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We celebrate Father’s Day on June 19th. Thank you Dads everywhere for your strength, guidance, protection and love. We say goodbye to Spring and welcome Summer on June 20th. Please remember to watch the little ones around water. This issue of Art de Vivre, Ventana Fine Properties’ luxury properties and lifestyles publication, features a custom home in Troon Fairways. We‘re also showcasing properties in DC Ranch, Desert Mountain and other nearby neighborhoods. Our next Food Truck Event will be a ‘happy hour’ on June 17th, 5-730 pm. Please join us for live music, cornhole games and more delicious food! We also invite you to stop by our office for a visit anytime, you’ll find us friendly and helpful. See you soon! Thank’s for reading -

Highlights: ART DE VIVRE

John Birsner

June 2016


5 Featured Associate & Cover Home 7 Ventana Programs & Services 8 Upcoming Events 9 Guest Contributor: Joan Fudala 12-13 Showcase Home 14 Featured Properties 19 New Condominium Homes




Guest Contributor Joan Fudala

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MAY 2016

Presented by Fletcher Wilcox - Grand Canyon Title Agency




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The number of pending MLS listings under contract where escrow has not yet closed (78) as compared to (72) in the prior year month





Median sales price this month was $649,000 as compared to $775,000 in the prior year month






There are (607) active listings this month as compared to (522) in the prior year month. There is a 11.2 month supply of homes




The average cumulative Days on Market, (188) for sales which closed this month compared to (178) the prior year month


There are (664) active listings this month as compared to (629) in the prior year month. There is a 7.3 month supply of homes




The number of pending MLS listings under contract where escrow has not yet closed (44) as compared to (42) in the prior year month

The average cumulative Days on Market, (125) for sales which closed this month compared to (151) the prior year month

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The number of sales which closed this month, (54) as compared to (39) the prior year month






The number of sales which closed this month, (91) as compared to (83) the prior year month






Median sales price this month was $698,000 as compared to $700,000 in the prior year month


(60%) of listings closed with a sale rather than expiring or being canceled as compared to (62%) the prior year month




(56%) of listings closed with a sale rather than expiring or being canceled as compared to (55%) the prior year month

Information from the Cromford Report

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PUBLISHER: John Birsner ART DIRECTOR: Gary Whitten MARKETING: Annalisa Fox

Published monthly by Ventana Fine Properties Circulation 10,000+ DC Ranch / Market Street Commons 20865 N. 90th St, Suite 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 (480) 538-2124 No part of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher.

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

~ Jim Valvano

Meet Lori Lori has a BBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York where she grew up. Prior to her career in real estate, Lori worked for Deloitte and Touche specializing in International Tax, and then owned and operated her own tax practice. Lori comes to Ventana Fine Properties with the experience that includes a successful career as a Sales Associate for Coldwell Banker, Pinnacle Peak Lori Sposi

Realty and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, and two years as Designated Broker of

Resort Living Realty. Lori prides herself in honesty and hard work to help clients meet their real estate goals. Not only does Lori have a passion for Real Estate, she also has an extensive background in the home building and remodeling business. Her experience and diversity brings invaluable insight into every transaction.

A SHOWCASE HOME PRESENTED BY LORI SPOSI 25836 N. 104th Way, Scottsdale 85255

Troon Fairways Lot 1-107

Gorgeous custom home with views of Troon Mountain and Pinnacle Peak. Featuring a cooking lover's dream kitchen with Thermador Gas cooktop and double convection wall oven, custom hood vent, 6ft side by side Sub-zero refrigerator/freezer, and large island, brand new Italian wood tile throughout, natural stone bathroom finishes, premium windows, doors and hardware, viga pole beams and columns, solid mesquite front door, 3 fireplaces, entertainers patio with built in BBQ, heated pool and spa, Canterra stone pool decking, artificial grass, out door shower, large master features private entrance and patio, office, also with private patio, lime stone steam shower, huge walk in closet, and stunning views of Troon Mountain, over sized garage with room for 4 cars and lots of storage. 4 Bed 3.5 Bath 4,156 Sq Ft MLS# 5359874


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Helping Families with Children to break the cycle of Homelessness... In Operation since 2000, Family Promise-Greater Phoenix has provided more than just shelter for families. For the past 16 years, the programs at Family Promise have helped over 800 families. These programs have enabled families to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The Vision of Family Promise is a community of whole and healthy families. At Family Promise, we give families the tools and training to care for their children, find employment and housing, and become independent and successful. We strive to provide a safety net for children and their families before they drop into a cycle of endless shelters, loss of school attendance, unemployment, family instability and foster care. Family Promise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, independently affiliated with a national organization founded in 1986 and comprised of 200 affiliates in 46 states ( Family Promise operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and only serves families with children. More than 60% of our clients are children.

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Ventana Programs & Services RELOCATION SERVICES:

Moving to a new location brings opportunity, as well as the excitement of a new adventure. Relocating usually means moving in the direction of fulfilling hopes and dreams. However, the transition from departure to destination can be challenging, and, if not handled properly, can affect the benefits of the move. At Ventana Fine Properties, we go all out to take the stress of the move off of the relocating family to us. Regina Buzzello, Ventana’s Director of Relocation, is committed to excellence in serving corporate clients and their relocating families. Regina earned her CRP® designation in 2015, enhancing her experience in the corporate world, professional training, and knowledge of the mobile workforce culture. Learn more about our services by calling our office or visiting:

SENIOR LIVING Ventana Fine Properties offers unique, personal and distinctive services for members of the baby-boom generation, as well as those choosing a senior living transition. Lifestyle changes associated with this time of life occur for a myriad of reasons and harbor great expectations of the future. At Ventana Fine Properties, our valued clients are like family whom we honor and respect as we work toward a smooth transition in what may be one of the most emotional and anxious chapters of life. With Ventana Fine Properties, this season is met with the utmost understanding, compassion and esteem. Learn more about how we can assist by calling our office or visiting:

NEW HOME NEIGHBORHOODS New homes in the DC Ranch area include neighborhoods such as Windgate Ranch by Tolls Brothers, Princess Enclave by Ryland Homes, Villas Altozano by CalAtlantic Homes and Line K at Boulder Mountain Estates by K. Hovnanian. There are also many custom homebuilders that offer quality products in the area. Learn more about area new home options by calling our office or visiting: Bart Mahrer | REALTOR® Associate Broker


New Loft Style Condominiums from the high $400s

Upscale Living in Downtown Scottsdale Two bedrooms, Den, Balconies, Courtyards, Attached 2 Car Garages 3 Floorplans - 1375 to 1565 sq. ft. Only 12 homes available.

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Neighborhood Happenings Dive-in Movie

Every Friday in June 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Location: Desert Camp Community Center, 9260 E. Desert Camp Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

What better way to spend a summer night than poolside with an outdoor movie? Splash around with friends and watch a popular family-friendly movie on a theater-sized screen. Bring food, blankets, towels, pool toys, and summer spirit to add to the fun! Snacks and candy will be provided by the Community Council. For more information about Dive-In Movies, contact the Community Council at 480-342-7178

Food Truck Friday – Happy Hour!

6/17/2016 5:00PM – 7:30PM Location: Ventana Fine Properties, 20865 N. 90th Place, Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Join us for Food Truck Friday - Happy Hour! For more information and to RSVP for your 1/2 OFF discount meal coupon, visit or call 480-538-2124.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Happenings McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Pastfinders Presents... 6/28/2016 5:30PM Location: Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street , Scottsdale, AZ 85258 The Conservancy and the Field Institute have been working with the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) at Scottsdale Community College for many years. John Weser, Professor of Biology at SCC will be our evening speaker. He will talk about what the center has been doing and the long history of CNUW, MSC and the city of Scottsdale working together. John will also tell us the Brown’s Ranch Tall Pot planting project. Please RSVP to For information about this and other events, visit

Scottsdale Happenings Old Town Farmers’ Market

Now through 6/25/2016 7:00AM – 11:00AM Location: The parking structure located on Brown Ave. between 1st and 2nd Streets

This lively market features local growers and specialty food producers. Be ready to find a wide variety of organic and pesticide free produce. Enjoy a plethora of seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, free-range beef, free-range eggs and local cheeses. You can also choose from the selection of freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jams, picadillies, and tamales. Stop by for these and more of the great local foods you’ll find at the Old Town Farmer’s Market! For more information, visit

Free Concerts at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Now through 7/3/2016 Times vary. Location: 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Come and enjoy free concerts every Sunday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair for the lawn to enjoy your favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are $2 each, and children under three ride free with a paying adult. Food will also be available for purchase. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale is the most unique park of its kind in the country. The railroad park is open daily. For more information, visit

Scottsdale ArtWalk

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Every Thursday 7:00PM – 9:00PM Location: Downtown Scottsdale - Main Street from Scottsdale Rd. west to Goldwater Blvd., and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd. to Fifth Ave.

The 40-year tradition of Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening in galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale. Once a week, the galleries extend their hours and show off the work of outstanding artists. ArtWalks typically feature show openings, artist demonstrations, food samplings and more! For more information, visit


Scottsdale at 65 – A Young City in a Very Old Place By Joan Fudala

As cities go, Scottsdale’s a mere youngster as 65. Despite its youth, the city, its residents and businesses have quite a history of accomplishment since incorporating in 1951. Just a few milestones that got us to today: Archaeologists and Native American communities trace the human history of Scottsdale back at least 8,000 years when Archaic people seasonally hunted around the McDowell Mountains. Riverine Hohokam people farmed areas near the Salt River; Upland Hohokam settled in the Pinnacle Peak area some 2,000 years ago. Modern day Scottsdale began with completion of the Arizona Canal across undeveloped and sparsely populated Salt River Valley in 1885, spurring settlers and speculators to acquire farmable land along its route. U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott and his wife Helen were first to homestead here in 1888. From 1888 to 1950, Scottsdale was a farming community. Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa became incorporated municipalities, but Scottsdale Scottsdale’s first Mayor, Malcolm White (far left) and members of the remained fiercely independent, relying on its close-knit residents, faith Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce promoted Scottsdale to visitors and groups and civic clubs for town governance and programs. residents as “The West’s Most Western Town” at the time of incorporation World War II introduced thousands of service members and war in 1951. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Historical Society workers to the climate and opportunities of the Salt River Valley. Merchants realized Scottsdale needed infrastructure to support the expected influx of new residents and businesses after the war. The Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce formed in 1947, promoted tourism and held dances to fund paving streets. The chamber held public hearings to discuss the merits of incorporating as a town, and its volunteers circulated incorporation petitions. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors declared Scottsdale incorporated as of June 25, 1951. At incorporation, Scottsdale’s population was 2,032 on less than one square mile – primarily the “Old Town” area of Scottsdale. County Supervisors appointed five Scottsdale residents to the Town Council: Malcolm White (Mayor), Mort Kimsey, Jack Sweeney, E.G. Scott and Bill Miller. Miller resigned during the first month when he moved outside town boundaries; George “Doc” Cavalliere was appointed. Cavalliere had spent much of his youth working on cattle ranches and digging water wells in the Pinnacle Peak area, and later ran Reata Pass and Greasewood Flat Western-themed restaurants. During 1951 the town hired Hurley Pruitt as Town Marshal, enacted a criminal code, contracted with Rural Fire Protection Company, passed a zoning ordinance, drew up a street paving plan and erected town limit signs. In 1952, the town leased rooms at the Rural Fire station on the corner of Brown Avenue and 2nd Street as the Town Hall. Scottsdale’s first Town Clerk was Virgie Lutes Brown, granddaughter-in-law of pioneer Scottsdale businessman E.O. Brown. She and her husband Alvin “Cotton” Brown had spent many hours at the Brown’s and D.C. Ranches when those were working cattle ranches. Determined to maintain Scottsdale’s cachet and control its future land plan, the town began annexing land in all directions. By 1960 Scottsdale had grown to 10,000 residents living on 5 square miles; in 1984, with a final large annexation north to the Tonto Forest, Scottsdale grew to its present size - 185 square miles. Population in July 2014 was 224,800. Thanks to citizen involvement and innovative publicprivate partnerships throughout the last 65 years, Scottsdale, its residents, visitors and businesses have many points of pride: the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt Flood Control Project, the Civic Center Mall, a comprehensive General Plan, an aestheticallysupportive sign ordinance, the Scottsdale Airport/Airpark, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and countless others. Happy 65th anniversary, Scottsdale! We’ve come a long way, but the best is yet to come! This 1954 aerial of Scottsdale shows the incorporated area surrounded by farm fields.  The center circle marks the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback roads at the Arizona Canal.  Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Historical Society

Joan Fudala is a Scottsdale-based community historian and author of seven books about Scottsdale’s history and people. Joan has served on numerous board and commissions, focusing on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, arts and culture and human services.

To find out more about Joan’s books or contact her for a speaking event:






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Spectacular Mountain Views in Stylish Custom Built Home in Carefree 37608 N. Pima Rd. Carefree, AZ 85377



Spectacular, PRIVATE, One of a Kind, Stylish & Sophisticated Custom Build home in highly desirable Carefree. Situated on an elevated premium lot at the end of Pima Rd with no road noise & incredible unobstructed mountain views. This magnificent residence showcases custom architectural details with elegant and modern amenities. Offering nearly 5,000 square feet, this spacious home has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms including a spacious guest casita. The open gourmet kitchen features Sub Zero and Wolf stainless steel appliances that include double-ovens. Kitchen opens to a large family room with sliding doors opening up to the resort style back yard. The elegant dining room sits just off the kitchen allowing for formal entertaining.

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The impressive master suite boasts an intimate sitting room with fireplace and wet bar. The spa-like master bath features a relaxing soaking tub and separate walk-in shower including an walk-in closet. This home takes backyard entertaining to a whole new level and was truly designed so that one could enjoy Arizona's beautiful weather year round, starting with the large covered patio to enjoy the views.


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Multi-home Luxury Lifestyle Living

''Home of the Golden Sunset'' Paradise Valley Estate with two luxury homes. This is multi-home, luxury lifestyle living at its finest. From the intricate details floor to ceiling, you will notice Cantera fireplaces and door surrounds; travertine,






intricately placed throughout. The main home is 5,757 sq ft with a master bedroom suite, a secondary bedroom suite, an upstairs bedroom quarters, and three additional bonus rooms. The main house has a 4 car garage, with additional storage. The secondary home is 2,148 sq ft with a dual master floor plan, three patios, a private, secured backyard, along with a 2 car garage.

6 Bed 5 Bath 7,905 Sq Ft MLS# 5353273 $2,999,000

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An absolute rare find, this incredible, meticulously maintained, elevated gated equine luxury property in North Scottsdale includes a beautifully designed custom residence with guest house and custom 4-stall barn on over 5 lush landscaped acres. Picturesque windows capture the lush grounds, fruit orchard and amazing views for entertaining with a large pool, several patios with covered and outdoor seating, large grassy area and high end BBQ/EVO/outdoor kitchen. Beyond is an incredibly equipped pristine barn with 4 oversized stalls, tack room, feed room, turnouts, private 5000 gallon well and much more. Surrounding amenities incl. multiple pastures and a large arena all with incredible views of four peaks.


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DC Ranch - Courtyards at Desert Parks 18650 N. Thompson Peak Parkway 2063, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Elegant & immaculate 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhome with separate den located in the gated DC Ranch community of Courtyards at Desert Parks. Ground floor entry with garage leads to beautifully appointed second floor living. This light, bright open floorplan includes stunning VIEWS of the McDowell Mountains from almost every window. A neutral color palette and upgraded finishes include slab granite, stainless Viking appliances and warm wood cabinetry. Experience picturesque VIEWS from the spacious balcony and enjoy the sunrise and sunset; watch while the mountains change color to a majestic purple every evening. This beautifully landscaped luxury neighborhood offers a community pool/spa and is located in the heart of DC Ranch; steps away from the McDowell Mountains, Village Health Club and Spa, Silverleaf, Homestead Community Center and the Gateway Trailhead. Live the DC Ranch lifestyle with access to all DC Ranch amenities.




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The Power of Our Networks Local Expertise | International Exposure

Through memberships in two of the most prestigious networks of independent real estate firms in the world, Leverage Global Partners and Luxury Real Estate, Ventana Fine Properties provides maximum marketing exposure for your listing, reaching a larger, global demographic. Between online and print eposure, along with the power of personal connection, we utilize the most innovative strategies offered in real estate today .

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Art de Vivre Magazine - June 2016  

Luxury Properties & Lifestyles / Real Estate Magazine for Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree and Greater Phoenix.

Art de Vivre Magazine - June 2016  

Luxury Properties & Lifestyles / Real Estate Magazine for Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree and Greater Phoenix.