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Glendale Food Feud: Genghis Grill vs. Stir Fry Paradise

Last night, the wife and I visited the new Genghis Grill at Arrowhead Towne Center. In the mold of Fire & Ice and other Mongolian BBQ, at Genghis Grill you select your meat, vegetables and sauce and everything’s cooked on a large, round flat-top grill. Genghis Grill’s opening gives the area two Mongolian BBQ restaurants within a couple of miles of each other; Stir Fry Paradise, a family-owned restaurant, has been in the Fry’s Marketplace shopping center on the southeast corner of 67th Avenue and Bell for years. How do they compare? Let’s take a look … Meats – Stir […]

Changes Coming to Eagle Heights

The Reserve at Eagle Heights has had an interesting but brief history, and a new chapter soon will be underway. Located on 75th Avenue, north of the Loop 101, Eagle Heights represents the last open tract of land in the Arrowhead Ranch area of Glendale. Having started in 2006, it also represents a good idea started at exactly the wrong moment and the quarter-filled subdivision stands in testament despite the original builder’s optimism. For the past couple of months, all that has been available in Eagle Heights has been a pair of spec homes but that soon will be changing. […]

All is Quiet on a Saturday …

There are some days where I have much to say. There are days like today when I have very, very little. Well, at least about real estate and I don’t think you much want to hear my views on the NFL lockout. So let me leave you with a beautiful home for sale in one of my favorite subdivisions here in Glendale, Marshall Ranch … We’re at 13,647 detached homes for sale across Maricopa County, about 10,500 when you take the short sales out of the equation.

Bank Owned Homes in Westbrook Village

Taking a quick look at one of my favorite Peoria neighborhoods and active adult communities, Westbrook Village … In the midst of the summer lull of inventory in Westbrook Village – the 51 homes on the market represents just under 50 percent of the normal number of homes for sale – there are six bank owned homes for sale: 9822 W Kerry Lane – $91,000 18711 N 92nd Drive – $94,500 9308 W Rockwood Drive – $98,900 18629 N 93rd Avenue – $123,500 9060 W Sierra Pinta – $135,000 9020 W Sierra Pinta – $159,900 While rents very from unit […]

Fallen Feathers Avian Rescue

Every now and then it’s possible to stumble across an absolute gem right in your own community. Such was the case this morning when members of a local National Elementary Honor Society volunteered at Fallen Feathers, an avian rescue in Peoria. Driving into the neighborhood north of Liberty High School, you never would know there was hidden in plain sight a home for injured birds. But there it was, with cages filled with owls, turkey vultures, falcons, parrots, cockatoos, a raven who speaks (but would not say “nevermore”) and the like. Some are in the midst of being rehabilitated for […]

Featured Neighborhood – Coyote Lakes, Surprise Arizona

Beginning with this month’s All Phoenix Real Estate.com newsletter, I’m going to spotlight one neighborhood at a time. Not subscribed to the newsletter yet? No worries, you can add yourself to the list on our subscription page. Once upon a time, before Del Webb and a dozen other developers discovered the city of Surprise and expanded north and west, Coyote Lakes was built. It’s creation dates back to ancient times in Surprise terms – all the way back to the (gasp) mid-1990s. Coyote Lakes consists of 771 houses on Surprise’s far eastern edge, less than a mile down road from […]

SmashBurger Opens in Glendale

The corner pad in the Safeway plaza at the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Thunderbird has not been a great spot to be if you're a restaurant. First there was ... well ... I don't remember. Then came Archie's Deli, which had a couple year run of good sandwiches and terrible bagels (think Lenders in your grocers' freezers but with a fresh bagel price), then a Chinese food restaurant that never actually opened its doors before being scrapped. Arizona smashburger at smashburger Glendale Now tempting fate in the location is SmashBurger. And judging by the long line on a Sunday afternoon during a playoff football game, this may be the restaurant that flexes some staying power.

Phoenix Area Bookstores – Think About Where You Shop

I bought a book at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore last week and saw this on the back of the bookmark: "Thanks for shopping at Changing Hands, your local independent bookseller. Here's what you just did! 1. You kept dollars in our local economy 2. You embraced what makes us unique 3. You created local jobs 4. You helped the environment 5. You nurtured community 6. You conserved your tax dollars 7. You created more choice 8. You took advantage of our expertise 9. You invested in entrepreneurship 10. You made us a destination" What a cool concept - supporting the local bookstores at the expense of the chains. Yes, I'm late to the party - officially at least - but now I know where I'd much rather see my dollars go. (I'm already there for dining choices - Stir Fry Paradise at 67th Avenue and Bell, Pullano's Pizza and Wings at 51st Avenue and Thunderbird, Hot Bagels at 59th Avenue and Loop 101 to name a few locally-owned restaurants ...)

Tempe Town Lake is a Lake Once More

As I wrote back in July, one of the rubber bladders holding together the man-made Tempe Town Lake had ruptured, sending water down the normally dry Salt River bed, leaving thousands of fish beached and shutting down activity on the waterway – sailing, boat tours, the ASU rowing team to name a few. This past week, however, the water returned and Tempe’s waterfront Rio Salado area now is waterfront property once more. For a rundown of activities available on Tempe Town Lake now that the water is back, you can visit the City of Tempe’s official site for the lake […]

Why is Your Home Worth this Much? Because the Neighborhood to the North Fell, Too

There’s a bit of a pecking order when it comes to the retirement communities in the Phoenix real estate, not in terms of amenities or desirability or anything along those lines but in terms of price, due mostly to the age of the various communities. I’m getting ready to list a gemini home in Sun City which several years ago sold for about 30 percent more than it’s worth now. This isn’t due to the run-up of 2005 – the property was purchased well before that point of time. But a combination of the fall of the Phoenix real estate […]