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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)

Today's Quiz?????

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









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Quiz Answer: 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..

Real Estate Stat Box
Maricopa County Active Listings: 52,600
Maricopa County Actives Last mo.53,728
Carefree Active Homes (last mo 135)  147
Carefree Homes Under Contract          5  
Cave Creek Active Homes                 473
Cave Creek Homes Under Contract     42 
Scottsdale Zip Code 85262 Actives      874
Scottsdale Zip 85262 Under Contract    30
Paradise Valley Active Listings          529
Paradise Valley  Under Contract          21
Paradise Valley short sale/fore prop     29
Most Expensive P.V. Home listed$18.9mil
Homes sold in the last 30 days/1 year ago: Carefree-2/5, Cave Creek 36/32 Scottsdale zip 85262- 23/29, Paradise Valley  11/12
Current Carefree foreclosure/short sales 15, up from 8, Cave Creek short sale and foreclosure up to 110 from 97  




Real Estate Hot Tips

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 purpose is_______________________.

3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

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 actions.

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.