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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I read a great article on landscaping this past week and it had me reflecting on "gardens" here in Tucson, AZ.When I first moved to our desert environment back in 2000, I have to admit it took more than a few months to get used to seeing folks rake their rocks rather than break out a lawn mower. Over time, I learned the value of water conservation, heat-loving plants and something called Xeriscaping.Xeriscaping is a landscaping approach that focuses on creating beautiful outdoor spaces while conserving water and reducing maintenance requirements. The term "xeriscape" originates from the Greek word "xeros," meaning dry, and "scape," referring to a view or scene. Xeriscaping is particularly popular in arid and drought-prone regions where water conservation is essential, like Tucson, AZ.Wi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
You may have read my earlier blog posting about Cinco de Mayo celebrations here in Tucson.  Within it, I promised more information about where to go, what to do, and most importantly - WHAT TO EAT, within our historic city of Tucson, AZ.Tucson metropolitan area consists of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail and other outlying communities such as Sahuarita, Catalina, and even Saddle Brooke. We all sort of meld together in a homey, homogenous community centered in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.The Tucson area is known for great eating!  Follow the links for more information about selected events.Celebrating the diversity of Mexican tastes, enjoy this link to discover some of the local great eateries here in Marana, AZ. Click the link to read more aboutLa Olla Mexican CafeNana's KitchenAlejan...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Here in Tucson, we're all gearing up for Cinco de Mayo this weekend.  Margaritas, great food, friends... but what exactly is Cinco de Mayo - many don't know.Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5 to celebrate Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.The Battle of Puebla occurred during the Franco-Mexican War, a conflict between the Mexican government led by President Benito Juárez and the French forces of Napoleon III. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the Mexican army, achieved a surprising and decisive victory over the French forces at Puebla.While Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in Mexico, in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a vibrant cultural celebration of Mexican heritage, featur...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Let's talk today about the Baby Boomer generation, those folks born between 1946 and 1964.  With a population of over 71 million here in the US, owning more real estate than any other generation; it's a pretty big deal in the real estate world. As they're (we) are getting older, let's talk about how that may affect the real estate market – sooner rather than later!First off, many are retiring or getting close to it. And you know what often comes with retirement? Downsizing. You might want to swap your big family home for something smaller and easier to manage. Maybe it’s a cozy condo or a place in a sunny retirement community. (like Tucson, AZ!)Then there are the empty nesters. Kids grow up, move out, and suddenly mom and dad are rattling around in a house that feels way too big. Downsi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
If you’re a birder, you won’t want to miss this lovely bi-annual event! The hummingbird migration through the Tucson area is a remarkable natural phenomenon that occurs primarily in the fall and spring. Tucson, Arizona, sits along one of the major migration routes for several species of hummingbirds, including the Anna's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Broad-billed Hummingbird.(Black chinned Hummingbird)Fortunately, one of my clients’ is an avid watcher and shares his photos, so I can share with you!  All information is deemed reliable, but name under each photo came from client) (Peacock Hummingbird)During their migration, hummingbirds travel thousands of miles between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico and Cent...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
You’ve heard the words “Low Inventory” for over a year now, but what exactly does that mean?Picture this: Tucson's real estate market is like a game of musical chairs, but with houses. Now, when there's low inventory, it's like there are way fewer chairs than people playing.So, what happens? Well, first off, everyone starts scrambling. Buyers are looking for homes, but there just aren't enough to go around.  With fewer options, buyers get competitive. They start bidding higher and higher to snag one of the few available homes. That means prices shoot up, which is great news for sellers, but not so much for buyers trying to snag a deal.  HOWEVER, sellers can and have overpriced their homes in this kind of market and here’s what happens.  With the higher interest rates, today’s buyers are...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
In honor of World Poetry Day (March 21), I thought I’d share my love of Tucson and the surrounding area.  I've used different photos, but they help illustrate the meaning of the words.The desert speaks to us in quiet ways;Purple mountainsDazzling SunsetsA society of cacti where we can visit our ancestors(photo by Mike Jones)…if your ears are open to the voice of the Saguaro.(photo by Mike Jones)Riotous blooms and colorCreate their own beguiling melody within your mindThere’s a danger here, a power, and yet it whispers to the soul(photo by Mike Jones)Inviting solaceContemplationAnd reverenceCome.Be.Tucson.
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Buying a second home in Tucson can be an excellent idea for those seeking a vacation-like getaway, expressly tailored to your lifestyle and preferences: Winter Retreat: Tucson's mild winters and sunny skies make it an ideal winter retreat for folks looking to escape colder climates. The pleasant weather allows for outdoor activities like golfing, hiking, and biking during the winter months, providing an active and healthy lifestyle. Affordable Living: Tucson offers a lower cost of living compared to many other popular retirement destinations. This affordability means one can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank, both in terms of purchasing the second home and day-to-day expenses. Health and Wellness: Tucson is known for its focus on health and wellness, with numerous ...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Thinking about purchasing a new construction home in order to take advantage of lower interest rates?  For a limited time, Meritage is offering lower monthly payments with rates as low as 3.99% on some of their popular floorplans. (click link to see)Very important --  Don't forget to take buyer representation along with you on your first visit.  Site agents work for the seller.  You do not get a "deal" or a discounted rate on your home purchase if you show up without an agent.  Negotiation skills, “add-ons and upgrades” guidance, impartial inspection coverage, another eye on the Builder Contract and addenda -- There's really no reason why you wouldn't want an experienced agent working for you with your new construction home project.As of March 18, 2024, Meritage Homes has over 170 homes...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Cara Mancuso, 520-909-2988Welcome to your new home! Step into this beautifully updated, split floor plan featuring not one, but two spacious primary suites. Wake up to breathtaking sunrise and mountain views streaming in through the expansive east-facing windows.Your inner chef will rejoice in the cook's kitchen complete with extended, solid wood cabinetry providing ample storage, lazy Susan, and a charming coffee bar area. Hosting friends and family is a breeze with under cabinet lighting, a gas stove and oven, newer appliances, quartz countertops, and a generously sized kitchen island.You'll find fresh updates, including newer interior paint and hardscape ceramic tile flooring throughout. The bathrooms have been tastefully renovated wit...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
New Construction Opportunities near SE TucsonBlackhawk, situated along the I-10 corridor southeast of Tucson at the southwest intersection of Wilmot and I-10, is a growing community with two planned Phases for construction. Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group, Inc. is currently developing 87 acres of land, and lots are now available for purchase.In January, D.R. Horton acquired 60 single-family residential (SFR) lots in Blackhawk. More recently, Richmond American secured 51 SFR lots at a noteworthy price of $4.641 million ($91,000 per lot), marking a new high for lot prices in this Tucson area.Upon completion, the community will feature a total of 310 homes, divided into two phases—phase 1 with 157 lots and phase 2 with 153 lots.   Notably, this marks Richmond American's 13th community dev...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Moving to Tucson but also want to experience the mountainous beauty of the area within your home? Surrounded by several mountain ranges -- there are many views to choose from!  If mountains are your fancy - whether to wander or simply to enjoy, here's a bit of information regarding the main peaks surrounding our magnificent desert area:Santa Catalina Mountains: Also known as the Catalinas, these mountains are located to the north of Tucson. The range offers diverse recreational activities, including hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching. Mount Lemmon, the highest peak in the Santa Catalinas, is a popular destination and provides a cool retreat during the hot summer months.  In one summer day you can escape the high 90's on the desert floor and bask in the cool 70's in the higher elev...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Tucson is known as America's first city of gastronomy.Tucson's food scene is like a delicious journey through time and culture. We've got an incredible mix of flavors thanks to our rich cultural history, a melting pot of heritage food ingredients, and a dedication to keeping it real with traditional cooking techniques. It's not just food; it's a tasty tale of Tucson's awesome gastronomic evolution! In Tucson, you'll find Mexican restaurants scattered throughout the city, but there's a particular hotspot boasting over 50 eateries. Recognizing this tasty treasure, the Tucson City Council officially declared an area in South Tucson as the premier 23-mile stretch of Mexican food in the entire country. So without delay, let's spill the beans about Tucson's fantastic 23-mile stretch of Mexica...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Looking at Purchasing an Active Adult Community Home in Tucson, AZ? Active Adult communities in Tucson, AZ, generally cater to individuals aged 55 and older and are designed to provide a lifestyle tailored to the needs and preferences of active retirees. These communities typically offer amenities such as golf courses, fitness centers, social clubs, and low-maintenance living options. If you're interested in purchasing a home in one of these communities, here are some steps to guide you:Start by researching the various Active Adult communities in Tucson. Some popular ones include Sun City Vistoso, (Oro Valley, AZ) SaddleBrooke, (SaddleBrooke, AZ) and The Highlands at Dove Mountain, (Marana, AZ). There are many other communities scattered about metropolitan Tucson. Each community has its...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
The Allure of Purchasing a Discriminating Home in Tucson, AZNestled against the backdrop of the stunning Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona, is not just a city; it's a lifestyle. For those seeking a residence that transcends the ordinary, discriminating homes in Tucson offer a unique blend of luxury, exclusivity, and the desert's natural beauty. Let's delve into the allure of purchasing singular homes in Tucson, exploring the features that make these residences stand out in a city already renowned for its charm.Location, Location, Location:Tucson boasts a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. Exceptional homes are strategically located in exclusive enclaves, providing residents with a sense of privacy while remaining within reach of the city's vibrant cult...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by Leslie Gilpatrick, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, 520-444-9946. This remarkable property, located at 7900 N Hopdown Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85741, with two bedrooms and two baths, encompasses over 0.75 acres with a "double" lot.Take in breathtaking views of three mountain ranges and city lights. While the house dates back to 1980, it has undergone extensive remodeling. Updates include new tile flooring, modernized bathrooms and showers, fresh paint, and the installation of brand-new appliances in both the laundry room and kitchen. An Arizona Sunroom has been seamlessly added to the back of the house, providing additional space to savor the panoramic views. This exceptionally distinctive property boasts a Ramada situated at the highest point, enhancing the overall allure.Afforda...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
My husband and daughter were in surgery this week at the Banner Main Hospital Campus, located on Campbell and Elm Streets in Tucson.  (Banner - University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ)We all wanted to give a shout out to the staff, doctors and residents, students, nurses, aides, cleaners... that took great PERSONAL care of my daughter, the kidney donor, as well as my husband, (her step-dad) the recipient.Truly amazing, after 2 days, his kidneys were working at 72% capacity as opposed to 13% when he entered.  Grateful for the new kidney!Again, amazing care and professionalism (we even got updates DURING surgeries via phone calls) for our family.Kudos to Dr. Harlan, Dr. Turner,  Ale, Candice, Brittney (Brittni?) Monique, Lupita, Kelsy, Diva, Khadiza, and Andrew.  We know there were others...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Discover Effective Measures to Guard Against Rattlesnakes in Tucson, AZ Rattlesnakes are often a topic of conversation when relocating folks are thinking about purchasing a home in the Tucson, AZ region. Here's some quick tips to help you avoid that dangerous desert dweller!   (this probably isn't a rattlesnake, but I'm using my own photos!) 1. Maintain a snake-free zone around your property by trimming brush and removing items that may provide hiding spots for rodents. Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. 2. Be cautious when outdoors on sunny days, as snakes may seek shade under rocks. Avoid lifting rocks that could harbor hidden snakes. 3. Stick to designated pathways, wear sturdy high-top hiking shoes, and carry a walking stick for added protection. 4. If you encounter rattl...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Listed by the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, Michael Joseph, 520-275-4201.Welcome to this exquisite contemporary home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, making its debut on the MLS in Featherstone @ Continental Reserve! Nestled on a coveted corner lot, this residence guarantees privacy with no rear neighbors. Step into the backyard oasis, featuring a dazzling pool – perfect for cooling off during warm days, complemented by mature citrus trees that not only add natural beauty but also the joy of homegrown fruits.A standout feature of this home is the recently renovated primary bathroom, presenting a stylish retreat with modern fixtures and a sophisticated ambiance. This thoughtful upgrade brings a touch of luxury to your daily routine.The interior boasts a living area with 12-foot ceil...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Understanding Upfront Costs When Purchasing a Home in Tucson, ArizonaAre you considering buying a new home in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or Vail? It's essential to be aware of the various upfront expenses associated with the home-buying process. While your agent can assist in negotiating certain costs, others are solely the responsibility of the buyer.Here's a breakdown of some of the anticipated expenses during the escrow process and their approximate costs this January, 2024 when purchasing a new home in Tucson.Earnest Money:Definition: A good faith offer demonstrating your seriousness as a buyer, typically 1-3% of the home price.Process: Deposited into an escrow account by a third party.Outcome: Credited toward the home purchase or returned if the offer is not accepted.Home Inspecti...
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