale in gated and non-gated neighborhoods. Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Back to School!

back to schoolSummer vacation was fun, but it’s time to get the kids back to school! Here are some tips for a fun first day back to school and tips for a successful school year.

1st Day of School Traditions

  • Hold a first day photo shoot. Keep the mood fun by suggesting silly faces or letting the family pet join in. Keeping the camera snapping after school and capture your child stepping off the school bus in the afternoon.
  • Bury a time capsule. Fill a box or jar with items that represent your child’s current hobbies and interests. Have your child make a list of their favorite movies, books, and bands and describe first-day fears, friends he or she can’t wait to see!.
  • See how they measures up. Using a growth chart (or the inside of a closet door), mark your child’s current height. Keep track year-by-year to show growth spurts.
  • Plan a bus stop breakfast! Invite all the neighborhood kids to get an early start the day before school begins. Fill a wagon with juice boxes, fruits and donuts. Brint it to the neighborhood bus stop at the usual pickup time as a “dress rehearsal” for the first day of school.
  • Tuck a love note into your child’s lunchbox to show you’re thinking of them. The first day can be nerve racking for everyone, so you may want to go for comfort food when dinner time comes and enjoy a cool dessert as summer vacation comes to an end.

Back to School Study Tips

  • A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need variety. A trip to the library, park, or even just moving to the kitchen table will give kids a change of scenery which can prompt their brain to retain information better.
  • Remind your kids to look over their notes each night to make sure they have got all the information they need, then have them highlight the information that they know is the most important.
  • Don’t let a bad grade keep your kid down. A rough start doesn’t have to ruin the entire school year. Remind your kids to take proactive steps by checking their grades regularly and asking for a tutor if they need one.
  • Encourage your kids to make a friend in every class. Having a few friends in each class if always helpful if they have a homework question or had to miss class, then when it comes time to study for exams, they will already have a study group.
  • Keeping a calendar helps everyone plan ahead, but you’ve got more going on than just school so make sure you’re marking your extracurricular, work, and social commitments!

…and before you know it, summer vaction will be here again!

Easter Brunch

Easter Basket
With so many Easter brunches around the valley, how do you choose? Here are a few of our favorite local restaurants for brunch!

Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
6114 – North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Weft & Warp at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows will be going all out this Easter Sunday. From 11am to 3pm delight in an assortment of cheese and charcuterie, slow-roasted prime rib, pan-seared scallops, and so much more! Raspberry coconut eclairs will sugar-coat the entire experience, but go for a Lucky Charms tart to keep the meal festive. Bottomless mimosas are sure to get you buzzing at $25. An egg hunt will be held on property from 10 to 11am, including a special adult hunt with prizes. Brunch costs $75 for adults and $35 for children 7 to 12. Call 480-214-4622 for reservations.

Pomelo at the Orchard
7100 – North 12th Street, Phoenix

Enjoy Pomelo this Easter with an inspired brunch set at one of Arizona’s first citrus farms. Start with a crudite platter with hummus and grilled pita, then keep it fresh with the seared ahi tuna salad. Indulge in the short rib Benedict or breakfast pizza featuring fresh mozzarella, Schreiner’s sausage, breakfast potatoes, and over-medium eggs. Plus, you can rendezvous with rosé all day for $20. Brunch runs from 10am to 3 pm. Call 602-633-2600 for reservations.

Ocean Prime
5455 – East High Street, #115, Phoenix

Treat yourself to seafood and upscale vibes this Easter at Ocean Prime from 11am to 3pm. Easter brunch will be a la carte and feature lobster toast with a sunny-side egg, crab and eggs atop an English muffin with hollandaise sauce, and French toast with mixed berries and candied bacon. Start your meal with a blood orange mimosa for $9, or go all out with Ocean Prime’s signature Bloody Mary with jumbo shrimp for $18. Call 480-347-1313 for reservations.

Once you finish your Easter Egg hunt and you’re ready to begin your house hunt, give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477