Category Archives: Arizona

Colorado River water: Arizona, Nevada and Mexico face first-ever cuts

Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will be required to take less water from the Colorado River for the first time next year under a set of agreements that aim to keep enough water in Lake Mead to reduce the risk of a crash.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation activated the mandatory reductions in water deliveries on Thursday when it released projections showing that as of Jan. 1, the level of Lake Mead will sit just below a threshold that triggers the cuts.

Arizona and Nevada agreed to leave a portion of their water allotments in the reservoir under a landmark deal with California called the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan, which the states’ representatives signed at Hoover Dam in May.

Source: Colorado River water: Arizona, Nevada and Mexico face first-ever cuts

Check Out the Kingman Visitor Center Website for Everything Kingman

Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66 & one of the hidden treasures of Arizona, is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for “Route 66 and Beyond.” Scenic hiking, historic charm, great cafes and restaurants, and the allure of Route 66 combine to make Kingman a remarkable destination.

Source: Kingman AZ Visitor Center

We like Kingman Arizona. I first fell in love with this area in 1995, and moved just a short year later. We still get mail in Kingman, and our official address is there, but we reside way out where Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies.

Check them out for upcoming events & activities. Then come and get your kicks!

Home Prices Gain in Second Quarter

We have a great need for housing in Mohave County. Prices have risen to “bubblicious” levels once again. Most who grew up here can no longer afford to own a home. No relief yet…

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Home prices in the second quarter continued to rise in the majority of housing markets across the country.

Ninety-one percent of 178 metros tracked saw home price gains in the second quarter, according to the latest report from the National Association of REALTORS®, released Wednesday.

5 Priciest Markets in Q2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., metro area: $1,330,000 (median existing single-family price) San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.: $1,050,000 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif.: $835,000 Urban Honolulu, Hawaii: $785,500 San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.: $655,000.

5 Lowest Cost Markets in Q2

The five least expensive metro areas in housing in the second quarter were: Decatur, Ill.: $97,500 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio: $107,400 Cumberland, Md.: $117,800 Binghamton, N.Y.: $119,300 Elmira, N.Y.: $119,400.

The national median existing single-family home price was $279,600 in the second quarter, up 4.3% from a year ago.

Ninety-three of the 178 metros tracked saw price growth of 5% or more. Ten metro areas posted double-digit increases, mostly in more modestly priced markets like Boise City-Nampa, Idaho; Abilene, Texas; Columbia, Mo.; Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.; and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J.

Tight inventory conditions, particularly at lower price points, are prompting home prices to accelerate in several markets, notes Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

Source: NAR: Home Prices Post More Gains in Second Quarter | Realtor Magazine

Arcosanti today – the lost city

There’s a giant contradiction in the middle of the Arizona desert: an experimental city designed for thousands that now contains only a few dozen inhabitants.

For nearly five decades, a group called the Cosanti Foundation has been working to build a city that would inspire a new future of urban design. Today, the project is only 5% complete.

Called Arcosanti, the city was envisioned by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, whose dream was to create an advanced urban laboratory where everyday activities could be powered by Earth’s natural resources. Soleri dubbed his vision an “urban implosion” — referring to design that would promote density and reduce sprawl by eliminating cars and roads. (Ironically, the easiest way to reach the development in the Sonoran Desert is by car.)

Instead of light bulbs, rooms would be illuminated by the sun’s natural rays, and instead of air conditioning, vegetation would provide natural shade.

Source: In Arizona, the Arcosanti desert utopia has become a kind of commune – Business Insider

We drove by without stopping one time. It’s in a beautiful area, but not much has changed over its’ 50 year history. Check out the article…

Land Special of the Week

Wow! I love this one…

Parcel 129, Hillside Dr. – Stagecoach Trails – $55,000 with Well!

Rare prime 40 acre piece at 3,200 foot elevation, east of Alamo where the desert is at its’ prettiest. With a well!

What a sweet 40 acre parcel at Stagecoach Trails. A true desert gem, loaded with giant Joshua Trees, Saguaros, Juniper and so much more. Very private, secluded, literally next to miles and miles and miles of government lands. Big views.

A wash along the western border is full of interesting places to explore, rock boulders, and I saw a variety of animal tracks. It’s so fun to roam this property.

Lush with all kinds of vegetation, rich in wildflowers; it’s like a desert forest. Has a well (not too common here,) so water is no problem.

The well was recently tested um, well, but will need a new pump/piping etc. though, not yet installed, only cased. I have a quote for new pump etc from A1 Well in Kingman, call me for details. Static water level is 375 ft, total well depth 530 foot (cased.) 5 inch diameter casing. Good water here, tastes delicious.

Land has a basic dirt driveway (rough) gets you off the road and back to your desert hideaway.

Please don’t come to see it unless ready to buy, as you’re guaranteed to fall in love. It could be dangerous. (You have been warned!)

Glorious starry nights & wide open spaces splendid with Hualapai, McCracken & Mohave mountain views*Professionally surveyed, staked* 100% water and mineral rights included.

Dirt roads are association maintained, so it’s heavenly for off road enthusiasts.

Check out the nearby Peace Trail for a true back road Arizona adventure. See Alamo Lake for great bass fishing, just down the road on the quiet side of the Lake.

Come and join the wonderful community of Yucca, Arizona where the Grand Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran sky.

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Short Term Vacation Rentals Divide Sedona Residents

Julieanna Bottorff has lived in her quiet Sedona neighborhood for 20 years. A deer path that runs behind her house and across the street was regularly trafficked by wildlife.

Then a developer moved in across the street and ripped up the path, she says. The developer plans to build as many as five 6,000-square-foot homes to be used as short-term rentals, neighbors say.

The once quiet street is now punctuated with the steady noise of construction. The move comes as residents of the tourist hotspot grapple with the consequences of a two-year-old state law that restricts how cities and towns can regulate short-term home rentals advertised on websites such as Airbnb or VRBO.

On Wednesday, more than 150 people attended a city meeting. The Sedona residents grilled state Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, about how the state plans to address the law’s consequences.

Among them: investors moving into neighborhoods to buy up multiple homes, vacation renters driving up housing costs and the changing neighborhood dynamics.

Several homeowners supported the recent law that allowed vacation rentals to flourish in Arizona. They spoke about how the short-term rentals made it possible for them to pay their mortgages.

Source: ‘They killed our city’: Locals feel helpless as vacation rentals overrun Sedona, Arizona

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We have had an Airbnb, and have also used them. The problem is in the popular areas many can become just modern day flophouses.

Personally, I feel that the property owners’ rights to full use and enjoyment should never be infringed, but rather any control of property use is best left to the individual, or past that,  a small carefully supervised HOA or better yet neighborhood council.

Once we get to the municipal level, the rules get more ridiculous, and the monies wasted in trying to enforce the new laws just end up creating more bureaucracy (which taxpayers have to fund, defeating the whole exercise.) Continue reading Short Term Vacation Rentals Divide Sedona Residents

Land Special of the Week

Stagecoach Trails Parcel 2396 – 80.3 Acres

$129,900 & Owner May Finance

Rare find, an 80.3 acre parcel bordering literally thousands of acres of Federal Land at Stagecoach Tails. Right up close and in the Hualapai mountains for extreme big views, and cooler summer temps*Rock boulders, 3,200+ ft elevation.

Clear milky way nights, and endless views of the valley, Hualapai, Mohave, and McCracken Mountain ranges. Loaded with high desert vegetation: So many Saguaros, Juniper, Palo Christie trees, Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Cholla, Beavertail, Century Plants, Red Barrel Cactus, and a zillion wildflowers.

The perfect spot for a secluded self sufficient home.Amazingly private and beautiful. Rolling, sloping in spots, with so many wonderful places to explore. Your own piece of the Hualapai Mountains right there*In an area of producing wells.100% Water/Mineral rights*

Can be accessed from the north or the south. A good part of the property is mountainous, but with 80+ acres there are plenty of great locations for building your dream solar home, or your personal getaway. The northern access is easiest. Professionally surveyed and staked, all corners marked*

I barely moved from the Northwest corner. Daytime temperatures are high right now, and I need to get over there earlier. Hopefully, I can get some exploring done soon, and I’ll update with more pictures.

Definitely check this beauty out!

Directions:

From Kingman: I40 Exit 25 (Alamo Rd.) Alamo to Mile Marker 23 left on Coyote which quickly turn right to Yucca to Appaloosa, right 1/4 mi to the NW corner, where Appaloosa ends. Note survey stake. Property is 1/2 mile to the South, and 1/4 mile to the East. (Big!) Lake Havasu City/California Exit 20 Santa Fe Ranch Rd. to Alamo first.

Looking up the hill. Property is 1/2 mile ahead and 1/4 mile to the left in this shot. This is looking down approximately the western line.

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