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15209 E Fairy Duster Court

This SunRidge Canyon home at 15209 E. Fairy Duster Court has an open concept floorplan and 10-foot ceilings.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

The oversized windows offer a great view of the beautiful backyard.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court
15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

The spacious island kitchen offers stainless steel GE Profile double ovens and microwave, an LG 3-door refrigerator, and a KitchenAid dishwasher. The convenient bar seating and sunny breakfast nook allow the chef to be part of the action. There are beautiful Alder cabinets and granite throughout.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

The Great Room features a gas fireplace and access to the large covered patio.

The huge primary bedroom has enough space for an office or seating area and has access to the patio. The bathroom features a deep soaking tub, an extra-large walk-in glass and tile shower, and a spacious, well-organized closet.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

There are three additional guest rooms. Two of them have a Jack-n-Jill configuration.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

Outdoors, you can enjoy the covered patio, a pebble finish pool, and a water feature in a thoughtfully landscaped yard with mountain views.

15208 E. Fairy Duster Court

4 BD | 2.5 BA | 3,066 SQ FT | 3 CG

$800,000

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Real Estate

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

This privately gated estate at 12807 N. Sunridge Drive is on one of Fountain Hills’ finest view lots.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

Enjoy endless views of the McDowell Mountains, SunRidge Canyon, and Four Peaks from elevated patios.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

From the moment you walk through the iron and glass front door, you will be inspired by the soft, contemporary, and spacious rooms with massive windows.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

On the main level, enjoy a commercial kitchen, a great dining space, and an open Great Room. An oversized bonus room is perfect for billiards or other entertainment. There is also a private owner’s suite, three bedroom suites, and a laundry room on this floor.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

Downstairs there is a pub room, a media room, two more bedrooms, and a bathroom. All of these rooms exit to patios.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

Outdoors you will find a newer main level pool with a water feature, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, and a firepit. There is a roof deck where you can enjoy summer fireworks or year-round stargazing under Fountain Hills’ protected dark skies.

The 4-stall garage is extra deep and extra tall with room for seven or more cars.

This gorgeous home has no HOA.

12807 N. Sunridge Drive

6 BD | BA | 7,360 SQ FT | 7+ CG

$2,550,000

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Inside Your Home

Winter is Over; Clean Your Fireplace

The cool nights that beckon us to build a fire have passed and the evening are growing warmer, luring us toward our outside firepits instead.

Now is a good time to do some good Spring cleaning in your fireplace. But before you get started, you might want to wear old clothes, gloves, and a dust mask. This can be a messy cleaning project.

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

  • Dropcloth
  • Gloves (either indoor/outdoor or disposable)
  • Fireplace shovel
  • Handheld broom and dustpan
  • Paper grocery bag or trash can with disposable liner
  • Shop vac
  • Newspaper
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Cornstarch

CLEAN THE FIREBOX

To keep your hearth and flooring clean, spread a dropcloth around your work area. Start by removing any leftover wood and removing the grate. Gently scoop out ashes with the fireplace shovel and place carefully into paper bag or trash receptacle. The ashes are so light that they will easily disperse into the air if not handled gently.

After removing the ashes, use the handheld broom to sweep up as much of the remaining ashes as possible. You can use a shop vac with a bag to clean the rest.

Place newspaper around the bottom of the firebox and spray the walls with equal parts warm water and vinegar to clean the bricks. Use the scrub brush to dislodge any stuck-on debris and let it air dry.

CLEAN GLASS DOORS

If your fireplace has glass doors, you can get them sparkling clean with a little bit of elbow grease. To create your “elbow grease”, mix ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup cornstarch, and ¼ cup white vinegar. Rub the mixture around on the glass doors with a microfiber cloth and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Use newspaper to clean the dried mixture off.

CLEAN FIREPLACE TOOLS

If your firebox has a screen, remove it, and lay it on your dropcloth along with your grate and fireplace tools. Spray everything with equal parts warm water and white vinegar. Use your nylon brush to scrub away soot or use steel wool for stubborn spots.

CHIMNEY CARE

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends scheduling an annual inspection and cleaning with a certified chimney sweep. When selecting someone, verify their certification and make sure they have insurance and workman’s compensation.

Be sure your chimney sweep inspects your chimney for major cracks, loose or missing bricks or mortar, and proper function and position of the damper.

Once your fireplace and chimney are clean, you can kick back and relax in the pool all summer, knowing that when the cool weather returns at the end of the year, you are ready to strike up a match and light a fire again.

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Real Estate

Market Snapshot: March 2021

You’ve probably heard that the housing market is on fire right now in Arizona. But what does it look like in Fountain Hills and The Verdes? Check out our report below.

Market Snapshot March 2021
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About Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills Community Garden: Growing Together

When a Girl Scout asked Dr. Jyoti Patel what she had done for the community, it motivated her to move forward with her idea for starting a Community Garden in Fountain Hills. In March of 2016, she pulled together a group of energetic residents with a shared vision and started planning.

Rita Applegate, the garden’s manager, got involved from the very beginning. Her goal was to create a “showstopper” garden on 1.8 acres of Town property under the nonprofit umbrella of the Fountain Hills Cultural & Civic Association.

“We created a Board of Directors of talented and passionate people,” Applegate said. “But I want to be clear that this project could not have happened without the cooperation of the Town, local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and hundreds of focused volunteers with a passion for the project.”

Applegate created a 4-phase plan that began with 67 beds for lease in early 2017. Next, they added another 62 beds, installed a greenhouse, and laid pavers for major walkways. A shed, 6 compost bins, and 8 trees followed.

Phase Four took the garden to a new level with a beautiful demonstration pavilion. This cooking space includes stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a shade structure. It is the location for the garden’s Healing Food Series. These classes bring in local chefs, restaurant owners, and nutritionists to show guests how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes with ingredients from their gardens.

Today, the garden has 123 leasable raised beds, 6 ADA beds, 5 food bank beds, and 2 dedicated children’s gardens. A bee enclosure was added with 2 regular beehives and 2 Flow hives. Without the bees, gardeners would have to self-pollinate everything they grow.

“We communicate regularly to our gardeners that this is THEIR garden. We want them to have pride in this space and to maintain their beds with that in mind.”

Applegate and fellow manager Joy Hubbard both love to mentor gardeners and to inspire other garden leaders across the Valley to share the secrets of her success, giving them a glimpse into how it can be done.

Last year, the Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame recognized the Fountain Hills Community Garden with the Legacy Award. To become a garden member and gain access to the tips and tricks the garden members share, visit www.iLoveFountainHills.com.

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15339 E. Sunburst Drive

This home at 15339 E. Sunburst Drive is located in the beautiful StoneRidge Estates in Fountain Hills.

This Southwest contemporary design is situated among majestic boulder structures that offer amazing privacy and dramatic Sonoran Desert views.

With nearly an acre of property, this home backs to an arroyo and has beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains.

You’ll love the wonderfully updated feel with tile plank floors, granite, stone, and quartzite with classic Alder cabinetry.

The casual Great Room floorplan easily handles a large group or just the two of you. The high ceilings and walls of windows frame the mountain views and boulder formations.

15339 E. Sunburst Dr.
15339 E. Sunburst Drive

The kitchen features a granite island with a vegetable sink and wine rack. Appliances include a Dacor black ceramic glass induction cook-top and double ovens, a Sub-Zero Knotty Alder paneled refrigerator/freezer, and a well-organized walk-in pantry.

15339 E. Sunburst Dr.
15339 E. Sunburst Dr.

The large dining room is open and provides plenty of space for generous entertaining, including a hospitality bar that is the center of attention for all of the upstairs living areas.

15339 E. Sunburst Dr.

The office/den has stunning floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

15339 E. Sunburst Drive

The grand master suite features a gas fireplace, large picture windows with views of Fountain Hills’ iconic mountain views.

The master bath features a jetted tub, a travertine walk-in shower, and a private Toto commode.

The full guest suite has a travertine walk-in shower.

Another sunny guest bedroom has spectacular views and easy access to the pool area.

The lower-level game room features a built-in entertainment center, a full hospitality bar with a quartzite slab, and plenty of space for game nights.

The pebble finish negative-edge pool and water feature perfectly frame the desert backdrop.

For those who have furry friends, you will appreciate the fully enclosed pet enclosure.

15339 E. SUNBURST DRIVE

4 BD + Den |3.5 BA | 4,270 SQ FT | 3CG

$1,000,000

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Desert Plants and Wildlife

The Journey of Monarch Butterflies

As birds begin their flights back to their summer homes in the north, one species of butterfly also embarks on a remarkable migration.

Monarch butterflies cannot survive the cold winters of the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Each fall, these delicate insects embark on a journey of about 3,000 miles to their overwintering grounds in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.

Although researchers are unsure how Monarchs navigate such long distances, the magnetic pull of the earth and the position of the sun may play an important role. It is one of the greatest natural events on Earth. But unlike birds, these individual butterflies will never return to their summer home.

As the temperatures rise in early spring, the Monarchs leave their wintering grounds to move north. They make it as far as Texas and other southern states before they stop to mate and lay eggs on milkweed plants, and then their life cycle ends.

The eggs hatch after just a few days and grow into brilliantly striped caterpillars. They eat massive amounts of milkweed before forming a chrysalis where they transform into an adult butterfly.

This new generation of butterflies flies a few hundred miles north, find more milkweed, and repeat the process. It can take up to four or five generations to complete the full journey to their ancestral summer homes in the northeastern United States and Canada. Each of these life cycles lasts only 5-7 weeks, compared to the 8–9-month lifespan of the butterflies who make the epic journey in the fall.

Sadly, their numbers are in decline.

The greatest threat to Monarch populations is a dramatic decline in the presence of milkweed across their range. Research suggests the large-scale use of herbicides used on farms has destroyed much of the milkweed.

Why is this plant so important? Milkweed is the only plant on which Monarchs will lay their eggs and is the primary food source for the caterpillars. Scientists, conservationists, and butterfly enthusiasts are encouraging people to grow the plant on their own. It is poisonous to pets and people, so be sure to plant it in an area your pets and children cannot reach.

You can track the Monarch’s migrations and report sightings for research purposes at JourneyNorth.org.

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Around Arizona

Visit Arizona State Parks

While most people are familiar with Arizona’s famous National Parks and Monuments, our 35 State Parks are often overlooked as great places to visit.

Arizona State Parks are preserved for their natural, cultural, or recreational resources. The activities offered vary from park to park, with some offering boating, fishing, swimming, and other activities. Other parks offer a museum experience with exhibits or guided tours. Some even offer equestrian trails and scheduled activities such as guided bird walks and star parties.

The following six parks should not be missed!

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Arizona State Parks

The half-mile hike is steep and challenging, but it will take you to a beautiful 183-foot-high travertine rock bridge that soars over a 150-foot-wide tunnel.

Red Rock State Park

This 286-acre nature preserve offers so much of what makes Sedona so scenic, including the best views of Cathedral Rock with glimpses of Oak Creek. Enjoy the network of hiking trails.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Named after the fabled lost gold mine in an area rich with mining legend, this park sits at the base of the rugged beauty of the Superstition Mountains. Find a large variety of hiking trails and Spring wildflowers.

Slide Rock State Park

A popular swimming hole in Oak Creek Canyon featuring a slick, rocky creek bottom for thrilling and bumpy water play. It is surrounded by the red rocks that make this area near Sedona so famous.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

This subterranean park is filled with massive floor-to-ceiling limestone columns. The half-mile tour lasts nearly two hours. This is a certified International Dark Sky Park, offering a different experience after dark.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

An enormous, beautifully preserved duplex that housed the families of two Riordan brothers at the turn of the 20th century. Take a step back in time to the Flagstaff pioneer days.

Learn more at AZStateParks.com.

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10401 N. Saguaro Blvd. #137

This darling Little Fountains condo at 10401 N. Saguaro Blvd. #137 is perfect for winter visitors, full-time residents, or to use as a rental.

Live close to the action with easy access to the Shea and the Beeline Highway.

This unit is ground-level with a private, east-facing patio that is open to the serene desert landscape and mountain views.

10401 N. Saguaro #137
10401 N. Saguaro #137

Little Fountains offers a clubhouse with a community center, an exercise room, BBQ, and heated saltwater pool and spa.

10401 N. Saguaro #137
10401 N. Saguaro #137

The split bedroom floorplan offers 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

10401 N. Saguaro #137
10401 N. Saguaro #137

The Great Room living area features a 6-foot door to the back patio, a media niche, an open kitchen, plenty of room for dining, and inside laundry.

10401 N. Saguaro #137
10401 N. Saguaro #137

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Yard and Garden

10 Native Trees to Attract Birds

Urban and suburban development always results in the loss of habitat for native wildlife, especially birds. Landscaping with wildlife in mind means that you are providing for the vital needs of local and migratory birds who rely on these plants for shelter, food, and nesting for their young. Native plants are the best choice because they provide exactly the right amenities for the local wildlife that has evolved to rely on these plants for their survival. Here are ten of the best plants you can include in your desert landscape.

IRONWOOD (Olneya tesota)

10 Native Trees

This tree is a bird sanctuary that provides a dense canopy for protection and protein-rich pods with seeds.

VELVET MESQUITE (Prosopis velutina)

10 Native Trees

Birds love these canopies for breeding, nesting, and roosting sites. Birds love the insects that are attracted to it along with the seeds and sweet fleshy pods.

PRICKLY PEAR (Opuntia species)

This plant is a great escape cover for many birds. The juicy fruit is prized by many bird species and the flowers attract butterflies and other pollinating insects.

DESERT MARIGOLD (Baileya mutiradiata)

If you give this plant a little water in the summer, it will produce flowers all year. Doves, sparrows, and finches love the seeds.

BLUE PALO VERDE (Cercidium floridium)

10 Native Trees

Arizona’s state tree puts on a spectacular display of yellow flowers in the spring and provides shelter and seeds for native bird species.

DESERT WILLOW (Chilopsis linearis)

In April through September, this tree produces beautiful orchid-like flowers. Hummingbirds and verdins sip the nectar from its flowers and several other bird species enjoy its seeds in the fall.

SALTBUSH (Artiplex canescens)

The seeds of the bush are enjoyed by various birds including quail, doves, towhees, and finches. It also gives birds cover and nesting.

CHUPAROSA (Justicia californica)

The red tubular flowers of this plant are prized by hummingbirds, blooming throughout fall and winter.

FAIRY DUSTER (Calliandra eriophylla)

This plant with feathery red flowers provides nutritious seed pods for birds as well as nectar.

GLOBE MALLOW (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

These showy stalks of orange flowers bloom in spring and sometimes in fall. Doves, quail, and sparrows feed on the seeds.