The Great Fair: A Unique Experience for Everyone

For 31 years, the Fountain Hills Great Fair is a three-day art fair featuring the work of over 500 artists from around the United States. Free to the public, this juried event highlights a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry and pottery. The event also showcases culinary artisans alongside local vendors selling hangreat-fair-21dmade candies, chocolates, honey, salts, pasta and seasoning mixes. The Food Courts at each end of the shows feature walking munchies, snacks and full meals.  Many of the most favorite food venues are seasonal fundraisers for local service clubs.  There is a wide variant of musical talent, performing and selling CD’s to more than 200,000 people who attend this annual event.

Eighteen different food booths and convenient local cafes offer a wide arrangement of culinary delights. Center stage area, Beer Garden and East-end food court have lots of seating to have a munch and look over your wonderful “finds.” Great breakfast, lunch and rest stops are situated at locations in the middle and great-fairat both ends of the festival area.  Drop in and see us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate on the Avenue of the Fountains…we love to see the wonderful treasures you’ve found…

  • Live music entertainment
  • Shaded seating areas
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking

The entire area is handicapped accessible, and scooters available for rent at the intersection of Verde River Drive and the Avenue of the Fountains. As a consideration of others, to please leave your pets at home for everyone’s safety and enjoyment during the Fair!

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24, 25, 26

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Avenue of the Fountain/Saguaro Blvd.

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5 Reasons to Catch up on All Things Cactus League

Baseball is back and that means it’s time to catch up on all things Spring Training. The Cactus League provides the most  “Fan Friendly” Baseball experience in tusa-today-8422904-0he Valley of the Sun.  Fifteen Major league teams, perfect weather, and the ultimate fan experience —
autographs, “selfies” with the stars of Major League baseball is a thrill for young and old. Here are five reasons to attend Spring Training:

  1. Baseball, Baseball, and More Baseball

It’s the reason for the season. You get to see the great game up close in cozy ballparks in a laid-back atmosphere. Scottsdale Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants, is the perfect setting.

  1. The weather

In February and March, the Valley of the Sun enjoys just about perfect weather. Most days, the skies are clear, the sun is shining and the temperature is in the mid-60s.

  1. The access

It’s startling how close fans can get to Major League players during spring training. Especially the first couple of weeks before games are in full swing and players are working out on the back fields. You can almost bump into Adrian Beltre or Cole Hamels without even necessarily trying.

  1. The sightseeing

Try McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 40 minutes west of Scottsdale Stadium, or take a day trip up to Fountain Hills, where you can visit one the “World’s Highest Fountain” which sends a peaceful jet stream of water 560 feet into the beautiful clear blue sky.

  1. The Sprawling Collection of Wonderful Communities

The sprawling collection of surrounding communities, such as Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, all have their own unique qualities while sharing baseball. You’ll never run out of good places to eat or shops to browse.

More than 200,000 fans from all over the country gather in the Valley of the Sun for to enjoy their favorite National League and American League teams, and tickets can sell out fast for popular match-ups.  Come into Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate to pick up your 2017 Cactus League Spring Training Guide or download here: sonoran-lifestyle-real-estate-spring-training-guide.


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Looking for a unique one-of-a kind experience? Check out the Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show!

Looking for a unique one-of-a kind experience?  How about watching beautiful Arabian horses competing in a variety events? Or maybe you’d rather take a behind the scenes barn tour? The Scottsdale “All Arabian Horse Show” is one of the top equine events in the country, sporting most of the top Arabian horses.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Here are 10 reasons this should be on your must-do list this week!

  1. Visit Beautiful Westworld of Scottsdale. Westworld is located at the base of the Mcdowell Mountains and occupies 386 acres of desert scenery. The horses, riding arenas, and barns makes you feel like you stepped into an old western movie. This unique and beautiful venue is located at 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.arabian_03
  2. Watch Horses Compete in the International Halter Classic. You’ll be able to watch horses compete in several categories including: Classic Straight Egyptian Heritage, Arabian Breeders Club, Signature Stallion Championship Classic, and Signature Stallion Auction Championship.
  3. Shop. The shopping expo caters over 300 booths that include trade booths, international food courts, and demonstration areas. There are unique assortments of jewelry, art, clothing and horse show apparel.
  4. Take a Behind the Scenes Barn Tour. The tour lasts about an hour and provides an opportunity to learn about the show’s history, what’s required to compete, and meet some of the competitors and their owners.
  5. Meet an Arabian Horse. This is something special for children and young adults; the chance to sit on an Arabian horse that are dressed in their native costumes and have their photographs taken. This event is free with admission to the grounds.
  6. Consume Food and Drink.Come dine with an assortment of food vendors who serve up everything from gourmet crepes to grilled salmon in the International Cuisine Court.664461
  7. Take a Pony Ride. Take your family on a visit to Freckle Farm, and enjoy a beautiful pony ride.
  8. Visit the Petting Zoo. Stop by the petting zoo and visit the wonderful animals. There will be a range of animals from chickens, turkeys, alpacas, goats, and a pot belly big.
  9. Paint a Pony. Kids will go wild painting ceramic ponies. Paints, Brushes, and expert assistance will be provided.
  10. Looking to Buy a Horse. Learn the ins and outs of what to look for in horse – Dr. Laura Harris is an ambulatory equine veterinarian based in north Scottsdale. She has worked in the Phoenix /Scottsdale area since 1984 and provides service to a broad spectrum of horse enthusiasts. Utilizing the newest technologies, she is able to bring digital X-ray and ultrasound, shockwave, thermography and pulsed energy therapy to the horse. Dr. Harris and her husband, Glenn Shearer, enjoy their Arabian horses; many of whom Glenn presents in the halter ring.



Cupid’s Here with Chocolates & 7 Homes You Will Love

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Significant others everywhere are getting ready to get their special someone flowers, chocolate, and jewelry. You know, the usual. However, if you want to make an impact on your relationship, maybe it’s time to try something a little more unexpected.  This year you can surprise your Sweetie by finding a home you both will love!

Whether you’ve been married for five years or dating even a month, grab your valentine and come view homes you both can fall in love with! We have seven 00e257154a0767301bb7581ce91118de_chocolate5-valentine-chocolate-clipart_256-256beautiful homes priced under $300,000 to over $1 million. Fun Valentine treats and gifts are at each home, along with our year-end Fountain Hills Market Report.

The Home 2 Love Tour is this Sunday, February 12th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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Ride the Pony Express with the Sonoran Lifestyle Crew

There are few sights on the Avenue of the Fountains to rival the Hashknife Pony Express posse thundering by, deer-skin fringed leather jackets flying, as the authentic “Old West” riders deliver and pick up mail at the Fountain Hills Post Office.

For 58 years, the Hashknife Pony Express has made this ride during January/February, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona, delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. This is the oldest officially sanctioned ride in the world, and the only one still authorized by the US Postal Service. Each of the 24 riders is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail.

Create a Family Heirloom

Fountain Hills Residents can take letters to the Fountain Hills Post Office to be stamped and carried by the riders, which will then be delivered via regular mail to the address on the envelope. Think what a thrill it would be to receive this piece once in a lifetime slice of Western history.

The front veranda of the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate office on the Avenue Fountains is the perfect vantage point to take in this celebration.  Join us for a once in a lifetime event on February 9th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Yeeee Haw!

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate 16824 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

  • Free parking and Handicapped access in lot behind SLRE; Enter Lot from Saguaro Blvd or Parkview Avenue


FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017

Art on the Avenue


Fountain Hill’s awesome Artisan market is one of the best “Day Trip” destinations in the Valley. Many nationally-known artists winter in the Phoenix area, making this show a special gem…Compact venue on the Avenue of the fountains, easy free parking, and numerous restaurants within the view of the famous Fountain make this show a special treat.

50 artists create unique items to amaze and delight, including many “wearable art” jewelry and clothing pieces reflecting the unique flavor of the Southwest.

Many of these talented artists produce easily “packable” items as small as hand-made tote bags or note cards. Others are sought out for their stunning Décor pieces and paintings to highlight that special spot in your home. Art on the Avenue is the perfect place to “Shop Small” and support local entrepreneurs!


East end of the Avenue of the Fountains between Saguaro Blvd and Verde River Drive;

Great parking in large lot behind Sonoran Living Real Estate, 16824 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.



10 Reasons Why Fountain Hills is a Great Place to Raise a Family!

If you’re looking for a place that meets all your needs and you’re curious as to what some of your best options must offer, here are 10 reasons why Fountain Hills, Arizona is a best place to start and raise a family:

#10.  Small Town with A Big Heart: Every year in October, Make A Difference Day is held, and brings together various individuals and organizations to provide assistance where ever it may be needed.  There are numerous civic groups focused on volunteering and the school district has a volunteer mentor program that has been a model for the state and country, supporting kids at all levels of development from challenge to gifted.

#9. Caring and Friendly: Fountain Hills offers their residents a small-town lifestyle. The town has 25,000 full and part-time residents, and people enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a close community.  Imagine raising your kids 1004-mountains-four-peaks-hi-res-copywhere folks actually know them!

#8. Beautiful Location: Nestled amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Arizona with mountain ranges and natural desert beauty all around, everyone in the family will be inspired to slow down and appreciate life.

#7. Great Schools: Fountain Hills has low student-to-teacher ratios with high student achievement records. The educational curriculum is partnered with creative extra-curricular opportunities, with a high level of parent and community involvement which further enhances the education of the students.

#6. Town Parks and Rec Department:  Fountain Hills offers a variety of recreation with unique and fun opportunities for all ages. The Rotary Musical Park offers families a unique play experience with a variety of fourteen musical instruments. Golden Eagle Park is a must for families, boasting multiple ball fields, tennis, volleyball and sport courts plus shaded playgrounds.

#5. The Great Outdoors: Families will love the wonderful access to hiking, biking, and walking trails. The trails begin right in the heart of the city and many residential communities offer immediate access to ways to enjoy the desert landscape.  Only 20 minutes away is a favorite for boating, jet skiing and saguaro-lake-boatsfamily water fun.

#4. Citizenship 101:  Fountain Hills is a model for volunteerism and philanthropy.  Civic, cultural and faith based groups provide an opportunity for kids to learn about giving back to their world.  There are hundreds of fun activities throughout the year that encourage kids to pitch in and participate in team or individual activities.

#3. Public Library Programs: Looking for things to do with your children in Fountain Hills?  The Fountain Hills Public Library has you covered. The library offers a range of activities from STEM based programs to promoting a youth gardening club.library-kids-reading-room

#2. Art and Culture: One of Arizona’s most award-winning community theaters is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Fountain Hills, offering youth theater, seminars and camps designed to encourage kids to bloom. Fountain Hills has an extensive public art collection and is home to art galleries, art shows and performing arts. Ballet Arizona presents “Ballet under the Stars” each year in Fountain Hills Park with free admission for residents.

#1. A Hometown Community:  No other community in Arizona offers the friendly, hometown atmosphere found in this little berg that has received numerous accolades as one of the finest places in America to raise a family or retire.  Come check us out! 

513 Beautiful, Exotic, & Expensive Supercars on Grass with the Backdrop of A 560-Foot Fountain on February 11th!

Do you have a burning passion for cars?  Do you have a need for speed? Do you often picture yourself behind the wheel of a muscle car, a Bugatti, or a Ferrari? Then Concours in the Hills is just the car show for you. Not your typical formal white glove event, Concours is a gathering of automobile enthusiasts in one of the most spectacular locations i1-concours-in-the-hillsn the Valley of the Sun.  Picture this, hundreds of beautiful, exotic, and expensive supercars on green grass with the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain.

Peter Volny, founder of Concours in the Hills, agrees with the imagery. “What we have going for us is we’re on the grass. Cars look nicer on grass than in a parking lot,” said Volny. An avid car enthusiast, Volny’s passion for cars started at a young age. He spent time racing cars in Australia, and that passion for cars transpired into a career in automotive marketing.

Since retiring and moving to Fountain Hills over twelve years ago, Volny has continued to channel his passi54d1341c3eba1-imageon and love for cars by organizing the Concours in the Hills, an annual event held every year in Fountain Park since its inception in 2014. In addition to his passion for everything automotive, Volny believes in the value of Fountain Hills, and has created an event which promotes our community.

This year’s 4th Annual Concours in the Hills, on February 11th, is like no other car show in the area. Over 60 sponsors, 513 cars and counting, 8 food trucks, and 15,000 people are expected to attend. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. This year’s show will be opened by 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, exotic-cars-high-resInternational Manufacturers Championship winner Bob Bondurant, Mirage Racing Team owner Harley Cluxton III, Lyn St James Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh. The exhibitors will judge the cars themselves, and there will be 3 classes:  Best Domestic, Best Import, and Best in Show.

Concours in the Hills will be held on Saturday, February 11, and will begin at 10:00 am. If you are still interested in registering a vehicle there is a minimum donation of $50 to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Spectator admission and parking is free. For more information, please visit:

Cruise-in at Phil’s.. One of the 4 Best Car Shows in the Valley

pic-1-phils-20160124-img_6242Dig out your Bobbie Socks and your ‘Ricky Ricardo’ jacket and join the Cruise-in at Phil’s Filling Station on Parkview Avenue in Fountain Hills City Center.  This free Sunday morning event hosts more than 100 Cruiser vehicles from across the Valley.  Austen Browne identified Cruz ‘n at Phil’s as one of the four best Car Shows, Auctions and Cruise-ins of the Valley in the January 2017 issue of PHOENIX Magazine.

The cars cover most of the parking lot around Phil’s Filling Station Diner, and the friendly Club members are fun to visit with on a lazy Sunday morning.  There are always a glittering assortment of Muscle Cars from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, but during the peak investment-carwinter car show season, many of the cars on exhibit are classic oldies from the 30’s and 40’s.

This event is Free and friendly, Phil’s Diner is a great place to catch a burger or breakfast, and the view of the Fountain is always uplifting.  What a treat for all of your winter visitors.

Check out the Cruz ‘n at Phil’s web-site:

It has complete Arizona Automotive Event Listings and weekly News & Photo Coverage of major Car Shows, Cruise Nights and Drag Racing.

Cruz ’n at Phil’s—Sundays 10-3p.m., weather permitting, October through May

Phil’s Filling Station, 16852 E Parkview Ave, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268—480 816-8200

Oh, the Phoenix Open! One of the best events of the entire year.

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest Show on Grass” will return to the TPC Scottsdale from January 30th– February 5th. The Phoenix Open is one of the best-attended golf 140404130939-phil-mickelson-story-toptournaments in the world. This year’s edition of the open will mark the 82nd playing of the event on the PGA Tour, and eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Spectators from all over the world travel to Scottsdale to catch a slice of the madness that other PGA tournaments never see.

The Phoenix Open has gained legendary status for being one of the most unique stops on the PGA Tour. The world-renowned 16th hole is known for its noise16th-hole, costumes, and party atmosphere. Some players love it, others not so much. But you know who loves everything about it? The fans!


Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only

9:30 a.m. — Monday Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course


Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only

10:00 a.m. — R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities

  • Motivational Speeches by PGA TOUR Professionals
  • Trick Shot Show
  • Junior Golf Clinic Presented by PING
  • Located on the TPC Champions Course Practice Range 11:00 a.m.

11:00am— Special Olympics Open

Located at the TPC Scottsdale Putting Green, the Special Olympics Open Features Special Olympian athletes, celebrities or sports stars and business leaders from the community. The event is open to all ticket holders and media and lasts about an hour.

2:00 p.m. — PGA TOUR Wives Classic

Located at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course, the PGA TOUR Wives Classic features PGA TOUR wives competing in a friendly 9-hole shootout for charity, while their PGA TOUR pro husbands will serve as caddies for the day – carrying golf bags, raking bunkers and tending flags for their wives, all for charity. The event is open to the public.


8:30 a.m. — Annexus Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course

3:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, TPC Scottsdale 16th hole

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


7:30 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 1st round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


7:30 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 2nd round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


9:00 a.m. — Waste Management Phoenix Open 3rd round

3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens


9:00 am — Waste Management Phoenix Open 4th round

Free Admission is available on Monday and Tuesday courtesy of Ford Free Days. Ages 17 and under are admitted free all week when accompanied by an adult. Wednesday through Sunday tickets are $40 which includes general admission. Tickets are available at the gate during Waste Management Phoenix Open week; or in advance at all Ticketmaster ticket centers and online via, or

Fountain Hills Year-End, 2016 Market Report: A Gentle Upward Slope

sonoran-marketreport-yearend2016-jan17-coverSonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is pleased to present the Year-End, 2016 analysis of our 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 begin 2017 with a major transition in our national leadership, Arizona has plenty to be optimistic about.  In early January, 2017, placed the Phoenix metro area as the top housing market in the U.S. for 2017.  This parallels the Arizona’s spot as one of the hottest new jobs markets in the country, noted by in a separate article.

Our Fountain Hills market experienced an extraordinary first half of 2016, cooled somewhat in the second half of the year, and nevertheless ended the year with $342.7 million in residential and homesite sales:  5.2% ahead of 2015 and the highest volume of sales since 2007 a decade ago.

A General Upward Trend:  The nice thing about the Fountain Hills real estate market is that it has been a gradual and gentle upward trend since November, 2011.  Not too many dramatic increases in values, and not many periods of flat valuation.  For all of us who lived through 2008-2011, a balanced, gentle upward trend is much preferable to a steep incline, which is almost always followed by a steep decline.  So, if you’re a seller, we hope you’re enjoying our strong market as much as we are.  If you’re a buyer:  What are you waiting for?

Details of the 2016 Analysis can be found at 2016 Year-End Market Report.  Want more detail?  Contact us at 480-816-5557 for the full 30-page report.  We can also create a custom analysis of your home or neighborhood!