Category Archives: Arizona

Land Special of the Week

Here’s an exciting new parcel in our inventory: It’s Block A, Lot 14 in Desert Shadows Ranchos Unit 2. A big 2.35 acres for just $8,995.

Conveniently located off of County Maintained Knox Drive, it’s a quick trip to Yucca and on to Kingman via Apache Rd., or a rolling jaunt via the I-40 frontage Rd. over to Exit 20 & off to Lake Havasu City or California.

Power runs across the front of the parcel, so it’s pretty much ready to add a septic system, and go!

It’s a particularly pretty property with Joshua Trees, Cholla, Ocotillo & many wildflowers. It’s a nice one…

 

Land Special of the Week

Stagecoach Trails Parcel #2488 Gene Autry – Just $24,900

With Grid Power!

This weeks’ land special is the rarest of Stagecoach Trails, one with power! That’s right folks, this one has utility power right to the property.

What’s even more appealing is the reasonable price and the seller is even willing to finance with a strong down payment.

Don’t miss this one, if you need on grid power, look no further.

In every direction there are sweeping panoramic views of the Mohave, Hualapai, and Black Mountains. Near literally thousands and thousands of Federal and State of Arizona Public lands, you’ll have endless explorations, and opportunities to see wildlife, endless Springtime flowers, and stars like never. The Milky Way looks like a dim cloud in the crystalline skies.

Easy access, just 3/4 mile from Mohave County maintained Butch Cassidy, and good access via Association maintained roads.

Come join us in this special place, we call home. You’ll just call it amazing…

 

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Real Estate Update July 2019

The days are getting hotter, but June was nicer than most. Calls and emails have continued at a brisk pace, and we’re seeing many residential sales in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and all of Mohave Valley/Bullhead City. It’s become a sellers market for homes, as we’re seeing an influx of new residents.

Meanwhile, land sales have picked up. The prices are still extremely attractive, but little by little the values are disappearing, and we’re seeing the beginnings of price appreciation in the Yucca area. The sellers here could sure use some relief.

It’s a mixed blessing though. We love our solitude & the remoteness, but it is welcome to see so many new faces. Shhh, don’t tell too many people!

 

 

More Visitors

Well, after leaving the hose on to help water the pine tree, we’ve had quite a show here as all day long visitors come to our real oasis in the desert. We’ve even had multiple visits from as many as 6 javalina.

It’s quite hot here today, already 106 degrees at 11:30 am. We’ll probably try to keep these guys happy for a little while longer, but being on solar, our water is power meaning that we need to run pumps more etc. to keep the flow flowing. We may have to back off a little on the happy oasis.

Meanwhile, we’re quite comfortable in the house as the swamp cooler is doing a marvelous job, and we were all the way down to 68 degrees at dawn.

Morning Visitor

I have a leaky hose. It’s in a bad place in that I would have to shut off the entire water system in order to fix it. It’s not a big leak, and it keeps the wildlife happy as there is always at least a little water.

I keep the hose by a pine tree that was planted 20 years ago this coming Christmas. It’s flourished over the years, not the least because I forget that I’m watering it sometimes, and it gets a healthy extra watering.

Yesterday, I had turned up the water ever so slightly, and then ended up leaving it that way all night. This morning, there was an indented area full of water, and a deer!

Real Estate Update June 2019

We’ve had an extraordinary year, both in terms of rainfall, and also in terms of just nice weather. Instead of suffering through days of 100 plus degrees, it’s been pleasant 80s & low 90s. Everything is so green and beautiful this year.

People have discovered that Yucca is not only an inexpensive destination, but a high quality of life place too.

It’s all meant a big uptick in interest in the Yucca area. We’re putting in long days answering questions ranging from costs of solar systems to wells and septic systems. Between showings, emails, and a steady stream of calls, our days are fully occupied.

Blah blah blah, the travails of a land guy. Anyways, back to work…

Have a great June!

Stagecoach Trails #3357 Flattop Mountain

Update: 6/5/19 Sold! That was quick…

Once in a while, we list a property that’s not only different from the typical parcel here, but is extraordinary. Stagecoach Trails Parcel #3357 is one of those.

Ding Ding Ding! A rare opportunity to own a piece of Flattop Mountain, a local Yucca landmark*Deceiving from the road, this property rises from a magnificent desert arroyo to some incredible vistas and lovely spots, and on to the base of Flattop*

Rolling mini mountains, and the secret hideaways within*A world of it’s own, and an unknown treasure just out of sight*Rugged, rolling, and rocky loaded with character*Starry nights, and beautiful vistas*

Great location, not too far from town, but still loaded with Joshua trees, ocotillo & a wide variety of desert flora*Nice*Flowers everywhere*Giant rock boulders, and quartz outcroppings*Barrel cactus galore, many growing in unique and delightful ways*Hualapai, Black, and Mohave Mountain vistas*

100% Water & Mineral Rights*Flattop towers over all*Geology & topography*Could be a wonderful desert park*This one is so cool, but my wife says we already have enough land*You really shouldn’t wait…


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On This Day in Arizona April 29

 

Monday, April 29

On this date in 1871, six Americans, 48 Mexicans and 92 Papago Indians killed 118 Apaches, mostly women and children, in the Camp Grant Massacre. Twenty-seven Apache children were kidnapped and sold into slavery in Mexico.

On this date in 1898, the first contingent of Arizona Volunteers headed for Cuba by way of El Paso. On this date in 1904, the first meeting of the Arizona Automobile Association opened in Tucson with a parade and a visit to the San Xavier Mission.

On this date in 1913, most of the town of Maricopa was destroyed by an early morning fire.

On this date in 1922, the Globe-Miami-Superior highway opened.

On this date in 1926, Yuma County Sheriff’s deputies raided a dairy farm and found more moonshine than milk. The haul included 200 gallons (757 liters) of liquor, 750 gallons (2,839 liters) of mash, 75 gallons (284 liters) of wine and a 100-gallon (379-liter) still.

Source: Today in Arizona History | Raleigh News & Observer

A homeless man wandered into Kingman one day, here’s what happened

For years, the white-bearded man in the red Santa Claus outfit has been a familiar sight around this isolated high-desert town, his habits so routine people take notice when he’s not there.In triple-digit August heat and on frosty January mornings, he pushes an overloaded cart along congested Stockton Hill Road, his companion toy rabbit riding shotgun, trundling unsteadily between his haunts at supermarkets, fast-food joints and coffeehouses.Who is this character, this man in scarlet, people once asked. Is he homeless? Does he have substance or emotional issues? He seemed harmless, because not once did anyone see him stick out his hand to beg, bother or steal.Eventually, some stopped to introduce themselves. James Zyla, as he calls himself, greeted them in a charming British accent uncommon to rural Arizona. His last name, he said, rhymed with sarsaparilla, a lovely word he’d once used in a poem and decided to imitate. For starters, he’d say, he didn’t like the terms “homeless” or “living on the streets,” and much preferred “on the road.”

Source: A homeless man wandered in one day, and this Arizona town adopted him – Los Angeles Times

Frequent Visitors

Today, we’ll step away from the birds, and look at some other desert creatures that seem to thrive in this ever-changing, and sometimes rather hostile environment.

Coyotes:

We hear them pretty much daily, and sometimes get a glimpse. The leave their scat around the ranch from time to time.

We leave them alone, but the local ranchers here treat them as pests. They do love your pets, so it’s best to be wary. Coyotes are sneaky, they’ll send one to lure your dog, while four more are waiting to trap and corner them. Watch out!

They seem to be fat and happy in the moist years, but scrawny in the drier years, as one would expect. This year, I imagine they are quite happy, as we’re seeing an abundance of rabbits.

Rabbits:

Speaking of rabbits, they really are prolific this year. They’re cute and cuddly when they’re little, but soon they’re eating everything.

The snakes, coyotes, bobcats & Mountain Lions all eat them.

Waiting for a Rabbit snack…

Snakes:

We have a variety here, including some of the deadly kind.

There’s a lot more, but time is short today, so we’ll leave it at that for now.