Best Places To Shop In Scottsdale

Best Places to Shop In Scottsdale

Although Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, Scottsdale quickly takes its place as second favorite in the hearts of locals. Not only is Scottsdale the place to find beautifully designed homes, great school districts, year round golf, and unbeatable dining options, the shopping is what really keeps the people coming back for more.

 

Luckily, Scottsdale is full of great shopping centers. Whether  you’re looking for family centric fun or a night out on the town, check out one of these top four places to shop around Scottsdale and make the most out of Scottsdale’s retail and entertainment.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Tried and true, one of the nicest indoor malls in the Valley is Scottsdale Fashion Square. Located near Old Town Scottsdale, this mall offers over 200 high end and casual retail stores within its three stories.

 

Shops inside Fashion Square include Forever 21, The Disney Store, and Ann Taylor. See a movie at Harkins Camelview 5 or grab dinner at Yard House of Thirsty Lion.

Kierland Commons

Kierland Commons Scottsdale

Scottsdale’s number one outdoor lifestyle centers is Kierland Commons, located on the west side of Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway. The Commons prides itself on their dedication to sustainability and social conscious business policies, while simultaneously providing a luxurious shopping and dining experience to visitors.

 

The stores at Kierland Commons tend to be more higher end than many other mall in the Valley. A stroll through the corridors will lead you to find stores like Anthropologie, Coach, and Tesla. Looking for a dinner? Try the local favorites North Italia, Olive & Ivy, and Postino.

Scottsdale Quarter

 

Kierland isn’t the only outdoor shopping center in town. Scottsdale Quarter, just across the street from Kierland, is another local hotspot. This shopping center also features national retail options, such as H & M, GAP, and lululemon athletica. IT’s also a great spot to bring to kids for a treat – have dinner at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and top it off with ice cream at Creamistry.

 

Other great restaurants in the area are two Fox Concepts, True Foods and Zinburger. The Quarter is also one of the few places to find an Apple store. Not looking to shop? Pop into the iPic Theater for some movie magic with the family.

High Street at City North

Further north in Scottsdale is – you guessed it – City North. And the center of the retail lover’s destination is HIgh Street. High street is another center with store outside, but is less like a mall and more like a district. Located off the Deer Valley exit North of the Loop 101 and the 51 north, this center is just a stone’s throw away from many popular Scottsdale attractions, including the Musical Instrument Museum and the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale hotel. Bring your significant other for date night at La Bocca or Blue Martini Cocktail.

 

Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area

Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area

Phoenix is home to over 4.5 million citizens who reside in 6 major cities – Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Gilbert.

Commuting Guide to the Greater Phoenix Area

 

Unlike other highly populated cities, the Valley of the Sun is known for its urban sprawl. It’s in every homeowner’s best interest to find a neighborhood that works best for their commute, or to find methods of commuting that work best for them. Be sure to be on top of the best routes and neighborhoods with this commuting guide to the Greater Phoenix area.

Picking Where to Live

Scottsdale

Scottsdale is home to a little over 240,000 residents and is a hotspot for families. Though located east and northeast of Phoenix, it is known as the “Most Western Town in the West.” Scottsdale offers tons of great school districts, housing types and a booming entertainment district. Best of all, the housing market is on the rise. Hop on the Loop 101 or Loop 202 to take advantage of the 30 minute ride to downtown Phoenix for a morning commute.

Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix, the heart of the Valley just off the 202, has become increasingly an popular area due to the growth of ASU’s downtown campus. With more students and workers preferring to live closer to Valley transit systems and work, the housing market in historic Phoenix neighborhoods has seen a sharp increase. Depending on the time of day and job location, commuters are looking at a 15-25 minutes commute by car.

Glendale

One of the original suburb ‘pockets’ located West from Phoenix, Glendale was once no more than a mere stop on the way to Wickenburg along the US 60. Now, this bustling Westside city is home to over 240,00 residents. The city is comprised of a number of large neighborhoods, and is positioned west of the I-17 and east of Loop 101. That means Glendale is only a 20 minute drive to the heart of downtown.

Tempe

Home to Arizona State University’s main campus, Tempe is both a college town and suburban escape. Three freeways run through or border the city of Tempe, including the US 60, the Loop 202, and the southern part of the Loop 101. This makes travel through Tempe to other major cities a snap, with a 25 minute commute to Phoenix and a 18 minute drive to downtown Scottsdale.

Mesa

Mesa is often the first stop for many heading east. With a population of over 480,000 and a spread over 133 miles, Mesa is easily one of the largest cities within the Greater Phoenix area. The cost of living in Mesa is 5% lower than the national average, making that 30 minute commute to Phoenix and 20 minute commute to Scottsdale icing on the cake.   

Gilbert

Gilbert is another one of the Greater Phoenix area’s idyllic suburban cities. Located in the east valley, Gilbert is home to a combination of suburban homes and farmland. The local school district is above average, making Gilbert one of the premier locations for families. Roughly 40 minutes from Phoenix but 30 minutes from Scottsdale, the drive from Gilbert is a breeze on the Loop 202 or US 60.

Choosing How to Travel

No matter where you live, it’s always best to have a commuting plan. Phoenix is laid out in a grid system, making general directions and distances pretty simple for commuters. And thanks to the many multi-lane freeways that run throughout the Greater Phoenix area, it never takes too long to get from one city to the next.

Driving

With a metro area so spread out, driving may seem like the first and most desirable option. If this is the case, commuters should consider investing in an ideal commuter car. Invest in a car that’s comfortable, fuel efficient and has a enough space for the whole family. In Arizona, 22.8% of household own at least one car – higher than the national average.

Public Transportation

The Valley Metro has a number of bus routes that can take commuters all across the valley. There are also neighborhood circuits that cost a dollar or under in Glendale, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

As of 2018, the US Census Bureau announced that the Phoenix metro area is the sixth most populous

The Metro Light Rail currently extends from the tip of Glendale at Metrocenter Mall and runs all the way to Mesa, passing through the heart of downtown Phoenix and Tempe. There are currently plans in the works for extending the lightrail all the way to the Cardinals Stadium.

Biking

Cities all across the greater Phoenix area have become increasingly bike friendly over the past few years. Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix have all begun campaigns to increase bike networks, teach cycling skills and enforce new bicycle laws to encourage the use of bikes throughout the city. Many neighborhoods have even widened roads and added bike lanes to busy streets.

 

Whichever neighborhood, town or mode of transportation you choose, being ahead of the commuting game is any citizen’s first step towards living a happy life in the greater Phoenix area.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in any of the metros above, The Holm Group is here to assist you. The Holm Group represents both buyers and sellers throughout the valley. Whether it’s a custom home, luxury home, town home you can rely on The Holm Group to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. Remove the stress from buying or selling and let and call The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265.

Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

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Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

Promotion For All Past Clients Of The Holm Group

Promotion Runs May 13th through July 31st 2018

For Both Buyers And Sellers!!!!

 

So we have decided to run a promotion for previous clients of The Holm Group which can save you tens of thousands dollars.  It is simple there are two opportunities below which outline the promotion we are running for both buyers and sellers. :)

 BUYERS

  • We are offering buyers a 1% commission rebate on all transactions that close escrow by July 31st, 2018.
  • Buyers to pay a $295 broker administrative fee to Berkshire Hathaway
  • This commission can be applied to closing costs and/or prepaids and/or hoa dues
  • Each buyer represented will be required to write a reviews of our services in: Google, Yelp and Zillow

 

SELLERS

  • We are offering complete representation to sellers for only 4.5%
  • Sellers to pay at $295 broker administrative commission to Berkshire Hathaway
  • 4.5% will be good for the first 90 days of the listing.  If the listing goes under contract in 90 days and closes escrow from this promotion then we will honor the 4.5% commission promotion
  • If the listing goes under contract after 90 days or longer from this promotion the the commission will be increased to a total of 5% (with 3% going to the buying agent and 2% going to the selling agent).
  • Each seller represented will also be required to write a reviews of our services in: Google, Yelp and Zillow

 

Its as simple as that.. We are exited to offer this promotion to our past clients and we look forward to hearing from you soon.  Simply mention theholmgroupaz.com promotion 2018 and we will take it from there.

 

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your next real estate transaction.  

Scottsdale Golf Course Memberships Update March 2018

New Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships Update March 2018

 

We have just updated our Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships page to include all new pricing as of March 2018 for most of the clubs in the Scottsdale area.  In addition, to new pricing we also added the ability to search for homes in these areas by price point of by the community that you are interested in.  Updated pricing includes: Whisper Rock, Estancia, Troon, Troon North, Mirabel, Desert Mountain, Kierland, Legend Trail, Silverleaf, Desert Highlands, DC Ranch, Pinnacle Peak Country Club, and Terravita just to name a few.  We also updated pricing for other great courses like: The Boulders, and Tonto Verde.

Below you will find a screen shot of our new golf club membership page as well as our #1 ranking in Google for the term of Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships..

If you are looking to buy or sell in any of the clubs we have listed or any other club in the valley we are happy to help and in most cases we will be able to get some additional incentives as we have worked with all of the clubs on a number of occasions.

 

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Optima Sonoran Village Update – 2 New Buildings

Optima, Inc., the developer and one of the original owners of the 592-apartment home Optima Sonoran Village, has acquired the luxury apartment community through a new partnership with Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC.

The partnership acquired Optima Sonoran Village Phases I and II for $200 million from an existing Optima-sponsored venture. In addition to acquiring the two existing phases, this new partnership also will develop Phase III of Optima Sonoran Village. Phase III, the capstone of Optima’s vision for Sonoran Village, consists of a 176-apartment home, seven-story tower having the same look and feel as Phases I and II, but also will offer an exclusive roof-deck amenity to its residents.

Optima Sonoran Village, winner of the prestigious Honor Award from The American Institute of Architects, offers resort living through its unparalleled amenities, including outdoor pools and spas, dog park, walking paths and an approximately 19,000 square foot residents’ club that includes a membership quality fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, steam rooms and saunas, indoor basketball court, racquetball court, party room and business center. Optima Sonoran Village also features floor-to-ceiling windows and exclusive outdoor terraces for each residence, as well as Optima’s distinctive vertical landscaping system.

Both Optima and Principal Real Estate Investors are attracted to the uniqueness and quality of the development, as well as its wonderful location in growing downtown Scottsdale. “We are thrilled to be partnering with an organization of the caliber of Principal Real Estate Investors that shares our commitment to offering incomparable, luxury living to residents of the Valley who are looking for an upscale lifestyle and living spaces that are utterly unique,” says Tara Hovey, President & COO of Optima, Inc.

“Principal Real Estate Investors is excited to partner with Optima due to its vertically integrated business model that created the unique community that is Optima Sonoran Village. And, we look forward to adding to this distinctive community through the development of Phase III,” shared Kevin Anderegg, Managing Director of Principal Real Estate Investors.

Now in its 40th year, Optima continues to grow in the Greater Phoenix market. Having previously opened luxury condominium developments, including Optima Biltmore Towers in 2006, and Optima Camelview Village in 2009, Optima recently welcomed its first residents to its latest condominium development, at 7120 Optima Kierland in Scottsdale. The opening of

7120 Optima Kierland condominiums follows Optima’s opening in April 2017 of 7160 Optima Kierland, its 150-apartment home community.

“As is evidenced by our reinvestment in Optima Sonoran Village and our continuing investment in Optima Kierland, Optima has a long-term commitment to ongoing investment in the growing Greater Phoenix market,” says Hovey.

Optima has completed more than 30 projects and approximately 5,400 multifamily/condominium units over the company’s rich 40-year history of taking on multiple roles in the development process: developer, architect, general contractor, and property manager or sales broker.

Residences at the 592-apartment home Optima Sonoran Village include studios, one, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. For more information, call Andrew Holm at 480-206-4265.

Gainey Ranch Market Update – January 2018

Gainey Ranch Market Update– January 2018

Scottsdale Arizona

 

  • Currently there are over 17,643+ homes available through the AZ MLS
  • Average Days on Market for a home in Gainey Ranch is roughly 110 days
  • Gainey Ranch has a 10 single family homes on the market through the MLS with average  price per square foot of $330 (not including for sale by owner)
  • Average price per for a single family home in Gainey Ranch on the market is $950k with the average square footage of 3300
  • Gainey Ranch has 17 condos or town homes that are on the market through the mls with an average price per square foot of $295
  • Most expensive single family home for sale in Gainey Ranch is priced at $1,450,000
  • Cheapest single family home is available for sale in Gainey Ranch is $630k

 

Recent Sales & Pendings

 

  • 7710 E Gainey Ranch Rd #239 979 sqft (Listed for 275k and is currently pending)
  • 7272 E Gainey Ranch Rd #67 1410 sqft (Listed for $400k and is currently pending)
  • 8969 N. Gainey Center Dr # 145 2113 sqft (Listed for $464k and is currently pending)
  • 7878 E Gainey Ranch Rd #13 4204 sqft (Listed for $1,197,000 and sold for $1,075,000)
  • 8989 N. Gainey Center Dr #149 2048 sqft (Listed for $669k and sold for $615k)
  • 7878 E Gainey Ranch Rd #8 3557 sqft (Listed for $879 and sold for $879k)
  • 7425 E Gainey Ranch Rd #25 3209 sqft (Listed for $1,590k and Sold for $1,490k

 

 

Just a few reasons to work with The Holm Group

 

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2016 and $29 Billion in gross income.
  • We have the web covered with multiple top rates websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, RealtyTrac, Movoto, Redfin and HomeFinder
  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • The Holm Group has represented several buyers and sellers in Gainey Ranch
  • We have 6 full time licensed professionals to assist you with all of your real estate needs.
  • If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home

 

Representing buyers and sellers throughout Gainey Ranch.

Check out our Gainey Ranch community page..

Andrew Holm, ABR

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

The Holm Group

Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265

Email: [email protected]

Windgate Ranch Market Update – January 2018

Windgate Ranch Market Update – January 2018

Scottsdale Arizona

As you are probably aware, the market is starting to change back to what is considered to be a “buyers market” with short sales and foreclosure appear to be a thing of the past, or are they?  Throughout the valley we are seeing an increase in inventory as well as slower sales cycles for the homes that are on the market for the most part.

The average market time on market in Windgate Ranch for a single family home is roughly 150 days according to MLS data.  In addition, we are also seeing an average price per square foot for properties that are currently on the market of $300, as well as an average of roughly $297 per sqft for homes that have recently sold. With 16 listings on the MLS (not including 4 Sale Buy Owners) in Windgate Ranch is why you need more than ever a Realtor that knows the Windgate Ranch market place so that your property will sell in a timely manner and for the right price.

With housing inventory on the rise as well as the market showing signs of improvement now is the time to sell and/or consider an upgrade!  Below are a few examples of homes that have recently sold or that are currently on the market in Windgate Ranch for your review:

  • 17071 N. 98th Place 3128 sqft (Listed for $750k)
  • 17861 N. 96th Way 1963 sqft (Listed for $790k)
  • 10066 E South Bend Dr 3549 sqft (Listed for $829k)
  • 17537 N. 96th Way 3513 sqft (Listed for $1,155,00 – currently pending in under 30 days
  • 9831 E Edgestone 3712 sqft (Listed for $1,195,00 – currently pending in less than 30 days
  • 18515 N. 97th Way 3196 sqft (Listed for $1,100,000 and sod for $928k)
  • 10007 E Ridgerunner Dr 3894 sqft (Listed for $1,250,000 and sodl for $1,200,000)

For those of you who I have met while working in Scottsdale market for the past twelve years, I look forward to speaking with you again soon.  For those of you who I have not met and/or were unable to stop by my listing on Desert Jewel here are a few good reasons to work with me:

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2016 and $29 Billion in gross income.
  • We have the web covered with multiple top rates websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, RealtyTrac, Movoto, Redfin and HomeFinder
  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • The Holm Group has represented several buyers and sellers in Windgate Ranch
  • We have 6 full time licensed professionals to assist you with all of your real estate needs.
  • If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home.

 

I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come.

Click Here to take a look at our Windgate Ramch community page

Andrew Holm, ABR

The Holm Group

Prudential Arizona Properties

Web: https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/windgateRnch.htm

Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265

Email:[email protected]

Kierland Market Update – January 2018

 

Kierland Market Update – January 2018

Kierland Golf

New Kierland Turf Rider Now Available

Photo Courtesy of The Westin

 

  • Currently there are 2237 single family homes available in Scottsdale through the MLS
  • 1 UDC homes in Kierland is on the market and there are four condos for sale in Kierland Greens and Kierand Heritage
  • Average days on market in Kierland is about 70 days on market with one home on the market for 670 days which was a condo in Kierland Greens
  • The average price per square foot for a UDC Home that is on the MLS is $240 per sqft
  • The highest recorded price for a UDC Home is $835k, the highest currently listed is $490k

With interest rates on the rise, as well as our prime buying season in full swing, now is the time make the move!  Below are a few examples of homes that have sold and/or that are currently on the market. So far in January Kierland has: 4 MLS Listings, and 1 for sale by owner for a total of 6 homes.

  • 15221 N Clugbate Dr. 1340 sqft (Listedd for $309k)
  • 6409 E Blanche Dr 1977 sqft (Originally listed for $510 and now listed for $490k)
  • 15221 N. Clubgate Dr. #2121 1849 sqft (Listed for $499k)
  • 15240 N. Clubegate Dr 2333 sqft (Originally listed for $554k and notw listed for $536k)
  • 6515 E. Marilyn Rd 2013 sqft (Listed for $449k and Sold for $447k)
  • 6421 E Gelding Dr 2364 sqft (Listed for $499k and Sold for $495k)

For those of you who I have met while working in Kierland for the past fourteen years, I look forward to speaking with you again.  For those of you who I haven’t met and/or we’re unable to stop by my latest listings over on: Gelding, Waltann, and LeMarche, here are some of the reasons to work with our team:

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the largest real estate companies in the country with over 290,000 transactions in 2016 and $29 Billion in gross income.
  • The Holm Group has the web covered with multiple top rated websites as well as exclusive relationships with: Google, Yahoo, Zillow, Trulia, Overstock.com real estate and HomeFinder.com
  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • No other single agent represented more buyers/sellers in Kierland than I did in 2005!!
  • If you are looking at doing any home improvements give me a call as I have access to a variety of qualified contractors that can assist you in achieving top dollar for your home.

I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come.  No gimmicks here, just trying to make it as easy and cost effective as possible for you to sell your home and for someone to purchase their next home in Kierland.

Representing more Buyers and Sellers in Kierland than any other agent, all I ask is for the opportunity to earn your business.

 

Please feel free to take a look at our Kierland Page which ranks number #1 in Google and Yahoo.

https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/kierland-homes-for-sale-2/

 

Andrew Holm, ABR – CDP – EPro

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

The Holm Group

Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265

Email: [email protected]

Happy Thanksgiving From The Holm Group

Happy Thanksgiving – From The Holm Group & Associates

Wishing you all the best of this season. May you enjoy it with your family and friends.

 

The Holm Group Ranked #1 in Google For Arrow Gulch Homes For Sale

If you are looking to sell your home in Arrow Gulch (Fountain Hills -AZ) let Andrew with The Holm Group assist you. Along with our years of experience in Fountain Hills and selling over 20 homes in the area, we now have the #1 ranked spots on the first page of Google to help drive quality buyer’s towards your new listing.  Call Andrew w/ The Holm Group today at 480-206-4265 today and feel free to visit our new Arrow Gulch community page at: https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/arrow-gulch-homes-for-sale/

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