Chandler Approves Entertainment Complex Downtown

The Chandler City Council unanimously approved a development on one of the last vacant city-owned properties last week.  The development, to be completed by LGE Design Build, will be a 37,500-square-foot mixed-use entertainment destination. LGE is also the developer behind Overstreet Chandler across the street, now occupied by Flix Brewhouse.

The lot, known as Site 7, is a two-acre parcel that used to be a gas station and tire shop. More recently, it’s been used for parking. LGE also has the option to negotiate with the owner of the Jack in the Box restaurant to the north, to possibly relocate the restaurant and purchase the land for a larger project.

The project is set to be completed by 2024. LGE must break ground within three years of the development agreement being signed, and complete construction no more than two years after breaking ground. LGE will rent the land from the city for five years (about how long the project will take to be completed) although they also have the option to purchase the land outright during any point of the lease agreement. If they are unable to negotiate terms to relocate the Jack in the Box, the project timeline will be moved up.

This is exciting news for Chandler as downtown continues to expand! The development will be a welcome addition to the vibrant community. If you’re thinking about making Chandler your home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share more things about what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

6 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

While nobody wants their home broken into, the FBI facts are that a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the US. Home burglars generally have a pattern, as criminals are looking for an easy target they can rob and get out fast. Here are six tips from career burglars that you can use to protect your home and prevent break ins without installing top-dollar security features.

1. Nighttime Burglaries Aren’t the Most Common

Burglars are looking for the most probably time that there will be no one home, which means the daylight hours.  Weekdays are ideal, since weekend schedules are too unpredictable.  The most popular times that break-ins occur are between 12:30PM and 2:30PM when people are usually away at work or school.

2. They Know When You’re Not Home – Thanks, Social Media!

Most people post in real-time when they’re on vacation or away from home. Unfortunately, tech-savvy criminals take advantage of that and scout social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and FourSquare to find victims. An I-Team survey found that over 10% of burglars used social media to find victims, including one burglar in Orange County who targeted at least 33 women he saw in public and used the GPS data embedded in photos posted to their Facebook & Instagram to break into their homes in 2015. Even for those with private accounts, an old friend from high school or a neighbor down the street could be a potential criminal.  Never post what times you’re not home or how long you’ll be gone and save trip photos to post after you’re back home.

3. They Don’t Like Security

Burglars don’t want anything to do with alarm systems, whether they’re top of the line or not. Homes without an alarm system are almost 300% more likely to be a target. If you have an alarm system, make sure the code isn’t easy to guess like a house number or a birthday, and make sure to keep the keypad clean so a burglar can’t guess based off the numbers you’ve pressed the most. Make sure to use the security features your home already has, like locking your windows, doors, and keeping the exterior of your house well-lit.  Tricks that make it seem like someone is home also work. Motion sensor lights, bright flood lights, timed lights in the house, radio or TV left on, or a car in the driveway are all things that make a burglar nervous that someone is home.

4. Gun Advertisements are Not Security

If you’re a proud gun owner, it entices burglars more than it scares them away.  A gun is stolen roughly every two minutes in the US, so it’s better to keep your guns in a safe.  NRA bumper stickers or Smith & Wesson signs on a house advertises that there’s usually a lot of guns to steal inside.

5. Shrubs & Architecture Make Great Hiding Spots

Tall thick bushes, half walls, big fountains and other overgrown landscaping are great to hide in, not only from you but from the neighbors, too.  Keep your landscaping regularly trimmed and décor elements well-lit. If you do want big plants by your windows, consider something thorny like cacti or roses.

6. Valuables Left in the Open Are an Enticing Target

Expensive things left within clear view of windows are advertising to burglars what kind of items they can steal. Make sure to put tablets, laptops, or anything valuable away from view from first story windows. Key hooks, especially labeled ones, should also be kept out of sight. Mike Fraser, a former professional burglar and host of the BBC show Beat the Burglar, also advised to leave large family calendars out of view since they detail when you’ll be away from home.  Any documents with your personal information should also be kept out of view as they can turn into a gold mine for criminals looking to easily steal your details for identity theft.

Using these tips can help you prevent your home from being broken into.  Be sure to research crime rates and trends in your city and neighborhood, especially when you’re looking to purchase a home in an area you’re not familiar with.  It’s an important step of the home buying process!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com. We’ve love to schedule a free consultation to educate you on the home buying process so you can make the most informed decision for your family.

Chandler’s Summit Point Park Gets A Makeover

Summit Point Park, a quaint .29 acre park in Chandler is getting a makeover starting this month.  For those who aren’t familiar, Summit Point Park is in the heart of the neighborhood in the northeast corner of Elliot & Alma School Roads. The hope is to inspire residents, both young and old, to get outdoors and play.

Though small, the corner park has had a substantially positive impact on the community since its construction more than three decades ago.  In order to make sure the park renovation will be well received, Chandler has developed a conceptual plan for the park that includes additions requested by the community itself.  The most popular request? Outdoor fitness equipment.

In addition to the fitness stations, the park will also expand into a vacant alley behind to add space for cornhole games and a rubber-surfaced space for other sidewalk style games. Other improvements include a new water fountain, additional shade canopy, new lighting fixtures, benches, and picnic tables.

“Parks play an important role in the quality of life in Chandler. Investing in parks such as Summit Point Park ensures that Chandler’s parks are kept up to date and the recreational needs of the community are being met,” the Community Services Planning Manager for Chandler, Mickey Ohland, said in a statement.

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

Maracay Homes Buys 82 Acres in Chandler

Maracay Homes, a Scottsdale-based new home builder, recently paid $24.6 million for an 82-acre land parcel directly north of Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler.  This most recent purchase added to their 236-acre total holdings, which stretches into Gilbert off Chandler Heights between Val Vista & Lindsay roads.

The new community, named Canopy, calls for 241 new homes ranging from 2,331 to 3,730 square feet with plans to open the first phase in 2020.  A central park and paseo will be designed with raised garden beds, ornamental grasses and pergolas to create a sense of peace and serenity for residents and visitors. The community will also include a trail system that connects to Veterans Oasis Park, which features miles of trails, a fishing lake and nature center.

Canopy will share a corner with Maracay’s other development, Waterston. The land for Waterston was purchased last year and plans for 332 homes ranging between 2,000-5,000 square feet. Both developments will be designed according to the architectural principle of Vatsu Shastra, which integrates nature, functionality, symmetry, and directional elements to create an enhanced living environment. Maracay plans to market the two communities separately, and home prices have yet to be announced.

The new communities plan to be ready for the 7,500 new jobs are being created in the area, including Allstate’s planned expansion in Chandler, has plans for 2,500 jobs, Deloitte moving into The Commons at Rivulon in Gilbert with another 2,500 jobs, and Intel’s new Fab 42 facility in Chandler with a planned 3,000 jobs.

If you’re considering purchasing a new home or would like to know more about resale homes in the area, please contact The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 or info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share our knowledge so you can purchase your dream home.

“Bird’s the Word” in Chandler Ostrich Festival

The famed Chandler Ostrich Festival will be held this weekend for the 31st year running! What started as a modest event downtown is now grown up into a full-fledged entertainment extravaganza.

More than just ostriches, the 31st annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will feature the world’s largest bounce house, BMX Pros Trick Team shows, pig and dog races, Victoria Circus motorcycle and high-wire acts and numerous carnival rides.  The festival will also have over 100 hours of music with headliners like Flo Rida, The Commodores, and Andy Grammer.

While no ostrich races this year, the ostriches will be kept near the petting zoo for people to view and learn more about this strange-looking bird. The racetrack was done away with to make room for the 10,000 square foot Big Bounce America bounce house.  It’s currently the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest bounce house and has obstacle courses, climbing walls, giant slides, basketball hoops, ball pits and other fun things for both children and adults.

Another new thing this year is the BMX Pros Trick Show, where skateboarders and BMX riders will perform a variety of stunts on a street ramp and half pipe.

The Ostrich Festival will be held March 8th-10th at Tumbleweed Park, located at 745 E. Germann Road.  Tickets and more information can be found online at www.OstrichFestival.com

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share other fun things to do and what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

Chandler Still in “Best of” Lists

TripAdvisor, WalletHub, SmartAsset…the third party ranking sites are numerous, and Chandler appears on nearly all of them.  From being called one of the best places to raise a family, to being named as one of the best places to take a road trip with your girlfriends, Chandler has a lot going for it.

While some of the exact scoring criteria can be a little vague, plentiful housing, a low crime rate and short commute times tend to impress.  The city has made many lists in the last several years. HomeSnacks.com is one of the latest to release best-of lists for Arizona in 2019.  Chandler ranked well in categories such as best places to live, one of the richest cities in Arizona, and a great place for singles.

Other fun rankings Chandler has is Expedia naming it one of the top vacation stays in North America, while TripAdvisor considers it a “hidden gem for girlfriends’ trips”.  The sports lovers also have something to look forward to, as SmartAsset lists Chandler as one of the best cities in the nation for golf.  America’s Promise Alliance, who focuses on improving the lives of children, called Chandler one of the top places for young people.

Chandler was also named one of the best places in America for young families to buy a home, while NerdWallet.com said it’s one of the best places for millennial job-seekers.  SmartAsset appears again, calling Chandler of the country’s best cities for women in the tech industry. Chandler’s also been named on a few different sites as one of the best places to find a job.

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d love to share what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

State of the Market Feb 2019

At this time of year I like to give an update on the state of the real estate market. The media has been stating that there may be a bubble, however, the current market is in a very different state today than back in 2004-2005 which lead to the crash in 2007. Here are the current facts for our local market:

The Phoenix job market no longer just depends on construction and tourism, and is more diverse with increases in healthcare, tech, engineering, and finance. The jobless rate is low at 3.4% for the metro area, and the average annual earnings are $66,000 now vs. $39,000 in 2007. Another difference is in new construction. Housing starts are down 4.2%, meaning that the builders are building homes for owner occupancy, not over building for speculation. Rental rates have jumped and now average $1,495 a month. Phoenix metro is growing with inbound relocation, most coming from southern California.

More Highlights for 2018;

  •          New home prices increased 24%
  •          Resale home appreciation 8.2% – metro Phoenix
  •          Resale home appreciation 7.1% – Chandler
  •          Average price per square foot $168 – Chandler
  •          Median sales price $383,000 – Chandler

The 2019 predictions are that we are still in a Seller’s Market. However, that market segment is slowing, so expect longer days on market and lower appreciation rates this year. Of course, the most sales will take place between now and April, so now is the time to consider listing your home in order to sell at the highest price as well as make a purchase with the largest amount of homes to choose from.

The only constant in real estate is change as they say. The market ebbs and flows, so if you are thinking about making a move in 2019, I would love the opportunity to work with you for buying, selling, or investing. Our team is here to serve you for all of you real estate needs, call us today at 480-355-8645.

Chandler Museum Re-Opens with Extensive Link to the Past

With most of the city feeling so new, it can be sometimes hard to imagine Chandler with an extensive history.  Enter the East Valley History Center & Research Archives at the McCullough-Price House, which is part of the Chandler Museum campus.  Exploring Chandler’s historical photos and texts has never been easier.

The McCullough-Price House was originally built in 1938 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 3,300 square foot Pueblo Revival style home mixes the original beams and other features with mid century modern furniture.  The archive contains old newspapers (including the Chandler Arizonan), photographs, yearbooks, maps, and photos from the early 1900s to the present day captured on microfilm. The House also features tiny exhibits and the offices for the museum staff.

Just to the north of the McCullough-Price house is the brand new 10,000 square foot Chandler Museum. Built to complement the historic house, the modern building is the centerpiece of the new museum campus.  It showcases a sculpture by artist Jeff Zischke, Infinite Shade, which serves as the shade structure for the outdoor courtyard during the day but is beautifully lit during the evening.  The Chandler Museum features both local and travelling national shows and exhibits.

Regular hours for the Chandler Museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm. Admission is free. 300 S. Chandler Village Drive Chandler, AZ. Find out more at www.chandlermuseum.org.

If you’re considering making this great city your home, please give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email at info@locatearizonahomes.com today! We’d be happy to share more area tidbits and things to do customized to your lifestyle.

Welcome to 10749 E. Running Water Dr., Gold Canyon!

Surrounded by magnificent mountain views and desert vistas, this gorgeous Santa Fe-style custom home is nestled on over an ACRE of lush high Sonoran desert. Our tour of this Gold Canyon beauty begins with a stately drive, a private courtyard with firepit that boasts spectacular views of the Superstitions, towering saguaros, and a gorgeous Alder wood front entry. Inside, the wow-worthy great room dazzles with splayed ceiling beams, stone wrapped fireplace beside custom built-ins, & an expanse of travertine flooring that extends throughout much of the sprawling floor plan. Not far away, the sun-dappled kitchen shows off with stunning granite countertops, gas cooktop & Knotty Alder cabinetry. Ideal for an early-morning espresso or a quick-and-easy meal on-the-go, the breakfast bar adds a splash of gourmet panache to the culinary scene. Entertaining is a breeze on the expansive back patio perfect for viewing the amazing desert sunsets. BBQ island features a tall archway that reveals the heated pool & spa with sparkling water fountain, relaxation deck, and more incredible views. When it’s time to retire, be sure to visit the enchanting master suite, a blissful retreat blessed with a separate exit to the backyard, snail shower, separate tub, and a closet with plenty of storage space. An attached guest house is the perfect place for visiting guests or some income generating AirBNB as it has it’s own separate entrance, living room, full kitchen with granite counters, and living quarters. Additional amenities include a massive extended RV garage long and tall enough to fit a Class A luxury motorcoach, a private workshop with A/C & its own bathroom!

For more pictures and a property brochure, please visit our webpage at

http://www.locatearizonahomes.com/listing-detail/124276451/10749_E_Running_Water_Drive-Gold_Canyon-AZ

 In order to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 today!

Top 3 Allergen Hideaways

Most of us in Arizona suffer from allergies.  Here are some helpful tips to relax and enjoy your summer.

Itchy eyes, a runny nose, and constant sneezing can make it tough to relax and enjoy the summer, even in your own home. Here are some of the main places allergens are hiding and tips on how to get rid of them:

Carpets

Carpets are a common trap for an array of allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander. If possible, replace carpets with tile or wood flooring. If that’s not an option, frequent vacuuming can help remove allergens. Use a vacuum with a microfilter vacuum bag, multilayer vacuum bag, or HEPA filter if possible. These variants trap more allergens than a regular vacuum.

Beds/Blankets

Fabrics like blankets and pillow covers are a haven for hidden allergens, so be sure to wash your bedding frequently. Hypoallergenic bedding is also available. Organic cotton and bamboo are two cost-effective options for sheets and pillow covers that can reduce the amount of spores, mites, and dander in your bedding.

Surfaces

Dust and pollen tend to settle on top of bookshelves, cabinets, and end tables. Frequent dusting will help cut down on these allergens. Replace the filters and clean the grates in your cooling and heating systems monthly to help minimize the amount of dust and pollen settling in your home.

As always, if we can be a resource to you for allergies, buying or selling feel free to contact us!

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