Dorn Homes – Creativity, Quality and Commitment

Discover why Dorn Homes remains to be the leading custom and luxury home builder in Arizona.

Dave Grounds, Dorn Homes President and CEO, believes that Dorn Homes rises above other AZ new home builders because our homes “have a soul.” We construct new homes in Tucson, Prescott, Tubac, Green Valley and other parts of South Arizona with their future owners in mind. Yes, that means YOU.

I love people and I love creating things. It (home building) is a great mixcture where we get to serve people and we get to create branad new Arizona homes. – Dave Grounds, Dorn Homes President and CEO.

As a luxury home builder in Arizona, we want customers like you to be truly involved in making their dream home. The design layouts and fixtures in new construction homes in Tucson, new homes in South Arizona and other prime locations are easy to customize to fit your needs and budget. We want the construction process to be a pleasurable experience for you. The Dorn Homes customer service is unmatched by other home builders in Tucson. You can reach us anytime as we make sure that our communication lines are always open. You can even monitor the progress of your home construction through our website.

Our business is more than just about constructing properties. Dorn Homes is also about establishing a strong builder-customer relationship and together we can build your dream home.

Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman

Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

Dorn Homes RoseWater Community

RoseWater Tucson Community Home

Living the good life usually involves a great location and a great home. This is why Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, offers quality Tucson community homes that would enable individuals, couples, families, and retirees to live life to the fullest.

Dorn Homes is a family—and we want you to be part of it. We strive to understand your desires more than any other Tucson home builder. We know how buying a home can make a big impact to your family life, so we work hard to make sure you have all the support and information you need to make the very best choices, every step of the way. Now, Dorn Homes presents another new and exciting Tucson community—the community in RoseWater.

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists, the RoseWater community is located near national forests, mountain trails, parks, and country clubs. What better way to enjoy Arizona’s Tucson than with a bit of outdoor fun that enables families to have a great time together? Picnicking, hiking, biking, and camping are just some of the fun activities that families can enjoy.

Located right at the heart of Tucson, RoseWater community homes have easy access to schools, convenience stores, and farmer’s markets. So why live in inconvenient locations when you can have everything you need right here? So choose RoseWater, choose Dorn Homes. Dorn is the dependable choice for a home builder in RoseWater. Expect that a Dorn-built house is stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient. Trust only the most reliable so that you will make the wise investment that you and your family can truly enjoy.

Dorn Homes Pantano Community

When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

Pantano Community Home in Arizona

Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

Dorn Homes, a great choice as a new Pantano community home builder, only builds tasteful, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient homes that would surely wow anyone as it had wowed past and current clients. This premier Arizona home builder guides homeowners in every step of the home building process.




Arizona’s Experts on Alzheimer’s

Experts on Alzheimer’s

It’s estimated that one in every eight senior citizens in the U.S. has Alzheimer’s disease. What’s being done to research, treat and perhaps one day prevent this devastating illness? We interviewed local experts to find out.

Tucson native Bonnie Clayton-Loewy recalls a poignant moment while helping her dad, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, get ready for a doctor’s appointment. As she was tying the laces on his sneakers, memories flooded back of when she was a child and her dad was teaching her how to tie her shoes. She remembered her father’s patience as he made the loops and taught her how to tie them together. Now it was her time to return the favor.

More than 100 years ago, people with signs of dementia were mistakenly told they had “Old-Timer’s Disease,” a catch-all diagnosis for people with diminishing faculties. In 1907, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, identified the first published case of “pre-senile dementia,” which would later be known as Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia—is the sixthleading cause of death across all ages in the United States.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include significant impairment in memory, cognitive function, and activities of daily living. As of 2011, it is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease afflicts 5.4 million Americans over age 65. That translates to one in every eight seniors. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. Today, nearly one half of adults over the age of 85 have symptoms of the disorder. The proportion of the population with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase in the coming years as more baby boomers turn 65.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is most commonly made by an individual’s primary care physician who generally refers the patient to a neurologist. There is no treatment available to slow down or stop the deterioration of brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved five drugs that temporarily slows the worsening of symptoms.

Still, there are reasons to be optimistic. “The good news is that the future of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and care looks very promising,” says Geoffrey Ahern, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic at University Medical Center. “Researchers around the world are studying numerous testing and treatment strategies that may have the potential to change the course of the disease,” he says.

The news that a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be devastating. Suddenly, the physical, emotional, legal and financial welfare of a loved one becomes the responsibility of his or her family members.

In Tucson and Southern Arizona, families faced with this diagnosis have numerous resources they can turn to.

Debra Anderson, programs manager for the non-profit Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, suggests family members immediately seek out a support group. “Family members can feel isolated, alone and totally consumed with taking care of their loved one,” she says. “It’s important to find a support group where caregivers have the opportunity to share information, advice and experiences with other caregivers.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter offers a 24/7 helpline and information and referral service where callers can receive confidential, personal telephone support with a trained specialist. The chapter also provides family care consultations, support groups and education programs.

And for Alzheimer’s patients at risk, Anderson encourages family members enroll in a “safe return” program, a nationwide identification and education program that reduces the risks associated with Alzheimer’s patients wandering and getting lost. The program provides peace of mind as well as valuable information on home safety and wandering prevention.

The Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), which has been serving older adults and their families since 1967, is an excellent resource for a wide variety of programs, services and benefits, including caregiver services designed for family caregivers who are assisting ailing loved ones with dementia.

“There are a number of top-notch assisted living facilities offering ‘memory care’ in Tucson,” relates Suzy Bourque, a caregiver specialist from PCOA. “Our PCOA caregiver specialists are professionals who can help family members with many issues, including how to find a facility that’s a good fit for the patient as they move through the various stages of the disease.”

A worldwide quest is underway to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because new drugs take years to produce from concept to market—and because drugs that seem promising in early-stage studies may not work as hoped in large-scale trials—it is even more important today to stay healthy, active and connected with family and friends.

Tucson and Southern Arizona have numerous resources for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for family members and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Arizona Region
Desert Southwest Chapter
3003 S. Country Club Road, Suite 209

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
6300 E. El Dorado Plaza, Suite 400

Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway
Helpline: 790-7262

Shine Your Light Tucson
Bonnie Clayton-Loewy, M.Ed.

Tucson Medical Center
Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Program
TMC Senior Services at El Dorado Health Campus
1400 N. Wilmot Road

University Medical Center
Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic
1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Tucson is home to many families who are concerned about the welfare of everybody’s health. Investing in Tucson real estate is indeed wise. Anyone interested to take root in Tucson AZ and is looking for an Arizona luxury home builder should contact Dorn Homes. As the most reliable among custom home builders in Arizona, Dorn Homes has earned not only awards and recognitions, but the people’s trust. Expect to have a stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient Tucson new home when you do business with us.


Help ‘Pack the Park’ Friday for Tucson Hope Fest

TUCSON, Arizona — About 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Hope Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, to receive free medical care, clothing, food and more—and organizers of the event could use some help.

Everyone is invited to drop off donations for the next day’s Hope Fest on Friday. You can bring anything from canned food, to diapers, personal hygiene items, stuffed animals and used clothing.

The “Pack the Park” donation drive is 7a.m. to 7p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. This is the first year the organization is hosting the donation event. Lisa Chastain, founder and CEO of Hope Network and organizer of Hope Fest said, “I’ve never engaged the community to give, to donate an item, so it’s just another way that we engage the community to help.”

The annual Hope Fest will start at 9 a.m. The donations from Pack the Park will be given out all day. At the same time, dozens of local businesses and organizations will provide free services to people and families in need.

Doctors, nursing practitioners and registered nurses will give flu shots and check vital signs, blood pressure and glucose levels. They’ll also perform eye and hearing tests, and conduct HIV and pregnancy tests. People who will attend the festival can have their teeth cleaned, examined and X-rayed, and even have cavities filled.

Because there’s such a huge demand, people who need medical or dental services are encouraged to line up 24 hours in advance at the stadium.

Hope Fest is part of the national Make A Difference Day. For more information go to or call 751-4673.

The active and compassionate community of Tucson is one of the reasons why many homeowners invest in Tucson real estate. There are many families who now happily reside in their homes in Tucson. To fully experience the good life, Arizona home builder Dorn Homes offers amazing new homes in Tucson AZ that are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. You can expect Dorn Homes to guide you in every step of the home building process.


Christmas tree permits available soon

Tucson AZ – The Forest Service is partnering with commercial vendors in Arizona to offer ways for the public to purchase Christmas tree permits. Beginning Oct. 13, Thursday, permits can be purchased in Tucson at Big 5 Sporting Goods store on East Speedway. Christmas tree cutting season begins Nov. 19 and ends on Christmas Day.

Each Christmas tree permit is for a specified cutting area of the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, or Tonto National Forests. The cost of the permit is $15. The Forest Service will grant one permit per household, for personal use only. Officials say some National Forest offices will also sell Christmas tree permits over the counter.
With the holidays just around the corner, households are definitely starting to work on their Christmas plans. And what better way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it at “The Old Pueblo.” Its temperate winters make the Tucson real estate extremely popular among homeowners. Dorn Homes, the best among Tucson home builders, offers it services to build new homes in Tucson for homeowners who want to live the good life. Dorn-built homes in Tucson are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

10 Finalists chosen for ATHENA Awards

Tucson  – From more than thirty nominations of incredibly qualified Southern Arizona women, ten finalists have been selected and will be recognized when the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) hosts the annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

ATHENA honors exceptional woman leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of professional excellence, give back to their communities and, most importantly, assist other women in realizing their full leadership potential.

“Congratulations to all of the nominees and the finalists for the 2011 ATHENA Award,” says Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer of ASBA and a previous ATHENA recipient.  “These remarkable women leaders contribute in a significant way to business and our communities in Southern Arizona.”

The following are the ten finalists for Southern Arizona:

Vicki Began, Vice President of Patient Services and Nursing at UMC. Over the past 25 years in Neonatal Intensive Care, Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration, Vicki has inspired many who, like her, strive to always offer the best, most compassionate care to their patients.

Mary Darling, Owner of Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. Mary has grown Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. into a million dollar, nationally recognized leader in 3D technology.

Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store. Katharine is the only woman nationally to hold both the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification as a PV and Solar Thermal Installer.

Nancy Meech, Founding Partner of Heinfeld Meech & Co PC. Nancy was instrumental in creating and nourishing H&M’s widely known culture. H&M was named to the list of the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for the past four years.

Marylee Pangman, Owner of The Contained Gardener.  Marylee has vast experience in management and relationship building, and over 25 years in the nonprofit world.  She is a previous Editor of Master Gardener Newsletter.

Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President of National Bank of Arizona.  Lesli is the highest ranking woman in commercial lending at National Bank of Arizona in southern Arizona, and one of the senior women in the state, and initiated a formal mentoring program which is being implemented bank-wide.

Mary Rowley, President and Owner of Strongpoint Public Relations.  Mary has grown Strongpoint into one of the leading PR firms in Arizona, expanding her capabilities to include offices in Phoenix and San Francisco.

Dr. Soyeon Shim, Director of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Dr. Shim has managed multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, built a world-renowned academic program, and for two decades mentored students, faculty and staff.

Keri Lazarus Silvyn, Partner at Lewis and Roca LLP.  Keri has practiced in the areas of zoning, land use, real estate and environmental law since 1998.  She is the visionary behind Imagine Greater Tucson and serves as the Chair of its Board of Directors.

Janet (Jan) Woods, Hospital Administrator and Co-Owner of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.  Jan consults with numerous primary and specialty care veterinary hospitals throughout the United States with regard to daily operations, employment law, strategic management, regulatory requirements, finance and marketing.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated; this recognition is highly respected and well-known throughout cities across the U.S. and internationally,” says Davis.

The finalists were selected by an independent selection committee consisting of Judy Clinco, Founder and President of CareGiver Training Institute and the 2010 ATHENA Southern Arizona recipient; Kearin Kasper, Regional Manager for SCF Arizona; Jan Lesher, Pima County Deputy Administrator of Medical and Health Services;  Laura Penny, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona; Kim States, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, and Jackie Thompson, Manager of Community Affairs and Grassroots Corporate Communications for Southwest Airlines.

Just as South Arizona is home to these inspiring women, Tucson is home to gorgeous views and a booming economy. In fact, there are many new homes in Tucson yearly because of this. Dorn Homes, the best among home builders in Tucson, offers amazing homes in Tucson which are of quality, comfort, convenience, efficiency, and style. A Dorn house for sale in Tucson is hassle-free and of money’s worth. Dorn’s homes for sale in Tucson are luxurious to fit the sophisticated lifestyle of Tucson communities.

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Accenture Match Play Championship Tickets Now Available

Accenture Match Play Championship tournament officials announced yesterday the launch of general admission tickets for next year’s tournament, giving fans ample time and opportunity to ensure they have a front-row seat to the February 2012 event.

The top 64 players in the world of golf will return to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for the Accenture Match Play Championship, February 20-26, 2012.

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“The Accenture Match Play Championship is a limited-attendance event,” said Gerald Goodman, executive director. “What we want fans to understand is that since this is such a unique format—we start with 32 matches on Wednesday and end up with a thrilling, head-to-head championship on Sunday afternoon—we limit the number of tickets available in order to ensure the best experience for our fans. You can get so close to the action throughout the week, but we encourage everyone to get their tickets now to guarantee they’re a part of what is sure to be an incredible tournament.”

Below are general admission ticket prices for the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship:

  • Monday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Tuesday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Wednesday – First Round $45, $55
  • Thursday – Second Round $45, $55
  • Friday – Third Round $45, $55
  • Saturday – Quarterfinal $35, $45
  • Sunday – Semifinals, Championship & Consolation Matches $35, $45
  • Weekly Package (Monday-Sunday tickets) $125, $135

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Fans can also take advantage of a special ticket offer that is available only online and includes parking and golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for only $249.

The “Golf Pack” includes two Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the event, one Parking Pass (good any one day) to Lot T3, and two rounds of golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain (Valid Oct. 1, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012).

Tournament officials also announced that they will debut a new general parking lot, located at the base of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine. Fans will have only a 10-minute shuttle ride to the tournament, compared to the 30-minute shuttle from the previous lot, which was on Tangerine closer to I-10.

As has been the case in years past, youth 18 and younger are admitted free to the Accenture Match Play Championship when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Additionally, complimentary tickets are available for all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents. A valid military I.D. will be required at the gate for admission.

The Accenture Match Play Championship partners with the Tucson Conquistadores to be the sales arm and charitable contribution beneficiary of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since 1962, The Tucson Conquistadores have contributed more than $23 million to youth organizations.

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Where to Buy a Home for Retirement: Tucson in Arizona

With housing prices going down, this seems to be the perfect timing for the American to make decisions on buying his retirement house. MSN Realestate reports that:

The historic real-estate crash has created all sorts of opportunities for Americans looking to buy retirement opportunities. Home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas have declined roughly 28% from their 2006 peaks.

And given that real-estate values in many traditional retirement spots — like Florida and Arizona — have fallen even harder than the national average, Americans who are ready to retire are in a particularly favorable position.

New Homes in Tucson, Arizona comes up to be one of the Top 10 Best Homes to Buy for Retirement.

With 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson residents don’t have any excuses for staying indoors. Retirees can hike through the five surrounding mountain ranges, explore a nearby cave, visit a Native American archaeological dig or check out the Center for Creative Photography. The median home price in Tucson declined 14%, to $150,000, from the second quarter of 2009 to the same period of 2010.

Being a major city in the Arizona Sun Corridor, Tucson is an ideal place for new homes to be built especially for people who like Southern living but in a populous metropolitan area. The number of homes in Tucson is continuously growing because of the many activities this city offers.

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