Moving to PebbleCreek from Chicago and the East Coast

By |December 15th, 2017|

I moved to PebbleCreek from the Washington, DC area…  and so, many of my friends, not to mention a brother and a sister, are on the east coast.  Dad still lives in our suburban Chicago hometown.   I am proud of my roots,  deeply established in the rural farming communities that grew up along the railroads in Illinois, […]

Thanksgiving in PebbleCreek

By |November 20th, 2017|

Thanksgiving feels like it is coming REALLY early this year…  there will be almost a full week left of November after the holiday weekend.  And, as a midwestern/East Coast girl, our stunning 80 degree (plus!) weather with blue skies and palm trees is not quite the setting that I associate with the holiday.

And yet.

PebbleCreek is […]

Starting a New Chapter at PebbleCreek

By |November 10th, 2017|

I have yet to meet someone who has made it to 55 without a few battle scars.

By and large, an active adult 55 Plus Community is full of people who are energetic and brimming with life – but behind that energy, hidden just below the surface, is the story that fuels everything:   The difficult diagnosis.  The marriage breakdown.  […]

Attending Open Houses in PebbleCreek

By |October 31st, 2017|

Attending Open Houses in PebbleCreek can be a very pleasant weekend activity and it is a great way to get a “feel” for the community – especially if you plan to have lunch or a snack at one of our restaurants!

If you are planning to spend an afternoon touring open homes, here are some tips […]

Furniture Options for Buyers and Sellers

By |October 10th, 2017|

Whether you are buying or selling in PebbleCreek, furniture is a big, heavy and expensive issue.  When I was moving here from the East coast, I knew most of my furniture was simply not going to work with the Southwest architecture.   So…   most of it was left behind (the moving truck still weighed 2,000 […]

Should I Plan to Write a Check if I Make an Offer?

By |September 26th, 2017|

Believe it or not, you won’t need a checkbook or any immediate cash to make an offer on a PebbleCreek home.

That’s right.  It is typical for an offer to be written, presented and accepted before any money changes hands.

You can expect that your offer on a resale home will include a provision that you will deposit […]

Buy a Home Warranty on a Resale?

By |September 19th, 2017|

Many sellers will include a home warranty as part of their “package” to attract buyers.  However, if a home does not come with a home warranty already in place, the Arizona contract to purchase a resale home forces the questions:  Do I want a home warranty?  From what company?  Am I going to ask […]

Restaurants – The Heart of PebbleCreek

By |September 5th, 2017|

When I was choosing a community, the existence of a restaurant was a deal breaker.   I wanted to know that there was a community gathering place. And, call it my Irish roots, but it was important for me to be able to meet my neighbors over a few drinks and not have to […]

Searching for the Perfect PebbleCreek Home

By |August 19th, 2017|

My advice for today?  Remain Flexible.

Your definition of the perfect home may change during the house hunting process.  Nothing wrong with that!

Generally, the process for choosing a home in a 55 Plus Community is fairly straightfoward:

Choose the climate and region of the country that works for you;
Narrow down the community that feels […]

Visiting Phoenix/Scottsdale Museums from PebbleCreek

By |August 8th, 2017|

So, today is the second Tuesday of the month – the “free” day at the Desert Botanical Garden (that’s the set up right now, I suppose it could change….).  I decided to go.  It wasn’t a first visit – I had been there to see the Chihuly Exhibit and to walk through the gardens […]