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Huge Customer Deals and Savings Owner Mason Ashton

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Catherine Uretsky Publisher & Editor

Christie Giannetto Associate Editor

Al Uretsky Publisher & Sales Exec

Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies and article reproductions can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com All contents © 2010-present day Estrella Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission from Estrella Publishing LLC is prohibited. Estrella Publishing accepts freelance contributions, there is no guarantee that materials will be used or returned. Some content is provided by Brandpointe. Estrella Publishing is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or Advertisers. Estrella Publishing reserves the right to restrict all advertisement to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy at its sole discretion. Neither this publication nor Estrella Publishing is an agent of or in any way affiliated with the associated Developer nor Homeowners Association, or any of their respective affiliates. This publication has not been approved by, sponsored by, or endorsed by the associated Developer nor Homeowners Association in any way.

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Welcome to your April edition! The first quarter of 2021 has come and gone! One of my favorite things about living in Arizona is how we seamlessly transition from fall to spring while completely skipping over winter. After nearly twenty years here, I still don’t miss the frigid Michigan winters of my childhood, but I will never forget the feeling of those first warm days of spring when winter boots and snow pants suddenly become unnecessary. If you grew up in the Midwest, I’m sure you can relate to those exciting days when the snow piles started to melt, and you could tie your winter coat around your waist and let the sun warm your skin. These childhood memories are often tucked away in the recesses of our minds, crowded

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down by the stress and busy-ness of work, home, and financial responsibilities. This month, I encourage you to set aside your stress and thoughts of grown-up obligations. Take a walk through one of our beautiful parks and stop to notice the new leaves sprouting from the trees and the blooming of the beautiful desert flowers. We went out of town for the weekend a few weeks ago, and when we left, the neighborhood trees were bare and lifeless. When we returned, just four days later, they had sprung to life with fresh, new leaves popping out from every branch! It was a reminder that we always have an opportunity for a fresh start. Although the first three months of 2021 have flown by, we still have three-quarters of the year left to shape into whatever we want it to be! In the words of Michael Altshuler, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

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On Our Cover

You may remember Michelle from a previous Front Porch Magazine cover photo. She submitted an article for suicide awareness month in 2019, after losing her husband Peter to suicide the previous year. Peter and Michelle met at work in 1994 when Michelle was just 19 years old. She was working a summer job at an insurance company where Peter was employed. They were married three years later and enjoyed more than 21 years together before Peter’s existential depression, the severity of which was unknown to Michelle, tragically took his life. After Peter’s death, Michelle moved to Marley Park in search of a fresh start. She chose Arizona because she “needed to be warm,” Surprise because she has long-time friends who live here, and Marley Park because she “fell in love with the green amidst the desert.”

Although having children wasn’t in the cards for her and Peter, Michelle has always wanted to be a mom. In mid-2020, at the height of the pandemic, she started thinking about adopting. After all, pandemic babies are clearly the latest trend for 2021! She contacted a private adoption

agency, spent three months completing massive amounts of paperwork and background checks, and finally got the letter from the State on Christmas Eve saying she had been approved to adopt. Charlotte was born on February 10th, and Michelle got custody of her new baby daughter on Valentine’s day. Charlotte has six biological siblings that have been adopted or remain in foster care. Michelle hopes to connect Charlotte with them at some point in the future. Raising a child as a single parent is not for the faint of heart, but Michelle’s mom recently moved to Marley Park and lives a few doors down on the same street, so she’ll have some back-up. Grandma wants to be active and involved in her granddaughter’s life and she’ll also be able to care for Charlotte when Michelle travels for work. I asked Michelle how she feels, having been a mom for nearly two months now. I expected her to say exhausted or overwhelmed, as that’s the first thing most new moms will say. Her response, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” We are happy for you, Michelle! And Charlotte is one lucky little lady to have you for her mommy. Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Resident

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Home Sweet Home Having been in real estate since 2006, I’ve learned the market is cyclical. The pandemic was expected to suppress demand and allow for a rebalancing of the sellers’ market we’ve been experiencing in the Valley since 2015, but the opposite has been true. Buyer demand has remained high, supply has plummeted, and new supply (sellers putting their homes on the market) is arriving at a trickle. The number of available properties for sale is down 61% from a year ago and the number of new homes being built is still woefully inadequate to meet buyer demand.

Michael Orr of the Cromford Report said, “The housing market is experiencing moderately strong demand, but this is not the important matter. Variations in demand are almost insignificant. This is because the supply of resale homes is so poor it crashes below the alltime record lows almost every week. The supply situation is the worst we have ever recorded, lower than the first quarter of 2005, which used to hold the record. This is unprecedented.”

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Unprecedented indeed. The law of supply and demand says when supply is inadequate, prices rise. Prices are currently rising at a breathtaking rate. We saw 3% appreciation in the last month alone! It is possible we could see prices rise by 25% by July. However, this market will not last forever. Rising prices cause affordability to drop, impacting demand. As demand falls, supply begins to increase. Sellers, seeing record sale prices in their neighborhood, will come into the market. Builders will continue to build to exploit higher pricing and previously unsatisfied demand. As supply increases, the market will shift into balance, with prices ceasing to rise or rising very slowly. This will happen; the question is how soon and how high will prices have to go to trigger the rebalance. If you’re thinking of selling, contact your local REALTOR® for a current market value analysis; keyword CURRENT since prices are increasing by the day. She can help you decide if the time is right for you to sell. Submitted by Christie Giannetto | REALTOR® | Arizona Lifestyle Team | HomeSmart

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Pet Of The Month Max and his brother, Tyler, are allergic to anything with fur, so fish and reptiles were their only options for a pet. They decided on a Ball Python because they are very shy and docile, so they make good pets. Pythor is a juvenile Ball Python. He is currently about 18” long but will grow to be between 3-5 feet long. Pythor likes to soak in his plastic tub during a steamy shower; he needs the humidity for a proper shed. Afterward, he likes to explore Max’s, room while being held. Submitted by Tina Mollica | Marley Park Resident

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Spiritual Thoughts

If you do not know of the woman Marie Curie, you are missing out! She was a beautiful gem within the universe, particularly in the areas of physics and chemistry. She is famous for her pioneering research in radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. Not to mention, she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

Due to her accomplishments, one may think this woman must have been larger than life with a dynamic personality and an ego the size of Texas. Yet, this was the opposite of her nature. She was known for her moderate lifestyle and generous spirit. In fact, she gave away much of her Nobel Prize earnings to others and avoided patenting the radio-isolation process so future research could continue uninhibited. It is a tragedy that women such as this are not honored in our modern culture. It appears women are made famous for their over-the-top

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personalities with little talent or intelligence to warrant such attention and praise. The message that young girls receive from this phenomenon is that you need a pretty face, a voluptuous figure, and an attention-grabbing demeanor to have any worth in this world. Is it not ironic that Peter, an apostle of Jesus, who grew up in an extremely misogynistic society, would be first in line to honor women like Marie Curie? He states that it is not a hairstyle, clothes, jewelry, or any other external factor that gives a woman her beauty. It is her gentle and quiet spirit that makes a woman most valuable. Women like Marie Curie will naturally have a voice and receive attention. Yet, the most remarkable thing about them is a gentle spirit that is not deterred by a society that tells them their beauty is only external. They are at peace with themselves. They quietly and humbly accomplish incredible things, not looking for the accolades of society, but savoring the knowledge that they made this world a better, more beautiful place. Submitted by Josie Flancbaum | Marley Park Resident

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Teen Talk

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” -Kerry Washington Welcome to April! For many students, this time of year is when things start to speed up. April has always been an odd time of year for me. This year specifically, it is like a ticking clock as I count down the days until summer. Graduation is also coming up, and soon this year’s seniors will be preparing the final items to receive their diplomas next month. I used to think that I had to have everything figured out by the time I left high school. I thought that everybody who graduated knew exactly what they wanted to do, and they pursued it. But I’ve realized that’s not how it works. As a person who plans ten steps ahead, that has been a difficult concept to come to terms with. Whether you are a senior preparing to step out into the world, or someone who has yet to

experience their senior year of high school, know this: no one has it figured out. And that is okay. Some people reach their 20s, 30s, or 40s and life may have taken them somewhere, but they decide they want to start a new chapter in their lives. If you don’t know where to go in life, pick something and run with it. It does not have to be a perfect match at first, and you might stumble upon something worthwhile on the journey. Your life is yours to decide, and everything you experience has the potential to change the way you view the world. It’s okay to feel like you’ve hit a roadblock, but that doesn’t mean you should do nothing. Explore new things, investigate hobbies that can take you to a career, and most importantly, be open to change regardless of the stage of life you are in. “Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next, and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.” -Stephen Colbert Submitted by Emily Poling | Age 16 | Marley Park Resident

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Decorating 411 Last year forced us all inside our little cocoons. Our well-being took priority, and we all craved an elevated sense of comfort. It isn’t surprising that coziness landed in the top three style goals for 2021. Creating a feeling of “coziness” relies on satisfying our senses and can be applied to any design style. Here are three easy ways to achieve it. Lighting is one of the best ways to create a warmer feeling in your room. Forget that one overhead fixture. Multiple sources of adjustable, warm light create a sense of rest. Use dimmable lightbulbs and incorporate candles.

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Adding foliage to your home is a surefire way to create coziness. Plants have a unique way of breathing life into a space. Humans are inherently drawn to nature, which creates a sense of calm. If real plants create a challenge, there are many wonderful faux options available. Finally, add textiles. Rugs, draperies, pillows, and blankets add a luxurious, cozy layer to your space. These comforting elements will reduce the echo in your room and add visual interest and texture. For the ultimate calm, stick to neutral colors. Look for fabrics like linen, velvet, knits, and natural fibers. Submitted by Kasey Smith | Marley Park Resident

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Artist’s Corner

“Desert Sky” by Marley Park resident, Lori Higuera was done in acrylic paint on canvas. Lori says that painting is her escape from daily expectations and stress. She uses it as therapy and enjoys it because there is no right or wrong way to paint. Lori believes that it doesn’t matter if anyone else likes what she paints or sees the same things in her art. She loves to share her pieces with others, but she says she paints truly for herself. She loves color and is inspired by God’s beauty that is all around us. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Lori! Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Resident

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Perspectives of a Teacher Mom “Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.” —Jules Renard

needs to happen now, and without little ears eavesdropping.

Writing. It is a passion of mine and has been since I could hold a pencil. Writing is a way to escape your current reality. Don’t like what’s happening in your life? Write out what you wish could be happening, even if it’s through a character that isn’t quite you! Write a plan for your dreams, write down wild things that could never happen...or could they?

I have found that, although I cherish writing, it is the hardest thing for me to teach. I want to express how to do it well, and how to enjoy it, like I do. Since I do delight in it so much, but cannot pinpoint the right words to explain why, I have discovered that I really struggle to find pleasure in trying to teach kids the art of writing. I have learned that allowing students to hear my thoughts, as I write a model of what I am assigning them to write, is the best way for them to catch on. They need a map to guide them in the steps of writing (like they get in math), but unlike math, they can veer off the trail (a little or a lot), and still get to the treasure. So exciting! If you want to help us (teachers) get your children to love writing, keep this quote in mind; “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King

If you are angry with someone, something, or even yourself; writing about your anger is a fabulous way to purge those feelings. Verbal arguing often doesn’t solve an issue, and you can have your words cut off, or not really heard. You can also say things that you wish you hadn’t. When you write down how you feel, you can make your points sharper, and you can make them without someone else’s words rolling over your own. I’ll tell you; my husband and I find that writing or texting our tough feelings, works pretty well. Especially when it is still 3 hours to the kids’ bedtime, and the discussion

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List Price....................$525,000 Sq Ft ...............................2,929 Lot Sq Ft..........................7,680 Amenities ........................... Pool ..............................3-Car Garage

List Price....................$320,000 Sq Ft ...............................1,353 Lot Sq Ft..........................7,483 Amenities ....... Amazing Backyard

Sold Price ..................$355,000 Sq Ft ...............................1,915 Lot Sq Ft..........................4,483 Amenities ................ Wood Floors Homestead at Marley Park

Sold Price ..................$430,000 Sq Ft ...............................2,022 Lot Sq Ft........................13,909 Amenities.................. Double Lot

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Sold Price ..................$350,000 Sq Ft ...............................1,915 Lot Sq Ft..........................4,483 Amenities ................ Wood Floors

Sold Price ..................$300,000 Sq Ft ...............................1,517 Lot Sq Ft..........................3.968

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Sold Price ..................$361,500 List Price....................$360,000 Sq Ft ...............................2,418 Lot Sq Ft..........................7,593 Amenities............... 3 Car Garage

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Sold Price ..................$440,000 Sq Ft ...............................3,394 Lot Sq Ft........................10,680 Amenities .............. 4 Car Garage

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Sold Price ..................$350,000 Sq Ft ...............................2,619 Lot Sq Ft..........................7,341 Amenities .............. 3 Car Garage

Your Marley Park Neighbor and Real Estate Specialist *Information obtained from Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. Excludes new construction. As of 1/1/21.

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The Front Porch  

The Front Porch is a free, monthly magazine produced by Estrella Publishing for the residents of Marley Park.

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The Front Porch is a free, monthly magazine produced by Estrella Publishing for the residents of Marley Park.