Shopping Malls in the Phoenix Area

For some people, shopping is more than an activity to do for the afternoon; it is a hobby and a way of life. The Phoenix area has so much to offer in way of shopping. From many different stores around the area to vast shopping malls all around the valley, Phoenix has everything you need. Here are some of the great shopping malls around the Phoenix area.

Starting in the East Valley, there are a few shopping malls around that area. Like the Chandler Fashion Center. This mall has 180 stores and restaurants for your needs. Also, around that area there is even more stores including Best Buy and Target. This center has everything you need for your shopping. Also around that area is Fiesta Mall. With over 135 stores there is so much to offer shoppers. Stores like Forever 21 and The Apple Store can get you everything you want in one stop. Also in the east valley, Superstition Springs Center is one of the most popular malls in Phoenix. Stores like The Gap and Eddie Bauer makes up the 150 stores in this mall. There are also a few other malls around the east valley that you have to experience. The east valley is the fastest growing part of Phoenix and the malls reflect that.

In west Phoenix, there are also many different malls to cater to your needs. The Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale is a sprawling shopping center with over 170 stores and restaurants. Being only 2 miles off of the 101, this mall is easy to get to from anywhere in the valley. Enjoy an experience with many different cultures at the Desert Sky Mall. Also just off the 101, this mall houses so many different stores that it would be hard to choose a favorite. Hot Topic and Claires are only a few of the many different stores this mall offers. The biggest mall in west Phoenix is also the most popular. This mall is the Metro Center. Being just off of I-17, this mall sees thousands of visitors daily. Catch a show at the Harkins Theaters or shop at stores like Dillards, Sears and more. West Phoenix also houses different small shopping centers around as well. West Phoenix is great for shopping and it is easy to see why.

In Phoenix itself, there are also a multitude of shopping experiences to enjoy. One of the most popular is the Paradise Valley Mall, with so many different stores that it is overwhelming. J.C. Penney and Robinsons May are a couple of the many different stores, over 160 in all. The Desert Ridge Marketplace is also a wonderful shopping center with stores like Target Greatland. In the middle of shopping at all these stores you can also go see a movie or get a meal. There is so much to do in the shopping centers in Phoenix that you will never be bored.

These are only a few of the mall shopping centers and malls in the Phoenix area. Shopping has never been better in Phoenix and it is only going to get better. See for yourself and go shopping anywhere in the Phoenix area.

Nancy Niblett is a highly successful Real Estate Agent specializing in the Chandler area. She credits her success to hard work, integrity and honesty. Clients continue to refer her over and over again. Nancy is one of the most successful award-winning agents and currently with West USA Revelation.

In 2006 and 2007 she received the Silver Top Producing Individual Award and the Association of Realtors Presidential Multi-Million Dollar Producer Club Award for the past 7 years straight.

Harvick Sweeps Phoenix as Johnson Expands His Championship Lead – SCI November 13th Issue

Next stop on the Nextel Cup Schedule is Homestead-Miami

The points gap between the top two drivers heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway (the last appearance in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season) next week is the largest of any Chase since the new format has been adopted. It would seemingly appear that this year’s Chase is Jimmie Johnson’s to lose. Jimmie possesses a 63 point lead over 2nd place driver, Matt Kenseth.

However, if you rewind to the previous two seasons, the Chase was Johnson’s to win heading into Homestead. And win, Johnson did not; the Nextel Cup Trophy to date does not bear Johnson’s name. All Johnson needs is a 12th place finish or higher in the Ford 400, and that could all change.

Next week at Homestead, expect the points gap between first and fifth place to close. The top 2 drivers in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, have had the least success at the 1 1/2 mile speedway.

The top 5 drivers in the Chase average the following at Homestead:

Kevin Harvick – Average Finish 9th

Jeff Gordon – Average Finish 10th

Jimmie Johnson – Average Finish 16th

Dale Earnhardt Jr – Average Finish 20th

Matt Kenseth – Average Finish 26th

Next Week’s Schedule:

Nextel Cup: @ Homestead-Miami

Speedway

11/19/06 – 02:30pm NASCAR Nextel Cup Ford 400

Busch Series: @ Homestead-Miami

Speedway

11/18/06 – 07:00pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 300

Craftsman Truck Series: @ Homestead-Miami

Speedway

11/17/06 – 08:00pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200

Kevin Harvick Sweeps Phoenix!

Nobody in the field of 43 cars had anything for Kevin Harvick in
yesterday’s Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The #29 car powered around the track in lead for over 252 of the 312 scheduled laps. The win was the fourth Nextel Cup victory of the year for Kevin Harvick, and his second at Phoenix International Raceway.

By winning yesterday, Harvick left the door open on his chances to win the Nextel Cup Championship. He currently sits 90 points out from championship leader Jimmie Johnson. The reality of it is, Harvick will have to race like he did yesterday, and Johnson will have to suffer some kind of setback for Harvick to clinch the title.

Nonetheless, the 2006 season has marked a resurgence in Kevin Harvick’s career. After inheriting the ride of the late Dale Earnhardt in 2001, Harvick experienced much success. However, the succes was short lived as he failed to finish in the top ten in driver’s points since. This year, Harvick has made the most of his talent and his team by winning the Busch Series Champsionship, and being a legitimate contender for the Nextel Cup Championship. Could Harvick be the first to win both the Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series in the same year? We’ll see next week at the Ford 400.

Jimmie Johnson Widens His Lead at Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson has been nothing short of dominant over the last five races of the Chase. His average finish over that time has been 1.8. That’s incredible considering the odds Johnson has had to overcome through the final 10 races of the Chase.

As you remember, the Chase started out with Johnson in the lead. However, he quickly relinquished that lead at New Hampshire in the Sylvania 300 where he finished in 39th position. With a 13th place finish at Dover, a 14th place finish at Kansas, and a 24th place finish at Talladega, it seemed unlikely that Johnson would climb out of the large crater he dug for himself in the first 4 races of the Chase.

However, looking like a sherpa on Mt Everest, Johnson scaled his way back up the points standings by rattling off five consecutive top 2 finishes. Those top 2 finishes were anything but easy. Take yesterday’s Checker Auto Parts 500 for example. Johnson started in 29th position and spent the first half of the race picking his way towards the front.

In these last 5 races, Johnson has shown us that he has the desire and
courage, qualities that seemingly eluded him in the previous two Nextel
Cup Champsionships, to compete for this year’s Nextel Cup Championship.

Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Recap

Kevin Harvick spent most of his afternoon at Phoenix staring at the rest of the field of drivers through his rear-view mirror. Kevin was simply that good yesterday, plus the glare wasn’t quite as bad looking out the back window.

While Harvick stole the show at Phoenix, the remainging championship contenders also faired well with all but Kyle Busch finishing in the top 13.

The other championship drivers faired as follows:

1. (leader) Jimmie Johnson left nothing on the table yesterday. The championship leader battle from 29th all the way to the front. He gave
up the lead on a misfortunate pitstop, but didn’t shy away from challenging Harvick for the win in the final 3 laps. He finished 2nd.

2. (- 63 points) Matt Kenseth fought adversity for most of the day. His car handled poorly all race, but he battled to finish in 13th place. Kenseth is saying that his doesn’t have what it takes to compete with Johnson next week, but I would not count the former champion out!

3. (-90 points) Kevin Harvick did exactly what he needed to do to keep his championship hopes alive, and that was win. Kevin did that in
impressive fashion by leading 252 of the 312 laps.

4. (-90 points) Denny Hamlin is still in the picture for the championship after finishing 3rd at Phoenix. The rookie is showing a lot of poise, and looks like he will be a contender for years to come.

5. (-115 points) Dale Earnhardt Jr’s chamionship are alive, but barely. After finishing 9th at Phoenix, Jr will need help from Johnson if he expects to win his first championship.

6. (-167 points) Jeff Gordon is mathematically eliminated from the Chase despite finishing 4th at Phoenix. However, don’t expect the 4 time champion to roll-over next week at Homestead.

7. (-225 points) Jeff Burton tried to correct his championship drive that has somehow fallen off course over the last 4 races with a 10th place finish at Phoenix. However, it’s too late, and the damage is done. Burton is cannot make up 225 in one race.

8. (-273 points) The wiley veteran, Mark Martin, took a gamble on a late pit-stop that helped him pickup a 6th place finish. Otherwise, the fan favorite would have ended up around 15th place.

9. (-319 points) Kasey Kahne made the most of Phoenix by finishing in 9th. The finish moved him in front of Kyle Busch for 9th place and a seat closer to the head of the table at the NASCAR Awards Banquet.

10. (-359 points) Kyle Busch was on the wrong end of a Tony Stewart screw up. Late in the race on a restart, Stewart spun out Jamie McMurray which sent him spiralling out of control and colliding with Kyle Busch. Kyle finished in 38th.

Major Album Releases Put Phoenix Artist’s Hand Drawn Art in Spotlight

So often the ocean is talked about as being a source of inspiration, having churned the souls of artists for eons, but it seems that the magic of the desert is bringing increased enlightenment to some deeply talented Phoenix-area artists.

This week, two major albums were released and the packaging was created by two Phoenix-based artists, Rhonda Zayas and Oliver Hibert. What is especially unique is that both designs were hand drawn, a look that seems to ebb and flow in the album design arena. Both albums favor bright colors with messages of peace, love and friendship.

Alice Cooper’s Annual Christmas Pudding album, designed by Rhonda Zayas, prominently features Cooper’s trademark eyes, created out of the negative space of the piece. Zayas creates her “typographical illustrations” with colored pencil on black paper, layering swirls of words to create intricate designs and messages that would give ‘Where’s Waldo” a run for his money. The piece for the Alice Cooper album was a bit more straight forward in that it was created in the commercial art sense, with the title being prominent and legible, and the famous Alice Cooper eyes wrapping it up, to complete the story. Zayas has been designing the marketing pieces for Cooper’s “Proof is in the Pudding” annual talent competition that culminates with the “Christmas Pudding” extravaganza for many years now, and this album is, by far, the most in-depth cover, truly taking her artwork back to basics and truth, which she often states as her ultimate goal. There are no computer tricks, it’s as if her career has finally come full circle, and back to the absolute basics of hand, pencil, paper. The simplicity and honesty in that is admirable, as it often takes a far out journey to realize what’s right in front of you is what has been real all along. This summer, Zayas won five international design awards for high-end corporate packaging projects, so it’s no wonder that whatever she touches is truly a work of art. From her start in animation and publishing, trade show exhibitions, fashion, full tour creative direction, to award-winning Fortune 500 designs, though she walks the red carpet at The Grammy’s, her humble nature is refreshingly expressed in these drawings.

The Flaming Lips’ “With a Little Help from my Fwends” a track-for-track tribute to the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, which features Miley Cyrus amongst other artists, album art was created by Scottsdale-based artist Oliver Hibert. The colorful and psychedelic artwork brings a sense of fantasy and magic to the album, which perfectly blends the modern recording of a classic album into a complete package. Hibert’s work for this project was the absolute perfect pairing as his designs provide the visual message for the music that is a blend of strange sounds over pop and general “weirdness.” Hibert’s pieces often take me back to the days of sitting in my father’s office as a kid, drawing for hours with highlighters. His color palette is that of a multipack highlighter set emblazoning sex in a very “Lisa Frank on acid” sort of way. Hibert started his career young, and his determined, strong work ethic has taken his designs throughout the countries gallery circuit, as well as being depicted on products from shoes to skateboards. His work is fun, but intelligent, a rarity in the age of “on-demand.” Another example of honesty in an often jaded trade.

It’s an interesting time in music, where the industry standards have been changing so quickly and being defined by the technology that is forcing it to bend multi-directionally, but there is something real, basic, and back to the true meaning of music for the pure love of music with these two albums released within weeks of each other. The album art speaks volumes, and maybe the desert, with the painted sunsets and enigmatic mystique, is forcing truth from these two artists, as only truly the strong survive, and thrive in that caustic climate.

Trance in The Valley of The Sun

Phoenix Overview

Luscious scenery, gorgeous architecture and alluring greenery are some of the features of the capital city of the U.S. state of Arizona, Phoenix. With a population of over 1.5 million residents, the stunning city is the sixth most populous city in the country and also the most populous state capital. It also happens to be the only state capital in the nation with over a population of a million.

To make your trip to the beauteous city even more savoring, you can try and find some cheap airline tickets to Phoenix.

Top Tourist Points to explore in Phoenix

The charming city of Phoenix offers such wide range of points of interests that almost everybody can find something to their admiration. The art and history buffs will find a lot to their delight with numerous affluent spots in offerings such as Musical Instrument Museum, Heard Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, Wrigley Mansion, Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, Wells Fargo History Museum and Orpheum Theater.

The nature romantics can adore the enticing scenes with Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain, South Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak, Papago Park, Hole in the Rock, Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Japanese Friendship Garden.

The baseball lovers can witness some of the best high octane professional ball game at the Chase Field, home to the state’s Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The wildlife adorers can find a lot their bliss with some of the most beautiful species of fauna at the Phoenix Zoo. The science nerds will find a lot to discover at the Arizona Science Center. St. Mary’s Basilica is a must visit for the sacred and religious. The bookworms can spend some quality time uncovering the Burton Barr Central Library.

The drama and theater admirers can savor some of the most stellar display of dramatic arts with Carnival of Illusion, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix Symphony, Herberger Theater Center, Ak-Chin Pavilion and AMC Esplanade 14.

For the shopaholics, Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, Outlets at Anthem, Biltmore Fashion Park, Chinese Cultural Center, Phoenix Public Market and Paradise Valley Mall are the ideal destinations.

For the party animals, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Alice Cooper’s Town, Stand Up Live, Char’s Has the Blues, Durant’s and The Tempe Improv are the perfect spots to spend some happening nights. The gourmets can relish some of the best mouthwatering meals in the city with Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana – Phoenix, Fuego Bistro, Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Bobby Q and Chelsea’s Kitchen.

You can find cheap flights to Phoenix almost year round.

Starting A Bridal Consultant Business In Phoenix

Bridal consultancy is an exciting field for those interested in fashion designing, jewelry designing, hair grooming, and make-up. Here is one field that gives the creative mind scope to explore as much as it likes and the hard work is extremely rewarding because when it comes to bride grooming, the bride’s family is ready for anything. The industry won’t fail you because sales here are driven by emotions and emotions are priceless.

The best option of beginning operations in bridal consultancy is to open shop online as the establishment expenditure in this case is the least. However, what you need if you have just opened your shop online and are eagerly awaiting your first client, is to be patient. You may have to go through a long waiting period before you finally get customers. But the wait will be worthwhile and rewarding. So don’t give up.

Identify Your Strengths:

Plan which segment of bridal consultancy you would like to enter. You can choose from a variety of options like make-up, dress design, foot wear design, hair styling and so on. The idea is to start with one field and then go on expanding as and when you grow in experience. If your business clicks, you can even afford to keep specialized consultants, so that you are able to provide services in all the segments of bridal consultancy. It is advisable that you build your business based on the identified skills. Always deliver more than you promise and promise legitimacy.

Present Yourself Effectively:

Presentation is the key to success in any consultancy business. Hence work on developing a powerful presentation. In case, you are creating your portfolio online, ensure that it is well-organized, precise and professional. Mention everything you do in the portfolio. Try to put up samples of your work on the web too.

Maintain Good Relationships:

Make sure that you speak to all your clients at least on phone regularly, if you can’t manage to meet each of them personally. You must be available to them on the phone whenever they are in need, or else there are chances that some of the clients will shift. Show them that you care for their business and are willing to put in your best to drive their business growth.

Reach Prospective Clients:

Sign up with freelance job sites and place your profile on their sites. Prospective clients get to know your areas of expertise, qualification, references, and other facts related to your work through a good profile. If they find you suitable for their job, they get back to you with their offers. Hence, create attractive profiles for placing on the web.

There are a number of other sites that allow you to bid for projects. You can choose the type of projects you would like to work upon from the several categories and bid for them. The process of bidding generally lasts for many weeks and therefore a freelancer must be patient and regularly check his bidding status.

Security Cameras – The New Fashion of Home Protection

Security cameras and surveillance systems – the new hot trend in US. It touches everyone and everybody who want to protect his property, place of living, or business. In the past security cameras considered as luxury products, used only wealthy people from the top echelon and big companies. It was a security product that not only served as a major checker against thieves and strangers that got into the company but also provided full control over the people’s work.

Each manager who used security camera systems and videos in his business could actually keep an eye of his worker’s behavior, how much time his workers really work and how much time they spend on other things. Some people said this heart the freedom of the workers, but actually as many managers said, it helped them to estimate the workers quality, the way they function together, and some even said that it helped them to pick the most appropriate workers to the team they work with. When time goes by, and more and more security products entered the market prices were reduced.

For less than $500 you can buy more than 2 cameras. There are many types of surveillance systems and cameras in the security market. Pan tilt and zoom cameras, network IP cameras, spy cameras systems, digital video recorders, wireless cameras, quads and illuminators. The average price of this is $200. This is why the requests for these products have been increased over the years. You can find security cameras in middle classes homes, among young families who employ professionals – homemade, gardener, nanny, etc. when both parents work outside and let strangers enter their home security camera systems can be a real help. Each minute there is supervision, the stranger knows that he is always being watched. Many of these cameras systems can be connected to security alarms or phone systems and make a signal while something happens.

Security cameras became a main issue in parents homes and homes for aged. Many families choose protecting their parents by installing high security camera systems and alarm systems for full control.

Arcadia, Arizona – Where Quiet Lifestyles and Luxurious Living Meet

If you’re looking for a place where you can sit back, take it easy and enjoy a relaxed, but upscale lifestyle, then you’ve found it in Arcadia. This gorgeous neighborhood, located only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix, got its start back in the early 1920s during the postwar days. Now, homes are situated on lush, grassy lots and spectacular Camel back Mountain is the backdrop to the community. In years past, the area mainly consisted of exquisite ranch-style homes built mainly with wood and brick. They exuded all the charm and appeal of the mid-century. Since then, Arcadia has gone through a bit of a redevelopment. The thriving region is transforming the old to new by tearing down dated homes and erecting newer, more lavish abodes. The area is known for well-kept homes and you won’t find anything that looks mass-produced or like a cookie cutter. In addition, modern apartments and condos have been added. Regardless of the changes in the housing landscape, the area is extremely picturesque with mature trees, gorgeous sunsets and remarkable mountain views.

Recreational attractions
Besides the scenic landscape, Arcadia offers great attractions, amenities and is an excellent place to raise a family. For example, sports enthusiasts can get in a game of golf or throw a few balls at Papago Park and Baseball Facility, a 914-acre recreational center. Also, there’s the Desert Botanical Gardens, Piestewa Peak Mountain Park, the zoo and numerous places to go hiking. Explore some of the culture throughout the area at the Schemer Arts Center. You could take a stroll through this huge house and view galleries and exhibits that pique your interests. Or keep it simple and just view the public art project on 57th street. In addition, if a nice bike ride or a relaxing walk is more your speed, the Arizona Canal is a great place to do just that. Furthermore, if you want to get away from it all, the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, also known as the Jewel of the Desert is right at your fingertips. This resort was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and has been host to presidents and celebrities alike. While there, enjoy extreme relaxation by taking advantage of the full-service spa, fitness center, swimming pools and tennis courts.

Shopping and dining
With such fine dining, shopping and unique appeal is no wonder Arcadia is considered a Best Place to Live by Money magazine. This prominent community is conveniently located near upscale stores like Biltmore Fashion Park. Furthermore, you could visit downtown Scottsdale or take a short drive to Phoenix to explore an endless supply of retail stores. Also, don’t forget the food. Arcadia offers an array of fine dining. If you want to explore even more, check out all the delicious restaurants in nearby Phoenix. You could be adventurous and try a mix of Mexican and Greek food at Mi Patio. Instead, if you’d rather a traditional steak and some fresh seafood, Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steakhouse is a great choice. All this and much more is easily within reach.

Schools
Dynamic schools in the area offer children a top-notch curriculum. As part of the Scottsdale Unified School District, schools like Hopi Elementary, Ingleside Junior High and Arcadia High School provide first-class academic programs, exceptional teachers and a great environment. In addition, Arcadia has some of the best pre-schools, daycares and Montessori schools around. So it doesn’t matter how old your kids are, you can feel confident they will get a challenging and rich education. Regardless of how you describe it, Arcadia is an extraordinary, suburban community nicely situated near Phoenix and Scottsdale. Unique homes, shopping, dining, entertainment and culture are all easily within reach. The great thing about living here is that you get the quiet, serene lifestyle you want with the option of driving into the bright lights of the big cities whenever the mood strikes giving you the best of both worlds.

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Teenagers are bad drivers

Ok, I do NOT really mean that unilaterally. There are good teen drivers. But what I mean to suggest is that their lack of driving experience often causes trouble on the road.

I own an insurance agency in the Phoenix metro area. A client asked if I would teach her 16 year old son to drive.

Knowing there is no father figure in the home, I readily agreed. It would give me an opportunity to get to know this young boy as well and give him some time with a male figure, something I understood was lacking in his life.

As Chris (as I will call him) and I settled into the car I asked Chris if he yet driven. The answer was “Yes”. He and Mom had driven a couple times but she got too nervous to continue.

Chris rounded the first corner and nearly hit a parked car. He did smack the curb around the next corner and almost took out two rather large trash barrels as we moved along the residential street. It was painfully obvious that Chris did not realize he controlled the steering wheel and not the other way around. Another car approached from the opposite direction and it took me pulling the steering wheel to avoid a head on collision. When Chris turned a corner he either pulled too tightly or made a wide loop. Both made me extremely nervous.

Patiently I tried to coax him into driving carefully, looking ahead, planning his approach to oncoming lights and turns. Chris got better. He improved week after week.
THEN I NOTICED A CHANGE.

As his confidence grew, so did his speed. That, I realized, is probably the primary mistake most teen drivers make. They confuse experience with quality.

Chris took off from every green light as if it were a race. He stopped in much the same jolting fashion. I felt like Dale Earnhardt was behind the wheel. My requests for “slow down” fell on deaf ears.
That is until we nearly were involved in a accident merging onto a freeway from an on-ramp.

My advice to Chris and all teen drivers is this: 1) do not drive faster than your experience or comfort level dictates, and 2) do not tail gate.

I wonder how many accidents would be avoided if we all followed those two simple suggestions.

Why It’s Smart to Choose Laminate Flooring for Your Home

In today’s home improvement market, there are literally thousands of choices for flooring, and deciding on the right one for your home can be an overwhelming proposition. What is best? What’s most cost effective? What will look good twenty years from now? The answer to all three questions may just be Phoenix laminate flooring. Laminate type flooring has a distinct advantage over traditional materials such as wood or tile in that it mimics the appearance of those types of flooring, but is protected by an invisible shield of laminate that prevents cracks, scratches, and gouges. Compared to the average lifespan of wood or linoleum, laminate type flooring maintains its quality and appearance far longer.

Laminate flooring is made by fusing a printed pattern on top of a sturdy core of fiberboard. These layers are then sealed under high pressure with a plastic finish, resulting in highly durable flooring that looks like the real thing. If you love traditional wood floors but hate the upkeep and wear, Phoenix laminate flooring is a fantastic option to get the look you want without the hassle. For those of you who are handy around the house, laminate flooring is relatively easy to install: The pieces of flooring fit together like a puzzle and simply snap into place, making laminate the easiest flooring option in modern history. As an additional bonus, laminate flooring is typically less expensive than traditional option such as tile, wood, or others. For cost-conscious consumers who still want style and substance, using laminate in the home is a great option, providing the appearance of traditional floors but at a greatly reduced cost.

If you’re in the market for new floors, check out the options available for Phoenix laminate flooring. With hundreds of styles that mimic the look of classic floors, you’re sure to find the look you want. Combining strength and durability with a fashion forward consciousness, laminate is one of the top choices for homeowners today, and for good reason. Spend some time at your local home improvement store and check out the available options. Not only will your floors look great for years to come, but your wallet will thank you today.

Opportunity In Phoenix Light Rail Real Estate

While we read almost daily about news reports and articles that decry the state of Residential Real Estate in the Phoenix Metro marketplace, a bright star is about to shine. It is time to consider the benefits of investing and believing in Real Estate values on the Phoenix Light Rail line.

The Light Rail Starter Line is scheduled to start operations on December 27, 2008, more than a year from now. Changes to the character of the initial 20 mile Starter- Line will become more evident during the first two years of operations. At a cost of $1.4 Billion from taxpayer funds, the 20 miles will cost on the average $70 Million per mile. The direct benefit will be gained by private property owners. The trend will begin to move toward the following types of changes explained in the points below.

1. Residents will take 1-2 years to ‘test’ the Line.

Sporting events will continue to bring fans to the games. However, some fans will want to begin ‘testing’ the convenience of jumping on a scheduled car before and after a ballgame. These early-adopters will become very important to the success of the Line. The local newspapers will carry stories about the success of commuters to and from an event, as well as unfavorable stories of what ‘did not work’.

2. The Business makeup and mix will change.

Phoenix has established what are known as Transit-Oriented Districts. In my opinion, there will be a shift towards Upscale and Service type businesses. Phoenix will enjoy 18 Stations that have the following characteristics as outlined in a recent publication entitled “Transit Oriented Development in Phoenix” from Valley Metro.

As quoted directly from the Valley Metro publication,

“Transit-oriented development is a development style that encourages transit usage by increasing the base of riders through complementary land uses – such as office, retail and housing – near transit stations. Mixed-use development, such as a multi-family housing project with retail at street level, is ideal, since it attracts riders to the station areas. Compact, dense development is also important to transit-oriented development to increase riders near light rail stations.

Catering to pedestrians and improving the walk-ability and connectivity between light rail stations and nearby development is a major component of transit-oriented development. The goal is a comfortable five to 10-minute walk from a light rail station to retail, office or housing. In addition, transit-oriented development strives to create a comfortable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists to encourage people to walk and bike to and from transit stations, by adding landscaping and other amenities.

Recognizing that people will still use automobiles, auto uses are

carefully integrated into developments.”

4. The Light Rail will introduce new types of businesses to the Line.

Riders from different points in the Valley will be curious as they watch and pass businesses along the Corridor. There will be more interest as they explore new benefits in services that can be accessed fairly easily from a Station area. Each new Station area will become more valuable in real estate values from a buy/sell perspective as well as a rent/lease to new types of businesses. Entrepreneurs will study the pattern of other highly successful businesses in these Corridors in other cities such as San Diego, San Jose and Dallas. Phoenix will see similar patterns of success particularly around Station Stops.

Conclusion

The Light Rail Starter Line is a great opportunity to unify the Valley in ways that no other single construction project has been able to do up to this point. December 2008 is scheduled to see the first rider jump on board. After that happens, we will likely see complaining turning instead to compliments, dust and construction make way to pride and higher property values. We will also see efforts and business ideas which will find creative ways to cater to the new fashion look the Light Rail will bring. Similar to the way models walk the ‘runway’ at fashion shows, the Phoenix Light Rail Corridor will sparkle, smile and shine as it proudly but smoothly glides over the welded iron rails, welcoming new travelers at each stop.

Bryan Watkins is a Specialist in Light Rail Real Estate. He and his business partner, Don Mortensen, recognized the importance of the Light Rail Corridor and formed the company “Light Rail Advisors, LLC” to specialize and cater exclusively to businesses and real estate along the vibrant Corridor. Bryan is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona.