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Cachet targets Gen X buyers with design-oriented condos

A new generation of Arizona homebuyers have a different set of priorities in mind when selecting a new home. Location remains the No. 1 factor, but the HGTV generation is increasingly seeking homes that are not only architecturally unique but also stylishly designed leading a number of Valley developers to make Elle Decor-worthy interior design and planning an integral part of new developments. Pioneering this trend is Cachet Homes, Arizona’s leading luxury homebuilder, which has implemented a trendy yet timeless design scheme into their latest condominium offering in the North Scottsdale area, Monterey Ridge.

“Today’s Gen X and Y consumers are incredibly savvy homebuyers who want dynamic stylish living spaces with premium finishes,” said Matt Cody, CEO of Cachet Homes. “At Monterey Ridge, we collaborated with the best local design and architecture talent to create luxurious, convenient and modern homes that this demographic is proud to entertain in and call home,” he said.

Developing for the next generation isn’t just making sure living spaces are Instagram-ready with the latest design trends. With so much pent up demand in the market, condominium buyers are ready to buy- but they’re selective. From grand entryways to separate wings for entertaining and sleeping, artistic design touches and subtle mood lighting, Monterey Ridge showcases some of the most unique property specifications on the market with 144 single-level condominiums ranging from 1,091 to 1,870 square feet.

“It all comes down to lifestyle,” Cody said. “The Pinterest generation leads a completely curated lifestyle – from their clothes, to their cars, to their gadgets and now to where they live, everything must be representative of who they are and who they want to be,” he said. “With hundreds of award-winning restaurants, thousands of acres of desert preserve offering unmatched sports and recreation, countless holes of nationally-ranked golf, dozens of premier luxury shopping destinations, a number of world’s most-renowned healthcare facilities, instant access to the 101 and 51 freeways and the Scottsdale Airport, Monterey Ridge delivers what this emerging buyer market has been waiting for – convenient, stylish and affordable living with a prestigious address,” Cody said. Being in the heart of the Scottsdale Airpark, a Valley employment epicenter offering thousands of high-paying jobs for upwardly mobile young adults, Monterey Ridge aims to be a smart investment for savvy homebuyers.

For developers looking to cater to the growing Gen X and Y consumer base, finding out what they want isn’t difficult. From social media sites to message boards to comment pages on popular home and design reality TV shows, this is a consumer base that readily broadcasts their wants and needs and likes and dislikes when it comes to designing their dream home.

“The American dream has evolved over the last several generations,” explains Cody. “It’s not the house with the white picket fence these buyers want anymore. They want low maintenance, stylish and move-in ready homes that are primed to host an impromptu cocktail party or self-sustaining enough that the owners can have a weekend away at a moment’s notice,” he said.

“As we developed the latest phases of the project that are now for sale, we looked closely at the fast-paced lifestyle this demographic leads and created spaces designed to cater to their needs,” he said.

Many of the luxuries buyers would expect in a $300K home come standard at Monterey Ridge including slab granite counters, maple cabinets, upgraded flooring, 9.5-foot ceilings, gas ranges, and private terraces and a two-car garage that is connected to the building and accessed via elevator.

Because of this extensive research, planning and out-of-the-box development strategy, Monterey Ridge is attracting a varied North Scottsdale demographic including young professionals, busy executives and empty nesters who are all attracted to the opportunity to live an easy luxury lifestyle in the heart of the bustling North Scottsdale area.

“It’s an exciting time to be a developer in the Phoenix-metropolitan area,” Cody said. “The development game has completely changed, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help pave the way,” he said.

For more information about Cachet Homes and Monterey Ridge or to schedule an interview with Founder and President Matt Cody contact Melissa Rein.

Monterey Ridge is located at 17850 N. 68th Street in Phoenix, 85054. Homes are priced from the low $300s. For more information, visit (480) 356-0179 or www.cachethomes.net/montereyridge.

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Coconut’s Fish Café to open Friday at Scottsdale & Shea

Coconut’s Fish Café will open a new location at 7366 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 110 on Friday June 19. Coconuts Fish Café will be open daily from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. This tasty fish café was founded in 2009 on Maui and local owner Kim Kuhljuergen opened the first mainland location in North Scottsdale in 2013.

Coconut’s newest location will feature an expansive patio, bright and airy interior and the same fresh and healthy menu featuring Mahi Mahi and Ono fish tacos, grilled fish burgers, the infamous “Taco Mountain,” fish pasta and more.

“The success of our first location has been outstanding—and we know there are many more Hawaiian food fans throughout Scottsdale and beyond. We are very optimistic about our future in Arizona,” said Kuhljuergen.

Kuhljuergen first experienced the fish taco bliss at Coconut’s Fish Café’s Hawaii location while vacationing in Maui in 2010.

“From the grilled Mahi Mahi and Ono to the coconut milk coleslaw and mango salsa I had never tasted a fish taco like this in Arizona,” said Kuhljuergen.

Coconut’s Fish Café has won numerous national accolades including a near perfect score from the Zagat Guide, one of the best places to “Eat like a local” from Travel +Leisure magazine and many more.

Kuhljuergen is set to open two additional locations of Coconuts’ Fish Café in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in the next four years.

SAXA and Caliber partner for North Scottsdale office building

Scottsdale-based developer, SAXA, Inc. and Caliber Companies is partnering to develop and build a new 40,000 square foot Class-A commercial office building in North Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2.5-acre site, located within Horseman’s Park on the northeast corner of the Loop 101 freeway and south of Bell Road on Bahia Drive, will be the first new Class-A build in the area since 2009. Groundbreaking for the $7M Bahia 101 project is scheduled for June 1, 2015 with an expected completion date of January 2016.

“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with our lead investor, Caliber, to fulfill rising demand for Class-A office in the area,” said Jim Riggs, President of SAXA.  “The Bahia 101 site, with its proximity to the Scottsdale Airpark business and retail amenities coupled with McDowell mountain views and access from the 101 freeway, makes this site highly desirable as frontage sites in the area are scarce.”

When completed, the Bahia 101 3-story, contemporary office building will be conducive to single or multi-tenant occupancy including technology, medical, corporate headquarters and start-ups. Several purchase and lease options for the building are available: entire building purchase, 3 floors of office condos for sale, multi-tenant suite leasing.

“With lower vacancy rates, there’s a need for new high profile professional office buildings surrounding the Loop 101/Scottsdale Airpark employment base,” said Jim Keeley, Designated Broker of Colliers International. “The delivery of this office building in early 2016 is ideal due to the absorption of space in older buildings that were built just prior to the 2008 recession. Many of these older buildings lack the new technology and conveniences that Bahia 101 will provide.”

The Bahia 101 development project is the newest investment property to be included in Caliber’s private equity fund, the Caliber Distressed Real Estate Income Fund (CDIF). Caliber assists clients in maximizing their growth potential and income through diverse, asset-based investment strategies. CDIF acquires and improves commercial real estate properties, builds community betterment, creates new jobs and widens property ownership opportunities for investors. Key properties acquired and/or renovated through the Fund include the Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale-Riverwalk, Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport, 167-unit Sunrise Apartments in Tucson, 70-unit Mountain View Square Apartments in Phoenix and Baywood Square Professional Park in Mesa.

According to Chris Loeffler, Co-Founder and CEO of Caliber Companies, “We’ve worked with SAXA on previous real estate transactions and feel they hit the timing of this project perfectly.” He added, “We’re excited to add Bahia 101 to our portfolio.  There’s customer demand for the product type indicating multiple bidders for the final product.  We welcome the opportunity to play a role in adding to the North Scottsdale landscape.”

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Troon North celebrates 25-year anniversary

Troon North® Golf Club, located in the high desert of north Scottsdale, is recognizing its 25-year anniversary, celebrating during the month of March and throughout 2015.

With the opening of the Monument Course in 1990, Troon North re-defined traditional expectations of daily-fee golf by offering immaculate course conditions, unparalleled service and by coining the “member-for-a-day” golf experience. To this day, Troon North continues to set the industry standard with 36-holes of world renowned golf. The highly acclaimed Monument Course and Pinnacle Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, consistently rank at the top of every golfer’s must-play list.

Beginning in March, Troon North will kick off its 25-year anniversary celebration, adding several exciting packages, events and special offers that include:

  • Silver Anniversary Golf Package – includes $25 towards Golf, 25% off Merchandise, and 25% off food & beverage in the Dynamite Grille
  • Throwback golf rates – $119.90 online only at www.TroonNorthGolf.com
  • 25% off weekly merchandise specials
  • Special anniversary retail items available in the golf shop – hats, t-shirts, and pin flags

“We are extremely excited to be celebrating 25 great years here at Troon North,” said Mitch Harrell, Vice President & General Manager, Troon North Golf Club. “The golf courses are truly unique and my team and I are honored to be a part of this great facility and its history.”

Honorary 18th-hole pin flags featuring Troon North’s anniversary logo will also mark the occasion on both the Monument and Pinnacle courses along with commemorative, special edition ball markers offered to players for a limited time. 

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Kitchen & Tasting Tour benefits lymphoma research

The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s (LRF) award-winning 3rd annual Kitchen and Tasting Tour is coming to north Scottsdale. Individuals interested in home design, home renovation and who have an appreciation for fine cuisine, won’t want to miss this event. On Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, the foundation will host a self-driving tour where ticket holders will have the opportunity to have an up close and personal look inside of six upscale homes to view remodeled kitchens, sample signature dishes prepared by talented Valley chefs and view beautiful tablescapes. proceeds from the event will support the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.

KTT kitchen photo 2More than 1,400 people were diagnosed with lymphoma, the most common type of blood cancer, in Arizona last year. To raise critical funds for lymphoma, the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s –the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving those touched by lymphoma –Western Region is pleased to present a tour of some of north Scottsdale’s unique homes and entertainment spaces.

“We are excited to host the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s 3rd annual Kitchen & Tasting tour in North Scottsdale. Last year, LRF was recognized for the event’s creativity and fundraising efforts by the Eide Bailly Resourcefullness Awardand the ASID, North Arizona Chapter Quality of Life Award. This year we’re aiming to surpass last year’s tremendous success,” said Linda Allen, Chairperson, 2015 Kitchen and Tasting Tour. “We’re grateful for all of the support we have received for the event and look forward to raising significant funds for life-saving lymphoma research programs.”

To celebrate the tour, a kick-off reception featuring food, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at The Roseo Design Center.  Join the Lymphoma Research Foundation at this much talked about community event. Tickets are limited. To purchase your ticket or for additional information, visit here or call (480) 305-2027.

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Hill Group named Coldwell’s top team

The Hill Group of Scottsdale, sales associates / representatives with Coldwell Banker North Scottsdale office, has been named the top producing team in home sales for 2013 in Arizona with a total sales volume of $36,115,530 for the year. The Hill Group was also named Top Overall Producers in 2013 in Arizona and received Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage “Hall of Fame” status, which is awarded to agents who sell an equivalent of $17.5 million in homes annually.

The Hill Group is comprised of seven agents, Doug and Kirsten Hill, Associate Brokers; Joshua Hill, Realtor and Listing Agent; Andrew Hill, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steven James, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steve Valkenaar, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent and Beth Eastman, Realtor and Transaction Manager.

The Hill Group provides over 40 years combined experience and expertise for their clients in the East Valley and Scottsdale area. Past awards and accolades include ranking among top 1% of all real estate agents in Maricopa County in 2013, top 250 agents by Wall Street Journal in 2010, 2011, #4 among all NRT sales agents nationwide in 2011, and ranked among Top 20 Residential Real Estate Teams by Phoenix Business Journal in 2010.

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Local Youth Honored at Digikids Film Festival

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale recently partnered with the Microsoft Store located at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase young Club members’ excellence in the area of multimedia art as part of the Digikids Film Festival. The program encourages Club members to learn and practice in digital arts, including movie making, music making, and graphic design.

The young honorees and the public got the chance to view their movies on the big screen, courtesy of the Harkins Theatre at Scottsdale Fashion Square. After the movie screenings, the festival moved to the Microsoft Store where a red carpet and awards presentation took place.

Award Winners
Pinnacle High School students Parker Bradshaw and Harrison Mosbaugh, members of the Club’s Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge, both took home “Best Actor” honors during the event for the exceptional work in their branch’s film “Living the Dream.”

Pueblo Elementary student Nhi Tran, a member of the Rose Lane Branch in Scottsdale, was named “Best Actress” for her work in her branch’s film, “Evil Dentist.”

Desert Mountain students Jake Davis and Aaron Fugelberg, members of the Virginia G. Piper Branch in North Scottsdale, earned the “Best Music Video” crown for their “White and Nerdy” musical short.

Rounding out the North Valley-area honorees were Copper Ridge Elementary students Jillian Miller and Samara Hamideh, members of the Thunderbirds Branch in North Scottsdale, won in the category of “Best Stop Motion” for their “Koala Cake” short.

Taking home “Best Movie” honors for their “Prison Break” movie submission during the event was none other than the team from Arcadia’s own Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch, including:
* Christa Palacio, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Diego Davila, 9, of Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center
* Adyson Anaya, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Iliana Morales, 10, of Pima Elementary School
* Kimberly Sierra, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School

In addition, children from the Club’s Paiute Outreach Center in Arcadia were also honored with the “Best Scary Movie” award for their “A Pauite Haunting” short film submission. These honorees are:
* Jasmine Silva, 9, of Tavan Elementary School
* Jhosevetd Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Maria Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Melonie Alvarez, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School
* Jonothan Garcia, 7, of Tavan Elementary School
* Annay Lopez, 11, of Tonalea Elementary School

Taking home “Best Action Sequence” honors during the event was none other than the team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa’s own Lehi Branch, including:
* Thalisie Paukgana, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Anthony Shippley, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Alex Miranda, 11, of Lehi Elementary School

In addition, taking home “Best Sound Effects” honors during the event was the team from the Club’s Red Mountain Branch, also on the reservation, including:
* Victoria Maynard, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Mekkhi Chiago, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Vincent Chiago, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Nate Wood, 12, of Whitman Elementary School
* Jared Wood, 11, of Whitman Elementary School
* Gregorio Martinez, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Alacia Carlisle, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Georgia Carlisle, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Hastiin Reina, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Elisette Hayes, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Amber Dorchester, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Arianna Flores, 11, of Salt River Elementary School

Taking home “Best Harlem Shake” honors, a new award based on the popular viral videos popping up online each day, during the event was none other than the team from Fountain Hills’ own Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch. Dozens of youth members helped plan the “shake” and participated in the video.

Each team of winners will now be entered into the national competition where it will be up against regional winners in all 50 states. National winners will be announced later this summer.
In addition to seeing their work on the big screen, the kids were honored at the event with a Microsoft Store goody bag filled with over $75 worth of items including a lunch pail, sunglasses, store discount cards, games and more.

Club members worked all year to master the skills of digital art through the program. The arts, which develops creativity and cultural awareness through all different types of mediums, is just one of five core areas focused on at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The non-profit organization also promotes leadership development, education, life skills and sports, fitness and recreation through their 100 youth development programs.

“We fully support creativity through technology, and we’re excited to deepen our commitment to the Scottsdale communities by providing technology and resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs,” says Melissa Brewer, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store. “We were so impressed by the grasp youth have today on software tools and technology.”

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. earns distinction

North Scottsdale law firm, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., was ranked among the U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms 2013, in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. NGD has two certified specialists in Bankruptcy Law: Randy Nussbaum and Dean Dinner.

All named partners of Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner — Randy Nussbaum, Gregory Gillis and Dean Dinner — were ranked among U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers in America 2013 (tier 1) for Arizona. Randy Nussbaum and Dean Dinner were ranked for Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law, and Gregory Gillis for Construction Law and Commercial Litigation.

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A New Home And Remodeling Concept Debuts In Scottsdale

When Sytek’s Design owner Charlie Sytek was ready to launch his decorative bio-fuel fire business, LookAtMyFire.com, the only thing missing was a location. But even in a time when the commercial real estate market was upside down, finding affordable space for a young retail business proved difficult. Continue reading