Arcadia/Arcadia Lite

Named as one of Phoenix Magazine’s “Hottest Neighborhoods To Live In” - Once home to hundreds of acres of sweet-smelling citrus groves, this neighborhood consists of mid-century ranch and transitional homes. Highly respected schools, lushly landscaped yards, and popular eateries add to the allure.

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Biltmore

Known as Phoenix’s most acclaimed neighborhood, the exclusive homes in this neighborhood surround the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Popular for its quality of life, the Biltmore area is known as a financial district surrounded by upscale shopping and dining.

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Paradise Valley

Despite the town's relatively small area and population, Paradise Valley is home to twelve resorts; making it a premiere tourist destination. Large, exclusive estates make P.V. attractive to high-net-worth individuals and is often named among the most expensive zip codes in the United States.

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Desert Ridge

One of Arizona’s largest master-planned communities in Northeast Phoenix, Desert Ridge is close to freeway access, corporate campuses, the Mayo Clinic, shopping, and dining. Highly regarded schools and a diverse mix of home types built by production builders make this neighborhood perfect for families.

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Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch

Nestled between Central and North Scottsdale, the Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch communities are mixed-use luxury communities, providing neighborhood living within a resort atmosphere. The two communities surround golf courses and provide bicycle paths, parks, public tennis courts, and man-made lakes for residents.

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Shea Corridor

The Shea Corridor is so named as it runs along the east-west Shea Blvd and extends to Fountain Hills. A number of communities in this central part of Scottsdale remain among the most highly-desired residential areas in the metropolitan area. Communities in the north side of the Shea corridor are nestled against the foothills, providing city light and mountain views.

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Kierland

Known as the “magic zip code”, Kierland residents pay Phoenix city taxes but have a Scottsdale mailing address and most homes are situated on larger lots. The Kierland area is home to two award-winning school districts and is also popular for its proximity to golf courses, resorts, and shopping/dining.

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Cave Creek/Carefree

The Town of Cave Creek and the Town of Carefree refer to themselves as “Where the Wild West Lives” and “the best small town in Arizona” respectively. Known as quieter communities away from the energy of city life, these towns are known for being enclaves for artists and entrepreneurs. Both towns share the local landmark of Black Mountain, which served as part of a dude ranch until the 1970s.

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North Scottdale

The McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak anchor North Scottsdale’s scenic landscape and form a breathtaking backdrop for homes in North Scottsdale. Once the grounds of cattle ranches, this area has been transformed and developed into several luxury home communities, golf courses, and fine dining/shopping! Although many call this area “North Scottsdale” the geographic center of Scottsdale actually falls in the middle of North Scottsdale!

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Central Scottdale

Home to Old Town Scottsdale, which the New York Times has called, "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having, "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene". However, surrounding Old Town Scottsdale are homes that were some of the first developed in Scottsdale with many of the houses as single level homes with ample lots on quieter streets. Recently, the Scottsdale Waterfront area has introduced several mid-rise luxury condo developments that offer excellent amenities.

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America’s Next Top Remodel? Which home renovation will give you the best bang for your buck?

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The adage has always been that if you want to add value to your property with a remodel, the kitchen and bathrooms are always going to give you the best return on your investment. But, is that really the case?

All home renovations increase a home’s value to some extent. However, according to Zillow’s statistics, here are the returns for each dollar spent on common remodels:

Mid-Range Bathroom Remodel: $1.71 recovered (gain)

Mid-Range Window Replacement: $1.15 recovered (gain)

Family Room Addition: $1.07 recovered (gain)

Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel: $0.52 recovered (loss)

So, if you are trying to maximize added value to your home, a mid-range bathroom remodel will give you the most bang for your buck.

Need some help with deciding what to remodel before selling? Give Kevin a call today at 480.217.9184

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New Donut Shop With Innovative Flavors Opens In Scottsdale

Born & Glazed is a new donut shop in Scottsdale from the part-owners of The Clever Koi in Phoenix (one of Kevin’s favorite restaurants) that serves a small selection of gourmet donuts.

Formerly another donut house, Born & Glazed recently took over and gave the old location a new look and some innovative flavors! The cinnamon sugar-dusted doughnut holes are surely going to be a hit and you can get 6 for the same price as a regular doughnut! Also worth trying are the prickly pear frosted cactus-shaped doughnut, the bacon maple, strawberry cheesecake, or the salted caramel. Born & Glazed also serves espresso drinks to wash down your treats with!

For more info: www.bornandglazed.com

 

Big Surf Water Park featured in “How Old Can You Go?”

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In the current issue of PHOENIX Magazine, the “How Old Can You Go?” section features the history of Big Surf Water Park. I have enjoyed Big Surf since I was a kid and always thought it has a bit of 60s and early 70s nostalgia. Here’s the full article:

On October 24, 1969, Tempe’s Big Surf water park put Arizona on the shredding map when it opened and debuted Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, the nation’s first man-made wave pool – 3.8 million gallons of water and a brisk tide for desert-dwelling Gidgets and Moondoggies to pop up and catch a wave. “It opened to a lot of fanfare,” says Big Surf’s public relations honcho and “de facto historian” Jeff Golner, who notes surf legend Fred Hemmings visited from Hawaii to attend the opening.

It started with a man obsessed. Four years before the opening, engineer and construction manager Phil Dexter was working for Del Webb in California and squeezing in as much beach time as he could. “He was just fascinated by waves,” Golner says. “When he saw people riding the waves, he was blown away. He basically said, ‘Why can’t that be done inland?’”

Dexter relocated to Phoenix and started mocking up models of a mechanical wave machine. He knew he could replicate his models on a larger scale, but lacked the $800,000 he estimated it would take. Dexter persuaded haircare company Clairol to back him. “They make waves in hair, why can’t they make [real] waves?” Golner says. Clairol flew in a Norwegian physicist to analyze Dexter’s largest model, which he constructed in an abandoned pool hall around 14th and Van Buren streets. He got the green light and construction began on a 40-acre plot of land in Tempe.

Clairol backed out in 1971 and sold the park to the El Paso, Texas, family that owns it today. Dexter was summarily fired and never returned. “It was kind of sad,” Golner says. Dexter died last October, but not before the Big Surf staff self-published a book for him about the park. Golner says Dexter was amazed at the changes over time – the coming and going of bumper boats, the removal of sand from the wave pool’s “beach” and reduction of water (it now holds 2.5 million gallons), and the addition of slides and rides, including the Mauna Kea Zip Line. The park hosted Dexter’s family this spring and the staff and surfer regulars did a surfers’ circle/paddle-out memorial ceremony in the wave pool to honor its late founder.

“I think there’s a nostalgia to this place. There are two and three generations coming here now,” Golner says. “I kind of consider it the Fenway Park [of water parks]. It’s got a lot of layers of paint on it, it has a little bit of wear to it, but it’s kind of cool and nostalgic. There’s a reason why it hasn’t been knocked down.”

To see the full story, click here.

Just Sold By Kevin Owens for 99% of List Price with Multiple Offers! Highest Price/Square Foot Record for 2015!

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JUST SOLD BY KEVIN FOR 99% OF LIST PRICE with multiple offers! Highest price/square foot record for 2015!

Thinking about selling or buying in Desert Ridge? Contact Kevin today at 480.217.9184

Just Sold By Kevin For 100% of List Price! $577,000 in Fireside at Desert Ridge

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Just Sold By Kevin Owens For 100% of List Price! $577,000 in Fireside at Desert Ridge

Thinking about buying or selling in Desert Ridge? Contact Kevin at 480.217.9184

Phoenix makes USA Today’s List as #1 Best Place To Retire In Nation

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Americans on the brink of retirement should head for rockier terrain.

Phoenix, Denver and Colorado Springs are among the top 10 best cities to retire, according to a Bankrate.com survey out today.

The full list includes:

1. Phoenix metro area, including Mesa and Scottsdale

2. Arlington/Alexandria, Va.

3. Prescott, Ariz.

4. Tucson

5. Des Moines

6. Denver

7. Austin

8. Cape Coral, Fla.

9. Colorado Springs

10. Franklin, Tenn.

Arizona cities showed up three times in the top 10 due to unparalleled weather and low property taxes, says Chris Kahn, research and statistics analyst at Bankrate.

“It’s just a great place for a low-maintenance, outdoor type of lifestyle,” he says. Plus, “your dollar is going to stretch further in Arizona.”

Bankrate ranked the cities based on cost of living, weather, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates, walkability and a measure of well-being based on surveys of seniors already in the areas. Retirees, in particular, need to prioritize cost of living because they’re relying on a fixed income, Kahn says.

Want to retire in Phoenix or Scottsdale? Contact Kevin at 480.217.9184 !

Top 4 Valley Staycation Resort Deals With Amazing Pools

By Kevin Owens

It’s that time of the year in the Valley…time for staycation deals for Phoenicians at local resorts!

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HOTEL VALLEY HO

Head over to groupon for $79/night room rate including:

  • Stay for two in a signature king, signature double, pool-view king, or pool-view double room
  • Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free
  • Two drink vouchers per stay
  • High-speed internet access is included daily on unlimited devices (this is usually $9.95 a day for the speed being extended)
  • Dates into September

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TALKING STICK RESORT

The resort’s website is offering a “Summer Playcation 2015” package for $119/night which includes:

  • $25 daily food and beverage package
  • All the gambling that you can handle!
  • Dates into September

 

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HOTEL PALOMAR

The resort’s website offers the “Fast Forward To Summer” package for 20% off the best available rate and includes:

  • Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations
  • 50% off valet parking ($15/night)
  • Morning coffee and tea service in living room, hosted evening wine reception in living room, 24-hour access to in-house fitness room, and wireless internet access
  • Pet friendly, no charge or restrictions
  • Dates into September

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W HOTEL SCOTTSDALE

The resort’s website is offering a “Hometown Offer for Arizona Residents” which includes:

  • 20% off best available rates
  • 20% off at Sushi Roku (excluding alcohol)
  • 20% off at Bliss Spa
  • 20% off purchase at W The Store
  • High-speed internet access
  • Two SIP tickets
  • Dates into September
  • Bonus: complimentary room upgrade

 

Which deal are you going to take advantage of?

 

Valley favorite Postino WineCafe to open two Scottsdale locations

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According to the Phoenix Business Journal:

Valley favorite Postino WineCafe is set to open two new locations in Scottsdale later this year.

Upward Projects, the Phoenix-based hospitality company behind Postino as well as Joyride Taco House and Federal Pizza, announced Monday it is planning on opening Postino Highland near Scottsdale Fashion Square in October and another restaurant in Kierland Commons this November.

Upward Projects, which is known for opening restaurants in adaptive reuse spaces, will be doing so with the Postino Highland store but not with Postino Kierland.

The Highland location will be located in the former Valley National Bank on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Highland Avenue, which was designed by local architectFrank Henry in the 1960s.

“Craig (DeMarco) and I have been looking at that historic bank building designed byFrank Henry for five years,” Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects co-owner told me Monday morning. “It is really, really iconic and I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.”

The 5,900-square-foot building was purchased by Upward Projects collaborators Bill Levine and Andrew Cohn.

The Kierland Commons Postino will be the company’s first restaurant not located in a historic building.

“We looked at north Scottsdale, I can’t tell you how many hours driving around. We turned over every stone trying to find that building experience and it didn’t exist,” Upward Projects co-owner Craig DeMarco told me over the phone. “We want to make sure we hold true to our design. Even going into that style setting it is going to be custom-designed for that space. We are not trying to just pump these out and create that chain effect.”

The Kierland Postino will be located in the space formerly occupied by Soma, a lingerie retailer.

Bailey said that the most important thing to them is opening Postino stores in great neighborhoods. She said both of the new locations are in very walkable areas and have a lot of people living nearby that have a connection with the brand.

“Postino WineCafe will be great a addition to Scottsdale, and we’re excited to have not one but two new locations coming in 2015. Postino has figured out that perfect mix of elevated hospitality and sense of place for those in the community, and by restoring a 60-year-old building, are perpetuating our history into the future,” Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said in a release.

Upward Projects opened the first Postino location in Arcadia 14 years ago. Since then it has opened three more Postinos in Phoenix, Tempe and Gilbert. It also runs a number of other concepts.

Kevin Owens Honored as One of Scottsdale’s “40 Under 40” REALTORS®

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Kevin Owens Honored as One of Scottsdale’s “40 Under 40″ REALTORS®

Scottsdale, AZ – April 28, 2015 — The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) identified Kevin Owens as one of their 2015 “40 under 40” award recipients. The “40 under 40” awards program was designed to recognize outstanding REALTORS® under 40 years of age who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community involvement and industry involvement.

The inaugural class of “40 under 40” winners was especially exceptional and chosen from over 100 nominees. “We are so pleased to name Kevin Owens one of our ’40 under 40’ winners for 2015,” said Rebecca Grossman, President and CEO of SAAR. “Kevin truly exemplifies the qualities we look for with his business success and leadership.”

Owens is a member of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and has been a licensed agent in Arizona since 2008. Kevin is currently ranked as the #1 producing agent in the North Scottsdale office and is in the Top 10 performing agents for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona. In addition, he is ranked in the top 6% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide based on sales production. Kevin is also a Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialist, specializing in the marketing of luxury estates worldwide. He was recently named “Best REALTOR® In Scottsdale” by Scottsdale Living Magazine and as a “Top Luxury Real Estate Agent” by inBusiness Magazine. Kevin continues his momentum by being annually recognized for “Outstanding Client Service” awards and was awarded REALTOR.com’s “Online Marketing Award of Excellence” for his unique approach to marketing his properties online.

“I am truly grateful to be honored by our industry and my peers as a recipient of the 2015 ‘40 under 40’ award,” said Kevin Owens. “I appreciate those who nominated me and for the support of everyone who helps make my business successful.”

Owens and the other 39 recipients will be honored the evening of April 28th at an exclusive awards dinner, featuring Joel Moyes, co-owner of Realty Executives, as the keynote speaker. The event will be held at Venue8600, a new corporate event center in north Scottsdale. RE/MAX Fine Properties and Arizona HOME PLUS Home Loan Program are the presenting sponsors for the event.

More information and a complete list of “40 under 40” winners can be found online at SAARonline.com/ypn/40under40.

About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona is owned and operated by NRT LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the United States. With 25 offices and affiliated with close to 1,800 independent sales associates in metro Phoenix, metro Tucson, and Northwest Arizona, we have been recognized as one of the top 20 brokers in the nation. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Arizona has 14 residential real estate branch offices throughout the metro Phoenix area and offers one-stop shopping through a builder services division, a relocation division, a concierge service and mortgage and title services.

About Coldwell Banker®
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 85,000 sales associates and brokers working in nearly 3,100 offices in 51 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to augment its web site www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On Location YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

About Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®
The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association serving more than 8,000 members. SAAR members specialize in every aspect of the real estate profession, including residential, property management and commercial, as well as supplemental services such as appraisal, financing, title, and inspection. Formed in 1963, SAAR has earned the reputation of being the Voice for Real Estate™ for the Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Carefree and Cave Creek communities. More information can be found on SAAR’s website at www.saaronline.com.

REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Sue Piltz / SAAR / 480-525-7055 / amandasue(at)saaronline(dotted)com
Barb Harris / CIM Incorporated / 480-296-5573 / barb(at)cimincorporated(dotted)com

 

CNN Money Ranks Arizona #9 on their list of “best states to retire in”

golf Those of us who live here are already in on the secret – 200+ days of sunshine each year, 250 golf courses, and easy living make this a great place to retire! See the rest of the top ten list here!


 

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