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Jan. 3, 2019

Home Prices First Part of 2019 -Phoenix

Interested in homes prices in the Phoenix - Scottsdale area for the first quarter of 2019 -

Below is a graph of where we start the year- Based on ' price per square foot home sale prices" across the Phoenix Metro area. Dec- 2018 to Jan 2019
SEE UPDATES MONTHLY OR CALL FOR LATEST STATS AND DATA 480-450-4632 - Michael Chaisson

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Dec. 26, 2018

101 FUN Things to do in Phoenix

101 THINGS TO DO IN THE SCOTTSDALE and PHOENIX AREA

Many activities featured on Scottsdale AZ Community Facebook Group- From Realtor
Michael Chaisson

One of my beloved clients asked... "What is there to do in Phoenix???" Well, I wanted their family to have a great time while in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, so I put together a little list - with some help from some contributing writers.

Enjoy the list and please feel free to send suggestions for more fun things to do in this wonderful city.

COURTESY of REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— For over 15 years I have been recommended to help singles, couples and families enjoy the best of life! To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes
for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Realtor-Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

CATEGORIES

Family Fun

Dining Adventures & Wine Adventures – Including Theme Restaurants and Dinner Theater

Art and Culture- Architecture Tours

Concerts and Big Events - Home shows – Are always here in Phoenix see- Ticketmaster

Car Buffs- Shows and Activities

Get Out and Play at Night- Nightlife – 18 to 65 including 

On-Going Scottsdale activity events- 

Beat The Heat Activities-

Staycations Top Picks

Resort Pool Parties

Patio Bars  

Adventure Seekers

Clubs and meet up groups 

Charities 

Sports

Happy Hours 

Hiking Biking And Fitness 

Parks and Recreation 

Lakes and Boating- Kayak 

Nearby Travel Destinations 

Spa Days -  

Education Opportunities Including From World Renown Ballet Instructors to Popular cooking Classes. 

Yearly events and Festivals Calendar 

PLEASE NOTE SOME ACTIVITIES MAY BE LISTED IN TWO OR MORE CATEGORIES.

 

FAMILY- FUN THINGS TO DO

Scottsdale is full of fun things to do with the family. One of the hot-spots for family fun is Cracker Jax. From go-kart tracks and a bungee dome to water wars and bumper boat lagoon, your family will have a blast at Cracker Jax. You can even have a more relaxing visit by playing miniature golf, checking out the arcade, or a family lunch at the restaurant. It's a fun day to be had by all. https://crackerjax.com/

 

MAGIC SHOWS 

Davis Circus of Illusion Master illusionist Craig Davis and renowned, award-winning dancer Myryka combine the artistry of grand illusion with the spectacle of the circus in this acclaimed show. On Saturday's CALL for times and days. Wonders of the World Theater @ Cattle Track, Scottsdale, AZ    https://tickets.daviscircusofillusion.com/    FIVE Star reviews from Google 

 

SKYDIVING INDOORS - I Flight – Indoor Skydiving

Yes… feel like Skydiving but only 5 feet off the ground? iFLY Flight School Summer Academy Flight School is the most rewarding way for kids ages 4-16 to experience the power of flight. Through one-on-one coaching, each Flight School student learns a progression of flying skills in a fun group setting. 9206 Talking Stick Way Scottsdale, AZ  $249.95 Check for new prices but this looks like BIG fun! https://www.iflyworld.com/

 

ELECTRIC BIKES- For fun

Phat Rides USA - Electric Bike Rental - Enjoy Scottsdale's landscapes and sights that give you a rush without breaking a sweat! If you're looking for adventure, there's no better way to tour Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas, then with Phat Rides USA. It is the only electric bike and scooter rental company in Scottsdale that offers the RadRover, RadMini and Phat Scooter. 3616 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 431-2230  Mon-Sat 9:30 am-5: 30 pm. Call first.

 

RETAIL THERAPY -

SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE MALL
At Scottsdale Fashion Square shoppers can enjoy upscale amenities, luxury brands, exclusive entertainment & quality of service. Visit our shops today! http://www.fashionsquare.com/

TEMPE MARKETPLACE 
Tempe Marketplace is an open-air shopping center located in Tempe, Arizona.
https://tempemarketplace.com

DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE  
All the big stores are in and several boutique shops and lots of play areas for the kids and
movie theaters. http://shopdesertridge.com/

DISCOUNT FASHION SHOPPING. CALL ME – Michael Chaisson Realtor 480-450-4632
for the best Outlet shopping bargains. 

KIERLAND OUTDOOR SHOPPING
Stylish outdoor shopping center with upscale designer shops, restaurants & bars. http://www.kierlandcommons.com/

VINTAGE RETAIL THERAPY 

Grab a friend or a creative family member and go vintage shopping, Scottsdale and Phoenix have over a hundred fun, cool and unique vintage retail and consignment stores. The Melrose District at 7th Ave and Indian School is hopping and the BEST area for vintage shopping in the Phoenix area.. 

 

MORE FAMILY FUN -

 

MCCORMICK STILLMAN PARK

Go for a ride on the Chew-Chew Train plus enjoy many other fun  activities such as the Carousel rides. To learn more see the website http://www.therailroadpark.com/

WATER PARKS -
There are several great water parks in Arizona and these water adventure parks are FUN.

Below are the top two. Please Google to fully explore water parks near you.

The OASIS WATER PARK

The Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort has been voted as one of the “Top 10 Water Parks” in the country by the Travel Channel. The fun, wild, and expansive water park offers something for guests of any age, making the resort a great choice for a family vacation. Spreading across seven acres, the park features giant water slides, a 25-seat hot tub, a huge wave pool, the Wild Cat Springs kiddie area, a side-by-side active river and more. The Slide Canyon eight-story tower is one of the most thrilling attractions at the Oasis, consisting of three exciting water slides. 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway Phoenix, Arizona 85044, Phone: 602-438-9000 

THE POINTE HILTON SQUAW PEAK RESORT

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona is home to the River Ranch Water Park. The resort offers fun in the sun, a relaxing spa and Coyote Camp, an award-winning kids camp. The River Ranch includes pools encompassing four acres, water slides, a lazy river, tennis courts, and miniature golf. The mountainside resort provides activities for visitors of all ages, making sure the entire family is entertained. Refreshments and poolside activities are offered, as well. All accommodations at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak are suites, offering an abundant amount of space for families or groups. 7677 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020, Phone: 602-997-2626

NIGHTTIME WATER PARKS - Skip the sunscreen and hit the slides after dark at Night Splash on select days of the week. INCLUDING AT  155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa 85210  480-834-8319  Several water parks offer nigh time play so check around for all the great options.

OPEN AIR GOLF CART RIDES - TAKE A FRIEND

There are so many fun things going on in Old Town Scottsdale, here is another fun Old Town Scottsdale excursion, ... If you are not in the walking mood, you can feel the wind in your hair, not exactly in a Ferrari comfort but you can pretend; and go visit a number of old town fun spots with Joy Rides AZ..which is a fun and inexpensive way to get around! Two of the biggest are http://www.scottsdalegolfcartrentals.com and Joy Rides AZ Check it out! https://www.joyridesaz.com/local-services

 

****If you are out and about please feel share those awesome places with us ****

 

GRAP A TROLLEY RIDE WITH THE FAMILY

Looking for a fun and informative thing to do and Scottsdale Arizona? Try taking the Scottsdale trolley. The Scottsdale trolley is a free transportation system for residents and visitors to downtown Scottsdale, entertainment venues, restaurants, events, schools, parks, hospital/medical facilities shopping and other locations. There are 5 routes in the Scottsdale trolley offers the option to transfer between the various routes. There is also a Tempe orbit Earth and Valley Metro routes.To plan your trip visit Valley Metro.org or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/trolley

ATV – DESERT TRAIL TOURS. When it comes to outdoor activities, Desert Trail Tours leads the pack as it boasts amazing packages and outdoor activities that both locals and visitors will find it hard to find somewhere else. Desert Wolf Tours have been ranked the Best Off-Road ATV Adventure Tour for six years in a row, Hit the OFF, off road riding in Tomcars/Atv  surrounded by beautiful natural Sonoran Desert with Tomcars. You can expand the adventure by participating in shooting competition or teaming up with others on a rescue mission and to pin down a hostage courier. All fun check out https://desertwolftours.com/

HORSEBACK RIDING  

Here are a couple of highly reviewed spots for more, please check with our friend Google

CAVE CREEK Outfitters has something for everyone: guided horseback rides, cowboy cookouts, authentic cowboy games, old west entertainment, corporate events, private parties and so much more! Our fantastic location is conveniently located in North Scottsdale near most Arizona resorts, hotels, shopping and airports. We are open all year long, so join us today!    http://www.cavecreekoutfitters.com

MACDONALD Ranch Horseback Riding. This group has it all, stagecoach rides, cowboy cookouts, Hayrides, a petting zoo and wedding ceremonies Yeehaw !!   http://www.macdonaldsranch.com/

TOP GOLF VENUE. Fun for the whole family and based on all the photos I have seen great for date nights too. Players get to hit the balls or as they describe it, "Sprawling entertainment venue with a high-tech driving range & swanky lounge with drinks & game"  https://topgolf.com/us/riverwalk/

ICE SKATING  Ice Den

Here’s a place you’ll really get cooled off at. The Ice Den Scottsdale offers public ice skating and youth/adult hockey! Private lessons are offered. You can try your skills at figure skating or speed skating. Ballet classes are even offered since this technique helps in learning to figure skate. https://www.icedenscottsdale.com/

ODYSEA AQUARIUM

OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale is a marine aquarium, and the largest aquarium in the Southwest United States, It holds more than 2,000,000 US gallons (7,600,000 l; 1,700,000 imp gal) of water and spans over 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2). There are over 30,000 animals and 500 different species in 50 exhibits. The aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experiences for guests of all ages. The aquarium offers a 3D movie, SeaTREK underwater ocean walking, and a Living Sea Carousel which takes guests through the Open Ocean, Sea Turtle, Sea Lion/Seal and Shark exhibits. Its features include 9 massive globe-shaped aquariums suspended from the lobby ceiling, a giant martini glass shaped aquarium, and a submerged escalator allowing guests to descend deep into the ocean while surrounded by thousands of aquatic animals. The restrooms are notable for have viewing windows into the shark habitat.

ESCAPE ROOM- Challenge Game

Yes,there are escape games and the reviews sound like they are fun.. Here are two you may want to check out. https://riddleescaperoom.com/   4.9 stars and https://escapetheroom.com/phoenix/ with 4.7 stars at last check. What is “Escape Room” ? It is a FUN game concept designed for small groups of friends, families, co-workers or strangers to test their problem-solving skills in a fun themed escape room.  Each Escape The Room AZ experience has its own setting, secrets, storyline, and escape route. It’s filled with hidden objects and clues to help you find your way out, You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape the room to find your freedom!

BATTING CAGES - Batting cages are a blast for the whole family. There are over 25 in the Scottsdale -Phoenix area. You can Google to find a highly rated one near you.

GLOW  KAYAKING at Tempe Town Lake   Get your glow-sticks...err, glow paddles ready!. The City of Tempe offers kayaking with glow-in-the-dark accessories on select Friday nights throughout the summer. 550 East Tempe Town Lake, Tempe 85281 480-350-8069  AND There are a number of other options for Kayaking by moonlight including on the beautiful Lake Pleasant.

GONDOLA RIDES - This night just be a romantic adventure for mom and dad but ...maybe the whole family can fit
Transport yourself to the romantic waterways of Venice aboard four authentically handcrafted Italian Gondola boats steered through the beautiful waterways of our resort by professional Gondoliers-  These classically trained singers will provide an Italian serenade as you cruise through the resort's seven-acre lake. Celebrate special events such as weddings, anniversaries, engagements, romantic dates or just FUN  This is available at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale resort.  Call for prices. Address: 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: (480) 444-1234

MOVIESIn Luxury settings
Scottsdale and Phoenix have some of the most beautiful theaters in the country, huge recliner seats, bar and food service and so much more here are just a few picks. Google .

IPIC Movie Theater in Scottsdale.  Luxury reclining seats, dine and beverage service.
https://www.ipictheaters.com/#/home/7

ROADHOUSE Cinemas Welcome to RoadHouse Cinemas, Arizona’s only locally-owned and operated, first-run, dine-in movie theatre! We would like to invite you to a movie and dining experience found nowhere else in the state! Open 365 days a year, RoadHouse offers an extraordinary restaurant menu created by an award-winning chef and restaurateur, an impressively creative full bar featuring high quality wines and Arizona craft beers, and overwhelmingly comfortable recliners, all to be enjoyed while experiencing state-of-the-art digital projection and 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound!https://roadhousecinemas.com/

MOVIESIN STYLE

Private Movie Theatre. The ultimate Movie Experience. Harkins Movie Theatre – Scottsdale AZ-  it's a movie experience like no other. With 16 luxury reclining movie seats, a total of 24 people can be inside the theater and watch any movie you'd like, even live television.  The theater will cost you $900 for three hours but includes popcorn, non-alcoholic drinks, your own personal attendant and whatever you'd like to watch. Guests can purchase alcoholic beverages along with additional hot and snack food items for extra. The screening room is so luxurious, it's the most expensive theater on a per-foot basis ever built by Harkins Theaters and is the only one in the company located at the Harkins Scottsdale Camelview Theater at Fashion Square location. To book this luxurious theater known as the "The Freezer," call (480) 285-1347 or visit www.Harkins.com. Reservations are required.  See the video at https://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/scottsdale/see-inside-harkins-private-luxury-movie-theater-in-scottsdale

MORE Favorite Theatres

The Harkins Theater in the fashion square https://www.harkins.com/locations/camelview-at-fashion-square

The AMC Theatres at Desert Ridge https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/phoenix/amc-desert-ridge-18

We are here to give you a taste of the best of the Scottsdale living experience. For more ideas movie theaters near you Google is a friend.

TALK CINEMA - Independent Movie Previews with Discussion.
Be first to be entertained! Preview yet-to-be-released indie films curated by film critic Harlan Jacobson and discuss with some of our nation's best scholars and critics. See films as industry insiders - without preconceived ideas - then discuss with your host and other special guests.  And join us as we explore exclusive destinations for some of the world's most exciting international film festivals. https://talkcinema.com/

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

NEWS BREAK -

Scottsdale Community News- Our Park is Awesome

Scottsdale ranks high in a nonprofit report on national parks and amenities. Every year, the Trust for Public Land publishes a report on parks in the nation's 100 largest cities. The data includes information on the best park amenities like playgrounds, splash pads and dog parks, in addition to trends on park investment, access and quality. According to the report, Scottsdale claims five top-ten rankings. They are: having the largest city park, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve; tying for sixth for parkland percentage with 25 percent; and ranking second in trail miles, sixth in volleyball nets and seventh in golf courses. The mission of the organization is to create parks and protect lands for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Get more information about city park

 

Dining Adventures Scottsdale -Paradise Valley

MOWRY & COTTON WEEKEND BRUNCH at the Phoenician

Treat yourself to Weekend Brunch at Mowry & Cotton. Swing by this Saturday or Sunday with at least a party of three, and choose your favorites from our Porch Party menu while enjoying 50% off select brunch beverages. Kick back, take a sip and savor everyone’s favorite meal of the summer.  From post Aug.18th

SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB Offered By Mountain Shadows

Resort. One Sunday a month, The mountain shadows resort features an incredible winery, distillery or local purveyor. Savor four courses thoughtfully paired with beverages and enjoy conversation from Chef Charles Wiley and the special guest. We are teaming up with Long Meadow Ranch, a California family-owned-and-operated winery that believes in organic, sustainable farming. Every Sunday- Call first for Reservations update Mountain Shadows5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ   $$$$ per person, plus tax & gratuity
Reservations: https://www.mountainshadows.com/r…/events/sunday-supper-club

PLACES IN PHOENIX... YOU WISH WERE IN SCOTTSDALE.
Best restaurants include;

RUSCONI'S
I just had the pleasure of dining at Rusconi's American Kitchen. Although not technically in Scottsdale, Rusconi's has really excellent food. I may be a bit biased because the chef's first name is "Michael"

If you have any favorite spots please feel free to share. I Love letting others know about the "Best of Scottsdale" .

RICHARDSON'S
I love the food at Richardson's Restaurant in Phoenix near 16th St & Bethany Home Rd! EXCELLENT! Every menu item is delish.. Hope you get a chance to visit. I only wish Richardson's would open a second location in Scottsdale. BTW.. If you have a favorite place(s) in Phoenix or anywhere.. that you wish were in Scottsdale, please share.

Pa’La 
2107 North 24th Street  Pa'La is a temple of simple and elegant wood-fired cooking, highlighting impeccably sourced ingredients. The casual counter-service restaurant, a collaboration between veteran chef Claudio Urciuoli and Tortas Paquime's Omar Alvarez, delivers a menu that is relatively modest in scope: just Spanish tapas, wood-fired Italian schiacciata flatbread, salads, and Urciuoli's signature Navarro bowl, made with heirloom grains and topped with responsibly sourced ultra-fresh seafood.

BINKLEY’S - Binkley's Restaurant feels like a worthy risk. Binkley works closely with his small culinary team to prepare elaborate, 20-plus-course dinners, which are crafted using optimal ingredients and served in a highly intimate setting. The chef pulls out all the stops, offering diners a direct view into the kitchen and mingling with guests throughout the three- to four-hour dinner service.

WINE ADVENTURES

Check out the Scottsdale Wine Trail! For all the wine lovers more fun excursions! Please feel free to share your Scottsdale News and events. Downtown Scottsdale is a destination for Arizona wine tasting! Four Arizona wineries with tasting rooms within walking distance in downtown have joined forces to launch the first ever “Scottsdale Wine Trail.” Get the map and more info at the website: http://www.scottsdalewinetrail.com/

FLIGHT & BITE WINE WEDNESDAY

Every Wednesday enjoy a flight of 3 wines from our Wine Emotion dispensing system along with any salad or sandwich for only $20! August 8 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm CALL to check schedule and cost. Sorso Wine Room 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 150   Scottsdale, AZ

TOP TEN BREAKFAST Spots in SCOTTSDALE and a shout out to our neighbors’ BEST breakfast.

Here we go everyone.. Top restaurants depending on your mood.

Best outdoor patio and lively vibe inside

1. OLIVE and IVY near fashion square has it! Watch the world go by from their awesome patio overlooking this beautiful waterfront location, pretty to enjoy with family and friends. A very nice setting. https://www.foxrc.com/res…/olive-ivy-restaurant-marketplace/

2. EGGSTASY in Scottsdale has a fun outdoor patio with lots of comfortable lounge seating. Think big cushions with a BIG breakfast SOOO you will not leave hungry. http://www.eggstasyaz.com/

3. ARCADIA FARMS in Old Town is as charming as it gets for patio dining. Bring a new love interest or a lucky steady. http://arcadiafarmscafe.com/ (  serves breakfast 7:45 to 10:45 )

4. BREAKFAST CLUB.  Feeling like a big breakfast in a place that’s always busy with a great staff and hearty breakfast? If so, you’ll love the Breakfast Club in Old Town Scottsdale. Always rated in top the ten and usually busy! http://breakfastclub.us/

5. BUTTERS CAFE. How about keeping Butters Pancakes and Cafe on the list of the Top Ten as always serving old time favorites with a smile. Always a 45-minute wait on weekends. A standard looking diner, nothing fancy but consistently a pleasant breakfast. http://butterscafe.com/

6. DAILY DOSE in Old Town Scottsdale also makes our top ten a really comfortable place in Scottsdale. It’s a busy, almost bar style atmosphere that’s worth a visit. http://www.dailydosegrill.com/

7. SUGAR JAM BAKERY. How about some baked goods with your tasty breakfast? A super small place but yum! Try the Sugar Jam Bakery and Bistro. https://www.sugarjamcookies.com/

8. HASH KITCHEN - Want a combination of fun, music and great food? Hash Kitchen is the place. Catch the DJ on weekends and "beyond the regular fair menu.” Good food and fun. If you have friends visiting from out of town this would be enjoyable. https://www.hashkitchen.com/

9. LA GRANDE ORANGE. How about celebrating the tasty foods from our TWO great neighboring cities. The VOTE for best breakfast from a great close neighbor is a tie between the awesome breakfast at La Grande Orange or lovingly known by the Arcadia neighborhood as LGO, an eclectic menu of healthy, tasty creations served in a casual fun atmosphere. http://www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com/   

9B CHELSEA'S KITCHEN - Best Breakfast from a neighbor also goes to Chelsea’s Kitchen in Arcadia, Food is Scrumptious and patio wonderful. http://www.chelseaskitchenaz.com/

10. MIMI'S Café - Best Breakfast for our North Scottsdale family is Mimi's Cafe located near the Loop 101 and Shea and in North Phoenix in the Desert Ridge shopping center. Oh, so delicious. http://mimiscafe.com/
YES.. It's a chain but it is tasty.

11. CHEZ VOUS  And let's not forget the 'French breakfast cafes' in Scottsdale. Both Chez Vouz (central Scottsdale) http://www.chezvous.restaurant/ and Merci (south Scottsdale) http://www.mercifrenchcafe.com/ serves tasty, fresh breakfast in quaint spaces. Twelve or less tables.

12. JEWELS CAFE -BONUS Breakfast spot- Best Pancake Syrup in the southwest and Bottomless Mimosa with an Entrée order at Jewels Café in Arcadia, AZ. I do not give reviews here..but FYI.. the kitchen is suuuuuupper slow.
So be prepared to enjoy chatting with whomever you go with.

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

EXTRA HEALTHY

KALE AND CLOVER - I'm always looking for ways to eat more healthy, and that includes eating at and supporting great Scottsdale restaurants. Kale & Clover in Scottsdale was recommended, especially for breakfast. Enjoy! Great place to take a group of friends  www.kaleandclover.com

Enjoy all of these and please tell us your favorites spots in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

FUN THEME RESTAURANTS - A FAMILY FOODIE ADVENTURES
Courtesy Of Phoenix New Times (online and Print)  And a great source for reviews and activities
in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area.

The DUCE  525 South Central Avenue

The Duce is the perfect place to take friends or family who can’t seem to make up their minds. The downtown restaurant is a veritable shopping mall of different food and drink options, stores, and even exercise areas. The menu ranges from home-cooked Southern favorites like mac-and-cheese muffins to brisket sliders. At night, the spot turns into a Prohibition-era themed bar complete with discount beverages and activities for all. Like food, drinks range from affordable cans to intricate cocktails. There's also a boxing gym right in the middle of the space. Perhaps even more enticing (and dangerous) than the boxing ring after a few drinks in the shop in the corner of the place which offers clothing and home decor at surprisingly reasonable prices. BY SARA WEBER

ORGAN STOP PIZZA

1149 East Southern Avenue, Mesa

Production of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ ceased in 1943, but one restaurant in the Valley boasts an original model and treats guests to a concert each night. At Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, you can enjoy a side of music with your meal. The musicians play on an elevated stage that even transforms into a light show on occasion. Tunes include classics for adults and familiar tunes for the kids — and for the little ones with short attention spans, there’s also an arcade. The family-style dining experience carries into the kitchen, where staff creates pizzas of your choosing. There are also pastas and gluten-free options. Organ Stop's roster of musicians play a mixture of classic and kids' songs throughout the evening.

HULA'S MODERN TIKI

7213 East First Avenue, Scottsdale

4700 North Central Avenue (for now)

Hula's Modern Tiki is a fun take on '50s Polynesian restaurants you won't find elsewhere in the stateMad Men fans would be remiss to skip Hulas Modern Tike '50s Hawaiian-inspired restaurant serves Polynesian fare and creative cocktails that appeal to every taste. Patrons of all age are welcome, as the menu caters to kids and adults looking to branch out of the ordinary. A sleek dining room and bar create a luau vibe that's anything but kitschy. Tiki masks decorate the walls, but don't expect grass skirts or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on repeat in the background. Hula’s currently has two locations, one in Old Town Scottsdale and a midtown Phoenix location. Hours vary depending on location, but both are open for lunch, dinner, and after-dinner drinks, as well as weekend brunches. (Note: The current Phoenix location of Hula's will be open through Saturday, September 8. The restaurant will then close, and reopen at 5114 North Seventh Street later in the month.)

The Stockyards Restaurant and 1889 Saloon 5009 East Washington Street, #115

Enjoy a cold one in The Stockyards' warmly decorated and mural-covered saloon. The Stockyard is an embodiment of the classy cowboy joint, meaning you'll want to shine your boots a bit before visiting this one. Locally known as Arizona’s original steakhouse, The Stockyards has served classic Western dishes since 1947. Listed in the state's Historical Register, The Stockyards was built on the famous Tovrea Land and Cattle Company's property. After a fire in the 1950s and a renovation in the early aughts, the restaurant has remained a staple in the local scene. The kitchen covers everything you would expect from a steakhouse but ups the ante with some more exciting options including elk, buffalo, and boar. And if you like Rocky Mountain oysters, you might try the "calf fries," which follow the same recipe but come from younger cattle. BY SARA WEBER

Rustlers Roost   8383 South 48th Street

Rustler's Rooste is likely the most carefree cowboy bar you'll ever visit. The massive restaurant offers steak dinners, fish options, ribs, and rattlesnake, plus, every table gets a hearty post-dinner serving of cotton candy. Inside the restaurant, you can wander around two stories and slide down the famous slide. Outside, you can hang out on the balcony, where you will catch a nice view of Arizona's mountains and — if you time it right — a breathtaking sunset. It's a family-friendly spot and can be reserved for private parties or receptions. The saloon opens at 4 p.m. and stays open late; the steakhouse serves from 5 to 10 p.m. Oh, and don't forget to say "Hi" to Horney the Bull at some point while you're there. You can't miss him. AND...There's plenty of room for two-stepping at Rustler's Rooste.  BY SARA WEBER.

MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain and Espresso Bar 2303 North Seventh Street

For those looking to step back in time and enjoy an ice cream soda or homemade Cherry Coke, MacAlpine's in central Phoenix is the place to go. The small restaurant, flanked by a vintage clothing shop and home decor store, serves an array of old-school meals ranging from hot sandwiches to comfort food-based meals.  But it truly excels in its construction of dessert-based drinks. Guests can get the full experience by playing the shop's old jukebox, which carries all the biggest hits from the '50s and '60s. Pin curls are encouraged, but not required. MacAlpine's in Phoenix is the perfect spot to grab a milkshake or malt and do a little vintage shopping.

Islamorada Fish Company 1133 North Dobson Road, Mesa

This quirky and cavernous seafood-themed restaurant is attached to the Bass Pro Shop in Mesa. From the outside, Islamorada Fish Company resembles a grand sportsman’s lodge, complete with log-cabin siding, an impressive wraparound patio, and nautical motifs at every turn. The entrance is flanked by oversize, ornamental fishing net floats, and inside, there is a large and hypnotic 13,000-gallon aquarium tank stocked with a bright array of tropical fish. The menu, naturally, includes seafood options like Atlantic salmon, shrimp, tilapia, catfish, and grouper, along with a stable of chain restaurant staples, including pasta, steak, sandwiches, and salads. More interestingly, the menu features a selection of wild game, including alligator, venison, and wild boar. Islamorada's bar and fish tank.  Written by Jackie Mercandetti

Harolds Coral     6935 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek

As you drive up Cave Creek Road and pass through the arid desert landscape, you’ll eventually find yourself in a town full of colorful vintage shops and cafes. You’ll also eventually become surrounded by dive bars, each one boasting the best food and strongest drinks. It’s very important that you drive past them and turn right into Harold’s Cave Creek Coral You can’t miss it; it has the biggest sign out front and looks the most authentic. The drive out to Harold’s Corral is a clue to the atmosphere you’ll find at the cowboy bar and restaurant. Harrold's usually houses a relaxed but colorful crowd who seem to know each other and yet accept everyone as a family — especially if you’re a Steelers fan. You can get traditional cowboy dishes (meaning countless types of steaks and other various red meats). There's also an in-house popcorn machine. After dark, Harold’s turns into a haven for those looking to two-step their troubles away. Lonely bar guests at Harold's Corral always have the option of sitting next to the realistic, definitely-not-terrifying model of Willie Nelson. BY SARA WEBER

Culinary Drop Out at the Yard  

5632 North Seventh Street, #150 

Culinary Dropout provides guests with all kinds of yard games such as cornhole, giant Jenga, and ping pong, plus drink deals that’ll make you feel like you're drinking at home. During the day, you can find charcuterie boards and loaded sandwiches, while the dinner menu incorporates hearty classics like 36-hour pork ribs and rainbow trout. Over the weekend, you can start your day with dishes like Captain Crunch French toast and a little hair of the dog. There’s live music on weekends. Culinary Dropout's kitchen staff cooks up comfortable tailgating favorites. Cocktail and drink prices are reasonable. Be a good sport at Culinary Dropout BY SARA WEBER

Rawhide Steakhouse  5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler

Rawhide isn't just a theme restaurant; it's a theme town. Relocated to Chandler from north Scottsdale in 2006, the little Western town has everything you could need for a night of cowboy fun and flair. There are bars, a jailhouse, and gift shops, but what really stands out is the massive steakhouse. The Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon is decorated with vintage instruments and hunting trophies, wagon wheels and spurs. Full disclosure: the portions are big. Steak sizes range from six to 16 ounces and, for those who live to compete, there's the Ultimate Cowboy Challenge. Hopefuls for the challenge should anticipate eating three pounds of steak in 45 minutes or less. Other menu favorites include the Rawhide Rattlesnake (it tastes like chicken) and the bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Though there are honky-tonk bars and saloons inside the restaurant, Rawhide is family friendly, and kids menus are available. Rawhide is a step back into the wild west that the whole family can enjoy. BY SARA WEBER

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

DINNER THEATER

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ART AND CULTURE

 

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Dive into this immersive experience at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for a limited time only. Who doesn't love new art installations? Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 

7374 E 2nd St  Scottsdale, AZ  $10 admission, FREE on Thursdays- Verify Prices and Schedule

Hours and more info: https://smoca.org/visit/plan-visit/

SCOTTSDALE'S MUSEUM OF THE WEST-The artwork reflects how contemporary artists continue to push the boundaries of their work, while also staying true to time-honored methods.Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West  3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Admission and hours: https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org/visit/museum-hours/

SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY-  Feel Like a reading adventure, Pop into the Scottsdale Public library. Books and Computers available for locals and Guest.

ART WALK – Old town Scottsdale _ Every Thursday Evening 6pm and On.  Tour Many of Scottsdale

best galleries in Old Town Scottsdale

PHOENIX FIRST FRIDAY'S ART WALK
The popular First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Phoenix is in the summer with more than 70 art galleries and venues open for touring. Google for more details

ARCHITECTURE TALIESIN WEST - Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home- Tours Available – See more at https://franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west/

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM. This is WAAAY  cooler than you might think. Check it out at 

http://www.mim.org/?utm_source=local&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS- Music, Dance, Artistic Readings and more. Always something creative and experiential going on here. Call for latest and greatest in performances. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/

SCOTTSDALE PHILHARMONIC-  Yes, You can enjoy the Symphony in Scottsdale. This is an incredible musical experience -  www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com/

ART AND CULTURE TOURS – Hop aboard the trolley and experience a tour of arts area of Scottsdale and many more tours to win you over . See https://ultimatearttours.com/tours/

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

TOP TEN NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS - Midtown Urban Living Tour 

The Midtown Urban Living Tour is for the hip Phoenician, the one who rides bikes and loves high-rises that offer spectacular views of those Arizona sunsets. The third annual Urban Living Tour will be held on Saturday, November 7, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will cost $15 to attend. The self-guided tour will meet at the Regency at 2323 North Central Avenue and then explore seven buildings that haven't been featured previously. So even if you went last year it will be worth checking out again. This year's stops will include the Artisan Lofts on Central, Phoenix Towers, One Lexington, and Chateau on Central, among others. You can buy your ticket on the tour's Eventbrite page, or call 480-292-5083 for more information.

Attendants of the Phoenix Home and Garden Home Tour will get exclusive access to luxury custom homes.

Phoenix Home & Garden Home Tour

When it comes to the Valley's luxury homes and outdoor spaces, Phoenix Home & Garden's tour has the market cornered. The magazine will host its annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, November 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m. For $75, attendees will see some of the most epic gardens and a number of the most beautiful homes in the state. Those interested in an extended experience can pay $150 to add a 9 a.m. brunch and tours of additional homes to their day. Visit Phoenix Home & Garden's website for more information

Learn all about the first suburb of Phoenix at the Roosevelt Home Tour.

Roosevelt Home Tour - Roosevelt Historic Neighborhood

The Roosevelt District has truly flourished in the past few years as Roosevelt Row grows into one of the most artistic and active areas in the city. Its history proves it's always been a beautiful area, and you can experience it firsthand at the Roosevelt Home Tour. Luckily, you can still grab tickets to this month's tour of the most iconic homes in the area. On Sunday, November 15, The Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood will conduct a series of guided home tours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Marshall Shore will lead two of the tours, and undoubtedly provide attendees with obscure bits of trivia. There will also be food trucks and a craft fair to occupy you between tours. Tickets are $11 online and $14 if you purchase them at the event. Proceeds go to neighborhood preservation efforts. Visit the tour's website for more information and to purchase tickets. 

The Sunnyslope Historic Tour visits homes in Deer Valley and Paradise Valley

Sunnyslope Historical Society Home Tour

The 10th annual Sunnyslope Historical Society's Home Tour will take attendants through the town's history by way of bus and home tours. Stops on the this year's round include four Phoenix homes and one Santa Fe-style office building. The home tours are led by the owners themselves, who can share stories of past residents and architectural trivia. Tours will be held at the Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum at 737 East Hatcher Road on Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22, between 9 a.m. and noon. Busses leave every hour, and the tours usually last around two hours each. Tickets are $35, can be purchased on site, and will benefit the museum. Visit the Historical Society's website for more information. 

F.Q. Story Historic District Home Tour.

The F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour will look at homes between Portland and Latham streets that sit to the west of 7th Avenue. Though the namesake of the F.Q. Story Historic District never actually lived in Arizona, his successful California business ventures extended into the Valley of the Sun and earned him a spot in the history books. Tour Francis Quarles Story's old hood on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 with one of the most charitable tours in Phoenix. You can buy your tickets the day of or online for $15, or $14 if you bring a nonperishable canned food with you to donate. Alternatively, if you can spare a few hours to chip in and help prepare the homes for the big tour, you will be rewarded with a free tour ticket. The tour will visit eight to 12 homes built between the 1920s and 1940s and ranging in style from Spanish Colonial Revival to English Tudor to transitional ranch and beyond. The Saturday evening tour will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Sunday tour and street festival last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at the corner of 11th Avenue and Portland Street. See the tour's website for more details and specifics. 

Willo Home Tour- The Willo Historic District is the largest historic district in Phoenix with more than 900 homes in the area.

The Willo Neighborhood is the definition of quaint. Though Willo is the largest historic district in Phoenix, the cottage-style homes look like something out of a storybook and are a nice optical break from the impending cluster of industrial dwellings sprouting up around town. The upcoming Willo Home Tour on Sunday, February 14 will take ticket holders to numerous homes in the area by way of a trolley. There will also be a small fair with food and local vendors at the beginning of the tour, which will take place up and down Monte Vista and Holly Roads. Tickets are $15 until midnight on December 31, after which the price will go up. You can purchase tickets and find more information about the tour here. 

Coronado Home Tour - This past year's Coronado Home Tour included 13 homes, more than 80 food trucks and vendors, and had more than 2,500

Each year, the Coronado District throws a huge community picnic in conjunction with its famed home tour. This year, the neighborhood will celebrate the Country Club Historic District — one of three subdistricts within Coronado — on Sunday, February 28. The stylish homes being featured are located on the blocks between Edgemere Street to 14th Street and Virginia Avenue to Monte Vista Road. Meet at Circle Park at 826 East Windsor Avenue before 11 a.m. to partake in the picnic festivities. The tour will last until about 4 p.m. Tickets are $13. Visit the Coronado Home Tour's website for tickets and more information.  www.greatercoronado.com

Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour - The Encanto Palmcroft neighborhood boasts homes of many different styles, including Mediterranean, Tudor, French Cottage, and more.

Anticipation is the key to the Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour. It only happens every two years, but if you like riding on trolleys, local food fairs, and raffles with your home tour, it's definitely worth the wait. The next one will happen on Sunday, March 26, 2017. It costs $20 to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect to see plenty of romantic, 18th-century English-style homes on this tour. You can never be too ready for these types of things, so remember you'll want to park at Phoenix College and then head over to the block northwest of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road. Visit encantopalmcroft.com for more information. 

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

Docomomo Tours - Phoenix's Beth Hebrew Synagogue was one of the modern architecture stops on this past year's Docomomo Tour. 

For the past nine years, Docomomo has worked diligently to bring attention to under-appreciated modern architecture. The organization's annual Tour Day brings participants to historic modern buildings in their city and provide historical context with each one. This past year, more than 50 cities nationwide recognized Docomomo's Tour Day, and the movement shows no sign of slowing down. No word on when the next Docomomo Tour is yet, but we would recommend going the next time it comes around. The most recent tour taught our staff about the hidden history in various office buildings and a downtown synagogue. Visit the organization's tour website for more information and to stay updated on the next Tour Day

Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour - Catch a glimpse at true extravagance with the Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour

Even if you can't necessarily afford the homes featured on the Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour right now, going and admiring will still give you a good opportunity to plan for the future. Or you could just go and marvel at how extravagant some of the properties in Scottsdale can get. There's a tour the third Thursday of every month, and for $10 you can enjoy a nice breakfast, see a few homes, and network with Scottsdale's finest realtors and homeowners. Home tourists meet for breakfast at the Ancala Country Club at 11700 East Via Linda Drive at 8:45 a.m., and then begin the tour shortly before 10 a.m. The event wraps up with lunch at the final home. No preregistration is required. Visit the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors website for more information.

Windsor Square Home Tour -  Find out why CNN loves Windsor Square so much on the district's next home tour

Windsor Square is known for being one of the original suburbs here in Phoenix and was recently deemed one of the "10 best big city neighborhoods to live in" by CNN. The Windsor Square Home Tour allows you to see about 12 of the district's 260 homes for $15. It's a self-guided walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. The next tour will Sunday, April 3 and will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets aren't available until December 1, but you can get more information on the tour's website. By Becky Bartkowski

Modern Phoenix Home Tour - The Modern Phoenix Home Tour will show you the works of numerous local architects.

The Modern Phoenix Home Tour sells out every year, so you may want to bookmark the tour's website to stay ahead of the game. Though 2016's neighborhood has not yet been revealed, the tour looks at some of the mid-century masterpieces across the Valley. Past tours have included the homes of Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins, a house designed by architect Paolo Soleri, and Ryan and Kylie Durkin's home. Tickets are $40 and usually become available in early February. By Becky Bartkowski

Mesa Historic Home Tour  - Check out the FHA Demonstration Home — the first home in the area to be built with the government-granted loan — on the Mesa Historic Home Tour.

The city of Mesa has a diverse and complicated history, and its reflected in the architecture and homes you'll see on the Mesa Historical Society's Home Tour. Past stops have included the Fitch Farm House, the Antique Wedding House, and the Queen of Peace Church. The next tour hasn't been announced yet, but tickets usually cost around $20 and go toward museum upkeep. Find more information at the museum's website or by calling (480) 835-2286. 

Estrella Tour of Homes - Catch a sneak peek at new properties in the West Valley with the Estrella Tour of Homes.

Every few months, the Estrella community shows off some of the newest homes in the Goodyear area. It's not for the faint of heart, however. The March tour featured more than 100 homes for guests to see. You'll see houses that vary in design and style on the Estrella Tour, but most will feature mountainous views and ample landscape for those who like to garden. Past tours have been free and open to the public. Check Estrella's blog to keep up on when the next tour is. 

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

Wickenburg Tour of Homes - The Wickenburg Home Tour includes some of the most historic homes in the state.

 

Wild West buffs can tour the historic homes of one of Arizona's most Western towns on the classic Wickenburg Tour of Homes. On Saturday, November 7, the annual event will tour iconic buildings of the small town that demonstrate just how much it's grown. Participants can see bits of the town's history like The Little Red School House, which now hosts musical concerts and good ol' Henry Wickenburg's home. You can also see the former home of George B. Upton, of the Upton Oil Co., and more on the tour, all for $25. The tour lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meets at the Desert Caballeros Museum. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided. You can find more information and reserve a spot at the museum's website. By Ron Reiring

Car Buffs

McDonald's ROCK AND ROLL CAR SHOW

This is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles. This free open-air event is complete with 50's era music provided by "Party Time DJ's." An average night showcases 250-500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles. Saturdays – CALL to verify times 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center  8800-9199 E. Talking Stick Way

Scottsdale, AZ 85250  Admission FREE   (480) 443-0080

OCTANE RACEWAY

One of my favorites is the Octane Raceway at Indian Bend and 101. You’ll find Kart Racing with a 1/3 mile track that’s the only full-time Indoor/Outdoor track in the entire United States! The track layout is unique in that each lap begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section of the course before returning inside.

CARS AND COFFEE- SCOTTSDALE 

One Saturday a month, this is the spot to see some of the coolest rides in Scottsdale. Enjoy 

See site for latest updates and calendar  https://www.scuderiasouthwest.com/smg/

INTERNATIONAL CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS - Check the Calendar – Scottsdale and Phoenix have large car shows throughout the year. Including Barret Jackson and MORE..

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

 

GET OUT AND PLAY AT NIGHT

Best Party/Dance Spots for the over 30 – 40 and plus crowd

SCOTTSDALE'S Best Party Spots with dancing for the over 30 over 40 and plus crowd. Let's say ages 30 to young 60+.

You’re never too old to party! You can still enjoy nightlife like a rockstar if you’re over 30, 40 or 50. Here are some of our top picks. AND ...Please feel free to let us know what your favorite Scottsdale night-life spots i.e best fun & dance places along with lounges.

Casablanca Rooftop Lounge “An Elegant Cocktail Heaven” is how Casablanca Rooftop Lounge describes the experience of having a drink with them. It’s a mix of the past and future, as they put it, with barrel-aged beverages and exotic cocktails. I describe more as a cool rooftop patio with a widely mixed crowd. Bar with a great DJ often live music playing Motown and Contemporary hits.  http://www.thecasablancalounge.com/

Dakota's club Now, this is not for the faint of heart ..over 35 is fine, over 40 you are still in the mix! But be ready to remember dance clubs like when you were in your twenties. The club is located in old town Scottsdale and it has “cemented itself as the top club for the people who want an elevated dance party experience.” The Dakota club attracts a more mixed aged crowd from 21 to 61 .  Everyone looks great! Saturday night is packed. It is also popular place for drinks and for sports fans to meet.  http://dakotabar.com/

Ocean Club - Mastros  at Kierland and Old Town “Masterful,” “high end,” and one of the “top 10 steakhouses in the U.S.” is how critics describe Ocean Club. It attracts the upscale crowd. Dining - Bar and small dance floor. If in South Scottsdale you will want to visit Mastro’s City Hall both these $$$$ , but worth it for mix, mingle and food.  https://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/Locations/AZ/Scottsdale-Ocean-Club/

Blue Martini is known as an upscale and contemporary, ‘locals bar,’ offering Happy Hour 7 days a week, Live Entertainment and themed nights such as “Industry Night” and “Ladies Night.” Reviews for Blue Martini are great from dancing to the food.  https://bluemartinilounge.com/

Rusty Spur Saloon  This place is a plain blast if you like Country or even if you don't ….but want to meet all sorts of super fun people. Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston have all visited. It’s a saloon so, not for the prudish. The band ‘s lyrics will sometimes make you wonder if you just heard what you thought you did.  https://rustyspursaloon.com/

AZ88  Great place for "BEST martini in Scottsdale and cool contemporary vibe always new art exhibits. Dj in thehouse on the weekends. And the food here is really good !  http://www.az88.com/

ZuZu at Valley Ho Hotel  This is a fun place for the over 35, 40 and 50 plus crowd featuring live bands. It’s a nice place to meet friends and have fun. Live bands on weekends; call for schedule.  https://www.hotelvalleyho.com/zuzu

Rock Bar.  You never know what you will get at the Rock bar.. I used to love Wasted Grain for Old school 80tys live rock but since the remodel it's standard dj music. Soooo If you want to get your live rock fix on, Rock bar may just be the spot. Call for band schedules. http://rockbarscottsdale.com/

Kazimierz World Wine Bar  (CLOSED- Sorry -)  This was a dark, enter-through-the-back-door live music lounging place that is a cool meet-up for a good time. Bands on the weekends, Low light so you can definitely go Incognito, Call it Kaz-meer-ehz, Kashmere or Kazbar — any of these names are acceptable. The bar offers over 2,000 wines plus classic and craft cocktails.  http://kazbar.net/

W Hotel Bar- Scottsdale - The bar downstairs has live music on the weekends and the pool patio and dance floor have live DJ . Dress to impress and ready to dance. Very comfortable lounge seating upstairs and cool, eclectic upscale crowd. Only your Lamborghini or Ferrari's will be parked out front.

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

UBER... don't drink and drive be safe

 

Karaoke  - The Grapevine restaurant and Bar is not your normal Karaoke bar.. this is party central with everyone signing along and some of the best pours in town. - UBER... don't drink and drive be safe

Bar - Party on a bike  Put a unique twist on partying in Old Town Scottsdale with Arizona Party Bikes! Party on a bike with drinks see site www. Arizonapartybike.com This is a ‘Mini bus bike” with about seven seats on either side of a LARGE bike with a bar in-between. I have never been… but every time I see the bike bar go bye everyone seems to be having a blast.

 

SCOTTSDALE AND PHOENIX –  Have a vibrant nightlife.. if it’s in New York, Los Angeles or Paris, we probably have it here.

 

ONGOING FUN ACTIVITIES

 

ART WALK – Old town Scottsdale _ Every Thursday Evening 6pm and On.  Tour Many of Scottsdale

best galleries in Old Town Scottsdale .Everyone this is soooo much fun... either as a family activity (ages14 – 99) date night or to meet super great Scottsdale locals, Enjoy

Description: Celebrate an American original – the Scottsdale ArtWalk. This free event takes place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Scottsdale. Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport folks from numerous free parking areas throughout the Scottsdale Arts District and Scottsdale Downtown.

Locations include Main Street from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Boulevard, and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to 5th Avenue. Oct 2018 Check schedule

 

CHOIR ANYONE?

If you love singing in the car... and dreamt of singing in a choir ... well here is your big chance and of course you can make some talented new friends.

You can participate in Choir Tonight at Sanctuary Choir- no audition needed, just a will and brave spirit. Everyone gets to participate. BTW, this is every Wednesday and for all ages. Call for more details (480) 948-1234 Music Rehearsal Room, 6300 E Bell Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

 

POOLSIDE AT THE HOTEL VALLEY HO.

Enjoy Happy Hour Fridays Poolside at Hotel Valley Ho. I have to share, this is a fun place to relax on a Saturday. Call ahead but the open the pool is typically open to the public on Saturday and they have a really nice staff that will bring beverages and food poolside. https://www.hotelvalleyho.com

FARMERS MARKET - Old Town Scottsdale – Every Saturday Morning Fresh Produce and sundries for the whole family. 3806 N. Brown Ave – see website for dates and Times http://www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/FM_OldTownScottsdale.html

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

 

ADVENTURE SEEKERS

 

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES - Up for How Air Balloon ride at Sunrise. Or at another time of date. Enjoy the beauty of the desert from high above.  Take a look at all the options at these sites. https://floatballoontours.com And   5 star rated  https://www.hotairexpeditions.com/

 

ATV – DESERT TRAILS TOURS. When it comes to outdoor activities, Desert Trail Tours leads the pack as it boasts amazing packages and outdoor activities that both locals and visitors will find it hard to find somewhere else. Desert Wolf Tours have been ranked the Best Off-Road ATV Adventure Tour for six years in a row, Hit the OFF, off-road riding in Tomcars/Atv  surrounded by beautiful natural Sonoran Desert with Tomcars. You can expand the adventure by participating in shooting competition or teaming up with others on a rescue mission and to pin down a hostage courier. All fun check out https://desertwolftours.com/

 

SCENIC FLIGHTS -Desert Splash Adventures offers scenic flights over the Sonoran Desert, Roosevelt Lake, and Lake Powell. Operated by Island Air Express, Desert Splash Adventures provides discerning guests with an exclusive and unique desert adventure experience from the comfortable cockpit of a Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane.  Highly experienced commercial bush pilots, who are based in Alaska in the offseason, fly the planes, and they guarantee absolute safety throughout the journey. Conveniently located near the Scottsdale Airport, an executive lounge provides a luxurious space to relax before the flight, which takes you over some of Arizona’s most dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, ending in exhilarating water landing on Roosevelt Lake or Lake Powell.

Desert Splash Adventures also offers a range of other adventures ranging from gourmet brunches on a private island to canyoneering in the magnificent rock formations of the Sonoran wilderness. 15115 N Airport Drive, Landmark Aviation (FBO), Scottsdale, AZ, Phone: 877-588-8819  Check out their you tube video looks FUN !!

 

VIP AIRSOFT   A indoor shooting pellet game excursion; Described in part by one guest as, “Once you are in the staging area, the staff divide you into two teams and explain the rules of the games that you will be playing. As each session lasts 4 hours, you get the chance to play quite a few games. Some games just involve shooting at the other team, while some have an objective such as capturing an ammunition case or controlling a "bomb" for the most time.”  For more information on this adventure

 https://vipairsoft.net/

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

ESCAPE ROOM- Challenge Game

Yes,there are escape games and the reviews sound like they are fun.. Here are two you may want to check out. https://riddleescaperoom.com/   4.9 stars and https://escapetheroom.com/phoenix/ with 4.7 stars at last check. What is “Escape Room” ? It is a FUN game concept designed for small groups of friends, families, co-workers or strangers to test their problem-solving skills in a fun themed escape room.  Each Escape The Room AZ experience has its own setting, secrets, storyline, and escape route. It’s filled with hidden objects and clues to help you find your way out, You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape the room to find your freedom!

 

HELICOPTER TOURS – You guessed it, a view from above to all your favorite places.. https://sunstateheli.com/

 

BEAT THE HEAT ACTIVITIES  -  GREAT WAYS TO COOL OFF!!!

In the summer, the heat is on along with the humidity and monsoon storms making it just not quite as fun to play outside. So if you do not want to unpack the 'slip and slide' or sprinklers; there are still plenty of fun things you can do in Scottsdale and stay cool!

OCTANE RACEWAY One of my favorites is the Octane Raceway at Talking Stick. You’ll find Kart Racing with a 1/3 mile track that’s the only full-time Indoor/Outdoor track in the entire United States! The track layout is unique in that each lap begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section of the course before returning inside.You’ll also find mini bowling at the Octane Raceway. Mini-pins combined with a mini bowling ball equals Mini-Bowling! You’ve got to try it!

VELOCITY VR is another fun activity at Octane Raceway. Imagine a game that doesn’t feel like a game. You’re not wired to a console and your body becomes your controller. It’s the real world and a digital one meshed together. You can choose from Zombie Outbreak Origins or Singularity.  In addition, there’s an amazing arcade, outdoor activities and the new Brickyard Grill restaurant. Could be fun on a date, date night with the Mrs. or the whole family!

ICE DEN - Here’s a place you’ll really get cooled off at. The Ice Den Scottsdale offers public ice skating and youth/adult hockey! Private lessons are offered. You can try your skills at figure skating or speed skating. Ballet classes are even offered since this technique helps in learning to figure skate.  You’ll also find a Pro Shop at the Ice Den along with a Health and Fitness Center and a couple of casual dining options. Check hours of operation.

ODYSEA AQUARIUM The Odysea Aquarium, in Scottsdale, is fun for the whole family or even you single folks. They’re offering a couple of great deals right now. They’re offering 10-dollars off each ticket if you buy online. Also, during the summer months, if you go between 5 pm and 8 pm, a general admission ticket is only $25! Adult tickets are normally $37.95 with kid tickets priced at $27.95.

SCOTTSDALE’S MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN RANCH AQUATIC CENTER Enjoy the Arizonian sun and sparkling waters at McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center. You’ll find a skatepark, four soccer fields and two ball fields. The aquatic center is a magnet for swimmers and divers, both young and old, and has several pools and play areas. The water slides, lazy river and spray pad are favorite spots for the kids and adults. Besides the park and aquatic center, the facility also has a state-of-the-art fitness center where fitness classes are offered. (Google latest hours and location)

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM Nothing like going to an air-conditioned museum in the heat of the day to stay cool. Get your culture on. The Musical Instrument Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but also offers a variety of concerts in the evenings. Admission is $20. Concert admission is extra.  (Google latest hours and location)

BIG SURF  Just a little bit south of Scottsdale, in Tempe, is the Big Surf Waterpark. This is the closest thing you’re going to get to an ocean. Built in 1969, Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark boasting one of the largest wave pools in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres, Big Surf has remained an Arizona icon for over 40 years and features dozens of other thrilling water features.

DIVE-IN MOVIES, YES.. like a movie watching at the POOLYep, you heard right. A big screen by the pool where you can, in most cases, have a cool beverage, food nearby and enjoy a movie!!

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

STAYCATIONS TOP PICKS - See below

If you’re planning a staycation one of these weekends, a select few of these resorts are offering dive-in movies. And some of the most amazing amenities you can imagine from water parks to gourmet dining. 

 

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

Spa at Gainey Ranch

The Phoenician

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Sanctuary Hotel Paradise Valley

Hotel Valley Ho

 

Here are a few more options to consider...

 

RESORT POOL PARTIES

 

Clarendon

Talking Stick

W Scottsdale

Valley Ho

Lustre Bar at Hotel Palomar

The Saguaro Hotel

 

PATIO BARS

 

The Vig

Pedal Haus

The Yard

Ocotillo

El Chorro

Timo Wine Bar

Different Point of View

The Windsor

The Montauk

OHSO

 

HAPPY HOUR ADVENTURES

TOP ** VERY BEST ** HAPPY HOURS IN THE CITY OF SCOTTSDALE.

RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE First on our list is the world Famous "Ruth Chris Steak House" featuring a Prime Burger with Fries ONLY $9.00 Crab Beignets and Seared Ahi Tuna. YUMM.. One of the best parts of the Ruth Chris Happy Hour is the beautiful second-floor patio with outdoor fireplace, you can enjoy the sunset.

 

Wednesday Happy Hour. Feel Like a snack or glass of Wine after work.

Hump day - Wednesday- Happy Hour at Ancala Country Club 

480-391-1000 3pm - 5 pm

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TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE DAY #2

KONA GRILL has got to be one of the Best Happy Hours in Scottsdale. Kona Grill has a huge Happy Hour menu with tasty treats from fresh sushi, delicious pizzas and.... the ever famous two hamburger sliders and fries meal...frozen margaritas and more !. Of course, there's great atmosphere on the big patio and it's located right at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, just in case you're in dire need of retail therapy. Enjoy! Share your favs in Scottsdale! We live in an amazing city. I hope you're getting out and enjoying it. Check out Kona Grill and great , fun staff , great opportunity to get out and make new friends.

 

TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE DAY #3

 

YARDHOUSE Happy hours are a great place to meet and make new friends at the same time getting a nice inexpensive meal. For example Yard House at Scottsdale Fashion Square is another great place to go for Happy Hour! It has an extensive menu of drink and food specials. HUGE 16 inch platter of loaded Nachos for 7.95; big enough for 2 to 4 and On Monday's, Happy Hour runs all night long! There's also a location in the North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.Enjoy and have an awesome day ! Please SHARE your favorite places and activities !!

 

TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE #4 More events, "best places" and activities posted daily.

 

THE LIVING ROOM has been nominated as one of the TOP TEN Happy hours in Scottsdale for a super fun eclectic group of people, great food and for being cool and comfortable place to go. The Gainey Ranch Scottsdale location gets all 5 stars from visitors. We live in one of the nicest places in the world get out and enjoy!

 

TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE #5

 

FLEMINGS You wouldn't think a high-end steak restaurant would have a happy hour with great prices, however Fleming's does. From an amazing cocktail and beer list to amazing appetizers and small plates, you can't go wrong with this happy hour served in the bar. Oh, did I mention the dessert menu is equally long and inviting? Get out and mingle.

TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE DAY #6

THE BLUE MARTINI falls in the category of "It's soooo close to Scottsdale.. and so good we are making an exception in including it in our Best Of Scottsdale Happy Hours.

Lots of fun, fun music and a cool crowd makes it the perfect place for all of us living in North Scottsdale. Have fun everyone, remember to Uber if drinking.

TOP HAPPY HOURS IN SCOTTSDALE DAY #7

HULAS MODERN TIKI in Old Town is a stylish take on the classic tiki restaurants and bars of the 50s and 60s. Situated in a newly renovated building on First Avenue in the heart of Scottsdale, Hula's Modern Tiki is locally owned and operated and super fun– Call for specials

 

Please Share your favorite happy hour spot! Many more – please feel free to google.

 

HIKING AND FITNESS

 

REI

Yep, we have rock climbing. A variety of climbing courses will be available at the event lead by REI Outdoor School Instructors and popular top rope climbs of various levels will be set up throughout the event. There will also be a rappelling station and an anchors class. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the day.

Registration is encouraged and available on REI’s website - https://www.rei.com/…/climb-fest-2-mcdowe…/scottsdale/193310. The $20 registration fee includes all the equipment you will need: harness, shoes, helmet and chalk. Participants are welcome to bring their own shoes and harness. Water and sunscreen will be provided as well. For more information about ClimbFest, contact AZ on the Rocks at Contact2@azontherocks.com or call 480-502-9777. For more information and schedule. These are previous post.

MUD RUN TRAINING- If you are ready for a physical challenge and not afraid of getting a little dust on your tuxedo this may be for you. PLEASE Google opportunities closest to you with the highest review and ratings. The ideas below are simply to inspire you and remind you of nearby opportunities. The link added here is a training guide and they may be a good resource for additional information.  http://www.mudrunguide.com/training/

 

TOP HIKING TRAILS in Scottsdale- YEAR ROUND ACTIVITY

When the weather is cool, it is an especially GREAT time to hit the trails. Scottsdale has some beautiful trailheads you might want to go and enjoy our beautiful desert.

Many of them are found at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve that offers a beautiful backdrop of mountains and desert brush. The preserve offers five major trailheads with over 180 miles of trails.

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Sunrise Trail East - One of the more difficult hikes on the preserve, the 4-mile hike features steep sections and over a 1,100 foot elevation change. The trail goes right to the top for an amazing view of the McDowell Mountains in all directions along with gorgeous granite formations. 12101 N. 145th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 www.mcdowellsonoran.org/hike/__trashed/

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead - This Trailhead features three hiking paths: Lookout Viewpoint (5.7 mi. / 1100 ft. elevation gain), Tom’s Thumb/East End Loop (11.1 mi. / 2500 ft. elevation gain) and Marcus Landslide (3.7 mi. / 300 ft. elevation gain). These trails are on the north side of the McDowell Mountains. 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255 www.mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/toms-thumb/

Lost Dog Wash - The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead is just past Anasazi Elementary School and is one of the major access points for the Preserve. It features shorter and easier trails that go around a desert wash: Ringtail Trail (2.4 mi. / 250 ft. elevation gain), Taliesin Overlook (4 mi. / 350 ft. elevation gain), Sunrise Trail East (4 mi. / 1150 ft. elevation gain), and Old Jeep Trail (4.1 mi. / 450 ft. elevation gain). 12601 N 124th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85259 www.mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/lost-dog-wash-sunrise/

Gateway Trailhead - Located on the east side of Thompson Peak Rd. between Legacy Blvd. and Bell Rd is the Gateway Trailhead. It’s the access point to many unique Scottsdale trails. Featured at this trailhead are Horseshoe Loop (1.7 mi. / 100 ft. elevation gain), Bajada Nature Trail (0.5 mi. / 0 ft. elevation gain) and Gateway Loop (4.5 mi. / 650 ft. elevation gain).18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. www.mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/gateway/

Pinnacle Peak Park

Another Trail in Scottsdale is the Pinnacle Peak Park Trail starting near 102nd and Jomax Here is the link www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle-peak-park

There is a lot of great hiking in and near Scottsdale another popular trail in Camelback Mountain here is a link to this popular trail near the center of the city www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/camelback-mountain/trails

 

BIKING PATHS -

BIKING PATHS – Check out these in Scottsdale (link below) and Google bike paths and trails for endless opportunities.
https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/news/new-self-guided-bike-tour-highlights-scottsdale-scenic-mountain-views_s4_p25658

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

THE WEATHER HAS been Beautiful! So how about checking out the great parks in Scottsdale? The parks here are much more than green grass and blue skies. We have everything from volleyball to watersides and fishing, so grab a friend and enjoy!

 

The weather is beautiful unlike so many parts of the country and that lends itself to getting out and enjoying some great parks in our own backyard! Scottsdale is home to some of the nicest parks around that are great for taking a walk or bringing the family for a picnic. Below are just a few we recommend. Please feel free to chime in with others. 

1) Scottsdale Sports Complex - Grab a group of friends for a game of soccer, lacrosse, football, or rugby. The 71-acre facility is a state of the art competitive sports field complex that also has a shaded playground, basketball court and multi-use paths. Reservations accepted March through December. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/scottsdale-sports-complex

2) Scottsdale Civic Center Mall - Located near the center of Old Town it features a wonderful park like feeling with big waterfalls plus walking and biking options. Plus it’s surrounded by great restaurants, pubs, museums and shops. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/pa…/scottsdale-civic-center-mall

3) The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the most unique park of its kind in the country. Adults and kids can take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad. The 30-acre park also features shops, museums, playgrounds and a 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel. It’s considered one of Scottsdale’s most beautiful parks. http://www.therailroadpark.com/

4) El Dorado Park is one of the nicer parks in Scottsdale. What sets this park apart from the other is that it has two lakes where you can fish. Plus the 60-acre park has other nice features like a community center & gym, greenbelt multi-use path, swimming pool, three lighted ball fields, a lighted sand volleyball court and a wedge skate park. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/eldorado-park

5) Chaparral Park also offers a lake with a fishing pier where you can both boat and fish. It also has a dog park along with a greenbelt multi-use path, 10-station exercise course, six ball fields and two sand volleyball courts and a he Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat that features over 7,000 plants and 200 species. Fed by a vast underwater reservoir, the expansive 5.5-acre garden was established to protect and preserve regional plant species and provide an educational resource to raise awareness about local plant species and sustainable landscaping using reduced water usage.

Visitors to the garden can move around easily, following clear signage and an interactive plant guide that highlights the facts about the low-water-use plants and trees and water harvesting. The guide also gives excellent tips for caring for desert landscapes. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/chaparral-park

6) Vista Del Camino Park. This 71-acre park is located in south Scottsdale and also has a dog park plus amenities like disc golf grass and sand volleyball courts, two lakes for fishing along with three softball fields. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/vista-del-camino-park

7) McDowell Mountain Ranch Park. Feel like a swim? This 35-acre park has a heated competition pool, leisure pool, lazy river, water slide and splash pad all within its Aquatic Center. The park also has a skate park, fitness center plus soccer and ball fields. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/pa…/mcdowell-mountain-ranch-park

Other parks in Scottsdale include - see below

McDowell Sonoran Preserve - mcdowellsonoran.org

Cactus Park - http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/cactus-park

Pinnacle Peak Park - http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle-peak-park

Mountain View Park - http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/mountain-view-park

Horizon Park - http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/horizon-park

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Animal Specific Parks and Adventures.

 

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center - rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife and releases them back into the wild, and it provides a sanctuary for orphaned animals native to Arizona. The center also provides education on the importance of nature and wildlife, as well as the role they play in our world.

The center is home to a range of animals, including black bears, bobcats, coyotes, jaguars, mountain lions, Mexican grey wolves, and porcupines, among others. Visitors to the center can enjoy - Walk with Wildlife tours through the facility and learn more about these fascinating animals. The center hosts educational programs, including Walk with Wildlife, Sunrise Nature Tour, Full Moon Tour, and Discovery Day, as well as several community-based outreach programs like PAWS 27026 N. 156th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona, Phone: 480-471-9109

PHOENIX ZOO. World Renowned -The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix Arizona, the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of the Maytag family, and operates on 125 acres (51 ha) of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix. The zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of walking trails. It is divided into four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Trail (animals from Africa), the Tropics Trail (residents of the rain forests), and the Children's Trail, which includes a petting zoo. 

 *General review*

“Great Day at the Zoo. We were looking for something to do with our teen on the weekend. Decided on the Zoo. Display of animals impressive, habits nicely done. Appears to be a lot of new things coming soon. So impressed we signed up for a years membership as we left for the day! “

 

LAKES AND BOATING

Yes!! We have several lakes and plenty of boating activities near-by.

Check out this site. https://www.boatsetter.com/locations/cities/phoenix

 

EDUCATION AND FUN CLASSES 

PLEASE Google class opportunities closest to you with the highest review and ratings. The ideas below are simply to inspire you and remind you of nearby opportunities.

 

CYCLING CLASSES indoor– Fitness The Cycle bar – one reviewer said 

“- Each class comes with a free pair of cycle shoes you can rent, a towel, a Cyclebar 32 oz water bottle, a good time and work out”  norterra.cyclebar.com

GYMNASTICS CLASSES for adults and Children

MARTIAL ARTS -Classes

YOGA -CLASSES

COOKING - CLASSES

CPR CLASSES - SAFETY TRAINING

MOUNTAINEERING CLASSES -

PILATES

BOOT CAMP TRAINING

MASSAGE THERAPY TRAINING

BARRE CLASSES – Fitness

IMPROV Theatre – Yes you can take improv and it’s fun.

FIREARMS TRAINING

BOXING CLASSES

CHILDBIRTH TRAINING

DRESSAGE TRAINING – HORSEBACK RIDING Classes. Phoenix has some of the best schools in the world for Dressage and Horseback riding.

DANCE – BALLET JAZZ and more. Some of the best coaches in the world are in the 

Phoenix Scottsdale area and aspiring professionals travel from all over the world to study here.

and yes there are classes for the novice as well.

SWIMMING LESSONS

TENNIS

MUSIC LESSONS – ALL instruments

SINGING

MUD RUN TRAINING- If you are ready for a physical challenge and not afraid of getting a little dust on your tuxedo this may be for you. http://www.mudrunguide.com/training/

GOLF AND BEST COURSES

 

TOP SCOTTSDALE GOLF COURSES

 

The weather is cooling off and friends from the frozen east will be visiting, that means golf is going to be more fun than ever. We have some beautiful courses in our own backyard. Here are the top picks by me and USA Today.

 

1) TROON NORTH GOLF CLUB

Troon North Golf Club is known as Scottsdale’s “crown jewel.” Pinnacle Peak overlooks the two 18-hole courses — Monument and Pinnacle — that wind through scenic foothills and natural ravines. The course is famous for its ambiance, natural terrain and beauty. The fairways are immaculately groomed. http://www.troonnorthgolf.com/

 

2) WE-KO-PA GOLF CLUB

Located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, We-Ko-Pa has stunning mountain views in almost every direction. Players with all skill levels enjoy the club. Enjoy desert wildlife on the Cholla course. Golfweek Magazine ranks the Saguaro course as #67 in America’s top 100 modern courses. The two courses are also the #1 and #2 rated public access courses in Arizona. https://wekopa.com/

 

3) TPC SCOTTSDALE

You probably know this course as the one that’s home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of the largest-attended golf tournaments in the world. TPC Scottsdale is a favorite course of some of the sport's top players and recreational golfers alike. The course is surrounded by the McDowell Mountains and features two championship courses: the famous Stadium Course and the iconic Champions Course. https://tpc.com/scottsdale/

 

4) KIERLAND GOLF CLUB

Located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, The Kierland Golf Club,is in the heart of "new" Scottsdale. It’s set against the picturesque mountain ranges of the Sonoran Desert. The three award-winning courses have won numerous distinctions, including being named one of the best courses in America by Golfweek and Best Golf Shop 2011 by GolfWorld. http://www.kierlandgolf.com/

 

5) ORANGE TREE GOLF RESORT

This popular golf course in Scottsdale is on the site of an old orange grove. The course went green in recent years and is committed to reducing non-recyclable waste, water usage and for starting an active recycling program on the property. At the heart of the resort is the Parkland-style,18-hole USGA-rated championship golf course, a favorite with locals and tourists. https://www.orangetreegolfcourse.com/

 

6) MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

Formerly the Sanctuary Golf Course, the new McDowell Mountain Golf Club is built on the western slope of Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains. Changes to the course include wider corridors, waste bunker additions, additional teeing areas and reshaping some of the fairways. http://www.mcdowellmountaingc.com/

 

7) THE BOULDERS GOLF CLUB

Natural desert terrain surrounds each of the holes and wrap around the immaculate fairways. The South Course is the main attraction, featuring impeccable fairways that manage to stay green even at the height of summer. http://www.bouldersclub.com/

 

8) LEGEND TRAIL GOLF CLUB

Legend Trail Golf Club offers a beautifully manicured 72 course that backs up against the Sonoran Desert, offering players some of the best views in Scottsdale, including Pinnacle Peak.The course is listed as one of the top 100 facilities in the country by Golf Magazine, and is frequently ranked among Arizona's best golf courses. https://www.legendtrailgc.com/

 

9) THE PHOENICIAN GOLF CLUB

One of Scottsdale's most popular golf destinations, The Phoenician is home to three courses: the Desert Nine, Oasis Nine, and Canyon Nine. The Desert Nine is the most popular course because of its unique layout, desert views and elevation changes. The Oasis Nine is a more traditional course, featuring tree-lined fairways and serene water features. The Canyon Nine is the most lush of the three courses. https://www.thephoenician.com/golf/

 

10) EAGLE MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

Located just outside Scottsdale along the scenic McDowell Mountains in the community of Fountain Hills is the Eagle Mountain Golf Club. Players get to experience one of the most scenic corners of the Sonoran Desert. The layout of Eagle Mountain also affords some of the most picturesque views of the Valley. http://www.eaglemtn.com/

 

11) CAMELBACK GOLF CLUB

While this great golf club didn't make USA Today's list, it should have. 

The Southwestern style Camelback Golf Resort on Mockingbird Ln offers two championship 18-hole courses and a 36,000-square-foot pueblo-style clubhouse.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SCOTTSDALE

 

1. Scottsdale is #6 in working hardest in the nation? We need to get out and enjoy our local events a lot more! Keep balance Family, Friends, work and play.

2.  FUN FACTS ABOUT SCOTTSDALE #101

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked 'How's dating life in Scottsdale?' Well, just in case you were wondering what the male vs. female population is, here are a few facts.

Scottsdale is 52% female with a median age of 47.9 and 48% men with a median age of 45.0 Scottsdale has an overall population of 227,471 including me. For more interesting statistical facts on Scottsdale, check out this web site.

3. SCOTTSDALE RANKS TEN TEN CITIES FOR QUALITY OF LIVING

I'm sure you already know that Scottsdale is a great place to live! But others think the same since the city ranks in the top 10 for Best Quality of Life.

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YEARLY EVENTS AND FESTIVALS CALENDAR

*Polo Play and Bentley’s  This is a blast every year in early November   http://thepoloparty.com/ 

* Spring Training

* Barrett Jackson

* Scottsdale Film Festival

* Scottsdale Fashion Week

* And more - Google events Phoenix

 

ARIZONA Attractions

Waterfalls Beaver Falls

Though it may be quite a hike to get there, the astonishing beauty of Beaver Falls makes it worth the while. An 18-mile trek from the Havasu campground, the falls are filled with incredible pools and turquoise waters that cascade over limestone terraces. There are bolts, chains, and ladders to help you with your descent, and you’ll pass a beautiful historic burial site for the Havasupai people on your way there. Once you’re there, relax, take in the scenic view, and go for a refreshing swim in the refreshing pools. To visit Beaver Falls, you must already be camping at Havasu, which can be reserved with their tourism office.

Cibecue Falls visit to Cibecue Falls is a canyoneering adventure that lets you see a side of Arizona that can’t be found elsewhere. Visitors can drive all the way to the trailhead; the drive itself is an adventure that takes you through narrow roads, past sheer cliffs, and along the gorgeous Salt River – you’ll even have to drive over the running Cibecue Creek to get to the parking point. Come prepared to get your feet wet as you hike through banks and rocks to get to the 30-foot-high waterfall. It’s an extremely peaceful and serene part of the desert and is wonderful for overnight camping

Havasu Falls

Located within the historic Havasupai Indian Reservation, Havasu Falls is also popularly known as Havasupai Falls. Hikers, adventure-seekers, and nature lovers have been going there for years to witness its overwhelming beauty. The hike to the falls is 10 miles long one way, but once you’re there, the inviting blue-green waters make it worth your while. Go swimming in the paradise that is hidden amidst the Grand Canyon and have a rare, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will change your world. Prepare ahead as campground spaces must be reserved well in advance for a chance to visit the falls

Wolf Creek Falls

Often considered one of the area’s best-kept secrets, Wolf Creek Falls is a more private and hidden waterfall that plunges 90 feet over granite cliffs. Getting there is fairly easy on the one-mile, round trip journey on Wolf Creek Loop Trail 384. Once you reach the creek, it’s a short walk to the falls through easily-maneuverable boulders, small canyons, and fallen trees. On the way to the falls, you’ll be able to see breathtaking views of the mountains, a historic mining site, and stunning flora and fauna, including various bird species. Don’t forget to take your camera along as you’ll definitely want to capture the crystal-clear waters of Wolf Creek Falls

Out Of Africa – Wild Animal Park  -  https://outofafricapark.com/

Nestled against the beautiful Mingus Mountains in the Verde Valley sits a wildlife park entirely different than any typical zoo or animal park. Here, you'll experience the splendor of the animal kingdom closer than you ever thought possible, blending the spirit of Africa with the harmony of nature. Whether it's the exciting shows like Tiger Splash® and Predator Feed, or an immersive safari tour that will have you surrounded by free-roaming African plains animals, or whether it's a hands-on, close encounter with the wiliest critters, there's something for everyone here – all with the price of admission! If you're feeling a bit more daring, try the world-class Predator Zip Line tour and soar over the animals. Other options include the VIP Behind-the-Scenes tour, the SuperMog Safari Adventure, Sloth Encounters, and more. Giraffe kisses are free! Gift Shop and Food available. Located just 90 minutes north of Phoenix and 30 minutes south of Sedona, Out of Africa lets you experience Africa in the heart of Arizona. Your adventure awaits!

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NEARBY TRAVEL TO SCOTTSDALE & PHOENIX

 

Phoenix has one of the best airports in the world with local and international flights leaving every few minutes. Phoenix is less than 1.45 hours from San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco and only 3 hours to Chicago – 4 hours to New York. So if you feel like you need a little extra adventure or want to spend the day in Newport Beach ...you can leave at 7am and  be on your way to breakfast in Newport Beach by 8:35 am.

 

 

SPAS

 

There are dozens of Fantastic spas in the Scottsdale Phoenix area. TOO many to mention share all here in Scottsdale and Phoenix, however here are the top three most luxurious spas according to writer Katy C. For a particular Spa experience, please google “spa”  plus the services you are looking for.

The Top Three Most Luxurious Spas in Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona is a beautiful place to visit, especially during the pre- and post-summer months when the weather feels like summer but isn’t scorching hot. It’s a golfer’s paradise, with top-rated courses in every part of town, and with that there are also gorgeous hotels with spas you could spend days relaxing at. There are so many great spas to choose from in the Scottsdale area, many of which offer views of the nearby Camelback Mountain. Read on for three recommendations for the ultimate spa day.

Sanctuary Resort & Spa

The Sanctuary Resort & Spa, located in Scottsdale’s Paradise Valley, is an award-winning luxury resort set right within Camelback Mountain, with unbeatable views in every direction. Whether you are staying there or not, visiting the spa at the resort is a relaxing experience you won’t want to miss. There’s a lengthy menu of Asian-inspired treatments to choose from, including everything from signature treatments, massages, skin care and body treatments, fitness classes, outdoor adventures and Satori wellness retreats. The Sanctuary Spa has twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a movement studio, an outdoor Watsu pool and the Zen meditation garden – and with all of that, there’s no way you’ll leave with one bit of stress. Because this spa has so much to offer, you should plan on getting there before your treatments and sticking around to relax afterward.

Signature treatment to try: Luk Pra Kope, which means “to massage with medicinal herbs.” It begins with a foot scrub with Thai clay and fresh lime. Then your masseuse steams organic herbs and massages and presses them onto your body’s energy pathways. You’ll end up with soothed muscles, increased circulation and refreshed skin. If you’re visiting with friends, the Girlfriend Getaway package is the perfect option for a full day of relaxation. You’ll start with your choice of a 60-minute massage, then a 60-minute facial, and topped off with a mani-pedi, updo, blow dry and style for a night out on the town. And there are plenty of day packages with treatments for relaxation, rejuvenation, tranquility, motherhood, romance and more. And saving the best for last, the Satori Wellness Retreat, is a full journey with everything from fitness and spa services, to delicious meals and relaxation in your own casita.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Send your significant other off to gold at the Troon North Golf Club and take the day to yourself at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, located just down the street. Hidden within the beautiful landscape of this desert hotel, you’ll enter the spa, which offers services including massages, body wraps, hair, makeup and nails – everything needed for a day of me-time pampering. There are several different packages that combine different massages, facials and other treatments, some of which also include a spa lunch. The Couple’s Suite Indulgence is a must for honeymooners, and the Sweet Sixteen includes a makeup lesson that’s the perfect post-facial treat for a teenager. If you’re not staying at the Four Seasons, you can still get access to all of the resort’s picturesque pools before or after your 50-minute spa treatment. The pool staff are incredibly attentive and will take care of you for the day.


Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort – and Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary located within it – are brand new and are absolutely worth adding to your lists of destinations to check out in Scottsdale. The resort is a unique concept, with 200+ bungalow-style guestrooms and suites that make it feel like you’re in your own private oasis rather than a hotel. The resort has stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the Turquoise Pool is the perfect place for sunbathing. The Palo Verde Spa prides itself on offering personalized treatments based on your preferences, using botanicals and natural aromatics from the local desert region.

Signature treatment to try: Camelback Custom Massage. You’ll get to pick out an oil blend from the desert blending bar, such as wild chaparral or prickly pear, to be used during your 60- or 90-minute massage. The Citrus Splash is also a great option, as Arizona is known for citrus and this body scrub uses just that – a lemon body scrub, orange essence body souffle and a rosemary lime scalp massage. Can’t decide which treatment you want and have time to spare? Go with the Andaz Package Work of Art, which will give you 20 percent off a combination of three treatment
Spa Story by Katy Cirrone

REALTOR - Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty— To enjoy this lifestyle and view homes for sale near any of these fun activities offered in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix please call Michael Chaisson at 480-450-4632 

Nov. 16, 2018

Paradise Valley - About and the History of.

History of Paradise Valley

The earliest history of Paradise Valley is fascinating. Although this beautiful city has only truly taken shape in last 75 years. The earliest true residents came over 2,000 years ago when the area was inhabited by a large tribes of Native American farmers known as the Hohokam. They were the first settlers to the area locals now fondly referred to as “The Valley”. The Hohokam’s were innovative. The Hohokam's pioneered the use of complex canal networks to irrigate the arid lands of the region. The Hohokam are arguably most famous for their architectural accomplishments (which include the Great Houses such as those still found at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The tribe occupied central Arizona, including the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale area, until around 1375 when it is believed erratic climate changes forced them to abandon most of their settlements. The few small villages that did remain became concentrated along the Gila River.
By the early 1800s, European settlers had found their way west and were using the land around Paradise Valley for cattle grazing and farming. In the 1860tys US troops patrolled the area but growth was still minimal. In an effort to encourage economic development of the arid regions of the Western states, Congress passed the Desert Land Claim Act of 1877. This allowed individuals to apply for up to 640 acres of land to farm and cultivate.

History of Paradise Valley, "Paradise is named"

This, in turn, brought three surveyors for the Rio Verde Canal Company out west in 1889 to survey the land in the Paradise Valley area for agricultural opportunities. Struck by the immense beauty of the spring wildflowers growing across the valley, the surveyors dubbed it “Paradise Valley.” At about this same time in late 1880ty’s Paradise valley’s neighbor Scottsdale was growing as a farming village was given the name “Scottsdale” in 1894 after its founder, U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott.

History Of Paradise Valley -Early housing and Real Estate

Going back to the earliest history of Paradise Valley, there was no reliable sources of water other than seasonal rainfall so the land was cheap. Well into the 1920s, development in Paradise Valley consisted mainly of modest adobe homes and what many might consider shacks built on large plots of land. With just a very few stately properties built by wealthy individuals from the 'east' drawn to Paradise Valley by the beauty and idyllic weather. Even after the second World war most homes were small and modest and yet a typical lot size was not less than 5 acres. Larger homes, A few of the predecessors to the grand estates of today i.e early stately Paradise Valley residences and schools were turned into guest lodges beginning in 1930 (such as the Hermosa Lodge, El Chorro Lodge and the Schildman Residence)
A few Images seen below, show the History of Paradise Valley in Picture

PHOTOS OF EARLY PARADISE VALLEY.
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It wasn’t until the late 1930s, the modern history of Paradise Valley takes shape. Settlement began in earnest. It was around this time, in 1928, when one of Paradise Valley’s most notable historical buildings (not to mention one of the state of Arizona’s oldest independent college preparatory schools), The Judson School, opened its doors with seven students—all boys. In 1945, Henry Wick, who had taught at the school since 1938, bought it from George Judson and began offering English as a Second Language. These classes brought students from all around the world, representing a total of 30 different countries. Girls were admitted to The Judson School starting in 1956. This historic campus stood until 1999 when the 55 acre property was sold to a home developer. Who then built one of the most prestigious communities in Arizona aptly named Judson Estates. Today, there is still a small structure on the property which stands as a memorial to 72 years of The Judson School’s history.

The history of Paradise Valley evolves richly through 1930ty’s as it was becoming renowned for its stunning beauty, wide open spaces, and beautiful weather.

About Paradise Valley history
Guest Paradise Valley 1930ty's

As a result of the beautiful weather and scenic setting, the entire Valley became a draw for a number of the country’s most upscale resorts and in 1936, the Camelback Inn resort opened in nearby Scottsdale. With special attention being paid to the culture and history of Paradise Valley. Each casita at the Camelback Inn was built with adobe bricks made on the property, decorated with Native American art, and given a name that reflected the local cacti.

History of Paradise Valley Camelback inn
Camelback Inn 1940ty's

Other resorts, such as the Montelucia and Hermosa Inn soon followed, as did guest ranches such as Sun ‘N Sage, Diamond Lazy K, and Desert Lark. By the end of the World War II, Paradise Valley’s resorts were a go-to destination for the affluent. Today Paradise Valley is still one of the most beautiful and affluent communities in the U.S.

About Paradise Valley – 1960tys to Modern Day

As the cities of Scottsdale and Phoenix grew around Paradise Valley, The early Paradise Valley residents became determined to maintain the beauty and scenic beauty that inspired the name 'Paradise Valley'. So faced with mounting pressure from the swelling populations of nearby Scottsdale and Phoenix, residents of Paradise Valley formed the Citizens’ Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona. The committee’s goal was to incorporate the town of Paradise Valley so that urban sprawl and its subdivisions and shopping centers did NOT overtake the rural lifestyle to which Paradise Valley residents were accustomed. In April 1961, the Citizens’ Committee presented their petition for incorporation to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and on May 24, 1961, it was granted. Paradise Valley, Arizona had been firmly established. April 1961, the Citizens’ Committee presented their petition for incorporation to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and on May 24, 1961, it was granted. Paradise Valley, Arizona had been firmly established. A testament to the strength of a small group of early visionary residences from all different social strata. Especially true because at the time, Paradise Valley was still in it’s infancy with only about 2000 residences. Some of the more modest homes of the era, many with 5 acres could be purchased for a price of below $25,000. The history of Paradise Valley would not be what it is without these early homeowners. We applaud their foresight and passion. Today 5 acres in Paradise Valley might cost between $6,000,000 and $8,000,000. Add a nice home on 5 acres the price could exceed $12,000,000. Some of the early dictates established by the early Paradise Valley Committees was NO commercial Development in town limits (resorts only exception)... and residential zoning that would NOT allow more than 1 home per acre, unless the home was a within a resort community. The net result is beautiful streets, gorgeous stately homes with lush surroundings. Almost without exception when I show homes in Paradise Valley to Home buyers, with budgets of 1.5 million and more , the overwhelming response is,  'Paradise Valley is beyond compare for those seeking a beautiful luxury home, in a beautiful area,  that almost feels secluded but is only minutes to some of the best dining, entertainment and activities in the World '. The cities to me that most resemble Paradise Valley in the western United States is Beverly Hills and Bel Air California.

History of Paradise Valley Today. Facts and Stats

Today, Paradise Valley is a thriving luxury community of 13,000 people spanning across 16.5 square miles, with an elevation of 1,421 feet. Water is amply supplied by the Colorado river and natural resources. Residential taxes are some of the lowest in the nation, typically less than or equal to 1% of the homes market value. Strict zoning ordinances have kept commercial endeavors to a minimum so the community consists mostly of multi-million dollar homes set typically on lots of at least one acre each,  in a rare cases between 39,000 and 43,000 square feet.  In fact, local zoning ordinances have taken the town’s commitment to preserving individual privacy and space even further by restricting where a builder can place a home on a plot of land. The exact restriction is based on the height of the home’s exterior roof; for example, a home with an exterior roof height of 16 feet cannot be placed closer than 20 feet from the property line and a home with a 20-foot-high exterior roof cannot be closer than 40 feet to the property line. A home with 20 foot high roof line home must be 40 feet from property line and Paradise Valley homes with a maximum height of 24 must be 60 feet from the property line. This is referred to as the “Wedding Cake” rule and is intended to ensure each home has privacy and a view.
Paradise Valley has risen so far from its humble agrarian beginnings that it is now one of THE most affluent communities in America. And since we know you’re probably wondering what that means in actual dollars, consider this: a “fixer upper” starts around $1 million dollars and the most expensive luxury home ever sold in the state of Arizona (which sold for $35 million) is located here. (But don’t worry…with a range of $1.5 million to $25 million dollars, there are plenty of homes for everyone’s taste!) Some of the more prominent architects who have made their marks on the luxury homes found in Paradise Valley are Frank Lloyd Wright, Paolo, Soleri, Bennie Gonzales, Ralph Haver, and Blaine Drake, to name merely a few. Today Paradise Valley continues to attract leading architects form around the world. To learn more about the designs and architects currently influencing and building Paradise Valley, Please call me. I would be happy to assist you.

History of Paradise Valley and demographics.

Residents include CEOs, physicians, small business owners, lawyers, software moguls, and plenty of other, famous and not-so-famous, names and faces make up the populous of the town of Paradise Valley. Some of Paradise Valley’s most high profile residents included, a who's who of art, Hollywood and politics. All of these residents contributed to and share in Paradise Valley’s natural treasures including: Niki Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac , Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals Robert Mitchum, tough guy actor owned a home on Mockingbird Lane. For many years Robert enjoyed attending Arabian horse events. Horses are quite a big part of the history of Paradise Valley. Even today, there are luxury estates with full horse facilities to train Arabian and Thoroughbred horses. One such Paradise Valley estate sold recently for 5.2 million. Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States so popular here he has a community named after him "Cheney Estates". Alice Cooper, guitar-slaying rock star and modern day Rock-n-Roll Disc Jockey! Who still shares his DJ skills with hosting a local radio show. You can tune while in Paradise Valley. Those are just a few of the notables.

Today Paradise Valley continues to be a mecca for the sporting elite, a-list celebrities, fashion moguls and more. The amazing weather is undoubtedly a contributing factor to their attraction to this beautiful town. The factors that make the weather so perfect; As part of the Sonoran region, the Town of Paradise Valley is in an “arid zone” Paradise Valley only receives an average of eight inches of rainfall per year. (Also, missing from local weather? Snow! yes. NO snow.) And with summer temperatures averaging between 90 and 105 degrees and winter temperatures averaging between the mid 60tys to high 70ty’s, outside activities are abundant and available year-round. In addition to world-class golf courses, tennis courts, and playing fields for you to use for your outdoor pleasure, hiking, biking, and nature trails abound nearby in Paradise Valley such as world renowned Camelback Mountain with a popular 1.2 mile trail, where over 300,000 nature enthusiast visit each year.. and of course the well known Mummy Mountain. (However, before setting out on a hiking journey it is highly recommended that you speak with someone experienced in hiking the local trails and familiar with the area. Please feel free to call me, Michael Chaisson at RL Sotheby’s Realty for suggestions and tips 480-450-4632.)
If indoor activities are more your style, rest assured that Paradise Valley also has you covered. While the city’s Planning Committee has continued to honor its predecessor’s legacy of preserving the natural, rural, residential feel of the community, you still have plenty of options for fine dining, retail therapy, entertainment, and more. Examples include The Phoenician Resort (built by Charles Keating at a cost of $300 million) and the new five-star rated Ritz Carlton Resort. But rest assured, if you can’t find it in Paradise Valley, it’s a only a short drive to nearby Scottsdale—where you can experience all of the urban sprawl--that is, 5 star dining, music venues, dancing, play activity, and all the social and cultural events one could wish for!

Moving to Paradise Valley

There are so many more details about this stunningly beautiful, charming, and affluent community that would make anyone want to call it home. One of the most notable is besides it's beauty, in comparison to other cities and Towns offering the amenities and benefits of living here; luxury home pricing is actually low in comparison. A beautiful, stately home for sale in Paradise Valley may sell for For example 2.5 million the same home in Beverly Hills California would exceed 8 to 10 million. Let's look at some of the other wins.

  • First-class schools-Highly rated schools-Paradise Valley
  • High per capital income
  • Crime rates well below the national average - Paradise Valley also has it's own police force.
  • A vibrant artist community

But let’s be honest: this article can only give you words. So come to Paradise Valley--take in the sights, feel the air, meet some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and explore the community. Minutes to Scottsdale, 9 miles from downtown Phoenix ..And while you’re here, take a home tour with me—Michael Chaisson, Realtor, RL Sotheby’s International Realty—for a personal introduction into the luxury lifestyle offered  in Paradise Valley.

Realtor -Specializing in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix

Michael Chaisson - Realtor
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Premier Client Services
Ranked Top 1% Nationally
Circle of 26 Excellence Award Recipient
480-450-4632

Please feel free to browse this site for information on activities in Scottsdale, Arcadia and Paradise Valley (see resources Tab) and recommendations for the best restaurants and service providers in the community. I also encourage your recommendations.

Oct. 30, 2018

Home Buying Tip #1 When relocating to Phoenix - Scottsdale

Home Buying Tip #1 When relocating to Phoenix-Scottsdale

 

Homes for sale in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley rank as some of the most beautiful homes in the world and Scottsdale is ranked as of the Top Ten Cities in The United States to live.  So with endless home options and beautiful cities to choose from, including Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert and Phoenix many buyers forget the #1 most important consideration when searching for a home... Where are you and your loved ones going to be MOST comfortable?? Not just in terms of the home you choose, but where to live.  This simple but important home buying tip is not as carefully considered as you might think and COST home buyers THOUSANDS every year. 

So in order of Home Search Tips; The first #1 home buying tip is. “Search for a Scottsdale – Phoenix – Paradise Valley home near the lifestyle you are going to most enjoy. Seems obvious, however, I meet countless home buyers who bought a beautiful home in the farthest reaches of our beautiful city, who after only six months decided being further away with a nicer house was NOT worth the compromise to their life style.
At the time; these home buyers purchased the home, they fell in love with the nicer -newer- less expensive homes that are available further from shops, restaurants, entertainment and everyone else, including most of their friends or potential friends.  

So in summary Step #1 – Where to start your search?

If you are comfortable just enjoying a "Beautiful structure" …. and rarely go out…. or longer drives for milk… or to see friends will make you happy... than YES.. I can negotiate a better price on a nice home for you in the outer reaches of Scottsdale, Phoenix Gilbert or Chandler. However, if the mere joy of watching the rabbits run across your yard and admiring your newer counter tops is going to wear off in a short time; then you may consider a nice but likely slightly smaller home, closer the center of all the fun activities, events and new friends. AND to narrow it down more.. what neighborhoods are going to feel great to you ??   I am here to always discuss all aspects of finding and negotiating an amazing home for you.

For the very best in professional real estate services in buying or selling a home in Scottsdale, Phoenix or Paradise Valley,  Arcadia AZ , Please feel free to call me direct at 480-450-4632

Michael Chaisson Realtor

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

Premier Client Services -

Ranked Top 1% Nationally

Circle of Excellence Award Recipient

 

 

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Oct. 10, 2018

Complete GUIDE to Phoenix Golf Courses -

You asked for it, so here you go! Half of my clients looking for homes for sale in Scottsdale or homes for sale in Paradise Valley are 100% Golf lovers. So, for you my friends, here is your guide to over 30 of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix's top golf courses, complete with Golf Course ratings and Scale Guidelines. We scoured over 25 publications and sites to bring you the fool TEE. 

1.      Level of Difficulty: 1-10: 1 = Easiest / 10 Hardest

2.      Awe Factor: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing

3.      Value/Bang for your Buck: 1 = Lowest Value / 10 Amazing Bargain!!

4.      Course Layout: 1-10: 1 = Dud / 10 Amazing

5.      Service: 1-10: 1 = Terrible / 10 Amazing

6.      Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1-5: 1 = Boondocks – 1hr+, 2 = Outskirts – 45+ min,3 = City fringe – 30+ mins, 4 = Sweet spot – 20+ mins, 5 = Stumble home!

# 1 - Troon North Golf Club
10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ  85262 
480.585.5300
www.troonnorthgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6.5
Course Layout: 9.5
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Known as Scottsdale's "crown jewel," Troon North Golf Club offers players an unrivaled Scottsdale desert golf experience. The two 18-hole courses wind through scenic foothills and natural ravines in the cool shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The rugged landscape of Arizona's Sonoran Desert creates an iconic golf experience that remains unmatched in the Southwest. The course is famous for its ambiance, challenging natural terrain, and visual beauty. The fairways are immaculately groomed, featuring bent grass greens and impeccable customer service. The Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank as some of the best in the country and are at the top of many golfers’ must-play list.

What they say – “Still the king of the Scottsdale public “must-plays” thanks to a pair of courses that dish out cacti, arroyos, rock outcroppings and stunning vistas of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding mountains. The Monument course is the more scenic of the two, but Pinnacle is the more cohesive test and is walkable, a rarity among modern real estate-oriented desert courses. A revitalized Dynamite Grille, with a new menu and bar, is now a highly regarded post-round option in the clubhouse.”  DG

#2 - SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
13100 Sunridge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480.837.5100
www.sunridgegolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8.5
Course Layout: 8.5
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

SunRidge Canyon is a hidden gem located just outside of Scottsdale. SunRidge Canyon has the best vistas, golf property and design of any public golf course in the state. At SunRidge Canyon, each hole has a feel of its own and moves with the land, canyon and terrain. The front nine runs down through a dramatic canyon, slowly dropping 200 feet over a 9-hole span. The back nine slowly runs back up the canyon, ending with the notorious “Wicked Six”. Just about every hole on the back nine belongs in some advertisement for desert golf.  The holes are that good! The course is awesome, but the Wicked Six restaurant is second to none; offering a breathtaking patio that overlooks the Verde Valley, huge fire pit, live entertainment and an open-air kitchen. Truly one of the best facilities and environment you find at any course. SunRidge Canyon’s location is very convenient for people staying in the Scottsdale area- only 20 minutes from the heart of Scottsdale.

# 3 - We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
18200 East Toh Vee Circle, Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
480.836.9000
www.wekopa.com 
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3
Sister courses are Cholla, Saguaro & Walking Saguaro.  

The We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is located on the eastern edge of Scottsdale, blessed with stunning mountain vistas in nearly every direction. The Club offers players of all skill levels access to many great amenities, including a 21,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a full-service restaurant, bar and expansive patio. It's no surprise that Golf week magazine ranks the Saguaro course #67 in America's top 100 modern courses. The two courses are also the #1 and #2 rated public access courses in Arizona. The We-Ko-Pa's combination of beauty and accessibility is incomparable and unbeatable. Play the Cholla course to get a glimpse of desert wildlife.

What they say - “The two layouts on tribal land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation just east of Scottsdale equal any in the area. The Cholla course, a Scott Miller design, has incomparable scenery and holes that zigzag artfully through canyons, over ridges and down mountain slopes. The Saguaro course, a 2006 Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design, is wide enough that a spray hitter will still find his tee shot. There are few forced carries, so a golfer who struggles to get it airborne can also enjoy. Strong players will bask in the challenge of strategic bunkers, superb risk/reward decisions and cleverly contoured greens. Add elevation changes, mountain vistas and a forest of cacti to the mix and you’ve got an unbeatable combination.” RC

# 4 - The Boulders Golf Club
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85377
480.488.9028
www.bouldersclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 9 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. The desert wildlife and breathtaking scenery make this one of the most relaxing resorts in the US. As for the golf, there is a good chance you will encounter the natural desert terrain, as it surrounds each of these holes and finds its way into several of these immaculate fairways. Accurate placement of your tee shots is desired if you want the best chance to hit these greens. The South Course is the main attraction here, featuring impeccable fairways that manage to stay green even at the height of summer.

What they say - “Jay Morrish sculpted two superb courses from the prehistoric rocks that define this property in the charmingly named town of Carefree. The North course is the stronger, better balanced of the two, but the South has the more spectacular holes, including the par-4 opener and the par-5 sixth, with green sites tucked into six-story high boulder complexes.” AK

# 5 - Quintero Golf Club
16752 West State Route 74, Peoria, AZ 85383 
928.501.1500
www.quinterogolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 8
Awe Factor: 9.5 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8 
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

For a world-class golfing experience in the tradition of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, Quintero Golf Club near Phoenix offers players the opportunity for a pure game on a magnificent, secluded, Rees Jones-designed course. Quintero is known for having the finest playing surfaces, and the best multi-level bent grass greens of any golf course in Phoenix-Scottsdale area, or any course in the Southwest. Quintero Golf Club is located approx. 60 miles west of Scottsdale located on some of the best Sonoran Desert terrain a person will find anywhere in the world. Elevation, elevation, elevation! The changes in elevation are breathtaking and consistent through all 18 holes. All 18 holes move upward or downward, with only 3-4 holes on flatter terrain. This promotes spectacular views of the box canyon the course is located in. Course conditions are always top notch and scenery is probably the best of all valley courses. If not for the lengthy drive, proximity to Scottsdale and 1-2 quirky holes, Quintero might have moved up a few notches on this ranking to 1 or 2. Located just 20 miles from Wickenburg and in the middle of the Sonoran Desert allows a visiting golfer to experience the unspoiled west.

#6 - Grayhawk Golf Club
8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.502.1800
www.grayhawkgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 7 
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 7
 
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Grayhawk Golf Club is world renowned and one of the first public, desert golf courses built in the world. Following shortly behind Troon North’s entrance on the desert golf world, Grayhawk built a gem in the North Scottsdale desert. Boasting 36 holes and the best clubhouse in the Phoenix area, Grayhawk fulfills every golfer’s desires. The course designs and terrain are very good, but depending on opinions, might not be in the top 10 in the valley. The star is the clubhouse, practice facility and restaurants! The course offers 4 restaurants, 2 practice facilities, numerous putting greens and landscape that rivals many 5-star resorts. Grayhawk’s location is nicely located 20-25 minutes from the Scottsdale hot spots.

What they say  - “This facility didn’t invent the “country club for a day,” theme, but it may have perfected it in the 1990s when Phil’s Grill (named for Phil Mickelson) was a beehive for tour pros. Lefty has moved back to his native San Diego, but the ‘Hawk still brims with ambiance, excellent service, above-average dining options and classic rock tunes piped to the practice range via faux-rock speakers. The Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course has hosted most of the big events, including the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open (2007-2009), but the David Graham/Gary Panks-crafted Talon course offers more drama, notably at the par-3 11th, where golfers traverse a swinging bridge to reach the back tee, and at the island-green, par-3 17th that’s rimmed with colorful flowers.” BD

#7 - Verde River Golf & Social Club
29005 N. Verde River Way, Rio Verde, AZ 85263
480.471.3232
www.verderivergolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Hidden gem and value! Verde River Golf & Social Club is perched just outside of the Tonto National Forrest and offers the best vistas in the Phoenix area, bar none! It is a reasonably new development, so there are very few houses or structures on the property, which enhances the golfer’s experience. The layout is very good, but again the views and vistas take the show here. Turf conditions consistently rival the best courses in the valley. Value, Value, Value! Verde River Golf & Social Club offers value second only to Sunridge Canyon. You can enjoy Verde River Golf & Social Club for 2/3 the cost of many other valley courses while enjoying the same quality conditions and views of a Troon North or Grayhawk. If not for the proximity to Phoenix and Scottsdale, Verde River Golf & Social Club might be a bit higher on this list.

#8 – Verrado Golf Club
4242 North Golf Drive, Buckeye, AZ 85396
623.388.3000
www.verradogolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Simply put, The Verrado Golf Club is Grayhawk on steroids without the clubhouse. The Verrado Golf Club offers a spectacular course layout and great Sonoran Desert terrain. The course is always in immaculate condition and clubhouse is awesome. If not for the proximity to Scottsdale and Phoenix hotels and other courses, The Verrado Golf Club is a must play!

# 9 - Southern Dunes
48456 AZ-238, Maricopa, AZ 85139
480.367.8949
www.akchinsoutherndunes.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5.5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Southern Dunes started out as a private facility in the southernmost tip of the Phoenix area. This private feel is still in Southern Dunes bones and provides a very cool atmosphere for golfers vacationing in the Phoenix Area. It is hard to put a finger on what makes this course so alluring.  Course condition is fantastic, the clubhouse is intimate and is decked out in dark wood accents throughout the building and the practice facility makes you feel like you’re at a private club on the east coast. The course layout is very solid but offers little in the way of views and elevation changes. With that being said, the course hosts many professional tournaments throughout the year and holds up against the very best in the valley. Proximity is the key to Southern Dunes not ranking a bit higher, as this course is 1+ hour drive from central Scottsdale.

What they say - “Located in Maricopa, 25 minutes south of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, Southern Dunes is a big, bold, 7,300-yard layout and possibly the very best work that Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley have done (Fred Couples consulting). Broad, fescue-framed fairways, artfully contoured bunkers and masterfully crafted undulating greens are framed by unobstructed mountain and desert vistas. Add a green fee that’s less than half of some of Scottsdale’s trophy courses and you have one of Arizona’s best values.” MC

#10 – TPC Scottsdale Stadium
17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.585.4334
www.tpc.com/scottsdale
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 2
Course Layout: 8
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4.5

Host to the largest tour event in the world! TPC Scottsdale is a tough course to leave out of a golfer’s bucket list when traveling to Phoenix area. Pristine conditions, great course layout, newly remodeled clubhouse and wonderful practice facilities. All of the aforementioned coupled with a great location right in the heart of north Scottsdale allows TPC Scottsdale Stadium course to make our top 10.

What they say - “Home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the best-attended (and rowdiest) stop on the PGA Tour, the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course is nobody’s idea of a beauty queen, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in thrills. The island-green, par-5 15th and drivable par-4 17th are two water-tinged, risk/reward greats. For trivia fans, note that the latter is the site of the only ace on a par-4 in PGA Tour history (Andrew Magee, 2001), while the loudest hole in golf, the par-3 16th, reached its zenith in 1997 when Tiger Woods carded a memorable hole-in-one.” AM

#11 – Legend Trail Golf Club
9462 E. Legendary Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.488.7434
www.legendtrailgc.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Legend Trail is set 2,500 feet above sea level, which keeps the temperature very nice even in the shoulder months. This elevation also is set in the true Sonoran Desert which gets more rain and has a better climate than many courses in the valley. The front nine is a high quality nine, however, offers very little dramatic views or holes. Conversely, the back nine is one of the best public nines in the valley. The back nine offers sweeping views of the valley, ravines and many elevation changes.

#12 -Wildfire Golf Club
5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054
888.705.7775
www.marriott.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

36 holes of great golf located in the middle of a JW Marriott resort and next to “City North” complex. The two golf courses differ a bit, as one is a desert layout and the other has more of links feel to it. Both courses are immaculately maintained, and both layouts are highly regarded – Really a cool location and lots to do before and after golf within a couple miles.

#13 – Eagle Mountain Golf Club
14915 E. Eagle Mountain Parkway, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480.816.1234
www.eaglemtn.com 
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 6.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Eagle Mountain offers 18 holes of great golf and dramatic views of the Phoenix skyline. Eagle Mountain is the only course in the valley that truly offers a panoramic view of the Scottsdale and Phoenix cityscape. The course is a rugged desert layout with much elevation change, which keeps golfers guessing on each shot. Mounding effects throughout the course provide gentle bounces and kicks back into play, rather than out of play. This distinct factor makes Eagle Mountain one of the most playable desert courses in the valley.

#14 - Whirlwind Golf Club
5692 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226
 480.940.1500
www.whirlwindgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 7
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

Whirlwind Golf Club offers 36 holes of pristine golf. Pristine conditions are the predominant feature at Whirlwind, as they are consistently in the top 3-4 courses in the valley. The course layouts are very solid, however, offer very little elevation change or dramatic character seen on many dessert courses. As stated the clubhouse and turf conditions make up for dramatic features. Close to Sheraton Wild Horse Casino and only 20 minutes from Tempe, allows golfers plenty of nearby attractions.

#15 – Talking Stick Golf Course
9998 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480.860.2221
www.talkingstickgolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

Talking Stick offers 36 holes of pristine golf located on Indian Reservation in the heart of Scottsdale. The course is always in impeccable condition, and design is above average on a flat piece of property. One of the courses is a resort/Parkland layout and the other is a links-style course. A beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, unobstructed by any buildings or homes, makes for an enjoyable experience for any range of golfer. With all of the aforementioned, the star of this course is the location and the best Casino (Talking Stick) in the valley.

What they say - “Though their flat fairways provide less drama than many Valley courses, you won’t find a more artfully crafted set of bunkers in town than at Talking Stick, which sports a pair of Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed tracks on tribal land, complete with mountain views but thankfully no houses. The North is the more strategic of the two, but the South features more trees, making it a better summer course.” KL

#16 – Gold Canyon Golf Club
6100S. Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
480.982.9090
www.weddinsofgoldcanyon.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Gold Canyon offers 36 holes of true desert golf. The Sidewinder course is quirky and unimpressive, but still a nice course for individuals looking for a quality rate. The star is the Dinosaur course, which is one of the best and most dramatic desert courses in the valley. With towering saguaros, deep ravines and vistas of The Superstition Mountains, the Dinosaur course is on one of the best pieces of land in the Phoenix area. Furthermore, the Dinosaur course would certainly rank higher if not for the 1 hour plus drive from Phoenix or Scottsdale.

What they say - “Forty-five minutes east of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport is Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s Dinosaur Mountain course, a Ken Kavanaugh design that should be mentioned in any discussion of Scottsdale’s best layouts. Home construction in the last decade has detracted from the aesthetics, but the elevation changes, the sheer variety of holes and in-your-face encounters with the Superstition Mountains make this worth the drive, no matter where you’re staying in town.” HK

#17 – Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club
11800 S. Golf Club Dr., Goodyear, AZ 85338
623.386.2600
www.estrellagolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 7
Awe Factor: 9
Value/Bang for your Buck: 8
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 0

Mountain is a wonderful Jack Nicklaus Jr. designed golf course set in the foothills of South Phoenix. The design is superb, and the course views are very, very impressive. If not for the 1 hour plus drive from the Scottsdale area, this course would’ve ranked higher on this list.

#18 – Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
12575 W. Golf Club Dr., Peoria, AZ 85383
623.328.5100
www.trilogygolfclub.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Trilogy at Vistancia is an 18-hole links style golf course located on the outer edge of the Phoenix area. This location allows for a nice piece of property, set in a beautiful desert surrounding. The golf course is very solid and will test all types of golfers. The clubhouse is elegant and very well equipped for groups and couples alike. The only downside to Trilogy at Vistancia is the location is about 50 minutes from the Scottsdale area and can make for a long drive to and from the course. Conversely, if you are staying near Cardinal stadium or Coyotes stadium, then this course is only a 15-20 drive.

#19 – The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain
3636 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
602.243.3636
www.ravenphx.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 7.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Raven is an interesting property lined with pine tree and pine straw, which harkens a golfer back to the East coast. The property the course sits on is flat and unimpressive, however, the architect and builders did a great job of mounding and designing the course. The course is superbly designed, without any bad/quirky holes. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.

#20 – Legacy Golf Resort
7205 South 24
th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85042
866.729.7182
www.shellhospitality.com
Level of Difficulty: 4
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 6.5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2.5

The Legacy is located right across the street from The Raven and has a very similar feel. The course is maintained better than The Raven but doesn’t quite offer the layout The Raven offers. The Legacy has a large, beautiful clubhouse and is one of the best-maintained courses in the valley. The course is located about 10 minutes from Sky Harbor airport which makes for a great first or last round for travelers leaving or arriving on their day of play.

#21 – Las Sendas Golf Course
7555 East Eagle Crest Drive, Mesa, AZ 85207
480.396.4000
www.lassendas.com
Level of Difficulty: 10
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 6
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 2

Let us start by stating Las Sendas is a golfer’s course! It is by far, the toughest course in the valley, which makes for a tricky rating on this ranking chart. Design wise, the course only has a few quirky holes, but is pretty solid. It seems Robert Trent Jones got a bit over his skis on this one, which makes you scratch your head on a few holes and has you licking your wounds after the round. The setting is superb and is set overlooking the West Valley and is a great spot at sunset and at night. Conditions at this course always very good!

#22 – Camelback Golf Course
7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480.596.7050
www.marriott.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 6
Value/Bang for your Buck: 4
Course Layout: 8
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1

Camelback has 18 holes of resort golf (Padre) and 18 holes of links-style golf. This rating is all about the new course Ambience! This course is set on an unimpressive piece of land; however, the builders and designers did amazing work to transform this course into a real gem. If this was only 18 holes, the overall ranking would’ve been higher as this course is brilliant.  A must see in the springtime when the native wildflowers are blooming.

#23 – McCormick Ranch Golf Club
7505 E. McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480.948.0260
www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Level of Difficulty: 7.5
Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 9
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 10

McCormick Ranch has 36 holes of championship golf, set right in the middle of everything. Both courses are superbly designed and have zero bad holes. Both courses are also very challenging but fair and are the local golfers' favorite spot. The clubhouse is a bit dated and the course offers travelers not much in the way of the true desert golf experience (saguaros, canyons or vistas). But, if you are looking for a great tree lined/parkland course, with a design second to none, then this is your course.

#24 – Dove Valley Golf Club
7505 E. McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480.948.0260
www.mccormickranchgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7.5
Course Layout: 8
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 1.5

Dove Valley is another course set in the Sonoran Desert on the fringes of the Phoenix Area. A Robert Trent Jones design enhances this course’s appeal. The course design is very, very good (especially the back nine) and the conditions are always very good. This course would be rated higher on this scale if not for the location and proximity to homes and other obstructions visible from the course.

#25 - Kierland Golf Club 
15636 Club Gate Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 
480.922.9283
www.kierlandgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 4
Awe Factor: 4
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 9
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

The Kierland Golf Club, located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, is the perfect place to savor the essence of championship-level golf in the desert. Located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale, Kierland Golf Club is set against the dramatic skies and picturesque mountain ranges of Arizona's beautiful Sonoran Desert, making this a must-play course for lovers of rugged outdoor play. This is one of the country's most luxurious resort destinations, and the three award-winning courses have won numerous distinctions, including being named one of the best courses in America by Golf week and Best Golf Shop 2011 by Golf World.

# 26 - The Pointe Golf Club at Lookout Mountain Golf Club
11111 N 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020
602.866.6356
www.tapatiocliffshilton.com
Level of Difficulty: 6.5
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 5
Service: 8.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

The Lookout Mountain Golf Club is part of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which has helped the resort become one of Phoenix's most popular golfing destinations. It is consistently ranked as one of Arizona's top 25 golf courses and it is a favorite of local golfers who are in the know. Adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Reserve, the course tumbles across a rugged landscape that offers plenty of changes in elevation. Many holes play from elevated tees that offer both a challenge and a stunning view of the surrounding Sonoran Desert and Piestewa Peak. A great amount of variety is incorporated into the design, which is most clearly seen in the fairways that range from wide and open to narrow and tree lined.

# 27 -  ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 West 1
st Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
480.921.8070 
www.asukarsten.com
Level of Difficulty: 7.5
Awe Factor: 3
Value/Bang for your Buck: 5
Course Layout: 7
Service: 7
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

ASU Karsten Golf Course is the birthplace of Phil Mickelson, so there is some history here that cannot be duplicated. Proximity to Central Scottsdale and 2 minutes from Tempe makes for a perfect location. The course itself is a Pete Dye course with some incredibly tough holes. If you like Pete Dye courses and the tricks he plays, this is the course for you. The scenery is spotted with a few power lines and buildings which take a bit away from the course and its offerings.

# 28 – Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
602.955.9655
www.azbiltmoregc.com
Level of Difficulty: 5
Awe Factor: 5
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 6
Service: 8
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 4

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club has 36 holes of resort-style golf. Both courses have tree-lined and generous fairways. Centrally located and only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, this course is a great site for groups heading to D-Backs or Suns games. Furthermore, there are many world-class restaurants near the resort (Camelback corridor). Both of the 18 holes are very unassuming, but very playable and fun courses. The Links course has more character, but a touch more difficult than the Adobe course.

# 29- Arizona Grand Golf Course
8000 South Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044
602.431.6488
www.arizonagrandgolf.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 8
Value/Bang for your Buck: 7
Course Layout: 6
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 3.5

The Arizona Grand Golf Course has 18 holes of desert/resort style golf. The course is a combination of easy fun holes, coupled with nice desert holes and scenery. There are a few quirky holes and dramatic elevations, which make the course tight in spots and sometimes tough to find good aiming spots. Arizona Grand is located 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and 5 minutes to Tempe provides quick access to some of the best bars in town. The Staff at AZ Grand is second to none in the valley.

# 30 - The Phoenician Golf Club
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 
480.423.2450 
phoeniciangolf@troon.com
Level of Difficulty: 6
Awe Factor: 7
Value/Bang for your Buck: 3
Course Layout: 5
Service: 9.5
Proximity to Prime Hotels, Restaurants and Activities: 5

The Phoenician Golf Course is one of Scottsdale's most popular golf destinations. The Phoenician is home to three courses: The Desert Nine, Oasis Nine, and Canyon Nine. The Desert Nine is the most popular course because of its unique layout, awesome desert views, and dramatic elevation changes. The Oasis Nine is a more traditional course, featuring tree-lined fairways and serene water features. The Canyon Nine is the lushest of the three courses. It’s located on the southern slope of Camelback Mountain, offering amazing views of the city and desert-landscaped terrain. Afterward, players can enjoy a post-round bite or meal at one of the resort's award-winning restaurants.

Other Great Golf Courses:

The Estancia Golf Club
27998 N 99th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.473.4400
www.estanciaclub.com

Opened in 1995, Estancia is nestled on 640 acres of the northern slope of Scottsdale's famed landmark
Pinnacle Peak in a private, gated community. Honored internationally, the Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship golf course offers 7,314 yards of superb golf, bent grass greens, and breathtaking views. Ease of play is impressive at 17,000 annual rounds and enhanced by an active caddy program. Estancia is a private club, owned and operated by its members.  Supporting a legacy of ambiance and friendship, a wide array of social-based activities presents numerous options for Estancia members and their guests. Our clubhouse amenities include dining, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi and massage therapy. Groups meet often for hiking, book club and bridge games.

Whisper Rock Golf Course
32002 N Old Bridge Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
480.575.8700
www.whisperrockgolf.com

Whisper Rock Golf Club provides its members with a pure golf environment. It is not a country club in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a private members’ facility focused solely on providing players with the finest traditional golf experience possible and a great ‘hang.’

Membership in Whisper Rock Golf Club is based solely upon sponsorship and invitation and is not tied to property ownership in any way. This allows residents to enjoy the cachet and ambiance of living in a private golf community without the financial commitment generally required to do so while also creating and protecting the core golf experience of the golf club.  The Lower Course, designed by PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson and architect Gary Stephenson, opened in February 2001. It features an exceptional design that emphasizes the “down in the desert” beauty of Whisper Rock’s lush natural washes and rolling desert topography. The Upper Course, created by celebrated designer Tom Fazio, opened for member play in January of 2005. This course highlights the stunning beauty of Whisper Rock’s numerous rock outcroppings and dramatic “uplands.” 

Whisper Rock’s membership is limited to 580 golf memberships for the 36-hole facility. This allows the focus to be on ensuring members the best possible access to their golf course while offering a large enough membership that individual members do not have to “bring their own game.”  Whisper Rock is committed to providing a golf experience and environment that has the chance to stand the test of time.

 

Desert Mountain Golf Course
37700 Desert Mountain Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.595.4000
www.desertmountain.com

Situated on 8,000 acres in the high Sonoran Desert. Tucked into the rolling hills and dramatic scenery of north Scottsdale, Arizona, Desert Mountain is among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world and is consistently ranked among the top private clubs in the nation. It is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, each one designed to offer an individual playing experience at all skill levels. But great golf is just the beginning. A wide variety of amenities, activities and events for every member of the family makes the Desert Mountain lifestyle like no other. Always evolving with new opportunities and experiences, this legendary community defines the ultimate in high desert living.

Mirabel Golf Club
37100 N Mirabel Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480.437.1500
www.mirabel.com

This stunning Tom Fazio 7,147-yard, par-71 course is an exceptional example of the outstanding quality, craftsmanship and beauty that are the hallmarks of Mr. Fazio’s global reputation. Above all, he designs to create a unique golf experience for each player that is challenging, enjoyable, and memorable.  Tee boxes, fairways and greens that reveal a dramatic expanse of lush Sonoran Desert and majestic mountain vistas.  Thoughtful design that includes generous landing areas and forward tee positions for golfers from pros to beginners.  The age-old tradition of a caddie program, which places Mirabel among the most prestigious of golf clubs anywhere.  Highly qualified staff ensure a memorable Mirabel Experience every round.  On-Course Chef & Comfort Stations keeping golfers refreshed with complimentary snacks, cold beverages, home-made Mirabel treats and more!

 

Silverleaf Club
18701 N Silverleaf Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.515.3200
www.silverleafclub.com

At Silverleaf, golf returns to the golden age of its origins. Tom Weiskopf has crafted a signature course like no other for members of the private Silverleaf Club, where play is steeped in the game’s most anointed traditions of challenge and reward. With the par-72 championship golf course winding along 7,322 yards of inspiring terrain, it’s golf as it was meant to be played−rounds hard-fought and won in the spirit of competitive camaraderie.  Its breadth and spaciousness, splendid views and reliance on natural contours result in play that neatly balances the Weiskopf signatures of exciting risk and ample reward.  The par 72 course presents a degree of challenge that all players will applaud. Playability for every skill level is key. Multiple tees offer panoramic views along a course where, at every turn, the dramatic scenery inspires. Members just don’t play the course, they experience it.

Wigwam Golf Course
451 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
623.935.9414
www.wigwamgolf.com

With three golf courses and multiple dining options from which to choose, The Wigwam is the ideal location for your next charity golf tournament, corporate golf outing or special event.  Are your tournament participants hardcore golfers? Then an outing on our “tough-as-nails” Gold Course would be a great challenge for them.  Or, are your tournament participants new to the game? If that’s the case, we suggest playing your tournament on our shorter, more user-friendly Blue Course.  Or, if you have a mix of new players and seasoned golfers, then our Red Course, with its wide fairways and generously-sized greens, is the perfect course for mixed groups.  In addition to golf tournament planning, The Wigwam offers a full assortment of catering options. Our team of catering experts can work with you and your budget to deliver the product that’s right for you.

The Club at DC Ranch
9290 E Thompson Peak Pkwy #1, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.342.7200
www.ccdcranch.com

Designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, The Country Club at DC Ranch is a wonderful private course at the base of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spectacular views frame all 18 holes making the course one of the most prime locations in the entire valley. The Country Club at DC Ranch was designed for all levels of golfers. Kids and beginning players can comfortably develop their games, while the more accomplished players can certainly be challenged by the course's length, its deep bunkers and the subtle breaks on the greens. Our members call The Country Club at DC Ranch home. The community, the friendships and the course make this private gem a wonderful experience all around. 

For More on Paradise Valley and Scottsdale Real Estate , Activities, Living Please feel free to call me I am a Realtor but I am also a community ambassador.

 

Michael Chaisson Realtor

480-450-4632

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Sept. 24, 2018

Scottsdale Restaurant Guide From Scottsdale Homes

If you live in Scottsdale or just visiting we want you to have a handy list of restaurants in the City of Scottsdale.

Click the link below for a world-class variety of restaurants. More than 40 restaurants listed. Choose everything from the best steaks in the city to south of the border Mexican gourmet.

https://arizonarestaurantweek.com/restaurants/scottsdale/

To learn more about the homes near any of your favorite restaurants or activities, please feel free to contact me or any member of my team. We are always happy to share recommendations for anything including restaurants (featured here) golf bargains, dry cleaners and awesome spas. All near the great community of Scottsdale.

To learn more about activities and make friends in Scottsdale please feel free to join the Scottsdale AZ Community on Facebook.  The most important part of buying a home in Scottsdale is the community. I believe in that strongly an as a Realtor in the greater Phoenix area. I make sure every client I work with finds a community that is a perfect fit for them.

Call with questions or to say hello. Michael Chaisson and Team Realtor - Scottsdale -Paradise Valley and Phoenix
480-450-4632

 

 

 

Sept. 16, 2018

TOP 5 Costly Homebuyer Mistakes

 

BEFORE YOU BUY A HOME KNOW THIS: There are five significant factors that will cost you THOUSANDS unless you purchase a home without even one of the issues noted in this real estate report. 

 

FIRST, what happens IF you, as a home buyer, make a mistake when buying? Below is a short cautionary story of a true home buying nightmare. The facts below apply to whether you are spending $300,000 or $10,000,000 on a home.

Lesson #1   

A doctor and his family purchased a home for $1.5 million. Eight months after the purchase, the doctor gets a higher job offer, closer to his wife’s family in another city. So the doctor called the real estate agent he originally bought the home with, the agent who had originally told him, “he had gotten a great buy”. So when the doctor asked the agent to “resell the home”, the doctor felt confident he could sell the home quickly because his then agent had shown him all of the 'sold comparables'.

 

The agent took the listing contract at just $25,000 over the price the buyer had purchased the home for, a minor amount at this price point. The market had gone up in the previous eight months so the number should have generated a quick sale IF the home had been purchased at a fair market price in the first place. Unfortunately, that was not the case. After nine months and TWO significant price drops NO offers came in.  

 

After many long frustrating months, paying a mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance on an empty home, the owner of the property released the Real estate agent who had helped the doctor buy the Scottsdale home and then hired me. I went through the home and I gave my client the list issues holding back the sale… AND shared why the variables associated with the home DECREASED its value in relation to the higher sold comparables he had originally been shown by the previous real estate agent.  I was hired to sell the home, rather than reduce the price of the home any further.

 

My clients put in a relatively small sum of money towards making some minor improvements that ENHANCED the value of the home and lastly, we staged the home just before photos. The net result was we sold in a very timely manner, much to the seller’s delight.  Yes. We sold the home for top of it's value.... but because of the mistake made on the original purchase, the seller LOST thousands. So here is lesson #1 when buying. No matter how many homes you have purchased before, read the below. When we look at homes together we will discuss the plus and minuses of the home and property.  

 

TOP 5 FLAWS to watch out for when buying a home.

 

Lesson - #1 Improperly understood sales comparables

Don’t rely on the neighborhood sale comps solely or even ‘primarily’ to value a home, unless you have 10 plus years making value adjustments for variables that affect the value of the home.  I have 15 plus years and worked with top professionals around the US. I have new and even experienced agents ask me all of the time to fix their calculations. Multiple years of expertise matter.

 

Lesson -  #2 Imperfect Floorplan.

One of the biggest and most understood value issues is Floorplan. It is a huge determination of value. A less than perfect floorplan is going to cost you. Call me to discuss the many floor-plan variables.Plus and minus factors.

 

Lesson #3 Imperfect Location

The location of the home is hugely important and it's not as simple as you may think. It’s not just the location within the city or community or even the street the home is on within the community. Yes, all of those are critically important to the home's value but so is the orientation of the home, location on the lot. If any of these are off, you will not know until it comes time to sell. Let's talk before then. 

 

Lesson #4   Architectural Style is an 8, not a 10

The architectural style of home; do you know what architectural styles are selling for more than other architectural styles? If you love it but it’s a 7 and not a 10. .. great! But get the discount when you buy.

 

Lesson #5 Age matters…more than you think.

Even a few years age difference in a home can make a huge difference in value. Do you know the percentage value difference between a home built in 2014 vs 2017?

 

Lesson #  Elevation matters  Does the home sit up high on the lot? If not, be prepared to have the effect on the sales price.   

 

I have more home buyer tips and insider secrets for luxury and fine residential home buyers. I am a Realtor specializing in buyer representation in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix

I am available for questions at 480-450-4632 . Michael Chaisson - RL Sotheby's International Realty.

 

 

 

Posted in Home buying tips
Aug. 29, 2018

Scottsdale - Real estate market - Buying and Investing

How Does the Scottsdale Real Estate Market Look for Investors?

 

Scottsdale is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the State of Arizona, known for its beautiful weather, high-end shopping, fine dining, beautiful scenery and beautiful homes. Scottsdale is essentially a high-end suburb east of the state capital-Phoenix, with a population of about 247,000. Scottsdale's per capita income is approximately $53,000 or nearly double the national average level of $28,000.

The median household income in Scottsdale is OVER $73,000; significantly above the national average.

These attractive financial figures are explained by the dominant employment sectors including healthcare, technology, retail, and finance, which are all well paying economic sectors. Scottsdale success and beauty was not without planning. Scottsdale has a very active business community and political structure promoting the city to select businesses across the US. Scottsdale's planning has made it an easy sell. It has beautiful scenery, well-maintained streets, parks, recreation facilities and some of the most beautiful affordable homes in the US. 

Scottsdale is also home to some of the best hospitals and care facilities in the US. Combine those factors with a significantly lower crime rate in Scottsdale than other cities in Arizona and in the US as a whole. These positive factors make Scottsdale a 'win-win' for those living in and buying a home in Scottsdale. This is also positive information for any real estate investor looking to buy a rental property in the Scottsdale real estate market. Both short-term tenants & long-term tenants are likely to prefer Scottsdale as home. This translates into less 'tenant turn over';  meaning 'vacancy factor" is less a consideration than in other parts of the Phoenix area. 

Statistics

The Scottsdale real estate market is medium-sized with a total number of approximately 105,000 residential real estate homes. Since 2000, the total real estate appreciation in property prices in the Scottsdale real estate market has been 95% or an average annual real estate appreciation rate of 3.9%. About 35% of those living in Scottsdale, live in residential rental units, which translates into a significant demand for traditional rentals.

The Scottsdale housing market is dominated by single-family homes, followed by apartment complexes and then Scottsdale townhomes and Scottsdale condos. Two-thirds of all Scottsdale residential real estate properties were built between 1969 and 1999. Since the latest real estate boom, beginning in earnest in 2016, hundreds of new apartment units and condos have been built in Scottsdale. This investor frenzy has also affected older rental units. High demand from savvy investors and newly minted investors have driven prices for small and large complexes alike to new highs. The high prices trend is true of commercial properties within Scottsdale City limits, as well. 

 

What is the Return on investment in the Scottsdale Real Estate Market

 

The most important factor to decide, as a real estate investor, when considering buying a rental property in the Scottsdale real estate market is profitability or the return on investment for income property(s). Every investor has their personal profit formula and many calculation tools are available on the internet. However, as of this writing, profitability is still created when buying and now the market is in "High demand" which means new investors beware. Deals are few and far between. However, there is still opportunity. Please feel free to call me to discuss what the best second home options are to buy in Scottsdale and WHERE to buy homes in Scottsdale for maximum income return and pleasure. Patience is currently key. 

As of this writing, return on investment in Scottsdale was approximately 4.5.% which can be considered a marginal cash on cash return and only a decent cap rate, but it is far below what residential property investment would yield in other parts of the US. Does that mean not to invest in Scottsdale? Not in thisRealtor'ss opinion. Just make sure you buy right and do not buy simply as a short-term investment. Call me and I can explain in greater detail. 480-450-4632

 

What Are the Best Neighborhoods to invest in the Scottsdale Real Estate Market

 

There are several communities within Scottsdale that offer better home investment opportunities than others.

#1. Near the Old Town Scottsdale. Homes for sale in South Scottsdale offer the most affordable property price point, which in turn will generate the highest return on investment .

#2 Non-gated communities or non HOA restrictive communities in Central Scottsdale allowing flexibility short term rental through VRBO. VRBO rentals and other short-term vacation rental options have helped many home owners not only pay for their vacation home in Scottsdale but make a substantial profit. Again, experienced counsel is required. Call me. You can either make money or lose money based on several key factors.

#3 Luxury homes for sale in North Scottsdale (in non-restrictive communities) also offer attractive income potential.  Rates for these home in winter can range from $3000.00 per week to well over $25,000 per month. Buying a home in North Scottsdale as a second home or as an investment BE CAREFUL.. Call me. Most real estate agents do NOT have the experience to evaluate the investment potential of a luxury Scottsdale home.

#4 Paradise Valley an elite suburb near Scottsdale. Paradise Valley is considered the Beverly Hills of Arizona. Even older home in this community are in high demand as vacation rentals and many of these older homes can literally be purchased for land value. Interesting proposition. Buyers looking for second homes to purchase in Paradise Valley may come out for only 1 month of the year and rent the home for the other 11 months. Scottsdale and Paradise Valley have one of the strongest vacation rental markets in the US.

In conclusion, while the Scottsdale real estate market is not the only city yielding the highest return on investment, it is still worth serious consideration by real estate investors, especially those interested in owning property in one of the most beautiful, fun cities in the US, whether you are 4 or 100. The quality of living in Scottsdale is second to none.

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RL Sotheby's International Realty 
Scottsdale   1- 480-450-4632

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Posted in Home buying tips
Aug. 27, 2018

When buying a home.. don't let this happen to you

 

Over 1,500 grocery clerks, car mechanics, fitness trainers, unemployed persons, cooks and just lots of friendly people take the online course to get their real estate license each month. Is this the person you want negotiating and advising for you??? In other words,

is your real estate agent, The Best Realtor in Phoenix? Think about it. Of course, he/she is really nice and responsive whenever you call. That's great! BUT, are you getting the very BEST information about buying a home in Phoenix? Is your real estate agent an experienced, honest, professional with YEARS of real estate experience? .... allowing them to provide you with excellent real estate counsel as you decide on,  who is handling contract negotiations, on one of the most expensive investments of your lifetime?

Did you hire your agent because they just seem like a good match for your personality or because they are a highly qualified Phoenix/Scottsdale Realtor?
True Phoenix real estate story #1 The other day, I followed up with a home buyer I had spoken to previously about buying a home. I called just to see how she was doing. She excitedly told me, " she just bought a home". After I congratulated her, I asked her why she hadn't called me, and she replied, "oh this other agent was always calling me and sending me listings."  Long story short, I looked up the property she purchased and saw that, "she paid a very high number" for the home based on the sale comps. The real agent the buyer used was a retired school teacher, who had recently completed real estate school. 
Now, I love school teachers and I have the HIGHEST regard for the profession. I also have a high respect for nurses and doctors and a great auto mechanic but I don't want any of those professions learning real estate on the job with any of my friends or family members!  Experience matters. This real estate agent likely cost the home buyer over $25,000.00
True Scottsdale real estate story #2 
A real estate investor recently visited my colleague's open house. The investor came in with his real estate agent and was considering buying the home as an investment (the agent was with the investor, with a mere two months experience, very confidently started showing the investor sales sheets that showed the house as a "good investment". My colleague, a truly experienced, professional, Scottsdale Realtor politely let the inexperienced agent share the less than accurate data. Could this investor lose hundreds of thousands on this new agents advice?  What do you think?  Experience matters.
True Scottsdale Real estate story #3 
One of the most personable, engaging Realtors I have ever met asked me to look at how she had priced a home for a seller in Paradise Valley. I looked at all of the details of the home, the sales in the neighborhood and a number of variables that affect the value of the home on the plus and minus side and shared with her. After a very careful analysis of the home, I found that she had priced the home about $700,000 OVER market. She screeched in despair!
But wait, she said, "I also had one of the top producers in Paradise Valley look it over" and he helped me come up with the listing number". The fact was, the Top Real estate agent she consulted with, was selling LOTS of homes and was doing great selling!  He previously owned his own company and was the lead salesperson and he is also a very  charismatic, engaging person.  This Real estate agent sounds great when he speaks ...and if you didn't know better, you would think he was sharing real estate gospel. The only issue was, he has a great delivery but at the time had limited factual knowledge. So, are you wondering how much the home sold for after over a year on the market and several price drops after two inexperienced agents came up with a number? The sellers of the Paradise Valley home eventually dropped the price $600,000!!! and after over 7 months still didn't sell so they took it off the market. How do you think that seller felt paying to maintain the pool, paying the taxes, the landscape, etc. on an empty home because the list price was less than accurate?  Experience and integrity matter.
True Paradise Valley Real Estate story #4
I was at the bar of a very nice restaurant the other day in Paradise Valley and as usual, I end up meeting some really very nice people and coincidentally they live close by and we start talking about social things and life and they tell me they are looking to buy a smaller home in Paradise Valley. They want to sell their big home in Paradise Valley and buy a smaller home in Paradise Valley "without a pool and less maintenance". We all have a "kumbaya moment" agreeing a 7,000 square foot home on an acre is a big home for two people. So I ask, "who are you working with" and they gleefully shared, "a friend of ours is working in real estate."  I asked them what area did their agent specialize in and they replied that they had no idea!.. "Interesting" I thought.  Experience and integrity matter.
True Scottsdale Real Estate story #5
I have dozens of such stories. How about the true story about the real estate agent, who was not going to tell her clients (who loved her like a daughter) that the house they were in the process of buying had a major repair issue because she was afraid they would cancel and she wouldn't get a much-desired check!? 
Experience and integrity matter.
I have seen it all. 
Hire an experienced, honest, real estate professional. If you meet a really nice real estate agent you love or really like who does not have at least 5 years of experience than, take them on family outings, take him/her to lunch, name your favorite pet after them... but hire an experienced, honest Realtor to represent you in the business of buying or selling a home. I would like to apply for the job of your Realtor, please call me to discuss professional representation in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix.
Michael Chaisson, Realtor
480.450.4632
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Premier Client Services
Ranked Top 1% Nationally
Circle of 26 Excellence Award Recipient 
Posted in Home buying tips
Aug. 17, 2018

Relocating to Phoenix

 

Phoenix and the “Valley of the Sun” as the locals call it is a great place for a new beginning and great living. It’s not only the largest city in Arizona but it’s also the state’s capital and one of the beautiful and fun cities in Arizona.

 

As of 2016, at 517 square miles, Phoenix was home to over 4.5 million people. The metropolitan area continues to grow as more families relocate to Phoenix and Scottsdale. It’s also home to an international community with a mix of languages heard especially at Arizona State University.   

 

Why Move to Phoenix?

The three primary reasons people move to Phoenix and Scottsdale are wages, weekends, nice people and warm weather. Phoenix’s 300-plus days of sunshine a year attracts industries searching for a warm, dry climate that won’t interfere with their distribution networks, telecommunications systems or administrative operations. Nine months out of the year, Phoenix residents enjoy pleasant, spring-like temperatures. 

While situated in the desert, Phoenix has lush greenery and beautiful tree-lined streets and parks. Canals bring water from the Colorado River 200 miles away. Also, the reserves of runoff water provided by rain and snow in the northern mountain range of Arizona are accessible and make warm but green oasis.

As a result, landscaping for parks, golf courses, homes and boulevards often include palm, olive, pine and citrus trees. The scent of orange blossoms fills the air in March and April. Roses, poppies and hundreds of other flowers bloom almost all year.

Phoenix is a critical location for the semiconductor industry and is the third largest semi-conductor city in the nation. The city brings in talent from all over the world to keep on top of cutting-edge technologies. Thinking of relocating to Scottsdale or Phoenix you are not alone. It’s one of the most highly desired locations in the U.S.

 

If you are a little older and considering relocating to Phoenix or Scottsdale, It may be reassuring to note, Scottsdale and Phoenix have a reputation as a popular retirement destination. A vibrant retirement community scene continues to grow here. Arizona has about one million residents at least 55 years with a combined economic impact of about $16.8 billion.

Those who relocate to Phoenix are often found outdoors, enjoying the city’s natural beauty, including parks, more than 1,000 tennis courts and more than 150 golf courses. You’ll also find plenty of municipal parks, hiking trails, bicycling routes, running paths, and equestrian trails and activity clubs. 

Finding That Dream Home

With the constant influx of newcomers to Phoenix, finding a great home for sale in Phoenix can be an exciting experience. With the help of an experienced Realtor, those new to the area can be assured of making an informed decision about one of the most important investments ever made in their lives – the purchase of a home.

I specialize in helping those relocating to the Phoenix and Scottsdale area find their perfect home. I’m always available to answer your questions and am happy to show you some great properties!

Pre-Moving Tips.

  1. Is your home ready for market? If not consult with a local real estate professional in your area. The goal will be to hire the Realtor that is going to work hardest for you !!… and that may not be the Realtor that has sold the most homes in the area. I will gladly explain, please feel free to call me for tips on how to find and interview the best Realtor in your local area. 
  2. Contact me: Michael Chaisson, 480.450.4632 You will be my MOST important client. I will
    get you started learning about the real estate market in Phoenix and Scottsdale and start sending you some of the best home options. We can discuss various areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale and what areas might suit your lifestyle goals. I will always make sure you get the very best home at the very best price whether you are looking to buy a home for sale in Scottsdale for between 2.5 to 6 million or in a for sale in Phoenix for $350,000. 

Moving Tips

Once we find your perfect dream home, the exciting part is moving. Here are some tips to, hopefully, make your life easier.

  1. Schedule your moving truck right away, especially if you’re moving at a peak time of the year. 
  2. Call the utility companies. Nothing is worse than arriving at your new home to find the electricity hasn’t been turned on. Don’t forget about calling the cable or satellite company. 
  3. When it comes to storage, if you’re moving to a smaller home and space is an issue, consider renting a storage unit before the move. AND great Moving tip; Ask yourself, “do you want to move that 6-year-old couch across the country or what other might be better off sold or donated?? 
  4. Take priceless items such as photos albums and birth certificates with you in the car. Don’t take a chance on movers losing items or damaging them. Photograph everything going into the truck. 
  5. Most of the time, there’s no way to know when the moving truck will arrive so be sure and pack enough belongings to get you by for a week or so.
  6. Use proper packing materials and label boxes by room. It’ll save time so you won’t find yourself opening each box to find out what’s inside.   I have more moving and home buying tips which I will gladly share as we search. It’s a team effort!