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Solterra By Fairfield Homes-Built By Dorn Homes

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

       

 

Green Valley's Newest Community

 

                   

                                  

                 By Fairfield Homes

 

        Constructed By Dorn Homes

 

Two of the area's oldest and most respected developers, Fairfield Homes and Dorn Homes, have teamed up to bring a building revolution to Green Valley, Arizona.

 

Solterra, inspired from "Sol" for Sun, and "Tierra" for Earth is as unique as its name:

 

  • VIEWS!  Each homesite has been specially created and engineered to take full advantage of the magnificent mountain views from Sunrise to Sunset. 

     
  • UNBEATABLE CUSTOM FEATURESNot your typical home, these are loaded with all the "I Wants", including granite in the kitchen, solar water heater, thermal envelope insulation, and more!

     
  • LIFESTYLE.   Your new home in Solterra includes membership to Green Valley Recreation, Arizona’s most famous recreational campus network boasting over $18 million dollars in facilities including 13 recreation centers, swimming pools, spas, fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment, racquetball, and tennis. With over 60 clubs to choose from you’ll be able to find the activity of choice, from cultural events to arts and crafts to ceramic studios and woodworking shops. Hundreds of volunteers assist a dedicated staff to help operate year-round programs for the active adult lifestyle.
     
  • FLOORPLANS For Every Taste & BudgetCatalina, Artesa, Estrella, and Cimarron.


 

 
 

 

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Steve Jobs--One of "The Crazy Ones"

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Hearing the news that Steve Jobs had died stopped me in my tracks.  Suddenly the world felt different and I can't help but wonder why the passing of someone I had never met would impact me so profoundly. 

Yes, there is a connection as it was Steve Job's organization that gave my son, Jeffrey Monday, his first job (and only to date as he is still working there) in the business world.  He was the youngest person they had ever hired (just shortly before he graduated from UC Irvine)  as a Sales Executive.  Today he has risen through the ranks from calling on colleges and universities throughout Southern California to working with a prestigious group of Fortune 1000 companies. 

I've watched my son grow into a man during his tenure at Apple.  In his home office is a collection of black and white pictures of the people that inspired Apple's "Think Different".   A legendary list of 17 iconic personalities:  Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso.  Each one, a remarkable human being who marched to their own drummer and refused to conform, and by do so, changed the world.

Also featured on Jeffrey's wall is Job's ode to "The Crazy Ones":

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.   Apple Inc.

(This ad, Apple Steve Jobs The Crazy Ones, was never before aired and is narrated by Steve Jobs.)

 

I'm sure the next time I visit my son, there will be a new legend hanging on his wall, Steve Jobs.  A man who dared to be different in a world where PCs reign by standing at the "intersection of art and technology",  and creating elegant works of art instead of being just another manufacturer of tech products. 

Thank goodness Steve was one of the crazy ones.  His genius, the likes of which will be impossible to match, changed not only the business industry, but the world.  His passing challenges us all to be equally courageous in our ambitions and inspires us to dream big and let nothing stop us in making them come true no matter how crazy or out of reach they may seem. 

 

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State ParkDeep within the bowels of the earth in the Whetstone Mountains is a magical place 200,000 years in the making--a pristine limestone cave.  Discovered in November 1974 by two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, when they found a narrow crack at the bottom of a sinkhole leading into the hillside. The warm moist air that flowed from the crack signaled the existence of a cave.

Curious, they crawled deeper and after several hours found the "live" limestone cave.  This underground wonder is home to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations, including:

  • one of the world's longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 3 inches (Throne Room)
  • the tallest and most massive column in Arizona, Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall (Throne Room)
  • the world's most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk (Big Room)
  • the first reported occurrence of “turnip” shields (Big Room)
  • the first cave occurrence of “birdsnest” needle quartz formations
  • many other unusual formations such as shields, totems, helictites, and rimstone dams.

For an unforgettable adventure be sure to put the Kartchner Caverns State Park on your "must see" list.  During a memorable 1 1/2 hour tour, your guide will unveil the mysteries of this fascinating underground landscape.  The park's Discovery Center features museum exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, lockers, shaded picnic areas, a deli, an amphitheater, and a hummingbird garden.

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Before You Say YES To A House

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Two of the buyers that I am currently working with are clients of mine who each bought a house though me less than a year ago.  This is the first time in my relatively short real estate career I have had anyone come back and say they bought the wrong house...and it has happened twice in the last month. It has made me wonder how such a costly mistake could be made and what advice I should give to buyers to help prevent it from happening again. 

First and foremost I would tell anyone thinking about purchasing a home to sit down and create a list of must haves in their new home.  Secondly,  prioritize that list in two ways--things that are cosmetic and therefore can be changed and those items that cannot be changed or "fixed'. 

For instance, you "must" have granite counter tops.  Of course, the best case scenario would be to find that perfect home with granite counters.  But, let's say you find a home that fits all the criteria on your list except for the granite counters.  Given that this is something that CAN be fixed, and, if there isn't another home that fits so perfectly with what want in a home, then the lack of granite counters shouldn't be a deal breaker.

However, let's say a quiet setting is high on your list because you are sensitive to noise.  You find find a home that has granite counters and everything else on your list EXCEPT it is close to a busy highway.  Then this is a house that no matter how perfect it may be otherwise, is one that you should most likely walk away from or risk living each day regretting your decision to buy it.  Perhaps the noise is at a level that can be masked to some degree with a water feature -- then you need to consider if the noise will grow louder over time as the community continues to grow.  Is this a risk you are willing to take?

Lastly I would advise a buyer to make several visits to the home at different times of the day and to use all of their senses each time to evaluate whether this is really the right home.  How do you feel when you are in the home; what noises do you hear; what do you see as you walk around the inside and outside of the home; and what do you smell inside and outside the home? 

In summary, as you begin your home buying adventure, come armed with a list of everything you MUST have in your new home.  Understand which items on the list are cosmetic in nature and therefore could be changed, if necessary, as opposed to those that cannot not be changed or "fixed".  By NOT compromising on the items that can't be changed, chances are you will live happily ever after in the home of your dreams. 

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Pima Air & Space Museum

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Pima Air & Space Museum

Tucson, Arizona is home to one of the largest Aviation Museums in the world. Airplane buffs and non-buffs alike flock to the Pima Air & Space Museum, to be “wowed” by more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft  spread out over 80 acres.  Included in the collection are many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced in the United States and throughout the world.   Pima Air & Space Museum has the distinction of being the biggest non-government funded aerospace museum.

Pima Air & Space Museum SR-71A BlackbirdHoused in the museum is one of the most recognized aircraft ever built, the SR-71A Blackbird, which holds speed and altitude records and is the only manned, jet-powered aircraft to exceed Mach 3.  Other noteworthy and popular aircraft include the Convair B-36J Peacemaker, which is the largest bomber and the last piston engine bomber produced by the United States, and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, called a “Hemisphere Defense Weapon” by the Army Air Force. 

Kids and those young at heart will definitely enjoy the many hands on learning opportunities, including the mock-up of a control tower.   Inside the Space Gallery Hangar you can look inside a training version of an Apollo space capsule, see a moon rock, learn about the Phoenix Mars mission at an interactive exhibit, and follow a timeline of the space race as well as see many other fascinating exhibits pertaining to space. 

In the fall of 2009 the Museum broke ground on a 20,000 square foot expansion to Hangar 1. The new space will create a central plaza with expanded guest accommodations, including a new 4,500 square foot restaurant facility.  Within the space will be displayed some of the more famous and recognizable aircraft that have strong connections to film and television in an engaging setting ideal for special events of any occasion.

Ranked #3 of 169 attractions in the Tucson area by Trip Advisor, the Pima Air & Space Museum is an experience you won’t want to miss.   Just a short 20 minute drive north from Green Valley, Arizona--why not, take a day to let your dreams take flight.

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Aging In Place

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The term "aging in place" means living where you have lived for many years or living in a non-healthcare environment and and using products, services and conveniences that enable you stay in your home as circumstances change.   It is estimated that some 70% of seniors spend the rest of their life in the place where they celebrate their 65th birthday.

Rather than moving into an Assisted Living community, a rapidly growing choice of many seniors is to have modifications made to their homes to cope with fading eyesight and restrictions of movement.  Studies have shown that elders remaining in their own home live healthier, safer and happier lives.  The Aging In Place home modification movement is helping today's aging population to remain in their own homes by creating modifications that provide comfort and safety.

With nearly 80 million baby boomers reaching their senior years, Certified Aging-In-Place specialists (CAPS) and the National Association of Home Builders are working toward developing programs that go beyond what is required in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Among other things, the ADA requires ramps at entrances to public buildings and wider bathroom stalls in order to be accessible to wheelchairs.  CAPS is bringing barrier free functions combined with aesthetics into private homes to provide safety in an attractive setting. 

About 27% of today's senior have chosen to live in a NORC, which is a community or neighborhood where residents remain for years, and age as neighbors, until a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community develops. A NORC may refer to a specific apartment building, a street of old single family homes, or a community of diverse developments. 

Green Valley is a unique community 25 miles South of Tucson that qualifies as a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).  Fair housing laws allow a complex with 80% of its residents over 55, to become officially age restricted.  Except for a few "all age" areas, Green Valley is an age restricted community offering a robust blend of services to the senior population, including 13 Green Valley Recreation Centers that offer an array of social and recreational programs. 

Click here to find a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) in your area. 

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