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Toltec Custom Homes orchestrates masterpieces for beautiful living. Whether you own land to be built upon or you are looking for the perfect homesite to build your masterpiece, make Toltec Custom Homes part of your decision-making process. For more information, call 480.244.6347 or visit www.tolteccustomhomes.com.

MARCH / APRIL 2008

A Little About “Toltec”

The Toltec were an ancient civilization of Mexico. The name in Nahuatl means “master builders.” Influenced by Teotihuacán and the Olmec culture, they were masters in the arts and architecture. The Toltec civilization was materially far advanced. They smelted metals and their stonework was highly developed. The Toltec were artists, architects and engineers far ahead of their time. Later, the Aztec people used the term “Toltec” to refer to a person who was the embodiment of great knowledge and wisdom.

A Little About Toltec Custom Homes

Greg Hammond, President Toltec Custom Homes _________ Monica Hammond, CEO Toltec Custom Homes Owner/Agent

Greg Hammond, President and Owner of Toltec Custom Homes, has over twenty years of experience in the Arizona building industry. He has assembled an outstanding team of extraordinary professionals to deliver the pinnacle in quality, material, workmanship and service to meet and exceed clients’ expectations in the custom homebuilding experience. Toltec Custom Homes prides itself in utilizing leading edge technology to expedite and enhance the building process. In the field, Toltec Custom Homes has all information concerning each project on hand through the Build Links technology; plans, blueprints, schedules, projections, progress photos, contracts, contacts etc. are all accessible through a password protected webbased management and communication system. Since Toltec Custom Homes’ field personnel are armed with wireless PC technology, this allows access to important information at all times to keep the projects moving; any time, anywhere. It is both art and science in the building of a home that is both aesthetically beautiful and functionally practical, and Toltec Custom Homes embraces both aspects.

A Little About How Toltec’s Knowledge Can Help You…

Not only can Toltec Custom Homes create the home of your dreams, but their extensive knowledge of land/lots in affluent areas, and their real estate expertise is at your disposal. Monica Hammond, CEO of Toltec Custom Homes and a licensed Realtor®, can aid you in locating and purchasing your ideal home site. With years of experience in the custom home building industry, there’s added value in utilizing their services in your land acquisition endeavor…value that can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money. With an eye towards the final product in mind, Toltec Custom Homes can address many important issues often not considered during the lot selection process. While views and vegetation are important, there are many other issues that can impact the home building process such as zoning (Environmentally Sensitive Land Ordinances, height restrictions, etc.), topography (washes cfs, elevation changes, etc.), soil condition (expansive soils, hard rock, etc.), site engineering (compaction, grading, drainage, etc.), lot/site preparation (excavation, retaining walls, etc.), and Home Owners Associations (CC&Rs, Architectural Committees, Design Review, etc) all of which can impact (1) the design/orientation of the house, (2) the landscape design and species of vegetation allowed, and ultimately (3) your cost for the homebuilding project. Before launching your search for the perfect home site, contact Monica Hammond at 480-244-6347. Simplify your search and save time, frustration, and money. It doesn’t cost you a penny to access this specialized service.

Building Your Dream Home

STUNNING HOMESITE IN DESERT MOUNTAIN

Attention Golfers!

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR PUTT

Fresh & Simple Italian Cuisine INSALATA DI RUCOLA COVER HOME BY TOLTEC CUSTOM HOMES If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.


5 Tips To Improve Your Putting Aim 50th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Heard Museum, March 1st - 2nd. 602.252.8840 or heard.org. A Valley tradition for a quarter of a century, Arizona’s largest Indian market draws the nation’s finest jewelers, bead workers, painters, sculptors, potters, katsina doll carvers, weavers and more. You can enjoy music and dance performances throughout both days and choose from an array of foods including Mexican, American and Indian favorites such as posole, piki and fry bread. 38th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, March 7th - 9th. 480.994.ARTS or scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Since 1971, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has established a solid reputation as one of the premiere arts festivals in the country. The Festival is known for the high quality and variety of fine arts and fine crafts available, as well as the continuous presentations, performances and demonstrations that take place throughout the weekend. Set amidst the lush gardens and beautiful public art sculptures covering eight acres on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale, the Festival is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon strolling among exhibitors, visiting with artists and enjoying live performances. Proceeds from the Festival help support the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ programs. The Count Basie Orchestra. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, March 16th. 480.994.ARTS or scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Founded by legendary jazz pianist William “Count” Basie, The Count Basie Orchestra has earned an astonishing 17 Grammy Awards and toured internationally while continuing to preserve the one-of-a-kind sound of Basie’s “Kansas City Swing.” Led by trombonist Bill Hughes, the band features a dynamic mix of new and longtime members, many handpicked by Count Basie himself. Forks & Corks. Camelback Esplanade, April 3rd. 602.604.0729 or forksandcorks.org. The stars of Arizona’s culinary scene join forces for a high-energy celebration of food and wine at the 5th annual Forks & Corks. More than 25 of the top chefs from renowned restaurants and resorts set up shop and prepare a specialty or two from their menu, allowing guests to leisurely indulge in the savory samplings while enjoying the jazz styling of local favorite, Alice Tatum. An equal number of tastings from boutique wineries are also offered, as well as phenomenal opportunities to purchase Arizona getaways and flavorful gift certificates at the silent auction. This event provides scholarships for the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Education Foundations – a delightfully tasteful way to support the rising stars of the industry. Bill Cosby. Chandler Center for the Arts, April 6th. 480.782.2680 or chandlercenter.org. Bill Cosby represents the voice of the vast, ordinary world. People seem to easily identify with his characters and the situations they find themselves in. He gives the twist of the ridiculous to everyday faults, foibles and successes, and makes them a recognizable slice of life. Cosby points out the humor in our lives and, in doing so, touches our hearts. Because of this, his appeal is not restricted to any specific group. His qualities have endeared him to people from all walks of life. His humor often centers on the basic cornerstones of our existence, seeking to provide an insight into our roles as parents, children, family members, and men and women. Poetry in Motion: American Voices. Herberger Theater Center, April 26th - 27th. 602.252.8497 or herbergertheater.org. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Center Dance Ensemble. From Walt Whitman, Emily Dickenson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to the voices of modern American poets, you’ll enjoy new modern dance choreography interpreting poetry in an intimate setting.

Best Value On A Lot For A Custom Build. Offered at $439,000 without the Golf & Club Membership, or $639,000 WITH the Golf & Club Membership.

You’ve made it to the putting green below par, but your score bites the dust when your putt doesn’t sink the ball in the hole as planned. Here are five tips that can help you avoid this scenario. 1. Use a Putting Grip Putting is very different than driving, so why would you hold the club in the same way? Since the hands play a very little role in the putting stroke, many golfers use the “reverse overlap” grip, bringing the hands together as a single unit.

Beautiful mountain view lot, .9 acres in the prestigious gated golf community of DESERT MOUNTAIN in North Scottsdale. List price does not include deferred equity GOLF & CLUB MEMBERSHIP; however, Golf & Club deferred equity membership with access to six championship Jack Nicklaus “Signature” golf courses and six award-winning clubhouses/restaurants, the Sonoran Fitness Center & Spa facility, as well as tennis courts may be purchased with the lot for an additional $200,000 (current value is $325,000- owner to pay half of transfer fee) for a total of $639,000. Large, flat building envelope (20,500 s.f.), on a quiet cul-de-sac street that affords privacy. Must arrange entry to community to view; call 480.244.6347. All schools in this district rated as “Excelling.”

2. It’s All in the Upper Body Your shoulders and arms do all the work of a putting stroke. Therefore use a comfortable, relaxed posture that gives your upper body a free range of motion. Golf-Information.info suggests visualizing your shoulders, hands and arms as forming a triangle. “When making the shot, use the imaginary triangle by moving the shoulders only and going through the weight of the putter.” 3. Keep Your Head Still It is a natural human instinct to want to look up to see where the ball is going. However, a golf swing is a full body motion. Moving your head can throw your shoulders enough out of alignment to throw off your swing, and therefore your putt. 4. Visualize the Putting Line Golf is said to be 30% physical and 70% mental. Most likely the mental aspect of putting is even higher. Therefore it is important to visualize the path your ball will take to the hole. Don’t be tempted to work the path backwards – from hole to ball, as this could throw off your visualization. Brent Kelley, a freelance golf journalist, advises keeping positive in your visualization. “Confidence plays a huge role in putting.” 5. Keep to the Center When the center of the ball is hit by the center of the blade, it will run much more true than one struck below or above the center. There is an old rule that suggests you keep your putter as low to the ground as possible. But if you have a narrow-bladed putter, this might cause the top of the blade to hit the ball, giving it a spin that can change its trajectory. Therefore, adjust your stroke so that you bring the center of the blade through the center of the ball.

Insalata di Rucola 6 cups (about 8 ounces) baby arugula leaves 2 ounces black or kalamata olives (pits removed) 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 1/2 cup fresh white goat cheese, cut into cubes 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or juice of 1 lemon salt & pepper In a large salad bowl, toss together arugula, olives and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad with dressing. Garnish with cheese cubes and serve immediately.

MLS #2919206


5 Tips To Improve Your Putting Aim 50th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Heard Museum, March 1st - 2nd. 602.252.8840 or heard.org. A Valley tradition for a quarter of a century, Arizona’s largest Indian market draws the nation’s finest jewelers, bead workers, painters, sculptors, potters, katsina doll carvers, weavers and more. You can enjoy music and dance performances throughout both days and choose from an array of foods including Mexican, American and Indian favorites such as posole, piki and fry bread. 38th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, March 7th - 9th. 480.994.ARTS or scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Since 1971, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has established a solid reputation as one of the premiere arts festivals in the country. The Festival is known for the high quality and variety of fine arts and fine crafts available, as well as the continuous presentations, performances and demonstrations that take place throughout the weekend. Set amidst the lush gardens and beautiful public art sculptures covering eight acres on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale, the Festival is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon strolling among exhibitors, visiting with artists and enjoying live performances. Proceeds from the Festival help support the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ programs. The Count Basie Orchestra. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, March 16th. 480.994.ARTS or scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Founded by legendary jazz pianist William “Count” Basie, The Count Basie Orchestra has earned an astonishing 17 Grammy Awards and toured internationally while continuing to preserve the one-of-a-kind sound of Basie’s “Kansas City Swing.” Led by trombonist Bill Hughes, the band features a dynamic mix of new and longtime members, many handpicked by Count Basie himself. Forks & Corks. Camelback Esplanade, April 3rd. 602.604.0729 or forksandcorks.org. The stars of Arizona’s culinary scene join forces for a high-energy celebration of food and wine at the 5th annual Forks & Corks. More than 25 of the top chefs from renowned restaurants and resorts set up shop and prepare a specialty or two from their menu, allowing guests to leisurely indulge in the savory samplings while enjoying the jazz styling of local favorite, Alice Tatum. An equal number of tastings from boutique wineries are also offered, as well as phenomenal opportunities to purchase Arizona getaways and flavorful gift certificates at the silent auction. This event provides scholarships for the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Education Foundations – a delightfully tasteful way to support the rising stars of the industry. Bill Cosby. Chandler Center for the Arts, April 6th. 480.782.2680 or chandlercenter.org. Bill Cosby represents the voice of the vast, ordinary world. People seem to easily identify with his characters and the situations they find themselves in. He gives the twist of the ridiculous to everyday faults, foibles and successes, and makes them a recognizable slice of life. Cosby points out the humor in our lives and, in doing so, touches our hearts. Because of this, his appeal is not restricted to any specific group. His qualities have endeared him to people from all walks of life. His humor often centers on the basic cornerstones of our existence, seeking to provide an insight into our roles as parents, children, family members, and men and women. Poetry in Motion: American Voices. Herberger Theater Center, April 26th - 27th. 602.252.8497 or herbergertheater.org. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Center Dance Ensemble. From Walt Whitman, Emily Dickenson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to the voices of modern American poets, you’ll enjoy new modern dance choreography interpreting poetry in an intimate setting.

Best Value On A Lot For A Custom Build. Offered at $439,000 without the Golf & Club Membership, or $639,000 WITH the Golf & Club Membership.

You’ve made it to the putting green below par, but your score bites the dust when your putt doesn’t sink the ball in the hole as planned. Here are five tips that can help you avoid this scenario. 1. Use a Putting Grip Putting is very different than driving, so why would you hold the club in the same way? Since the hands play a very little role in the putting stroke, many golfers use the “reverse overlap” grip, bringing the hands together as a single unit.

Beautiful mountain view lot, .9 acres in the prestigious gated golf community of DESERT MOUNTAIN in North Scottsdale. List price does not include deferred equity GOLF & CLUB MEMBERSHIP; however, Golf & Club deferred equity membership with access to six championship Jack Nicklaus “Signature” golf courses and six award-winning clubhouses/restaurants, the Sonoran Fitness Center & Spa facility, as well as tennis courts may be purchased with the lot for an additional $200,000 (current value is $325,000- owner to pay half of transfer fee) for a total of $639,000. Large, flat building envelope (20,500 s.f.), on a quiet cul-de-sac street that affords privacy. Must arrange entry to community to view; call 480.244.6347. All schools in this district rated as “Excelling.”

2. It’s All in the Upper Body Your shoulders and arms do all the work of a putting stroke. Therefore use a comfortable, relaxed posture that gives your upper body a free range of motion. Golf-Information.info suggests visualizing your shoulders, hands and arms as forming a triangle. “When making the shot, use the imaginary triangle by moving the shoulders only and going through the weight of the putter.” 3. Keep Your Head Still It is a natural human instinct to want to look up to see where the ball is going. However, a golf swing is a full body motion. Moving your head can throw your shoulders enough out of alignment to throw off your swing, and therefore your putt. 4. Visualize the Putting Line Golf is said to be 30% physical and 70% mental. Most likely the mental aspect of putting is even higher. Therefore it is important to visualize the path your ball will take to the hole. Don’t be tempted to work the path backwards – from hole to ball, as this could throw off your visualization. Brent Kelley, a freelance golf journalist, advises keeping positive in your visualization. “Confidence plays a huge role in putting.” 5. Keep to the Center When the center of the ball is hit by the center of the blade, it will run much more true than one struck below or above the center. There is an old rule that suggests you keep your putter as low to the ground as possible. But if you have a narrow-bladed putter, this might cause the top of the blade to hit the ball, giving it a spin that can change its trajectory. Therefore, adjust your stroke so that you bring the center of the blade through the center of the ball.

Insalata di Rucola 6 cups (about 8 ounces) baby arugula leaves 2 ounces black or kalamata olives (pits removed) 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 1/2 cup fresh white goat cheese, cut into cubes 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar or juice of 1 lemon salt & pepper In a large salad bowl, toss together arugula, olives and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad with dressing. Garnish with cheese cubes and serve immediately.

MLS #2919206


Toltec Custom Homes orchestrates masterpieces for beautiful living. Whether you own land to be built upon or you are looking for the perfect homesite to build your masterpiece, make Toltec Custom Homes part of your decision-making process. For more information, call 480.244.6347 or visit www.tolteccustomhomes.com.

MARCH / APRIL 2008

A Little About “Toltec”

The Toltec were an ancient civilization of Mexico. The name in Nahuatl means “master builders.” Influenced by Teotihuacán and the Olmec culture, they were masters in the arts and architecture. The Toltec civilization was materially far advanced. They smelted metals and their stonework was highly developed. The Toltec were artists, architects and engineers far ahead of their time. Later, the Aztec people used the term “Toltec” to refer to a person who was the embodiment of great knowledge and wisdom.

A Little About Toltec Custom Homes

Greg Hammond, President Toltec Custom Homes _________ Monica Hammond, CEO Toltec Custom Homes Owner/Agent

Greg Hammond, President and Owner of Toltec Custom Homes, has over twenty years of experience in the Arizona building industry. He has assembled an outstanding team of extraordinary professionals to deliver the pinnacle in quality, material, workmanship and service to meet and exceed clients’ expectations in the custom homebuilding experience. Toltec Custom Homes prides itself in utilizing leading edge technology to expedite and enhance the building process. In the field, Toltec Custom Homes has all information concerning each project on hand through the Build Links technology; plans, blueprints, schedules, projections, progress photos, contracts, contacts etc. are all accessible through a password protected webbased management and communication system. Since Toltec Custom Homes’ field personnel are armed with wireless PC technology, this allows access to important information at all times to keep the projects moving; any time, anywhere. It is both art and science in the building of a home that is both aesthetically beautiful and functionally practical, and Toltec Custom Homes embraces both aspects.

A Little About How Toltec’s Knowledge Can Help You…

Not only can Toltec Custom Homes create the home of your dreams, but their extensive knowledge of land/lots in affluent areas, and their real estate expertise is at your disposal. Monica Hammond, CEO of Toltec Custom Homes and a licensed Realtor®, can aid you in locating and purchasing your ideal home site. With years of experience in the custom home building industry, there’s added value in utilizing their services in your land acquisition endeavor…value that can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money. With an eye towards the final product in mind, Toltec Custom Homes can address many important issues often not considered during the lot selection process. While views and vegetation are important, there are many other issues that can impact the home building process such as zoning (Environmentally Sensitive Land Ordinances, height restrictions, etc.), topography (washes cfs, elevation changes, etc.), soil condition (expansive soils, hard rock, etc.), site engineering (compaction, grading, drainage, etc.), lot/site preparation (excavation, retaining walls, etc.), and Home Owners Associations (CC&Rs, Architectural Committees, Design Review, etc) all of which can impact (1) the design/orientation of the house, (2) the landscape design and species of vegetation allowed, and ultimately (3) your cost for the homebuilding project. Before launching your search for the perfect home site, contact Monica Hammond at 480-244-6347. Simplify your search and save time, frustration, and money. It doesn’t cost you a penny to access this specialized service.

Building Your Dream Home

STUNNING HOMESITE IN DESERT MOUNTAIN

Attention Golfers!

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR PUTT

Fresh & Simple Italian Cuisine INSALATA DI RUCOLA COVER HOME BY TOLTEC CUSTOM HOMES If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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