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Stroll In The Glow

The Stroll in the Glow event welcomes the magic of the holiday season to the streets of Fountain Hills. Every year, the town spends the fall putting up thousands of lights – more than 65,000 to be more exact – on the Avenue of the Fountains.

On Saturday evening December 3rd, the lights are turned on for the town’s “Stroll in the Glow” event, where the Avenue comes alive with the multicolored cheer of the holiday season.

Fountain Hills Stroll in the Glow Evening

Bring your friends and family to experience the first night of lights including the lighting of the Fountain Hills Christmas Tree! Shortly after, Santa Claus himself will arrive on a fire truck to greet the children.

Santa arrives via FH Firetruck

Here at the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office, we’re planning on hosting a holiday backdrop photo-op that we call “The Selfie Station” and serving drinks, so please feel free to come and hang out with us. At the RE/MAX Sun Properties office, you and your kids can take pictures with the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa.

Stroll in the Glow comes with a special event Roll-in-the Glow. The eastbound lane of the Avenue will be partitioned off for bikes in “Roll in the Glow!” Decorate your bicycles with lights and parade them down the Avenue. A bike decoration contest will begin at 6:00 PM. Be sure to really deck your bikes like you’re decking the halls. Registration is Required Sign up here.

Stroll in the Glow begins at 5:00 PM, and Santa will arrive by firetruck at around 5:45 PM. Roll in the Glow officially begins at 5:00 PM. The event is totally free to attend and is one of Fountain Hills’ most fun yearly traditions. Click here to learn more about Stroll and Roll.

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The Thanksgiving Day Headquarters

Fountain Hills will be celebrating its 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to burn some calories before enjoying that turkey and pumpkin pie. Runners can choose between a 1-mile fitness walk or a 5K run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division at 8:15 am.

Please be sure to look for the Sonoran Lifestyle team at the RE/MAX Sun Properties blue tent. We will have cold water and cooling towels for you before and after the race. We are proud to be your premier sponsor of the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot. For more information and to register, visit FHTurkeytrot.com

Turkey Trot Tent
Mr. Gobble and Dori

After the Turkey Trot join us for Muffins, Mimosas, and Marys at The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of The Fountains. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy the parade as it rolls on by. We’ll have hot cocoa, coffee, fresh muffins, and baked goods waiting for you. And, Johnny’s Handcraft Blood Mary bar is not to be missed!

Did you know that Fountain Hills has the only Thanksgiving Day parade in the western United States? This year’s theme is “Holiday Movie Magic”. Enjoy floats, dance teams, car clubs, horses, Santa, and more brought to us by local veteran’s organizations, schools, Girl Scout troops, non-profit organizations, and more.

The parade route is on the Avenue of the Fountains in downtown Fountain Hills. Right out the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office front doors. The parade begins at 9:30 AM and lasts approximately an hour; parking is free! You are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 am and enter the parking lot from Parkview Avenue.

Santa and Fire Truck
Santa arrives

Don’t forget – Santa Claus himself arrives in Fountain Hills for the first time this holiday season at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! He is the event’s finale, so make sure to stick around at the end to give Santa a wave!

For more information on the parade, visit https://www.fountainhillschamber.com/thanksgiving-day-parade/

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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts Begins Friday, Nov. 11th

Twice a year, the Avenue of the Fountains is home to one of the biggest gatherings in the Southwest. The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, also known as the Fountain Hills Art Fair, is back this weekend.

Fountain Hills Art Fair

500 Artists from Fountain Hills, around Arizona, and around the world will display and sell their works to an audience that also convenes from around the state and the world for this famous festival. This is happening right outside the doors of The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of the Fountains. Stop in and say hello and enjoy a bottle of water and get recharged for more shopping.

Buyers will be happy because this is a juried show. Artists compete just to be able to show their work in the festival. That means only the top artists in each category are accepted. So buyers know the art on display is of the highest quality!

The intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard will again be converted into a massive food court full of kettle corn, fry bread, funnel cake, a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older, and much more.

Fountain Hills Art Festival

This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, November 11th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, November 13th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

Attendance is yet again expected to be in the tens of thousands each day, so be sure to get there early for good parking.

For more information, see FountainHillsAZ.gov.

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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

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Desert Belle Cruises: The perfect Fall adventure!

Fall is the perfect time to visit the upper canyon of Saguaro Lake, one of the series of lakes of Arizona’s Salt River.  Located only 20 minutes from Fountain Hills, the mountains and vistas include stunning views of Four Peaks and many of the Superstition Mountain vistas. 

Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been cruising the waters of Saguaro Lake for over fifty years. 

Choose from the upper viewing deck or downstairs in air-conditioned comfort and you won’t be disappointed! There’s always a combination of exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas.

This is the perfect spot for both Arizona residents and out-of-town guests. The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer.  The Belle offers bar service with food and an impressive line of beverages. 

Choose from a variety of cruises! The popular 80-minute Narration Cruise suits all family members. Cruises suited to a bit older crowd of 13-years and older include the Music Cruise, Wine and Music Cruise or Craft Beer & Music Cruise. 

Be sure to reserve early….they book up fast!  Check them out at desertbelle.com

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Back to School Bash: IT’S ON!

Back to School Bash August 26, 2022
Bring the Kids down to this FREE End of Summer Event: Saturday August 26; 6-8 pm

Sonoran Lifestyle Team, The Town of Fountain Hills and lots of local kiddos will be celebrating the end of summer with a free Fountain Hills Back to School Bash event!

There will be inflatable water slides, a dunk tank, inflatable games, yard games, food trucks, a DJ, MCSO and Fire Department vehicles and more!

Join us for the all-ages event at Four Peaks Park on Friday, August 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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Xeriscape For The Win!

Ocotillos are great for xeriscape, developing leaves after significant rains.

Just because you live in the desert doesn’t mean you have to settle for a barren, rocky yard. A thoughtfully planned xeriscape can bring layers of visual beauty to your landscape.

Xeriscape is a landscape design method that reduces or eliminates the need for watering, which conserves our drinkable water. Plants that thrive primarily on what water the natural climate provides come in so many varieties and uses that you will not be limited on choices.

It’s important to choose plants and trees that are appropriate for your climate. Native plants are a logically great choice. There are two locations in Fountain Hills where you can get ideas for your xeriscape:

The Low Water Demonstration Garden at Fountain Park is a project of the Greening of Downtown committee. It was designed to show residents examples of desert landscape plants that are nearly maintenance-free.

The Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden, founded in 1975 by Jane Haynes, is an 8-acre wildlife preserve and garden right along Fountain Hills Boulevard. In 2006, the Town restored the original garden trail as an educational and hiking destination. Twenty-nine Sonoran Desert plants are identified along the half-mile trail, giving visitors an idea of the kind of native plants they can use in their own xeriscape landscaping.

Here are some landscaping trees and plants to get you started:

TREES

The leatherleaf tree is a great option for a dense, low-water tree.

The most common desert trees you’ll find are mesquite, palo verde (our state tree), acacia, olive, and palm. There are also beautiful flowering trees to consider, such as the Texas mountain laurel with purple flowers, silk floss with pink flowers, and anacacho orchid with white or pink flowers. If you want to enjoy the beauty of fall leaves each year, the Chinese pistache’s leaves will turn orange and drop in the cooler weather.

SHRUBS

The Arizona Rosewood is a great native bush that can grow large and survive on little water after being established.

Most of our shrubs produce thick blossoms at various times of the year, adding a gorgeous splash of color to your landscape. These include Baja fairy duster, honeysuckle varieties, bush dalea, Chihuahuan or Texas sage, green feathery senna, hop bush, bird of paradise varieties, oleanders (which can be bushes, hedges, or trees), and violet silverleaf.

Don’t forget to add a creosote bush. They are at the heart of that extraordinary smell when it rains in the desert. The tiny beads of oil on their leaves release a glorious scent when they encounter water.

VINES

Cat Claw vines are known for growing large and quickly, finding water wherever they can.

To add some fun texture to your xeriscape, add a vine or two. Consider bougainvillea, cat claw, pink trumpet, primrose jasmine, yellow orchid, etc. Each of these has unique flowers at various times of the year for a pop of color.

CACTUS

This Purple (Santa Rita) Prickly Pear needs very little water and blooms a beautiful yellow during the late spring and summer before developing edible fruits.

There are so many varieties to choose from, but the Argentine giant, prickly pear varieties, barrel cactus varieties, Mexican fencepost, and totem pole are great cacti to get you started with your design.

SUCCULENTS

Madagascar Palms are great succulents that prefer very little water. They need shade when young but eventually can grow to the size pictured and beyond.

Succulents contribute something of an ornamental effect to your yard. Some of the favorites are yucca varieties, aloe varieties, lechuguilla verde, mescal ceniza, and agave varieties.

ANNUALS

Red Verbenas typically last until the hottest parts of the summer.

One of the things most people love about the desert annuals is the way they soften the features of an otherwise prickly landscape. Instead of chasing “poppy blooms” for your Instagram feed, you can grow them in your own yard. Throw some beautiful lupine in for good measure. These are short-lived, so they can be scattered across your yard for a short-season burst of color. Verbena is a popular annual with a variety of blossom colors available. The plant remains once the flowers are gone for the season.

Whatever you choose for your xeriscape plan, remember to plant trees no closer than 10 feet from your home to protect your foundation. Also, keep in mind that plants continue to grow and can get overcrowded if planted too close together when young.

A little maintenance will be in order from time to time, but your xeriscape will save you time and money in the end.

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Summer 2022’s Desert Vibe Magazine Is Here!

The second quarterly issue of Desert Vibe magazine is finally here, and it’s full of must-see information about local events, listings, and market information!

Here are some of the things you’ll see in the summer Vibe:

This Desert Vibe, as with the previous, is being released in an online-only format, with interactive links to everything you’ll need! To read the full Desert Vibe magazine, go to DesertVibe.com/Magazine.

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Staging That Gets Your Home SOLD

Your home might be beautiful. Maybe it is immaculate, stylishly appointed, and highly upgraded with the finest materials and features. Yet unless you are one in a thousand, it is not “staged’. Staging is intended for two audiences: the camera and the potential buyers.

Let your home speak to buyers. Your home speaks to you, but what is it saying to your potential buyer? Our homes are personal, yet how we live is not how we sell. Our homes represent who we are. The goal of staging is to make the home speak to everyone else in a compelling and positive way.

The personal photos, the too-tall centerpiece, the overstuffed China cabinet, and the bookcase filled with Arizona Highway magazines – these are all treasures to be sure, but they serve only to sidetrack a buyer from the task at hand.

Clutter may suggest your home doesn’t measure up! Clutter is the perpetrator of distraction. More importantly, though, clutter may be sending a message that you don’t have enough space.

Here are a few tips for what to do BEFORE the staging process begins:
  • De-clutter. De-personalize the space and remove unnecessary items and furniture to make the home feel larger and cleaner.
  • Relax the bedroom. Make this space feel serene and decluttered. Remove unnecessary items from the closets to make them feel larger.
  • Bathroom spa. Place toiletries out of sight and learn to use baskets for your daily needs so they can be neatly tucked away each morning.
  • Finishing touches. Proper lighting, neutral paint tones and freshened cabinet faces improve the look of your home so that buyers feel like it is move-in ready.

The reality is, the moment you commit to marketing your home for sale, you need to commit to transforming your home into a place that potential buyers can easily picture as their home. Let us help you “emotionally detach” and get the process of selling your home underway.

Here are some top reasons to stage your home, according to the Home Buying Institute:
  1. Staging increases the likelihood of a sale.
  2. Staging gives the impression of a well-maintained home.
  3. You get a head start on packing!
  4. Staging helps you justify your asking price.
  5. Staging makes the house seem larger…really!
  6. Suddenly, every room has a purpose. (Buyers should never have to guess the purpose of a room!)
  7. Staging helps buyers see themselves in a home.
  8. Staging puts your house above the competition.
  9. Buyers will have a favorable first impression.
  10. You get the buyer’s agent on your side. (It makes their life easier!)
  11. A “Must-See” home will bring in more buyers.

Staging is not a do-it-yourself sport. Our stagers can often work with what you have, rearranging and reallocating all your belongings, to present the property in its best light. Often this means reallocating some of those belongings to the garage, so please be understanding!

Only a third-party specialist can bring the neutrality and objectivity needed to accomplish the goal. Your daily routine will be turned, at least temporarily, on its head, but if selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is your goal, it is necessary!

The Sonoran Home Team provides every level of staging necessary to get your home SOLD!

Whether it’s just some rearranging and depersonalizing that is necessary, or whether your home is vacant and requires complete staging, we have what you need. Our experts can help you create an exceptional viewing experience to get your home sold. So, let us help you create the “buzz” you need to sell your home quickly.

For more information about the staging services we offer our clients, call us at 480-837-1331.