Month: May 2014

Cool Pools

Is your business bringing you to Phoenix over the summer? Worried about how you will survive in the heat? Never fear, we’ve got your cure right here! AvenueWest Phoenix has several rentals available with swimming pools! Beat the heat by cooling off during your off hours in one of these beautiful refreshing pools…

Old Town Scottsdale Condo – Urban contemporary living at it’s best! This 5th floor high end condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. This state of the art community has reflective pools, waterfalls, garden terraces and best of all 2 pools (indoor and outdoor). With easy access Old Town Scottsdale this property is definitely a top pick for summer living.

Camelback Corridor Apartment – Modern, fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment near the Biltmore and Camelback Corridor!  This location offers a resort style pool with water feature and jacuzzi, outdoor ramada.  This property is close to upscale urban shopping, dining, and entertainment, what more can we say!

Pointe Tapatio Townhouse – Relax in resort style living in this 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath.  Drive through this upscale area down winding streets with mountain views and lush, mature landscape.  Enjoy three heated pools, spas, and tennis courts.  Close to golf courses, hiking and biking.  You might forget your in the desert when staying here!

 

Gilbert Single Family Home – This fully furnished, contemporary, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath is located in Stratland Estates in Gilbert.  Enjoy your extended stay in this open floor plan single family home complete with a private pool and spacious backyard.  The community offers two parks, a beautiful lake, and views of the Superstition Mountains.  Located within minutes of the 202 freeway you will find convenient access to shopping, dining, outdoor activities and easy routes to all that metro Phoenix has to offer.

This is just a sample of a few of our properties.  Visit our website for more details on what we have to offer to help you enjoy your stay in Phoenix this summer.

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Managed Corporate Housing or a Leasing Agency – What to Look For

Some believe that leasing agents are the same as corporate housing companies.  Little do they know that with the proper research they will find that managed corporate housing can provide a broad spectrum of services to help make life easier for the business traveler. This article written by Kimberly Smith, explains the differences and benefits to hiring a corporate housing company over a standard leasing agency.

“While many professionals believe that all corporate housing companies and leasing agents are the same, the truth is that there are important and unique differences between the three popular types of corporate housing companies. It is critical for relocation professionals to understand these differences when deciding on what kind of company or agent to work with.

First, there are “service companies.” These companies rent apartments, furnish and equip them, then offer the apartments as corporate housing rentals.

Second, there are “apartment companies,” which own or manage large apartment complexes.  These companies use some of their inventory as furnished corporate housing units.

Third, there are “management companies,” which are real estate property management companies that manage properties owned and furnished by individual real estate investors. A relocated executive with a family and/or pet probably would appreciate a unique home in a neighborhood setting that is managed by a management company, whereas a company needing to place numerous executives in similar properties may need 20 units all the same and located within an apartment complex.

Once a relocated professional has chosen the right “kind” of company to work with, it is important to understand that each company offers different services and amenities. Asking the right questions of your corporate housing management company or agent will ensure a more pleasant experience for all. Some important questions to ask include:

Rates. What does the monthly rate include? Are there preferred rates for larger accounts? Are there additional fees? These questions will help a guest enter into a corporate housing lease agreement more knowledgeable and confident.

Location. Is there a local office or on-site contact should the guest require assistance? If the company does not have a local office, ask how the company handles client requests and property issues.

Services. What additional services does the corporate housing company provide? For example, is there 24-hour maintenance service or other amenities that will make the stay pleasant?

Accreditation. Is the company a Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) member? CHPA is the trade organization for the corporate housing industry and requires specific levels of professionalism, excellence, customer service, and ethical standards.  Ask whether the leasing agents are Certified Corporate Housing Professionals (CCHP). The CCHP certification means that the corporate housing professional has met clear industry standards. These accreditations will enable a relocation manager to distinguish a quality corporate housing agent from the pack.

Experience. What percentage of the corporate housing company’s business is involved in corporate relocations? Finding an experienced provider can be a bonus in this changing marketplace.

Protection. How are the company and its vendors insured? This is especially important to find out when working with management companies that manage properties offered by individual homeowners.

Policies. What is the company’s policy when a guest does not like the property? Does it have other options available to accommodate that guest?

Because not all corporate housing management companies and agents are the same, it is of the utmost importance to ask as many questions as you can think of each and every time. The experienced and quality companies will be able to address all your questions and concerns with ease.”

In today’s world full of many options it is important to do your research when seeking professional assistance. Short term housing is no exception.  It is important to feel comfortable when living for an extended period of time away from home.  Finding the right fit with both the service you hire and temporary home you choose will make your stay more enjoyable and stress free.

Remembering Those Who Have Served

Memorial Day is more than just a 3 day weekend complete with BBQ’s, pool parties and marking the unofficial start of summer.  It is a day to remember the men and women of the United States Military who have died while serving this country.  We at AvenueWest Phoenix would like to thank all members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice.  Please join us in honoring these men and women today by taking a moment to give thanks.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

Explore Arizona this Weekend

If you’re looking to get out of town this holiday weekend but haven’t decided where to go yet, we’ve got a few of Arizona’s top destinations for you to set out and explore:

1.  Grand Canyon National Park – whether you’ve seen it before or it’s still on your bucket list, every time you visit the Grand Canyon you are sure to see something new and memorable.  It is always an amazing place to visit and once you’ve witnessed it’s glory it is clear to understand why it has been listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Whether you go for the day and gaze out over the rim, hike in and explore or raft the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon will never disappoint and will leave lasting memories for years and years to come.  Visit Grand Canyon National Park for more information.
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2. SedoSedonana and the Verde Valley – Towering red rocks, eclectic towns and miles of vineyards.  That’s right, you heard me…vineyards in Arizona!  The Verde Valley is home to a variety of culture, picturesque views and outdoor adventures.  From Sedona’s red rocks to Jerome‘s ghost town history you won’t have a dull moment exploring this part of Arizona.  Conveniently located less than 2 hours from Phoenix this day trip worthy destination is sure to delight all walks of life.  If you visit don’t forget to squeeze in a little wine tasting, AZ wines are mighty tasty!

3.  Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – One of the most photographed areas in the world.  Located inside the Navajo Nation this area spans the border of Arizona and Utah.  Home to unforgettable sandstone towers that can reach up to 1,000 feet high and crimson colored mesas, this surreal landscape is mesmerizing.  Located just 4 hours northeast of Flagstaff.  See Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation‘s website for additional details.
Monument Valley

4.  Chiricahua National Monument – You don’t want to miss the natural beauty of this southern ArChiricahuaizona destination.  Located just 2 hours from Bisbee, AZ is the “Wonderland of Rocks”  known as one of the National Park Service’s secret treasures.  This unique park offers endless views of astounding rock formations also known as “Hoodoos”.  The area offers an 8 mile paved scenic drive and 17 miles of hiking trails.  Also stop by the visitor’s center to learn more about the flora, fauna, and ancient history of this amazing part of the state.

5.  Flagstaff – Escape the heat by visiting Flagstaff, AZ.  Just 2 short hours north of Phoenix this mountainous destination is loaded with things to do for the whole family.  Whether your interests lead you outdoors or into town, this modern day old west pioneer town has it all.  Hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, dining, theater, arts, you name it…they’ve got it!  Visit Flagstaff’s website for all of the details to plan your trip!
Flagstaff

No matter what your plans are for this upcoming 3 day weekend we hope you have a safe and happy one!

To Live or Not to Live…Through a Remodel

Thinking of remodeling your home but unsure about living in the mess?   We all know that home renovations take time, even what seems to be a relatively small project can sometimes lead to months of setbacks due to unforeseen issues.  Attempting to live on site through this construction zone can often times be more of a headache than it’s worth and can cause strain on other aspects of your life.

Short term housing is the perfect solution to help you escape the long months of construction by separating yourself from the site with minimal stress.  Allowing yourself to live outside of the renovations in a fully furnished rental will give you the quiet refuge you will need to re-energize and tackle this project with a fresh outlook each day.  Let AvenueWest Phoenix assist you in relocating while your dream home turns into a reality.

 

Corporate Housing Provider vs. DIY

Sometimes we think that doing something on our own will be easier and more cost effective.  In a lot of ways that holds true; however, when it comes to providing and managing corporate housing sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals.  Our own Kimberly Smith explains the advantages of this in the following article she wrote in 2009.House, dollar sign

As the corporate housing industry evolved in the 1980s, a number of large corporations believed it would be cost effective to  purchase and furnish condominiums for their employees’ exclusive use. These companies believed that do-it-yourself corporate housing could save thousands of dollars. But the truth is that going it alone actually was much more costly and extremely frustrating. In fact, many companies signed up for way more than they bargained for.

Elaine Quiroz, president of Corporate Housing Strategies, Roanoke, Virginia, agrees and says that most companies that try to set up their own corporate housing apartments eventually return to working with a corporate housing provider for two reasons, the first of which is that they often do not consider how involved and costly it can be to set up a new corporate apartment. “They often underestimate the time and money involved in scheduling, paying connection and delivery fees, and the costs for furniture, housewares, telephone, electricity, water, and Internet,” says Quiroz.

Second, Quiroz says that these companies also do not take into account the “set-up time involved,” such as waiting four hours
for the cable company to simply show up or fixing a leaky dishwasher at 2:00 a.m. Plus, it takes many hours to coordinate set
up and take down of a property, not to mention cleaning, inspecting, and coordinating transition details with the guest. These
additional activities can add up to hundreds of wasted hours, and time is money.

In addition to the time and effort involved in do-it-yourself corporate housing, there also are a lot of hidden costs involved with
owning and/or managing a property. Companies must provide an upfront down payment (when purchasing a property) or pay a security deposit (when renting an apartment). They also may have to sign a long lease and pay rent each month regardless of whether there is a guest in the apartment. On top of that, the company must furnish, service, maintain, and insure the property—all very costly and timely endeavors for an organization whose core job function is not property management.

Quiroz says it nhouse and handever occurred to these companies that corporate housing was not a one transaction deal. “It’s not like buying a television, where you shop around, make a purchase, walk out of the store, and it’s done. When a corporate housing provider arranges your housing, they are the point-of-contact for the guest from start to finish providing move-in instructions and a host of other questions the guest will inevitably have.”

When seeking corporate housing services in the future contact AvenueWest Phoenix for assistance for all of your short term rental needs.

Fun Things to do in Phoenix this Weekend

In case you haven’t noticed it’s starting to heat up in the Valley of the Sun!  Soon Phoenicians will begin their annual rituals of huddling close to their air conditioners and avoiding the sun and heat as much as possible.  If you’re like us, you want to avoid thinking about the hot summer for as long as possible and still enjoy your weekends out and about.  If you’re not ready to let go of spring just yet, here are a few ways to keep yourself cool this weekend…

1.  Salt River Tubing – Fun for the whole family – although children must be at least 8 years old and a minimum of 4 feet tall.  Take a short ride out of town and visit Salt River Tubing for a floating adventure down the Salt River.  Rent a tube and shuttle service for $17 (cash only) and choose to float for 2-5 hours.  Visit saltrivertubing.com for more information and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Salt River

2.  Friday Night Franks – Fort McDowell hosts a good old fashioned wiener roast this Friday.  You can purchase brats, hot dogs and S’mores and cook them yourself over an open fire.  This perfect family friendly evening comes with horse wagon rides, live music, and games.  The beautiful Arizona sunset and Sonoran Desert in the background set the stage for a delightful and unique way to cool off and start your weekend.  Event runs from 5pm – 9pm and admission is free.  For more details visit Fort McDowell Adventures.

3.  Cirque de la Symphonie – If you’re not up for being outside make sure you add this fantastic event to your calendar this weekend.  This Cirque troop which includes aerial artists, contortionists and jugglers perform with the Phoenix Symphony.  Don’t forget to look up from the stage or you might miss some of the action!  Click here for all of the details.

Cirque Symphony

4.  Spring Arizona Restaurant Week – Now is your chance to get out there and check out that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try.  Overdue for date night or a family get-together?  This is the perfect week to plan a night out as the participating restaurants spare no expense to make sure your night is nothing short of exceptional.  To view restaurants and make reservations visit arizonarestaurantweek.com.

5.  Peach Festival – Ok, this has nothing to do with staying cool but this is a Phoenix tradition and an event you won’t want to miss!  Schnepf Farms is hosting their 20th annual Peach Festival complete with pie eating contests, live music, carnival rides, peach pancake breakfast and a farmer’s market.  Arrive early, bring your sunscreen, and enjoy one of Phoenix’s finest festivals!  Visit schnepffarms.com for all of the yummy details.

Peaches

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Corporate Housing vs. Extended Stay Hotel

Some people think of corporate housing as a version of extended stay hotels.  That is simply not the case.  Corporate housing and extended stay hotels are two vastly different types of accommodations that often are thought to be interchangeable. HotelWhile both offer short-term, furnished accommodations, it is important to understand that the similarities between the two lodging types end there.  Corporate housing typically offers larger square footage, costs less than hotels, offers full customer service, and is used for stays averaging one month or more (the average corporate housing stay is 81 days, according to the 2008 Highlands Group Corporate Housing report).

While these differences are significant, Paul Bates, president of Corporate Accommodations, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says he believes these superficial differences do not really define the true disparities between corporate housing and extended stay hotels. Instead, Bates defines the difference as residential housing versus transient housing. Corporate housing provides complete temporary housing solutions within a stable residential setting unlike extended stay hotels, which are surrounded by an open parking lot and are filled entirely by transient guests.

Understanding these unique and sometimes subtle differences between corporate housing and extended stay hotels can save
a company thousands of dollars and provide guests with a more pleasant and positive stay.  When deciding where to stay for your next trip look to AvenueWest Phoenix to assist you in finding the perfect short term home away from home.

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Celebrating with Mom…Simply

Mother’s Day is a time to spend quality time with mom and to show her how much you appreciate everything she does.  Unfortunately, sometimes though, your special day together ends up waiting in line if you choose to go to a popular place!  We thought we’d give you a few suggestions for this Mother’s Day to hopefully help you focus less on fighting the crowds and more on spending time with Mom.

1.  Go for a walk – even though it’s starting to warm up the weather is still nice and if you get an early start you can enjoy a leisurely stroll together.  Take this time to get a different view of the neighborhood, catch up on the past week’s events, or talk about fun memories together.  Grab your tennis shoes and maybe even take the dog.  Get out there for some fresh air and good conversation.walk with mom

2.  Special meal at home – stay away from long lines and make mom something special at home.  Breakfast in bed, brunch on the patio, or a BBQ by the pool.  Save time and money and spend some time in the kitchen showing mom your inner gourmet.

3.  Ride a bike – whether you prefer skinny tires or fat ones if you and mom like to be active break out the bikes and go for a ride!  Phoenix is jam packed with many areas to ride – a plethora of bike lanes throughout the city, greenbelts, canals, trails, and so much more.  You would be amazed at the new and different things you will see around the city on two wheels instead of four.

4.  Take a hike – even if you’re not the most adventurous type Phoenix parks offer hiking trCactus Flowerails for all lifestyles.  From the heart pounding treks up to the mountain peaks to a leisurely stroll through the desert, our parks have it all!  Get out and enjoy nature before it gets too hot.  Some of the spring flowers are still in bloom including the Saguaro Cactus Flower which only blooms in April and May.  Go early and try to catch a glimpse before they’re gone for another year.  Just don’t forget to look down once in a while and watch your step!

 

5.  Spend some time by the pool – it’s perfect pool weather right now.  Whether you have a pool at home or want to spend some time at one of our fine resorts lounging by the pool is always a relaxing way to spend the day.  Read a book, catch up on old times, go for a dip!  Enjoy the weather and one another but don’t forget the sunscreen!

We hope this has given you some inspiration on a more simple way to celebrate Mother’s Day; but, whatever you and mom decide to do this weekend we hope you and your family have a wonderful day together!

 

Decorating Dilemma?

Do you have the perfect rental property but are unsure on how to decorate?  Furnished or unfurnished, AvenueWest Phoenix can help you prepare your investment property to make even the most particular tenant feel right at home.  Our experienced professionals are capable of assisting you in sprucing up the minor details with a furnished place or completely filling up a vacant space with a new and modern twist.   We can even provide full kitchen kits, linens and towels.  There is no need to stress when AvenueWest Phoenix is managing your investment property.  Feel free to contact us for more information on our property management services and visit our website to see current properties for decor inspiration.

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