Today's Forecast Sunny. Hi 75 Never Windy
Volume 2, January 2009 Edition
Commentary and Perspective from one of
America's most unique small town areas, edited by Preston Westmoreland of
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.
The Last Resort-
the amazing story of two local homes patterned after two famous resorts
by Preston Westmoreland
Two wealthy families, one in love with the Arizona
Biltmore, and the other with The Boulders Resort, commissioned architects to
build them homes that emulated the look and feel of these two world class
destinations. These amazing homes around Carefree are both on the
market now, and may even look better than the original!
Designer Joe Murphy even got permission from the
Arizona Biltmore to copy their signature blocks, for use in the Carefree
Foothills home of a client.(above left) This home on 17 acres is a
remarkable work of art in the spirit of Albert Chase McArthur,
designer of the Biltmore. (right) Integrating wood floors with stone and
massive beams, the home showcases the stunning desert from a hillside perch
in Carefree. The gated driveway winds through the Sonoran desert as it
switchbacks to he home. This inspiring home is listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby's
for $ 4.3 million dollars. (photo credit: left, Debbie Sinagoga. right:
Arizona Biltmore Resort)
It was the Bowman family that fell in love with the
Boulder Resort in Carefree, attracted to the huge beams and southwest flavor
of the resort were designed by Bob Bacon. Bob and Carol Bowman commissioned
Bob to recreate the lines and materials of the resort on over three acres of
land they owned in North Scottsdale. What resulted is a breathtaking
exhibition of southwest indigenous architecture-massive beams, smooth walls,
latillas (ribs of saguaro) lining the ceilings between vigas (treetrunks
stripped of bark) and adobe. The Bowmans no longer own this home, but
it's become the showcase part of a gated Windmill community, which features
a small number of homes that were Bob Bacon's favorite designs. The
world-famous Bowman house is listed for sale by Russ Lyon Sotheby's at $ 3.2
million dollars (photo credits: above left, Windmill LLC/DonDickinson.
right: The Boulders Resort)
Are javelinas members of the wild boar family?
(scroll down for answer)
Moving to the Desert? Would you know which
cactus can tell you direction? A quick and easy way to get help, what
poisonous creatures can be found with a black light? Take the desert
survival quiz and see highlights of the program Stay Alive-A Guide to
Survival in the Desert Southwest. Taped in the Carefree area
Javelinas are also called
collared peccaries and contrary to popular opinion, they are not wild
boars, which is an entirely different species. And despite the
myth, they are not related to the rat family either! They are in
their own particular species.
Wandering through the
Carefree and Cave Creek area in groups from four to eight, sometimes you
can smell them before you can see them. Visitors are always amazed by
their first sighting..
|Maricopa County Active Listings: 52,600
|Maricopa County Actives Last mo.53,728
|Carefree Active Homes (last mo
|Carefree Homes Under Contract
|Cave Creek Active Homes
|Cave Creek Homes Under Contract
|Scottsdale Zip Code 85262 Actives
|Scottsdale Zip 85262 Under Contract
|Paradise Valley Active Listings
|Paradise Valley Under Contract
|Paradise Valley short sale/fore prop
|Most Expensive P.V. Home
|Homes sold in
the last 30 days/1 year ago: Carefree-2/5, Cave Creek
zip 85262- 23/29, Paradise Valley 11/12
Carefree foreclosure/short sales 15, up from 8, Cave Creek
short sale and foreclosure up to 110 from 97
No Brainer! Carefee/Cave Creek by Preston Westmoreland
News in the real estate biz out here is like sweet and sour
sauce. Some is good, some makes you wince. The Arizona Republic reported
in early January that according to a group of economists meeting in town, home
prices here, which have generally fallen 30% in the last year, will continue to
go down and be unstable until a recovery begins in 2012. And another sour note,
foreclosures will continue to climb this year. An appraiser friend of mine says
this is the worst he's ever seen, and even coming up with an appraised value for a
home, doesn't mean a thing- The home will probably have to sell below that.
Speaking of appraisals: there's a new guideline for appraisers that will drop
prices further. As of January 1st, ALL short sales and bank foreclosures
must be counted as a regular sale when a home is appraised. Before they were in
their own category. Now, the sweet news: I'm sitting at an open
house today on a small mountain in Carefree in short sleeves, with all the
doors opened and fresh breezes blowing through. This weekend, the Arizona
Cardinals have beaten Philadelphia to progress to the Super Bowl, thousands of
car collectors are in town for the Barrett-Jackson show and a multitude of other
auctions. PF. Changs has their huge Rock and Roll marathon underway,
Tents and seating are ready for the FBR Open golf tournament and our light rail system
has just started. When people in the northern climes have suffered through
their worst winter in years and regularly wake up to 20 below temperatures, ya
gotta love coming to Arizona!
20 Tips for a Positive New Year
from Jon Gordon’s
Weekly Newsletter. So timely, practical...and doable!
1. Stay Positive.
You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is
impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all
things are possible.
2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: My
3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for
4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are think optimistically
about where you are going.
5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college
kid with a maxed out charge card.
6. Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your
enemy but your friend. In the challenge discover the opportunity.
7. Make a difference in the lives of others.
8. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to
come out of challenging experiences.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of
the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest
your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
11. Live with the 3 E's. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
12. Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.
13. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the
three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the
success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these
14. Instead of complaining focus on solutions. It’s the key to innovation.
15. Read more books than you did in 2008.
16. Learn from mistakes and let them teach you to make positive changes.
17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do,
not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of
it and enjoy it.