REAL ESTATE with Christina Vance
Ready to take on the task of landscaping your pool space? One of my favorite parts of living in Arizona is all the pools! You generally don't realize the importance in the types of trees you use until it's too late. Let's go over a few rules the trees around your pool should follow that will provide minimal upkeep and provide the best aesthetics.
1. Palm Trees
2. Citrus Trees
3. Banana Trees
4. Japanese Maples
5. False Cyprus
6. Floss Silk Tree
7. Fruitless Olive Trees
In addition to trees, potted plants with beautiful flowers are a nice addition. If your pool is in direct sunlight, but sure you have an umbrella that you can move around as well for some afternoon shade while relaxing in the pool.
Is your bathroom small? I work primarily in the Old Town/Central Phoenix area and most of the homes were built in the post war era. These older homes, have loads of charm, but often charm=small spaces. Unless the floor plan has been completely altered and square footage added on many of these homes are between 1100-1500 SF total with very small bathrooms. A change of organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.
I purchased a planner at the beginning of the year with this quote on it - found out in July it was an academic planner and there was no August and beyond -oops! So I now have a new planner, but I still love this train of thought. Wherever you've been planted, don't let your surroundings keep you from blooming. Your surroundings will one day change if you need them to and you work for it, but until then, bloom!
Tips for watching the bats exit their bat cave in Phoenix!
When: May through October, just after sunset. I watched the bats yesterday, according to weather.com the sun set at 7:25 PM and that bats didn't start coming out of the tunnel until around 7:45 - 7:50 PM
Where: NW side of the canal near the intersection of 40th St & Camelback you've got to walk back to the tunnel. We parked at 5080 N 40th St (there are tow signs, so park at your own risk) from there you walk West along the canal until you see a paved path branch off on the right. Follow the path to the tunnel. The tunnel is surrounded by metal gates. The best place to watch is the North side of the tunnel, that is the direction the bats fly in.
What to expect: They were smaller than I expected. They started coming out just one or two here and there. I sort of thought we were going to see them all exit in one humungous group. That didn't happen, but they do swarm a big once they get going.
If you're either new to the area or maybe never really got to know outside of your community, this might be a helpful video.
I first started getting to know the Downtown Scottsdale area when my husband and I decided to buy a condo, furnish it, and run an Airbnb in Old Town Scottsdale. Every time we'd have a new guest check in I would recommend places to go and events in town, and there are lots of them!
I got to know the area so well, we decided we wanted to live there. We sold our house in North Phoenix, moved into our Airbnb while we searched out for our new home which we've now purchased and are still working on renovating. There is so much to do in Old Town that I couldn't possibly list all of it, but a few of my favorite places are on the map above!
For more ideas of things to do and places to go in and around the Downtown Scottsdale area, check out my Old Town Pinterest board by clicking the button below.