On March 27, 2009, the resort joined the Waldorf Astoria Collection of hotels, which is a part of the Hilton Hotels group.The 1300 acre facility features two 18 hole golf courses, the stunning Golden Door spa, and a variety of housing areas of many price ranges, located both in Carefree and in North Scottsdale. It was rumored that in the early days, Club Med had also been interested in the property for their first US desert club, but was outbid by the original developers.
|Maricopa County Active Listings- 29,619|
|County Listings in Jan, 2011- 37,503|
|Carefree Active Homes Listed- 85|
|Carefree Active listed in Jan 201
Carefree Bank-owned homes- 6
Carefree Homes Under Contract- 23
Carefree Homes sold last 30 days- 6
Cave Creek Active Homes Listed- 330
|Cave Creek Homes Under Contract- 122|
|Cave Creek Bank-owned Homes-
Cave Creek homes sold last 30 days- 59
|Scottsdale Active Homes- 2,664|
|Scottsdale Homes Under Contract- 1073
Scottsdale Bank-Owned Homes- 503
Scottsdale Homes sold last 30 days- 467
|Paradise Valley Active Listings- 364|
|PV Homes Under Contract- 88|
|Paradise Valley Bank-owned Homes- 35|
|PV Homes sold last 30 days-
Top Home Sale in the Valley
last 6 months-10995 E. Wingspan Way, Silverleaf, Scottsdale $5.6 million
Everybody knows that Paradise Valley has a Praying Monk formation on the Northwest side of Camelback Mountain, but the next time you're driving in Carefree on Tom Darlington Road, look for our own intriguing formation, across the street from the Boulders Resort, on Black Mountain. Some say it looks like a Praying Monk as well, although we've also heard comparisons to a helmeted Chinese warrior, and even a spaceman! What do you think?
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The fourth hole of a desert golf course near Phoenix offered an unexpected obstacle and spectacle earlier this week: a mother mountain lion and her two cubs, The Arizona Republic reports.
Linda and Ty Borman live on a private tract next to the Desert Mountain Golf Club's Cochise Course in Scottsdale. Monday afternoon, Ty's habit of "looking out the window in hopes of seeing something" paid off, Linda said. The big cats were lounging on the fairway of the 546-yard, par-5 hole.
She called it a "once-in-a-lifetime spectacle." He called it a " 'National Geographic' moment."
The Bormans had seen other native wildlife before -- javelinas, bobcats, coyotes, diamondback rattlesnakes -- but never mountain lions.
See it for yourself: Here's a gallery of photos that Linda took in the five minutes before the felines wandered away. (Sorry, no LOL cats.) Lucky for her the mother -- who "looked very protective" -- didn't consider her and her clicking camera a threat. A true National Geographic moment
The Cromford Report says home closings are impressive!
Market Summary for the Beginning of April ,
from The Cromford Report
, from The Cromford Report
"The most impressive thing about the month of March 2011 was the huge unit volume of closed sales. We are currently showing 9,901 closed sales on ARMLS for all areas and types. That is the 5th highest monthly total ever recorded on ARMLS and the second highest sales volume ever for the month of March. The only months which have surpassed it were June 2005 (10,213), August 2005 (10,002), June 2004 (9,973) and March 2005 (9,949). Please see the long term sales chart to see how significant this number is.
Meanwhile demand is accelerating while supply is falling quickly. This is reflected in the Cromford Market Index™ and can be see here in graphical form.
Supply is falling in almost every geography and price range but is most noticeable at the price ranges below $150,000 and in the outskirts of the valley, particularly in Maricopa (city), Queen Creek, Anthem, Casa Grande and Buckeye, This largely due to enthusiastic buying of homes built in the last 15 years which can be found for sale at a discount of 70% or more compared with their price at the time of construction.
Trustee sales in Maricopa County hit a high number of 5,226 in March, due to the trustees catching up from the Bank of America moratorium in November last year. Notices of trustee sales were only modestly up from February at 5,397, which is not an impressive number given that March contained a lot more working days for lenders than February. As a result the number of homes pending foreclosure dropped sharply during March to the lowest number since March 2009.
Third parties buying at trustee sale made a new record with 1,379 purchases (26.4% of the auctions). This is by the far the largest number of properties ever purchased at trustee sale."