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Spring Home Tour: Come Join Neighbors Nite Out!

Thursday, March 30th, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is inviting you and your neighbors to come tour 8 great homes, learn about “the ‘hood” and meet new friends.  Neighbors Nite Out is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know Fountain Hills, the homes on tour, the neighbors, and the neighborhoods.

The event is scheduled to coincide with “National Neighbor Day,” during that week.  We always wonder who our neighbors are, and finding the time to introduce yourself is usually left to chance.  But what if having the perfect setting to meet your neighbors gave you the opportunity to find a great neighborhood to live in? Whether you’re a social butterfly or homebody, getting friendly with the folks next door is an important part of living in a community.

Even though the exact origins of Neighbor Day cannot be accurately traced, the holiday seems to have popped up almost randomly in various places at various times, one thing is universally valid:

 Neighbor Day is all about fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round.

Every day can be neighbor day. There are no rules written in stone as how to celebrate Neighbor Day, and you are free to use your imagination:

  • Reach out to your neighbors! Cookies, a bottle of wine, tickets you can’t use…they’re all nice ways of acknowledging those who share your block.
  • Host a Block Party
  • Spend more time outside…especially if you can do so in the front yard!
  • Invite your neighbors to join you for one of the many activities we enjoy here in Fountain Hills….concerts, movies in the park, art festivals, Art on the Avenues (Thursdays)…there are a thousand opportunities in our wonderful community. Hint:  Music Fest is just around the corner! 

Anything can work as long it brings you closer to your neighbors, and allows you to get know them and the community better. Neighbor Day may only last for a day, but the effects are beneficial year round—and for years in the future!

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Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Nothing says spring like spending time with your friends and family listening to music around the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain in Fountain Park. So, why stay inside when you can spend the evening at the Fountain Hills Music Festival? On, April 1st, the beautiful park side location and the stacked line-up of musical artists give the Fountain Hills Music Festival all the ingredients for the best spring-time memories.

From electrified strings to country flair, the Fountain Hill Musical Festival has something for everyone. This year’s headlining acts are:


Rock Lobster

Western Fusion: Formed in the late 90’s by Brian Childress, Western Fusion was a traditional country band. As the musicians and band evolved, so did the music; the standard five-piece band continues to play country, but now plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, and today’s rock.

Rock Lobster:  A Phoenix based cover band that plays the biggest hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Rock Lobster’s top caliber musicianship and their electrifying stage show makes them one of the most popular bands in Arizona for the last two decades.


Ryan Sims Band


Ryan Sims Band: Country Recording Artist and resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, Ryan Sims stylistic evolution has landed him smack dab into the arms of country music.  Although he is a country recording artist, his shows include all types of music, enriched by his award-winning vocals and warm and friendly performance style.  His self-titled debut album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Pandora!

Urban Electra:  From classic rock to alternative rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music, Urban Electra electric string quartet brings to the stage an electric repertoire of original works and chart toppers.


Urban Electra


Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends, and spend the day finding it all in Fountain Hills. This year’s music fest will begin at 4:00 pm, and admission is free. This year features various food trucks such as Loca Popa, which specializes in homemade falafels and hummus, Circle R Farms, and Queso Good, specializes in gourmet quesadillas. Fountain Hills Water and Ice will also be on site serving up their delicious kettle corn and shaved ice!
For more information please e-mail the Town of Fountain Hills at

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Life is a cabernet at the Thunderbird Art and Wine Affaire


ThunderBird Art And Wine Affaire on the Avenue of the Fountains

March 24th, 25th & 26th, 2017

Avenue of the Fountains, 10-5 pm

Hundreds of Fine Art vendors, food, wine and entertainment. The event is free, but is gated. Admission is $3.00 so visitors can taste wine while they stroll.

Thunderbird Artists and the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills have once again partnered to bring you another extraordinary juried fine art event that encompasses quality wines and delightful musical entertainment featuring featuring Bob Culbertson on the Chapman Stick and pianist, Brandon Gaesser.  Unequaled in its ambiance and the quality of fine art, the 13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire is the ideal setting for this world-class gathering of artists.

Please drop in and see us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate after you have enjoyed a wonderful time at the Thunderbird Art and Wine Affaire.  We’ll have maps, a Dining Guide and area information on “The World’s Greatest Town.”    For on-line information, check out our Visitor’s Guide at to learn about all the fun entertainment, sports, cultural and historical venues in the surrounding areas.

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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!

Learn more at

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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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.



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:

Ready for a Tasty-Treat You Can’t Resist? Check Out Oyo Frozen Yogurt


Ready for a tasty-treat you can’t resist? Whether it’s ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt that strikes your fancy, Fountain Hills has the only go to super sleek and modern frozen yogurt shop in town, which is Oyo Frozen Yogurt. Located in Fountainside Plaza, that gives you a beautiful view of the Fountain, Oyo Frozen Yogurt is the perfect place to indulge in the perfect version of an icy dessert.3152984_orig

The frozen yogurt trend has been going strong for years now, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With a wide array of flavors and toppings including the likes of strawberry boba, fruit and candy, there is something for everyone. OYO creates many of their flavors on site including: Greek honey, caramel custard, peanut butter, creamsicle, pistachio and their chocolate and vanilla frozen custards.   Oyo Frozen Yogurt — with its self-serve format and wide variety of toppings, gives you the experience to pump, mix, and add all the toppings you desire.

Grab a spoon and enjoy the healthier way to chill out-by enjoying a tasty frozen yogurt from Oyo Frozen Yogurt, your best bet for frozen yogurt in Fountain Hills.

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3 Artsy Things to Do in Fountain Hills This Week

Art is food for the soul. Art stirs emotions and makes you feel alive. With art, we can live vicariously and unleash our creativity unto the world. From art classes to art festivals, Fountain Hills is packed with creative events that will release you from your creativity rut:

January 11, 2017

“Paint Your Pet” Classes at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

Acrylic artist, Kelly Bowman will guide students on a journey of painting a colorful portrait download-4of their pet. After you register, you will email Kelly a picture of your pet and she will sketch it on a 9″x12″ canvas then you will be ready to paint when you arrive!  Please make sure your pets face is clearly visible and shows clarity of their eyes & features. Class is limited to 6 students; $45.00, all supplies included. . Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor, Kelly Bowman.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)

4-9 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

 January 13, 14, 15, 2017

Thunderbird Artists, award-winning producer of juried fine art and wine festivals in Arizona, is gearing up for a celebration of sculptors from across the globe. The gated show stretches download-5east and west from 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains.

January 15, 2017


 Oil painter, Ruth Stewart will guide step-by-step using completely safe non-toxic water miscible oils. You will be painting on an 8″x18″ gallery wrapped canvas (no frame needed), and it will be ready to hang when you get home! Class is limited to 10 students.

$60.00 all supplies included; No experience necessary. Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor, Ruth Stewart.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)

 4-9 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268


The Fountain Hills Final 4 Events of 2016

Now that the holiday season is ending, you have one last opportunity to celebrate on New Year’s Eve to say goodbye to the old and ring in the new! We’ve all been there – it’s just days before New Year’s Eve and we haven’t made plans. We want to do
blog-picturesomething memorable, but what ends up happening is not much different than a typical night out. Well, not this year! From multi-course dinners to live bands and black-tie celebrations, we’ve got 4 New Years’ Celebrations that you’ll be talking about well into 2017. Here is the procrastinators’ guide to where to eat, drink, and be merry in Fountain Hills while welcoming in 2017:


The highly versatile Cleveland Breakfast Club is a 4-piece band performing all styles of music with the ultimate tribute to one of the best decades in modern music… the 80’s! Experience non-stop dancing & excitement, or just relax and sing along to all your favorites!

2. New Year’s Eve at GRAPEABLES Wine Bar

Beautiful Event with a view of the Town’s Signature Fountain.  Live music, classic craft beers and outstanding wine offerings in this classic indoor/outdoor setting. Reservations are a necessity.

Tel: (480) 816-5959 ;

3.Parkview Tap House

The Dogg House Band plays rock and roll favorites for the Tap House New Year’s Party. Come early for a stage front seat.

Party time is 7p.m. till 12 a.m.


A special menu is planned for New Year’s Dinner at Copperwynd’s Flourish Restaurant.  Call for details and reservations. (480) 333-1900

13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Sonoran’s “Home for the Holidays” Home Tour, Dec 4th









Need a break from your hectic holiday planning? Why don’t you take the opportunity to spend your Sunday on a home tour? Home tours are fun any time of the year, but during the holiday season, they’re not only inspiring decor-wise, but they can also give you the break you need during the most hectic time of the year.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invites you to join us for our Home for the Holidays Tour on Sunday, December 4th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  View our holiday selection of eight gorgeous homes that range from condos under $200,000 to homes over $1 million.  As you tour these beautiful and elegant homes, we’ll have fun holiday treats to make your trip more fun!

Make sure to get your holiday map online at or stop by our office for more information.