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For many golfers, living in a golf course community is a dream-come-true. Who wouldn’t want to go from garage to clubhouse in just seconds and in a golf cart? Scottsdale golfers flock to the Starfire Golf Course located in the fabulous Scottsdale Country Club community, and if you’re one of them, you’ll want to take a look at the surrounding Sovanna Condominiums for your new home.

The golf course

The Arnold Palmer designed Starfire Golf Course is an absolute treat. With three well-maintained nine-hole courses, you can always squeeze in a quick game before work or spend the day working through all 27 holes. The Sovanna Condominiums are surrounded by the course, so you’re likely to pass your neighbors while you walk around the property.

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Summer is almost upon us (June 20 this year) and our calendars are starting to become packed with things to do in Scottsdale. Here’s a few we think you’ll be interested in.

June 3 – 24

Spring Music in the Garden Series

There’s still time to attend a concert at Ullman Terrace. You must be 21 or older to attend and attend you must if you want to catch music from some of our best local artists. This month, enjoy bluegrass and folk music from Run Boy Run on the 3rd; jazz funk and R&B from A Touch of Class on June 10; jazz lovers should plan on attending on June 17 when Turning Point takes to the stage and blues fans won’t want to miss Sistahs Too’s appearance on the 24th. Buy tickets online here. Click the calendar on the date you want to attend.

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Not enough homeowners treat their home as the investment that it is. It’s completely understandable, but when it’s time to sell, you need to look at your home in an entirely different way. That one simple change will help you make the most money possible on the sale of your Scottsdale home.

 Price your home strategically

When we hand you the Comparative Market Analysis we’ll also justify how we came up with our suggested list price. This information is important because the right price will help the home sell quicker. The longer a home sits on the market, the more money the seller loses, according to the National Association of Realtors. So speed is important.

In slow-moving real estate markets some sellers price their homes a bit below

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Outsiders are often surprised first that cacti bloom and then, at the utter beauty of our state flower, the saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), also known as pitahaya. The nocturnally –produced white flowers studding the stately cactus are a sight to behold and one which native Arizonans never tire of. Since this month and next are bloom season for our saguaro I thought it’d be fun to take a closer look at it.

The saguaro cactus takes its time in life, slow growing and slow to mature. It doesn't flower until it hits 35 years of age and it won't grow its first arm until it hits what is to us, old age - 65 to 70 years old. It is finally considered "mature" at the ripe young age of 125 years old. By then it will have reached up to 50 feet in height

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Originally, sushi was nasty; really, really nasty. Three times the size of today’s rolls, it contained fish stuffed into smelly, fermented rice. The rice wasn’t eaten but thrown away.

Somewhere along the line someone got the idea to make the treat smaller, sort of a fast-food item, so they stopped fermenting the rice to speed up its preparation. It’s a rare person that doesn’t enjoy today’s sushi. Here in Scottsdale we are fortunate to have a number of amazing sushi restaurants.

Nori Sushi Scottsdale

Pull up a stool at the sushi bar and dig in to the tempura roll, lobster roll and Las Vegas roll. Save room for desert, though, because you must try the green tea waffle with vanilla ice cream. Nori Sushi gets 4.5 stars from its 89 Yelp

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There are two parts of the home sale process that cause anxiety for both the seller and the buyer. The first is the home inspection and the second is the home appraisal. Despite the fact that market value of your Scottsdale house is based on what a willing buyer and seller agree to, appraisals are based on, mainly, the sold prices of nearby homes. Of course, that’s putting it simply, but you get the general idea.

There really is nothing you, as a homeowner, or the buyer can do to change the sales prices of comparable homes there are some thing you can do to help get the highest appraisal value possible.

1. Supply the appraiser with the facts

The appraiser has lots of information at his or her fingertips – home sale statistics, public records

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Scottsdale is a city full of master-planned communities with homes to fit just about any lifestyle. The 640-acre Gainey Ranch community, a local favorite, dates back to 1980 and is home to 19 distinct neighborhoods. One of these is Gainey Village, a gated community, and it’s well worth a look while you’re shopping for a home in Scottsdale.

Schools near Gainey Village

Public school students that live in Gainey Village attend Cochise Elementary School, Cocopah Middle School and Chaparral High School. The latter is ranked 71 of 254 public high schools in Arizona. Students here outscore the state’s average on both the math and English language arts portions of the AzMERIT exams.

The elementary school and high school are within a 5-minute

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If decorating a home was easy, we wouldn’t have professional decorators. Artists, really, they seem to be able to envision a room’s possibilities in a way I, at least, can’t fathom. Interior designers, like most pros, have pet peeves. When they walk into someone’s home they find common decorating blunders and the following three are the ones that bother them most.

1. What is going on with your artwork?

Folks have a tendency to hang their artwork too high, when it should be eye-level. Although that measurement depends a great deal on the size of the room, a rule of thumb says to hang artwork 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. Why is that? Because “the average human eye level is 57 inches,” according to They also offer a

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Gardeners love to experiment and those of us who toil under the hot desert sun are no different. I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried a number of different plants over the years, losing many but being pleasantly surprised by others. Roses, for instance, do far better here in the desert than I’d ever dreamed. Sure, some species are better adapted to the heat, but I’ve had good luck with many.

Finding what will thrive in our dry heat is challenging, but rewarding when we hit on the winners.


You’ll often hear the canna (Canna spp.) referred to as the “canna lily,” although it has no relationship to the true lilies. What it will do in your Scottsdale garden, however, is provide lots of color. Depending on the species or cultivar, the

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It’s going to be a great month in Scottsdale! Check out all the things to do. . .

For the history buff

This is one all Wild West fans need to attend: the live performance of “The Gentleman Doc Holliday.” This one man play, written by Karen Holliday (Doc’s closest living relative) and Terry Earp, it stars Wyatt Earp, a direct descendent of Holliday’s best friend. Reservations for the show are suggested. The show is set for 1 p.m. May 7 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West (3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale). Get details online at the museum’s website.

Rock your derby hat and down mint juleps 

May 7 is Kentucky Derby Day and what better way to watch “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” than with a whole bunch of other

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