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Friday, May 30, 2014

Fun Things in Tucson: Summer Saturday Nights at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Desert Museum expands its popular Summer Saturday Nights program to 14 weekends in 2014.  And this Saturday night, the Museum will also unveil a new reptile exhibit, Snake! Rattle & Roll, introducing intriguing and lesser-known Mexican rattlesnakes from Sonora and Baja California.  Members get in free!

Each summer Saturday night has a unique theme and special activities typically begin at 6:00 PM, although some do start earlier. 

Check the following link for more information: ASDM Summer Saturday Nights

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quote of the Week: Real Estate and Life

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -Thomas A. Edison

Saturday, May 24, 2014

JUST SOLD! 730 N La Cholla

Such a desert charmer.  This 3 bedroom/2 bath burnt adobe home is set on almost 3/4 of land nestled by Pima Community College West Campus.  The previous owners left their raised bed gardening system and really cool urban goat pens (future urban chicken coops?)   Views of the Catalinas and the natural desert surround Pima West.  Sold for $175,000.

Former resident, actual Tucson urban goat

Views of the Catalinas and the desert from the backyard firepit sitting area

Raised bed gardens just ready for planting

Urban desert living on almost 3/4 acre

Fun Things in Tucson: Memorial Day Weekend of May 24 - 26

Our Tucson weekend events are a little more local key now that the heat has arrived (or was supposed to and no, I am NOT complaining about this cool late May weather.)  Did anyone else stay up last night to see the meteor shower?  It wasn't exactly a shower but there was an occasional bright streak across our Tucson skies.   So here are some thoughts and web links for things to do this weekend between the cookouts and the graduation parties:

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Desert Desserts
Good desserts, good music, a gorgeous setting and a great cause await you Saturday night at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The Museum has partnered with 16 of the Tucson Originals restaurants for a fun fundraiser where you will sample the many desserts and then vote for your favorite. Tickets are $43 (only $33 for members!) for the evening event and are available at their web site: ASDM Dessert Night

Loft Cinema presents 2001: A Space Odyssey
Probably the best sci-fi flick ever is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Tonight through Monday night at the Loft Cinema at 10pm.  3233 East Speedway, and yes you can have beer and wine with your movie.    2001 at the Loft Cinema

Tucson Pops Orchestra Under the Stars and Food Truck Roundup
Reid Park is the setting for this fun free Sunday evening concert featuring the Tucson Pops Orchestra and some fun American music including marches, Broadway show tunes and Richard Rodger's stirring Victory at Sea.  The concert starts at 7pm. Bring folding chairs or a blanket.  But get there early to sample some great food from the Tucson Food Trucks Roundup.
Tucson Pops Orchestra Sunday Concert
Tucson Food Truck Roundup

Memorial Day Service at South Lawn Cemetery
And don't forget why we are having this three day holiday weekend. I will be playing with the Tucson Concert Band on Memorial Day at the South Lawn Cemetery for the annual remembrance of those who fought and gave so much for our country.  We will be play some great American music and marches, there will be an Air Force flyover and the laying of memorial wreaths.  South Lawn Cemetery is located at 5401 South Park Avenue.  Music begins at 8:45am and the ceremony at 9am.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Morning Visitors

Deer in Gates Pass, May 22, 2014
We had some visitors at 5:30am this morning.  Quietly observing the dogs while the dogs quietly observed them in return.  Life in Tucson is so wonderful.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tucson Ranks 4th in Retirement Location Study

We're Number 4!!!

At least according to a credit card website called CreditDonkey (I don't make this stuff up.)  Looking at criteria including percentage of population over 60, health care, and cultural attractions, they ranked Tucson as fourth in the country after Sarasota FL, Honolulu and Bridgeport CT.  (Bridgeport?!)

So here is what they have to say about Tucson:
  • Population 60 years and older: 19.4%
  • Multi-unit houses: 34.2%
  • Health care practices per 1,000 people: 3.06
  • Cultural attractions: 37
  • Population growth: 0.7%
Tucson provides retirees with a unique desert environment surrounded by sweeping mountains. Not only that, nearly 20% of the population is over 60 and the health care industry is also booming. The city is brimming with interesting attractions, like the Center for Creative Photography, featuring work by Ansel Adams and others, and the International Wildlife Museum. For retirees who enjoy a bit of nature and culture, Tucson is a great destination.

I am not sure what they mean by "health care practices" but maybe they ranked us by gallons of sunscreen sold per capita.  And the International Wildlife Museum?  No mention of the Desert Museum.

So there it is, and when all of your retired and nearly-retired friends and relatives call you ready to move, give them my name.  I will be happy to help them find their new Tucson home.

And here a link to their full report:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Save Tucson's Chickens...and the Goats!

Actual Tucson Urban Goat 
The City of Tucson is having a public meeting tonight on urban agriculture as part of a process to update the zoning code to accommodate urban farms, small livestock and "sustainable development."  I have many friends and a few clients who keep chickens in Tucson and often share some eggs (which I really appreciate and PLEASE keep them coming, friends.) 

There is even a Facebook page for the Tucson City Living Urban Chicken Keeping Society (Tucson CLUCKS) for fans and keepers of Tucson's backyard chickens.

The proposals for the code go far beyond chickens (and goats) addressing composting, greenhouse structures, rainwater harvesting, larger gardens, solar development and more.  But it is the backyard chickens that seem to have raised the most clucks.

The meeting is tonight (May 13) at 6:30pm at the Sentinel Building, 1st Floor Meeting Rooms, located at
320 N. Commerce Park Loop.
Here is a link to an Arizona Public Media story on the issue:
Arizona Public Media story on the urban agriculture code

And here is a link to the Tucson sustainable code project website with lots more information:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Just Listed: 3226 E Flower Street

Such a cutie!  This 1944 masonry-stucco bungalow is only 425 square feet but has so much charm and potential. It features studio-style living with a living/bedroom combination with beamed ceiling. The sunny and spacious kitchen has been updated as has the bathroom.  And as we start looking at triple digit temperatures, the central air conditioning is a great feature.

The house may be small, but it also has a large garage with workbench and a separate big laundry room which could have many uses. Artist studio perhaps? A large covered patio with fireplace is perfect for outdoor gatherings and includes a fireplace.  And yet another large storage building is on the site.

The mid-town R-2 zoned lot is huge at just over a quarter of an acre. All this and a convenient mid-town location.

Listed at $93,900.

Click the link for more information and photos:  3226 E Flower St

Friday, May 9, 2014

30-Year Mortgage Rate Reaches New Low for the Year

The 30 year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.21 percent this week according to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage market survey.  This is the lowest rate since November 2013.  The "experts" have continually predicted for the past three years or so that interest rates were poised to take off.  I like it when the "experts" are wrong about such things.  So for all you potential buyers?  What are you waiting for?

Fun Things in Tucson: Another fun and busy weekend ahead May 9 through 11

This may be the last crazy-busy weekend before summer as the arts season winds down and the thermometer heads up.  So here are some fun things for this weekend in Tucson:

Dante's Purgatorio at The Rogue Theatre
This is the last weekend of the Rogue's engrossing adaptation of Dante's Purgatorio.  Wonderfully staged and acted, we are seeing it a second time tonight. More information and tickets are at their website:  The Rogue Theatre

Moon Viewing Tonight at Tucson Mountain Park
Astronomy Day is Saturday and what better introduction than a Friday night moon viewing under the dark skies of Tucson Mountain Park, just west of Tucson. Volunteers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will have their telescopes set up in the Ironwood Picnic Area, located at 1548 S Kinney Road.  Bring a flashlight and lawn chair. For more information, call 615-7855.

Amelie at the Loft Theatre
One of my favorite films is the charming French romantic comedy Amelie.  It is the tale of a painfully shy cafe waitress whose mission in life is to bring joy to everyone around her, whether they know it or not.  It is in French with English subtitles, but I think my favorite viewing was in a Barcelona cafe with Spanish (or was it Catalan?) subtitles. It is a wonderful story in any language. More information and tickets are at their website:  Amelie at The Loft

11th Annual Pie Party at Mercado San Agustin
Homemade pie...really, is there anything better in life?  You can sample some great ones and help some good causes at the 11th Annual Pie Party sponsored by the Food Conspiracy Co-op.  Saturday from 3 to 6pm.  More info is at the Pie Party link.

National Train Day at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
Watch the trains go by and learn all about the history and safety of railroads on National Train Day, Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Union Pacific depot on Toole Avenue.  At 1pm, a representative of the Arizona Rail Passenger Association will discuss Amtrak and all those fun trips you can take from Tucson. We did the Tucson to New Orleans run on the Sunset Limited last year and it was great fun. For more information, check the link Tucson Historic Depot

Southern Arizona Symphony does Beethoven's 9th
Always one of my favorite pieces of music (yes, I was a music major for one semester), my interest in Beethoven's 9th Symphony was re-ignited after seeing a documentary on the piece recently at the Loft Theatre.  And now we can hear the entire piece this weekend with the Southern Arizona Symphony, conducted by Linus Lerner. Performances are Saturday, Sunday and Monday night.  Monday's performance is at Pima Community College West.  For more info and tickets, check their website:  Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Mothers Day Jazz at Monterey Court
And wrap  up your weekend with free jazz for Mom (and the rest of us) at the cool Monterey Court on Sunday evening.  Jazz from the Caribbean, Brazil and Latin America by the Rafael Moreno Quartet from 6 to 9pm.  Located at 505 West Miracle Mile.  For more information, call 207-2429

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Summer Hours: Santa Cruz Farmers Market Today at Mercado San Agustin

It certainly doesn't feel like summer to me (where are the 100's?!) but the Tucson's Santa Cruz Farmers Market has moved its operating hours back an hour to 4 to7pm today and for the rest of the summer.  There are still lots of good spring veggies and plants to get your summer garden going. Edible Baja Arizona will be there as well with copies of their bi-monthly magazine fresh off the presses. It is all happening at the Mercado San Agustin on West Congress Street.

This Week's Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Buyers Have Disclosure Obligations Too

A few weeks ago I talked on my Blog about the importance of Seller disclosures in the real estate transaction and the protection that those contract requirements give to both Buyers and Sellers. 

But the Arizona real estate contract also has disclosure requirements for Buyers as well. Section 5c of the Arizona residential real estate purchase contract specifically says that the Buyer will disclose to the Seller “any information that may materially or adversely affect the Buyer’s ability to close escrow…” These are normally changes in the financial situation affecting their ability to get a loan…the loss of job, their company transfer to Tucson just fell through, the fact that Aunt Minnie has decided not to give them their down payment money, etc.   

The Seller has as much right to know if the Buyer may not be able to complete the transaction as the Buyer has the right to know from the Seller about the leaky pipes.   So the message to both sides is…disclose!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

SOLD! 1776 N Placita De Laroca on a beautiful one-acre view lot in the Tucson Mountains

There is so much character in this solid masonry home, from the custom decorative tile and woodwork inside to the creatively designed outdoor living areas around the grounds with three outdoor fireplaces!  Yes, it needs some love and attention, but the new owners will undoubtedly make this into a home they will love for a long time to come.  Sold for $210,000.