Cave Creek Hacienda Value

List Price: $439,900

  • 4 Car Garage
  • Acre Lot
  • Pool/Spa
  • 3 BR/2BA
  • Finished Basement
  • Patios/Decks
  • 2,877 square feet

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Fabulous buy in custom, acre neighborhood. Priced just under Current Appraisal. Spacious, open, territorial estate, with finished basement game-room, high-ceiling living room, huge formal dining room (could also be a family/dining room), and large kitchen offering plenty of living space. Great flow and feel. Large, detached 4-car, 2-door project garage, with lots of storage room, plenty of parking out front. Cool north-south exposure, lots of diffused light & well-positioned skylights. Enjoy desert and mountain views from the many decks and patios. Huge backyard with fenced-in pool and spa, outdoor shower, RV gate. Close-in Cave Creek/Scottsdale adjacent location, cool elevation and quiet of Cave Creek, close to schools, shopping, entertainment, 101 access.PeakView

Rim Club Golf Property- Payson AZ

Imagine living in a gated community on a hilltop surrounded with panoramic views of the Mogollon Rim, pine trees and mountains. As a bonus, enjoy 72 yards of frontage overlooking the 6th fairway of the Rim Golf Course. This home features 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen, wet bar, family room and game room all under 4180 square feet. A Rim Club Golf Membership is included with the sale of this spectacular home. Option to purchase this home fully furnished A MUST SEE! List Price: $1,195,000

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This link is valid until 2/18/2015.Rim Club FP

Stunning Flat- Optima at Fashion Square

Don’t miss this ”one of a kind” completely furnished, end unit in this prime Scottsdale location. Richly decorated and furnished, the exquisitely designed artwork and accessories compliment the custom made furniture throughout this home. Mixing Southwest decor with a Tuscan flair creates a subtle ambiance to every room. The chef’s kitchen with a beautiful custom hand-crafted wood table offers options for formal or casual dining. Open the large glass doors from the Great Room to let the Arizona sunshine in, or for those cooler nights, feel the warmth radiate from the copper enhanced fireplace. The wrap around deck features carefree landscaping with two seating areas to relax and enjoy the warm climate, lush landscaping and community water features….

An outdoor TV and sound system are here to enhance your experience. A sound system center and remotes control the electronics throughout the home. The automatic shades are lowered from one control panel with the touch of a button. The master suite boasts a Leather framed king size bed, custom end tables and bedding, a disappearing TV, wood paneled walk in closet and large master bath. Two large Wood Framed, glass sliding doors open to the office with a built in distressed wood desk and a sitting area for relaxation or reading. Come as you are….all luxuries included and ready for you to move in!!

 List Price: $1,050,000

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This link is valid until 2/18/2015.Optima Out

Caviar with your Valentine?

at Wholesale prices from Beverly Hills Caviar

Caviar with Blini and Crème Fraiche for Lovers:
(Required for a dozen blini: 40 grams Caviar (1.43 ounces-for those, not quite so sure about caviar try a smaller amount of caviar, more crème fraiche), 1/2 cup crème fraiche, 1 dozen pre-cooked Blini-Thawed.)
 *Heat blini at 300 degrees for 2 minutes on a non-stick baking sheet.
*Remove from oven
-Top each Blini with 1 heaping teaspoon crème fraiche
-Top crème fraiche with ½ to 1 teaspoon of caviar.
Order caviar, a package of blini and a Cowgirl Creamery crème fraiche directly from Beverly Hills Caviar-easy! Their Classic Ossetra is a great buy, and their Royal Ossetra is a well-priced splurge!

As a supplier to leading west coast retailers, they already offer the lowest prices and the best quality I could find (lower than Costco’s Holiday pricing), and there quality is top notch.
Beverly Hills Caviar ships free for orders over $500, using their Wholesale web-site pricing, to my clients.
OFFER CODE: johnsfreeship500        (expires Feb 31, 2014)
Use the offer code at checkout after creating your profile for shipping and wholesale pricing. 

If you think you will be a regular shopper, let me know, and I can request that they create a VIP account for you, with a small additional discount.Caviar

Paddling and Rowing in the heart of town!

Learn or train on calm waters: In the heart of the Valley, on the Salt River at Tempe Town Lake, you will find one of North America’s premier flat water training facilities. Visited by competitive rowing teams from cold climates during the winter season, it is an incredible resource for Valley residents.

The City of Tempe also offers some of the lowest-cost, instructional programs in the country for SUP, kayak and rowing, on this smooth body of water, free of commercial traffic.

If you get to the Valley, check it out! If you live at the coast, but didn’t like the idea of learning near a surf zone…no one will know where you got your mad skills.
For information about classes and programs visit:
Tempe Boating ProgramsTEMPE TOWN LAKE LOGO

Bodegas Muga “Selección Especial” Reserva Rioja

A fabulous wine value that pleases traditionalists and hedonists alike. Rich, yet nuanced…how do they do it?
The 2010 is great (You just can’t go wrong with these wines), but the 2009 is sublime, and available here-and-there for the same price ($35-40, either vintage)!
The annual pre-sale and subsequent release of the bulk of Bodegas Muga’s offerings is always a big event for retailers. Very well priced for the level of quality of the wines, Muga always delivers a great bottle, but look for the older vintage!
Muga was founded in 1932 in the town of Haro in the heart of the Spanish Rioja, by Don Isaac Muga. They own 173 acres of vineyards, and purchase about the same from selected vineyards in the region. Torre Muga’s winemaking combines the best of modern viticulture with traditional methods. Their winery is designed to allow gravity flow, yet permit fermentation to take place in traditional giant wooden vats, without resorting to pumping. While production is about 100,000 cases (of which 1/3 is exported), the cellerible offerings (perennially high scoring) are always in demand.
I just tasted a bottle of the Reserva “Seleccion Especial”, and thought it was another solid value for the collector/drinker/lover of good wine. I would encourage you to clean out your retailer!!

This is always a crowd pleaser, and I mean that in a good, inclusive way, where it hits a hot button for any wine lover, not in the ” middle of the road for everyone” way.
Traditionalists will love the well-balanced (read imperceptible, but just right) level of acidity to keep it alive in the mouth, along with the shifting, palate of flavors presented. The lover of giant trophy reds will delight in its dark flavor profile, plush mouth feel, and plentiful fruit and tannin.
With a little time in the decanter, it was a joy right now, but collectors will get the real budget potential from this wine if they can wait 5-10 more years.

The 2009:
In CA, Order it at Mission Liquors for $35.99
or K&L Wine Merchants for $39.99.

In AZ Find it at Total Wine for $38.99 

In NYC, find it atMorrell’s for $42

and you lucky wine people in Texas, try your Total Wine for a bottle at $32.99

(Or, go to Wine-Searcherfor other locations)

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate-92pts “The 2009 Seleccion Especial is sourced from the same blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho (they use the masculine form of the name here), 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo as the Reserva and also from the same zone in the confluence of the Oja and Ebro rivers selected from the geologically older plots, usually in higher terraces where the vines are at least 30 years old. Fermentation is carried out in oak vats and aged in barriques for twenty eight months, initially in new barrels and then transferred to used ones. This is more backward and closed than the Reserva, with a more subtle and elegant nose, a tighter palate, with fine-grained tannins, pungent flavors and great acidity and length. The Reserva’s big brother. 240,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2024. I think the Muga family wines have been going from strength to strength and they are offering superbly-crafted wines from their cellars in the Barrio de la Estacion in Haro. I’ve seen a big change in Prado Enea starting with the 2004 vintage. As it happens, some of their wines are selling faster than they are produced (as they are not necessarily offered in every vintage) and they had no Prado Enea to show. The next vintage will be 2006, but there will be none in 2007 or 2008 and they need to fill the gap until the 2009 is released. The vintage of Torre Muga and Aro on the market is already 2010. There’s no stainless steel whatsoever at Muga, they have kept true to their beliefs, and all their wines are fermented in oak.”Wine Spectator-95pts “Highly Recommended- Powerful yet harmonious, this rich red delivers black cherry, licorice, fresh herb, smoke and mineral flavors that mingle seamlessly over firm, well-integrated tannins, while balsamic-tinged acidity drives the flavors through the long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025.”Stephen Tanzer-93pts “Opaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry and vanilla, with a bright floral accent. Lush and palate-staining, offering intense dark berry preserve and cherry-cola flavors that become spicier with air. Deep and rich but surprisingly lively, finishing with impressive energy and floral persistence.”Bodegas Muga

Still Available! Scottsdale Lock-&-Leave Property

$720,000   2,698 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own the most popular floor plan single level home in highly sought after guard-gated “7600 Lincoln Drive”. This updated home is light & bright w/an open split plan, sitting in a prime location in the back of the community. Enter thru the courtyard and you are greeted by wood floors, cozy fireplace, plantation shutters & walls of glass. The kitchen offers neutral clean line cabinetry, stainless appliances & center island with seating, open to the family room. The master bath boasts newer cottage style double vanities with separate garden tub & shower. The lush rear grounds are an extension of the living rm with patio, new BBQ area & sparkling private spa. 7600 Lincoln also features a great Community pool, Spa & Tennis Courts. Move in ready!

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This link is valid until 2/18/2015Cactus Wren

Paradise Valley Mountainside View Lot- Ready to build!

Opportunity is Knocking! This already permitted and excavated, 2 1/2 acre lot on Mummy Mountain is a remarkable opportunity for someone looking to Invest in Arizona Real Estate or Build the Luxury Estate of their Dreams. The current owners have over $5 Million invested, but are motivated to sell quickly so they have agreed to a huge price reduction. In 2009 GMB appraised the finished Estate at $15 million then did a supplemental appraisal for the lot “as-is” at $5 million. This area of Paradise Valley is surrounded by Mummy Mountain on 3-sides so it is one of the quietest areas in the town. You must walk the property to truly appreciate the Mountain Views by day and the Spectacular City Lights at night. Plans for an Elegant Luxury Estate from renowned Architect Mark Fredstrom are already approved by the town and included. List Price: $1,799,995

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This link is valid until 2/18/2015.MikeLot2