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) […]

Inside the Astragal Condominiums

The Astragal Condominiums are much like the hot new restaurant where reservations are booked for the next six months – there’s one hell of a long wait, but it’s worth it. Astragal is a gated, upscale condominium community at the corner of Raintree and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. And what makes it challenging to […]

It’s the Small Things

Before I lose all three of my loyal readers to the wonders of tryptophan, allow me a moment to talk about hell that’s coming up this weekend. Black Friday is upon us, soon to be followed by Cyber Monday. Okayfineanddandy. But as you plan your strategy for those days, might I ask you to take […]

Quick Notes on Eagle Heights New Builds

Right now, the dominant trend in the new build arena is the completion of long-abandoned projects. It’s happening in Tolleson in communities such as Country Place and Hurley Ranch and it’s happening in Glendale in Eagle Heights, between Loop 101 and Deer Valley Road on 75th Avenue. Originally conceived as $700,000-plus luxury homes when the […]

Heading Back to the Future

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Phoenix really doesn’t do historical. Phoenix also doesn’t do more than two styles of architecture – light stucco and dark stucco. Throwing out those generalities, there are beautiful exceptions to be found in the city’s historic districts, such as this beautifully renovated an updated house in the Coronado Historic […]

Real Estate Dream Homes

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and pictured yourself there? Or maybe it’s less a given area than a particular home – nothing so ostentatious that you’d have to start playing polo and forgo pizza for pate, but something a little more … what’s the word … You know, on second thought, forget the […]

Age Limits in Northwest Valley Retirement Communities

When the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, preventing discrimination in housing in seven different categories including age, an exception was given for age-restricted communities. If a community was declared an age-restricted area and more than 80 percent of the homeowners were age 55 or over, then the restrictions were not a violation of […]

Rain Shadow Over the Westgate City Center

Monsoon thunderstorms surrounded the West Valley last night, though we didn’t end up with anything more than a little dust. What happens when one of these thunderstorms blocks the sunlight in a specific spot? A rain shadow across the sky … this one above the Westgate City Center in Glendale a few minutes before the […]

Glendale Arizona Among Money Magazine’s Most Affordable Cities

Imagine that … some good real estate news coming out of the Northwest Valley. Money Magazine has named Glendale Arizona one the top 25 most affordable cities in the country. The city of a quarter-million has long played second fiddle to nearby Phoenix. Now, however, it boasts two major league sports teams, the NFL’s Cardinals […]

About Verrado in Buckeye Arizona

Yesterday, the wife and I spent the day in Verrado helping friends move in the triple-digit heat. This, incidentally, is not the way to see Verrado, a subdivision in Buckeye on the north side of I-10 a couple of miles east of Highway 85 (aka the road to San Diego via Gila Bend). Rather than […]