It's all here! News on the Tucson real estate market, tips and information for your Tucson real estate needs, and my occasional "likes" about Tucson and all the things we love about it. Read on!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

30-year Rates Hit Another Low. Is It Now Cheaper to Buy than Rent?

The average 30-year mortgage rate fell to a record low 3.91%, on December 23 according to the weekly Freddie Mac survey.  The previous low was 3.94% set just a few weeks ago.  With Tucson home prices at levels we haven't seen for 10 years and record low interest rates, Tucson real estate is more affordable than in a long time.

Many renters are finding that it is now cheaper to buy than to rent.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has an interesting "renting vs buying" calculator on its website, the link to which is at the end of this article.  If you have children, friend or coworkers still renting, then suggest they check it out.  After all, their monthly rent check IS paying a mortgage...that of their landlord. 

Click here for the HUD "renting vs buying" calculator.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thank you...for 2011

Thank You!...to my buyers, sellers, lenders, home inspectors, escrow officers, fellow agents and especially those of you who have been so kind as to refer friends, relatives and neighbors to me.  It has been a good 2011and I am grateful to all of those who made it so.

And it has been a fun year in Tucson real estate as well.  I worked with everyone from first time buyers to retirees making their move to Tucson.  What I most enjoy is that look of excitement on the faces of both first-timers and home-buying veterans as I hand them their keys to their new homes.

So thank you for 2011 and here's to a happy 2012 for us all!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Seller Asks: Should I Keep My House on the Market Over the Holidays?

I understand...your Tucson house has been on the market and the thought of more potential buyers tromping through over the holidays may be more than you can bear.  But the holidays can be a great time to find your buyer. 

With interest rates at near record lows and the number of Tucson homes available on the market dropping, there are a lot of motivated buyers out there and fewer homes for them to look at.  Keep in mind that buyers who keep looking at Tucson real estate over the holidays are likely to be more serious in their search.

And the most important reason to keep your house on the market is the large number of visitors to Tucson this time of year.  These are people from colder climes who may have just decided to find their piece of our Arizona paradise.  And the holidays sometimes put them in the mood to picture their next Christmas in their Tucson home.

The bottom line is that you still do want to sell the house and it certainly isn't going to sell if it is OFF the market.  So my recommendation is to keep it on the market through the holidays, make the house look its holiday best, enlist the family to help neaten up when potential buyers are heading over and bake a few extra cookies for these additional holiday guests.

Friday, December 16, 2011

November Tucson MLS Statistics Released: Median Sale Price Up for Second Month

The November MLS sales stats are out and we have now seen a very slight uptick in the median sale price of a Tucson house for the second month in a row.  The median sale price edged up 1.67% in November but keep in mind that is still down 12.8% from the previous November.

The other bit of good news (at least for sellers) is that the number of homes actively listed on the Tucson homes market is down just over 30% from a year ago AND the number of homes sold in November was up 27% from a year ago.  And the number of new homes coming on the market was down 23% in November from the year before.

Before we proclaim the end of the down market, keep in mind we will likely see lots of fluctuations in the Tucson homes market for some time to come.  We have been seeing similar patterns for the last three years...where prices decline for months in a row followed by a month of two of a slight increase.

Click the link for the full November report, including the number of listings and solds in your zip code.


And if you want to know more about what's going on in your own neighborhood, just drop me an email and I will check it out.

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Matches All-Time Record Low at 3.94 Percent - Realty Times

And once again, home loan rates are at record lows.  It may be a good time to refinance your Tucson home, and a lot of buyers are taking advantage of these rates to buy their new Tucson houses.

Realty Times - 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Matches All-Time Record Low at 3.94 Percent

Monday, December 12, 2011

Just Sold: 2561 E Monte Vista

A great fixer-upper home in a terrific mid-town Tucson neighborhood, close to UA and only a half block from the neighborhood park.  This brick two-bedroom/1 bath home retains a lot of the cool mid-century features and already has a new roof and upgraded electric service.

Holiday Shopping: Tucson Style

For memorable holiday gifts, look no further than some great Tucson traditions that also have wonderful gift shops.  Books, crafts, foods and jewelry can all be found at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Native Seeds Search, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson Museum of Art and other local organizations.

Many of these gifts are produced right here in Southern Arizona and will bring joy and fun to any Tucson home. 
 
And a gift certificate to one of our local restaurants is always a welcome gift and helps support Tucson businesses.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gates Pass Open House This Sunday

The weather looks to be gorgeous this Sunday, so take a drive into the Tucson Mountains and out Gates Pass Road to see this classic Tucson Mountains burnt adobe home.  I will be holding it open from 1pm to 4pm.

Drive West on Gates Pass Road and turn right on Via Roma just pass the International Wildlife Museum.  My open house signs will lead you the rest of the way.  And click here for more details and photos.  740 N Via Roma


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Shop at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market Today

The Santa Cruz Farmers Market, located in the Mercado on Congress St just West of I-10, is a great place to do your holiday shopping.  There are lots of locally-made products including food products, coffee, soaps and handmade items.  

And eat healthy for your holiday meals with fresh local produce, eggs, meats and breads.

Remember the market is on winter hours and is open from 3pm to 6pm each Thursday. 

Click the link for details on what will be available today.  This is one of the best farmers markets around and your Tucson home for good fresh fruits and vegetables.  See you there!           Santa Cruz Farmers Market This Week

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tucson Favorites: San Xavier Mission Christmas Concerts

On three magical December Tucson nights, the Patronato San Xavier's annual Christmas fundraising concerts at the San Xavier mission fill the 18th century church with candlelight and some of the most wonderful Christmas music I have ever heard.

The Tucson Boys Choir and Sons of Orpheus Mens Chorus join with guest soloists to raise funds for the ongoing restoration of the mission.  Sit and reflect on the season and the history, as you listen to the great music.  The 15th annual concert series takes place at the old mission on December 13th through the 15th.  Tickets go fast so contact Vern Lamplot (520.407.6130) at the Patronato San Xavier. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

How to Become a Desert Dweller - Arizona Daily Star

As many of us moved to our Tucson homes from elsewhere, we had to learn the tricks of living in the desert.  My number one suggestion?  Always carry a comb.  To find out why (and other handy things to know,) click on the series of illustrations by David Fitzsimmons in the linked article below.
How to Become a Desert Dweller - Arizona Daily Star

The Pacific storm moved East and the Tucson sun came out this morning. The rain will be good for our Spring wildflower show.

Foggy Tucson with the snowy Catalina Mountains beyond

Twin Hills wrapped in wisps of fog as seen from from Tucson's Gates Pass

Friday, December 2, 2011

Interest Rates Settle In Around 4%

The Freddie Mac weekly market survey shows average fixed mortgage rates relatively unchanged this week.  30-year fixed rate mortgages were up just a bit to an average of 4.0%.  Last year at this time, the average was 4.46%.  Low rates and low prices continue to make houses in Tucson extremely affordable, but lenders are taking a closer look at potential buyer's qualifications.

Just Listed! Gates Pass Mediterranean Home at 740 N Via Roma

We just put this Tucson home on the market in the scenic Gates Pass area of the Tucson Mountains.  Convenient to Downtown and UA, this house could have been designed for entertainment with the large Spanish Colonial-inspired living room, arched portico and spacious brick patio areas.  For details and more pictures, click here:  740 N Via Roma

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just Sold: 1934 W Anklam

This buyer was a delight to work with and I am happy we found this great Tucson townhome so convenient to work, friends, and Tumamoc Hill.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nature Conservancy Hosts Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Tour on Friday

Do you feel guilty watching all that rainwater from your Tucson house run off into the street?  The Nature Conservancy will be hosting a docent-led tour of their rainwater harvesting projects the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Starting at 8:00am on November 25, the event is free!  The Nature Conservancy is located at 1510 E Fort Lowell.  For more information, call 622-3861
Click here for more info on the Nature Conservancy's Rainwater Harvesting Project

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Rogue Theatre's Production of As I Lay Dying. See It This Weekend!


Tucson's Rogue Theatre has done it again with an outstanding production of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.  This is the last weekend, so use the link below to buy tickets at the Rogue's website now.   The Rogue Theatre is the Tucson home of thoughtful theatre, and is located in the Historic Y building on University Boulevard, just west of 4th Avenue.

 Link to The Rogue Theatre's As I Lay Dying

Arizona Daily Star Review of As I Lay Dying

Friday, November 11, 2011

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 3.99 Percent - Realty Times

This week's average rates on 30-year fixed rate mortgages dropped below 4% for only the second time...ever!  The 3.99% average is only slightly higher than the 3.94% average rate recorded just four weeks ago. 

And between the low interest rates and low home prices, the National Association of Realtors' housing affordability index is also at its 3rd highest reading.  Low Tucson home prices, coupled with the low interest rates are helping a lot of first time buyers get into Tucson homes. Click the link below for more information on the low interest rates.

Realty Times - 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 3.99 Percent

Thursday, November 10, 2011

October Tucson Home Sales Statistics Released: Median Sale Price Up Slightly

The October Tucson MLS sales stats are out and if you are a seller it is a little bit of good news this month. After hitting a ten year low in September, the median sale price was up ever so slightly (just over 2%) in October to $120,000.  That is still down 14% from the same month a year ago but it does reverse a five month decline. 

Click the link for the full October report, including the number of listings and solds in your zip code.

Tucson MLS Home Sales Stats for October 2011

And if you want to know more about what's going on in your own neighborhood, just drop me an email and I will check it out.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just Sold! 5120 W Via Mallorca

This classic Tucson Mountains burnt adobe home sits on just over an acre with gorgeous views of Tucson lights and the Catalina Mountains.  The large pool area is great for entertaining.   This Tucson home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and really cool patios and decks over looking the city.  Just sold for $355,000.
 

 
 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Aging-in-Place" Renovations

More people who love their Tucson homes, neighborhoods and views are renovating and updating rather than buying a newer house.  A smart approach is to take into consideration those cool design elements you desire, at the same time including features that will allow you to continue to enjoy your home as you age

For example, consider eliminating steps by filling in that sunken living room.  Replacing tubs with walk-in showers, door knobs with stylish levers and outdoor steps with gently-sloped walks will enhance your comfort and safety as years pass.   Age-appropriate improvements also make your Tucson house more marketable when you do decide to sell.

You know I would love to sell you a new house.  But if you are already in the house of your dreams, it makes sense to plan your renovations wisely to extend your enjoyment for many years to come.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Best day to list real estate for sale: Friday | Inman News

Does it make a difference which day of the week your Tucson house hits the market?  The article linked below reports that homes in 16 selected US markets listed on Fridays are more likely to sell within 90 days, and for an ever-so-slightly higher price. 

That does make some sense in that many agents, just like Tucson real estate agents are doing their online MLS searches just before the weekend.  And in our Tucson homes MLS, fresh listings receive a bright green "New Listing" indication online, gathering even more attention.  

But in my humble opinion, particularly in a slower market such as Tucson, the two most important factors for a faster sale are a realistic asking price reflecting recent comparable sales in the area, and the condition of the house. But click, read the article for yourself, and let me know what YOU think.

Best day to list real estate for sale: Friday | Inman News


Friday, October 14, 2011

Tucson Meet Yourself is this Weekend!


I love the music and art, but for me this weekend’s Tucson Meet Yourself is all about the food.  As I graze through the dozens of food booths sampling cuisine from all over the world, I am always watching for my last stop…the “sweet potato pie ladies.”  I never remember what organization they represent, but there they always are with those sweet rich pies.  

So go this weekend and celebrate the diverse folk and ethnic communities that make Tucson such a great place to live.  And do keep an eye out for the ladies with the pies.  

Tucson Meet Yourself is this Friday through Sunday (Oct 14-16) downtown.  Check out their website for more information and a handy map of all the festivities:  Tucson Meet Yourself

Thursday, October 13, 2011

September Tucson Home Sales Statistics Released


The September Tucson MLS sales stats are out and if you are a seller it is not terrific news.  The median sale price was $117,500 which is down 3.85% from August and down 19.44% from September 2010.  This is the lowest monthly median sale price since early 2001.

Now for you potential buyers...read that same statistic and think.  Will we look back someday and recognize this as a real opportunity for buyers?

Click the link for the full September report, including the number of listings and solds in your zip code.


And if you want to know more about what's going on in your own neighborhood, just drop me an email and I will check it out.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Plant Sale at Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery





Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery has over 400 species of bio-regional plants and trees for our Sonoran desert climate and a knowledgeable staff as well.  Their Fall Plant Sale is this weekend, Saturday, October 8 and Sunday the 9th.  And they are a non-profit whose sales support programs for children and adults with disabilities.

If you have been putting off landscaping for your Tucson house, this is a good weekend and great opportunity to get started and help a worthy Tucson organization.  Desert Survivors is located at 1020 W Starr Pass Boulevard, just West of I-10.

Click for more information:  Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery

Santa Cruz Farmers Market Changes Hours

The Santa Cruz Farmers Market, located in the Mercado on Congress St just West of I-10, is moving to winter hours today. 

For the next few months, the market will be open from 3pm to 6pm each Thursday. 

Click the link for details on what will be available today.  This is one of the best farmers markets around and your Tucson home for good fresh fruits and vegetables.  See you there!
Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pima County Property Taxes: Watch Your Mail

You and 450,999 other property owners should have received your Pima County property tax bill by now and probably are still trying to make heads or tails of it.  While the full cash value as determined by the assessor on most homes in Tucson declined, the amount of taxes owed actually depends on where you are in Pima County.

As County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry points out in his 2011 property tax letter (click to see the full Letter from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry  ), Pima County is responsible for only four of the 95 possible tax levies that may show up on your tax bill. 

So how do they figure the assessed value of your Tucson home?  Well, it is a lengthy process involving the features of your particular property, recent sales in the area and more.  For a full explanation click the following link to the Pima County Assessor's own detailed explanation:

And finally, if you are not happy with the valuation put on your property you might want to check out the following link that describes the assessor's appeals process.  Just keep in mind that your appeal must be filed no later than 60 days after the mail date on your"Notice of Valuation" or the deadline date indicated on the notice itself.              Pima County Assessor: How to Appeal                    

For more information, call the county's taxpayer assistance hotline at 740-8650.


Friday, September 30, 2011

How Low Can They Go? (yet again)

Last week I blogged about home loan rates hitting a record low.  And I am back this week to report once again...home loan rates hit yet another record low this week.  Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week shows the conventional 30-year fixed rate loan averaged an all-time record low at 4.01 percent.  Wow...

I know people are skeptical of our economy and the housing market right now.  But at some point down the road, a lot of people are going to look back at these loan rates and Tucson house prices and give themselves a little kick.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Santa Cruz Farmers Market: 4 to 7pm Thursday

It is Fall back east, but there are still lots of good summer vegetables this week at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market, Tucson's home for quality fresh food.  Tomatoes, green peppers and squash top my list to buy.  Located in and around the new Mercado, just west of I-10 on Congress, the market is open from 4 to 7pm.

Click here for their weekly newsletter: 
Santa Cruz Farmers Market Newsletter


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

JUST SOLD in the Tucson Mountains: $280,000

4741 W Placita de Suerte near scenic Gates Pass
 
Privacy and quiet on an acre-plus of natural Sonoran desert.  This beautiful burnt adobe Tucson home with relaxing pool has beautiful views of the Tucson and Catalina Mountains.  All this and only minutes to UA and Downtown.



Saturday, September 17, 2011

How Low Can They (interest rates, that is) Go?


I made a joke at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting here in Tucson that if interest rates got any lower, the lenders' would be paying homebuyers to take their money.

Well, we are not quite there yet, but Freddie Mac's weekly survey of interest rates show an average for 30-year fixed rate loans of 4.09%!  Of course, every lender has different requirements, fees and points so your quoted rate may be higher.  But still...wow!    (The rates when I bought my first house were 14%!!)

The Federal Reserve recently made a public commitment for low rates to help the economy for the next year or two, but I would be amazed if home loan rates stay at this record low level for any length of time.  

So if a refinance of your current home loan, or the purchase of a new Tucson home is in your plans, you may want to talk with your lender soon.  Then give me a call and let's find that perfect Tucson house for you.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tucson's Rogue Theatre Presents Shaw's Major Barbara


Click the link for more infomation on Major Barbara and The Rogue Theatre:

I saw the Rogue Theatre's current production of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara last weekend and it is just wonderful.  Funny, thought-provoking and just so well-acted, Major Barbara runs through next weekend.  Don't take my word for it.  Check the following reviews from the Arizona Star and the Tucson Weekly. 

"This is one you don't want to miss" says the Arizona Daily Star


"It is as funny as it is thoughtful" says the Tucson Weekly

So if you are looking for something fun and thought-provoking this weekend, go see Major Barbara.   Call or go online (Rogue Tickets) as tickets are going fast! 

The Rogue Theatre is home to Tucson's highest quality theatre, emphasizing quality language and literature, wonderful performers and challenging ideas.

 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hot Off the Presses from TAR: August Tucson Real Estate Statistics


The Tucson Association of Realtors has just released the August sales statistics.

August Market Stats from the Tucson Association of Realtors   

Prices continue to decline...no real surprise there.  The median sales price for August was $122,200, down 2.24% from July and a full 18.94% from August 2010.  The median sale price is now just under what it was 10 years ago.

Total unit sales for August (1106) were down 1.6% from July but up 25.4% from August 2010.  Keep in mind the August 2010 total sales (882 units) may have  been somewhat depressed by the early 2010 rush to get first-time buyers into homes in time to qualify for the Federal tax credit.

Active listings on the market in August were 5,167 which is also down from July (5,412) and down a whopping 27.94% from August 2010 when there were 7,170 homes on the market in the MLS.  There are rumors of a rush of new foreclosures as the lenders clear up the paperwork management issues that have been so controversial, and resume the foreclosure process on many homes.  Some say that real recovery in the real estate market will not happen until a large number of these foreclosures have moved through the system and been sold.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bisbee Bloomer's 10th Annual Garden Tour - September 10



If it is getting a little warm around your Tucson home, head for the cooler climes of mile-high Bisbee this Saturday for the 10th annual Bisbee Bloomer's Garden Tour.  This year the self-guided tour will feature gardens that survived those zero-degree nights back in February (when Tucson was still a balmy 17 degrees.)

Live music will be featured along the tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the variety of gardens, both drought-tolerant and traditional, that grace the hillside neighborhoods of historic Bisbee.  The self-guided tour is only $10 and runs from 10 am to 4 pm this Saturday, September 10. 

For more information, check their website at: Bisbee Bloomer's Garden Tour




Sunday, September 4, 2011

Buying a Tucson Home in an HOA Community? Read the Fine Print!

"Education is when you read the fine print.  Experience is what you get when you don't." - Pete Seeger

Homeowners Association (HOA) rules and regs are probably not what the great American folk singer had in mind when he said that.  But many are the homeowners who regret the experience gained from NOT reading the HOA rules and regs carefully before buying a house.   HOA rules may restrict the colors you may paint your house, the size and type of trees in your yard, whether you may have pets, a pool, an RV, an in-home business, a basketball hoop or even park your car in your own driveway at night.

The general purpose of HOA rules is to protect property values by promoting some level of conformity in a neighborhood.  After all who wants to live next to a garishly colored house with trash in the yard, dead trees, a motorhome parked crossways in the yard, and a car on blocks in the driveway in a permanent state of restoration? 

The HOA Addendum to the Arizona Association of Realtors purchase contract requires that you receive a copy of the HOA rules and regs (most commonly known as CC&Rs) and financial information (including budget) from the Seller or the HOA management company after contract acceptance.  If you decide you are not comfortable with those rules or any aspect of the HOA documents provided, you may then cancel the contract within five days of receipt of those documents.

The full list of HOA items to be disclosed to you is on the HOA Addendum that will be a part of your purchase contract if your prospective home is located within an HOA community.  I also recommend that buyers talk with neighbors and officers of the HOA, and review copies of minutes of past HOA meetings. 

So as Peter Seeger would recommend, read all of those documents carefully.  Think into the future whether any of those rules will impact you and your way of life in your new Tucson home.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

JUST SOLD in the Tucson Mountains! 5140 W Via Mallorca

 SOLD!    $352,000
5140 W Via Mallorca just off Gates Pass Road
Beautifully updated in the Tucson Mountains, with gourmet kitchen, pool and views!  A great home for entertaining.



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Open House Saturday: 4741 W Placita de Suerte 1 to 4pm

I am holding this wonderful burnt adobe Tucson home open this afternoon from 1 to 4pm.  With the price just reduced to $10,000 below recent appraisal, this home should go fast.  Set on a beautiful acre with city and mountain views, it features a backyard oasis with trees and a cool pool that will have you tempted to jump right in.   Priced at $299,900. 
Come on over and don't forget to call your friends who have always envied your wonderful life in the Gates Pass/Trails End area. 
Just follow my signs West on Trails End from Camino de Oeste.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kid's Off to College Next Fall? Why Pay the Landlord for Four (or more!) Years?

Think tuition is high? College housing is also more expensive than ever. Students frequently take more than four years for an undergraduate degree and then choose to stay on for advanced degrees. So it may make sense to consider buying your student's housing rather than putting your money in the landlord's pocket.

Is your college student heading out of Tucson? I can do the research and put you in touch with a great Realtor at no cost to you.

Whether your student is looking for a Tucson home or one at college out of town, call me at (520) 820-7204 or pass my name on to a friend or relative who is facing the college housing crunch.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Open House Sunday: A Wonderful Tucson Home in the Tucson Mountains

Stop by for a visit this Sunday.  I will be holding this great Tucson home, 5140 W Via Mallorca open from 1 to 4pm.  Set in Mountain Gardens just off Gates Pass Rd, this is a delightfully renovated burnt adobe home with pool, two great view porches and perfect for entertaining your friends and family. 

Click the link for more details and photos, and come by for a visit. 

5140 W Via Mallorca: Open House this Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Stop by for a visit this Sunday.  I will be holding this great Tucson home, 5140 W Via Mallorca open from 1 to 4pm.  Set in Mountain Gardens just off Gates Pass Rd, this is a delightfully renovated burnt adobe home with pool, two great view porches and perfect for entertaining your friends and family. 

Click the link for more details and photos, and come by for a visit. 


  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tucson's The Lost Barrio

Can't afford an exotic trip abroad this year?  The next best thing is a trip to Tucson's own Lost Barrio.  With a collection of stores featuring imports from Mexico, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, it can be your world tour staycation!  Furniture, light fixtures, folk art and custom handcrafted furniture are available for your souvenir purchases.

Plan for a break in your world tour for lunch at Tooley's Cafe "Home of the Turkey Taco" and other good things.  Find the Lost Barrio by taking Broadway east from downtown, then south on Park to the collection of old brick warehouses.

The Lost Barrio is a great place to shop for cool stuff for your home in Tucson.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Visitors


Saturday morning visitor   5/14/11

I am enjoying the deer visitors each morning and evening here in Gates Pass.  This group stopped by early this morning after sunrise.  But I know their visits to my hillside watering hole are a sign of little water further up in the Tucson mountains.  Here's hoping for a generous monsoon season.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Westside's Mercado San Agustin Opens this Weekend!

At long last, the Mercado San Agustin is opening this weekend.  The public market will feature 18 businesses including La Estrella Bakery, Taqueria el Pueblito, Dolce Pastello and Sonora Sno Cones.


Located on West Congress just west of the Santa Cruz river, there will be good food and music featured in the grand opening this weekend.  For more information, check out their website at Mercado San Agustin

This is a wonderful and convenient addition for those of us fortunate enough have Westside homes in Tucson.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Help Plant Trees at Camp Cooper

One of the gems of the Gates Pass area is the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning.  This wonderful facility off Trails End Road is administered by the University of Arizona with environmental programs for TUSD students.

And they are looking for some volunteer help on May 18th to help plant
23 1-gallon ironwood and mesquite trees that have been donated to the center.  For more information, contact Colin Waite, Assistant Director of the Cooper Center at 743-7422.  For more information on the Cooper Center,  click the link:  Cooper Center for Environmental Learning

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market Moves to Summer Hours

The Santa Cruz Farmers Market is moving to Summer Hours and will be open from 4pm to 7pm each Thursday.  Located on Speedway just West of the Santa Cruz river, the market has some great items this week as reported in their weekly email newsletter:
This week you can find leeks, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, chard, kale, Asian greens, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, bulb onions, oranges, carrots, fennel, celery, beets, turnips, snow and snap peas, garlic, radishes, fava beans, nopalitos, oranges, sprouts, tomatoes, pecans, the first of the summer squash and more!.

And the big news is that the Santa Cruz Farmers Market will be moving soon to its new home at the Mercado San Agustin (100 S. Avenida del Convento), West of I-10 near the intersection of Congress and Grande. Check back here for more details on the exciting new location.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just Listed: 5140 W Via Mallorca



Tucson's dramatic Gates Pass is the setting for this beautifully updated 3 bedroom/2 bath home.  In a great neighborhood bordering Tucson Mountain Park yet only minutes to Downtown and UA. 
 
The updated gourmet kitchen will be a gathering place for your friends.


Spacious living room with beehive fireplace and plantation shutters
 


Poolside views of the Sonoran Desert and Tucson below




Wine and dine your friends in the beautiful patio ramada with mountain views. 


Private sitting porch off the master bedroom for quiet reading, wildlife viewing and city lights below.



Wildlife visitors include bobcat, Gambel quail, hummingbirds, deer, javelina and more!