Archive for March, 2008

Recent Sabino Mt Sales and Reminder about my Open House

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The Long Foothills office sold 4182 N Quail Canyon Drive for full price at $1,449,000; there were two offers and so the Buyers paid full price. This beautiful Sundown Builders’ own home is a rare gem! Also a custom home on N. Ocotillo Canyon that is approximately 2,500+ square feet that is a Tierra Antiqua real estate agents’ own home went under contract in less than 2 weeks time; it was listed at 675K. It is a model-perfect Santa Fe style home decorated beautifully in Western decor with a majestic yard that is great for entertaining with big pool and ramada and great views. In general, these custom and semi-custom homes around 2,500 square feet are rare in Sabino Mountain so they are easier to sell then the non-custom homes and larger custom homes.

Don’t forget to visit my Sabino Mountain Open House tomorrow from 1-4 at 4134 N Boulder Canyon Place. This one is very gently lived in; is 3,324 square feet and is an Outpost built home with an entertainer’s delight floorplan. It has a very enticing pebbletec pool with infloor cleaning system, sparkling spa, cozy Kiva Fireplace to enjoy the stars and city lights and a custom BBQ surrounded by a flagstone patio. I hope to see you there!

4134 N Boulder Canyon Open 1-4 Sun 3/30

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I am holding open my beautiful Sabino Mt listing this coming Sunday. This home has a very desirable and functional floorplan with the Kitchen, formal Dining Room, Breakfast Area or Den right off the spacious and inviting Great Room. The covered flagstone Patio draws you to the cozy Kiva Fireplace where you can view the stars or the city lights at night or cool off in the pebbletec pool or warm up in the spa. There is a custom barbeque that is a cook’s delight with the location right off the Gourmet Kitchen. This house has been very gently lived in and the Sellers upgraded it to the hilt. To view the floorplan and multiple photos go to my website to the bottom of the first page www.DonnaAnderson.com . Call me at 603-8622 to obtain the gate code.

Open Enrollment into Catalina Foothills District 16 School District – St. Gregory’s Middle School

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

It used to be that you could not open enroll from TUSD to District 16 school district. Also, it used to be that open enrollment was only from December 1st to the end of February of each year. Both are no longer the case. TUSD is now letting students out to go to District 16 and you can open enroll your children any time during the school year. Of course, there may not be room at some schools: Manzanita is usually full because a lot of Pima Canyon families chose to send their kids to school in District 16 versus Amphi. schools and Manzanita is the closest District 16 elementary school to Pima Canyon. However, I have been told that Ventana Vista Elementary still has plenty of room for more kids. The Ventana Vista campus is beautiful; the library is incredible! Children who attend this school also have a great fine arts program – the schedule runs like this—6 weeks of daily music, then rotates to 6 weeks of daily art and then rotates to 6 weeks of phys ed and then it goes back again. Unlike most schools, 5th graders change classes for each class and only stay in the home room for reading and writing. 5th graders are full of energy and they seem to thrive with this new way of teaching them. There is a great before and after school care program that is well managed, fun and not expensive! The school test scores are consistently the highest in schools in the Catalina Foothills District 16 versus the school scores in almost all the TUSD schools. The main reasons for this disparity is that it is easier to manage a smaller school district and the children who attend District 16 schools tend to come from wealthier and better -educated homes. Sabino Mountain is on the border of the District 16-Catalina Foothills school district so many families can take advantage of sending their kids to schools closer to their homes. Also real estate values will pick up now that this long desired open enrollment policy has been implemented.

I chose to open enroll my daughter into District 16 at Ventana Vista for elementary school, but she will be attending St. Gregory’s for Middle School. St. Gregory’s is expensive, but I feel she will thrive in smaller classes. I need the constant feedback that private school teachers are more apt to give versus public school teachers. I also think that as a result she will be more likely to be better prepared for college and be accepted into more colleges than if she attended public school. I really like the sports program, too. I did not want her to attend a snotty school and I was relieved when I found out 25% of the kids that attend school at St. Gregory’s receive scholarship money.

Update on the Market for Non-Custom Sabino Mountain Homes

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Some of the non-custom Sabino Mountain homes are very affordable now! A year ago you could not find a home for less than $400,000 and now there are a few homes hovering at the 400K mark, and, therefore, it is likely that they will sell for in the high $300 thousands. Late last year we saw a few sales of less than $400,000. The main reasons for this price drop are that many of the competitive homes in the Foothills have been decreasing and financing options are less than they were most of last year: Buyers usually have to put 10% down to qualify for a loan. Sabino Mountain is a great place to live and it is a great time to find a great deal here. Sabino Mountain is in a gated community and the homes are less than 6 years old which makes Sabino Mountain more desirable than many other Foothill’s communities. Most snowbirds leave the end of March, so I hope you snowbirds out there will take a last look-see before you head home. Sabino Mountain promises to please!

Open House 1-4 Sunday March 9th – 4134 N Boulder Canyon

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

I will be holding my beautiful listing at 4134 N Boulder Canyon open from 1-4 tomorrow. If you need the gate code to get in, please call me at 603-8622. This beautiful transitional home is range priced from $850,000 – $900,000 and is over 3,300 square feet with pool, spa, outdoor kiva fireplace and custom barbeque. To view the brochure with features and floorplan, go to my website at www.DonnaAnderson.com to the bottom of the first page.

Recent Sabino Mountain Home under Contract on Quail Canyon

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

A lovely home that is the Sundown Builder’s own home on Quail Canyon and is listed by Long Realty’s Foothills’ Office, just went under contract. I am told it had more than one offer. WOW! It really is a beautiful home with wonderful ridgetop mountain and city views. It was listed at $1,449,000 and is 4,378 square feet and took less than a few months to sell.

My New Listing in Sabino Mountain – Range-Priced from $850K-$900K

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

I have just listed 4134 N Boulder Canyon Place–it will be open today–March 2nd–from 1-4PM. This luxurious Outpost-built 3,324 square foot home is in impeccable condition. The floorplan is designed for family living and entertaining with a large great room plan that has formal dining and breakfast area–sitting room right off the spacious gourmet kitchen that has an oversized 10 foot+ breakfast bar. Upgrades abound: granite counters, 42″ cabinets in the kitchen, walk-in pantry, 18″ ceramic tile floors in all main living areas, twin master suites, master bathroom # 1 has a whirlpool tub in addition to a stylish glass block and tiled shower; there are 2 gas fireplaces–one in the great room and a cozy kiva fireplace outdoors. Speaking of outdoors–this home offers resort -style living at its best–there is a sparkling pebbletec pool (with in-ground cleaning system), spa, barbeque, kiva fireplace and a covered flagstone patio in the back yard that faces the pristine Sonoran Desert, the Santa Rita Mountains and the sparkling city lights. This home was appraised in January ’08 for $925,000 and is priced at a range price of $850,000 – $900,000 for quick sale. Call me at 615-2598 for your private viewing! To see the brochure, floorplan and photos of this beautiful home, go to my website www.DonnaAnderson.com or www.SabinoMountainHomes.com to the bottom of the first page where you can find my featured listing.