Sept. 11, 2017

Fall Festivals in Arizona You Won't Want to Miss

Octoberfest in Phoenix

Labor Day has passed, the temperatures are getting cooler, and the kids are back in school. For many Phoenicians, fall is the best time of year to live in Arizona! Fall is also the best time of year for some fantastic fall festivals and shows. No matter what part of the Valley you live in, chances are there is a festival near you. Check out the list below and plan your fall fun now!

Scottsdale Art Walk:  September 7th – November 2nd

The Scottsdale Art Walk is a great opportunity to check out the gorgeous work that Scottsdale Downtown galleries have to offer. The event takes place on Thursday evenings throughout most of the year. Wander at your speed of choice, peek inside the art galleries and walk around them if you choose. In addition to the galleries, it’s a great opportunity to check out everything Scottsdale Downtown has to offer. Along Main Street from Scottsdale Road West to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue - Marshall Way & Main St in Scottsdale.

Tempe Center of the Arts 10 Year Anniversary Celebration: September 8th – 9th

Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts invites you to honor the past and celebrate the future at the Tempe Center for the Arts 10 Year Anniversary Celebration presented by Northern Trust. With her powerhouse vocals and commanding stage presence, Jordin Sparks kicks off the 10-year celebration with her electrifying live show. 

Glendale Marketplace: September 9th – 10th 

Come browse and buy unique gifts for the holiday or any occasion, along with home and patio décor, jewelry, clothing, craft items, holiday items, specialty foods and more. Ironwood High School – 6051 W. Sweetwater Ave. in Glendale.

Constitution Fair: September 16th

Constitution Fair is an annual celebration held in Gilbert, Arizona, to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. The festival hosts a variety of patriotic events and activities appropriate for all ages. Attendees can view military aircraft displays, a biplane flyover, skydivers, American history galleries and an exhibit honoring Arizona’s fallen soldiers. For kids, the festival features a special theater and music stage as well as puppet and magic shows. At night, the entire family can gather for a firework’s show and live music from local folk, country and rock bands. Gilbert Town Square Civic Center -50 East Civic Center Drive in Gilbert.

Cruising for a Cause: September 23rd

This unique event features a car show, a bike show, arts and crafts, a consumer and health fair, music, food and much more. Something for the whole family! 1459 N Dysart Rd, in Avondale.

San Tan Brewing Octoberfest:  September 30th

Yes, Octoberfest is in September! Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer will gather in Downtown Chandler to celebrate San Tan Brewing’s Oktoberfest. The entertainment lineup includes: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local acts. This year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, a stein holding contest, and wiener dog races. 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler

Chili Pepper Festival: September 30th

The Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music and talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Onsite chili pepper roasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden presented by Deschutes Brewery and a gourmet margarita station will all be on the menu. 922 N 2nd St, Phoenix.

With so much going on in the Valley, from the east valley in Gilbert to Chandler to the west valley in Avondale and Glendale, you’ll want to mark your calendar so you won’t miss out on all the fun! When you’re ready to call the west valley your home, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you find just the right west valley home to best suit your wants and needs.


Posted in Things to Do
Aug. 23, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Events in Arizona

Labor Day Weekend in Arizona

For many people, Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah before heading back to school and settling back into a post-summer routine. Be sure to make the most of this holiday by checking out all the things to do in and around Phoenix over the long holiday weekend.

29th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre: Wickenburg

The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Wickenburg, indoors and outside of the Wickenburg Community Center. $5 admission; ages 18 and under are free. September 2nd.

13th Annual Phoenix Cooks! at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: Phoenix

One of the most popular Labor Day events, this event allows you to taste, sip and mingle with more than 50 of the best local chefs and restaurants; visit more than 30 wine, beer and mixology sampling booths; and learn recipes and techniques in classroom experiences and stage demonstrations. September 2nd.

32nd Annual Faire on the Square at Courthouse Plaza: Prescott

The Courthouse Plaza is the place to be for a family-friendly Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the artwork, crafts and food of more than 100 vendors. Enjoy a nice stroll in cooler weather, eat some great food, pick up some art and enjoy the people watching! September 2nd – September 4th.

92nd Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo: Whiteriver

All-Indian rodeo, custom car show, volleyball tournament, strong man & women competition, baseball tournament, co-ed softball tournament, basketball tournaments, horseshoe tournament, bull riding challenge, royalty pageants, parade, All Indian Women’s Rodeo, food vendors. August 30th – September 4th.

Flagstaff Art in the Par: Flagstaff

An arts and crafts festival featuring artisans from all over the state. It takes place in Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff. There will be live music, food, a wine garden featuring AZ wineries and much more. September 2nd – September 4th.

Free Sunday at IDEA Museum: Mesa

If you live in Mesa, check this out! Enjoy free admission to the i.d.e.a. Museum from 12n – 5PM. The i.d.e.a. Museum is the place to explore your imagination through design in art, science and technology! We support “your child and the child within you” by providing interactive opportunities that engage your senses and encourage creativity. There are three main exhibit areas and an outdoor atrium to explore during your visit. You may enjoy your own lunch in the Atrium or Snackery. Visitor service staff can provide you with a list of local eateries if you wish to eat out. September 3rd.

The Urban Farm’s 18th Annual Fruit Tree Program Kickoff:  Phoenix

Join the Urban Farm from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they launch the 2017-18 Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program! This half day event will feature guest speakers lecturing on Edible food forests, Transforming a desert backyard into a lush oasis, and Growing fruit trees in your yard. There will be plenty of useful fruit tree care information. Plus learn about how the Urban Farm Fruit Tree Program works, and all the cool new things that have been added this year. 

Located at the Uptown Phoenix Farmers Market /North Phoenix Baptist Church, this event is free. To learn more, visit September 2nd.

Of course, if you’d rather go do your own thing without the crowds, Arizona State Parks are all open for the long holiday weekend. Whether you head out for a weekend or just for a day, there’s lots to learn and discover. Try out one of the historic state parks for an education in Arizona’s past! Fort Verde, Jerome, McFarland, Riordan Mansion, Tombstone Courthouse, Tubac Presidio, Yuma Quartermaster Depot, and Yuma Territorial Prison all offer a look back in time with museums about the local way of life, tours and an immersion in history.

To learn about the natural environment, try one of the parks with guided interpretive walks or hands-on programs, like Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, or Kartchner Caverns State Park.

Be sure to get out there and enjoy this Labor Day weekend! No matter what part of the Valley you live in, there’s an event or something fun to do close by. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Glendale or any other Phoenix realty and want to know more about the process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
Aug. 7, 2017

Where to Take Your Out of Town Visitors This Fall in Arizona

Where to take your own of town visitors in Arizona

Cooler temperatures will be coming to the Valley soon and with that temperature drop comes the influx of out of town visitors. With so many beautiful, unique places in Arizona, it’s difficult to choose what to do to keep them busy. Here are a few ideas on where to take your out of town visitors this fall.

Grand Canyon: A Must-See

The Grand Canyon is the perfect place to take your houseguests if you want them to be in awe of the beautiful state you live in. One of the best times to visit the Grand Canyon is September through November when daytime temperatures begin to cool and the crowds begin to thin. With kids back in school and parents back to work from summer vacations, there are far less tourists competing for hotel rooms and trail access. Temperatures around this time range from the mid-20s to mid-70s. You'll find that more facilities and trails are open around September and October, but once snow begins to fall, you can count on many areas to be out of commission so check the weather and plan accordingly.

Heard Museum

Looking for something a little more cultured?  Phoenix has several impressive museums to choose from, and one of the most popular ones is the Heard Museum. The Heard Museum has become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its many festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

Montezuma’s Castle is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20-room high-rise apartment, built into a limestone cliff, tells a story of survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Approximately 350,000 people a year gaze through the windows of the past during a visit to Montezuma Castle. Even 600 years after their departure, the legacy of the Sinagua people continues to inspire the imaginations of this and future generation. A short drive for the Valley, this is sure to impress your guests.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park is a state park featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. The park is located 9 miles south of the town of Benson, AZ.  Long hidden from view, the caverns were discovered in 1974 by local cavers, assisted by a state biologist who helped in its preservation. The caverns are carved out of limestone and filled with speleothems which have been growing for 50,000 years or longer, and are still growing. Careful and technical cave state park development and maintenance are designed to preserve the natural cave system. This attraction is a living cave and quite spectacular. Plan on making a day of it if you travel with guests; you don’t want to rush through this!


If you have movie buffs in the family, don’t miss taking them here! Tombstone is a town in southeastern Arizona, known for its Wild West history. Exhibits at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park include a replica gallows. On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater re-enacts an 1881 cowboy gunfight. Resident ghosts are said to haunt the bullet-riddled Bird Cage Theatre. Outlaws are among the local townsfolk buried at the 1878 Boothill Cemetery. There’s something for the whole family, from Big Nose Kate’s Saloon to gunslinger fights in the street. 

Fall festivals galore

Once you’ve hit a few of the big attractions in AZ, don’t overlook all the wonderful fall festivals going on around the Valley of the Sun. Here are a few fun fall festivals coming up in September:

Wickenburg’s Fiesta de Septiembre - Wickenburg

Phoenix Cooks - Phoenix

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest - Chandler

The Good, The Bad and The Weird - Mesa

Brazilian Day Festival - Scottsdale

Queen Creek Founders’ Day Festival – Queen Creek

A Taste of Greece Greek Food Festival – Chandler

Old World Oktoberfest - Peoria

If your out of town guests fall in love with Arizona and want to stay, we can help them find them the perfect home, whether they want to live in the east valley or prefer homes in the west valley. Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help them house hunt and find a property which best suits their wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
July 21, 2017

The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Arizona

Best places to watch Arizona sunsets

Arizona has some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. The yellows, oranges, pinks and purples are breathtaking, and with an average of 211 sunny days in Phoenix per year, you have plenty of opportunity to watch the sunset in some spectacular places without roaming far from home.

Papago Park

Located on Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Papago Park is known for its hiking trails, proximity to Phoenix Zoo, and the infamous Hole-in-the-Rock formation. It also happens to be known by Phoenix locals for its spectacular sunset views. Hike up inside the Hole-in-the-Rock formation to watch the sun set over downtown Phoenix and the desert oasis below. The park gates close around 7 p.m., so plan your hike accordingly so you don’t miss the sunset!

North Mountain Park

Head to 7th Street between Thunderbird and Peoria and find a place to park before taking a short walk for a great vantage point. If you want to get a parking spot, either park at the Visitor's Center (north of the Pointe Hilton), or the picnic area off Peoria. You can hike up the back trail to Shaw Butte or take the longer trail up North Mountain; either will provide breathtaking sunsets!

Four Seasons Resort

Prefer to watch the sunset without hiking or perhaps with a drink in your hand?  Check out the Four Seasons Resort in Troon North. The large, elevated patio (which is 1,000 feet higher than downtown Phoenix) offers picture-perfect views of the sunset; a spectacular show every night! 

Compass Grill

How about dinner to go along with that gorgeous sunset? You can take full advantage of the 360-degree view at Arizona’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, dining while delighting in the beautiful color-painted sky. Located at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

Goldfield Ghost Town

This abandoned old mining town, which has been refurbished as a tourist attraction, includes a mine tour, rides and shops. Located in Apache Junction, many people know the grounds as a perfect place to watch the sun set over the Superstition Mountains.

Tres Rios

Although this little spot is better known for its stargazing, the sunsets are fantastic as well. Located in Avondale, you can hike up Monument Hill to the top overseeing the Valley. Once you watch the sunset, you can always hang out and do some stargazing too!

Elements on Camelback Mountain

No, not another hike! This restaurant offers stunning views as well as a fine dining experience in sight of Phoenix’s iconic Camelback Mountain landmark. Located in Scottsdale, this is a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Desert Botanical Gardens

A must-see in Phoenix, but no better time than at sunset to wrap up your day. Explore the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, then watch the sun set against a backdrop of desert flora and red-rock buttes. Absolutely gorgeous. 

White Tank Regional Park

Located in Waddell, the park is far away from city lights and other distractions so you can fully enjoy a peaceful and quiet sunset. This is a popular yet well-kept secret among the locals, who go to the park to enjoy the views far away from the bustle of the city.

Looking to buy a home in the Waddell area where you can watch the beautiful Arizona sunset from your backyard? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
July 13, 2017

Arizona’s Must-Ride Bike Trails You Never Heard of

Arizona Bike Trails

Ask anyone who moved to Arizona from another state why they moved here, and most will talk about how beautiful the state is and how many outdoor activities you can do all year long. One of Arizona’s more well-kept secrets is how amazing our bike trails are. What’s more impressive is that many of these great trails are right in our backyards!  Check out Arizona’s must-ride bike trails you’ve never heard of, then grab a bike trail map and start exploring these gems!

67 Avenue Trail – Avondale

This bike trail is a nice, easy ride for those that are looking for a quick bike ride. It’s a concrete path, so it’s not very technical for the novice rider that just wants a nice, leisurely trip. It’s a multi-use trail, so expect to be accompanied by walkers and skaters; a great way to meet your neighbors! The path parallels N. 67th Avenue in Glendale and follows the edge of the Thunderbird Conservation Park.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park – Goodyear

This regional park offers bike trails for all levels, so it’s a must-visit for those who live in the west valley. There are three competitive tracks to use; all the competitive tracks are primarily used by Mountain Bicyclists, but are also used from time-to-time by cross country runners and "endurance" horse riders. The tracks are designed for high speeds, racing events and fun. They feature steep climbs, and drops, fast corners, twists and turns and rugged rocky terrain. If that sounds a little too hardcore for you, the park also offers over 33 miles of trails for mountain biking. Trails range in length from 2.3 miles to 8.8 miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Riding trails are easily accessible via trailheads located at the arena and amphitheater. A mountain bike trail brochure that categorizes trail difficulty is available at the park office. 

Desert Trails Bike Park - Mesa

Located on the northeast corner of Recker and McDowell, Desert Trails Park is one of the newest City of Mesa parks, opened in November 2014.  The Park includes:

35 acres

A series of trails, a pump track and kids' skills track

Two shaded picnic ramadas (non-reservable)

Restroom facilities

30-spot parking lot

They have their own Facebook page if you want to check out some great pictures of the trails or check out the video. Be sure to download the map and trails rules PDF so you know what to expect when you arrive. The kids will love this one!

Arizona Canal Path – Peoria

Technically, this path serves Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, but one of its more popular trail entries is in Peoria. The Arizona Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in Maricopa County. The trail is 11.7 miles and is moderately trafficked. It’s good for all skill levels so whether you’re a novice or a thrill seeker, this trail has something for you. Just keep your eyes open; the dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Verrado Lost Creek Trail – Buckeye

There are more than 21 miles of paths and trails where residents and visitors in the Phoenix and Buckeye region can get away from it all. Miles of pathways span the community, connecting neighborhoods to one another for easy walking, running, or biking. The paths are designed for both the beginner riders to advanced mountain bikers. If you live in the Buckeye area, this is a must-ride trail to ride!

Papago Park – Phoenix

While Papago Park is very well-known for its hiking, a well-kept secret is that it’s also great for mountain biking! Papago’s desert trails are generally smooth, easy treks with little elevation gain, making it a great place to hone your mountain biking skills. An added bonus is the close proximity to the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. Try it out the next time you’re looking for an all-day adventure on your bike!

Arizona has so many bike trials and paths to choose from, but these are wonderful for those looking to get away and enjoy the great outdoors on their bikes without having to travel too far. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Verrado or somewhere else in the valley and want to know more about the process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
June 21, 2017

Why Living in Arizona is Like No Other State (And Why People Move Here)!

Grand Canyon | Loving Phoenix Team

This time of year, there are more than a few Arizona’s questioning their decision to call the Valley of the Sun their home. Let’s face it:  it’s HOT here in the summer. Really hot. Yet people continue to move here and love calling Arizona their home. Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to live in one of the most beautiful, unique and diverse states in the country. Here’s why living in Arizona is like no other state.

We’re more than a desert

People who don’t live in Arizona assume we’re one big desert, but that’s not true!  Arizona has some of the most beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes in the country. Some of the Valley’s best lakes are within city limits or close by to enjoy all year round. If you’re a skier, ski towns like Flagstaff are beautiful, with many skiing options to choose from. And if kayaking or canoeing is more your style, we have rivers such as the Salt River that promises stunning views and heart pounding adventure.

We have one of the seven wonders of the natural world

Visitors come from all over the world to visit the Grand Canyon but guess what?  It’s in our backyard! While many people limit themselves to looking at the canyon from the rim, others choose to hike trails down into the gorge. For those not inclined to hike, mules are available to ride to the bottom. You can even raft down the canyon. While native Arizona’s sometimes forget about the Grand Canyon, it’s a breathtaking attraction not to be missed!

We have spring training

Here’s another example of a fantastic feature that people come from all over the country to see, and it’s right around the corner for most of us here in AZ! Spring training season is one of the busiest times of year for Arizona and with good reason! The Cactus League alone has ten spring training locations across Maricopa county and every year, thousands of spring visitors, or “snowbirds” pour into Arizona to catch a few ballgames to watch their favorite teams play.

We don’t move (our clocks) for anybody

Unlike most other states, we don’t “spring forward” or “fall back”; in other words, we don’t observe daylight savings time. Except for the Navajo nation, we don’t change our clock. In 1968, the state legislature decided it was best for Arizona to opt out of the Uniform Time Act of 1966. As a matter of fact, we have our own time zone because of this choice!

We have awesome wineries

Another well-kept secret is the fact that Arizona is fast becoming a world-renowned winemaking state. There was a time when Arizonans looking to sip and swirl had to pack their bags and go to California, but now we have amazing wineries right here! We have three wine-growing regions, Sonoita, Verde Valley, and Willcox, and all are an easy drive from the Valley of the Sun. Check out the AZ wine map to see them all.

We don’t do lawns

Actually, plenty of people still grow beautiful, lush green lawns but if you’re an AZ transplant and have decided mowing a lawn is no longer for you, you’re in good company! Arizona loves its legacy of being a desert community, and the trend continues to retain the desert look and do away with lush, green, water-consuming lawns. 

We put on a great light show

Arizona is known for having some of the most spectacular lightning storms in the country. Again, people come from all over the country to study our storms, and to photograph them. As the Arizona monsoon sets up each summer, the rising air over the desert feeds vigorous thunderstorms that release dramatic bolts of lightning. While it might seem like a good idea to sit outside and watch, it’s best to take cover and watch nature’s light show from a safe place.

These are just a few reasons why living in Arizona is like no other state. If you’re considering making Arizona your permanent home, and looking at homes for sale in the west valley, don’t hesitate to contact us for local market information. We’ll help you find the right home with most of your wish list items.


June 6, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day Arizona-Style

4th of July in Phoenix, AZ

Arizonans are fiercely patriotic people, and we take our 4th of July very seriously by having some serious fun! Celebrations for 4th of July range from traditional to one-of-a-kind events, so check out the list below and find an event that’s just right for you and the ones you’ll be celebrating with.

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

The Fabulous Phoenix 4th features one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire Southwest! The family-oriented event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids' World. This is a non-alcoholic event to keep it family-friendly. 6pm – 9pm on July 4th.

4th of July Freedom Fest

The Town of Florence is once again putting on a show with their 4th of July Freedom Fest and everyone is welcome! There will be live performances, a mud volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, inflatables, bingo, food vendors, and of course fireworks. This event is FREE and has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. 3pm – 9pm.  The Town of Florence draws quite a crowd every year for this event, so don’t miss it! If you live in Florence, this is a must-attend event!

4 for the 4th of July

For those who want to keep fit and active on Independence Day, you can celebrate the 4th of July with a 4 mile walk or run! Join others in the 4 for the 4th of July race celebrating America’s birthday! They will be donating at least 15% of each registration to HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS, an organization that builds homes for severely injured veterans. Cost is $17.

4th of July at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale

Who says you can’t celebrate our nation’s birthday in style? The Fairmont Princess puts on the Fourth of July Freedom Fest every year. Go celebrate the resort’s birthday and America’s birthday during their Seventh Annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest. Celebrate with a patriotic party only the Princess can put on with concerts, fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes, a vintage air show and poolside fun! The event runs June 30th through Tuesday, July 4th.

Westgate Firework Fest

Residents in Glendale as well as those from nearby communities flock to watch the fireworks at Westgate every 4th of July. The Westgate Firework Fest is fun for the whole family! Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax in Fountain Park and WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District to celebrate Independence Day with two music stages, fun activities and great eats from more than 20 restaurants starting at 5pm! Westgate Firework Fest is free and family-friendly. Parking is free and available at all parking lots surrounding Westgate Entertainment District.

Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration

If you’re ready to start celebrating 4th of July early, check out the Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration held Saturday July 2nd from 3pm – 9pm. It’s a COOL family friendly patriotic wonderland INDOORS at WestWorld, expanded to entire 300,000 square-foot fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center that encompasses the North Hall, South Hall and Equidome. This year’s Independence Day Celebration includes an afternoon and evening featuring a wonderland of fun and entertainment including a Kids Zone, bull riding rodeo, and of course fireworks at 9pm! Come celebrate the 4th of July in the wild west at WestWorld!

Tempe Town Lake Festival

Held at the Tempe Beach park, this annual event attracts big crowds and even bigger fun! The Tempe Town Lake Festival is perfect for watching fireworks, so bring your blankets, portable chairs, personal cameras and personal umbrellas and plan to stay and be amazed. Gates open at 5pm and tickets are on sale at Fry’s.

Looking for a home in Tempe where you can watch the fireworks from your backyard? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
May 22, 2017

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Phoenix: Having Fun While Keeping Cool

Memorial Day in Phoenix, AZ

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and people are already trying to decide where to go to celebrate, especially since the weekend tends to bring high temperatures in Arizona. Lucky for us, The Valley of the Sun has many places to celebrate, whether you’re with family, friends, or flying solo.


Water Parks in the Valley

Water parks are a great way to get out of the house, spend time with family and friends, and have a great time celebrating the long weekend without overheating.  Here are five places to head to if you want to splash around and have some fun:


Big Surf Waterpark

You’ll be a big hit with both the kids and the adults if you take them here. Located in Tempe, this waterpark brags about having the best collection of rides and slides!  Besides a wave pool and a nice bay where the little ones can safely splash under parent supervision, they have water slides with names like “Otter”, “Hurricane”, “The Black Hole”, “Tornado” and many, many more!  There’s a slide for everyone in the family, from the bravest soul to the timid at heart. Don’t forget to check out the zipline too!  If this becomes your new favorite place, check out the season pass!


Oasis Water Park

Located at the Arizona Grand Hotel in Phoenix and voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s Top 10 Water Parks, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s expansive, wild and fun Oasis Water Park has something for kids of all ages, making it perfect for your next family getaway. Curious what this 7-acre water park has?  Here’s a list of all you can enjoy:

8-story tower with 3 water slides

Gigantic wave pool

River tubing

Wild Cat Springs for kids

25-person hot tub

Private cabanas for the parents to chill 


Want to beat the crowd?  Check out their early entry pass which gets you in 30 minutes prior to the posted open times of the park. Please note:  The park is for the exclusive use of resort guests, so plan on staying at the resort to enjoy this gem!


Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix

The name does say it all! There are thrill rides, kids ride and family rides; something for everyone! Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix is home to another world's first water slide attraction: Constrictor. Riders speed down the enclosed flume slide into a series of corkscrew turns, snaking back and forth in the series of spirals, slithering down its insides on multi-person rafts. Rather play with the whole group?  One family ride is the Crazy Cactus Roaring River; it’s sure to please the whole family with wave action, tipping buckets, waterfalls, and fast flowing water.  They sell season passes here as well so you can come back again and again!


Enchanted Island Amusement Park

Much more than a water park, and plenty to keep you cool and entertained! Located at El Encanto Park in Phoenix. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 1 to 10.

Ride the historic carousel or pedal a boat or ride a canoe across the lagoon. You can even test your skill at the arcade games. Need to sit down and take it easy?  Check out the C.P. Huntington train which takes guests on a 7-minute tour of the island. There’s something for everyone here, and a great place to visit Memorial Day weekend.


Golfland Sunsplash

Golfland-Sunsplash is a series of water parks and family amusement centers, with its original location in Mesa, AZ. The park is separated into two separate parks. They feature over 30 exciting rides and attractions, which makes it a perfect place to take those out of town visitors to keep them entertained and out of the heat. Waterslides to miniature golf; you can’t go wrong at this park.

There is so much to choose from this Memorial Day weekend! Stay safe and stay cool!

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Phoenix, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding and/or marketing a house.


Posted in Things to Do
May 10, 2017

How to Enjoy Some of The Valley’s Best Lakes All Summer

Kayaking Phoenix, AZ 

As the temperatures start to creep up to the triple digit range, Arizonans turn their attention to ways to stay cool all summer and still have fun. For those of you who can’t escape to the high country to wait out the heat, another great option is heading to one of many lakes in Arizona. Surprisingly, many of those lakes are right in our own backyard; an easy drive to a summer full of water fun. Here’s how to enjoy some of the Valley’s best lakes (and rivers!) all summer long.

Saguaro Lake Near Mesa

It’s amazing how many things there are to do in this recreation area. Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest and is just 20 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. If you’re a boat owner, this is the lake for you! There are slips available for day use or dry storage. They also offer a fuel dock, pump out facilities, and there’s an onsite store for those last-minute supplies you already forget to bring. Not a boat owner?  That’s OK! Precision Marine right at the lake offers rentals on runabouts, fishing, or pontoon boats. If you live in one of the nearby Mesa neighborhoods, this is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. If you prefer to leave the boat driving to someone else, you can check out the Desert Belle, which offers a relaxing, narrated boat ride around the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, and a lot of other wild life. Finish up with a nice meal at the Lakeshore restaurant.

Saguaro Lake Ranch

The name says “lake” but this is all about the kayaking! There is no better way to enjoy the cool water, escape the summer heat, and check out the beautiful scenery than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River! As you float down the Salt River you could see wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and other native wildlife. You can rent kayaks at Saguaro Lake Ranch, or bring your own kayak and launch from their beach (check out their rates for all the details on options).

Salt River Tubing

You can’t call yourself an Arizonan without checking out Salt River Tubing. People from all over the Valley make the trip to Salt River Tubing to go down a lazy river with their fellow sun bathers. It’s a party on the water, but one you’ll never forget. Renting a tube includes an exciting bus ride to and from the river. If floating isn’t your thing, join the people on shore who set up camp for the day just to watch the people float by.

Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a large outdoors recreation area straddling the Maricopa and Yavapai county border northwest of Phoenix. If you live in one of the beautiful Anthem neighborhoods, Lake Pleasant Regional Park is about a 20-minute drive from your home. Check out Pleasant Harbor Marina to store or rent a boat; it’s a full-service marina with many services and amenities offered. Don’t forget, they have a restaurant, a bar, as store and concierge service. Take advantage of this beautiful facility right in your own neighborhood!

Kiwanis Lake

There’s a lake smack in the middle of Tempe that you can kayak on all summer long. Kiwanis Lake is located in Kiwanis Community Park in central Tempe, southwest of Baseline Road and Mill Avenue. You can rent single kayaks, double kayaks or even paddle boats for those less daring (or those who prefer to paddle with their feet). Swimming and wading are not permitted, but they have lots of water options or you can even stay on land and rent a surrey, double surrey, cruiser bike or tandem bike. Even if you don’t get in the water, it’s cooler by the lake and a great way to enjoy the lake without getting wet.

Surprise Lake

Another great spot for those who prefer to stay on land, as it offers some great opportunities to fish. A part of the Surprise Community Park, visitors can fish to their heart’s content (look for posted fishing rules), where you can catch catfish, sunfish, trout, bass, and even white amur. There’s also a playground, dog park and swimming pool nearby to enjoy during a hot summer day.

Are you looking for a new home in Surprise or one of the other neighborhoods mentioned in this article? Give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll help you house hunt and find a property which best suits your wants and needs.

Posted in Things to Do
April 28, 2017

3 Ways to Deal with a Self Storage Lease

Storage Unit in Phoenix, AZ

Whether you are buying a house or selling your property, if you lease self storage, chances are excellent you'll seriously reconsider keeping it. Self storage is a wonderful short-term solution to a very common problem: too much stuff and too little space. Unfortunately, too many lessees become inadvertent long-term renters. Paying for storage month after month with only a vague idea of what's inside. Of course, storage companies don't make it easy to get out of leases, but it isn't impossible.

Moving? 3 Ways to Deal with a Self Storage Lease

One option is to aggressively pare down on what you store. This reduces size, which reduces your need for space. So, if there are things you can throw out, donate, and/or sell, do it. Then, you can rent a smaller space which means a less expensive monthly obligation. While this tactic won't free you of the lease, it will be a smaller financial burden. And, you'll still enjoy the benefit of having somewhere to store items you want to keep without taking up space in your house.

This is one bill you really want to pay, especially if you’re keeping precious items in storage. Laws vary by state, but typically a self-storage company has the right to “evict” your goods and auction off your things to recoup the money they are owed. Don’t worry, in most cases your possessions won’t disappear if you’re a week late paying the bill. Depending on state law, a storage unit will have to follow due diligence to notify you of an auction including certified letters and a public notice of auction. --Market Watch

What you should not do is to outright break the lease. This is going to eventually appear on your credit report and become a collections annoyance which only escalates over time. At some point, you'll have no choice but to deal with it and the situation might be nightmarish. You'll not only be responsible for the arrears, but also, plenty of fees. That's just not a good scenario and one you can and should avoid if at all possible. So, if you are moving and no longer want to rent self storage space, you'll have to do something about it. Here are three ways to deal with a self storage lease if you really want to get out of it:

  • Pay off the lease contract. It might be possible to buy the lease out and it's certainly worth a try. Contact the storage facility and ask if you can pay the lease off in one lump sum. Although this is an expensive option, it will legally free you of the obligation and allow you to move on with your life.
  • Empty the space and wait. If you do not want to pay the entire lease agreement off in one sum, then you can at least move your possessions out of the unit and wait until the lease is ready to renew or expires. Be sure to read your contract carefully about giving notice, deadline to empty it, and other lessee obligations.
  • Request an agreement release. This is a long shot but it might be viable. Request to be let out of the lease without penalty. Generally, self storage company leases contain early termination fees and you might even be required to pay the entire amount of time left. You'll have to read the agreement and/or speak with the company to know for sure.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Copper Canyon Ranch or elsewhere in Surprise, AZ and want to make it a smooth process, give us a call at 623-206-9936. We’ll gladly assist you with finding and/or marketing a house.

Posted in Moving Tips