Ballet Under the Stars in Fountain Park, Oct 2nd

Mark Your Calendars!  Friday Evening, October 2nd!

Baller Arizona presents Ballet Under the Stars in Fountain Park, Friday Oct. 2nd

Ballet Arizona presents Ballet Under the Stars in Fountain Park, Friday Oct. 2nd

Fountain Hills is famous for making the Arts accessible to a wide audience. Hosting the annual Ballet Under the Stars performance is the perfect cultural experience to link the generations in our community together in celebration of classic and contemporary dance.  Attendance is free to the public, thanks to sponsors who underwrite the cost of equipment, cast and crew.

On Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m., Ballet Arizona brings its outstanding troupe to Fountain Park to celebrate the enjoyment of the dance experience…the lights, costumes, classic choreography seem to float on a moon-lit stage against the backdrop of the shimmering lake. Little boys leap and pint-sized ballerinas whirl across the grass in their tutu’s as friends and family gather on their blankets and chairs in Fountain Park.

This up close and personal performance—children can be just a few feet from the dancers—introduces many to the Ballet for the first time. The audience and staging for this annual tradition has grown every year, so grab your chair or blanket and plan to come early and help launch the opening of Fountain Hills Fall 2015 entertainment season.  WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO! 

Be Sure to Sign Up for Fountain Hills Fall Activities

Lots to do for all ages!

Youth Sports

Youth sports teams available through Fountain Hills Parks and Rec Dept. Sign up now!

The Town of Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation programs go into high gear as summer comes to a close.  Classes, sports, arts and crafts for all ages range from Yoga to softball, foreign language, music and motion and a variety of art classes are available.

The Activity Center has hundreds of hours of programming per month for adults.

Activity Center
13001 N La Montana Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://www.fh.az.gov/189/Activity-Center

Phone: 480-816-5226
Hours
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Majong Offered at Fountain HiIls Activity Center

Majong Offered at Fountain HiIls Activity Center

Parks and Recreation Classes and Activities are designed to reach residents of all ages.  Co-ed Slow pitch softball joins golf, tennis pickleball, yoga and tai chi along with a full complement of youth sports. Painting and drawing, foreign language, photography…classes for many levels of interesting learning opportunities.

The complete catalogue of classes and activities as well as on-line registration is available at:

Fountain Hills Activities Catalog

 

Wounded Warrior Art Benefit at Fountain Hills Artist Gallery–THIS WEEK!

Help the Wounded Warrior Foundation

September 1-5, 2015—Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery

A few items donated for the Wounded Warrior Art Auction Benefit at Fountain Hills Artist Gallery

A few items donated for the Wounded Warrior Art Auction Benefit at Fountain Hills Artist Gallery

Twenty-one of the members of the Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery have donated their art work to a silent auction (more than $4,000 in value) to benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation—and you can help too!

Stop in the Gallery between 10-5 p.m., Tuesday September 1, 2015 thru Saturday, September 5th.  In typical silent auction fashion, you can place a bid on anything from a hand-painted silk scarf to a custom-embellished bicycle helmet to jewelry, paintings, photographs, ceramics—in short, a wide assortment of the treasures found in the Gallery, graciously donated by the following artists:

Julia Patterson, Ruth Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, Don Burrows, Reiko Watanabe, Dana Wildman, John H. Morris, Judi Yates, Chris Demma, Margarete Ripps, Jenny Willigrod, Arlon Sieve, Jon Jeffery, Kitty Hester, April Bower, Lynn Ballinger, Fran Saperstein, Michael D. Isenberg, Jane Nassano, Vickie Morrow, Terry Alexander

You may want to pop back in from time to time to see if your bid is still on top, and thank the artists who graciously gave to this wonderful foundation.  Please join the artists and fans of the Gallery for the reception announcing the winners.

Silent Auction:  10 a.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Saturday;

Winners will be announced at a Reception Saturday, September 5, 5-7 p.m.  (Need not be present to win)

Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery;   16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains      Call them at 480 836-9919 or check the website at www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

Mid-Year 2015 Market Report for Fountain Hills: Market Balance Prevails!

 

Get the full page report at      .  Or, if you'd like more information and some of the data that makes up this report, contact your Sonoran Lifestyle Associate!

Get the full page report. Or, if you’d like more information and some of the data that makes up this report, contact your Sonoran Lifestyle Associate!

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is pleased to present the Mid-Year, 2015 analysis of our local, Fountain Hills, Arizona real estate market.  As a sales team committed to our community, we always look forward to an opportunity to better understand the dynamics of this very vibrant real estate economy.  We are proud of our hometown community with its world-class atmosphere and are grateful for the opportunity to help you understand it better.

As we pass the half-way mark on 2015, the Fountain Hills real estate market reflects the cautious growth that pervades the rest of the country, with a 10% increase in the number of sales during the mid-year 2015, compared to mid-year 2014.  There were a total 468 combined sales of Homes, Condos and Homesites, with $177,621,891 in volume during the first half of 2015.

Average Prices of Single Family & Patio Homes at $507,644 saw only modest appreciation of 1% (June 30, year-over-year), while Condos and Townhomes actually saw a 5% reduction in average price to $193,483.  Yet, sales of condominiums increased drastically by 22% with 150 units sold and $29 million in sales, a pace only seen one other time since 2008.  Coupled with a reduction of 12% fewer single family homes & patio homes sold under $400,000, and there are strong indications that price growth may likely follow for the lower price range of inventory.

To get the “Full Scoop” go to Mid 2015 Market Report.  If you’re a real numbers geek, contact your Sonoran Lifestyle Associate to get the backup for this report or better yet, get a customized report for your particular needs!

Fundraiser Garage Sale for Rescue Dogs

Rescue Pals, A Fountain Hills organization, helps find homes for dogs.

Rescue Pals, A Fountain Hills organization, helps find homes for dogs.

Come out to support the RESCUE PALS a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs find their “forever” home.  The event is co-sponsored by Rescue Pals and Pal’s Inn Pet Resort (where the doggies all stay until they find their new families), will be held Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28th from 7 am to 1 pm at 17014 E. Lema Circle, Fountain Hills.

Fountain Hills has long been known as being very pet friendly!  After all, we have a park for our four-legged friends (two actually, if you break them down into large dogs and small dogs).  You’ll find several retailers doing a thriving business for pet foods, supplies and–of course–toys.  And the section of the phone book (yes, we still have a local phone book!) dedicated to groomers, hospitals, doggie day care and boarding facilities is one of the largest sections.

Consider donating items and coming down to find new treasures at the Garage Sale this week-end.  For more information, contact Susan at 602-550-1330 or Christine at 602-403-2103.  Money raised is used for medical costs, boarding and food for the dogs.

Year-End Fountain Hills Market Report: A Great 4th Quarter!

Sonoran 4thQtr2014 MarketReportThe Fountain Hills Real Estate Market was on fire during the 4th Quarter of 2014, posting the highest 4th quarter  sales volume since 2006 with $73 million ($78 million in Q4/2006).  4th Quarter saw a total of 180 residential sales, a sales pace we haven’t seen since 2005 when 209 residential units sold during 4th Quarter.  Year over year results are impressive as well, as we finish 2014 with $296 million, a volume we haven’t seen since 2008 with $284 million.  Fountain Hills booked 722 sales of homes & condos during 2014, a sales pace not reached since 2006 when 712 units were sold…wow!  Average sales price of all Fountain Hills homes & condos sold in 2014 is $410,413 versus 2008 when the average price was $482,205.

Custom homesites still have not found traction, but with home prices growing at a substantial rate, it’s only a matter of time before home buyers turn to the economies of homebuilding as an alternative, yet we believe that construction prices and build times are not yet competitive or stable enough to make buyers comfortable.  And, there are currently alot of very nice homes on the market, providing a reasonably updated option for most folks to choose.  The savvy investors, however, will understand that buyers in future years will want more updated options and energy efficient choices…those who purchase homesites for long-term investment will likely be treated well in the future.

Speaking of inventories, total Fountain Hills inventory currently sits at 497 homes (approx. 5% of our total market) versus 426 units one year ago, an increase of only 15%.  And, with prices returning to 2008 levels, many folks who’ve been waiting to recover from purchasing in 2006 and 2007 (at the high of the market) are able to consider moving on to other opportunities.

All of this is so very encouraging for both Sellers and Buyers.  For Buyers, there is plenty of inventory to choose from and prices are still reasonable.  For Sellers, especially savvy sellers who understand the value of competitive pricing and aggressive staging and marketing, there appear to be many opportunities to capitalize on a strong market during the coming year.

We continue to be encouraged by the number of homes and condos available under $400,000.  Currently there are 199 homes and condos in this price strata, or 40% of the inventory.  Many of these present excellent investment value and opportunity for appreciation.  If you’ve ever  wondered whether a rental property investment is a good way to plan for your future, contact us to help you understand more about this great opportunity!

And, if you know a family that is looking to enjoy the quality of life in the community, encourage them to contact us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  Historically, Fountain Hills has always treated it’s affordable housing owners very well in a reasonably decent market, and we see no signs on the horizon that indicate anything but.  There are opportunities for equity gain that will provide a nice future for those with vision

To view a copy of the 4th Quarter, Fountain Hills Market Summary, go to 2014 Year-End Study

Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire This Week-end

Art Fair, people walkimg & fountain going offWine…Art…Sunshine:  A Glorious Day in Fountain Hills!  It’s time for the 11th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire this Friday-Sunday, March 13-15th.  Presented by Thunderbird Artists and co-sponsored by the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills, the Affaire features regionally celebrated artists like Karl Osvog, Carol Klimek and Julie Glasman.  Stroll amid booths of accomplished artists and taste wines from various wineries from around the state.

 

Held on the Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, admission is $3.  Wine tasting is $10 and includes a souvenir glass.   For more information, visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/fountain-hills.

Celebrate St. Patricks in Fountain Hills – Two Ways!

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 12 Noon on St. Patricks Day

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 1:00 pm, Sunday March 15th, then at 12:00 on St. Patricks Day, Tuesday March 17th

There’s no better place to celebrate the Wearin O’ the Green than Fountain Hills’ Fountain Park.  Relax on the grass at the Amphitheater as the day unfolds with Irish music, contests, games for the kids, and—of course—great food and beer.

 

The Sons of AMVETS of Squadron 7 and the Town of Fountain Hills, AZ are hosting the annual celebration 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, March 15th.   In a tradition that dates back to the early 1980’s, watch as the World Famous Fountain turns emerald green at 1PM to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! $5 per person, 21 & over.

Then, on Tuesday, March 17th, the Fountain will again turn green at noon!  That day, visit Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate as we serve up Irish Coffees throughout the day.  We’ll have green beads and other fun St. Patrick’s items to help you “get your green on!.”

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Fountain Hills Public Art Display: Docent Led Artwalks

3 pieces artFountain Hills has an impressive collection of public art for a community of any size!  Come learn about more about the artist and history of each piece as the Town of Fountain Hills hosts docent-led art walks to explore the sculpture pieces as well as the “flat” pieces donated by citizens throughout the community.  Take advantage of these fun tours as they wrap up the season…the next tour is Wednesday, March 18th from 7:45 to 9:15 am.

The volunteer docents will be providing information on the walks about each piece they visit, the techniques used to create the piece and a background on each artist that created the piece. The art walks are a cooperative effort between the Town of Fountain Hills, the Chamber of Commerce and the Public Art Committee of the Cultural and Civic Association.

■Centennial Circle ■Fountain Park ■ Community Center & Library ■ Flat Art Tour

 

SIGN UP & TAKE A FREE TOUR!

Interested in signing up for a tour?  Call our Tourism Department at  480-816-5165

 

Tour Dates are:

Saturday’s from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

NOV 15 ■ DEC 13 ■ FEB 7 ■ MAR 7 ■ APR 11

 

Flat Art Tours are held:

Wednesday’s 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.

NOV 19 ■ DEC 17 ■ FEB 18 ■ MAR 18 ■ APR 15

Disc Golf Championship in Fountain Park February 28

Disc Golfers Show Their Stuff at the Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

Disc Golfers Show Their Stuff at the Memorial Disc Golf Tournament

One of the most prestigious events in the growing world of Disc Golf will happen Saturday, February 28 at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.

The Memorial Championship, presented by Discraft is returning to Scottsdale and Fountain Hills with the final round played at Fountain Park on Saturday, February 28, where the top 50% of the field in each Pro division will play for their share of the $50,000+ purse!   A celebration afterward will be hosted in Fountain Park as well.

For information about the competition, go to http://www.memorialchampionship.com/

The Memorial Championship is the largest disc golf tournament in the PDGA National Tour and will be hosted by several disc courses throughout Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.  The final round will be held at Fountain