Tucson, AZ Celebrated National Train Day


Tucson, Arizona acknowledges the 143rd anniversary of the creation of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad by celebrating the National Train Day last May 12, 2012, Saturday, at the Historic Tucson Train Depot, 414 North Toole, Southern Arizona Transport Museum. This free admission started from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There’s no better way to celebrate the National Train Day than by learning operating model trains, real steam engines, real trains, and even experience climbing into the cab of steam engine Locomotor number 1673. The Southern Arizona Transport Museum will also feature bilingual railroad exhibits, Union Pacific’s Diesel Simulator for Operator Lifesaver and even listen for Union Pacific’s Diesels pulling long freight trains. Cakes, goodies from Amtrak, and other forms of souvenirs are available at the gift store of the museum.

National Train Day is a one-of-a-kind train event that will bring the railway to life for those in attendance, as well as those participating online through social media. The people of Tucson can also join the celebration of this year’s National Train Day by sharing their train travel-inspired experiences by submitting photos, videos, and stories at NationalTrainDay.com. Those who will participate can get a chance to win an all-expense paid Amtrak Vacations Rail Package for 2 or 2 roundtrip tickets anywhere in the United States where Amtrak travels or 3 DSLR Cameras with 2 interchangeable lenses!

The event is administered by Amtrak, the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider for 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroad. “This year’s National Train Day will be celebrated with unique exciting and inspiring train travel offers,” said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak Vice President, Marketing and Product Development. See TucsonHistoricDepot.org for more details about the National Train Day event.

With an active, breathtaking community, more and more homes in Tucson are being built in this blooming city and state. For you are not merely purchasing a custom home in Tucson for your family’s future plans, but you are also buying an item that gives you the chance to experience the exceptional natural beautiful places and recreational activities you will discover in Tucson.

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Source: http://www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org/

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Tucson school gets national recognition for anti-bullying efforts


A preparatory school in Tucson gets praised for its efforts against bullying. St. Gregory College Preparatory School is one of just 77 schools nationwide that received the 2011-2012 “Model Mix it Up Award.”

This award is given to schools that are working towards fostering unity, civility, respect and understanding in their school communities.The school won the award with the help of a student organization formed this year called the Peace Ambassadors.

The best thing we can do is add more positivity to our school,” says 7th Grade Student Margo Cramer says. Margo is one of 11 Peace Ambassadors at her school. When asked why she decided to join, she said she knows kids can be mean sometimes. “It feels horrible and I’d rather not have other people, like my friends, feel down about that.”
Throughout the school year the Peace Ambassadors participated in different activities to promote new friendships. Among the activities was a Mix It up Lunch, where students had the chance to work together with peers they didn’t know well.

We know that in a school environment students do better when they feel safe and there’s a sense of well-being and that’s part of our goal here,” St. Gregory Counselor Kim Peace-Steimer says.
If you’d like to learn how to initiate a Peace Ambassador program at your school, you can contact Kim Peace-Steimer at ksteimer@stgregoryschool.org

Surely, friendly schools and communities abound in Tucson, Arizona. No wonder why people flock to this city to build their new Tucson homes and settle down.

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Source: KVOA.com

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.

Custom luxury homes like the one above are many in the sunny state of Arizona! So when browsing for new construction homes in Tucson, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy-efficient. Dorn Homes, the most reliable among home builders in Tucson, strives to provide stylish and energy-efficient custom homes in Tucson and other prime cities in Arizona at a competitive price. We will help you pick the right location for your Arizona home.

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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 longrealty.com, “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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Real Estate Trends in Tucson


 

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Tucson, AZ – The average cost of real estate property in Tucson, AZ dropped to $84 per square foot, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same period last year. The median sales prices for homes in Tucson, AZ for December 2011 to February 2012 was $112,000 based on 2,579 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 11% ($13,900) and the number of home sales decreased by 13.3%.

There are currently 6,090 resale and new construction homes in Tucson on Trulia, including 52 open houses, as well as 5,325 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price of homes for sale in Tucson, AZ was $256,374 for the week ending in March 14, which was unchaged compared to the prior week.

When browsing for new homes in Tucson, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy-efficient. Dorn Homes, the most reliable among home builders in Tucson, strives to provide stylish and energy-efficient custom homes in Tucson and other prime cities in Arizona at a competitive price. We will help you pick the right location for your Arizona home. As a premiere Arizona Custom Home Builder, you can also expect Dorn Homes to work with you, respond to your queries, and help you out in any way we can.

 

Source: trulia.com