Month: July 2014

What Surrounds our New One Bedroom…

Our new one bedroom condo is so close to…well, almost everything…we thought we’d expand a little bit on how much surrounds this perfect little rental.  With so much to do that is so close by you will have a really hard time finding things NOT to do!

Spring Training – If you stay during the month of March pack your peanuts and cracker jacks!  This rental is close to the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe.  If you aren’t a fan of any of these teams before you arrive most likely you will be when you leave!

Phoenix Zoo – Open year round this zoo is one of a kind with both exotic animals and local inhabitants from our unique Sonoran Desert.  Bring your walking shoes as this zoo goes on for miles entertaining all ages with wildlife viewing, petting zoos, splash pads, and live shows…I think they even have friendly camels just waiting to give you a ride!

Desert Botanical Garden – if fauna isn’t your thing, just skip on next door to the botanical gardens for an unforgettable day of desert flora.  Our botanical garden is known for it’s beautiful exhibits on Sonoran Desert plants, cacti and flowers.  Depending on what time of year you visit, you have the option to view the monarch butterflies, night blooming flowers, Chihuly in the Garden and Las Noches de Luminarias.  Check out their website at www.dbg.org for information on all of their events and more!

Arizona State University – ASU not only offers a fine education but they also have an excellent sports program and mesmerizing theater performances that are open to the public.  Check their website for information on all of the happenings at the Tempe campus.

Old Town Scottsdale – With endless art galleries, shopping and restaurants you can spend all day in this small section of Scottsdale and feel as if you still haven’t seen it all.  The business owners in old town take pride in their historic area of town and will treat you to a memorable experience that will have you wanting to come back for more!

Tempe Town Lake – Approximately 5 miles around, this local favorite is a great place to stretch your legs and get a little exercise.  Whether you like to run, bike, walk,  fish or boat this urban recreation park has just what you need.

For more information on our latest property or any of our other great rentals  feel free to contact us at 602.753.4212 or phoenix@avenuewest.com.

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One Bedroom, Short Term Rental in Prime Location

New property to feature this week!  This time we’re taking you to a very nice location with easy access to all points within the east and central valley.  Come check out this beautiful condo with so much to offer you may not want to leave!

Wonderful one bedroom condo with easy access to Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale! You will enjoy the comfort and convenience of this perfectly contained short-term, fully furnished rental. ALL utilities are included: high speed internet, cable, phone, electric (cap applies), and water. You can move right into your new residence!

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This condo community offers several amenities like a resort-style swimming pool and spa which is heated during the winter months, and fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center. Lounge by poolside cabanas that have their own misting system to keep you cool. Enjoy a barbecue in our beautiful picnic area and surrounded by a panoramic mountain view.

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Red Rox is located within 3 miles of Old Town Tempe, ASU Campus, Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Gardens, San Francisco Giant’s Training Camp, Oakland A’s Training Camp, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Papago Park Golf Course and much more.

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For more information please contact us directly at 602.753.2412 or visit our website at http://phoenix.avenuewest.com.

Get Outta Town and Cool Off this Weekend!

We thought we’d showcase a little out of town hike for you in this week’s Friday post. Located near Williams, AZ this hike was originally posted by Arizona Highways Magazine online.  Treat yourself to a short scenic drive to the Arizona high country for cooler temperatures and enjoy some ancient scenery.

Keyhole Sink

Gray-black basalt cliffs surrounding three sides of Keyhole Sink guard a small forest glade in the Kaibab National Forest, west of Flagstaff. From the Oak Hill Snow Play Area parking lot, 4 miles west of the tiny town of Parks, cross Historic Route 66 to the Keyhole Sink trailhead. The trail, a 2-mile round trip, is rated as easy. Rocky in spots, it gently slopes down into a small box canyon, where a thousand years ago, ancient Indians carved petroglyphs into the volcanic canyon walls. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, the route makes a cool summer hike, and blue triangle markers nailed to trees guide cross-country skiers along the trail in the winter. The trail gradually descends to the bottom of a small draw covered with wild rosebushes and irises. Over thousands of years, the erosion of a lava flow created this keyhole-shaped canyon. The trail ends at a small pond at the base of the darkest basalt cliffs that stand 30 to 40 feet high. The size of the water hole depends on precipitation and can range from bone-dry to about 4 feet deep.

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Trail Guide

Length: 2 miles, round-trip
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Directions: From Flagstaff, travel west on Interstate 40 to Exit 178, Parks Road. Leaving I-40, drive north .4 mile on Parks Road to Historic Route 66 and turn left, heading west for 4.2 miles. A brown sign on the right marks the Oak Hill Snow Play Area; the parking lot is on the left just past the sign. The trailhead starts across the highway from the parking lot.
Information: Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District, 928-635-5600;www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/recreation/trails.

Get out of the heat, soak up some fresh air and take a hike!

See You in Arizona Football Fans!

Ok football fans…the wait is almost over!  We’ve got about 1o days to go before the NFL preseason begins and 42 until the Green Bay Packers will take on the Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks, to kick off the regular season.  The pursuit for the Vince Lombardi Trophy will soon commence and the road to Arizona will be in hot pursuit!  No matter which team you are a fan of, they are all starting from the same point for 2014 and they all have a shot at making it to the big game in Glendale, AZ next February.

If you haven’t already started planning your football getaway to Arizona it’s time to begin.  Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium is hosting both the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and Super Bowl XLIX (49)  on Sunday, February 1, 2015.  No matter if your team makes it to the big game or not, you will most likely still have some favorite players show up for the Pro Bowl.  Get your lodging reserved now for at least 2 weeks of football, BBQ’s, tailgating and WARM WEATHER!

 

Contact AvenueWest Phoenix at 800.928.1592 for more information on our available rentals.  Also, if you are interested in having us manage your investment property contact us as soon as possible so that we can have you set and ready to go before the big game!

Inexpensive Ideas to Upgrade Your Investment

Are you thinking of upgrading your rental property and focused on keeping your costs low?  Can’t seem to locate your creative muse at the moment? There are several ways to give your investment a face-lift without breaking the bank.  We’ve got some tips laid out for you that should brighten up your place just in time for some fresh new tenants! Follow this link to CHBO where you will find a very informative and creative article written by AvenueWest‘s own, Kimberly Smith, to help you with some inspiring ideas and inexpensive upgrades.  Martha Stewart who?

 

Cool Ways to Spend your Weekend

July in Phoenix is one of our toughest months to get through.  Not only is it hot but it’s no longer a “dry heat”…well, by Phoenecian standards anyway.  By the time we reach July we’re starting our monsoon season which brings the dreaded humidity.  If you have lived here for a while and have become accustomed to the desert dry air once  the dew point reaches above 50 degrees it feels like you’re living in the middle of Florida.   Not only are the daily temperatures well above 100, but now there is added humidity.  This is NOT a very fun combination.  How do we get through it you ask?  We deal with it just like the rest of the country deals with their cold winters – indoors!  If the heat has got you down this week we’ve got some “cool” ideas for you to try out this weekend.

 

Great Indoor Beer and Wine Festival – Enjoy an afternoon sampling craft beer and wine and relax in the comfort of air conditioning at the Arizona Event Center in Mesa.  Saturday, July 19 from 1pm-6pm.  $30 admission allows you to experience 10 craft beer and 10 wine tastings.

Don’t Cross the Streams! – This Saturday night, flash back to the 80’s (the decade not degrees!) to cheer on your favorite heroes as they battle against Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.  Cult Classics and Zia Records present Ghost Busters once again on the big screen for one night only!  Pollack Tempe Cinemas, $11.00 at 9:30pm, cultclassicsaz.com.

Winter in July! – Sorry moms and dads this one is for the kids!  The Phoenix Zoo is hosting it’s annual Winter in July family favorite event.  Come on down and play in the snow, splash around at the water play areas, dance, and watch the animals receive yummy treats.  Saturday, July 19, 7am-11am, see zoo website for admission prices.

Art Walk – Visit the Phoenix Art Museum for an intellectual tour of over 17,000 works of art and fashion design.  “Visitors can also enjoy PhxArtKids an interactive space for children, vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Sculpture Garden, dining at Palette and shopping at The Museum Store.” General Admission $10, see website for hours.

Stay cool and enjoy your weekend everyone!

Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine has Named Phoenix a Great City to Buy Investment Properties

Phoenix has been deemed a great market to buy investment properties in the most recent issue of Personal Real Estate Investment Magazine. Phoenix is the home of several fortune 500 companies and has attracted many technology companies as well. It is home to Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix which are two of the most enrolled schools in the nation. Phoenix also has over 250 golf courses and is the 6th largest city in the U.S. with a population of 4.3 million people.

Phoenix, AZ is another great city to invest in real estate.

Phoenix, AZ is another great city to invest in real estate.

There are several reasons why Phoenix is a good place to invest in residential real estate. One is that real estate prices are coming back up and the growing population has fueled the economy. The home building is projected to rise by 30% this year. The Local Market Monitor predicts that the home values in the Phoenix metro area to rise by 18% in the next year, which is more than double the national average of 8.8%. They anticipate home prices to increase by 48% in the next 3 years. The report also states that “economic growth was good in the past year, with job gains in most sectors, especially in healthcare, business services, and the finance sector.”

Chris Loeffler, the CEO of Caliber Companies, LLC agrees with the Local Market Monitor projections: “If you look at things from a macro-level, the city is looking great. Top scores in job growth, recovery speed, housing affordability and related indicators show that Phoenix is a great place to invest for the long term. While we experienced one of the most dramatic downturns, we lead the nation in our recovery thus far and will continue that trend for the foreseeable future.” Even though Arizona’s tourism seasonality differs from the majority of the country due to the incredibly hot summers, Loeffler states: “while things slow a bit for residential during the summer, there is not a significant drop-off activity.”

Linda Gerchick, the designated broker at Gerchick Real Estate says that “…people can still buy here and make money” because of the under-priced properties in a major growing city make it a viable investment market. “As we continue to grow, we have the infrastructure here to handle it. We have an amazing highway system here with more coming. One of the reasons why we’re home to some Silicon Valley call centers and servers is they don’t have to worry about earthquakes, fires and utility interruptions disturbing them.” Another couple reasons why Phoenix is a great place to invest according to Gerchick: “we are incredibly landlord-friendly. I can evict a tenant in three weeks. You can’t do that in other places in the country; sometimes it’s months, if not years, to get a tenant out.” Another benefit of investing in Phoenix is there is no annual fee for an LLC (Limited Liability Company) like in other states.

Alan Langston, the head of the Arizona Real Estate Investors Association (AZREIA), says “long-term holds for rentals looks strong while demand is good, with low vacancies and rent rates projected to increase.”

Chris Loeffler says that investment “…opportunities lie in combining the right strategy, with the right location, and the right asset class…buy, renovate, add value and hold for the long term. Well-purchased and renovated properties in Phoenix are a gold mine…” Loeffler sums up purchasing investment properties in the Phoenix metropolitan area by stating: “Phoenix has grown without missing a beat, through recession after recession…the state’s economy is on a major rebound and our treasurer has ensured we have significant cash in the bank. I cannot think of a single city I would rather own income property in.”

So why not purchase your next investment property in the Valley of the Sun? If you are interested in finding a local company to manage your investment property for you, AvenueWest Phoenix is a licensed real estate brokerage offering short-term fully furnished rentals and we are looking for property investors like you who are interested in learning more about our specialized management program. Fully furnished rentals can offer you a greater return in the long run than traditional unfurnished rentals. To inquire about more information, give us a call 1-800-928-1592 or email us: Phoenix@avenuewest.com.

Arizona Monsoon

It’s that time of year again, time for the infamous Arizona monsoon.

For those of you who are unaware the monsoon brings much needed rain, brilliant lightning shows and awe inspiring dust storms.  They are spectacular to witness but they can be dangerous too.

Follow this link for some helpful tips on how to stay safe during an Arizona summer storm.

Scottsdale Surroundings

Since we’ve got a new property to feature this week, our Scottsdale Ranch Condo,  we thought we’d stay with the same theme and highlight it’s surroundings in today’s post.  As you may already know, Scottsdale Ranch is a very popular area filled with a multitude of restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  Below we’ve selected a few local must haves that we thought you might be interested in the next time you stay with us…

DiningTesoro Ristorante Italiano – a local favorite!  Family owned and operated, Tesoro will make you feel as if you were vacationing  in Rome with their authenticl Italian dishes.  Their inviting aromas, elegant yet comfortable ambiance and friendly staff will allow you to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family.  Come hungry and try not to eat too much of the freshly baked bread before your main course arrives!  Located just 1.2 miles from the condo at 11219 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ.

Sweet TreatGolden Spoon Frozen Yogurt – relief from the heat is located just 1.5 miles away!  Known as the “ice cream lovers frozen yogurt” the founder of Golden Spoon created his own original recipes for a healthier and tastier frozen yogurt.  Stop on by for a variety of flavors and toppings to help you cool off during these hot summer months.  Just one tip…maybe stay and enjoy your frozen treat there…should you decide to venture out…in these desert temps it may melt before you reach the car!  9397 E Shea Blvd, Ste 110, Scottsdale, AZ

GrocerySafeway is just a short 1.5 miles away and is one of the larger grocery chains in the Valley.  Their giant selection, fresh produce and friendly customer service keep loyal customers coming back time and time again.  11275 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ

Gas StationCircle K Convenience Store – another large chain with a good reputation, clean stores and well lit fueling areas. This will be your one stop shop before hitting the road for fuel, food, and the occasional lottery ticket.  Just 0.6 miles from “home”. 10050 E Mountain View Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Cool Off –  Yes, you have access to a pool at the condo but in this heat, sometimes you just need to let loose and take the whole family to the waterpark! The closest park is Big Surf located 9.4 miles from the condo.  With a giant wave pool and dozens of water slides you are sure to have a good time and for just a brief afternoon you may just forget about the desert heat.  1500 N. McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ

Enjoy!

For more information about this property or any of our other fine locations please visit our website at phoenix.avenuewest.com.

 

Scottsdale Ranch Condo

Happy Monday Everyone!  We’ve got a great new property to show you!  Located in Scottsdale Ranch this fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is just the right fit for…well, pretty much anyone!

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This property offers a 48″ flat screen TV in family room, a private yard with covered patio, fireplace, 2 car garage, wet bar with granite, in unit washer/dryer, and full kitchen. Master bedroom has a king size bed and 39″ flat screen TV. Second bedroom has a queen size bed with 32″ flat screen TV. Everything is ready for you to move right in including housewares, linens, decor and ALL utilities included.  You will also enjoy the community heated pool, spa, and gated entrance. Near fishing/boating at Lake Serena, baseball spring training, shopping, Scottsdale Healthcare at Shea, and the Mayo Clinic. The home is also just a short walk from a beautiful 28 acre park featuring lighted tennis courts, a baseball diamond, volleyball pits, a senior center and botanical gardens, all just minutes from your door.

If you would like more information on this property or any of our other wonderful rentals across the valley, feel free to visit our website or call us at 800.928.1592.