Month: June 2014

Ease into the East Valley

This week’s property feature is our contemporary 4 bedroom single family home located at the Stratland Estates  in Gilbert, AZ.  With easy access to the 202 freeway it makes for a very convenient place to stay in the East Valley.  Here are a few of our picks to help you find what you need around town when you stay here with us…

Dining – Stratland Estates is located in the heart of the Gilbert suburbs.  With this excellent location anyone can find exactly what they’re craving within just a few miles.  One spot we thought you might like to try is Brio Tuscan Grille located in San Tan Village just 1.6 miles away.  They have a wide variety of Italian dishes on their menu with an elegant atmosphere to help you unwind after a long day.  Chef Gustavo takes pride in his creations and makes it a point to visit with his clientele during the evening to make sure everyone is content.  With a large variety of wines to go along with your meal this is a very good spot to unwind and enjoy your evening.  2150 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, AZ

Gelato – In recent posts we’ve chosen to reserve this spot for coffee shops.  However, with the 110 degree weather that we’re having this week we thought that a much cooler treat might sound a little more delightful.  Frost Gelato Shoppe will surly satisfy in the most gruling Arizona summer temperatures.  Stop on by for some authentic Italian gelato recipes to help cool you down on a hot summer day.  They have a wide variety of flavors and lots and lots of air conditioning to keep you frosty while you sit and enjoy your summer treat.  Oh, and for those of you who would still like some coffee…they’ve got that too!  Iced and hot!  2150 E Williams Field Rd, Ste 120, Gilbert, AZ

GroceryFry’s Food Store is the largest grocery store located by the house at just 0.8 miles away.  Known for their low prices, Fry’s will not disappoint at the cash register nor with their huge selection of foods.  Did we mention this house has a pool?  If you like to grill or entertain stock up at the food store before diving in!  By the way…they sell sunscreen too!  3261 E Pecos Road, Gilbert, AZ

Fuel Up – with such easy access to the freeway you’re going to want to get out and explore.  Once again, Quick Trip is the gas/convenience store of choice for this particular location.  It’s just 1.7 miles from the house and right by the freeway.  Stop by before heading out to fuel up and grab a cold beverage for the road.  3720 S Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ

If your travels lead you to Gilbert, AZ we hope you will choose to stay with us in this beautiful home.  For more information on this location or any of our other properties feel free to contact us at 800.928.1592 or phoenix@avenuewest.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Away From the Heat This Weekend and Enjoy Some Fresh Mountain Air

Looking for a way to escape the heat this weekend?  A great way to cool off and explore some gorgeous areas of our beautiful state is to get out and take a hike!  Arizona has a reputation of being a desolate wasteland of cactus, rattlesnakes and temperatures that resemble that of the surface of the sun.  This is simply not the case – at least not the entire state anyway!  Fact – “Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region.”

This means there are endless trails throughout these forests just waiting for you to discover.  Whether you only have time for a short day trip or you stay the night and camp, escaping to the high country is the perfect way to enjoy your time during an Arizona summer.  Grab your hiking boots, get the kids and the dog, pack a lunch and head for the hills! Enjoy your weekend away from it all and soak up some fresh mountain air!

A Reason to Celebrate!

Last month AvenueWest Corporate Housing celebrated their 15th Anniversary!  As an established proven leader in the corporate housing industry,  AvenueWest has plenty of reasons to celebrate.  As you will see in the attached story by Janine Low, husband and wife team Eric and Kimberly Smith haven’t had a chance to slow down since they founded the company in 1999.

Please follow this link to read more and join us in congratulating Eric and Kimberly and the entire AvenueWest Team.

Happy Anniversary!!!

What’s Around Midtown?

Continuing with our theme from last week on assisting you with what’s nearby some of our properties, this week’s property feature is a spacious loft at The Artisan Lofts on Osborn.  Located at 7th Street and Osborn right in the heart of midtown Phoenix.  With easy access to the light rail this is the perfect location for getting around town and exploring without having to go too far out of your way to find what you want.  We’ve narrowed down a few spots to start with so put on those walking shoes and take a tour with us…

New Hot Spot – Hungry for a little twist on a traditional Mexican dish?  Taco Guild is sure to delight with it’s culinary mix of old world recipes with new world style.  The menu has a wide variety of dishes to please all south of the border taste buds and with  $5 happy hour margaritas you can’t go wrong!  Dine in awe under vaulted ceilings of the old Bethel Church constructed in 1893.  It’s hard not to look around while waiting for your food and admire all of the beautiful craftsmanship that went into the construction of this historic building.  Located just 0.2 miles from your loft you must stop by for at least one margarita!  546 E Osborn Rd.

 

Morning Fix – Just a few steps out your door and you are there!  Urban Beans is a delightful coffee shop with a friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere and menu of beverages and baked goods that will certainly jump start your day.  This too is only 0.2 miles from your comfy bed.  So roll out, slip on your flip flops and follow that bean brewing aroma…you can’t miss it!  3508 N. 7th Street.

Grocery List – If you prefer to stay in and cook you will need to shop for food first!  Safeway is the closet large grocery store located just 1.1 miles from the Artisan Lofts.  Known as one of the largest chains in the country you can pretty much find anything you’re looking for in this store.  With it’s friendly staff and large selection you won’t be disappointed.  Just make sure you follow that list of yours!  It’s hard to get distracted and leave with your wants instead of needs! 520 W Osborn Rd.

Fuel Up – Although the light rail is very close to the loft it can’t take you everywhere.  If you need to get on the road you will need to fuel up.  Being in midtown you could probably throw a rock in any direction and find a gas station.  Due to the fact that this is a highly populated area we would suggest NOT doing that and topping off at QuikTrip instead.  Just 1.1 miles away this is the closet fuel stop and convenience store.  You are always greeted with a friendly smile and a genuine hello.  Coffee, food, refreshments, you name it, they probably have it.  This is your one stop shop before hitting the road, just don’t forget to pay before you pump!  321 W Indian School Rd.

This midtown loft is in a great location to find a large variety of many different things.  This is just a quick summary of a few spots we thought would be helpful if you are new to the area.  If you would like more information on this property or anything else that we have in our inventory feel free to contact us directly at 800.928.1592 or phoenix@avenuewest.com.

A Little Arizona Friday Humor…

It’s going to be a hot one this weekend in the Valley of the Sun!  Have a great one and try to stay cool!

Temporary Emergency Relocation Assistance

Should the unexpected ever occur and you are displaced from your home due to flood, fire, or Mother Nature,  AvenueWest Phoenix can work with your insurance company to assist in providing you a temporary home while yours is being repaired.  Our specialists understand the stress that one can go through when an emergency strikes.  We are here to help ease that stress and help you resettle in an interim setting that best resembles your own living space.  Our rentals include apartments, condominiums, lofts and single family residences.  They are fully furnished complete with all necessary kitchen items.  We also have an on-call manager ready to assist 24 hours a day with any after-hours maintenance emergencies.

AvenueWest Phoenix is here to help make your temporary relocation as easy as possible while dealing with the unexpected at home.  We hope that you will never need us in this type of circumstance; however, should the need ever arise we are here to help in any way that we can.  Feel free to contact us directly at 602-753-2412 or phoenix@avenuewest.com for more information.

South Mountain Surroundings

When staying somewhere new for an extended period of time one can sometimes feel out of sorts by not knowing their  surroundings.  Starting this week, we thought we would focus on one of our properties and point out a few nearby conveniences to help you when researching the area.  Every Monday look forward to seeing a different featured rental with helpful information on what you can find close by while staying with us.  This week’s property feature is our luxurious 5 bedroom, 4 bath home located at South Mountain.

Hungry?  After a long day of work sometimes it’s easier just to grab a bite out and not worry about cooking and cleaning up.  This property is located in an ideal spot with many restaurants nearby to choose from.  Amano Bistro is a South Mountain staple offering a wide variety of Italian food and 25 different wines.  Amano is a local favorite and a great place to unwind after a long day.  Located just 1.1 miles from our South Mountain property you really have no excuse but to check it out!  If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter try GreenMix located less than a mile from “home”.  They serve fresh, healthy salads, sandwiches and wraps daily.  Stop on by on your way home and take something to go or stay for a while and enjoy your meal on their open patio.

Caffeine – the closest coffee shop located within minutes of this property is Starbucks.  Located at 2340 E. Baseline Road just a short  1.5 mile drive to get your boost to start your day.

GroceryFry’s Grocery Store is located less than a mile at 2250 E. Baseline Road.  Known as one of the largest grocery store chains in Phoenix you can pretty much find everything you’re looking for here.

Exercise – If you need to get out and stretch your legs you have come to the right place.  This home is located at the base of South Mountain Park.  This desert park is one of the largest city parks in the country.  Boasting over 16,000 acres and 51 miles of endless trails it’s hard to not get a good workout in while visiting this area.  Whether your passion is hiking, mountain biking, trail running or bird watching you are sure to enjoy yourself here.  Just remember to take plenty of water with you and apply sunscreen before you leave the house.

We hope that you will find this helpful.  If you would like more information on this property visit our website or feel free to contact us directly at 800.928.1592.

Phoenix Fathers – Celebrating with Dad this Weekend

As we hope you are all aware, this Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day.  If you’re still tossing around ideas on how to show Dad how much you appreciate him maybe we can help you narrow it down a bit…

FORE! – Does Dad like to hit the links?  This time of year is perfect for great rates and plenty of tee times to choose from at many of Phoenix’s finest golf courses.  Make sure to get out there early though before the temperature starts rising!

Peanuts & Crackerjacks – The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing at home this Monday, June 16th against the Milwaukee Brewers. Take Dad out to a ballgame for some good old fashioned bonding over baseball.  Don’t forget to bring your mitts and let’s play some ball!

Grill Master – Show Dad your appreciation by grilling him something for a change.  Let Dad relax by the pool or watch the game on TV and throw some steaks on the grill.  Make sure he knows you owe your grill mastering techniques all to him!

Brunch – Treat your father to a nice brunch at one of several fabulous restaurants in the Phoenix area.  If you’re looking to give him a special day out then follow this link to find many restaurants toasting Dad on his special day.

Road Warriors – I don’t know about your dad, but mine has always loved a good road trip.  Whether you choose to go for the weekend or just the day, Arizona has a multitude of fantastic destinations to choose from.  Take a drive up to Prescott, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Tucson or anywhere in-between – just get on the road and go!  Make sure you have a full tank of gas, a variety of music on your playlist and good road snacks for the journey.  Hop on the road and see where it leads you.  Some of the best trips are the one’s you don’t really plan out.  Just make sure you remember how to get back in time for work on Monday!

However you choose to celebrate Dad this weekend we hope you and your families have a wonderful and very happy Father’s Day!

Easy Summer Living in These Cool Quality Short Term Rentals

AvenueWest Phoenix – June Featured Properties

DESIRABLE PATIO HOME IN SCOTTSDALE RANCH – Via Linda & 105th St, Scottsdale
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/SUNT105
2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, all utilities included
$108 per day / $3240 per month (30 day minimum stay)

EXECUTIVE QUALITY CONDO ON WATERFRONT – Rural Rd & Baseline Rd, Tempe
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/ZXHARB223
1 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, all utilities included
$99 per day / $2970 per month (30 day minimum stay)

INVITING HOME IN UNIVERSITY PLACE – University Dr & Val Vista, Mesa
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/ZXUNV3422
2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, all utilities included
$69 per day / $2070 per month (30 day minimum stay)

FABULOUS LOFT IN CENTRAL PHOENIX – Osborn Rd & 7th St, Phoenix
http://phoenix.avenuewest.com/phoenix/ARTO417
1 bed / 1.5 bath, fully furnished, all utilities included
$92 per day / $2760 per month (30 day minimum stay)

AvenueWest Phoenix offers a variety of housing options to accommodate the various reasons people visit the Valley of the Sun. Contact us or call 602-753-2412 to find out more about these and our other great properties!

Getting Around by Rail

While visiting Phoenix if you are interested in seeing some sights but unsure on how to get around check out the Phoenix Metro Light Rail.  This 20 mile train system spans through the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. With 28 stops along the route you are sure to find ease  in getting to where you would like to be.  The fares are the same as a bus ticket – currently $2.00 for one ride or $4.00 for all day. The trains stop at each station every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 20-30 minutes at night and on weekends.  The train cars are large, well lit and clean.  They can easily accommodate wheelchairs, bikes and your luggage (if traveling to and from the airport). With convenient access to a few points of interest such as US Airways Center, Chase Field, ASU Downtown and Main campuses, Phoenix Convention Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center , and many others you will find the Phoenix Light Rail system to be a helpful guide in assisting you in finding your way around town.

When arranging your travel plans make sure you spend a little time getting to know the light rail as it may come in handy while you’re staying with us in the Valley of the Sun.