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Monsoon Season Approaches Southern Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Monsoon Season Arrives In Arizona

I woke this morning to a welcome sight...puffy clouds barely tinged with telltale signs of dark grey dotting the bright blue and endless skies above me.   A signal that the long awaited Monsoon season is arriving and with it, much needed rain to help alleviate the extremely dry conditions that have ignited a wildfire season which will certainly go down in Arizona's history as being one of the worse ever. 

Throughout the day I have watched as the cloud cover has continued to build and with it the signs of rain have multiplied in the ever darkening color of the clouds.  It is that time of year that those of us who live here full time look forward to with great anticipation--the Monsoon season!

Monsoon is an Arabic word that means "season".   Although it is believed that Monsoon is used to describe the arrival of precipitation, it is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation.  Today, the term is used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.

Monsoon Arrival 2011In a nutshell, when you see the term Monsoon used by the media at this time the year it refers to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern.  The key word being RAIN, and yes, today there are signs that we may actually have a Monsoon season and soon!

During the summer months in Arizona, the winds shift from west or northwest to a south or southeast direction.  This shift is caused by the combination of the Bermuda high and the intense heat of the desert.  A strong southerly flow  brings in moisture from the Gulfs of California and Mexico.  When the moisture encounters the higher terrain, it is lifted and can form thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, hail and strong gusty winds. 

What it means to the less technical among us (myself included!) is that we will soon have relief from the triple digit heat as the rain cells tend to cool things off.  Unfortunately however, the increased humidity on clear, sunny days can be very hard to handle for those of us who are fans of the dry heat!

Keep an eye out for those incredible double rainbows, unique cloud formations, Monsoon Arrives In Southern Arizonaand astounding storm patterns with a downpour in one area while the suns shines just miles away.  If you have a camera close at hand, you are in for some once in a lifetime photos especially if you can capture the lightning that seems to come from every direction at the same time.  It is truly a sight to behold...the power of Mother Nature during an Arizona Monsoon. 

         JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Quail Creek Offers The Resort Lifestyle

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

If living the resort lifestyle is high on your list of things to do after retirement, then you'll want to be sure to check out Quail Creek in Green Valley, Arizona.  It has bragging rights to being voted one of the top 100 Best Master Planned Communities in the country by Where To Retire magazine.  A stunning setting on high-desert terrain near the majestic Santa Rita Mountains and first class amenities provide Quail Creek homeowners with an unparalleled country club lifestyle that includes:

Quail Creek Madera Clubhouse in Green Valley AZ

Quail Creek Country Club, which has the Madera Clubhouse, swimming pools & spas, tennis & bocce ball courts, ballroom/auditorium, creative arts and a technology center, fitness facility and dog park.

Quail Creek Golf Course

Quail Creek Golf Course has 27 holes of championship golf.  Framed by a breathtaking southwestern setting, this course is an enjoyable experience for all golfers. 

The Quail Creek Grill & Lounge is the perfect place to relax and meet your friends and neighbors for a casual meal or drinks after a round of golf, or for an evening out celebrating a special event with loved ones.

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This 55+ age community offers a wide range of homes to suit every taste and budget.   Whether you decide to choose from one of the 11 floor plans that Robson offers and build a home to your specific tastes, or want to find a great deal on a resale home, Quail Creek has a perfect place for you to call home. 

For more information about Quail Creek and everything it offers, or to start building and/or find the home of your dreams call Judi @ 520-241-7780 or click here to have listings that fit your specific criteria delivered free to your email inbox.

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Green Valley, AZ May 2011 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Green Valley AZ Real Estate Statistics

As is typically the case, when the temperatures begin to climb, sales drop.  There were 67 homes sold in the month May, a considerable dip from the 112 sold in April.  Sales remain slightly ahead in 2011 at 444 for the year versus 441 for the same time period in 2010.   

Another positive note for this month was the fact that the average selling price climbed from the low $160,000 to $175,595:

AVERAGE SELLING PRICE YTD FOR 2011:

JANUARY 2011     $162,340
FEBRUARY 2011 $164,457
MARCH 2011

$161,548

APRIL 2011

$162,586

May 2011 $175,595

 

AVERAGE SELLING PRICE YTD FOR 2010:

 

JANUARY 2010 $157,727
FEBRUARY 2010 $163,604
MARCH 2010 $158,559
APRIL 2010 $162,666
MAY 2010 $178,462
JUNE 2010 $165,334
JULY 2010 $167,056
AUGUST 2010 $167,884
SEPTEMBER 2010 $167,543
OCTOBER 2010
$168,547
NOVEMBER 2010

$169,476

DECEMBER 2010 $168,477

 

The breakdown for the active residential listings as of May 31, 2011 were as follows:

 

Green Valley

(includes Quail Creek & surrounding subdivisions)

624

SAHUARITA

(includes subdivisions N of Duval Mine Road & Duval Mine Rd.

  82

AREAS S & SE & SW OF GREEN VALLEY

(includes Elephant Head, Amado, Aravaca, Montana Vista & Lakewood)

  16

AREAS N & NE & NW OF SAHUARITA

(includes Vail, Curley, Horn Ranch, Ocotillo Ranch, etc)

    6

TUBAC & TUMACACORI

  43

RIO RICO   18
OTHER: INCLUDING TUCSON, NOGALES ETC.     2

 

67 homes were sold in May 2011 as compared to 112 in April 2011.  The breakdown, by area, for those sales were as follows:

 

GREEN VALLEY                                                51
SAHUARITA

  7

TUBAC
  5
VAIL, NOGALES, RIO RICO, ARIVACA/AMADO   4

 

Following is the 2010 to 2011 year-to-date comparison for the time period of January 1 through May 31, 2011:

 

  2010 2011
Houses Sold 441 444
Days On Market 167 178
Average Selling Price $178,462 $175,595
Median Price $159,000 $157,250

 

          JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Murphy Fire Strikes Close To (MY) Home

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Murphy Fire Near TubacI live in the picturesque community of Aliso Springs that is situated in the foothills of the Tumacacori Mountains.  Not many people have heard about this enclave of about 35 custom homes each situated on 4+ acres that boast knockout views of pristine desert and ruggedly beautiful mountains.  However, all that changed this past week when the aggressive Murphy Fire, unstoppable in its quest for fuel sources, roared down our mountain range and into our lives.

Suddenly Aliso Spring became front page news as flames licked perilously closeMurphy Fire Near Tubac and threatened homes in our area.  The quiet and serenity of this out of the way community was shattered with air tankers dropping loads of fire retardant around the homes closest to the mountains and the sound of multiple helicopters flying back and forth from a water source to drop buckets of water on the rapidly advancing flames.  Rarely traveled dirt and gravel roads were packed with firetrucks and forestry vehicles, and everywhere you looked were the determined faces of firefighters willing to put their lives on the line for our safety. 

Today the smoke, kicked up by stronger winds, continues to waft over the blackened mountain sides to the west and south of our homes.  At times it turns dark reminding us of the fire still burning uncontrolled just on the other side of our beloved mountain range.  There is evidence of small hot spots on the charred mountain sides visible from our homes that kick up with the stronger gusts.   Both are reminders, as is the Tubac fire truck parked in front of my home as it has been for the past 3 days, that we may not yet be out of danger.

Murphy Fire Near TubacAs of the last report posted on June 6, 2011, this human caused fire has devoured 37,500 acres.  The financial cost is at a staggering 1.7 million and since the fire is only 15% contained will certainly climb much higher before it is under control. 

Sleepless night and anxiety filled days have been a relatively small price to pay when compared to the hundreds of fire fighters who have given their all to keep us safe.  I've watched as they have donned heavy gear in temperatures nearing 100 degrees and done hand to hand combat with a power capable of destroying everything and everyone in its way. 

I'd love to be able to thank each one of them personally but since that isn't possible must settle with this tribute to their selflessness.  They truly are the unsung heroes in this fight against one of the biggest wildfires that Santa Cruz County has ever experienced.  My home, as well as all of the homes of my neighbors, are standing today because of them. 

My heart is filled with gratitude for every man and woman who is out there on the front line fighting this fire to keep us safe.  Please join me in thanking them and in saying a prayer for their safety.  Most of all, let us all ask whatever higher power we believe in for an end to this devastating fire. 

       JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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