The Houghton Corridor is Expanding!

You may know Civano as a picturesque environmentally conscious neighborhood located on the East side of Tucson between Irvington and Valencia Roads. Not only does it boast tree-lined streets, colorful homes and friendly neighbors, but it has its own club house, pool, coffeehouse and yoga studio. Now a new community will be built on the […]

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Board of Directors; Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Board of Directors; Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Earlier today I attended a meeting of the Tucson Association of REALTORS®. It was my second meeting as a Board Member and my first impression is how dedicated the Board is to its members and the Tucson Community. Most of the discussion is focused on how we can better serve both constituents. One of the […]

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Worldview coming to Tucson!

Worldview coming to Tucson!

Our first tenant of Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park is slated to be Worldview Experience. Located South of Tucson International Airport it will be a welcome addition to the Sonoran Corridor. Headed by CEO Jane Poynter, this high altitude space balloon technology has been used to develop and fly devices for communications, […]

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Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2016

One of Tucson’s longest and most enduring events is our annual Gem & Mineral Show. For a nearly 2 week period, our city is taken over by gem dealers, buyers and aficionados from all over the world. This year there will be 43 venues with 3990 vendors. In fact, the Gem Show is the reason […]

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Fantasy Island Update

Fantasy Island Update

For those of you unfamiliar with this popular biking trail, Fantasy Island is located at the intersection of Harrison and Irvington Roads in Southeast Tucson. It’s on about 3 square miles of State Trust Land, , but the actual trails comprise about 18 miles. The area runs between Irvington and Valencia and is easily recognizable […]

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Buying a Home, Step 2: Search for Homes

Buying a Home, Step 2: Search for Homes

Once you have met with a Lender and know how much you would like to pay for a home, you  are ready to start finding your dream home. If you do not know what area you would like to live in, I strongly recommend you contact a Realtor for help.  They should be able to […]

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Return to Fountain Hills Fair

Return to Fountain Hills Fair

  Last weekend marked the second arts and crafts festival held twice a year by the park at Fountain Hills, AZ.  Only 2 hours from Tucson, it’s an easy day trip, but Rob & I opted to spend the night. It’s a lot of fun to sample the food in Phoenix and we are definitely […]

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Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

Tucson, Vail Home Sales: It’s a Seller’s Market

In Tucson and Vail, Arizona, the current housing market is considered favorable to Home Sellers; what makes it a “Seller’s Market”?  Let’s take a trip back down memory lane and discuss Supply and Demand, Economics 101. When Demand exceeds Supply, the market is favorable to those providing the Supply, whether it be iPhones, cars or […]

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Local Entertainment and Events Calendar

Local Entertainment and Events Calendar

With the holidays at hand, you don’t want to miss any shopping or entertainment event opportunities. Below is an easy way to check in and see what’s happening in Vail and the Tucson area. Vail & Tucson Events   Check in and you won’t miss out!!   Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with […]

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Tucson: The Best Retirement Destination

Tucson: The Best Retirement Destination

In most of the US, when one talks about Retirement destinations, Florida is always the first answer. But if you compare Arizona and Tucson to Florida, Tucson wins, in my opinion. I have a little knowledge of Florida as a retirement destination as I lived there for 10 years. We are approaching our 11th year […]

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St. Demetrios Greek Festival

St. Demetrios Greek Festival

Last weekend marked the 37th celebration of the Greek Festival held by the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road in Tucson. Rob & I usually attend together, but this year I went with my Red Hat sisters which made for a more festive experience. They are a fun group and […]

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How Cloud Road Got Its Name

How Cloud Road Got Its Name

Those of you who’ve traversed Sabino Canyon Road between Tanque Verde and River Road are sure to have crossed Cloud Road. This relatively short East-West road runs from E Calle de Amigos to N. Elena Maria just East of Sabino Creek. Its whimsical name led me to wonder if it fell from the sky or […]

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Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

Where to Eat in Vail, AZ?

One complaint I hear about the Vail area is the lack of stores and restaurants. Vail has one main shopping center on Colossal Cave Road in “downtown” Vail. There is also a “planned” Shopping Center at the corner of Colossal Cave and Mary Anne Cleveland which has not materialized. Of course, I am often asked, […]

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The 6th Annual Dragoon Garlic Festival

The 6th Annual Dragoon Garlic Festival

Today, Rob & I attended one of our favorite yearly events, the Dragoon Garlic Festival. Located off exit 318 of I-10 just East of Benson, what this show lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality. Local vendors come to sell home-made goods ranging from pasta to soap to artwork to specialty […]

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Tucson/Oro Valley/Marana/Vail Mid-Year Real Estate Report

Tucson/Oro Valley/Marana/Vail Mid-Year Real Estate Report

Many of us receive our real estate news from Radio, TV, Newspaper or the Internet and they usually report National Trends. Sometimes there are articles on Arizona or Phoenix, but for Tucson real estate there are limited resources. Each month there is a report in the local newspaper about the Tucson MLS statistics, but that’s […]

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Tucson Fireworks 2015

Tucson Fireworks 2015

One of the most fun things about the 4th of July is the fireworks displays. Not only are the beautiful bursts of color in the night sky glorious to see, but they remind us of how special it is to be an American. Tucson is fortunate to have several locations from which to enjoy these […]

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Houghton Town Center

Houghton Town Center

Many of us living in Vail or SE Tucson have been avidly following the progress of our new shopping center, The Houghton Town Center.  Located on the SW corner of Hougton and Old Vail Road, it’s minutes off I-10.  There’s been lots of speculation as to the stores, restaurants and shops which will be built […]

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

This week Rob & I were treated to a tour of Colossal Cave Mountain Park by Martie Maierhauser. She and her husband Joe have been sole proprietors of the sub-lease from Pima County since 1956. Comprised of Colossal Cave and La Posta Quemada  ( Burnt Station)Ranch, this 2700 acre park has a long history. As […]

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Meet Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo

Meet Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo

This week Rob & I visited Reid Park Zoo’s newest arrival, Nandi, a baby female African Elephant.  Born at 10:55pm on August 20, 2014, she’s the first African Elephant born in Arizona and is she ever cute! While we were there, her parents were schooling her in the art of eating bark off a branch.  […]

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Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Working For Vail: The Vail Chamber of Commerce

Catherine & I recently joined the Vail Chamber of Commerce, representing our business as Long Realty Associate Brokers.  I attended my first meeting today and I have a few observations and comments: Attendance: I was very impressed with the number of attendees. There must have been at least 60 members at the meeting. Commitment: The […]

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Horse Racing at Rillito Park

Horse Racing at Rillito Park

Recently, Rob & I attended the horse races at Tucson’s Rillito Park. A historic racetrack which is the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing, Rillito’s season runs from February through April 12 with Simulcasting Weekends extending to June 6. Founded in 1943 by 4 horsemen- Bob Locke, Jake Meyer, Mel Haskell and J. Rukin Jelks on […]

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Fountain Hills Great Fair

Fountain Hills Great Fair

One of the benefits of living in Tucson is its proximity to Phoenix. From Vail, which is in SE Tucson, you can hop on I-10 and be in Phoenix in 2-2 ½ hrs. This past weekend Rob & I attended the Fountains Hills Great Fair. This suburb is about 20 minutes Northeast of Scottsdale, off […]

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IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

IMPACT of Southern Arizona-Vail Location

Many people are unaware that Vail has its own food bank. It is one of two food bank programs of IMPACT of Southern Arizona, with the other in Northwest Tucson. IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and provides assistance to families and seniors in need in the Greater Vail community […]

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The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

One of Tucson’s longest and most enduring events is our annual Gem & Mineral Show. For a nearly 2 week period, our city is taken over by gem dealers, buyers and aficionados from all over the world. In fact, the Gem Show is the reason Rob & I became familiar with Tucson and ended up […]

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America’s Boneyard: Davis-Monthan AFB

America’s Boneyard: Davis-Monthan AFB

If you live in the Tucson area, you are probably no stranger to the Aircraft “Boneyard” on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  “Boneyard”, of course, refers to the large number of aircraft that sit in storage at Davis-Monthan. The “Boneyard” is under the command of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) , which is […]

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The Gaslight Theatre

The Gaslight Theatre

Whether you’ve  just moved to Tucson or are a long-time resident, a night at the Gaslight Theatre is something you won’t want to miss! Entering their 35th year of operation, the Gaslight Theatre appeals to people from all ages and backgrounds. Surprisingly it originated in Skagway, Alaska in 1977 as the brainchild of a U […]

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J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

J D Ranch: A Popular Vail, Arizona Community

Nestled among the Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains, this  gated Vail, Arizona community offers quality homes in a neighborhood where pride of ownership is evident. It’s located off I-10 at the Hwy 83/Sonoita Exit. Drive one-half mile to Mokes Mile, take a right then your next right on Davidson and you’re there! Opened in 2004, […]

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Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

Vail Art Fair and Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival

One of the most entertaining aspects of living in Tucson is the abundance of arts and crafts shows. Today I attended two of my favorites. The Vail Craft Fair is held at the Pima County Fairgrounds. It’s a local event where you are likely to see your neighbors and co- workers.  The bulk of the […]

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Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane…

Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane…

This past weekend I took my first parachute jump at SkyDive Arizona, in Eloy Arizona.  The reactions I have gotten when they learn about my jump fall into three categories. “Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane (Are you crazy)?” About 75% of the comments. “I jumped last year when my (Husband, […]

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Why We Love Tucson

Why We Love Tucson

There is no place quite like Tucson, Arizona. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, unbeatable weather, endless activities, and a great selection of restaurants for every palate, it is easy for anyone to fall in love with the Old Pueblo. The home of the University of Arizona, Tucson is a great […]

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Rancho Del Lago, A Master Planned Community

Rancho Del Lago, A Master Planned Community

Rancho Del Lago is a “Master Planned Community” located in Vail, AZ.  A Master Planned Community (MPC) is one in which there are multiple subdivisions created by several Builders.  Rancho Del Lago is the only MPC in Vail, however, Rita Ranch is an MPC located in Tucson but is also part of the Vail School […]

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Rancho Del Lago: In the Beginning

Rancho Del Lago: In the Beginning

Arizona Springs I In 2001, KB Homes built the first home in Rancho Del Lago. It was located in Arizona Springs I, which is near the main entrance. From Rancho Del Lago Boulevard, take a left onto Oxmoor Valley Road or Diablo Creek Drive.  There are about 193 homes in Arizona Springs I. By 2003, […]

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Rancho Del Lago Goes West!

Rancho Del Lago Goes West!

After the successful sale of the homes in Arizona Springs I and The Oasis, builders followed the advice of Horace Greely and went West (Horace actually said, “Go West, Young Man, Go West…”). Development of the lots to the West of the Pantano Wash began in 2004. Overlook At Rancho Del Lago DR Horton built […]

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Rancho Del Lago Adds Luxury Homes

Rancho Del Lago Adds Luxury Homes

As reviewed in our last post, the initial development of Rancho Del Lago started in 2001, near the existing Clubhouse and west of the Pantano Wash. In late 2002, homes were started in Wingview, a Luxury, Gated community and in 2003, the Rancho Del Rincon subdivision opened with acre lots and Luxury homes. Wingview Wingview […]

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Rancho Del Lago: The Later Years

Rancho Del Lago: The Later Years

In 2005 and 2006, three new Builders entered the Rancho Del Lago Market; Lennar, KHovnanian & AF Sterling.  Lennar & AF Sterling opened new subdivisions in 2005 and KHovanian opened one in 2006. High Plains Ranch AF Sterling was the first on the scene developing a community called High Plains Ranch. AF Sterling is a […]

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UA Tech Park : Helping Vail, AZ Prosper

UA Tech Park : Helping Vail, AZ Prosper

As one of the backbones of the Vail, AZ community, the UA Tech Park, located at 7762 E. Science Park Drive, houses 40 companies with a total of approximately 6,500 employees including such notables as IBM and Raytheon. The Vail Academy and High School resides there and Tech Parks Arizona has worked with the district […]

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Rancho Del Lago: Final Developments and Today

Rancho Del Lago: Final Developments and Today

A new community, The Bluffs, was opened in 2008 despite the poor real estate market. As one neighborhood expands, the Four Seasons Active Adult Community languishes and the Builder pulled out of Rancho Del Lago in 2008. The Bluffs AF Sterling actually opened their sales office in 2007 and building commenced in 2008. The Bluffs […]

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