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Concerts On The Avenue Returns This November!

Concerts on the Avenue Fountain Hills, AZ

November is the month of music in Fountain Hills! And, once again, The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the main sponsor! The concerts showcase some of the Valley’s best bands and a variety of music options to suit everyone’s taste.

Live Music
Live bands

Sonoran Lifestyle Team’s office is ground zero for the party, during the Concerts, which run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 2nd, 9th, and 30th. Guests are treated to popcorn and beverages. Also, be sure to stop in to enter the raffle to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Grapeables Wine Bar and Bone Haus Brewing on weeks #2 and #3!

Free Popcorn
Free popcorn

The November evenings will be perfect for putting out a picnic blanket, and some chairs, and enjoying the music and lawn games on the green grass of the Avenue.

Yard games for everyone to enjoy

Notably, two performances typically happen at a time. Solo performances take place on the west end of the Avenue between the Town Hall and Sami Fine Jewelry. Bands perform down at the fountain courtyard in the median closer to the RE/MAX Sun Properties / Sonoran Lifestyle Office. The performers are listed below.

November 2

  • Solo: I Am Hologram – Acoustic covers spanning 100 years 
  • Band:

November 9

  • Solo: Dave Clark-Classic Rock
  • Band: Copper State Blues Band -Blues and Classic Rock

November 16

  • Solo: Ritchie Fliegler – Classic Rock Acoustic 
  • Band: The Black Hole – Blues and Rock

November 30

  • Solo: Dave Clark-Classic Rock
  • Band: Chuck Hall -Blues

Many of the musicians and groups performing in the November series have performed in the previous series or at other local venues, so you’ll likely see some familiar faces. There will be representations from several genres of music, so there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

The Concerts on the Avenue are co-sponsored with the Town of Fountain Hills. The concerts are totally free to attend, as always. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

To learn more about this November Concerts on the Avenue, head to https://www.fountainhillsaz.gov/749/Concerts-on-the-Avenue

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The 2022 Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

The cooler weather makes November the perfect time of year to go hiking around Fountain Hills. This Fall you can take your adventurers to the next level by participating in the Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge!

Fountain Hills, AZ Hiking Challenge

This year’s hiking challenge includes two levels, an easier (shorter) and a challenging longer with more elevation series of the best hiking trails in Fountain Hills, totaling over 34 miles. New this year are the guided hikes with the Steward of the Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills. Sign up and enjoy the company of fellow hikers while exploring the longer tails at Fountain Hills Park and Rec.

The challenge, which is proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, begins on November 1st, and lasts for the entire month. SPECIAL BONUS! Stop into the RE/MAX Sun Properties (Sonoran Lifestyle team office) for a printed map of all local trails. We’ll have a goodie bag with handy gifts selected especially for hikers. Stop by anytime in November, Mon-Fri, 10a-5pm. Our address is 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Suite 12, in Fountain Hills.

The registration Fee is $15 for the Hiking Challenge. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge T-shirt. Complete the long or short-challenge hikes. Registration Here Share your pictures on social media to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Just Roughin’ It. Share your hiking pictures by tagging @fhparksandrec on Facebook.

Adero Canyon, Sunrise Peak, AZ

The Short Challenge

FOUNTAIN HILLS DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN – 1.2 MILES – EASY OUT AND BACK WALK

The Garden offers an easy hike on 8 acres of the native Sonoran Desert.  The trail has informative signs.  The Garden is also an eBird site.  It is located on Fountain Hills Boulevard about 1.5 miles south of Palisades

LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL – 1.5 MILES – EASY LOOP HIKE

Said to be one of the best views in Fountain Hills, this easy hike rises 300 feet above Fountain Park offering panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the town.  Marked access is just east of Saguaro on Panorama Drive or further east on Panorama near the parking lot.  When you reach La Montana Blvd, follow the signs a short distance to continue the trail.

OVERLOOK TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.2 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, go through the gate.  The sign posted Overlook Trail begins on your right.  You might want to have a hiking pole for this hike as you will hike up to a very scenic overlook.  At the top, there is a diorama that shows the mountains and other points of interest.   On the way back to the trailhead, you can detour on the Easy Trail to extend your hike by about .2 miles.

WESTERN BIKE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.5 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, go through the gate.  The sign posted Western Bike Trail will be found on your left.  This trail winds up to the Andrews Kinsey Trail.   You will have views of Adero Canyon the entire way.  Once you reach the Andrews Kinsey Trail turn left and follow it to the sign for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Return the same way.

PROMENADE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.6 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, the Promenade Trail begins after the gate.  It follows an old jeep road for .8 miles with scenic views the entire way. The first uphill is the only difficult part of this hike.   Once you reach the signposted Sonoran Trails return to the trailhead.  If you wish to go further, hike the Lower Sonoran Trail a short distance to the sign-posted Scenic Overlook.  Return the same way you came.

Long Challenge

SONORAN LOOP – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 5.5 MILES-MODERATE TO MODERATELY DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and follow the Promenade Trail (an old jeep road) to its end to the Sonoran Trails. The Sonoran Trail and Lower Sonoran Trail form a loop.  You can shorten the loop by taking one of two marked crossover trails.  Do not pass the entrance sign for the McDowell Mountain Regional Park you have gone too far and missed the turn!

DIXIE MINE – GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD – 5.4 MILES – MODERATE

From the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 fee required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to a road. Turn right and go down a short hill.  At the bottom of the hill, turn left on an unmarked trail that will take you a short way to the Dixie Mine.  Return the way you came.

WESTERN LOOP – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 2.6 MILES – DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and take the signposted Western Bike Trail on your left. When the trail meets the Andrews Kinsey Trail, turn left and follow a short distance to the Western Loop Trail.  The WesternLoop Trail climbs steeply to a scenic view.   The trail continues and descends steeply to the Promenade Trail.  Return to the trailhead on the Promenade.

ANDREWS KINSEY TO THE HITCHING POST – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 6 MILES – MODERATELY DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and take the signposted Western Bike Trail on your left. When the trail meets the Andrews Kinsey Trail, turn left.   The trail climbs as it winds through the Adero Canyon to the Sunrise Trail with the hitching post.  Return the way you came.  For an extra challenge take the Sunrise Trail to the top of Sunrise Peak.

RIDGELINE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 4 MILES – DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate. The signposted Overlook/Ridgeline trail begins on your right.  This trail follows a ridge overlooking Adero Canyon.   The Lower Ridgeline provides an optional 1-mile loop starting at mile marker R2 and ending at mile marker R4.   Near the eastern end of the Lower Ridgeline, there is a 0.2-mile spur leading to an overlook.

DIXIE MINE TO ADERO CANYON – GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD-5 OR 10 MILES MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO DIFFICULT

This hike can be done as either a round trip 10-mile hike or shortened to a one-way 5-mile hike if another car is left at the Adero Canyon Trailhead. From the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd., follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 fee required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to the Sonoran Trail.  When you enter the McDowell Mountain Preserve, you can follow either the Sonoran Trail or Lower Sonoran Trail to the Promenade Trail. Follow the Promenade Trail to the Adero Canyon Trailhead where you can take a break before returning the same way or phone for a ride home!!

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Business Community Grows This Summer!

Fountain Hills has been blessed recently with two great new businesses!  Check them out below or log onto our sister publication DesertVibe.com for the full details! 

ATTICUS BOOKS AND MUSIC

  • Located behind Capella Eyecare at Plaza Fountainside.
  • 12625 N. Saguaro Blvd., Suite 111
  • Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
  • Sunday Noon-5pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Atticus Books & Music opened its doors in September and early reaction indicates Fountain Hills residents are welcoming them with open arms.  Check them out near Fountain Park at Plaza Fountainside.  For more information:  https://desertvibe.com/atticus-books/

GOOD LIVING GREENS

Check out this instantly popular resource as an organic grocer.  You’ll find healthy greens, eggs, milk products and more!   Get the details here:  https://desertvibe.com/good-living-greens/

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Fountain Hills 3rd Qtr Real Estate Update

We’re at the start of the 4th quarter, and because we’re in football season, it’s easy to make an analogy to that benchmark in the game:  This is where things really get exciting! 

That isn’t to say it hasn’t been an eventful year!  For the first three quarters Year To Date, Fountain Hills’ average (YTD) sale price is sitting at an all-time high of $826,177, which is 18.76% above the avg YTD sale price of just one year ago.  And, for those wanting to know if the prices are going down, the answer is no.  While there have been some price reductions in the market, our September Avg Sale Price is $960,988, higher than the year to date average mentioned above.  This is not what might expect to hear, given all the doom and gloom in the media.    

Why have Fountain Hills prices remained strong?  Well, look around.  Fountain Hills is an almost idyllic community with near perfect weather, a myriad of outdoor recreation, great services, restaurants and social offerings, beautiful views and lots of friendly people.  Who wouldn’t want to live here? 

Add to that the continued strength of in-migration and job growth in the Phoenix metro area. This is due to aggressive efforts to attract new, clean industries like technology, medical and finance. 

Throw in that we are one of the few metro areas in the country that offer all the major professional sports affiliations and you have a winning combination. This combo led to Phoenix being #13 in population growth 2010-2020 and #4 during 2020-21 according to Pew Research. 

And speaking of job growth, Arizona added 110,000 positions in the 12 months ending in August, 2022. That’s the 15th largest growth rate in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Want more confirmation?  How about the fact that there were a total of 198 active listings in the community of Fountain Hills in September, 2022 and 911 year to date.  Compare that to other active sales years such as 2019 (pre-COVID) when there were 209 active listings for the month of September, (1140 YTD) an indication that our inventory is still historically low. 

Our RE/MAX SUN PROPERTIES MID-YEAR MARKET REPORT goes into better detail about the factors behind the popularity of our little corner of the world.  We’re also proud that the call we made on the continued strength of our market was likely to continue. 

So, while some are waiting for “prices to come down” it’s more than likely they will be disappointed by just the opposite and continued low inventory.  In fact, as winter visitors continue to return to our market and seek out their dream home, it’s likely that inventory will continue to be be reduced even further. 

While this is not the hard charging market of the past couple years (thank goodness!) it is still a strong market! And fourth quarter promises some real excitement!

If you’re ready to have a discussion about whether or not it’s your time to buy or sell, call us!  We’re here with the data and information you need to be fully informed and make good decisions.  We can be reach at 480-837-1331 or HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com