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The Other Side of Westgate City Center

This story begins with a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card given for the holidays and a decision to go to a different location, the somewhat newer one at the Westgate City Center in Glendale. Truth is, as many times as I’ve been to Gila River Arena for events, I rarely venture north of the fountains in the just north of the arena. Because of that, and with the recent demise of the Margaritaville Cafe, I had been under the impression that Westgate was struggling to attract people to its restaurants, bars and stores. Yes, the Tanger Outlet malls across the street […]

Sylvia Allen and the Mandatory Church Firestorm

I want to hate the statement. I want to sit here and rip state Sen. Sylvia Allen to shreds for saying that a law should be passed that would make church attendance on Sunday mandatory. In fact, that’s what I was all set to do … until I watched the video and heard the actual quote. It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth in this country I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend […]

The Most Popular House for Sale in Tempe

Everynow and then a listing gets so much search engine traffic that I have to write about it. That’s the case the past few days, when several dozen people daily have come to the site specifically to see the house at 1420 W Knox Road in Tempe. What’s more amazing is that this many people are taking the time to look at a $1.7 million listing. That just doesn’t happen, even out of curiosity. Since I’m not the listing agent there’s not much I can tell you about it that you don’t see below. But if you’re one of the […]

Glendale Keeping Foothills Library

Interesting news from the Glendale City Council last week. After some consideration, and due in great part to public comment, the city has decided not to sell and relocate the Foothills Library Branch near 55th Avenue and Union Hills. Plans had been compiled to move the library from its current building into existing space in the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center next door. After several public meetings, however, those plans were scratched. One of my enduring sadnesses is to not have taught all three of my kids the wonder of the library. In California, I remember school field trips to […]

Laveen Real Estate and Vee Quiva – Defying the Odds

Last summer I wrote about Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, south of Laveen on the Gila River Indian Reservation. The repeating theme of the post was that it was, well, Vee Quiva. Which is to say, quirky. It’s also become the favorite of my wife and I. Granted, if we want really fuzzy rum drinks and to spend a night people watching, Talking Stick in Scottsdale is a better option. But for everything else, including the games we like, Vee Quiva wins in a landslide. (Disclaimer – we’re waiting on our first comp room in Talking Stick, which could change […]

Jealousy in Fletcher Heights

What you see above is what jealousy looks like. That is the walking path through the greenbelt in Peoria’s Fletcher Heights subdivision. It starts just south of Frontier Elementary School and cuts south, with branches that take you to a shopping center at 83rd Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway (try the shrimp burrito at Ramiro’s) and also to the usually-dry New River bed, which has extended walking trails to the north and south. As for the jealousy … my subdivision in Glendale is older and therefore was designed before developers thought about things such as greenbelts and walking paths (or […]

A Mystery in Litchfield Park

What you see above is the least expensive home on the market in Litchfield Park, Arizona. It has been on the market for about a month and, while we’ve had some showings, it hasn’t sold yet. Thus the mystery. Okay, it may not entirely be a mystery. We weren’t able to get photographs of the place this week as the owner decluttered some things. But now that that has been completed, this 1,500-square-foot beauty is ready for its next (and only second) owner to arrive. Opportunities like this in the Litchfield Park Elementary School District are few and far between. […]

The Problem With Truth

Ask most people what their number one negative perception of real estate agents might be and the answer almost always come back to the question of honesty. We, as a profession, tend to work on commission, so the assumption goes that we will say or do almost anything to make sure a deal gets done and we get paid. Some, no doubt, operate in such a manner. Possibly to my own financial detriment, I’ve never been able to do so. If someone’s better off with a less expensive house (i.e., less commission for me), I tell them. If there are major […]

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