Contemporary Home in the Cliffs of Tucson

A contemporary home in Arizona was custom-built to blend in with the surrounding desert and foothills of the Catalina Mountains.

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This Arizona custom house is owned by Cary Marmis, 70, a retired real-estate developer, and his wife Fern.The home includes roughly 25,000 square feet of living space.A major reason to build the home as he did, Mr. Marmis said, was to create a venue large enough to host charitable events. He says the home can accommodate several hundred guests for a sit-down dinner.

Though the architecture is contemporary, “we really softened [the design] to fit in with the environment,” Mr. Marmis said.The design was influenced by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work echoed the kind of natural aesthetic he and his architectural team wanted.

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One of the most impressive things about the home, Mr. Marmis said, is the views. In the north lie the Santa Catalina mountains, and from the south, the home offers views of Tucson.

The home was listed in 2008 for $22 million as a 20-acre property with a different brokerage. It was taken off the market in 2009 and re-listed in December 2011 for $15.9 million. The home is now listed for $15.9 million with Nikki Halle at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Distressed Home Sales in Tucson, Arizona

There is a new emerging trend in the mix of distressed home sales versus non-distressed sales in the recent months. Distressed home sales have created an impact on the Arizona housing market.

A distressed property, or what is being marketed as “short sales”, is a home that has a mortgage which a homeowner can’t afford to maintain. Instead of foreclosing, the lender agrees to the sale of the property for less than the loan balance. Because of the lesser value selling price of distressed properties, it creates a downward pressure on properties values on surrounding areas. Purchasing a distressed home is more appealing for a home buyer’s standpoint due to the lower pricing, however the process can be more complex and longer.

Here are trends for distressed vs non-distressed residentail property sales for Tucson:

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What Does It Mean?

According to the article of, “the data above seems to indicate that we are seeing a shift in the Arizona marketplace with a greater percentage of residential transactions being non-distressed sales, with conditions in place for this trend to continue. If so, it would be good news for the continued improvement of local housing including price stabilization and appreciation.

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Strong Bond for Girl and Dog with Type 1 Diabetes

Tucson, AZ – Eight year-old Madalaine Hembraugh and her foster dog, Petey are living proof that the unconditional love of a dog can be an amazing source of strength and resilience for its owner. They each have Type 1 diabetes and have formed a bond that is helping to heal both.

The one-year-old Terrier-mix Petey came to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as a stray dog. Petey was very skinny, and was barely alive with a severely injured back leg that had to be removed.

After months of treatment at the HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Petey went home with Madalaine and her mom Dr. Karter Neal, veterinarian and Medical Director of the HSSA, to recover in foster care.

Madalaine and Petey test blood sugar levels each night together. Madalaine uses an insulin pump and gives Petey her excess insulin.

“It has really helped. It’s nice to have someone else who has diabetes living here,” says Madalaine.

When Madalaine was diagnosed five years ago, she was the only one in her school with diabetes. Today, six in her school have it.

“She is teaching Petey that you can live a normal life with diabetes, says Dr. Neal. “It’s amazing to see how they have responded to each other.”

Dr. Neal cautions to look out for the following signs in your pet as symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which is most common in canines: increased urination, drinking of excessive amounts of water or sudden weight loss.

Founded in 1944, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is a nonprofit charitable organization, funded solely by donations and the services they offer to the public. It does not receive government funding. It stands on its own and saves the lives of thousands more animals than all other agencies in southern Arizona combined.

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Expansion plans for Tubac Center of the Arts

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According to a center official, the planned expansion of the Tubac Center of the Arts (TCA) could boost tourism when it provides a new gallery for featuring shows of well-known local painters such as Hugh Cabot, Ross Stefan and Dale Nichols.
TCA Treasurer of Board of Directors Dave Bouchein said a fundraising drive has already been started with a goal of $700,000. Thanks to one-on-one talks with donors and through bequests from two estates, $355,000 has already been raised.

“We really want it to be of the artists of this area so we can collect and present the art work of the artists who made the Santa Cruz Valley and Tubac what it is today,” Bouchein said. “We think we’re going to draw a lot of people for that. People have heard of these artists in the past and come and ask where they can see it. There is no place to see it now.”

About 3,400 square feet will be added to the present 5,800-square-foot building. The $700,000 goal will cover for the construction costs of about $560,000 and $140,000 will be added to the endowment fund to pay for operating costs. The art center already owns the land on which the expansion is planned, Bouchein said.

Since it was built in 1972, the TCA has had two additions, which include the Smith Gallery currently used for displaying art. It also has a stage for performing arts and a space in the rear of the building that is used for storage and office space.

According to Bouchein, the art center’s storage space is getting cramped. But with the expansion, the receiving and shipping for the frequently changing art shows will have more area. The small kitchen for volunteers and the aging restrooms will likewise be replaced.

Also included in the new plan are a workshop and lecture hall, meeting room, art reference library, and more office space for employees and volunteers. Handicapped access will be added outside and the front landscaping and signage will be improved.

The schedule calls for the fundraising drive to conclude at the end of May and for groundbreaking to happen in November.

Presentations to the public showing the floor plan will be shown on March 9 and March 14 at 9 a.m., or March 11 at 4 p.m. at the art center.

Tubac is known to be a haven for artists and aspiring artists. It is an ideal residential area for those who adore the arts. But even if you are not artistically inclined, there are many reasons to invest in Tubac real estate. New homes in Tubac are growing in number. The art community of Tubac has a friendly and comfy atmosphere, where anyone will feel right at home. So live in a stylish, comfortable, convenient and energy efficient Tubac custom home built only by Dorn Homes—the most reliable among home builders in Tubac.


Ski Valley opens earlier than expected thanks to winter storms

Tucson, AZ – Last week’s winter storms left Mt. Lemmon covered in over two feet of snow. Thanks to the Friday winter blast, Ski Valley officially opened for business. For skiers and snowboarders like Matt Russell, the weekend started a little early.

“An epic day at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley,” said Matt Russell.

Thirty plus inches of snow on top of a 14-inch base is not a bad way to open up Ski Valley. These conditions easily made for a busy day on the slopes. Everyone felt like a little kid in the snow—from seasoned snowboarders to first timers.

No one expected Tucson’s winter escape to open up this early in the season, but all the snow made it possible. Of course, the business owners are not complaining.

“Definitely good for business, right before holidays to open this early this year,” said area manager Graham Davies.

The Friday sun didn’t warm things up too much, but that’s the way the skiers like it. When it was time to call it a day and head back to snow-less Tucson, Tucsonans were not too disappointed. After all, Ski Valley is just an hour away and the snow’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

With the Ski Valley just an hour away, snow-loving Tucson folks definitely have a lot to be happy about. Tucson’s accessibility makes it an attractive location and it should not be surprising that more people want to own homes in Tucson. If you think a Tucson home fits your lifestyle, get in touch with the most reliable among home builders in Tucson. Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, builds Tucson new homes that are stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient.


ATCA Hike Club to Commemorate Long Trail

On Nov. 10, 2011, the Green Valley Hiking Club will help honor one of the longest trails in the country through the Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure or ATCA.

The Arizona Trail Association, which helps maintain, protect and promote the trail, has encouraged groups including cyclists, equestrians, runners and hikers to participate this fall by choosing from among 43 passages along the scenic route that stretches more than 800 miles from Mexico to Utah.

Begun in 1988, the route was the dream of Flagstaff teacher Dale Shewalter. Businesses and individuals have donated time and money over the years to make it a reality. It’s nearly complete and encompasses local ranges like the Santa Ritas, Huachucas, Rincons and Catalinas.

With about 450 members, the club has hiked all of them and many more in their storied history here.

They have gathered each Thursday morning for nearly 30 years to car pool to trail heads in 25 mountain ranges all over Southern Arizona.

They have nine hikes set for the celebration at various locations along the Arizona Trail. According to Hikemaster Dan Schroeder, most of them are on the east side of the Santa Ritas and some are in the Catalinas, Rincons and Canelo Hills.

Schroeder said, “It’s our way of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state.”

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