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Monday, September 30, 2013

Featured Home: Way up in the Catalina Foothills...6835 N Catalina Avenue

You can't get much closer to the Catalina Mountains than this home in desirable Coronado Foothills Estates, just off North Swan past the DeGrazia Gallery.

This four bedroom 1970 brick home is set on almost an acre in the upper Catalina foothills.  With a large living room, flagstone entry, stone fireplace, original wood kitchen cabinets in beautiful condition, and expansive covered patio, this spacious home is just awaiting your updating touches.  A special bonus is the separate two car PLUS RV SPACE garage with a bathroom with shower and even a roof deck with views of the Catalinas, Santa Ritas, Tucson Mountains and all the way to Boboquivari Peak.   The pool is not operating and is conveyed in as-is condition.

The large corner lot has mature mesquites,palo verdes and saguaros.  All this for only $375,000.

2 car plus large RV garage, also features bath & shower, and a roof deck!

Kitchen features original wood cabinets in wonderful condition

Spacious living room with stone fireplace flanked by vintage glass block windows.

Large covered back patio/porch with views
Catalina Mountain views
Spectacular views from the rooftop deck

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stat of the Week: Study Shows Homes Sell for $50 More Per Square Foot Near Good Schools

Just last month I wrote a blog post about a survey showing that over 44% of potential home buyers are willing to go over their buying budget in order to buy a home in their preferred school district.

And now comes a new study showing that premium can amount to $50 per square foot for homes near the best schools.  And yes, I have had Tucson home buyers who would not even look at houses unless they were in a particular school district or near a certain school.  So as I said before, support your local schools!  They could be affecting the value of your home.

Check out the link for more information on this Redfin study.

Study: $50 More Per Square Foot for Homes Near Good Schools

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Mistake of the Goddess" at Tucson's Nationally Recognized The Rogue Theatre

Marissa Garcia as Padmini
 "A spectacular opening to the season" is the way one audience member described The Rogue Theatre's current production of Mistake of the Goddess.  Indian playwright Girish Karnad's masterpiece was discovered by the Rogue Theatre when they took their own play Shipwrecked on tour to India last summer.

But let the Rogue describe what is in store in this evening of lovely music, beautiful costumes and great acting:

"Through jealousy and devotion, two men, in love with the same woman, behead themselves in a temple.
The goddess Kali brings them back to life, but with the heads interchanged.
The question becomes: who is the woman’s husband and who is the lover"

This is the last weekend of Mistake of the Goddess and is a Rogue Theatre production not to be missed.  Tucson's Rogue Theatre is located in the Historic Y on University Boulevard.  For more information and tickets, click the link: The Rogue Theatre

Patty Gallagher as the goddess Kali
Ryan Parker Knox, Marissa Garcia & Matt Bowdren

Patty Gallagher & David Morden delight as the dolls

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Family Proximity is Lower Priority for Buyers

Proximity to parents, in-laws, brothers, sisters, cousins and other family members is not a high priority for home buyers, according to a study commissioned by the real estate website Trulia.  Instead, buyers are more focused on crime rates, school districts and length of commute rather than how close their relatives are.  And the number one criteria for home buyers was the size of the home.

A Rutgers professor quoted in the attached article put it best when she said that "family members want intimacy at a distance."

Family Proximity is Lower Priority for Buyers

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sold!: 1580 E Placita Lupita in the Catalina Foothills

It was quite a search but a fun one, and we found the home the buyers loved...the layout, the pool, the neighborhood and the school district.  With spectacular mountain views, this beautiful Tucson home on a quiet cul de sac features many upgrades including granite counters, remodeled bathrooms, gorgeous tile floors and a putting green!  Sold for $525,000