“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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Welcome to 2204 E Spruce Drive, Chandler

Cozy corner house! Open floor plan, tiled throughout main living areas, inside washer/dryer included, ceiling fans throughout. Enjoy your private backyard and covered patio. Large master bedroom with full bathroom and laminate wood floors. Garage shelving. Low maintenance desert landscape. Security system can transfer to buyer.

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Welcome to 1380 W Windsong St., Apache Junction

Not your standard Manufactured home. Custom-Newly Remodeled in 2013 with the Southwest feel. 2”x 6” walls with extra insulation and stucco outside walls (low utilities), and block retaining wall around entire foundation.

1296 SQFT Garage with 8 car bays, 12” concrete floor and 20′ x 20′ shop/storage, plus Carport that can be used for horse shade. Nice Kitchen with pantry, breakfast bar and Oak Cabinets.

Full length front porch added in 2017. Fenced backyard, Native landscape front, Australian trees, fruit trees, grape vines & bushes providing privacy with an Italian Garden feel. Sits on 1.25 Acres of horse property with a ”No Climb” horse fencing, no wasted land here!

Great view of Gold Field Mountains and Superstition Mountains and many more! Must see to truly appreciate!

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Welcome to 2830 E Bridgeport Court, Gilbert

WELCOME TO VILLA DELLE FONTANI, The Villa of Fountains. Exuding timeless elegance, this welcoming Gilbert home is like nothing else you’ll see today. Old world classic styling with a stately exterior! This magnificent home welcomes you upon entering the circular drive with a Mediterranean feel of warmth with the enticing fountain and custom wrought iron doors and Juliet balconies. The grand foyer opens to the dual staircase and all that this fabulous home has to offer. The formal living spaces combine designer details and function for a handsome ambiance. The enticing floorplan impresses with chef’s island kitchen, stately dining room, resplendent family room, Hollywood media room, an entertainer’s dream game room with professional media center, and a luxurious master suite.

The resort yard features an Urn fountain pebble-tec pool, spa, secluded heart shaped grotto with matching custom imported Cantera heart shaped fire pit, sunken Mediterranean garden with waterfall, and expansive patios with misting system. Savor the sunsets and mountain views from the full balcony overlooking the lush gardens and pool. 4 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms, 5,957 square feet of Living Space built by Edmunds Toll. Sprawling .60 acre lot with preferred North/South exposure, Low-E Dual-Pane Windows, Control 4 home automation, Alder doors, custom tiered ceilings, central vac, plus a 7 channel Surround system that will convey. Private Master retreat features sitting room, stone fireplace, jetted soaking tub, and an oversized four headed shower with his/her walk in closets. Gourmet kitchen featuring Kohler cabinets, dual dishwashers, multiple ovens and wine fridges, warming tray, truly La Vita e Bella. Library is finished with dual Alder French doors, built in bookcase, and ample space for your home office desk space. Art Deco style home theater, designed after a Hollywood screening room, offers seating for 12 and a full bath. Game room features 4 TV’s and projection theater system, and is large enough for all your entertainment and home gym wants; the custom couch will convey. Romance guest suite is attached to a jack/jill bath, designed in old world style with enchanting Irish poem drapes. Second guest suite features full bath, and opens to the balcony. Extended garage is insulated, features, built in cabinets, water-softener and Kinetico charcoal filter system.

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Don’t Let a Killer In

Arizona enacted a law many years ago that requires a carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of every “sleeping area” before the home is sold. Arizona is pretty good about this as they only cost $40-50 and are easy to install. Here is part of why the state legislature enacted this law…

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer you don’t want in your home but because it is colorless and odorless; you may not even be aware the deadly condition exists. The Center for Disease Control says more than 400 people in the U.S. die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 10,000 require medical treatment each year.

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Unmaintained furnaces, water heaters and appliances can produce the deadly gas. In addition, other sources could be leaking chimneys, unvented kerosene or gas space heaters or exhaust from cars or trucks operating in an attached garage.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following to reduce exposure in the home:

  • Keep gas appliances properly adjusted
  • Install and use an exhaust fan vented to the outdoors over gas stoves
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use
  • Do not idle car inside garage
  • Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up central heating systems annually

Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and feelings of weakness or fatigue are a few of the most common symptoms. Lower levels of exposure to carbon monoxide may be mistaken for the flu.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be on every level of a home and especially, in sleeping areas. The alarms can be purchased for as little as $25 and plugged into the wall like a night light.

Regardless of the government requirements, no one would want to put their family, guests or themselves at risk for something so deadly.

Please let me know if I can get you any further information on this topic.

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