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Real Estate

9115 N. Horizon Trail in FireRock

This beautiful home in FireRock at 9115 N. Horizon Trail offers a peaceful, quiet setting. You could say it has a Zen-like presence.

Located just over 2 acres, this home overlooks desert tranquility, including a nearby lake and fairway in the very southern reaches of FireRock.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

You’ll start by entering a charming courtyard with a fountain and a beautiful iron entry door.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

Built in 2006, this home was designed to the highest of luxury standards with evening views of twinkling city lights from multiple patios. The main patio has a 2-sided electric door/wall that disappears, making indoor and outdoor living seamless and comfortable.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

This ultimate Great Room floorplan integrates an amazing European-styled kitchen that is full of beautiful finishes and the highest-grade appliances with two large living spaces and two dining areas. It just as easily caters to two occupants as it does to an extended family and plenty of guests.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

The professional-grade kitchen has granite counters and a party-size island with a sink. The appliances include a 6-burner Wolf professional gas cooktop with double ovens, a 60-inch refrigerator with wood panel front, and extends out to a convenient grilling patio. The custom Alder cabinets have a dual glazed finish and crown molds. The walk-in pantry is well-organized and there is an additional wall of cabinetry with glass front display storage. Further cabinets and drawers offer extra household organization.

9115 N. Horizon Trail
9115 N. Horizon Trail

You’ll love the sunny breakfast nook with views of the lake and fairway.

The master suite features a hospitality bar with a refrigerator, a built-in Dacor espresso machine, and a seating area with access to patios and views.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

The master bath has a jetted tub, travertine and glass walk-in shower with multiple heads and body sprays, and dual vanities with a sit-down counter. There is a private commode with a bidet. The bath also includes separate laundry machines.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

Three additional guest suites each feature travertine walk-in showers and large walk-in closets.

If you are looking for a home where you can offer a high level of hospitality, this home has a lower level game room with a TV, billiard table, and a wet bar with a bar fridge and wine captain.

Enjoy an evening with family and guests in your own 8-12 person theater with lounge and table seating plus custom lighting.

The entire home is wired with Control 4 Integration for full-house media and sound. It also includes full capabilities for temperature, security lighting, and more, all controlled by iPad or remotely.

In today’s work and study from home environment, you’ll love this home’s built-in Business Center for your home business, students, and guests.

Step outside to enjoy a heated pool and spa with a water feature and Goldline remote control panel. There are plenty of deep covered patios for outdoor dining and living spaces. Enjoy the luxury of travertine patio finishes, Canterra columns, wrought iron decorative railings, rough-hewn beams, and ceiling fans.

9115 N. Horizon Trail

The laundry room includes LG machines, a laundry sink, and loads of cabinetry for storage.

For cooling, there are four Trane heating/cooling zones. Each floor has humidifiers for added comfort and gas heat. There are also a water softener and a reverse osmosis system.

9115 N. HORIZON TRAIL in FireRock

4 fully-suited bedrooms | Office | Game Room | Theater

4.5 bathrooms | 5,691 SQ FT | 3.5 CG

$1,900,000

CLICK HERE for a virtual tour or call us at 480-837-1331 to schedule a showing. CLICK HERE to see other great Fountain Hills homes.

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Local Businesses

Chocofin Chocolatier for a Valentine’s Win

Luckily for Louis and Denise Mirabella, lots of people in Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, the Valley, and a bevy of fans from across the US and Canada are passionate about their unique artisan chocolates. Their delightful shop, Chocofin Chocolatier in the Basha’s Center, is the “go to” place in the area for exceptional desserts, ice cream, and most of all, for their exquisite handmade chocolates. Launched as a wholesale business in a Fountain Hills industrial area in 2001, Chocofin has become one of Fountain Hills most successful boutique businesses.

Denise remarks with a smile, “We love the sense of com­munity here, and the fact that we are five minutes from home and our son’s school have made it possible to dedicate the time our business demands and still have a family life.” Louis adds “Our peak times are holidays, when the demand for fine chocolates as gifts and luscious deserts are at their peak. I can go home after closing, have dinner with my family, return to do several hours of extra production and still be back home at a reasonable hour. We enjoy hundreds of hours of extra leisure time because our home and business are just minutes apart.”

Networking at Chamber of Commerce functions and partici­pation in the Fountain Hills Art Fairs increased their customer base, both inside Fountain Hills and across the country. “Wholesale sales to resorts and specialty shops remains about 20% of our business, and we have added cakes, pastries and ice cream to our retail offerings. Summers are slower, but people still have birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Diversification, the addition of a robust online business, and loyal ‘regulars’ maintain steady flow of business throughout the year.”

At this year’s Chamber Gala, Louis and Denise received the Mayor’s Award, a much-deserved recognition for their contributions to our community and for their successful business.

Chocofin is located at 13404 N. La Montana. Visit their website at Chocofin.com.

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Home Management

Data Privacy Day: Stay Cyber Safe

Data Privacy Day is January 28, 2021. It is an international effort to raise awareness and empower individuals to “Own Your Privacy”.

If you are like millions of other Americans, you are probably unaware and uninformed about how your personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society. But you do not have to remain in the dark about this.

Here are some valuable actions you can take to protect your cyber privacy:

MANAGE PRIVACY SETTINGS

Every device, website, and app have their own privacy settings. Don’t know where to start or where to find them? The National Cybersecurity Alliance has a web page with direct links for popular devices and online services to get you started. CLICK HERE to get started.

SECURE YOUR DEVICES & ACCOUNTS

Use strong passwords, passcodes, or touch ID features. Enable two-factor authentication. These steps are vital if your device is lost or stolen.

CLEAN THE “APP” HOUSE

Apps often store important information about you. If you have apps you no longer use, it is a good habit to delete them from your devices.

UPDATE REGULARLY

New updates frequently provide enhanced security software, web browsers, operating systems, and apps. This is your best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

USE APPS WISELY

Your gaming apps, contact list, location, and financial apps have value just like real money. Be thoughtful about who gets what information because apps like to collect it.

BEWARE OF PUBLIC Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces are not secure, which means anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your device. Some businesses track your movements while you are in reach of their network. You can disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use and avoid logging into important accounts like email and financial services. Instead, use a virtual private network or a personal hotspot.

TOSS IT

When in doubt about an email or text, throw it out! Never click on links that seem somewhat suspicious, even if you know the sender. Cyber criminals like to use links to try to steal your personal information.

Learn more about how to stay safe from the National Cybersecurity Alliance a https://staysafeonline.org/ .

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Outdoor recreation

Golf: A Great Escape from COVID

Golf is on everyone’s mind with the Phoenix Open starting on February 1. The event will have limited fans and venues, but event organizers are still aiming to maintain their status as a world-class event.

Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”, this Phoenix Open debuted in 1932 and quickly became the best-attended event in golf. Portions of the event proceeds are used by the Thunderbirds to fund Special Olympics activities in Phoenix.

Whether you score tickets to the event or not, this is a great time of year to play golf in the Valley of the Sun.

One of the distinguishing assets of Fountain Hills, the Verdes, and Fort McDowell is a collection of numerous golf courses in a remarkable 8-mile radius. The golf lifestyle of this area is all about savoring the views and enjoying the serene outdoors in the Sonoran Desert.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

All golf courses in the area are following recommended guidelines including personal hygiene and social distancing. Masks are required indoors at all facilities, but usually not required while outdoors. Most courses have removed bunker rakes, turned cups upside down, and golf carts sanitized after each game.

Desert Canyon Golf Club

Download their app to learn how to enroll in their Contactless Club Card Loyalty Program. There is a $20 fee for individual cart use, with fees being donated to aid relief efforts.  DesertCanyonGolf.com

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

Individual cart use is available for a $15 fee.  SunridgeGolf.com

Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Individual cart use is available for a $15 fee.  EagleMtn.com

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Will do their best to accommodate individual cart requests without a fee.  Wekopa.com

Tonto Verde Golf Club

This is a member-owned public golf course. Members have worked together to create guidelines to keep their community safe. This includes no cash transactions, limited tee times for non-residents, a closed clubhouse, although restrooms are open, pre-packaged snacks, and a plastic divider between golf cart riders. Guests should call ahead for gate access to the community.  TontoVerde.org

Verde River Golf and Social Club at Trilogy

All tee times must be prepaid online to promote social distancing guidelines. Two golf carts permitted per group. Please wear facial covering while riding together in the golf cart if not from the same household.  VerdeRiver.quick18.com

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Community Engagement

How to Get Involved in the Community

Nothing nurtures a loyal passion for your community more than getting involved in it. Fountain Hills is a young community, yet it has already attained a rich depth of culture that is usually only found in older communities. This is the result of hundreds of residents giving of their time, talents, and resources to continually make this a better place to live. Few have had the opportunity to serve as town officials, but many have joined committees or boards that have transformed our town into this unique gem in the desert. 

Did you know that the Town of Fountain Hills has over 900 people who volunteer in various ways throughout the year? This does not include those who volunteer through the various service organizations and our Chamber of Commerce! Think about what our town would look like without their generous contributions. Have you found your place in our community? Here are some suggestions to get you started:

JOIN A CLUB

There is no shortage of club options in Fountain Hills, whether it be a cultural, service, or special interest club. Here is a small representation of clubs that might be of interest to you:

SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS

SERVICE CLUBS

CULTURAL CLUBS

CLUBS FOR KIDS

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

FOUNDATIONS

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Nearly every entity in Fountain Hills functions either fully or partially due to the generous contributions of their volunteers. There is a volunteer opportunity to fit every person’s interests in this community. Here are a few examples:

ATTEND TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS & SPEAK UP

The most effective way to understand what’s happening in our community is to attend Town Council meetings. They are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 PM, with work-study sessions on the 2nd Tuesday of the month when needed. Agendas are posted to the town’s website the day before, and minutes posted after. If you have an opinion to share about an issue on the agenda, you can fill out a card when you enter the Council Chambers to express your opinion and even request to speak at the appropriate time. Residents may also request to speak during “A Call to the Public” about any issue they choose. When you have a complaint or suggestion, this is an effective way to voice it. Click here for more information. Residents may attend Council meetings virtually during COVID-19 while Town buildings are closed to the public.

JOIN THE FOUNTAIN HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Chamber of Commerce is deeply involved in the life of our community. Not only do they provide support for local business owners and employees, but they also host a number of community functions: Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts, Community Expo (featuring local businesses), Thanksgiving Day Parade and Stroll in the Glow (downtown Christmas lighting event).

JOIN THE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Do you see yourself as a future community leader? The best way to get a front-row seat to see how our entire town functions and what it takes to maintain a sustainable and lively community is to participate in the Fountain Hills Leadership Academy. Once a year, participants experience eight weeks of behind-the-scenes tours and presentations from the Sanitary District, Youth & Senior Services, all our schools, and so much more. It culminates with a graduation ceremony where participants present a community project idea of their choosing to community leaders. The Leadership Academy has been instrumental in preparing the next generation of community leaders, many of whom go on to serve on various boards and committees. This program has gained tremendous respect from the entire community and has been successful in propelling dozens of residents into vital leadership roles in Fountain Hills.

TAKE UP A CAUSE

Want to know a secret? So many of the things we treasure in this community came about because someone had a passion to see that thing happen. The wall that separates the playground from the pump house at Fountain Park has a beautifully painted mural done by school children because of someone’s passion. Same goes for the Low-Water Demonstration Garden. Or the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Golden Eagle Boulevard that was painted by the Girl Scouts. Public Art, Dark Sky designation, a splash pad, the Lake Overlook hiking trail, all of these were birthed out of the heart of a resident. What is our passion? What is that one thing you keep thinking the town should do? Maybe YOU could be the one to take up that cause! If this is you, reach out to the Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Association.

BECOME A MEMBER OF FOUNTAIN HILLS CULTURAL & CIVIC ASSOCIATION

The Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Association brings together various cultural and civic organizations in our community under one roof. Did you know that Fountain Hills was the 17th community in the world to earn dark sky designation from the International Dark Sky Association? This happened through the efforts of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association, one of the numerous organizations partnered with “I Love Fountain Hills”. Other organizations include the community garden, the public art committee, the community band and chorus, the previously mentioned Leadership Academy, and so much more. Becoming a member is a way to support a variety of valuable and diverse organizations that give so much to the community.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Since we live in a small town that doesn’t boast a mall or huge shopping center, it can be tempting to just drive over the hill to Scottsdale to do all your shopping or to go out to eat. But when you support local businesses, you contribute to the economic health of our own community. We have a variety of little specialty shops around town such as a local plant nursery, a candle shop, the best chocolate shop anywhere, a bakery, a hardware store, and so much more. And, of course, our town has a large variety of local restaurants to suit every craving. When you get to know our local business owners, you are getting to know your own neighbors. Support our local businesses.

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Inside Your Home

Declutter Like an Interior Designer

January and February are natural times of the year to declutter your home and create some physical and visual space. The holiday décor is packed away and your new gifts might still need a permanent place of their own.

Surveys show that decluttering reduces stress and boosts the mood. It can also reduce allergens in your home and make it easier to keep clean.

Whatever your reason for ushering material possessions out the door, here are some thoughts on how to do it the way an interior designer would approach making a home look and feel more open, tidy, and welcoming.

  1. Have nothing that is not functional, beautiful, or personal. Let your possessions earn the right to take up space in your home. Do not let guilt manipulate you to keep something that is not working for you or your space.
  2. Identify clutter zones and set up systems and storage. Reduce paper clutter with digital apps and create a space for items that come and go from your home (keys, wallets, mail, items to donate, etc.)
  3. Reduce picture frames on surfaces and decorative pillows on the sofa or bed. These clutter the visual space, make cleaning take longer, and pillows end up on the floor.
  4. Keep kitchen and bathroom counters as free of items as possible. This makes your kitchen feel more open and cleaner and the bathroom feel more like a spa.
  5. Hide electronic devices in drawers. Our wireless devices require many wires. Rig them up in drawers or cabinets or set up an attractive charging station.
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Local Events

National Blood Donor Month

The Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis and the Town of Fountain Hills are holding a blood donation drive on January 29 and 30 at the Community Center. Paul Appledorn, one of the event organizers, explains that donating blood is deemed an essential service in the pandemic. Since the Community Center is closed to activities and events, it can open all 4 ballrooms to maintain appropriate social distancing between donation stations.

There are several ways to sign up for this blood donation drive:

  • Call Paul Appledorn at 480-836-8213 or email him at appledop@hotmail.com
  • Call co-organizer Dr. Liz Smith at 480-837-2600 or email her at no1drliz@gmail.com
  • Sign-up online at BloodHero.com and choose “Kiwanis”.

According to the American Red Cross, January is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood donations to meet the demand. For this reason, January was designated as National Blood Donor Month in 1970 to bring awareness to the need.

Donating blood saves lives and is one of the most precious gifts you can give to another person. It is the gift of life. When you donate blood, you can save a life, or if your blood is separated into its red cells, platelets, and plasma, it can save several lives.

With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross reports a need of blood and platelet donors. As a way of helping current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions, they are testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. And there is no deferral time for eligible donors who are vaccinated with the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

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Culture

Fountain Hills Car Culture

For over 100 years, owning a car meant freedom, and a driver’s license was a passport to the open road. But for car enthusiasts, it means so much more. There is an emotional element, a sense of identity. It is Ford versus Chevy, a customized ride, and expressing yourself through an awesome piece of machinery.

Fountain Hills is a dream for car enthusiasts. Every Sunday from October through May, customers of Phil’s Filling Station bring out their cool rides. Cruzin’ at Phil’s is a great way to tickle your senses while browsing the older cars and meeting the owners who restored them. Grab a meal and enjoy the nostalgic décor of a 50s Coca-Cola themed diner on one side and a sports bar with beer signs and team logos on the other. Get more information at PhilsFillingStationGrill.com.

If you own a special interest auto, including antique, classic, or racing, you can join the Fountain Hills Auto Club. This active group gets together for social events, attends rallies, gives local presentations about old cars, and participates in the Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade. Learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Fountain Hills’ biggest car show, Concours in the Hills, was started by resident Peter Volny in 2014. It has grown to feature over a thousand ultra-high-performance vehicles and luxury and classic cars from imported and domestic manufacturers. Guest dignitaries from the world of racing make appearances at this free event. For more information, visit ConcoursInTheHills.org.

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction hosts its Golden Anniversary event at WestWorld this year, but has been postponed to March 24-28. Named “America’s No. 1 Attraction for Car Lovers”, no other company in the world puts on a collector car auction like Barrett-Jackson. Regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique, and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience, both in-person and on live national and international television. Learn more at Barrett-Jackson.com.

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Real Estate

12833 E. La Ronda Court in Arriba del Lago

Welcome to 12833 E. La Ronda Court in Arriba del Lago where you will enjoy the magic of lake and mountain views among some of the friendliest neighbors in Fountain Hills!

12833 E. La Ronda Court

Nestled in the celebrated Arriba del Lago gated community, this home is one of the community’s shining stars. It has been lovingly upgraded to a degree rarely found in Lakeside Village! No detail was overlooked, and the next homeowner has only to enjoy the efforts of these exceptionally tasteful owners.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

Step through the 9-foot custom iron door into a living space with 12-foot ceilings that feature 8”x8” beams. You’ll love the beautiful porcelain plank flooring and the upgraded 5-inch-tall baseboards throughout.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

The stacked stone fireplace has a cherry wood mantle and a stone hearth.

Large windows and beautiful, custom window coverings and shutters help to highlight the views. There are custom screens for every window.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

In the kitchen, you will love the Italian quarts, leather-finished countertops, gel-stained cabinetry, and all new custom pullouts in the cabinets. There is a stacked stone backsplash and beautiful wall accents.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

This kitchen has upgraded designer hardware, a Blanco sink, and a Brizo faucet. The new appliances are all stainless-steel Jenn Air, including an induction cooktop and Zephyr exhaust hood.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

The dining nook is large enough for a large table, reading area, or desk space.

12833 E. La Ronda Court

The oversized Master Suite is large enough for a sitting area or additional workspace, with a well-organized walk-in closet. The updated Master Bath features Quartzite counters, Kohler sinks, new LED lighting, and a high-en
mirror and fixtures. The walk-in shower has glass and a subway tile surround, and the floors are beautiful marble.

This home offers seamless indoor and outdoor living. Enjoy up-close views of the world-famous fountain and lake from your own patio, plus great mountain views. The large Travertine courtyard has fully
automated awnings. The yard includes impeccable landscaping with charming retained planters, citrus trees, and a raised garden bed. Extend your outdoor entertaining with an outdoor Bull grill with stacked
stone and Canterra finishes.

Arriba del Lago is Fountain Hills’ best location, overlooking the world-famous fountain and only a short walk to restaurants, pubs, the park, and area hiking trails. The Lake Overlook Trail is just steps away!

12833 E. La Ronda Court
2 BD | 2 BA | 1,993 SQ FT | 2 CG
$745,000

CLICK HERE for a virtual tour of this property, or call us at 480-837-1331.

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Uncategorized

Cut your energy costs

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There is a day for everything, and January 10, 2021, is “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day”. But you live in the desert, so what are the best ways to reduce energy costs here? Follow these energy-efficiency tips to not only reduce costs but also lessen your impact on the environment and grid while keeping your home comfortable all year long. And be sure to take advantage of rebates offered by SRP, our local electrical service provider.

REDUCE PEAK TIME ENERGY USAGE

Start right away by signing up for SRP’s Time-of-Use Plan. You can see an average annual savings of nearly 5% off your electric bill on this plan. The idea is to use less energy during peak hours. All weekends and six observed holidays are off-peak for the entire day. These are peak hours throughout the year:

  • WINTER (November-April): 5AM-9AM and 5PM-9PM 
  • SUMMER (May-October): 2PM-8PM 

PROPERLY SET YOUR THERMOSTAT

You could be wasting up to $180 a year by not setting your thermostat seasonally. Start by setting the fan to “Auto” instead of “On” to save $15-25 each month on energy costs. In winter, set the thermostat for 68-70 degrees when you are home and 65 degrees or lower when you are away. For the summer, set it between 78-80 degrees while at home and up to 85 degrees while you are away. Go a step further and install a Smart thermometer that you can control from your smartphone 24 hours a day.

MAINTAIN YOUR A/C REGULARLY

Start by scheduling annual maintenance by a professional to keep your system in tip-top shape. Be sure to change the filters monthly to keep air ducts clean and to keep your unit running smoothly. If you need to upgrade your system, SRP offers up to $1,125 in rebates when you buy a new energy-efficient AC, heat pump, or mini-split system.

CHECK YOUR AIR DUCTS

If your home is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, you might have leaky air ducts. This can cost you $200 or more in wasted energy. SRP offers a rebate program that covers 75% of repair costs or up to $400 of duct testing and qualified repairs.

INSTALL ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING

LED bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 35-50 times longer. If you replaced the five most frequently used lightbulbs in your home, you could save as much as $75 per year. They keep rooms cooler, use less energy, and make your indoor plants happier.

ADD SHADE

Shade trees can lower the temperature of your home by up to 20 degrees in the summer. Check out SRP’s free shade tree program here: https://www.srpnet.com/energy/Rebates/shadeTrees.aspx 

They also offer a rebate of $0.80 per square foot on professionally installed shade screens to keep your home cooler during the summer months.

UPGRADE YOUR POOL PUMP

Install a variable speed pool pump and have a pool professional calibrate it to maximize efficiency. This can save you around 70% a year on pool-related costs. Install a timer and run 8-12 hours a day in the summer and 6-8 hours a day in the winter.

Cutting energy costs should be a multi-pronged approach. By combining all these ideas, you could make a considerable dent in your energy bill. And that would be a very happy National Cut Your Energy Costs Day to you!

For more information, visit https://www.srpnet.com/ .