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Vol. 4 Issue 5

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

The New Golf Scene

Business in the Backyard The New Home Office

Full Throttle Fun Octane Raceway

Spinach Feta Dip The Yard House


LOCAL VENUE

Fun on the Range

Octane Raceway Scottsdale, AZ

I'LL BE IN MY

SHEDQUARTERS

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HouseBeautiful.com

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s more and more of us work from home – by choice or by necessity, finding a secluded and quiet space amidst the hubbub of home life can prove difficult. After all, who wants to take a call from your boss while the dog is barking and your kids have Cartoon Network cranked to 30? That’s where the “shedquarters” comes in.

Between races be sure to keep yourself firing on all cylinders with a trip to the Brickyard Grill with a full menu and beverages. Or try your luck at one of the many games and activities in the brand new arcade. The Octane Raceway is full throttle fun! Source: OctaneRaceway.com

What are shedquarters, you may be wondering? This newly coined term for a small and separate home office structure on your property is suddenly something of a work-from-home movement. In the past, employees and entrepreneurs have headquartered their home offices in a room, perhaps a corner by the front door, or maybe cloistered off in the basement. But very often these high traffic – or even hidden away – areas become problematic. They are often too close to distractions, such as television and the kitchen. Family tends to gravitate to these zones too easily.

This blend of fine dining, fun drinks, and funky live music is the newest sports trend, with the popular venue Topgolf leading the way. The driving range is now a hip new spot to hang out, whether you’re a golfer or not. No more dropping coins in a machine to get a bucket full of balls just to see how far you can hit it. Who knows how far those shots are really going, anyway? At Topgolf, with some 40 locations around the country, guests try to hit their micro-chipped golf balls into circular bulls-eye targets out in the fields in front of them. The farther the ball goes and the more

And that’s the secret to the shedquarters. It is its own separate place with its own entrance. When you head out there, you are clearly “going to the office.” Others know to stay away, and mentally, you know you’re going to work. In the past, separate sheds have been filled with yard equipment, patio furniture, or maybe even an old car. Taking a cue from the tiny house movement, today’s polished and efficient shedquarters are a far cry from these backyard shelters. In fact, many companies now sell office sheds that can be delivered to your door fully assembled, with wiring and insulation complete, or as kits, which can be assembled on site. Most of these “shoffices” are small, some as little as 8 by 8 feet or 10 by 10 feet and they range in price from about $6,000 to $12,000, while some are considerably more expensive and come fully loaded and ready to be placed somewhere perfect with a view. These new home office spaces often have a few things in common: they are small, they are modern in design with ample windows so the space doesn’t feel cramped, and they are necessarily sparse in terms of décor. Many of the companies designing them are using ecofriendly materials as well. And because of their minimalist designs, these shedquarters can blend into the landscape nicely. These tiny offices are clearly built for working … with room for little else. But the best part of all? That’s easy. The commute! HGTV.com

HOMEWISE

accurate the shots, the more points appear under their name on the computer screen in their group’s hitting bay area. Players are getting the same kind of practice as the good old days, but in a lively and fun new atmosphere, which is sure to encourage return trips. But it’s the atmosphere at these entertainment/golf centers that truly sets them apart from the earlier bare bones driving ranges. Visitors head to their own hitting bay where they can order on-trend foods and drinks from their host, hang out in comfy lounge-like seating,

and have fun watching each other shank and slice the ball. Full bars and large screen TVs are part of the complexes, making it very entertainment driven. The best part of this new breed of driving ranges? It’s truly meant as entertainment for all. Both golfers and non-golfers can compete and even children will find a few hours of tee time fun and challenging. Players of all skill levels will be comfortable trying their hand in this environment. Who knows, some newbies may even be eager to make a go at 18 holes after a few visits to these new and vastly improved driving ranges. Fore!

Spinach Feta Cheese Dip FLAVORFUL

Tires screaming around corners. Cars slamming into sidewalls. If you’re looking for excitement, Octane Raceway in Scottsdale gives you the ultimate adrenaline rush! The 1/3-mile track is the only full time indoor/outdoor track in the U.S. The highspeed European race karts carve up the corners and fly down the straightaways up to 45 MPH on a challenging road course. Each lap begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section of the course before returning inside.

hen was the last time you went to the driving range? It might not be the most exciting place to hang out, unless you’re obsessed with perfecting your golf swing. But what if going to the driving range was something you did with your friends at night, with a margarita or a chilled beer in your hand, and a live band performing nearby? Kind of like an upgraded night at the bowling alley, only the sport is golf, and the atmosphere is a bit more swanky.

INGREDIENTS 1 gal Water 1½ lbs Fresh spinach ½ c Olive oil ¼ c Garlic, minced 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped ½ tbsp

Kosher salt

½ tbsp ½ lbs ½ lbs 12 oz ¼c

Black pepper Feta cheese, crumbled Jack cheese, shredded Cream cheese Grated parmesan cheese

Directions Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Place the spinach in the water and blanch until just wilted (approximately 20 – 30 seconds). Remove from water and place into a colander, then place into an ice bath so that it doesn’t continue to wilt. Squeeze to remove all excess water and then rough chop the spinach. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan and add minced garlic. Let the garlic turn golden brown then add parsley, salt and pepper, and sauté briefly and set aside. Combine feta, jack and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix cheese until well combined. Add garlic/parsley mixture and spinach and continue mixing until thoroughly combined. Place spinach mixture in a casserole dish, sprinkle the top with grated parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbling slightly and golden brown on top. Serve with toasted pita bread. Serves 4.

YardHouse.com | (480) 675-9273


LOCAL VENUE

Fun on the Range

Octane Raceway Scottsdale, AZ

I'LL BE IN MY

SHEDQUARTERS

W

HouseBeautiful.com

A

s more and more of us work from home – by choice or by necessity, finding a secluded and quiet space amidst the hubbub of home life can prove difficult. After all, who wants to take a call from your boss while the dog is barking and your kids have Cartoon Network cranked to 30? That’s where the “shedquarters” comes in.

Between races be sure to keep yourself firing on all cylinders with a trip to the Brickyard Grill with a full menu and beverages. Or try your luck at one of the many games and activities in the brand new arcade. The Octane Raceway is full throttle fun! Source: OctaneRaceway.com

What are shedquarters, you may be wondering? This newly coined term for a small and separate home office structure on your property is suddenly something of a work-from-home movement. In the past, employees and entrepreneurs have headquartered their home offices in a room, perhaps a corner by the front door, or maybe cloistered off in the basement. But very often these high traffic – or even hidden away – areas become problematic. They are often too close to distractions, such as television and the kitchen. Family tends to gravitate to these zones too easily.

This blend of fine dining, fun drinks, and funky live music is the newest sports trend, with the popular venue Topgolf leading the way. The driving range is now a hip new spot to hang out, whether you’re a golfer or not. No more dropping coins in a machine to get a bucket full of balls just to see how far you can hit it. Who knows how far those shots are really going, anyway? At Topgolf, with some 40 locations around the country, guests try to hit their micro-chipped golf balls into circular bulls-eye targets out in the fields in front of them. The farther the ball goes and the more

And that’s the secret to the shedquarters. It is its own separate place with its own entrance. When you head out there, you are clearly “going to the office.” Others know to stay away, and mentally, you know you’re going to work. In the past, separate sheds have been filled with yard equipment, patio furniture, or maybe even an old car. Taking a cue from the tiny house movement, today’s polished and efficient shedquarters are a far cry from these backyard shelters. In fact, many companies now sell office sheds that can be delivered to your door fully assembled, with wiring and insulation complete, or as kits, which can be assembled on site. Most of these “shoffices” are small, some as little as 8 by 8 feet or 10 by 10 feet and they range in price from about $6,000 to $12,000, while some are considerably more expensive and come fully loaded and ready to be placed somewhere perfect with a view. These new home office spaces often have a few things in common: they are small, they are modern in design with ample windows so the space doesn’t feel cramped, and they are necessarily sparse in terms of décor. Many of the companies designing them are using ecofriendly materials as well. And because of their minimalist designs, these shedquarters can blend into the landscape nicely. These tiny offices are clearly built for working … with room for little else. But the best part of all? That’s easy. The commute! HGTV.com

HOMEWISE

accurate the shots, the more points appear under their name on the computer screen in their group’s hitting bay area. Players are getting the same kind of practice as the good old days, but in a lively and fun new atmosphere, which is sure to encourage return trips. But it’s the atmosphere at these entertainment/golf centers that truly sets them apart from the earlier bare bones driving ranges. Visitors head to their own hitting bay where they can order on-trend foods and drinks from their host, hang out in comfy lounge-like seating,

and have fun watching each other shank and slice the ball. Full bars and large screen TVs are part of the complexes, making it very entertainment driven. The best part of this new breed of driving ranges? It’s truly meant as entertainment for all. Both golfers and non-golfers can compete and even children will find a few hours of tee time fun and challenging. Players of all skill levels will be comfortable trying their hand in this environment. Who knows, some newbies may even be eager to make a go at 18 holes after a few visits to these new and vastly improved driving ranges. Fore!

Spinach Feta Cheese Dip FLAVORFUL

Tires screaming around corners. Cars slamming into sidewalls. If you’re looking for excitement, Octane Raceway in Scottsdale gives you the ultimate adrenaline rush! The 1/3-mile track is the only full time indoor/outdoor track in the U.S. The highspeed European race karts carve up the corners and fly down the straightaways up to 45 MPH on a challenging road course. Each lap begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section of the course before returning inside.

hen was the last time you went to the driving range? It might not be the most exciting place to hang out, unless you’re obsessed with perfecting your golf swing. But what if going to the driving range was something you did with your friends at night, with a margarita or a chilled beer in your hand, and a live band performing nearby? Kind of like an upgraded night at the bowling alley, only the sport is golf, and the atmosphere is a bit more swanky.

INGREDIENTS 1 gal Water 1½ lbs Fresh spinach ½ c Olive oil ¼ c Garlic, minced 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped ½ tbsp

Kosher salt

½ tbsp ½ lbs ½ lbs 12 oz ¼c

Black pepper Feta cheese, crumbled Jack cheese, shredded Cream cheese Grated parmesan cheese

Directions Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Place the spinach in the water and blanch until just wilted (approximately 20 – 30 seconds). Remove from water and place into a colander, then place into an ice bath so that it doesn’t continue to wilt. Squeeze to remove all excess water and then rough chop the spinach. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan and add minced garlic. Let the garlic turn golden brown then add parsley, salt and pepper, and sauté briefly and set aside. Combine feta, jack and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix cheese until well combined. Add garlic/parsley mixture and spinach and continue mixing until thoroughly combined. Place spinach mixture in a casserole dish, sprinkle the top with grated parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbling slightly and golden brown on top. Serve with toasted pita bread. Serves 4.

YardHouse.com | (480) 675-9273


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In todays challenging real estate market, selecting the right real estate agent is crucial. Working with a full time, seasoned Real Estate professional, such as myself, makes all the difference in the world! My intimate knowledge of the Valley area is derived from my 33 years extensive experience as a Real Estate professional here in Arizona. I work diligently to make sure my buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals. As your listing agent, my extensive marketing plan provides you the opportunity to get the maximum value for your home. For my buyers, I search until I find the perfect property and I help negotiate the best possible deal. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come from a successful sale or purchase.

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480.720.8001 Bonnie@BonnieBurke.com www.BonnieBurke.com If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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