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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!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mountain Gardens Neighbors Hear about Dark Skies and Smart Lighting

Neighbors from the Gates Pass area's Mountain Gardens neighborhood met Saturday morning at "the Y" at the neighborhood entrance for our Spring neighborhood watch meeting and to hear an interesting presentation on "dark skies."   Liz Alvarez from the Kitt Peak Observatory talked about the importance of controlling our night-time light sources.  This is important not only for the observatory but also so that we can see the stars more clearly from our own Tucson homes.  Two of the most helpful things we can do are shielding our outdoor light fixtures so that light stays where we want it and doesn't stray wastefully toward the neighbors house or up into the dark sky.  The second helpful thing is to control the timing of our lights.  Do our outdoor lights really need to be on all night?  Both timers and motion detectors can help with that (and save on your electric bill!)

Liz Alvarez of Kitt Peak Observatory talks "smart lighting" with the Mountain Gardens neighbors
For more information, check out the website of the International Dark Sky Association
which just happens to have it's home here in Tucson.

Thanks to Carol Crouse for organizing this meeting, Liz Alvarez of Kitt Peak Observatory and to all the neighbors who attended.

Mountain Gardens is one of the original neighborhoods of the Gates Pass area, with many classic Tucson Mountain homes dating back to the 1960's. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Gates Pass Neighbors Brave the Damp and Cold

The Spring road cleanup by the Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association (GPANA) went on as usual last Saturday, despite the cold and wet weather.  A record 30 neighbors showed up to pick up trash along Camino de Oeste, followed by an even larger group gathering for a fun potluck brunch.  There was great food and an opportunity for us all to catch up on the neighborhood news.  We are all grateful to the Snyders for hosting the brunch in their beautiful home off of Trails End Road. 

The Gates Pass Area Neighborhood Association (GPANA) is a wonderful volunteer organization of neighbors who monitor issues related to the area environment, Tucson Mt Park and proposed development in the Gates Pass/Trails End area.  It is a great group of people and a wonderful benefit of owning a home in the Gates Pass area.  For membership information, drop me an email and I will forward it to the GPANA.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mountain Gardens Neighborhood Watch Coming Up In April

And a special hello to my Mountain Gardens neighbors.  Our semi annual Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for Saturday April 16 at 10 am.  We will meet at the "Y" at the entrance to the neighborhood.  More details to come.
Mountain Gardens is one of the original neighborhoods of the Gates Pass Area, with some classic Tucson Mountain homes dating back to the 1960's.  Tucson Mountain Park literally wraps around the neighborhood which makes for some great hiking and wildlife watching.