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- Located on iconic Elm Street
3815 E Elm Street, Phoenix Nestled in the heart of Arcadia Lite on iconic Elm St, this newly built home boasts high-end finishes by renowned designer Rafterhouse. The 5 bed, 5.5 bath floor plan is perfect for entertaining; entrance level features oak hardwood floors, 3 beds, 3.5 baths and office. Kitchen is highlighted by Wolf and Subzero appliances, custom hood, dual dishwashers and butler's pantry. Lower level offers 2 additional beds with ensuites and game room with natural light from the slider leading to the walkout patio. Finished with a sparkling pool and outdoor BBQ to experience the best of AZ's indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Luxury at every turn brings the benefits of a two-story home while maintaining the charm of a one-story exterior, all in a highly sought-after location. For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 602-524-1030 or send me a DM on instagram: @Chrissy.Heller
- America's Pastime in Arcadia
Giants Spring Training is Off to a Great Start at Scottsdale Stadium Scottsdale's home team, the San Francisco Giants, kicked off their 2024 spring training season on February 24 against the Chicago Cubs. This weekend you can catch a game on Friday afternoon against the Texas Rangers at 1:05 pm or on Saturday against the San Diego Padres at 1:05 pm. The Giants are one of 15 teams who play in the Cactus League. Founded in 1947, the Cactus League has blossomed into a baseball fan's paradise, with 10 ballparks hosting Major League Baseball teams. The Giants will host a total of 15 games at their home ballpark in Old Town Scottsdale. Located at Drinkwater Boulevard and Osborn Road, Scottsdale Stadium is in the middle of scenic downtown and a short walk from a wide selection of restaurants, clubs and galleries. Be part of the excitement and witness Old Town "turn orange" before and after each game as Giants fans flood the streets. Inside the stadium, fans are treated to one of the best facilities in the Cactus League. Good food, great views, friendly fans, and the coveted spots on the grassy hill beyond the center field make for a classic spring training experience. Upgrade your experience with tickets to the Charro Lodge in right field, where your VIP access will give you admission to the game, an outstanding view from shaded, patio-style seating overlooking the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen, and complimentary food and beverages. Visit SpringTraining.com for tickets. Check out the schedule below and make your plans to savor baseball in the sunshine (or shade if you prefer)!
- First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...in what school are you going to enroll your child?
My husband and I moved into the Arcadia Light neighborhood when our oldest daughter turned one. We were excited to grow some roots, meet our neighbors and explore all the amazing shops and restaurants in the area. As a Realtor, and mom, my days were about Sesame Street in the mornings, fitting errands in between naps, having at least one fun outing a day and trying to organize real estate showings or meetings around my husband's schedule. Our kid-friendly outings might be an hour at the Scottsdale Civic Center library (amazing for littles I must say), or the Phoenix Zoo, or a walk down to "the blue park". My new parent responsibilities required things like making sure her plate had multiple food groups, that juices were being watered down, play time was creative but also academic...my mind was spinning and life was FULL. "Parenting" took "Adulting" and cranked it up 3 notches. However, I felt like I was (basically) on top of everything. So, imagine my surprise when one beautiful afternoon, my daughter and I were playing in the front yard and we met the nicest neighbor. She was on a walk with her youngest daughter who was about the same age as mine. I was THRILLED to find a playmate that lived right down the street. I was in mid-mental celebration when she asked me which school my daughter was going to attend. Did I hear her right? I thought she was confused so I clarified that my daughter had JUST TURNED one. But, she wasn't confused. She knew what she was asking. She was talking about pre-school. She had two older children as well and this wasn't her first rodeo. Here's what you need to know. Preschool is something amazing. It's similar to daycare, only with an academic curriculum. They start teaching your child...everything. How to play, how to have friends, how to sit in a circle, how to line up. They also teach colors, animals, sounds, tell stories, sing songs. Your kiddo can go once a week, 5 days a week or anything in-between! But, there are limited pre-school locations, and many of them have waiting lists. This is practice (of sorts) because when your child gets to primary school, there are many options to be considered and most of those have waiting lists as well. Let's start with PUBLIC SCHOOL: Arizona has an Open Enrollment policy for students attending public schools. Open enrollment refers to the opportunity for students to apply for admission to public schools that are outside of their designated school district boundaries. This allows families to choose schools that best fit their children's educational needs and preferences. Here are some key points about open enrollment in Arizona: Interdistrict Open Enrollment: Students can apply to schools in neighboring districts or any other district within the state. Intradistrict Open Enrollment: Students can apply for admission to schools within their own district other than their assigned neighborhood school. Application Process: Parents or guardians interested in open enrollment typically need to submit an application to the desired school or district during the designated application period. Availability of Space: Acceptance through open enrollment may depend on available space at the desired school. If there are more applicants than available seats, the district may use a lottery system or other criteria to determine admissions. Special Education Considerations: Students with disabilities have the right to participate in open enrollment, and districts are required to provide appropriate accommodations and services as outlined in federal and state laws. Impact on Athletics and Extracurricular Activities: Students who participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities should be aware of any eligibility requirements associated with open enrollment, as these may vary between districts and schools. It's important to note that while open enrollment provides families with more options for choosing schools, admission is not guaranteed and may be subject to various factors, including space availability and district policies. For specific information about open enrollment in a particular district or school in Arizona, it's best to contact the district directly or visit their website for detailed guidelines and application procedures. (Shameless plug: The best way to attend Hopi elementary is to live in district. I can help you find the perfect home for your family in bounds if this is a priority for your family. Let's look at pocket listings!) CHARTER SCHOOLS and PRIVATE SCHOOLS are also options that are in high demand. Often times families consider a move to a different school when the grade level maxes out at their current school. For example, if a school is K-5th, then they will need to transfer to a different school for 6th grade. Please know that there is no guarantee that your desired school will have a space for your child/children at that point. Suddenly you are at a place in your child's education where it is important to you that they "get in" and the principal or director of the school points out that "the best way to be accepted to our school WAS to enroll when your child was in pre-school". Similarily, I am aware of a middle school that begins in 5th grade. The best way to enter that school is to apply for the 5th grade year...EVEN THOUGH you may be happy with your current K-5th grade school. You may think that you'll finish out 5th grade at the current school and the apply to middle school for 6th...but there will be very little opportunity for that because the school will have already filled it's classes. Applying/entering the school(s) of your choice in the grade they are first available is your best bet. Circle back to my original point, planning out a path so that you can get into your desired preschool, grade school, high school etc., may need to begin right after Sesame Street...during the first nap of the day. As crazy and stressful as that sounds, really, I like to think that we are fortunate because we have not only the choice, but MANY excellent options in our community and valley wide. We have the opportunity to custom fit our schools to our children's needs and interests. Here are some links to schools in the area. (This list is in no way inclusive of all the options. Be sure to ask around to learn even more.)
- Steph's Spotlight: Savor the Flavors of the Best Premium Meats: Arcadia Meat Market in Phoenix, Arizona
Nestled in the heart of Arcadia Lite, lives one of my favorite local purveyors of the best premium meats available, Arcadia Meat Market which stands as a beacon for meat lovers and culinary enthusiasts alike. With its commitment to quality, community, and exceptional taste, this local gem has become a cherished destination for those seeking premium meats and a delightful shopping experience. Arcadia Meat Market prides itself on sourcing the finest meats from trusted suppliers, ensuring that every cut meets the highest standards of quality and flavor. From succulent steaks to tender chops and savory sausages, their selection is a carnivore's dream come true. Whether you're planning a weekend barbecue, a family dinner, or a special occasion feast, Arcadia Meat Market has you covered with an array of options to tantalize your taste buds. What sets Arcadia Meat Market apart is not just its exceptional products, but also its unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer expert advice, share cooking tips, and help you find the perfect cut for any recipe or occasion. Their passion for great food and genuine hospitality creates a welcoming atmosphere that keeps customers coming back time and time again. Beyond its commitment to quality and service, Arcadia Meat Market is deeply rooted in the local community. They proudly support local farmers and producers, championing sustainability and responsible sourcing practices. By prioritizing relationships with nearby suppliers, they ensure that every purchase supports the local economy and reflects their values of integrity and transparency. In addition to their stellar meat selection, Arcadia Meat Market also offers a curated assortment of gourmet provisions, including artisan cheeses, specialty sauces, and handcrafted seasonings. These carefully chosen offerings complement their meats perfectly, providing the ingredients you need to elevate your culinary creations and impress your guests. Whether you're a seasoned chef, a backyard barbecue enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates good food, Arcadia Meat Market invites you to experience the difference that quality makes. Step inside their inviting storefront, take a deep breath of the delicious aromas, and embark on a culinary journey that's sure to delight your senses and satisfy your cravings. In the vibrant tapestry of Phoenix's culinary scene, Arcadia Meat Market shines brightly as a beacon of excellence, integrity, and flavor. With its commitment to quality, community, and outstanding service, it's no wonder that this beloved local establishment has earned a place in the hearts and stomachs of food lovers across the Valley of the Sun. So why wait? Treat yourself to the best that Phoenix has to offer and discover the magic of Arcadia Meat Market today. Your taste buds will thank you!
- Discovering Unique Gifts and DIY Fun at Jade & Clover: An Arcadia Small Shop Highlight
Are you searching for a delightful destination to satisfy your craving for unique gifts and creative experiences? Look no further than Jade & Clover, nestled conveniently next to Postino Wine Bar and La Grande Orange in the heart of Arcadia Lite. Today, we're shining a spotlight on this charming boutique and its captivating offerings. Jade & Clover is a treasure trove of fun gifts, boasting a plethora of unique selections that are sure to bring joy to both the giver and the recipient. Personally, I have a soft spot for their adorable cards, each one brimming with personality and charm. But the excitement doesn't end there. Step into their plant bar, where the magic of creation awaits. Here, you have the opportunity to craft your own botanical masterpiece. Choose from an array of planters and terrariums, select the perfect succulent or plant, and let your creativity soar as you adorn your creation with colorful sand and whimsical decorations. Whether you're planning a solo visit or a group outing, Jade & Clover offers an experience tailored to your preferences. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make a reservation for a special occasion. Imagine celebrating a birthday with friends or enjoying a romantic date night, complete with the option to bring your own beverages. Plus, with pricing as reasonable as $30 for a personalized creation, indulging in this creative escapade won't break the bank. Prefer to host your own DIY party? Jade & Clover has you covered with their traveling terrarium bar, bringing the festivities directly to your doorstep. It's the perfect way to gather friends and family for a memorable bonding experience without leaving the comfort of home. While the store itself exudes charm with its carefully curated decor and whimsical ambiance, don't overlook the inviting patio. Take advantage of Arcadia's beautiful weather as you relax and unwind amidst the lush surroundings. Jade & Clover is more than just a shop—it's an oasis of creativity and joy waiting to be explored. Whether you're in search of the perfect gift, craving a hands-on DIY experience, or simply seeking a serene escape from the hustle and bustle, this beloved Arcadia gem has something for everyone. So why wait? Embark on your own adventure at Jade & Clover today and let your imagination bloom. You can find more info on Jade and Clover at their website https://jadeandclover.com/. Head to @arcadialiving.com on instagram to check out a video about the shop.
- Discovering Luxury Living in the Heart of Arcadia Proper's Hilker Estates Neighborhood
4131 N 51st Place, Phoenix AZ Situated in the prestigious Hilker Estates neighborhood, at the heart of Arcadia Proper, this alluring home boasts the quintessential charm of an Arcadian Ranch. It features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a split primary bedroom offering stunning views of the pool and Camelback Mountain. Additionally, there is a fifth room which serves as a very large bonus room complete with an en suite bathroom and a walk-in closet, offering the flexibility to be used as a fifth bedroom if desired. The recently remodeled pool enhances the home's appeal. The kitchen has been updated with sleek quartz countertops and high-end Monogram stainless steel appliances, adding to the luxury and convenience of the home. It also includes a spacious three-car garage with a tandem spot opening into the backyard, providing convenient access. Positioned on an expansive lot over 20,000 sqft, the property offers plenty of room for potential expansions. The house has been meticulously updated, including a recent re-underlayment of the roof, ensuring its excellent condition and readiness for immediate move-in. This property represents an incredible opportunity to enjoy the best of Arcadia living, combining nearby conveniences with the serenity of a distinguished neighborhood. Adding to its allure, the location is a short walk from Hopi Elementary School. It's also conveniently close to the esteemed Arizona Country Club and just a short ride from the vibrant shopping and dining scenes in Old Town Scottsdale, including the Scottsdale Waterfront, Fifth Avenue Shops, and the upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square. For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 602-456-0065 or send me a DM on instagram: @Morrison_Team
- Welcome to Arcadia Create's Latest Development
4218 N 45th Place, Phoenix Welcome to 4218 N 45th Place, Arcadia Create's latest development. This Modern Coastal home is generously appointed with designer finishes throughout. The thoughtful 3,960 square feet floor plan features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a Junior Primary suite, and a loft space with a kitchenette that is an entertainer's dream. The chef's kitchen boasts an oversized reeded island, a large walk-in pantry, and Thermador appliances. Sweeping views of Camelback Mountain and the Preserve make this lot one of a kind! Estimated completion March 2024. For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 480-612-3553 or send me a DM on instagram: @Stephanie.Tarr
- Jingle All the Way with Camelback Fire Department: Engine 60 Spreads Christmas Cheer in Arcadia
Spread the holiday joy with Camelback Fire Department Engine 60 as it brings festive cheer to the Arcadia neighborhood this Christmas season. This fully-restored classic fire engine has been transformed into a winter wonderland on wheels, adorned with Christmas decorations, and is making its way through the charming streets of Arcadia and Scottsdale. Our own Devonshire Street in Arcadia Lite had the pleasure of hosting Engine 60, creating a magical Sunday night for families. Kids had the exciting opportunity to try on real firefighter gear and explore the intricacies of the decked-out engine, providing the perfect backdrop for cherished family photos. Hailing all the way from Wisconsin, Engine 60 may be loud and not the most comfortable ride, but the joy it brings is unparalleled. The owners share that driving this festive fire engine is an experience filled with fun and excitement. Looking to add a unique touch to your celebrations? Camelback Fire Department offers Engine 60 for rent, catering to birthday parties, foam parties (ideal for Arizona summers), or even providing the thrilling experience of being a firefighter for the day. For more information, visit camelbackfire.com or follow them on Instagram at @camelbackfire.
- 56th St. Improvement Project
The drive down 56th St. in Arcadia is a pretty one with views of Camelback Mountain views and beautiful homes. Now, the city is going to make this Arcadia street just as enjoyable for pedestrians and bicyclists. The 1.5 mile stretch along 56th St. from Camelback to Thomas will get a makeover. The build out includes includes new 12 foot wide multi use paths, raised medians and intersections and more street lighting. The areas along Veritas Prep and near Lafayette and Exeter will also get landscape buffers separate the street from the new path for added safety. Full design is still in the planning stages, but construction on he project is starting in 2025. The first phase will extend North of Indian School to Camelback, and the second from Indian School to Thomas Road. This is just another way Arcadia is leaning into the urban lifestyle and I think every resident is here for it.
- Scottsdale's Nocturnal Delight: Where Ambiance Meets Appetite
Indulging in a mid-week pizza craving is practically a ritual for my husband and me. This time around, we decided to break away from our usual spots and embark on a culinary adventure at Night Owl in south Scottsdale. Brought to you by the masterminds behind the Arcadia dive bar, Little Woody, Genuine Concepts has graced south Scottsdale with the captivating Night Owl. The name itself pays homage to an owl logo that adorned the walls of The Little Woody building – a gem worth exploring if you haven't already. Stepping inside, we were greeted by a mesmerizing blend of vintage skateboards adorning the walls and lively arcade games, setting the stage for a unique dining experience. However, the pièce de résistance for me was the expansive patio – a haven of comfort with ample seating, cornhole games, and strategically placed TVs, ensuring endless entertainment. The menu, an eclectic mix of libations, caught our attention with a tempting array of cocktail options. Though we were in the midst of a workday, we opted for a more modest selection, settling on classic beer-battered French fries, wings, and the Pineapple Express pizza – a delectable twist on the traditional Hawaiian, adding a spicy kick to the mix. Night Owl boasts 18-inch pizzas, with a gluten-free option available for those with dietary preferences. The culinary delights don't stop there; the establishment generously offers specials, such as a $10 lunch combo and a tantalizing pizza-and-bottle-of-wine deal for $35, exclusive to Mondays and Tuesdays. Additionally, savvy patrons can partake in their rewards program, reaping $5 for every $100 spent – a delightful bonus for frequent visitors. With its dynamic ambiance, both indoors and outdoors, and an array of mouthwatering dishes (with the pizza stealing the spotlight), Night Owl seamlessly weaves itself into the fabric of Scottsdale's culinary scene. A splendid addition, indeed! For more information and to see their menu, go to nightowlaz.com.
- The Perfect Friday Night : The Vig Arcadia
As a mom juggling the responsibilities of raising a family and navigating work life, Friday nights are a sacred time for my family and me. One of our favorite haunts in the vibrant Arcadia Lite neighborhood is none other than The Vig – a place that has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of our community. The grass area on the patio at The Vig serves as a magnetic force that draws families like ours. It's a haven for the kids, providing a space where they can run around, release their pent-up energy, and make lasting memories with their friends. Meanwhile, us adults get to savor the delightful combination of good food, fine wine, and the company of our neighbors. Speaking of good food, The Vig has undoubtedly cracked the code when it comes to pleasing both discerning parents and their little ones. The mac and cheese, a perennial favorite, is a dish that has received the stamp of approval from both generations. The crispy sweet potato and regular fries are my daughter's Lola, go-to. For me, the brussel sprout salad or shrimp tacos are the epitome of culinary delight. The menu's versatility ensures that everyone in the family, from my husband Joey with his penchant for the mac and cheese topped with succulent pork, to my son Grey who can't get enough of it, finds their perfect match. Friday nights at The Vig offer more than just a gastronomic journey – they are a sensory feast. The live music on the patio creates an ambiance that is simply unmatched. With strategically placed heaters and misters, the patio is a year-round haven for those seeking to enjoy the cool Arizona evenings. The menu, a symphony of flavors, is constantly evolving, keeping us excited to return and discover what culinary delights await us. The icing on the cake is the happy hour from 4-6, a golden window where great drinks and snacks come together to elevate our experience. The Vig Arcadia is not just a restaurant; it's a communal space, a hub where friends and neighbors come together to unwind and connect. For those seeking a more intimate setting, the inside of The Vig is equally enticing. The full bar, complete with ample seating, sets the stage for a perfect date night. The attentive staff ensures that whether you're outside, enjoying the liveliness of the patio, or inside, reveling in a more intimate setting, your experience is nothing short of exceptional. The Vig Arcadia has become our haven – a place where we can slow down, savor the flavors of life, and build lasting connections with our community. If you haven't made The Vig a part of your Friday night routine (or any night for that matter), it's time to discover the magic that unfolds when great food, live music, and warm company come together in the heart of Arcadia Lite.
- 56th St. Deli: A Sandwich Lover's Paradise
There's a hidden gem tucked away on 56th Street & Indian School that has been quietly winning the hearts (and taste buds) of locals and visitors alike. Welcome to 56th St. Deli, where the art of sandwich-making reaches new heights. Crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and premium deli meats come together to create a harmony of textures and tastes that dance on your palate. The bread, a crucial component, is more than just a vessel; it's a canvas that enhances the overall sandwich experience. The Art of Customization: Your Sandwich, Your Way At 56th St. Deli, they understand that individual preferences vary, and that's why the art of customization is a cornerstone of their service. Whether you're a fan of a hearty stack of pastrami or prefer a lighter, veggie-packed option, 56th St. Deli is ready to cater to your taste buds. Personalize your sandwich with an array of condiments, cheeses, and spreads to create a culinary masterpiece tailored to your liking. Recommendations From a Local: Time & What to Order My go-to order is always turkey on white bread whereas my husband always goes for the roast beef. Grab a bag of chips to go with it and you’ve got an easy, cheap, but oh so satisfying meal. I recommend getting there before 11:30AM on a weekday to avoid the rush.