Thursday, October 02, 2014

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¶lim¶2014 Hot Neighborhoods

PHM0814NHOODS01After two years of double-digit gains, Phoenix Metro home values have leveled off in 2014. Still a good time to buy? Experts say yes, but buyers need to be savvy. For your consideration: 10 Valley neighborhoods to watch. Bonus: Tips and insights from real estate pros at all levels of the game.

Median Metro home value (May 2014) - $195,100

Projected one-year average increase in home values. If your home appreciates
more than this percentage by May 2015,
you’re ahead of the curve. - 6.9%

Source: Zillow

 

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¶lim¶How the West Was Won

PHM0714Feat-3Museum maestro Mike Fox was looking for a hand to get the long-planned Scottsdale’s Museum of the West into the saddle. He found one in the mysterious "Mr. C."

Thirty years ago, then-mayor of Scottsdale Herb Drinkwater would take Michael J. Fox – no, not that Michael J. Fox – out in his Jeep to look at property to the north of downtown Scottsdale, “which, to the north then, was like Shea Boulevard,” Fox remembers. As director of the Heard Museum, and a guy who’d launched art institutions in Berkeley and in Flagstaff, Fox was known as a development whiz. Meanwhile, Drinkwater was enamored with the idea of developing a museum dedicated to the art and history of the American West, and wanted to share his vision with Fox.

 

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¶lim¶Arizona Country Roads

PHM0714Feat-2From the White Mountains to Willcox, Duane Eddy to Dierks Bentley, we take a journey through the Western music of the Grand Canyon State.

If you took a tour bus and filled it with all the musicians who helped make the history of Arizona country music remarkable, you’d see several familiar faces: Rex Allen. Marty Robbins. Tanya Tucker. Waylon Jennings. But you’d also discover a few forgotten folks, like Billie Maxwell, a cowgirl who cut the first commercial record by an Arizonan in 1929. And if you drove to just a few of the places around the state wrapped in Western lore and connected to country music, you’d be making a long C-shaped drive spanning almost 268 miles, from the Petrified National Forest to near the Mexico border.

 

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¶lim¶101 Things to Do in Arizona

PHMT2DO01You shook Goldwater’s hand. You hiked Humphreys Peak. You even installed your own backyard misting system. But your Arizona membership dues aren't current until you tap our definitive list of uniquely AZ-centric events and experiences, from primeval chimichangas to the state's most exclusive river hike.

Photography by Jim David, Diana Elizabeth, Mirelle Inglefield, Mark Lipczynski, Craig Outhier, Brandon Sullivan.

Adventures in Dining
Drinking Destinations
Go Country - A Transformation in Seven Steps
Beat the Heat
Bucket List for a Kid
Musical Musts
Avian Encounters
Literary Getaways
Bonus Getaway

 

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Reader Photo Contest

For our fourth annual reader photo contest, titled “Elemental,” you submitted stunning shots of Arizona in all its earthen, blustery, rust-hued glory. We selected the top 10, and our readers voted for their favorite.

 

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¶lim¶Summer Getaways

Summer is the ideal season for Phoenicians to indulge their deepest-held travel fantasies. The snowbirds have flown, the kids are out of school and the northern snows have melted, paving the way for outdoor adventure. From waterfall hikes to canyoneering in the Salome Wilderness to biker rallies, we’ve tracked down some of the best recreation opportunities for summer 2014.

Bonus: Six out-of-state adventures!

 

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¶lim¶AZ Summer Beer Guide

0614PHMBG01aIt's hot outside, and getting hotter. Thankfully, Arizona's burgeoning brew industry has a seasonal offering just for you.

Summer beers have typically become lighter, more refreshing styles,” says Arizona craft beer distributor and certified cicerone Chuck Noll. Educate your beer-loving mind with this handy overview.

 

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