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June 19, 2019

See What’s for Dinner on Chandler Property

Satisfy hunger pangs on Chandler property. It’s easy to answer the question of what’s for dinner with the array of restaurants, eateries and cafes scattered about. Taste sensations from across the globe are at the fingertips of Chandler real estate residents. Culinary choices feature cuisine from around the world.

Start out with a juicy steak at The Keg Steakhouse and Bar. This local steakhouse has a reputation for serving it up right every time. An impressive menu delights the palate with fillet mignon, prime rib, chicken and seafood selections. Diners toast the occasion with glasses of of fine wines, signature cocktails and beers on tap. Special event dining is done up right in the private dining room.

Journey to Italy on Chandler Real Estate

It’s fiesta time at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant. House specials make this the place to be. Customers take advantage of early bird specials Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Rave reviews are out of control for the specialties of the house. Favorites include Sonoran Style Enchiladas, Fish Taco Platters, Chile Con Carne and Machaca. Little hombres are happy with the children’s menu complete with kid friendly choices.

Taste buds take a journey to Italy at Stone and Vine Urban Italian. Recipes handed down lay the groundwork for amazing dishes. Pasta plates are plentiful and filled with flavor. Happy Hour has folks jumping for joy with appetizers and beverages all around. Wood burning pizzas please everyone in the group. Outside dining is perfect on the patio. Families head out on the weekends for a tasty brunch that’s served until 3 p.m.

Locals love the homemade noodles coming out of the kitchen at China Magic Noodle House. Many kick it up a notch with spicy sauces while other prefer noodles paired with shrimp and corn or stir-fried with vegetables. Spring rolls and pan fried dumplings are other fan favorites. Just around the corner or thereabouts diners sit down for sushi at Shimogamo Japanese. A sophisticated menu features not only delicious bites of sushi but carefully crafted small dish masterpieces. Shimogamo prides itself on presenting the best in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Dining choices are seemingly unlimited on Chandler property. Tummies are sure to be satisfied by one of the restaurants found about town.

 

Posted in News
June 18, 2019

Chandler Property Owners Get in the Game

Chandler property is action packed at the Snedigar Recreation Center and Sports Complex. Honoring late Officer James Snedigar, the centers are filled with entertainment options.

The recreation center offers an abundance of classes that improve on hobbies and teach new skills. Meetings and special events take place on the grounds and pavilions are available to rent for birthdays, anniversaries, bridal and baby showers and practically any other occasion. Hours for the recreation center are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Athletes of all skill levels and ages get in the game in the sports complex. Professional sized baseball fields let players feel as if they’ve made it to the big leagues. Nearby on the little league fields pint sized players dream big as well. Games are also played on the state of the art softball fields. Chandler real estate residents get a kick out of the soccer fields which is found close to a full-sized cricket field.

Play All Day on Chandler Real Estate

Tricks are worked out at the Chandler Skate Park. Open to the public free of charge, the park is open 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the winter and 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the summer. This critically acclaimed Chandler property has been declared as, “one of the best skate parks in the United States,” by Thrasher Magazine.

Pups can play at the Snedigar Recreation Center too. Tailwaggers head over to the dog park. Big and little breeds are welcome. Obstacle course equipment stimulates interest including tunnels, balance beams, see-saws and hurdles. Lots of laughs are had at the pretend fire hydrant. Dog drinking fountains keep canines hydrated and benches provide perfect resting spots for human counterparts. Hours for the dog park are 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. everyday.

Get busy making memories at the Snedigar Recreation Center and Sports Complex. There’s plenty to do and you’ll be glad you did it! For more information on all the recreational amenities call 480.782.2644.

 

Posted in News
June 18, 2019

Hit the Trails on Chandler Property

Mosey on down to Chandler property and saddle up for fun. At Koli Equestrian Center Wild Horse Pass trails wind through Southwest wilderness perfect for traversing on horseback. Wranglers are ready to perfectly match riders with friendly and spirited horses. Buckaroos as young as six-years-old can grab the reins.

The ranch is located close to Chandler homes on the Gila River Indian Community Reservation. Over two thousand acres are ready to host adventures. Reservations are encouraged as spots can fill up fast. Open seven days a week spontaneous rides are always a possibility so call ahead at 602.796.3495 for available spaces. Groups rides are fun ways to meet new friends but private trips are also an option. Due to the rugged desert terrain horses move at a steady walk or light trot.

Explore the Beauty of the Sonoran Desert by Chandler Homes

Providing the best experience, Koli Equestrian Center Wild Horse Pass rejects the traditional formation of “head to toe” trail rides. Groups here ride side by side by each other so conversation flows freely. Guides have the gift of gab and relay tidbits of trivia and history about the landscape. Riders learn all about the reservation they are exploring.

Folks don’t have to mount up to see the sights. Horse and carriage rides cruise around setting the scene for romantic moments for couples in love. Hayrides make for lively rides and are great for the kiddos. Birthday parties are Western themed and can get a little bit wild. There are games to get in the spirit, hay rides and trail rides for one and all. And, there is even more! Horse lovers can learn all about their favorite animals by taking a class. Horsemanship 101 and Kids Club classes pass on information on grooming, saddling and riding.

When the urge to get back to nature comes calling head on over to Koli Equestrian Center Wild Horse Pass. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Sonoran Desert on this Chandler property.

 

Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 14, 2016

Moving to Chandler AZ | Schools

When deciding to move to any city, families with kids should take the time to research the school districts within that city to see which one best suits the needs of their children.  One of the benefits of moving to Chandler AZ is that it is home to the prestigious Chandler Unified School District.

The Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) covers over 80 square miles and accommodates over 40,000 students. CUSD contains 29 elementary schools, seven junior high schools, five high schools and three alternative schools. The district also includes five Chandler Traditional Academies at the elementary level and at the secondary level, the options of Arizona College Prep and the Chandler Early College program at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Chandler Unified School District boasts that it is an “A” rated district for the fourth straight year. CUSD is one of only nine districts in the state that have earned this rating for all four years of the Arizona LEARNS letter grade accountability program. CUSD also boasts that it has 11 of the top 100 rated schools in the state of Arizona and is the only district in the state that holds this high honor. As well, the district is known for its outstanding athletic programs offering a variety of sports including football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, swimming, basketball, and even badminton.

When your family is moving to Chandler AZ, perhaps you have decided that you prefer private schools. According to the Private School Review, Chandler boasts 22 private schools, serving approximately 3,462 students.  Among these private schools are 6 middle and high schools, including the prestigious Seton Catholic Prep School, and 16 elementary schools.

If your family has decided that they are moving to Chandler AZ, call me at Liz Harris Realty to assist you in deciding which area has the schools are best for the needs of your family.  Liz Harris has helped numerous clients in finding their new home and can assist you and your family as well.

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Nov. 11, 2015

Selling Your Home Competitively

When selling your home, you want to make sure your home is market ready. As anyone knows, it takes more than just putting a For Sale sign in front of your house. But, the big question is this: How much work do you need to put into your home to help make it attractive and have it sell quickly?

Some people think that selling your home should be an “as is” proposition. Why make changes when a potential buyer might just decide they want to go in a different direction? This is a reasonable assertion. But, in the current market, selling your home and competing against the prolific availability of new builds can be a challenge. The reality is that your home has to stand up against the appeal of brand-new construction. Can it be done? Absolutely!

Here are a few things to consider when you’re selling your home:

  1. Clear away the clutter. Stripping your home of family photos, memorabilia, and extraneous knick knacks is essential. You want a potential buyer to see their home as theirs, not yours. And, by clearing these items away, you can easily get a head start on your packing. I suggest putting these personal belongings in boxes and storing them in your garage or other similar area that is away from the interior of your home.
  2. Check for blemishes. Look around your house at every nook and cranny. Check the condition of the floors, walls, and cabinetry. Assess if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. This can include things as big as installing new flooring or as little as fixing nail pops.
  3. Add some fresh paint. Unless your interior walls have been recently painted, you may want to think about give your walls a little facelift. Fresh paint in neutral colors can do a lot to update the look of your home. While you’re at it, when is the last time your home’s exterior was painted? Cracked walls or trim can make a house look old, which doesn’t do well when buyers are comparing it to a new build.
  4. Update fixtures. If your home was built in the 1990s or before, and you haven’t changed out bathroom and kitchen lighting and faucets, chances are they look pretty dated. It’s amazing how these very important rooms can be transformed with just a few modern updates.
  5. Clean inside and out. No one wants to look at dirty carpets or fingerprints on the bedroom doors. If you don’t already do so, having your home professional deep cleaned will make a world of difference.
  6. Throw in some color. With a neutral palette on your walls, you want to find places throughout your home to add some pop. Adding some bright and cheery towels to your bathroom or some colorful placemats on your breakfast bar can add a contemporary look without breaking your budget.

If you are selling your home in today’s competitive market, you want to do everything you can to make your home show-ready. By following the above tips, and a few more that I can share with you, your home can be as appealing as a model home at the new build site.

For more information on how I can help you sell your home, contact me at (480) 313-3924.

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Nov. 9, 2015

Buying a Home | Your Wish List

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Especially if it is for your primary residence. And especially if you plan to stay a while. You want your new home to be just perfect.

But, is any home really perfect? Can you find a home that satisfies everything on your wish list? As a real estate agent, I encourage my clients to be mindful that not every home will have everything they are looking for. But, it is easy to come close. You have to have a realistic view of what you can’t live without and what you are willing to reconsider.

Here is an example of what your wish list might look like when you’re buying a home:

  1. Location: Do you have a particular city or neighborhood that you’re interested in? Do you want to be close to work, schools, shopping, etc.?
  2. Good Schools: For people with children, this is always near the top of the list.
  3. Square footage: The size of a house and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is important to accommodate current family size or potential family growth.
  4. Move-in ready: Many people want to be able to move right in without having to repaint, re-floor, or remodel.
  5. Certain Amenities: This is when wish lists get really specific. Features such as swimming pools, bonus rooms, gas cooktop, hardwood floors, updated light fixtures, master-on-main, ample storage, and a 3-car garage can all be considered nice-to-haves.
  6. Price: Last, but absolutely not least, finding a house that is listed within your budget. There is always room for negotiation, but it makes no sense to look at a home that is financially way out of reach.

For most people buying a home, some concessions must be made. You may find the perfect home with everything you’re looking for, but it’s not in the neighborhood you originally wanted. Or, you may have to settle for a home with the master bedroom on the second floor instead of the first. Depending on your time constraints and willingness to wait until that ideal home comes on the market, it is wise to be a little bit flexible when buying a home. Of course, there is always the option to remodel if there are certain aspects of a home you want to change.

As a real estate professional, I put every effort into helping my clients find a home that best matches their specifications for their dream home. Because there are so many options in so many great neighborhoods here in the Valley, the chances of your buying a home that you really love is exceptional…without having to significantly change your wish list.

For more information about how I can help you with your real estate needs, contact me at (480) 313-3924

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Nov. 7, 2015

Real Estate | Selling During the Holidays

The Holidays are upon us. But real estate waits for no one and you can’t hold off selling your home just because it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Staging your home can be tricky no matter what season it is. But with a few simple rules, you can use your Holiday decorations to help the buyer visualize their own family Christmas in their new home.

Being mindful of your Holiday decorations begins with the outside of your home and the curb appeal of your decor.  A gigantic Santa Claus sitting on your roof may not be the best idea if you are putting your home up for sale.  Simple white lights that highlight the architecture of your home can bring Holiday Cheer and a touch of class.

Real estate sales are all about making your property appealing to as many buyers as possible. The first step to successfully staging the inside of your home during the Holiday Season is to de-clutter your house before you decorate.  If your house looks overcrowded and messy, adding Holiday décor will only amplify this issue.  Stage your house without the decorations and then add items that enhance the way it is already staged.  To take this one step further, make sure that you use décor than enhances your home, without making it gaudy.  Sticking to a color palette that works in harmony with your homes year-round décor, will make sure that your home looks festive and tasteful.

Lastly,  make your home as inviting and cozy as possible.  A candle that wraps your home in the scent of baking apple pie can make a potential buyer feel like they are coming home when they walk in your front door.  Simple decorations, such as a beautiful wreath or even a dish of pine cones can provide hints of the Season, without going overboard.

If you are interested in selling your home over this Holiday Season, contact Liz Harris for your luxury real estate needs.

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Nov. 4, 2015

Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate

The luxury real estate market here in the Valley is alive and well. Whether you’re looking in Chandler, Scottsdale, or the heart of Phoenix, there are a number of amazing homes for sale at any given time. You just may not be able to find them on your own without some help. Here are a few tips to help make your search more successful:

  1. Connect with a luxury real estate expert. Unlike traditional home sales, luxury homes for sale often go unlisted on the MLS. This is to protect the seller’s privacy. In these cases, the only way to find these properties is through your agent’s connections. As an agent who is familiar with the local luxury real estate market, I can help you find those hidden gems that aren’t available to view online.
  2. Don’t rule out a home based on its photos. Pictures may say a thousand words, but when you’re looking at luxury real estate, they don’t always capture the heart of the home. This is especially true with larger homes. Seeing them in person is always something I recommend to my clients.
  3. Work with your current bank and advisors. If you have a strong relationship with a particular bank, they are certainly aware of your financials and your portfolio. Also, make sure your financials are properly documented. The luxury real estate market is highly scrutinized, so you want to be able to show that you have the income necessary to purchase your desired home.
  4. Be prepared to negotiate. When you fall in love with a home, it is tempting to just offer the asking price or something close to it. But luxury homes are priced because of their unique features such as a spectacular view or a remodeled gourmet kitchen. These amenities shouldn’t necessarily dictate that you have to pay more than you should. A savvy agent will have comparables available so you can use this information to make a reasonable offer.

As a luxury real estate specialist, I am work closely with my clients to help them find their dream home and understand the ins and outs of the luxury real estate market. If you would like to learn more about how I can help you, please contact me at (480) 313-3924.

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Nov. 1, 2015

10 Reasons to Buy Chandler Real Estate

As a Chandler real estate professional, I love to share with clients why I believe that Chandler, Arizona is a great place to live. Since coming to Arizona myself in 1999, I have seen this area change and grow to be one of the most sought-after communities in our state. Here are 10 reasons why my clients choose Chandler real estate for their next home:

  1. Weather: Of course, when people think about Arizona, and Chandler real estate in particular, one of the biggest attractions is the weather. Our average annual temperature is around 84 degrees Fahrenheit and we experience nearly 300 days of sunshine each year. Yes, we do have it good here.
  2. Employment: Chandler is home to many prominent businesses including Intel, Verizon Wireless, PayPal, Orbital, Avnet, and Toyota Financial Services. Living and working in Chandler makes for a very easy commute.
  3. Proximity to Downtown Phoenix & Airport: Even if your job takes you to Downtown Phoenix, your drive is still a reasonable 25 miles door-to-door. And, if your work requires some air travel, or if you like to vacation in faraway locales, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is roughly 20-25 minutes away.
  4. Family Focus: Many of my clients look for Chandler real estate because Chandler has such a family-friendly focus. Residential communities are designed with families in mind, with many of them including neighborhood parks and play areas. There are also many community sports leagues and activities for children including San Tan Legacy Soccer and Chandler National Little League. And, if you like festivals, Chandler has those, too. One of the highlights every year is the Ostrich Festival where real live ostriches take center stage among many other attractions.
  5. Parks & Recreation: Speaking of activity, Chandler offers a plethora of other recreational opportunities. Two of Chandler’s many parks include Tumbleweed Park and Snedigar Sports Complex. You’ll also find several aquatic parks sprinkled throughout the city that make for great summertime fun.
  6. Top-Rated Schools: Chandler Unified School District continues to shine as one of the state’s best. Having received a “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education for four years running, CUSD boasts 11 of the top 100 highest ranked schools in Arizona.
  7. Downtown Chandler: Offering a unique charm and appeal to residents and visitors alike, Downtown Chandler is the place to be for dining, shopping, and entertainment. With a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and the Chandler Center for the Arts, as well as periodic street fairs and events, Downtown Chandler is a great area in which to grab a bite, take a walk, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
  8. Shopping: If you like to shop, Chandler has everything you need including one of the largest-area malls, the Chandler Fashion Center. You can also find national retailers throughout the city, as well as The Shoppes at Casa Paloma, an outdoor shopping venue where you can find everything from fashion to fitness.
  9. Golfing: With nearly a dozen golf courses within the city limits alone, you can have your choice of locations for a day on the links or just an hour or so to practice your putt. And, there are plenty of Chandler real estate golf communities, so you can even walk out of your back door and hit the course in no time at all!
  10. Outdoor Experiences: Do you enjoy the great outdoors? If you like to hike, bike, or horseback ride, you don’t have to travel too far to do so. South Mountain and San Tan Mountain are just a few minutes away and offer the best of outdoor Arizona.

Want to learn more about what makes Chandler such a great place to live? I would be happy to provide more insight and show you some beautiful homes in the area. As a specialist in Chandler real estate, with more than 15 years in the business and an active involvement in the real estate industry, I can offer the experience and expertise needed if you want to make Chandler your next home.

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