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San Ignacio Real Estate In Green Valley AZ

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

A rare experience awaits those looking to relocate to the area around the San Ignacio Golf Club in Green Valley, Arizona. Rarely can a recreational facility of any kind be said to define the experience of living in a particular area. As part of Green Valley Recreation (a non-profit partnership of 13 recreation centers) the San Ignacio enclave of homes does just that. The neighborhoods and partner facilities making up this exclusive, sporting community represent a quality of life often sought after, but rarely found.

The name San Ignacio comes from the area’s history. Straddling I-19 about a half hour south of Tucson, Arizona, the land was originally part of the San Ignacio de la Canoa Land Grant, a gift from the King of Spain in 1820. In the 1960’s it earned the recognition and favor of many looking to retire from the East Coast. The area’s 25,000 year-round residents, most of whom are 55 or older, who have already discovered the rich community life of the neighborhoods surrounding the San Ignacio Golf Club, and for those looking to relocate, now, it’s your turn.

Here are 3 well-priced featured homes in the San Ignacio age restricted neighborhoods, which include:  San Ignacio Vistas 1 & 2; San Ignacio Ridge Estates; San Ignacio Heights and San Ignacio Golf Estates:

1997 W Calle Estio, Green Valley, AZ

 

 

1997 W Circulo De La Pinata, Green Valley, AZ

 

 

1513 W Acala Street, Green Valley, AZ

Couldn't find what you are looking for in the featured homes?  Check out all of the listings in the San Ignacio age restricted neighborhoods:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

   JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Close Encounter With A Colorado River Toad

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Colorado River ToadThis week I nearly lost my beloved 80 pound Golden Retriever, Cooper, after he had a close encounter with a Colorado River toad less than 7 inches long.  There he stood at the kitchen door with a plump frog whose 4 legs were dangling on each side of his mouth.  My first reaction was fear for the frog who was clearly outmatched size wise.  However, I watched in horror as Cooper's expression turned from triumph over his "catch" to a glazed over panic as the frog secreted copious amounts of what I now know to be a hallucinogenic toxin that can cause nausea and even death. 

I rescued Cooper when he was a mere 3 to 4 weeks old.  A litter of six Golden Retriever puppies had been recklessly abandoned in the desert and 2 of Cooper's siblings had not survived.  When I learned about the puppies that were going to be taken to the pound, I offered to take one of them.  It was love at first sight when I saw Cooper, the only red one in a group of blond puppies, and clearly, the runt of the litter. 

My vet wasn't sure he would make it as his time in the desert had taken quite a toll on his immature body, which had been taken many weeks too soon from his mother.  But Cooper and I proved him wrong...thank goodness, he is a survivor!

Those survival skills were put to the test again this week.  By the time I had the toad out of his mouth, paralysis had set in and he was foaming at the mouth.  It is a frightening sight to see an animal the size of Cooper brought to death's door by a frog no less--but there is nothing ordinary about the Colorado River toad.


The Colorado River toad (Bufo Alvarius) is sometimes called the Sonoran Desert toad.  It is 3 to 7  inches long and is the largest native toad in the United States.  Olive green to dark brown in color, the toad has smooth shiny skin covered in warts.  Its belly is cream-colored and there are one to two warts on the corners of its mouth and large raised warts on its rear legs. 

During the heat of the day the nocturnal Colorado River toad stays underground.  When threatened the toad will secrete a milky-white hallucinogenic toxin from the parotoid glands under its jaw.  The toxin gets in the mouth of predators and can cause nausea and even death.

What I learned as a result of this harrowing experience is that the venom is highly toxic to pets.  Dogs, which are the most likely pet to come into contact with a toad, have a high probability of dying if untreated.  If enough toxin is ingested, your pet may have an irregular heartbeat and act strangely, as if in the grip of a hallucination. Call your veterinarian if you observe:

  • Mouth irritation with foamy salivation
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  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

    If your pet comes into contact with the Colorado River toad you should IMMEDIATELY flush his mouth with water to remove traces of the toxin.  My Veterinarian advised me to flush his mouth for about 10 minutes--and to try and prevent Cooper from ingesting the water--rather let it run out the side of his mouth.

    He said after thoroughly flushing out his mouth to wait 10 minutes and if the symptoms listed above have not disappeared then he needs to be evaluated by a Veterinarian.   Thankfully, we didn't have to make a late night trip to the Vet, and I am happy to report Cooper is fully recovered from his close encounter with the poisonous Colorado River Toad. 
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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    I was making yearly treks to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum long before I was living in Tubac.  In fact, for the past 22 years I have watched both the Museum and my two sons (now 28 and 26) grow up during our summer visits to Grandpa and Grandma. 

    My dad has been a card carrying member of the museum for as long as I can remember and there was always an abundance of free passes for our visits.  Trips to the Desert Museum to see what was new and visit "old friends" -- my sons' favorite were the playful and wildly entertaining prairie dogs--to this day are one of the most cherished memories of our trips to Arizona. I look forward to the day when I can introduce my grandson to the Museum!

    For nearly a half-century, the Arizona-Sonora Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with it exhibits of live animals in refreshingly natural settings, while also intriguing and instructing them with fascinating educational programs.  The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.  Leading by example, the Museum is a living testament to its mission. 

    While visitors flock to the Museum for its rich experiences, what they may not realize is that it is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden.  It has gained worldwide repute in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. 

    Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.  Throughout the grounds exhibits recreate the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region so realistically that you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and so much more.

    One of my personal favorites happens to be watching the Birds of Prey in free flight...it is definitely a mesmerizing experience as you will see by this amazing video, produced by Unique Views Of Nature.


    However, nothing can replace seeing it in person so make plans to visit the Museum...I'd love to hear what you think of this magical place. 

    As I wrote in the launch blog for this series titled The Spirit Of Arizona, I want this to be an interactive process so please share your thoughts about a particular topic you would like to see covered.  In order to encourage your comments, I am going to come up with something creative to giveaway with each blog post in this series.

    In keeping with this blog's topic, I will be making a $50 donation to the Arizon-Sonora Desert Museum in the winner's name.  To be eligible, leave a comment about this blog--a winner will be drawn from all of the comments submitted.

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    Low Ball Offer--Before You Say NO....

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    It can be very insulting for a Seller to receive a ridiculously low offer but before you dismiss it out of hand consider this...I had an offer, which was $75,000 less than the Seller was willing to accept, that became a win-win for both the Buyer and the Seller. 

    Put Your Emotions Aside...

    Don't get so hung up on the ridiculous offer that you fail to realize that any offer means there is someone out there interested in your home.  Remember, an interested Buyer, even one with a less than desirable offer, is a great starting point to getting it sold! 

    I know it is hard not to react when you have an offer on the table that is $100,000 less than your asking price, especially when it comes in on a home that is priced at $275,000.  Trust me, it isn't easy for a listing agent to present such an offer.  Please don't shoot the messenger and remember we are REQUIRED to present all offers no matter how absurd. 

    My Sellers reacted quite strongly but fortunately took my advice to sleep on it and consider coming back to the Buyers with an offer that was consistent with the market comparables (comps) for their home.  The next day I presented an offer to the Buyers' agent, supported by the comps, that was promptly accepted. 

    How Low Will You Go...

    Due to all the short sales and foreclosures on the market I believe many Buyers think that any home with a For Sale sign in front can be had for a bargain basement price.  So they are playing this game that I like to call--how low will you go? 

    A reasonable counter offer will separate the serious Buyers from those that are just out for the deal of the century.  You'll never know if you have the former or the latter unless you play the game with them. I can say this...there is a very happy Seller in Green Valley, Arizona who, after a restless night, decided to play and was amply rewarded with a SOLD sign in their front yard.

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    Canoa Ranch In Green Valley Arizona

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    Come home to picturesque Canoa Ranch, which offers breathtaking views of the lovely Santa Rita Mountains and is home to Southern Arizona's premiere "The Canoa Ranch Golf Club".  Its ideal location includes access to big-city entertainment from within a Southwestern paradise that includes hiking, biking, golf, bird watching and more.  

    This age restricted community has homes for sale ranging from the mid $200,000 to low $400,000, including the resort style Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort. The resort is set on 52 acres, and will feature: 288 units (mostly two-bedroom condos), two championship golf courses, an upscale restaurant, a planned spa and fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Canoa Ranch has the newest of Green Valley’s 13 Recreation Centers, which opened in late 2008 and has amenities that include an indoor saltwater pool, fitness room and a multipurpose room. 

     

    Enjoy the following video tours of featured homes  for sale in the upscale, gated community of Canoa Ranch:

    To learn more about Canoa Ranch and all it has to offer give Judi a call at 520-241-7780. 

    Buying or Selling a home in Green Valley, Arizona?  Judi Monday, CRS, is your Green Valley Real Estate Expert.  She is the owner and top producing agent at RE/MAX Valley Properties in Green Valley, Arizona.  Serving the entire Green Valley, Arizona real estate market including the surrounding communities of Tubac and Sahuarita,  she knows these markets inside and out and is highly skilled in guiding you through the real estate buying and selling processes.  Recognizing that ongoing education is critical to her success in meeting your real estate needs, Judi was awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

    If you are selling or buying a home in Green Valley, call one of Green Valley Arizona's top producing Realtors, Judi Monday, at 520-241-7780 and put her boundless energy to work for you today!

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    6 Questions to Ask Before You Hire A Realtor To Sell Your Home

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    It can be a daunting prospect to choose the right Realtor to represent you in the sale of your home.  But it doesn't have to be if you are pragmatic in your selection process.  Here are 6 questions you should ask each potential candidate before hiring one.

    1. How many homes did you sell last year? 

      The best measure of whether an agent can get the job done for you is their track record.  Recently I listed a higher end home for a homeowner whose previous agent had not sold any homes in the last 8 months.  Needless to say, they were quite frustrated to learn this after their home spent 6 months on the market with barely a nibble.
    2. What designations do you hold?  Designations like Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) show that the agent is committed to their real estate career by investing in advanced training. 
    3. How will you market my home?  The days of putting a For Sale sign in the yard and hoping for the best are long gone.  Look for an agent who does aggressive and innovative marketing, and is leveraging the power of the internet to get your home sold.  Before you list with an agent visit their website--is it professional and engaging to potential Buyers?  Once your house is on the market, check to make sure they have delivered what they promised to you.  At the very least, go to the 3 major public real estate sites:  Trulia.com, Zillow.com, and Realtor.com, and take a look at your listing with a Buyers hat on--does it make your house appealing enough for Buyers to visit it in person? 

    4. How will you keep me informed?  I can't tell you how many people tell me that they hire an agent and never see or hear from them again until there is an offer on the table or it is time to renew the listing.  You deserve to know how your listing is performing as well as what is going on with the real estate market in general. 

    5. Can you provide references?  Ask to talk to at least three clients that the agent assisted.  Call and ask whether they would work with the agent again. 

    6. Are you a REALTOR®?  All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.

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    Kitt Peak National Observatory

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Kitt Peak National Observatory

    Imagine being able to spend a night with the stars--real ones not the Hollywood type.  At the Kitt Peak National Observatory you can do exactly that with their Nightly Observing Program

    The world's largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under the most remarkable night skies you will ever experience. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions. 

    Kitt Peak is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  There are three guided tours offered daily. 

    When you plan your trip to the Kitt Peak National Observatory, keep in mind that it is located at an elevation of 6,875 feet above sea level.  Mountain temperatures vary from the desert floor as much as 15 to 20 degrees and, it is often windy, so dress warmly for your star filled adventure.

    As I wrote in the launch blog for this series titled The Spirit Of Arizona, I want this to be an interactive process so please share your thoughts about a particular topic you would like to see covered.  In order to encourage your comments, I am going to come up with something creative to giveaway with each blog post in this series.

    In keeping with this blog's topic, I will be making a $50 donation to the Telescope Fund Drive in the winner's name.  The observatory is raising $126,000 to replace a telescope that has been in operation since 1996 at the very start of its public stargazing program.  It has been rebuilt twice and simply has outlived its useful life.  

    To be eligible, leave a comment about this blog--a winner will be drawn from all of the comments submitted.

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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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    Hummingbirds of Arizona

    by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

    The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                  Hummingbirds Of Arizona

     I could watch these aerodynamic wonders for hours on end and am blessed to live in a scenic paradise that brings fifty or more of them every year to my mountaintop home nestled in the Tumacacori foothills. 

    Arizona boasts 18 species of hummingbirds which is more than any other state except Texas.  You can see first hand at least 14 of the species in Ramsey Canyon, which is located within the upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona and is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life. 

    Hummingbirds are lovingly called the "air show of the avian world" by bird watchers  They can fly in any direction including backwards, and can hover in midair, their wings a blur to the human eye.  There is nothing more magical than watching these flying jewels in action, as beautifully captured in this video by 
    Dave at A-Z Photo:

    Hummingbird Facts:

    • Even though the hummingbird's brain is the size of a pea, it is comparatively larger than the human brain.
    • A hummingbird weighs no more than 3 paper clips.
    • Hummingbirds breathe more than four times per second while resting.
    • Hummingbird wings move between 50 beats per second to as high as 200 beats per second.
    • Hummingbirds are confirmed sugar addicts--drinking the nectar of as many as 3,000 flowers a day up to 75 % of their body weight.  You would have to eat 20,000 calories daily or 50 pounds of sugar to keep pace with just one hummingbird.

    As I wrote in the launch blog for this series titled The Spirit Of Arizona, I want this to be an interactive process so please share your thoughts about a particular topic you would like to see covered.  In order to encourage your comments, I am going to come up with something creative to giveaway with each blog post in this series.

    In keeping with this blog's topic, I will be giving away a copy of my most coveted book on hummingbirds, titled "Hummingbirds" by Melanie Votaw.  Hummingbirds is your passport to their amazing world.  Learn the secrets of their unusual feathers and wing structure, take a look at their typical work day and learn how to attract and photograph hummingbirds in your own backyard. 

    To be eligible leave a comment about this blog--a winner will be drawn from all of the comments submitted.

           

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