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Sonoran Lifestyle REAL ESTATE SOURCE BOOK

2017 | Issue 1

Relocation Guide to Scottsdale and Fountain Hills EDUCATION ... Schools/Programs 150 WAYS ... Activity and Event Guide INCLUDING ... Community Profiles PLUS ... Featured Home Listings AND ... Seasonal Rentals

TABLE OF CONTENTS Fountain Hills Community

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Scottsdale Community

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Copperwynd Community

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FireRock Country Club Community

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The Magic of the Desert Southwest

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Welcome to Sonoran Lifestyle Magazine

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Lakeside Village Community

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Scottsdale Ranch Community

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North Heights Community

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SunRidge Canyon Community

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Scottsdale Mountain Community

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Ancala Country Club Community

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16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains | Suite 12 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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Education Guide Northeast Valley school programs PAGES 3, 32

Activity and Event Guide 150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle PAGE 5, 42


Fountain Hills Community

Enjoy the Fountain Hills Lifestyle • The Fountain in the Desert: One of Arizona’s most popular icons, the world famous Tallest Fountain will become your time clock at the top of each hour, becoming more mesmerizing each day! • Stroll Amid World-Class Arts & Crafts: Enjoy one of the many celebrated art festivals. • Travel Through Time: The River of Time Museum in the Library Complex recounts the captivating past of the Lower Verde Valley. • Be Entertained! Performing Arts at the Lakeside Village Amphitheater are as varied – and grand – as your imagination! Treat the kids to a “Movie in the Grass;” marvel at Ballet Under the Stars, catch the Old Bard himself at Shakespeare Live, applaud your neighbors of the Fountain Hills Community Theater or listen to the melodious sounds of musical performances by Arizona’s finest entertainers.

• Watch Art Come to Life: Embark on an artistic journey … and never leave your neighborhood! The Fountain Hills public art collection celebrates artistic excellence ranging from high-alloy contemporary sculpture to traditional bronzes and everything in between. • Pay Your Respects To Fallen Heros: The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is one of Arizona’s most beautiful and serene tributes to the men and women of the United States Armed forces. • Let It Fly! You’ll never call it a Frisbee again! Fountain Park is home to one of America’s ­favorite Disk Golf Courses. • Take A Hike! Choose your trail, challenge your friends and find your passion. But be warned: A walk around one of the Lakeside Village trails can be habit forming!

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“ Northeast Valley

schools ... offer programs

Northeast Valley schools – Scottsdale, Fountain Hills --- offer programs that are reflective of a family lifestyle that is worldly, forward-thinking and technically savvy.

that are reflective of a family lifestyle that is and technically savvy.

worldly, forward-thinking

Both Public and Private schools (40 in Scottsdale alone), offer Classics-oriented Liberal Arts studies as well as those with innovative Experiential Learning Centers preparing students for living/working in a technology-oriented world. With open enrollment, parents can even choose schools offering language classes starting as young as 3 years of age. Parent involvement is welcome in healthy learning environments, so enjoy a preview of some of the most interesting programs to be found in the Greater Phoenix area.

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Scottsdale

“The West’s Most Western Town”

Photo courtesy of Maureen Kovacs

Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale, long dubbed “The West’s Most Western Town” for its wild-west heritage, is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries.

The Convenience of the East Shea Corridor The East Shea Corridor of Scottsdale offers some of the city’s most beautiful view oriented communities, perfect for families that desire a desert environment but with urban convenience.

Just north of the East-Shea Corridor is the stunning Ancala Country Club and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Preserve is notably the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through diverse and scenic desert terrain. Access to these trailheads can be gained through the communities of Scottsdale Mountain and Hidden Hills. Nearby is the worldrenowned Mayo Clinic.

Golf and Area Resorts Tourism provides the majority of the Scottsdale’s economic base, while the city draws in over 7.5 million visitors per year. It has more destination spas than anywhere else in the country and has been rated America’s Best Place to Live For Golf with more than 200 courses ranging from desert to rolling green.

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to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle SONORAN DESERT HISTORY Boyce Thompson Arboretum 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60 | Superior | 520-689-2811 Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden and cooperatively managed by U of A and Arizona State Parks, the BTA was founded in 1924. This venerable 330-acre oasis has nearly three miles of paths and trails winding through colorful gardens, woodlands and riparian habitat. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Casa Grande Ruins National Monument 1100 W. Ruins Dr. | Coolidge | 520-723-3172 Casa Grande Ruins National Monument preserves an Ancient People’s farming community and “Great House.” The nation’s first archeological preserve since 1892, and a National Monument since 1918. www.nps.gov/cagr Deer Valley Rock Art Center 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd. | Phoenix | 623-582-8007 Hedgpeth Hills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,500 ancient petroglyphs on nearly 600 boulders in a 47-acre nature preserve. www.asu.edu/clas/shesc/dvrac

Saint Anthony’s Monastery 4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way | Florence | 520-868-3188 Founded in 1995 by six Athonite monks, the monastery has grown to approximately 42 monks, and is providing the training grounds for the monks of other Greek Orthodox monasteries in America. There are currently two churches and three chapels. www.stanthonysmonastery.org

Historic Fort McDowell The camp was first called Camp Verde, but was later renamed to Camp McDowell after Major General Irwin McDowell. The fort became an embarkation point for many of the expeditions during General George Crook’s Tonto Basin campaign in the early 1870’s. www.legendsofamerica.com/az-fortmcdowell.html

San Xavier Mission del Bac / White Dove of the Desert San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. www.sanxaviermission.org

Lost Dutchman State Park 6109 N. Apache Trail | Apache Junction | 480-982-4485 Named after the fabled lost gold mine, this park is located in the Sonoran Desert at 2000 feet elevation. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 72 campsites, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. www.azstateparks.com/parks/lodu/index.html

Taliesen / Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. | Scottsdale | 480-860-2700 Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Through guided public tours, visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. www.franklloydwright.org

Latter Day Saints Temple Visitors Center 525 E. Main St. | Mesa | 480-964-7164 Historic landmark with beautifully manicured gardens built in 1927, the Temple Center is renowned for its elaborate Christmas and Easter displays. www.lds.org/placestovisit

The Tonto National Monument Roosevelt Lake | 928-467-2241 Near Roosevelt Lake off Highway 188, don’t miss the Tonto National Monument and a series of well-preserved cliff dwellings occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. www.nps.gov/tont

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Copperwynd

World-Class Resort and Club Experience

World Renowned, Locally Treasured

The Villas at CopperWynd

Copperwynd is a 100 acre master planned development that encompasses 3 elements: a world-renowned resort and two gated neighborhoods of luxury homes ranging from elegant condominiums to large semi-custom homes. Everywhere at CopperWynd, you are treated to some of Fountain Hills’ highest, best views. CopperWynd Resort and Club offers both guests and members a world-class resort experience from its 26,000’ clubhouse, beautifully manicured grounds, a 32-room hotel and the championship tennis facility that is the gem of the Valley. In the Clubhouse, Alchemy Restaurant offers a dining experience with a view that is every bit as spectacular as the food itself. Downstairs, there is a fullservice Fitness Club, Resort Spa, Family Pool, Lap Pool and Mountainside Whirlpool.

Luxury condominiums designed with a surprising level of privacy and each with stunning views that will include at least one of five mountain ranges, SunRidge Canyon and the city lights of Phoenix. Prices range from the $200,000’s to over $600,000.

Cordabella at CopperWynd A gated community by the TW Lewis Company, Cordabella offers one of Fountain Hills’ finest semi-custom home living experiences. Cordabella is known for its large lots that offer high views of several mountain ranges. Prices range from the $500,000’s to the $800,000’s.

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Gated Balera at FireRock with Red Rock Views Gated, FireRock Country Club living! Beautifully furnished, single level ‘Mesquite’ plan with big views of Red Rock Mountain and FireRock Golf Course. Popular greatroom floorplan with 2 Bedrooms & Den, island bar seating at the upgraded stainless steel kitchen and a gas fireplace & entertainment center for casual, southwestern living. Furnishings, accessories and hospitality package (linens, household goods, appliances and technology etc) all included; Membership to FireRock Country Club available separately. • 1,977 Square Feet • 2+ Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

MLS# 5481826 Virtual Tour

16263 E Ridgeline Dr | Fountain Hills, AZ

$410,000

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Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

Mirabel Lot #232 “Italian Farmhouse” – Pre-Construction Opportunity Stunning custom to be built upon sale by award winning Beringer Fine Homes in beautiful Mirabel. Incomparable detailing and design plus top of the line quality materials are integrated throughout and is what you can expect and anticipate with Beringer Fine Homes. Beringers unique design build team assists you through the entire design/build process providing a seamless transition from home buyer to homeowner. This spectacular floor plan offers 3 BR, Great Room, Dining, Gourmet Kitchen, Family Room, office, several outdoor living areas including covered outdoor dining & cabana and a fantastic motor court behind perimeter walls & automated entry gate. This plan offers additional options for a second floor suite, carriage house, collector garage w/lift & a loft billards room.

MLS# 5384592 MLS

36324 N 105th Place | Scottsdale, AZ

$3,190,812

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FireRock Country Club FireRock Country Club Homes, Villas and Condominiums

The Country Club Memories Your Family Will Treasure FireRock Country Club was conceived to be a social hub for Fountain Hills, offering a traditional, family-oriented country club atmosphere to be enjoyed by all generations of the family, regardless of age or interest. With social clubs like “The FireRockers” and “The Afternoon Guys,” various book clubs and bridge clubs, holiday celebrations, sporting events, and member-hosted group travel across the state or around the globe, the social opportunities are abundant.

A Country Club for All Ages FireRock Country Club Golf offers it all ... elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approach shots. As the Gary Panks-designed course winds around mountain views, each hole presents a unique challenge, governed by its own set of circumstances. Play is restricted to members and their guests. Mens, ladies, couples and junior golf days and tournaments are well attended and fun for all.

A Sophisticated Variety of Housing • Hillside condos and townhomes at Balera at FireRock Country Club, a gated setting with a community pool and two spas, perfect for lock-n-leave convenience and priced from the $300,000’s. • The Villas at FireRock are a collection of 29 luxury villas, designed to offer the livability, amenities and finishes of a fine custom home, but with the convenience of an additional property owners association that provides a community pool and spa plus maintenance of courtyards and building exteriors. Prices of the Villa homes start just under $1 million. • The large majority of homes in FireRock Country Club are custom designed on home sites ranging from 1/3 acre to an acre or more. The homes are designed to take advantage of the sweeping views offered of nearby mountain ranges and the Valley of the Sun to the south. Custom homes generally start in price at $1.1 million.

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Great Entertaining Home in a Beautiful, Serene Setting with Views This spectacular Fountain Hills custom home sits high on a corner lot with panoramic ‘’all around’’ views of mountains, city lights and the world-famous Fountain. Split floor plan with two master suites, the upper level master features a stunning bathroom with unique Aspen styled decor. In addition to the Open Living/Dining Room, this home has a Greatroom configuration at kitchen with Nook & cozy Family Room w/FP & Entertainment Ctr. Kitchen has custom Alder cabinets, granite and newer appliances. New flooring flows throughout home. Outdoors, the covered patio has lush landscaping, a large pool, hot tub & outdoor living room with fireplace. This home has been professionally updated. • 3,463 Square Feet • 5+ Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

MLS# 5500550 Virtual Tour

16001 E Ironwood Dr | Fountain Hills, AZ

$600,000

MLS

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

Spectacular Home Nestled in Shadow Canyon at SunRidge Canyon Outstanding Great Room plan for those who enjoy casual indoor and outdoor entertaining, a private and secluded setting perfect for two or a crowd. Perfectly maintained home with every imaginable upgrade: An OMG Alder kitchen with a party-sized island, top-quality stainless appliances, stunning granite and stonework and tons of convenient storage drawers, pantries and cabinetry. Outdoors, a heated pool with massive water feature, spa, grilling center & firepit, all adjacent to large covered patios and convenient accesses to the home. Parties are a must with a walk-in wetbar, wine captain and adjacent Billiard Room. Two ensuite bedrooms, an amazing master suite & 2 Den/Bedrooms – all oversized! • 4,570 Square Feet • 4+ Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5540619 Virtual Tour

14827 E Shadow Canyon Drive | Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,100,000

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The magic of the Desert Southwest awaits you!

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The lifestyle of the Sonoran Desert is warm, casual and colorful. Whether it’s an incredible sunset, the endless parade of year-round wildflowers, a savory offering of culinary creativity or the melodies that are so distinctly Southwestern, life here offers

Mary Day REALTOR® T: 480-816-5557 C: 602-619-8810 armcday@cox.net

a beautiful alternative to the sameness of a world beyond our desert paradise. Whether you are considering a visit or move to our unique and beautiful corner of the earth, or whether you’re fortunate enough to already call the Sonoran Desert your home, there is much to explore!

Pam Ehrlich REALTOR® T: 480-816-5557 C: 480-375-8188 Assistant to Elma Bachman ElmaTeam@gmail.com

And, whether you plan to stay for a week or a lifetime, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is here to help make your adventure worthwhile. The pages of “Sonoran Lifestyle Magazine” are designed to help you find a location to spend a fun day with family and friends, or a neighborhood and a home you can share with loved ones every day of your life. The Sonoran Lifestyle is special. We can’t wait to share it with you!

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Welcome to the Online Edition of Sonoran Lifestyle Magazine As we release our online edition, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, and we are grateful to all who helped us get to this important milestone. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us to handle very crucial aspects of your lives. Our duty, not taken lightly, is to provide the highest quality education and understanding of the market so that you may make the best informed decision for your life. It is this commitment to quality service that allows us to enjoy long-term relationships with our clients, which will continue to be a priority in our next decade. The world has changed much since October of 2001. During that time, the economy and the real estate market provided many opportunities and then some very hard lessons. Everyone has been challenged. Through it all, we recognize a new normal…not only in real estate, but in the now pervasive internet. The internet has opened endless possibilities in every area of our lives … how we communicate, obtain our news, plan our futures, chronicle our lives, shop and stay connected. At Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, we’ve embraced the internet and are charging forward with a goal of telling the story about the wonderful opportunities of culture, life and home offered here in the Desert Southwest of Northeastern Maricopa County. And what a story we have to tell! We hope this online version – in its new and improved format – will provide a high degree of value as a resource for your life’s plan. Choosing a new community, neighborhood or home? Check out www.MoveToFountainHills.com. Trying to determine how you’ll spend your next free day, exploring all the wonderful, fun aspects of this great area: www.MoveToFountainHills.com. Or, just remember Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate and we’ll be there to help you chart your course. We look forward to serving you!

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Lakeside Village Neighborhood with Home Town Charm

Lakeside Village Charm

15 World-Class Neighborhoods!

Welcome to Lakeside Village, a world-class neighborhood with home town charm. Set at the base of the World Famous Fountain, Lakeside Village offers a limited experience to a fortunate few. Considered a highly “walkable” neighborhood, in Lakeside Village you are only blocks from Arizona’s friendliest retail shopping and dining experiences! An amazing variety of neighborhoods with homes to suit just about every taste.

There are 15 neighborhoods in Lakeside Village, including 8 gated communities. You’ll find a wide range of lifestyle options ranging from small resort condos perfect for part time and winter visitors to luxury patio homes and villas. Homes will offer a variety of outdoor options from extended view patios to large yards perfect for outdoor gardens and enjoyment. Most homes offer garages. Prices vary from under $100,000 to over $600,000.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Home on 1.1 Acre Homesite A Rare Find of a stunning Frank Floyd Wright inspired home (and one of Fountain Hills’ Best Back Yards) w/wide vistas of the Mazatzal Mtns, Four Peaks and World Famous Fountain. Numerous Travertine patios, pebble pool, hot tub and outdoor grilling center, benches and Desert Stone accents. Inside, features a Great Room with wood beamed ceiling, clerestory windows, stone gas fireplace & Living/Media room option. The open Kitchen features a large island in a truly gourmet environment w/Thermador gas cooktop, dual ovens, and ample big-drawer storage, bar seating for 5, a comfortable dining space for 8, bar, pantry & more! An elegant master offers a huge closet, and 4 other rooms provide guest or office space. • 4,296 Square Feet • 5 Bedrooms • 4.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5530727 Virtual Tour

16724 E Emerald Drive | Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,075,000

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Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

Lovely Second Floor Unit in a Small Gated Complex Rarely available condominium in Te-La-Que-Pa-Que. Yes this is ‘’the best of everything’’. Great primary or 2nd home, everything your client has been looking for. Turn Key, fully furnished, 2 walk in closets & large linen/storage closet. Two spacious bedrooms. Lovely second floor unit in a small gated complex, only seven units. expansive Mountain views, one car garage with ample extra & visitor parking. Easy walking distance to the Fountain, shopping & restaurants. This will not be on the market long. • 1,252 Square Feet • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

MLS# 5516681 MLS

16753 E Westby Drive 201 | Fountain Hills, AZ

$218,700

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Scottsdale Ranch

Scottsdale Ranch is one of Scottsdale’s premier masterplanned communities and boasts over 40 different neighborhoods throughout 1100 acres. The lifestyle of Scottsdale Ranch is based around its many luxurious amenities, including Lake Serena, a forty-two acre, eco-friendly lake is always fully stocked with bass, catfish, carpe and blue gill, and offers over five miles of curving shoreline. “The Ranch” is known for its abundance of recreational opportunities from boating, fishing, and tennis to pathways perfect for biking, running or taking a quiet stroll around the lake.

Home styles include tennis villas, townhomes, patio homes, well-appointed apartments and stately waterfront homes. The neighborhoods are designed around the lake and a charming mall of planned shops, services and restaurants known as the Mercado. There are parks, a Senior Center, Elementary School, Boys and Girls Club, shops and a multitude of services. Residents also have exclusive access to a 3,500 sq. ft. Community Center, a lovely facility that serves as the host of many events and activities and is available to rent and reserve for special occasions.

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Top of the Town Ciews and Numerous viewing Patios/Decks to Enjoy Casual Southwest Great Room lifestyle offers a spacious master suite and den/office/4th bedroom downstairs, while upstairs a guest suite of two bedrooms & bath with private patios and separate A/C for gracious hospitality. Beautiful custom features like porcelain tile, decorator carpet & window treatments, ceiling fans, lighting & more. Sunny, updated stainless & granite, island kitchen offers easy outdoor access to several patios, the pool and putting green. Whether for a big family or just the two of you, this is a comfortable escape in the foothills of the McDowells on a quiet cul-de-sac. • 2,615 Square Feet • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5542773 Virtual Tour

14845 E Cerro Alto Drive | Fountain Hills, AZ

$500,000

MLS

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

Lovely Family Home on a Quiet Cul-de-sac Lovely family home on a quiet cul-de-sac with plenty of space for a pool, gardens, playsets ... you name it! There’s also an RV Gate. Inside, beautiful upgrades like Canterra Stone fireplace and niches, travertine floors, and an open greatroom floorplan, plus a front room perfect for office, game room, media or formal dining. Large laundry room, all appliances are included. VEry classy home ... includes Central Vac! • 1,711 Square Feet • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

MLS# 5509786 Virtual Tour

14017 N Shiloh Way | Fountain Hills, AZ

$309,000

MLS

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North Heights

Nestled in the Sonoran Desert Foothills of the McDowell Mountains

A Model for Sensitive Desert Development

Affordable Custom Homes

The neighborhood of North Heights was the model for sensitive development in the Sonoran Desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Developed as a custom homesite sales effort between 1988 and 1998, lots range in size from approximately ¼ acre to over an acre. Each site was initially planned with a designated building envelope and open space requirements, preserving as much natural desert as possible. The result is a lovely setting of elegant custom homes tucked within the boulder outcroppings and sensitive desert landscapes that only Mother Nature could create.

All North Heights homes are custom designed and built, ranging from approximately 2,000 sq. ft. to over 5,000 sq. ft. Many have pools and all have at least a 2 or 3 car garage. Prices range from under $500,000 to over $1.5 million. A few custom homesites are still vacant and may be available for purchase.

Southwest Neighborhood Theme Deed restrictions allow a variety of Southwestern, architectural styles that complement the desert environment. There is a neighborhood property owners association that enforces basic guidelines with a low, annual HOA fee.

North Heights Community Information/Listings

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Rare 3 Bedroom Condominium with Community Pool Very special hard to find 3 BR, 2 BA +2 CG condominium that is walking distance to Fountain Park, shopping and restaurants. Open floor plan, two spacious decks. Heated community pool and spa, bbq grill and much more. Don’t wait too long to show this lovely unit. Last 2 recent sales in this small desirable development went under contract within a week of listing. • 1,519 Square Feet • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Spaces

MLS# 5497600 Virtual Tour

Cambria Court Condominiums | Fountain Hills, AZ

$259,700

MLS

Suzanne Nann REALTOR® 480-586-5333 SuzanneN@SonoranLifestyle.com

Home Overlooks Arroyo, Fountain and Mountain Views Fountain Hills most premium views in any price range! Perfectly oriented by a master builder, 11’ window wall greets you with jaw dropping views of the Mazatzal Mtns, World Famous Fountain, Four Peaks Mtn & McDowells ... upstairs Redrock is the centerpiece. All this on .59 acre lot that backs to open space for extra drama. Beautifully designed contemporary with bar, great room, open kitchen and master all take advantage of views. On the main level, a gracious master plus fully suited guest bedroom; upstairs a 19x20 suite for guests, an office, studio or ?? Formal Dining Rm is great Den Option. Outdoors, the pool, spa & firepit offer incredible views. Spacious 3-car garage plus large parking area with custom sail shade! • 3,122 Square Feet • 3+ Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5494422 Virtual Tour

15904 E Thistle Drive | Fountain Hills, AZ

$650,000

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Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

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SunRidge Canyon SunRidge Canyon Golf Community: A Fountain Hills Original

Canyon Golf at its Finest

Extraordinary Home Values

The creators of this popular Arizona course, named to Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the US”, weren’t thinking of tame, ordinary golf when they carved SunRidge Canyon’s legendary fairways from the raw desert canyon of its origins.
SunRidge Canyon’s 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and lush canyons unique to the McDowell Mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale.


There are nearly 800 homes within SunRidge Canyon, located along the meandering fairways and often elevated nicely above the course to facilitate panoramic views. The community was developed between 1996 and 2005, and range from extravagant custom homes to small luxury villas, – a perfect selection for empty nesters, retirees or families looking for a friendly neighborhood environment. Prices in the community range from the high $200’s to over $1 million.

Sunridge Canyon Community Information/Listings

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Mountain Views from the Beautiful, High Front Patio Elegant, Great Room Living with inspiring 4-Peaks & Mountain Views from the beautiful, high front patio. Large living space with formal dining perfect for large round table, Great Room with fireplace and entertainment Center and a massive bar overlooking the big, open kitchen...and all of it enjoys the big mountain views! Kitchen offers a Breakfast Nook plus island seating, raised maple cabinetry and a desk. The Master Suite is elegant with two large walk-in closets, big mountain views, garden tub and walk-in shower. Be sure to check out the terraced backyard that offers multiple opportunities for gardens and entertaining. A very classy home! Tile Roof replaced in 2011..One heat pump is 6 years old the other is 2 years. • 2,425 Square Feet • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

MLS# 5453437 Virtual Tour

16411 E Fairlynn Dr | Fountain Hills, AZ

$380,000

MLS

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

North Heights Beauty – Ideal Home for Entertaining Living is easy in this custom home designed to embrace family and friends. Wonderfully comfortable kitchen features casual dining space, breakfast bar, fireplace and niche for TV and collectables plus exit to kitchen patio. Spacious & bright great room w/formal dining, 2nd fireplace and wall of windows welcoming the outdoors in & providing beautiful mountain views. 4 bedrooms with a split master bedroom, wonderful master bath features walk-in shower, garden tub and large walk-in closet. Plenty of room for play, gardening and pets on this 1/2 acre corner lot on cul-de-sac. A backyard dreams are made of with large covered patio, basketball court, pebbletec pool with beach entry & water feature plus 3rd fireplace. • 3,131 Square Feet • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5507502 Virtual Tour

15212 N Lorma Lane | Fountain Hills, AZ

$664,900

MLS

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Scottsdale Mountain

Scottsdale Mountain was a model for both hillside development and sensitive community planning within a desert environ. Within Scottsdale Mountain, a community center features a tennis center and sport court that provides the most scenic view found anywhere in Arizona’s sports world! There is an outdoor pavilion for resident gatherings, plus a secluded, hillside whirlpool spa. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trails cover an aggregate 36,400 acres of land that has been assembled through public and private partnerships, and is protected and preserved for “a sustainable natural desert habitat for wildlife, desert flora, and appropriate public use”. The Preserve includes lands of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. Some of the area’s best hiking

and equestrian trails are located here. You will also find the trailhead to the Sunrise Trail that winds through the mountains. The 4.48 mile trail has a 2,852 foot elevation with spectacular 360 degree views of the Valley. Nearby is the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and it’s 75,000’ research facility, one of the areas top employers. Homes in Scottsdale Mountain range from villas to luxury custom homes, and are priced from the $300’s to over $4 million. Homes are situated on the southern facing slopes of the McDowells and offer stunning views of the Valley of the Sun. In Hidden Hills, homes have spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and it’s lush canyons.

Scottsdale Mountain Community Information/Listings

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Tucked Away Privacy & Big Fountain Hills Views in North Heights Spacious elegance & stunning architecture take advantage of McDowell Mtns, 4Peaks, Superstitions and Fountain views. The home features an attached casita with outside entrance, plus 4 suited bedrooms for gracious hospitality. A Living Room/Game Room with big views & Canterra fireplace is adjacent to a large formal dining room. The casual Great room also has a Canterra fireplace & 7’ wetbar & nearby kitchen features 25 lin. ft. of beautiful Alder Cabinetry w/42’’ uppers & chiseled edge granite. All Baths feature granite & raised Alder vanities & upgraded fixtures.The backyard features a covered patio, outdoor grilling island and deep blue mosaic tile heated pool. • 4,153 Square Feet • 5 Bedrooms • 5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5509958 Virtual Tour

14903 E Corona Drive | Fountain Hills, AZ

$850,000

MLS

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

Sophisticated Contemporary in StoneRidge Estates Full-home automation of lighting, security, entertainment & temperature control, the techie appeal is equaled by the home’s wide-open, Great Room design, dramatic architecture & sophisticated finishes. Four generous bedrooms, game room, Home Theater, Music Room/Library off Great Room, and Exercise Room/Den in the Grand Master Suite. The hallmark is the massive Great Room w/soaring ceilings, large picture windows and entertainment wall with 2-sided fireplace shared with the massive back patio. Stunning kitchen is easily part of the home with granite island,glass tile, lit art displays, Miele espresso center, Viking & SubZeros. Downstairs, pebble finish pool with both fire and water features ... a resort style masterpiece • 5,615 Square Feet • 4+ Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

MLS# 5517246 Virtual Tour

15807 E Sunburst Dr | Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,125,000

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Ancala Country Club

To look at the social calendar, golf activities calendar or the great menu served up at Ancala Country Club in Scottsdale, it’s easy to see why Ancala, located at 120th Street and Via Linda in Scottsdale, is such a popular club with its residents and members.

tennis program and the world-class golf course. It’s unusual to find a member-run club that offers this many activities when the original developer leaves the scene. The club is expertly managed by Eagle Golf. Recently named one of the “Top 5 Golf Courses in Scottsdale” by GolfLink.com.

There is a member-friendly restaurant and grille bar, plus plenty of outside dining patios that serve up an enormous view of the Valley of the Sun. There are always fun social activities like wine tastings, book clubs, drive-in movies for the kids, fitness sessions and dine-arounds to join. Members find the facilities accommodating, from the ample meeting and social rooms to the recently updated fitness center, the active

Homes for Sale at Ancala Country Club range from $600,000 to $5 million. Lot sizes range from 1/4 acre to over an acre and were generally custom-built between 1995 and 2011. Most lots have either a beautiful location on a fairway or a stunning view of the Valley...sometimes both!

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Eagles Nest Custom Homesite & Building Project Eagles Nest is a prestigious, secluded gated community with 244 Acres plus custom lots spanning more that 500 Acres. Incredible views of the Fountain, Superstitions The Goldfields and Red Rock from this lot. Photos of renderings represent custom home proposed for the lot, Designed by architect Nick Tsontakis, AIA Architects plans available, many permit and fees already paid.

RESIDENTIAL LAND/LOTS • 71,862 Approx Sq. Ft. • 1.65 Approx Total Acres

MLS# 5280239 MLS

14433 E Vista Del Monte E 242 | Fountain Hills, AZ

$199,700

Suzanne Nann REALTOR® 480-586-5333 SuzanneN@SonoranLifestyle.com

Wonderful Lot in Fantastic Neighborhood in Beautiful North Heights Build in the company of million dollar homes. Wonderful flag lot in fantastic neighborhood in beautiful North Heights. Very private lot with gorgeous views, natural boulder formations and a large building envelope. Plans are available and have been approved by the Architectural Committee for a 4,600+ SF home featuring 4 car garage, private courtyard, pool area, etc. Driveway is already present as it is shared with the neighbor by easement. Great opportunity to create the home of your dreams! • 37,571 Approx Sq. Ft. • 0.86 Approx Total Acres

RESIDENTIAL LAND/LOTS

MLS# 5527138 MLS

15214 N Elena Drive 55 | Fountain Hills, AZ

$249,900

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Premier Custom Home Site in Shadow Canyon Located in the secluded, gated enclave of custom homes in Shadow Canyon at Sunridge Canyon this Premier custom home site, on nearly one acre, is surrounded by beautiful, upscale homes already completed on both sides. Gently sloping, this lot would be an ideal location for your new custom home. • 41,500 Approx Sq. Ft. • 0.95 Approx Total Acres

RESIDENTIAL LAND/LOTS

MLS# 5228740 MLS

14623 E Shadow Canyon Dr #23 | Fountain Hills, AZ

$222,000

Elma Bachman REALTOR® 602-743-0000 ElmaTeam@gmail.com

Perfect Home Placement and 270 Degree Views View homesite in very nice neighborhood of custom homes. Enjoy the slight slope for perfect home placement and 270 degree views. • 11,426 Square Feet • 0.26 Approx Total Acres

RESIDENTIAL LAND/LOTS

MLS# 5493950 MLS

15704 E Grassland Dr #16 | Fountain Hills, AZ 24 | SonoranLifestyle.com

$100,000

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com


360 Degree Mountain and City Light Views Generous High View home site available in a wonderful location. Nearly 360 degree Mountain views. City light views are also visible from this desirable land. Options for numerous home styles on this lot that take advantage of the privacy, peacefulness and spectacular views this site offers. • 58,512 Square Feet • 1.34 Approx Total Acres

RESIDENTIAL LAND/LOTS

MLS# 5215821 MLS

16630 N Boxcar Dr 8A | Fountain Hills, AZ

$142,000

Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker 602-558-5901 Johnny Weil, REALTOR® 480-387-2097 HomeTeam@SonoranLifestyle.com

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VACATION RENTALS Furnished Ground Level Unit Move-in Ready

Best Location in Eagle’s Landing

This Ground Level condo has a spacious great room with nice dining area. Opens to galley style kitchen. 1 car garage with storage cabinets. Move in ready! • 1,150 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

Eagles Landing... Luxury furnished rental ... all top notch. Best location overlooking the pool and spa. Enjoy outstanding winter weather! • 1,185 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Carport

16307 E Arrow Drive E #106 Fountain Hills, AZ

14815 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. #207 Fountain Hills, AZ

$2,600/mo.

$2,800/mo.

Furnished Ground Level Unit near Desert Wash

Furnished Rental in Eagle Mountain Golf Community

Perfect ground level unit with a beautiful natural desert wash. Oversized bedrooms are split. Community offers a heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi, and gym. • 991 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms

Spectacular city lights and mountains surround the entry to Eagle Mountain Golf Club. Guest suite with sitting area & private courtyard entry. Walk to golf clubhouse. • 2,401 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

10401 N. Saguaro Blvd. #135 Fountain Hills, AZ

15112 E. Vermillion Dr. Fountain Hills, AZ

$2,600/mo.

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$5,800/mo.


VACATION RENTALS Best Location in Eagle’s Landing

Your Private Oasis with Amazing Views

Luxury furnished rental...all top notch. Striking pool and spa view with access to state of the art clubhouse and professional fitness center. • 1,200 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Carport

This house is nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac and is warm and inviting. Beautiful and comfortable furnishing will make this feel like your home away from home. • 2,625 SF • 3+ Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

14815 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. #206 Fountain Hills, AZ

15014 E. Tequesta Ct Fountain Hills, AZ

$5,700/mo.

$2,800/mo. Desirable End Unit with Mountain Views!

Luxury High View Home in StoneRidge

Complete with upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances, Corian counters and designer carpet/tile. Condo is within walking distance to shopping. • 1,099 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

Four generous bedrooms, lower level game room, beautiful Home Theater, Music Room/Library, and Exercise Room/Den in the Grand Master Suite with seating. • 5,615 SF • 4+ Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3 Car Garage

12050 N Panorama Dr #208 Fountain Hills, AZ

15807 E Sunburst Dr Fountain Hills, AZ

$2,700/mo.

$6,000-$8,500/mo.

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VACATION RENTALS Very Special Furnished Rental

Gorgeous Fully Remodeled End Unit

Condominium with views & walking distance to Fountain Park. Home with updated features including granite counters in kitchen and designer fixtures. • 1,519 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

Gorgeous fully remodeled end unit overlooking the fountain and fountain park. Updated with granite, tile, carpets, backsplash, lighting, stainless appliances. • 649 • 1 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 1 Carport

13606 N Cambria Dr #208 Fountain Hills, AZ

17031 E El Lago Blvd #2106 Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,860-$3,500/mo. Seasonal Rental Located Near Town Beautiful 1/2 of Mirage Duplex with garage. Fenced backyard, 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Wonderful seasonal rental located near the middle of town. • 1,211 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

14050 N Brunswick Dr #A Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,500-$2,800/mo.

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$2,300-$3,000/mo.


VACATION RENTALS 1st Floor Beautiful Condominium

Fully Furnished Unit with Views

Beautiful resort style condominium near heart of Fountain Hills. Unit is first floor and located across from the pool. Stainless steel appliances and a walk in shower • 865 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Carport

This is a second floor unit but no stairs. A ramp takes you to the front door. Great location in Fountain Hills! Close to shopping and restaurants. • 1,104 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Carport

16657 E Gunsight Dr #132 Fountain Hills, AZ

10401 N Saguaro Blvd #220 Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,800-$2,800/mo.

$2,800/mo.

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RESIDENTIAL RENTALS Sparkling Newly Refurbished in Chama View

Beautiful Home with a Great Desert Feel

A must see! Spacious & sparkling newly refurbished 3 bedroom, 3 full bath duplex with deck, patio and private fenced yard. Close to Town Center • 1,950 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

Open floor plan, 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Open backyard. Very clean. Extra storage space in carport. Nice home in a beautiful neighborhood. • 1,376 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Carports

12262 N Chama Drive B Fountain Hills, AZ

15661 E Tepee Drive Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,499/mo.

Currently Rented

$1,200/mo.

Currently Rented

Beautiful Single Level Home

Gated Community in the Heart of Fountain Hills

Beautiful single level home with resort like backyard, private pool, outdoor fireplace sitting area, mountain view. Clean and ready for you to move into. • 1,721 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

This is a second floor unit with Mountain Views to enjoy from inside. Open floor plan features Eat-in Kitchen open to Formal Dining and Living area. • 1,942 SF • 3+ Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

17136 E Oro Grande Dr Fountain Hills, AZ

16525 E Avenue of the Fountains #203 Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,750/mo.

Currently Rented

$1,599/mo.

AVAILABLE

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RESIDENTIAL RENTALS Firerock Views at Balera Condos

Three Bedroom Condo

Gorgeous unit at the Balera at Firerock condos, security patrolled, gated community and has amazing views! Community pool, spa and BBQ area • 1,984 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

This rental condo has three bedrooms each with it’s own balcony and two full baths. Large kitchen with lots of cupboard space, breakfast area with lots of light. • 1,439 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

16320 E Ridgeline Drive 51 Fountain Hills, AZ

9750 N Monterey Dr 16 Fountain Hills, AZ

$1,800/mo.

Currently Rented

$1,250/mo.

Currently Rented

Excellent Location and Move in Ready!

North Scottsdale Home Rental with Pool

Home featuring dual sinks in master bedroom, dual pane windows, ceiling fans, dinette plus formal with bay window. Covered patio and fenced backyard • 1,261 SF • 2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1 Car Garage

Newer Carpet and Appliances, excellent condition, great floorplan, fireplace with a beautiful wood mantle, sunny atrium sparkling play pool in the front courtyard. • 1,812 SF • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2 Car Garage

15038 N Escondido Dr #B Fountain Hills, AZ

11984 N 112th Street Scottsdale, AZ

$1,250/mo.

Currently Rented

$1,650/mo.

AVAILABLE

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FOUNTAIN HILLS

EDUCATION The Vision Fountain Hills Project Confirms What We Believe:

Education is a Core Value in Fountain Hills The Town of Fountain Hills Recreation Department, the Library and the Town’s Community ­Center offer more than 150 classes for all age groups. Kid’s classes range from robotics to cooking to “School of Rock” type music classes. New offerings like Adult Tap Dancing, American Sign Language, and Pet CPR join Spanish Language, Art, Computer skills, and a wide range of Exercise and Fitness classes. Aspiring athletes of all ages seeking professional instruction in Golf, Tennis, Archery, Basketball, or Baseball have dozens of interesting options each season.

“We achieve and Celebrate Educational Excellence.” Our Elementary and Middle School is top rated, and Fountain Hills High School is in the top 4% of Arizona schools, with 9 out of 10 of its graduates going on to higher education. With an average student to teacher ratio of 20:1, Fountain Hills students thrive in an environment that is more like a nurturing community than a typical school.

“Fountain Hills Students thrive in an environment that is more like a nurturing community than a typical school” Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) exceeds exacting standards: • Safe, attractive school campus environments • Small class size – every child is treated like an individual and has a sense of belonging • Core competencies integrated into every lesson • Significant Gifted and Advanced Placement opportunities 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains Suite 12 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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Fountain Hills High School Fountain Hills teachers mentor and coach their students to attain high levels of competency. The FHHS Class of 2016 exemplifies the success of their learning environment: the Class of 2016 (142 students) earned $3.2 Million in Scholarships – an astounding $22,535 average per graduating senior! • S  .T.E.M. (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) program winning national recognition in Vex Robotics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy … even a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for world-class potato-launching! • 3-A State Championships for both Girls Soccer and Girls Track teams • B  oys Varsity Baseball advanced to the State Tournament Level for the 19th consecutive year • A  thletic Director/Baseball Coach, Mike Brigugulio Named “Athletic Director of the Year” Div. III • B  and and Choir at Disney’s Music in the Parks Competition: First Place-Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Outstanding Soloist; Fourth Place-Mixed Choir; Judge’s Award-Outstanding Concert Band out of ALL DIVISIONS COMBINED. • A  dvanced Placement and Honors: 24 classes in English Literature, Language, Composition, US Government, World and US History, Calculus, Physics, Biology, Art, Photography Twenty-five extracurricular clubs and organizations hone FHHS students’ mastery of technology, art, music, journalism, business and career-focused specialties. Graduates feel lucky to be part of such a close-knit student community, where students with diverse interests thrive in a culture of inclusion.

“We Choose Fountain Hills” www.hs.fountainhillsschools.org/#ad-image-4

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Fountain Hills Middle School & 4 Peaks Elementary School Fountain Hills Middle School is home to Four Peaks Elementary grades 4-5, and the Middle School students, grades 6-8. One of the most challenging academic environments in the State, the Middle School also offers a number of clubs where students can explore areas of interest, make new friends, and develop leadership and team-building skills. In addition to flexing their “mental muscles,” Middle School students are urged to participate as “mini-Falcons” in Valley-wide Junior Athletic Leagues.

“… At the Middle School level, there is support and individualized instruction for all types of learners.” Mastery of basic subjects is essential at the Middle School level, and there is support and individualized instruction for all types of learners. The Middle School Mentoring program is staffed by retired teachers and business professionals from the community, and special honors classes are available for gifted students. The PTO coordinates the “people-power” for the Homework Lab, providing personalized coaching to assure the academic success of all students.

McDowell Mountain Elementary School McDowell Mountain Elementary School (MMES) is home to kids from full-day Kindergarten through the third grade. Careful teacher training and small class size allows teachers to give personalized attention to each child’s learning style and his or her readiness for new material. MMES is a model learning environment. Its art-infused curriculum is evident in colorful student art work lining the hallways. Natural light streams into the library where community volunteers guide students as they perfect their reading and research skills. McDowell Mountain’s principal, Valerie Dehombreaux, proudly notes, “Parental and community involvement enriches the school experience for our kids.”

“Parental and Community involvement enriches the school experience for our kids” Student at McDowell Mountain Elementary School develop learning strategies that encourage the joy of discovery, patience while gaining mastery, and the ability to accept new challenges without fear of failure.

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AREA CHARTER SCHOOLS

CHARTER SCHOOLS

The Northeast Valley area has 25 free, public Charter Schools serving both elementary and secondary students. A few interesting campuses are noted below. A complete listing is available at: www.greatschools.org/arizona/scottsdale/schools/?st=charter

Fountain Hills Charter School The Fountain Hills Charter School is a free, K-8 public Montessori school with a rigorous curriculum targeting the Arizona Common Core State Standards. Exploratory education embraces hands-on learning where students achieve at a pace that challenges their individual goals and abilities. Many of the classes are multi-disciplinary and project-based, with small-group instruction provided in areas where students need additional help. Music and music theory are taught at each grade level, and their STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) includes the arts as well as technology.

BASIS Scottsdale Charter School BASIS Scottsdale Charter School, one of the top Charter schools in the entire U.S., is just a mile west of Fountain Hills. Part of a Charter network that includes 16 BASIS campuses in Arizona, the Scottsdale BASIS school is ranked No. 2 nationally among all high schools in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. The school ranking is due to its rigorous curriculum and students’ high performance on national testing. BASIS Scottsdale boasts a 100 percent participation rate in Advanced Placement courses, with the average student passing 96 percent of the 10 AP exams they take at college entrance. BASIS Scottsdale accepts students in grades 4-12, and the newly completed 9-acre campus at 128th Street and Shea Boulevard became home to 1200 student in the Fall of 2016.

Arts Academy of Scottsdale AKA Scottsdale Preparatory Academy Scottsdale Preparatory Academy is a state-chartered public Charter School providing an honors-level liberal arts/college preparatory curriculum in the tradition of the finest independent private schools. This campus emphasizes artistic exploration for all students to round out their thinking processes and problem-solving skills. It is of note that this school provides a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, who are currently eligible or are determined eligible to receive special education services and related services.

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EDUCATION SCOTTSDALE

Innovative Education is a Hallmark of Scottsdale Schools The greater Scottsdale area is home to 70+ public and private schools. Many of these schools offer specialized programs like International Language and language immersion classes, some starting as young as 3 years of age. The majority of SUSD elementary schools offer pre and post-school enrichment programs and “Homework Clubs” which are enjoyable for the kids and ease the daily childcare logistics for working parents. SUSD service area extends beyond City boundaries, to include most of Paradise Valley, part of Tempe and some areas of North Phoenix.

SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 1996, SUSD has a tradition of innovation that spans more than a century. Covering 112 square miles, its 30 schools – 5 comprehensive High Schools plus one certified on-line High School, Six Middle Schools, and 16 Elementary schools serve 25,600 students, with open enrollment that encourages families to seek the school which best suits their children’s needs. Far from lock-step, every one of SUSD’s schools have developed different programs, each reflective of the desires of their parent groups, innovative teachers and receptive students. Some schools offer early childhood programs for infants through pre-kindergarten, enabling siblings to attend school at the same location from pre-kindergarten through middle school. The SUSD website has an easy-to-compare format, with highlights about each school, its areas of specialization, and down-loadable PDF’s for easy data collection. https://concrete.susd.org/

“... SUSD’s schools have developed different programs, each reflective of the desires of their parent groups, innovative teachers and receptive students.” A peek at a few of a few of SUSD’s nationally recognized programs reveals a lot of the reasons the combined SUSD Class of 2016 earned $55.6M in scholarships!

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Chaparral High School Firebirds This high-achieving school was ranked 22 in the Nation by Newsweek Magazine! • National Merit Scholars • Ranked in Top 20 Arizona High Schools by U.S. News and World Report • Silver Award Ranked in Top 20 AZ High Schools by SAT Score • Recognized by Niché as a 2016 Top 25 Public High School in Arizona • AP Honors and Dual Enrollment for College Credit • Culinary Art Program Career and Technical Education Programs • Award-Winning Performing Arts and Visual Arts Programs • Outstanding Championship Level Athletic Programs • 2015 and 2016 Girls Swim and Dive State Champions, 2016 Spirit Line State Champions • Best Buddies International Program https://concrete.susd.org/files/4214/6712/9283/Chaparral_Pamphlet.pdf

Desert Mountain High School Wolves Desert Mountain, Top 20 AZ Schools by US News and World Report is academically challenging, international-minded, with notable “Magnet School” type opportunities. • International Baccalaureate Program • National Merit Scholars • Ranked in America’s Top 500 Schools by Newsweek • Silver Award Ranked in Top 20 Arizona High Schools by SAT Score • Recognized by Niché as a 2016 Top 50 Public High School in Arizona • AP, Honors and Dual Enrollment for College Credit • Fashion Design Program Career and Technical Education Programs • Award-Winning Performing Arts and Visual Arts Programs • 2015 Boys Golf State Champions, 2015 and 2016 Boys Tennis State Champions https://concrete.susd.org/files/5014/6722/4284/DMHS_Pamphlet.pdf

Saguaro High School Sabercats Saguaro’s varsity football program is the best in the State, winning Arizona state championship eight times (1995, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015). The varsity baseball program is three time state champions (1992, 2010 and 2011). The Advanced Vocal Ensemble has performed in concert twice with Josh Groban, with Jonathan Cain of the rock band Journey. Notable celebrity grads are David Spade and Sandra Bernhardt. • National Merit Scholars • 2016 Bronze Award by U.S. News and World Report • Recognized by Niché as a 2016 Top 100 Public High School in Arizona • Ranked #42 High School in Arizona Based on SAT Scores in 2015 • Math and Science Academy • Nursing Program, Bio-Technology AP, Honors and Dual Enrollment for College Credit • Rigorous Academics Advancement via Individual Determination Program (AVID) • Award-Winning Robotics; 2016 State Champions https://concrete.susd.org/files/9014/6902/9538/Saguaro_Pamphlet.pdf SonoranLifestyle.com | 37


EDUCATION SCOTTSDALE

SUSD ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS SUSD has fifteen Elementary schools, and four K-8 campuses, each offering a unique set of learning opportunities. A summary of a few of these special programs gives a sense of this district’s excellence. The complete listing of each campus’ programs can be found at: https://concrete.susd.org/files/9414/7432/3710/elementary_susddf.pdf

K-8 COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SETTINGS Unique in an urban setting, SUSD has three K-8 schools where students remain on the same campus from toddlers to teens. Each has one or more programs unique to their campus.

Tonalea K-8 Campus This campus accepts Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade students and includes 6th-8th Grade Gifted Program, 6th-8th Grade STEM curriculum for all students, popular electives, and a rigorous academic progression. It offers a significant World Language program, (Japanese, Spanish and Spanish for Heritage Speakers for High School Credit). The Heritage Speakers program offers students who speak both Spanish and English opportunity to enter High School literate in both languages.

Copper Ridge K-8 Campus This campus was awarded the Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence for its Preschool (3s) through 8th Grade programming. Students wear traditional school uniforms, and class highlights include Gifted Student Services, Honors Programming, World Language classes (Spanish) 4th8th Grade Band, Strings and Choir, Music, Art and PE in all grades, Bring Your Own Technology, STEM Focused classes, Middle School Athletics, Robotics, and before and after-School programs.

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Cherokee Elementary School Bestschools.org names Cherokee Elementary School the 13th best elementary school in the nation, among its other commendations: • Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School • Ranked #2 in the State based on AZ Merit Testing • Ranked #4 School in the Valley by Arizona Republic Programs include Gifted Student services, World language program (Spanish), Band and Strings, grade 4-5, Art and Physical Education. Before and after school programs include Chess, Coding, Theater, Drawing, Lego Engineering, Tennis, Dance, Gymnastics and Soccer.

Redfield School This pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school is home to the exceptional Cardinal Scholar pre-K Academy, fostering early literacy and lifelong learning patterns. Innovative Comprehensive Gifted program (2-5) provides small group gifted learning opportunities in core subjects without breaking away from the flow of the class day. A diverse student body, with more than 21 languages represented, the curriculum supports Bring Your Own Technology innovation, Art Mastery, Physical Education and an accelerated reader program grades 4-5.

Desert Canyon Elementary Part of the cluster of schools that feeds Desert Mountain High School, this elementary school serves Toddlers (2s) through 5th Grade. Programs include Gifted Student Services, World Language (Mandarin Chinese), Band and Strings in 4th and 5th Grade ,Music, Art and Physical Education in all grades, Technology Integration, Robotics, Chess Club and other before and afterschool Programs.

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SUPERIOR HIGHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES The greater Phoenix area has 6,000,000 residents, and is home to 91 certified undergraduate and graduate programs with easy access from Fountain Hills. A full listing of specialties and locations is available at Study.com, which lists schools and programs with links to each highlighted school, http://study.com/phoenix,_arizona_(az)_colleges.html , or on the Matrix of Mnemosyne website, www.matrixbookstore.biz/azcolleges2.htm. A listing of graduate programs in the area is available at: www.gradschools.com/graduate-schools-in-united-states/arizona/phoenix.

AREA HIGHER EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS Arizona State University Arizona State University, 83,000 students proud, won the distinction 2016 as “the #1 most innovative college in the U.S., above #2 Stanford and #3 MIT! Their 5 campuses offer 250 undergraduate and 350 graduate degrees. Campus settings range from the residential “College Town” in Tempe (58,000 students), the ASU/UofA Graduate/ Medical complex in downtown Phoenix, the Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, and the Thunderbird School of International Management and the West Valley Campus. The burgeoning Graduate/Medical studies complex in central Phoenix, a combination of ASU’s health sciences and UofA’s Medical school provides practical experience for students in world class treatment and research facilities such as the Barrows Institute, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to name a few. Both ASU and UofA offer MBA ­programs at the Phoenix campus as well.

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ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa offers programs with specialized equipment for hands-on exploration includes simulators for flight and centers for consumer behavior research, semi­ conductor fabrication, comprehensive commercial printing and design services, and on-demand digital manufacturing.

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Grand Canyon University Grand Canyon University is a private faith-based University offering an intimate residential college experience for 14,000 full time students as well as substantial on-line curriculum for its 48,000 part-time and graduate students. Campus life includes intermural sports, music, drama and exciting Varsity sports including an outstanding Basketball team coached by former Phoenix Suns star, Dan Marjerle. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs through its eight colleges. The Jerry Colangelo College of Business’ emphasizes community service and leadership as key aspects of business success. This new model of business school engages local venture capitalists as mentors and investors to nurture emerging entrepreneurs.

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University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University The University of Arizona (main campus: Tucson), and Northern Arizona University (Main campus: Flagstaff), offer hundreds of programs from undergraduate through PhD. From the Hubble Telescope to Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU to Space exploration, Medical and Law Degrees at U of A, these Arizona Universities offer a wide range of classes on-site in locations across the Valley of the Sun, on-line, and a residential campus experience a comfortable 2-3 hour distance away.

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Maricopa Community College System One of the largest in the U.S., the Maricopa Community College System is home to 128,000 students. The nearby Scottsdale, Mesa and Paradise Valley campuses have transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities for seamless transition to four-year institutions. An wealth of programs are designed to meet the need of any student...flexible course delivery, including field based, hybrid, in person, independent study, Internet, mixed media, print based, private instruction, evening, weekend choices.

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150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Tortilla Flat Highway 88 | Tortilla Flat | 480-984-1776 Tortilla Flat started out as a stage stop in 1904 and neither fire nor flood has been able to close this historic stop along the Historic Apache Trail. Mosey down the boardwalk and visit the Superstition Saloon. www.tortillaflataz.com Tovrea Castle 5041 E. Van Buren St | Phoenix | 602-256-3221 Tovrea Castle was built on 44 acres in central Phoenix between 1928-1930 by Alessio Carraro, who also added a spectacular desert garden now known as the Carraro Cactus Garden. http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/tovrea.html

Desert Botanical Gardens Holiday Luminaria The Valley’s most melodius holiday event comes to life at the Desert Botanical Gardens with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and 10 musical groups performing nightly. Luminaria offers guests a choice of 22 nights in December, including dates between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Wrigley Mansion Club 2501 E. Telawa Trail | Phoenix | 602-955-4079 Built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., The Mansion sits atop a 100 foot knoll and with its extensive art collection, maintains a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional location for social gatherings of all sizes and corporate events, large or small. www.wrigleymansionclub.com

PARKS AND GARDENS Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains Highway 88 One of the most popular day trips from the Phoenix-Mesa metro area. Follow the footsteps that Native Americans and prospectors took more than 100 years ago. www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/apache_trail

David Rogers’ Big Bugs sculptures will be on display throughout the Garden nightly. These 11 enormous, whimsical bugs are sure to create quite a buzz this holiday season.

Arizona State Parks 1300 W. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-542-4174 or 800-285-3703 From awe-inspiring desert vistas to pine-scented forests, there is something for everyone at Arizona state parks. www.azstateparks.com

Enjoy traditional acoustic mariachi music with Mariachi Pasión, world music with Traveler, and Native American flute with Ken Duncan. There will be a variety of jazz, southern jazz and funky jazz by groups like The Sugar Thieves, Sonoran Jazz Project and Valley favorites The Reed Family. The sounds of the season will be presented by The Dickens Carolers, Spanish guitarists Domingo DeGrazia & Beth Daunis, and the Handbell Ensemble. Pick & Holler will present a fun Appalachian tribute.

Desert Botanical Gardens 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. | Phoenix | 480-941-1225 Amid the red buttes of Papago Park is one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. Showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Don’t miss the musical evenings of the holiday Las Noches de las Luminarias. www.dbg.org

It is recommended that you purchase meal tickets in advance or you may purchase at the Admissions Box Office.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park 7301 E. Indian Bend | Scottsdale | 480-312-2312 Train rides throughout the park, model trains, historic exhibits, superb picnic and playground facilities. www.therailroadpark.com

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Fountain Hills Botanical Garden Fountain Hills Boulevard The Fountain Hills Botanical Garden was founded by Jane Haynes in 1975 as a wildlife preserve and garden. The Garden is 8 acres with elevation from 1696 to 1800 feet. Dozens of desert plants can be seen along the half mile trail. www.fh.az.gov/botanical-garden.aspx

Japanese Friendship Garden 1125 N. 3rd Ave. | Phoenix | 602-256-3204 Authentic, urban 3.5-acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house, stone footbridges, lanterns, more than 50 varieties of plants. www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org 42 | SonoranLifestyle.com


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McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Sunrise Trailhead Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. It features award-winning trails and facilities. Explore the preserve, stretched across 14,000 scenic acres of Scottsdale. Fountain Hills owns 740 acres of this beautiful preserve. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. | Phoenix | 602-273-1341 The nation’s leading nonprofit zoo, home to more than 1,200 animals. Enjoy animal exhibits, unique special events, educational programs, outdoor recreational activities and the holiday Zoolights! www.phoenixzoo.org Queen Creek Olive Mill 25062 S. Meridian Rd. | Queen Creek | 480-888-9290 Arizona’s first working olive farm and mill. Hand-picked olives are blended to make one of the world’s finest extra virgin olive oils. www.queencreekolivemill.com Rio Salado Audubon Center 3131 S. Central Ave. | Phoenix | 602-468-6470 Overlooking the Salt River, the Audubon Center is a nature and conservation resource for greater Phoenix. http://az.audubon.org/Center_RioSalado.html Rose Garden at Mesa Community College 1833 W. Southern Ave | Mesa | 480-461-7022 Largest rose garden in the arid Southwest with 9600 rose bushes and 500+ varieties, blooming most of the year with the peak April. www.mc.maricopa.edu/community/rosegarden Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm I-10 Exit 219 | Picacho | 520-466-3658 Stop in and feed the critters for an unforgettable experience. Hang on to your hat! www.roostercogburn.com Schnepf Farms 22601 E. Cloud Rd. | Queen Creek | 480-987-3100 Get your family back to the basics! A great holiday activity for kids, enjoy a petting corral, Pumpkin Patch, U-pick peaches, apricots and sweet corn in season. There’s a restaurant and lots of fun activities on site www.schnepffarms.com Tonto National Forest Mesa Ranger District | 5140 E. Ingram St. | Mesa | 480-610-3300 Great location for hiking, fifth largest forest in the U.S., on nearly three million acres. Outstanding recreational opportunities all year. Scenic landscapes from cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains. www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto Usery Mountain Park Nature Center 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd. | Mesa | 480-984-0032 The park is 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The popular Wind Cave Trail features , water seeping from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The park is home to over 30 archery tournaments annually. www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery

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The Desert Belle & Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort Only 20 minutes from Fountain Hills, Saguaro Lake (www.SaguaroLakeMarina. com) features a full service marina and restaurant that serves not only a tasty menu each day from 9 am, but a great view overlooking the lake and its canyon cliffs. While you’re there, be sure to book a ride on The Desert Belle, a resort cruise boat that has offered 90 minute tours of the lake for nearly 50 years. It is a full service event venue great for private or corporate outings as well. Visit www.desertbelle.com to see their beautiful scenic video. Nearby, the Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort is set in one of Arizona’s most magnificent scenic areas. This unique resort accommodates guests in comfortable and rustic ranchettes. With a panoramic view that encompasses the Bulldog and Superstition Mountains and the wilderness made famous by the writings of Zane Grey, the Ranch is literally and figuratively a vacation oasis on the banks of the Salt River. They offer a variety of seasonal activities – horseback riding during the fall, winter, and spring, and kayaking and tubing during the summer. For information or to make reservations, call (480) 984-2194.


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150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle Wildlife World Zoo 16501 W. Northern Ave. | Litchfield Park | 623-935-WILD Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals, more than 1,300 individual animals – up close and personal. www.wildlifeworld.com

Phoenix Zoo/Zoolights Phoenix Zoolights is a family event that will become a treasured memory for everyone in your family. The wildlife at the Phoenix Zoo gives way to wild lights during Zoolights, the largest holiday light display in all of Arizona. More than 3.5 million lights will glow and 600 glimmering animal light sculptures, unique only to the Phoenix Zoo, will swing through trees, hop across lawns, and sparkle in places where they’re least expected Where else can you see giant, glowing bugs as big as a car among the trees and bushes. A grove of dancing, singing 25’ trees play a holiday concert you can’t help but sing along with: • Visit Stingray Bay • Life size, 3D lion display • Live animal presentation • Jengo the Talking Giraffe returns for his 6th year • The Polar Slide, Arizona’s first simulated snow tubing slide $3 per rider or 10 rides for $25! The Phoenix Zoo offers rides, games and great food, alive under the stars of the Phoenix sky during the month of December. So, dress warm and come enjoy a magical event that is likely to become your family’s holiday tradition. www.phoenixzoo.org/events/ZooLights

World Famous “Tallest Fountain” 12925 N. Saguaro Boulevard | Fountain Hills 480-837-1654 Once listed in Guinness World Records as the tallest fountain in the world, that listing doesn’t exist anymore and there may be taller fountains now. Nonetheless, there is a host of activities to enjoy at the 32-acre park, including an 18-hole championship disk course, picnic ramadas, hiking trails, kids play area, water splash park and Veteran’s Memorial, along with a variety of shops and dining at the Plaza Waterfront Shops. www.fountainhillschamber.com

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Chandler | 480-961-0143 or 800-842-7223 The world’s finest driving school featuring a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course, specifically designed by Bob Bondurant for high performance, race driving and advanced driving instruction. www.bondurant.com Castles N’ Coasters 9445 Metro Pkwy. East | Phoenix | 602-997-7575 Thrilling sky-high roller coasters, exciting water rides, world class miniature golf course, the enchantment of an old-fashioned carousel. www.castlesncoasters.com Copper Spike Train Excursion 230 S. Broad St. | Globe | 866-979-RAIL (7245) Arizona’s newest passenger train service, running seasonally round trip and one way from historic Broad Street in Globe. www.discovergila.com/copper-spike-railway Desert Belle Tourist Boat at Saguaro Lake 14011 N. Bush Highway | Mesa | 480-984-2425 Enjoy a relaxing 90-minute cruise aboard the Desert Belle on Saguaro Lake. See towering canyon walls, exotic wildlife and dramatic desert vistas. www.desertbelle.com Desert Dog Hummer Adventures Fountain Hills | 480-837-3966 Breathtaking views of Four Peaks and Saguaro Lake. Full- or half-day tours. Experience the thrill of four-wheeling. www.azadventures.com Desert Storm Hummer Tours 15525 N. 83rd Way, #8 | Scottsdale | 480-922-0020 or 866-374-8637 Voted one of the Top 100 Adventures In America by National Geographic. Exciting four-hour tour, using advanced night vision equipment, ITT GEN 3. www.azhummertours.com 44 | SonoranLifestyle.com


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Desert Voyagers Guided Rafting Tours 480-998-7238 Experience the beauty of Arizona’s desert rivers. Your choice of high and dry or wet and wonderful. Morning and afternoon tours available. www.desertvoyagers.com Fighter Combat International Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, 5865 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa 480-279-1881 or 866-FLY-HARD The dream of being a fighter pilot becomes a reality. Unforgettable experience because you actually fly the plane. www.fightercombat.com Firebird International Raceway 20,000 S. Maricopa Rd. | Chandler | 602-268-0200 Group outings, hospitality and family gatherings, NHRA Winston drag racing, IHBA drag-boat racing, car-club events, more. www.firebirdraceway.com Fort McDowell Adventures 14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd. | Fountain Hills | 480-816-6465 Unforgettable trail ride through the ever-flowing Verde River. City slicker cattle drive, scenic jeep tour and the finest western party venues in Arizona. www.fortmcdowelladventures.com

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Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade There’s no better way to kick off the holidays and get into the spirit than the Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade. Held at 9 am Thanksgiving morning, it is a wonderful tradition that dates back to 1983 and grows stronger every year. Put your turkey in the oven, dress warm and come down to watch bands, floats, horse drawn entries, antique and classic cars and clowns galore. There are marching and dancing groups, motorcycle drill teams and the don’t be surprised if you see the Jolly Old Elf, himself. It is the only ­Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona, and starts at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards, lasting about 1.5 hours in length.

Goldfield Ghost Town 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd. | Goldfield | 480-983-0333 Get a taste of Arizona’s colorful mining history. Walk down Main Street and explore the shops and buildings, tour the mine, pan for gold, take a narrow-gauge train ride, witness an old west gun fight. www.goldfieldghosttown.com Golfland/SunSplash 155 W. Hampton Ave. | Mesa | 480-834-8319 Two action-packed family entertainment centers with three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Fastcar Raceway, video arcade, wave pool, Lazy River, Master Blaster Water Coaster. SunSplash is seasonal. www.golfland.com/mesa Great American Balloon Company 3130 W. Carefree Hwy. | Phoenix | 877-933-6359 Ballooning is a true adventure with the wind determining your course. Flights offered twice daily. www.arizonahotairballoons.com SonoranLifestyle.com | 45


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150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle Hot Air Expeditions Deer Valley Airport | 480-502-6999 or 800-831-7610 Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone. Champagne breakfast and sunset hors d’oeuvres flights available. www.hotairexpeditions.com OK Corral 2655 E. Whitely St. | Apache Junction 480-982-4040 One-, two- or four-hour horseback trail rides and one- to five-day horseback trail riding camping trips. www.okcorrals.com

Fiesta Bowl Each year, after the glow of Christmas has disappeared, the absolute perfection of the weather in the Valley of the Sun becomes impossible to deny. That’s when Arizona plays host to the biggest party under the sun, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Over 3 million out-of-state visitors have traveled to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl during the Bowl’s 40-year history. Revelers enjoy a nationally televised parade and a host of events including golf tournaments, sports events, charity balls, academic contests, a marathon, art shows, music events, a band competition and yes, a major bowl game. (Two, actually!) As a member of the Bowl Championship Series, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl hosts the champion of the Big 12 ­Conference as well as an at-large BCS team. Also, don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Party that is the envy of every city west of New York. As ­Arizona’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s Eve bash, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a jam-packed evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family. With rockin’ bands, beer gardens and a host of entertainers, this is one fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss! So, put on your party face and come along for the time of your life! www.fiestabowl.org

Outback Safari Company Mesa | 480-987-8335 Experience the timeless beauty of the Arizona desert on an ATV, Ranger or Hummer. See a variety of scenery from the classic saguaro cactus to sandy river bottoms and cool running creeks, not to mention Arizona’s diverse wildlife. www.theoutbacksafari.com Phoenix International Raceway 7602 S. 115th Ave. | Avondale | 866-408-RACE With its world-renowned mile oval, PIR is the annual site for races featuring the biggest names on the NASCAR and Indy Racing League circuits. www.phoenixintlraceway.com Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse 5700 W. North Loop Rd. | Chandler | 480-502-5600 or 800-527-1880 Authentic 1880s town with stunt shows, gunfights, stagecoach rides, desert train rides, petting ranch, camel ride, bull riding, gold panning, shops, games, horseback riding, more. www.rawhide.com Rockin’ R Ranch 6136 E. Baseline Rd. | Mesa | 480-832-1539 Gunfights and gold panning, western shops and hot dutch oven biscuits. All-you-can-eat BBQ beef or chicken dinner followed by a spectacular western stage show featuring the world famous Rockin’ R Wranglers. www.rockinr.net Saguaro Lake Ranch Trail Rides 13020 Bush Highway | Mesa | 480-984-0335 Guided trail rides offer spectacular views of the surrounding country and information on desert plants and cactus. Take a morning ride through the desert or a sunset ride in the late afternoon. Seasonal. www.SaguaroLakeTrailRides.com Salt River Fields – Home of the Arizona Diamondback and Colorado Rockies Spring Training 7555 N Pima Rd. | Scottsdale | Enjoy watching the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks practice for the upcoming season. This brand new Field features plenty of food concessions and a large grassy sitting area for fans. Come out and root for your home team. www.saltriverfields.com Salt River Tubing & Recreation 1320 N. Bush Highway | Mesa | 480-984-3305 Beat the heat on a hot Arizona summer day and float on the cool and refreshing mountain-stream waters of the Salt River. Seasonal. www.saltrivertubing.com 46 | SonoranLifestyle.com


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Tempe Town Lake Rio Salado Pkwy. and Mill Ave. | Tempe | 480-350-8625 The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park. Room for a rock music festival with quiet space still remaining for a romantic walk. www.tempe.gov/lake Turf Paradise Horse Racing 1501 W. Bell Rd. | Phoenix | 602-942-1101 Live racing September through May. Simulcast racing seven days a week, 364 days a year. www.turfparadise.com

HIGH COUNTRY ADVENTURE Sunrise Park Ski Resort Greer In the heart of Arizona’s magnificent White Mountains, Sunrise Park Resort is a recreational paradise offering a wide range of fun and excitement. In winter, our three mountains offer some of the finest skiing in the Western United States. Our 65 runs promise adventure for skiers of any level. There is also a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special children’s “ski-wee” area www.sunriseskipark.com Snow Bowl Ski Resort Flagstaff Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff. The resort opened in 1938 and is now one of the oldest continually operated ski area in the country. Enjoy beautiful skiing in the winter and hike the many trails in the summer. www.arizonasnowbowl.com Tonto Natural Bridge Payson Explore nature’s beauty in one of the most breath taking parks in Arizona. Learn about the creation of the bridge and hike through the amazing park. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/TONA/

INDOOR FUN & SPORTS VENUES Alltell Ice Den / Phoenix Coyotes Practice Rink 9375 East Bell Road. | Scottsdale Coyotes Ice Den is the premier ice skating rink in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona. It offers public ice skating, ice skating lessons, ice hockey lessons, birthday parties and more. www.coyotesice.com Amazing Jake’s Food & Fun 1830 E. Baseline Rd. | Mesa | 480-926-7499 All-you-can-eat buffet, bowling, indoor go-karts, bumper karts, laser tag, 25-foot rock wall, exciting kiddie rides, video games and much more. www.amazingjakes.com/mesa AZ on the Rocks – Rock Climbing Adventures 16447 N. 91st Street Suite105 | Scottsdale Arizona’s largest indoor rock climbing gym, where No Experience is Necessary and No Reservations are required. Just come in during general open hours to learn the “ropes”. www.azontherocks.com

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Barrett Jackson Auto Auction “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™”, celebrates its 41st anniversary. Last year, nearly $70 million worth of Hot Rods, Resto-Mods, pre-war classics, exotics, muscle cars and contemporary collectibles crossed the block. Held at WestWorld in Scottsdale in front of a quarter of a million cheering people, there will be more than 1,200 cars selling at No Reserve. “Barrett-Jackson has become far more than just an auction, it’s a celebration that attracts everyone from captains of industry to celebrities and athletes who want to be part of this fantastic event,” said Craig Jackson, chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We proved the collector car hobby is growing with record breaking attendance, as well as a record number of new bidders and consignors. This is no longer an ‘old boy’s club’. Over a quarter of a million consignors, bidders, fans and visitors checked out the vendor, exhibitor and sponsor activities. These include an on-site nightclub, Ride N’ Drives provided by Ford and GM, fashions shows, a panel by Corvette Market, seminars and much more. For more information, go to Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.


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Challenger Space Center 21170 N. 83rd Ave. | Peoria | 623-322-2001 Exciting space-themed learning environment where you fly simulated space flight missions involving flight crews, mission controllers and scientists. www.azchallenger.org

SK8 Asylum 8743 E. Pecos Rd. Suite 136 | Mesa | 480-888-9090 Indoor skatepark has something for every skater! Includes street course, mini ramps, wooden bowl, vert ramp. http://azgrindskatepark.com/

Chase Field Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks 401 E. Jefferson St. | Phoenix From its signature swimming pool to its retractable roof, Chase Field has become one of the game’s most recognizable landmarks in just a few seasons. Since opening on March 31, 1998, nearly 17.5 million baseball fans have watched the Arizona Diamondbacks despite Phoenix’s summer heat or monsoon storms. www.mlb.com/ari/ballpark/

Stratum Laser Tag 1455 S. Stapley Dr. | Mesa | 480-545-5500 Facility includes a 13,000-square-foot laser tag arena with 15 different levels, arcade and redemption area, featuring all non-violent arcade games as well as a seated dining area. www.stratumhq.com

Dave and Busters 200 E. Salado Pkwy Tempe & 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix Family fun arcade, sports bar and eatery. A place to eat, drink, and play! www.daveandbusters.com F1 Race Factory 317 S. 48th St. | Phoenix | 602-302-RACE (7223) From high-speed kart racing to rock climbing, billiards and video games. www.octaneraceway.com Gameworks 5000 Arizona Mills Circle | Tempe | 480-839-4263 The ultimate destination for a total entertainment experience where guests can eat, drink, party and play. www.gameworks.com Laser Quest 2035 S. Alma School Rd. | Mesa | 480-752-0005 Tag, hide and seek, cops and robbers, capture the flag and Buck Rogers all rolled into one, enhanced with modern technology. www.laserquest.com Mesa Community College Planetarium 1833 W. Southern Ave. | Mesa | 480-461-7015 Available to K-12 school groups or public groups of any age interested in astronomy. 53 seats. www.mc.maricopa.edu/dept/d43/ast/planetarium/ Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road | Fountain Hills | 480-789-5300 The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation offers 36-holes of spectacular golf and the AAA Four Diamond Radisson Fort McDowell Resort. Guests enjoy an assortment of on-site amenities ranging from spa treatments, wild west adventures, a variety of dining options, casino gambling and much more. www.radisson.com/scottsdale-ftn-hills-hotel-az-85264/azmcdowe Sea Life Aquarium at Arizona Mills 5000 Arizona Mills Cir. | Tempe | 480-478-7600 Themed environment transports visitors into the amazing ocean world, providing close encounters with an array of creatures from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks, rays and tropical fish. www.sealifeus.com

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University of Phoenix Football Stadium – Home of the Arizona Cardinals Glendale Enjoy watching the Arizona Cardinals in the enormous hi-tech stadium and with its retractable roof to take advantage of the Arizona weaather. It is like no other in North America. www.universityofphoenixstadium.com Talking Stick Resort Arena – Home of the Phoenix Suns 201 East Jefferson Street | Phoenix Not only is the center used for the Phoenix Suns games, it is also used for shows, plays, large get togethers, and games played by the Phoenix Mercury. www.talkingstickresortarena.com

GOLF COURSES AND RESORTS Crosswoods Indoor Golf Center 5222 E. Baseline Rd. | Gilbert | 480-654-GOLF Test your skill on 30+ world-class courses, including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Harbour Town. www.topgolf.com/us/riverwalk Ancala Country Club 1700 East V’a Linda | Scottsdale | 480-391-2777 Private, 18 hole championship golf course ranked by GolfLink.com as one of Scottsdale’s Top 5 Courses; Great Clubhouse, Dining Options, Social Activities and Fitness Center. www.ancalacc.com CopperWynd Resort and Club 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr. Fountain Hills | 480-333-1900 Nestled in the McDowell Mountains between Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, CopperWynd offers incredible views, a 32-room hotel, member fitness center, luxury spa and fine dining at Alchemy Restaurant. www.Copperwynd.com Desert Canyon Golf Club 10440 North Indian Wells Dr. | Fountain Hills | 480-837-1345 18 hole championship course with wide fairways, high vistas, elevated tees, and a traditional clubhouse that offers beverages and casual dining. In addition, The Desert Canyon Steakhouse serves incredible views along with their scrumptious meals for a fine-dining event you won’t forget! www.desertcanyongolf.com


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Eagle Mountain Golf Club 14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy. | Fountain Hills | 480-816-1234 Named to “Top 50 Public Course’s In The Country” 2009 by Golf World; “Best of Phoenix Public Golf Courses” in 2006 by the Phoenix New Times; and “#1 Public Golf Course” Ranking Arizona, 2006 – 2007, the course weaves through the box canyons amid sweeping vistas of the valley of the sun and nearby mountain ranges. Clubhouse offers casual dining and The Southwest Inn is a delightful luxury boutique hotel experience. www.eaglemtn.com FireRock Country Club 16000 E. Fire Rock Country Club | Fountain Hills | 480-836-8000 Enjoy elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approach shots. As the course winds around mountain views, each hole presents a unique challenge, governed by its own set of circumstances. The elaborate clubhouse features one of the Fountain Hills finest dining experience, a full fitness center, pro shop and member lounge; tennis and swimming pool also on-site. http://firerockcc.com/joomla/ Grayhawk Golf Club 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway | Scottsdale | 480-502-1800 Two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. The Golf Shop & Trading Company, is decked-out with the latest in golf apparel as well as a host of upscale specialty items and brand names. The Quill Creek Café features a traditional American menu with a Southwestern flare. Phil’s Grill, named after Grayhawk’s tour ambassador Phil Mickelson, is a relaxed eating and drinking establishment with a warm sports pub ambiance. www.grayhawkgolf.com Legend Trail Golf Club 9462 E. Legendary Ln. | Scottsdale | 480-488-7434 Designed by Rees Jones, Legend Trail Golf Club offers NEW TifEagle ultra dwarf greens and an amiable challenge that seems to capture a bit of Scottsdale’s Old West spirit. This premiere course has a special essence of the Southwest Sonoran style of golf. Legend Trail is home to John Jacobs/Shelby Futch Golf Academy, offering a variety of training sessions. www.legendtrailgc.com Long Bow Golf Club 5601 E. Longbow Parkway | Mesa | 480-807-5400 The award-winning Longbow Golf Club was honored as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in the Country” and ranked as “One of The Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play In Arizona”, by Golfweek Magazine. Re-opened in Fall 2003 after complete renovation and redesign. The Longbow Grille was Honored As One Of The “Best 19th Holes in The East Valley” by the East Valley Tribune! www.longbowgolf.com McCormick Ranch Golf Club 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy | Scottsdale | 480-948-0260 The club includes two championship courses, a banquet room, fully stocked pro shop, and much more. Located in the heart of Scottsdale. The Palm and Pine championship tees are each over 7,000 yards long, in addition to enjoyable, yet challenging men’s, seniors’, and ladies’ tees. www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Mesa Country Club 660 W. Fairway Dr. | Mesa | 480-964-1797 Mesa Country Club hallmark is it’s 1100 tall, mature trees. The county club has a well maintained, densely forested layout which provides a challenge for the best golfers while being highly playable for all skill levels. The course plays up and down an “uplifted” portion of the Salt River escarpment creating a unique “city” golfing experience which begs to be played again. www.mesacountryclub.com Rio Verde Country Club 18731 E. Four Peaks Blvd. | Rio Verde | 480-471-7010 Rio Verde Country Club is much more than just 36-holes of fine desert golf – it also features one of the areas favorite clubhouses where members meet regularly to enjoy each other’s company. There is also a community center with Tennis Courts, Leagues, Heated Swimming Pool, Well-Equipped Fitness Center, Art and Painting Lessons and Groups, Biking – Book Clubs, Card and Bridge Clubs, Church Services and Choirs, Computer Classes. www.rioverdecc.com SunRidge Canyon Golf Club 13100 N. SunRidge Dr. | Fountain Hills | 480-837-5100 SunRidge Canyon’s 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and shady canyons unique to the desert mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale, Arizona. The golf course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in. This subtle elevation change lies at the heart of the dramatic golf experience at SunRidge Canyon. After a challenging day of golf, enjoy the SunRidge Grill www.sunridgegolf.com Sanctuary Golf Club 10690 E. Sheena Dr. | Scottsdale | 480-502-8200 Built on the western slope of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, the 18-hold public layout also provides a haven for native plant and wildlife. www.sanctuarygolf.com Southwest Inn at Eagle Mountain 9800 N. Summer Hill Blvd. | Fountain Hills | 800-992-8083 A boutique experience awaits you, with 43 spacious suites, each with a “kiva-style” gas fireplace with sitting area, oversized whirlpool spa tub, private balcony or patio offering panoramic views of the golf course and city lights. Enjoy the outdoor pool and jacuzzi overlooking the 18th fairway of Eagle Mountain. www.innateaglemountain.com SonoranLifestyle.com | 49


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Talking Stick Golf Club 9998 E. Indian Bend Rd. | Scottsdale | 480-860-2221 Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and managed by Troon Golf, Talking Stick Golf Club is owned by the Salt River Pima Maricopa and operated in conjunction with the incredible 497 room luxury Talking Stick Resort that offers exquisite dining, lively gaming, exciting entertainment and generous conference space. www.talkingstickgolfclub.com Tonto Verde Country Club 18401 E. El Circulo Dr. | Rio Verde | 480-471-2582 Whether Tonto Verde is your permanent residence or a winter home in the Sonoran desert, you’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain views and the two championship golf courses of a custom golf community. With a sense of community like no other and just minutes from Scottsdale, why would you want to live anywhere else? The course location provides stunning 360 degree mountain views. The newly renovated club house has an expansive 26,000 square feet. www.tontoverde.org Tournament Players Club Scottsdale 17020 N. Hayden Rd. | Scottsdale | 480-585-8014 Home of the largest-attended tournament in the world, the fan-favorite Phoenix Open, TPC is a masterful blend of challenge and playability – compelling the sport’s top players and recreational golfers alike. The club offers two championship courses– the world famous Stadium Course and the stunning Champions Course. www.tpc.com/tpc-scottsdale Troon North Golf Club 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd. | Scottsdale | 480-585-5300 Tom Weiskopf led a two-year project by blending the two courses together and changing the sequence in which the holes are played. Golf Magazine recently awarded that effort, naming Troon North the “New” Pinnacle course #1 in Arizona and #21 in the nation. If you’re playing for the first time or returning to play the new layouts, you are sure to experience the best in Arizona golf! www.troonnorthgolf.com We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and Fort McDowell Radisson Resort 18200 E. Toh Vee Circle | Fort McDowell | 480-836-9000 We-Ko-Pa (Yavapai for “Four Peaks”) is a daily fee golf facility that consists of two spectacular 18-hole layouts that are certain to challenge and inspire golfers of all levels. Featured in numerous publications including Golfweek, and named one of the “Top 10 Best New Courses You Can Play” in the United States 2007. www.wekopa.com

SHOPS & MALLS Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World 1133 N. Dobson Rd. | Mesa 602-606-5600 The world’s leading supplier of premium outdoor gear, the only Bass Pro Shop in Arizona. Located at Mesa Riverview, Highway 202 and North Dobson Road. www.bassproshops.com Dana Park Village Square 1700 S. Val Vista Dr. | Mesa | 480-890-0555 Upscale, boutique-style shopping with sparkling fountains and merchants offering jewelry, home accessories, fashion clothing, gourmet foods and unique dining. www.danapark.com Desert Ridge 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. | Phoenix Arizona’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. www.shopdesertridge.com Downtown Mesa 58 W. Main St. | Mesa | 480-890-2613 “A square mile of unique style” Original Mesa town center with the Mesa Arts Center, museums, restaurants, cafés, shops, boutiques, hotels and city services. www.downtownmesa.com Kierland Commons 15205 N Kierland Blvd. | Scottsdale Enjoy upscale shopping and dining at places like Tommy Bahamas’ and The Ocean Club. www.kierlandcommons.com Mesa Grand Shopping Center US 60 & Stapley Dr. | Mesa Extensive selection of specialty stores, dining and cinemas. www.shopmesagrand.com Mesa Market Place 10550 E. Baseline Rd. | Mesa | 480-380-5572 Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. 1600 booths under one roof. Mister system throughout to beat the summer heat. www.mesamarket.com Mesa Riverview Loop 202 & N. Dobson Rd. | Mesa | 480-461-0050 1.3 million square feet of retail, including the first Bass Pro Shops in the Southwest, and the new Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill. www.mesariverview.com

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Tempe Market Place 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy # 1150 | Tempe A place where you can dine, shop, or play, you choose. Dine at Smashburger, shop at Barnes & Noble, or enjoy a fun evening at Dave & Busters. www.tempemarketplace.com

Farellis Cinema Supper Club 14202 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale Thought you just missed seeing a movie in theater, Farellis got it. Enjoy eating and drinking while you watch a movie. www.farrellis.com

Scottsdale Fashion Square 7014 East Camelback | Scottsdale Over 260 stores and counting. Shop, dine, and be entertained. www.fashionsquare.com

Fountain Hills Community Theater 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills Enjoy a comedy, a classic, or a Disney play. You can not only watch a play you have the opportunity to audition for a role, so others can enjoy your acting. www.fhct.org

Scottsdale Quarter 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale Shop at all the high-end brands, such as Apple and Nike. Enjoy a beautiful Arizona night dining or shopping. www.scottsdalequarter.com Superstition Springs Center 6555 E. Southern Ave. | Mesa | 480-832-0212 At US 60 and Power Road in east Mesa, mall includes Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears, 150 specialty shops, cinemas, eateries, carousel, desert botanical garden, Plaza Amphitheater. www.superstitionsprings.com

THEATERS AND ENTERTAINMENT ASU’s Gammage Auditorium 1200 S. Forest Ave. | Tempe | 480-965-3434 Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gammage seats 3,000 and presents a year-round season of nationally touring Broadway musicals, plus much more. Excellent group discounts/packages available. www.asugammage.com Barleen’s Arizona Opry Dinner Show 2275 Old West Highway | Apache Junction | 480-982-7991 Relax in a comfortable, air conditioned theater and enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. After dinner, enjoy an unforgettable evening of family entertainment! Seasonal. www.azopry.com Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd. | Mesa | 480-325-6700 A visit to Broadway Palm is more than just great theater, with the lavish buffet, full-service bar and mouth-watering gourmet desserts. Enjoy an evening of fabulous food and Broadway entertainment in the 500-seat theatre. www.broadwaypalmwest.com

Gateway 12 Imax Theater 1935 S. Signal Butte Rd. | Mesa | 480-354-8030 Treat your senses to the most powerful movie experience yet created. A larger-than-life escape, putting you in the heart of the action! www.imax.com Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave. | Gilbert | 480-497-1181 A legendary heritage as the longest, continuously running, privately owned theatre company in America. Since opening in1947, not one week has gone by when there has not been a performance on its stage. Fun and affordable family entertainment. www.haletheatrearizona.com Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St. | Phoenix | 602-252-8497 The Valley venue for the Arizona Theatre Company, with productions that are consistently good as any top theater in the country. www.phoenixstages.com Higley Center for Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd. | Gilbert | 480-279-7190 Actors, dancers and musicians take their places on stage to give the audience a memorable evening of live performance. www.higleyarts.org Mesa Art Center One E. Main St. | Mesa | 480-644-6500 A 212,755-square-foot performing arts, visual arts and arts education facility. Largest, most comprehensive arts center in Arizona. Located in the heart of downtown at Center and Main streets. Four theaters, five galleries, 14 creative art studios. www.mesaartscenter.com

Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave. | Chandler | 480-782-2680 The elegant complex features three stages, with total seating capacity of 1,550, ample parking and just one block from the San Marcos Resort. www.chandlercenter.org

Organ Stop Pizza 1149 E. Southern Ave. | Mesa | 480-813-5700 The unique Organ Stop is one of the largest restaurants in the Southwest. Xylophones, chimes, pianos, drums, cymbals and hundreds of other musical instruments and sound effects surround you in the dining room, controlled by one person at the console of the mighty Wurlitzer organ. www.organstoppizza.com

Comerica Theater Dutton Family Theater 7420 E. Main St. | Mesa | 480-840-MUSIC (6874) The entertainment experience of a lifetime! Each Dutton plays numerous instruments – they sing, dance and tickle your funny bone. Seasonal. www.theduttons.com

Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St. | Phoenix | 602-262-7272 Beautifully renovated 1,400-seat venue showcases local and touring companies presenting theater, dance and music. www.orpheum-theater.com/orpheum_theater_phoenix.php SonoranLifestyle.com | 51


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Phoenix Symphony Hall 225 E. Adams St. | Phoenix | 602-534-5600 Home of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona, hosting entertainment from opera and ballet to Broadway shows and concerts. www.phoenixsymphony.org Scottsdale Center for the Arts 7380 E. Second St. | Scottsdale | 480-994-ARTS Music, dance and theater; amphitheater concerts under the stars; free Sunday A’Fairs, October through April and the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival in March. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

MUSEUMS Arizona Capitol Museum 1700 W. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-926-3620 This National Register site served as both the capitol of the Arizona Territory and the state capitol and has been restored to its 1912 appearance. It offers museum and capitol tours, exhibits, education programs, commemoration of special state events and a museum store. www.lib.az.us/museum

Arizona Science Center 600 E. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-716-2000 Hands-on, eye-opening fun with a state-of-the-art planetarium, 300+ interactive exhibits, five story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. www.azscience.org

Arizona Historical Society Museum 1300 N. College Ave. | Tempe | 480-929-9499 A regional museum in Papago Park featuring changing and permanent interactive exhibits on contemporary central Arizona history. Multimedia gallery, educational tours, research library. www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Children’s Museum of Phoenix 215 N. 7th Street, | Phoenix | 602-253-0501 Acting on the principle that learning is a joy, the museum’s mission is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum 1502 W. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-771-1611 or 800-446-4259 Commemorates the mining industry that helped build Arizona. More than 3,000 minerals on exhibit, including colorful minerals from Arizona’s copper mines. www.admmr.state.az.us

Chinese Cultural Center 668 N. 44th St. | Phoenix | 602-273-7268 Uniquely upscale cultural, culinary and shopping attraction conveniently located adjacent to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. www.phxchinatown.com

Arizona Museum for Youth 35 N. Robson | Mesa | 480-644-2468 English | 480-644-2467 Spanish Nationally renowned fine arts museum for children. Changing gallery presents three exhibitions annually with ongoing hands-on art activities. Designed for ages 0-12. www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com

Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field Airport 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. | Mesa | 480-924-1940 The Arizona Wing is entrusted with the restoration, care and display of “Sentimental Journey”, considered the most authentically restored flying B-17 in the world today. www.azcaf.org

Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. MacDonald | Mesa | 480-644-2230 Museum of cultural and natural history, permanent and changing exhibitions on Arizona and the Southwest, from the old west to the space age, from dinosaurs to conquistadors. www.arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org Arizona Pop Culture Museum 5415 E. High Street | Phoenix | 602-404-0810 Escape to a fantastic world away from the daily reality that takes the viewer on an innovative and imaginative journey. Arizona Railway/Train Museum 330 E. Ryan Rd. | Chandler | 480-821-1108 Dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. www.azrymuseum.org 52 | SonoranLifestyle.com

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting 6101 E. Van Buren St. | Phoenix | 602-275-3473 Includes more than 90 restored pieces of fire apparatus, dating from 1725. www.hallofflame.org Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave. | Phoenix | 602-252-8848 Exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding Native American art. www.heard.org Kerr Cultural Center 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Scottsdale Here you can be entertained every part of the day, with the Monday Morning Musicale or a Jazz performance at night. www.asukerr.com/home.shtml


150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle Mesa Historical Museum 2345 N. Horne St. | Mesa | 480-835-7358 Historic 1913 schoolhouse houses farm machinery and domestic farmstead items. Memorabilia of early Mesa, Stringtown and Lehi settlers. Murals depict the story of the Southwest and Mesa area development. www.valleyhistoryinc.com Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix | 480-478-6000 The world’s first global instrument museum offers a history of musical instruments throughout the world. www.themim.org Penske Racing Museum 7125 E. Chauncey Lane | Phoenix | 480-538-4444 Celebrates the winning tradition of Penske racing, showcasing vintage race cars, racing trophies, memorabilia. www.penskeracingmuseum.com Petersen House Museum 1414 W. Southern Ave. | Tempe | 480-350-5151 After extensive restoration, the Petersen House received the 1990 Governor’s Award of Historic Preservation. www.tempe.gov/petersenhouse Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. | Phoenix | 602-257-1222 Includes 16,000 artworks that span the centuries. Modern and contemporary American, Asian, European, Latin American and Western American art, fashion and the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors. ArtWorks, an interactive ­ “child-friendly, please touch!” gallery. www.phxart.org Phoenix Police Museum 101 S. Central Ave., Suite 100 | Phoenix | 602-534-7278 Police artifacts dating from the late 1800s. Exhibits show the department’s history, from its early police marshals to present day. www.phoenixpolicemuseum.com Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum 3901 W. Pioneer Rd. | Phoenix | 623-465-1052 Located 30 minutes north of Phoenix, the museum sits on 90 acres of an old 1800s village, with original buildings and accurate reproductions. The village houses 30 historic buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. www.pioneer-arizona.com Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park 4619 E. Washington St. | Phoenix | 602-495-0907 or 877-706-4408 Dedicated to the study of the Hohokam culture. Explore the ruin of an 800-year-old platform mound, an excavated ball court and full-scale reproductions of prehistoric Hohokam homes. http://phoenix.gov/recreation/arts/museums/pueblo/index.html

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River of Time Museum 12901 N. La Montana Blvd. | Fountain Hills | 480-837-2612 ROT leads visitors through creative, informative exhibits that recount the captivating past of the Lower Verde River Valley, depicts the importance of water in the Sonoran Desert and illustrates how water determines the course of history. Programs and activities for adults and children. www.riveroftimemuseum.org Scottsdale Historical Museum 7333 East Scottsdale Mall | Scottsdale Get the chance to see items from as early as the 1920’s, and enjoy viewing Indian Art. www.scottsdalemuseum.com Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7374 E. Second St. | Scottsdale Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture. As a unique and vital cultural resource for the southwest, the Museum offers a variety of exhibition-related programs and special events with activities for lifelong learners. www.smoca.org Shemer Art Center & Museum 5005 E. Camelback Rd. | Phoenix | 602-262-4727 1920s Santa Fe mission-style building features exhibits by Arizona artists, as well as classes for the whole family. www.shemerartcenterandmuseum.org Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum 4087 N. Apache Trail | Apache Junction | 480-983-4888 The museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org Tempe Historical Museum 809 E. Southern Ave. | Tempe | 480-350-5100 Depicting the history of Tempe from its founding in 1871 to its growth and development into a modern city. Hands-on exhibits, two changing galleries and gift shop. www.tempe.gov/museum West Valley Art Museum 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts | Surprise | 623-972-0635 Five galleries host 30-40 exhibitions annually including exhibits from its permanent collections of ethnic dress, American and Oriental art. www.wvam.org

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