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Things to Do this Earth Day Weekend

by Mimi Brown

Looking for things to do this weekend? Here are some of the events that are going on around the Valley this Earth Day Weekend!

Scottsdale

Original Taste Culinary Event

Saturday, April 22, 2017;  7 pm-10 pm; Old Town Scottsdale

An event with more than 40 of the Valley's best restaurants, more than 50 wines from around the world, and entertainment.  All proceeds benefit Executive Council Charities which fund youth programs at organizations across the valley.

 

Phoenix

Gin and Jazz Preservation Party

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 7 pm-11 pm; Historic Heritage Square, Phoenix

An evening of live music, dance lessons, dancing, and appetizers.

 

Peoria/Glendale

Bites 'N Brews Annual Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 5 pm; Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale

Sample the best local craft brews.

Peoria Planetpalooza

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 5-8 pm; Westwing Park, Peoria

Includes: family fun, prizes & giveaways, food trucks, live entertainment, artists, and electric car show

 

West Valley

Whoopee Daze

Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23, 2017; times vary; Veterans Park, Tolleson

‚ÄčA heritage festival with a parade, carnival, food, craft booths, and more.

Glendale, AZ Real Estate: Overview of Glendale

by Mimi Brown

The city of Glendale, Arizona has an old and rich history, but that doesn't mean it cannot compete with the demands of today's culture.  Glendale is home to sought after communities, excellent shopping, a historic downtown, great entertainment and recreation, good school districts, Arizona State University's West campus, Midwestern University  and most of the professional sports in the state.

Some of the most sought after communities in the valley reside in Glendale.  Glendale Real Estate offers homes in 55 different neighborhoods spread across the city.   There are golf course communities, lake communities, historic homes in the Catlin Court Historic District, and town house/condo communities to name a few.

Arrowhead Towne Center is the local, enclosed mall.  Surrounding the mall are tons of restaurants and other stores, offering plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining.  The Loop 101 allows for quick, easy access to many of the shopping areas in Glendale.  Another popular shopping area and entertainment area is Westgate.  Located at Westgate are AMC Theatres, Dave and Buster's, Fountain Park (a splash area for kids), many dining options such as The Yard House and the Saddle Ranch Chop House, and the Water Dance Plaza where the water fountains put on a show. Next to Westgate are the Tanger Outlets, Glendale's very own outlet mall. Across the street from Westgate is Cabela's, the place for all of your outdoor recreational needs. Just a few miles east of Westgate is Historic Downtown Glendale, named one of the ten best places for shopping by USA Today. It's charming with brick lined sidewalks, antique shops, and ethnic restaurants.  It is also home to Glendale Glitters, the city's award winning holiday light display with more than 1.5 million lights illuminating 16 blocks of Downtown Glendale from the end of November to the beginning of January.

A review of Glendale wouldn't be complete without discussing the lovely parks the city boasts.  The most well-known park in Glendale is Sahuaro Ranch Park, also affectionately known as the peacock park. It is a popular location for fun outdoor family photos in the historic section of the park. There are also plenty of Ramadas and picnic spots as well as playgrounds, sports fields and courts, and a dog park. Not all parks in Glendale fit the description of the typical park.  Some are like Thunderbird Park which is home to great hiking trails on Thunderbird Mountain. Other parks are like the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center which has a full size gymnasium, a pool, an indoor track, racquetball courts, classes, and a rock climbing wall.

When it comes to education, you have a choice in Glendale.  Some of the schools belong to the Glendale Elementary School District and the Glendale Union High School District, others belong to the Deer Valley Unified School District, some belong to the Washington Elementary School District and still others belong to different charter school districts that have been established such as the Pointe Schools or the Great Heart Academies.  

Baseball? Football? Hockey? Yes, Glendale has them all! Glendale is the spring training home of the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Spring training games can be caught during the month of March at the Camelback Ranch. The Arizona Cardinals play at the University of Phoenix Stadium located in Glendale, right next to Westgate. In the same area is the Gila River Arena, home to the Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona's NHL team. 

Glendale is a great place to live because of the sought after communities, the excellent shopping and entertainment, all of the wonderful opportunities for recreation, the choice in schools, and the sporting events.  If you are interested in Glendale Real Estate and would like to buy or sell a home in this great city give me a call at (623) 341-7846 or send me an email.

Peoria, AZ Real Estate: Overview of Peoria

by Mimi Brown

The city of Peoria, Arizona is a vibrant, growing city with much to offer its residents.  Peoria has excellent neighborhoods, schools, entertainment, and recreation.  

Peoria offers a myriad of different types of neighborhoods so you are sure to find one that fits your lifestyle. There are master planned communities, golf course communities, retirement communities, and condo/townhouse communities to name a few. The luxuries and amenities you are looking for can be found in Peoria Real Estate.

The Peoria Unified School District is the third largest district in Arizona and one of the state's highest performing districts, boasting a 93% graduation rate.

Entertainment, dining and shopping abound in Peoria.  There is the P83 Entertainment District featuring the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria Sports Complex, movie theatre, and various restaurants.  The Peoria Sports Complex is the Cactus League spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. Park West and Lake Pleasant Towne Center also provide great shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

Lake Pleasant is Arizona's second largest lake and is located in the northern portion of Peoria. The Lake Pleasant Regional Park is the center for recreation in the area.  Peoria also boasts many well-maintained city parks with sports fields, playgrounds, splash pads, etc.  A few of those parks are Rio Vista Community Park and Pioneer Community Park.

A large variety of neighborhoods with many amenities and luxuries plus an excellent school district plus varied entertainment, dining, and recreation opportunities equals a great place to live! And that place is Peoria, Arizona!

If you want to make the move to Peoria Real Estate, I can help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home, give me a call at (623) 341-7846 or feel free to email me.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by MiMi Brown

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Mimi Brown
Keller Williams Professional Partners
7025 W. Bell Road #10
Glendale AZ 85308
(623) 341-7846
Fax: (623) 505-1751