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Save the Spooky Date!! Halloween In the Hills

Halloween In the Hills & Spider Village….Thursday October 31, 5-8 pm on the Avenue of the Fountains;

Watch the Video of Spider Village!

aaaHalloween is creeping up and it’s nearly time for the Spiders to appear at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate!   Be sure to save October 31st on your calendar to attend Halloween in the Hills, sponsored by the Town of Fountain Hills, Sami Fine  Jewelry, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate and many other local businesses.  This year there will be a central stage that will have a variety of costume competitions, a martial arts exhibition and  a Thriller of a dance routine!There will be Trick-or-Treating on the Avenue, lots of games and of course the Sonoran Lifestyle Spider Village Haunted House! Be sure to come and visit  Spider Village so your Little Goblins can have a frightful time, and while they are in there be sure to visit our office for a light refreshment!

It’s a great party for every age, with costumes, food, fun and spookiness.  For more information, check out Halloween In the Hills or call Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 480-816-5557.

15th Annual Fountain Hills Business Expo

Fountain Hills Business Expo Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Booth

Fountain Hills Business Expo Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Booth

The 15th Annual Fountain Hills Business Expo is being held at the Community Center on Wednesday October 23rd and all are welcome. It is a great opportunity to come and see lots of businesses that are in Fountain Hills, under one roof!

The broad spectrum of businesses range from Doctors & Chiropractors to Restaurants and Real Estate. Each business has their own booth and many offer giveaways and offers to people that stop by to visit them.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate will be in the Lobby this year and we look forward to seeing you as you enter in to the event.  Stop by the booth to get copies of the latest “Quarterly Market Report,” free goodies and to sign up to win a beautiful bouquet of flowers to be given that evening.

The event starts at 3pm and goes until 6pm at the Fountain Hills Community Center. For more information please see http://www.fountainhillschamber.com/business-expo.asp

Sonoran Lifestyle’s Quarterly Real Estate Market Summary Gives Great Insight

The following is the “Executive Summary” from the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate 1st Quarter, 2013  Market Report.  It is a 23 page detailed analysis of the Fountain Hills Real Estate Market.  For more information or a copy of the report, call the company’s office located on the Avenue of the Fountains.  Their number is 480-816-5557.

Sonoran FH2013-1stQTRIn Fountain Hills, we have definitely left the Great Housing Recession behind.  Fountain Hills residential inventory (all products–single family homes, patio homes condos and townhomes) continues to be at low, healthy levels and after a robust winter where many Fountain Hills property owners got on the “price increase train” and brought their homes to the market, the run-up of inventory seen during February and March has started to recede again as the market has absorbed the inventory.  While PRICES are on a very slow, steady rise on average, it is the PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT that is significantly increasing, owing to smaller, higher-quality homes that sold during 1st Quarter, 2013.

  • Notice that we no longer have any inventory of Homes/Patio Homes under $200,000…the first time since 2007!
  • We have hit a 4-year high-water mark at $171/sq ft for Single Family (only) housing last seen in February, 2009.
  • Another healthy indicator…notice that in the $600,000-$800,000 price strata (page 3) there is only about 6 months of inventory…wow!
  • There were four sales of homes over $1.5 million last quarter alone…compared to 6 in all of 2012.

A comparison of Single Family & Patio Home prices for the end of the 1st  Quarter, year over year indicate a 26% (Y-O-Y) increase.  Condos and Townhomes show a 1st Quarter, Y-O-Y gain of 14%, still very strong!

Throughout local neighborhoods, almost without exception there appears to be 3-6 months of inventory, except in the case of FireRock where approximately 9 months of inventory exist.  As FireRock members sort out their options for operation and ownership of the golf club, this may remain a fluid situation.  Yet, there are currently some nice pending sales in the community that will close during 2nd quarter…stay tuned!

Custom Homesites remain at a somewhat sluggish pace, although the lower end of the market has certainly started to disappear, with only 16 lots available under $100,000 as opposed to 24 one year ago!  We are also seeing homebuilding come alive in Fountain Hills, both with speculative home construction and also custom housing.  This will be an interested market as we progress forward.  Keep in mind that the newest homes in the area are approximately 6 years old, and Arizonans often like their new homes.

Distressed property sales (combined short sales and bank-owned inventory) have dwindled from a high of 50% in late 2010 to only 10% in the current market.  There are only 16 Bank-Owned properties currently for sale in Fountain Hills…compared to 70 properties for sale in late 2010!

Should you have any questions about the reports, please don’t hesitate to contact your sales associate for more information!

Sunrise Service is for Everyone!

For many families, Easter Sunrise Service is a favorite family tradition. In Fountain Hills, Sunrise Service is doubly dramatic. Surrounded by mountain vistas on all sides, we can’t help but count our blessings every day at sunrise in the beautiful Sonoran highlands. But on Easter Sunday, the Fountain Hills Ministerial Association welcomes all to our annual, a non-denominational Sunrise Service in Fountain Park. Dress warmly, (maybe even a stadium blanket) and bring a folding chair. (Grass is available, of course, but is damp in the early morning.)

Sunrise Service 6am at Fountain Park Pavillion

Sunrise Service 6am at Fountain Park Pavillion

Join your friends and neighbors…bring your houseguests and family…for an unforgettable and up-lifting celebration of Easter.
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Start Time: 6:00 AM
End Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Fountain Park Performance Pavilion
Directions: Shea Blvd to Saguaro Blvd. North on Saguaro for 2 miles; Pavilion is at the SE corner of Saguaro Blvd and Palisades Blvd.


Watch as hundreds of kids scramble to pick up more than 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes. Held on the ball fields at Golden Eagle Park, this event is a special way for our little tykes to celebrate the spring season. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will be available for hugs and pictures throughout the event. Clucky the Chicken will join Hoppy Bunny again this year to hang out with kids and take photos. The event is open to children up to seven years old who must be accompanied by an adult. The kids are separated into different age groups so that toddlers can enjoy the wonder of finding an egg of their own and not be trampled by the 5-7 year-old “veterans of the hunt.”

The Easter Egg Hunt sarts promplty at 9 am

The Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 9 am

Arrive early and be in place by 9:00 a.m. sharp!  This lightning-fast event is all over but the pictures by 9:15!  In the event of inclement weather, or bad field conditions, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2013.

The Kiwanis will be at the park again this year for their popular “Pancake Breakfast”. Get to the park early and have a hearty breakfast before the main event. You can also visit with the Fountain Hills Fire Department, which will have trucks to climb on and firefighters, showing the kids their trucks and gear. No event would be complete without inflatable bouncers for the kids

SAVE THE DATE: See Ya at Cyclovia! April 13th

Cyclovia comes to Fountain Hills!

The international fitness and family fun festival known as Cyclovia (Pronounced like “See ‘Ya At Cyclovia!) is coming to Fountain Hills.  Now a world-wide phenomenon, Cyclovia started in Bogata, Columbia in the 1970’s, and spread throughout Latin America, before spreading to Australia, Europe,Asia,  and more than 75 cities in the US.

Cyclovian comes to Fountain Hills April 13th!

Cyclovia comes to Fountain Hills April 13th!

This tradition stated at a small town square in Bogata.  Now, each Sunday and on holidays from 7 am until 2 pm certain main streets of Bogata are blocked off to cars for the exclusive use of runners, skaters, and bicyclists. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks. Aerobics instructors and musicians lead people through various performances. Bogata’s  weekly ciclovías are used by approximately 2 million people (30% of citizens) on over 120 km of car-free  streets. (Ask.com.)  In Arizona, the City of Tucson held its first Cyclovia in 2010, and the festival has grown exponentially each year.

The Town of Fountain Hills and the Fountain Hills Visitor’s Bureau have organized first Cyclovia in the Phoenix area, scheduled for April 13, 2013.  Cyclovia Fountain Hills is excited to join in this tradition, opening a selection of our downtown streets for biking, walking, talking, jogging, skating, and much, much more! Enjoy free health education sessions, yoga, pilates, jazzercise,  and bicycle safety courses and explore the beautiful scenery of Fountain Hills and our surrounding walking and hiking paths.

Cyclovia comes to Fountain Hills. Save the date for a fun family day!

Cyclovia comes to Fountain Hills. Save the date for a fun family day!

The east and west medians of the Avenue of the Fountains in front of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate’s Fountain Hills office will be the center of fun for the entire day.  There will be costume bicycle parades, tricycle races, pets on parade, and the medians will have a Market full of food and snacks, juried artisans with a range of southwestern and contemporary art work, clothing and jewelry.  Bicycle and outdoor sports vendors will have booths on the median, and there will be entertainment for the whole family throughout the day.  The evening will feature a free concert in the park under the stars.

Watch our blog for updates, but mark your calendar…Saturday, April 13…for a full day of family fun.

We’ll see ‘ya at Cyclovia!

Green Fountain part of St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!!


Sunday, March 17, Fountain Park; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gather at the Fountain Park Amphitheater on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy Irish music, corned beef and cabbage and a beer garden. In a tradition that dates back to the early 1980s, watch as the World Famous Fountain turns emerald green at noon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The event is presented by Sons of AMVETS Squadron #7 in cooperation with the Town of Fountain Hills.

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

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 12 Noon on St. Patricks Day (photo credit Jennifer Colitre)

Admission to the Beer Garden is $5.00 for adults 21 and older, but as many as 5,000 people from across the Valley gather to see and photograph the amazing sight of the Green ountain, which is visible from as far as 30 miles away.  Nearly all Fountain Hills restaurants get into the act, with nearly a ton of corned beef consumed in honor of “the Wearin’ of the Green.”

Irish Coffee, Frisbees & Fountain Note Cards at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate:   The team at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, at 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, celebrates in their own Java-laden way with gallons and gallons of Irish Coffee served to their clients and guests.   Lucky guests will also receive a pack o’Green-Fountain Note Cards and Frisbees for the kids to enjoy at Fountain Park.  Start your celebration in the true spirit of St. Patricks Day with some warm Irish Cheer before heading to Fountain Park. We will be sharing our Luck O’ The Irish from 11 am-3 pm on Sunday the 17th. We look forward to seeing you!

Fun In Fountain Hills In March!!!

“March Madness” has a special meaning in Fountain Hills.  Whether your interest runs to music or running itself is your game, there are dozens of world-class events coming to Fountain Hills in March. Saint Patrick’s Day, Spring Break and Easter in the Same Month? The fun come at you fast in Fountian Hills.


Spring weather is nearly perfect in Arizona.  The desert bloom unfolds across the hills, and Sunday concerts in the park, March 3, 10, and 24 are a special treat.  Ranging from jazz to easy listening, the free concerts are held at the performance pad in the Northeast corner of Fountain Park, Saguaro at Palisades Blvd.  Bring a chair, a blanket, the kids, the dog, snacks, and enjoy Fountain Hills Community Services’ Concerts in the Park. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Fountain Park with friends, great music and maybe even some dancing. Bring blankets, chairs, the family and friends!

The Beautiful Fountain during the day but you can still see the moon!

The Beautiful Fountain view while listening to music at the Amphitheatre

2:30-4pm. Fountain Park Amphitheater.

• March 3

Tres Romanico featuring Dave Robinson,

Eric Bart, and Ronald Jean

• March 10

Jenny Jarnagin

• March 24

Silhouette with Cornelius Bishop


Southwest Spine and Sports/ Bandidos Racing Club/Fountain Hills Community Services

 March 10;  8 a.m.  Fountain Park

The 3rdth annual race heads to McDowell Mountain Park from Fountain Park.  $10,000 in prizes, including “win your weight in beer” category.  Kids 5th grade and up race for free. Registration and details at www.bandidos15K.com.

12th Annual Race starts at the Fountain at 8am

3rd Annual Race starts at the Fountain at 8am

River of Time Museum Postcard Design Contest

The L. Alan Cruickshank River of Time Museum is sponsoring a postcard design contest to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The contest has two divisions. One is open to children of any age through middle school and the other is for high school students and adults. Professional artists and photographers are excluded as are current and former Museum Board members and current museum volunteers.

US Army Post Fort McDowell

US Army Post Fort McDowell

Any medium of art or photography is acceptable as long as it meets the contest’s criteria. Matter submitted must depict the Museum, its exhibits, or the historical aspects of the immediate area including anything from ancient to modern times.The standard size for postcards is 4 x 6 inches. Artwork can be any size as long as it has an aspect ratio of 4 x 6 and will reproduce well to 4” x 6”, since actual postcards of the winning art may be produced. Artwork should be submitted to the Museum’s store any time between March 1 and March 23, 2013. The children’s winner will be able to choose and receive free any book in the River Bank Store and the adult winner will receive a $50 store certificate.


Winners will be notified and receive prizes on March 30th when photographs will be taken for an announcement in the Fountain Hills Times and Museum’s Legacy publication. Local Western artist, Carlos Hadaway will lead the panel of judges. Winning entries and runners-up will be on display in the Museum for a time following the contest.

Native American women in a village scene

Native American women in a village scene

“Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing,” said Debbie Skehen, the Museum’s president. “Draw, paint or photograph something related to the Museum and Fountain Hills Historical Society, and you may be a winner!”

For more information visit the Museum’s website: www.riveroftimemuseum.org

World-class Hiking and Biking in Fountain Hills Back Yard!


The 21,099 acre McDowell Mountain Regional Park is just a few miles north, between Fountain Hills and Rio Verde. One of the largest in the Maricopa County Park System, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is probably best known as a mecca for mountain biking enthusiasts from across the country, yet it is also a fantastic place to hike, horseback ride, camp, RV, picnic, bird-watch, stargaze, take photographs or just get out and enjoy nature. There is a $6.00 per vehicle fee to enter the park! If you visit frequently then you might want to obtain a Maricopa Mountain Parks Annual Pass, or a Senior Pass, which is free.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park has over 50 miles of trails within its boundaries, and the western edge of the Park borders the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which has an additional 50-plus miles of hiking and biking trails! Several International marathons, bicycle, mountain bike and fun runs draw contestants from across the globe, but most of the

The park has an amazing range of activities each month, and publishes a monthly calendar.  “Ranger Amy” is a crowd favorite, but her interpretive hike with the “Creepy Crawlies of the Desert” is a favorite for adventurers of all ages.  The next class is scheduled for February 23, 2013.

Date: February 23rd

Time: 1-2 pm

Contact: Amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov  /  480-471-0173  Ext. 201

Ranger Amy guides you on this event and there is no registration required!

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Photography is another favorite pastime in our beautiful Sonoran Desert…and the Park sponsors dozens of hikes each week that provide the perfect opportunity to capture the essence of the Fountain Hills area.  Regularly schedules Fitness hikes every Friday are enjoyed by dozens of visitors and locals alike, and a special cell phone photo hike is planned for March, where you might catch the early desert wildflowers.

We, at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate know how stunning our surroundings are. We hope you enjoy the hikes and the beautiful scenery that we wake up  to everyday. If you would like to enjoy our weather and scenery everyday, then please drop by our office and we can help find you the perfect Desert Oasis of your own!  www.150ways.com