Who can resist a deliciously decorated celebration cake or homemade convection? No one, that's who! Not even our furry friends. Enter Happy Tails Barkery & Pet Boutique based out of Queen Creek, AZ. HTB specializes in natural pet treats and custom baked “K9 Dessert Cakes”. Yes, you read that correctly, cakes for dogs. Having two dogs in my family, I consider myself a "dog person." That being said, I can honestly say, I’ve never thought to get a cake for my furry family members. But why not? Our pets are beloved members of our family that give us unconditional love and joy every single day. Why not give back with a beautiful custom K9 cake or delicious looking K9 Cupcakes. What a concept!
I was out and about the other weekend and decided to check out an intriguing looking neighborhood in Queen Creek. Simply out of sheer curiosity after seeing Terraranch on the map near a local park I enjoy visiting from time to time; Desert Mountain Park. Nestled at the northeast corner of S Hawes Rd and E Chandler Heights Rd, with only two entrances, Terraranch is almost like a mysterious getaway.
Upon entering this quaint community, I immediately felt a pride of homeownership. Each custom built home I drove by had their own uniquely landscaped front yards. Nothing overdone or flashy, just nice and homey. I’ll be honest, it didn’t take long to drive through the whole neighborhood. Shucks, it wouldn’t take too long to walk or ride your bike through this cozy community, which is pretty cool in my opinion. Talk about a quiet, chill place to hang your hat!
I've taken the opportunity to check out Old Ellsworth Brewing Company in Queen Creek on several occasions over the past year. Each visit has had a different story to tell depending on who was accompanying me at the time (the people I hang with are notably weird :). The constant was both the food and service, which were terrific!
As you know, Queen Creek is home to a variety of people originating from all corners of the United States. Many of our residents travel by RV (Recreational Vehicle), creating an essential problem upon arrival. Where does the RV go?
It's easy enough to find properties with the description declaring "8 foot RV gate". Problem solved! Not so fast, just because a property has an 8-foot gate, doesn't mean you can park your RV behind it. Ironically, most communities controlled by HOA's (Homeowners Associations) prohibit long-term parking of Recreation Vehicles on the premise.
In my quest to learn more about Queen Creek neighborhoods, I came across Montelena, which had me doing double-takes more than once! My first impression was "wow, it feels open." The lots, roads and parks seemed unusually spacious.
One of my favorite local courses in Queen Creek is the Las Colinas Golf Club nestled in The Villages at Queen Creek. The rates are affordable, and the course is forgiving. Forgiveness is vital to golfers like me because of my tendencies to wander left, right, short and long. I enjoy the landscaping mostly because there are few obstacles.
In all sincerity, the course is agreeable to players of all skill levels. I've played with every type of golfer and found that this type of course can serve a diverse foursome with the best.
I took a drive the other day in Queen Creek and decided to check out some neighborhoods that I hadn’t been to in a while. As I was heading South on Ellsworth towards San Tan Valley, I hung a quick left and drove down my favorite area in Queen Creek...Old Ellsworth Road. This area is worth checking out to see the improvements they've made. I'll be writing more specifically about these changes in upcoming articles. For now, let's take a drive through The Villages at Queen Creek, which you will find on the South end of Old Ellsworth Road.
Scentlery is exactly how it sounds...Scent plus Jewelry equals Scentlery! Scentlery’s products are truly unique. If you’re looking for a one of a kind, handcrafted, locally made, artistic, beautifully designed piece of jewelry that smells amazing...Scentlery is your happy place. I personally enjoy a great piece of jewelry, as well as a wonderful, natural aroma. So yes, I’ve found one of my happy places!
The Creek Side Taco Shack is a local taco shop in Queen Creek, AZ. It’s the kind of place that you’ve driven by so many times and often wondered about. Over the years there have been different restaurants to give it the old neighborhood try, but never quite seemed to gain the traction.
The location is both strange and genius. It feels as if it doesn’t belong, but as the area grows and the walking/biking paths continue to expand the neighborhood connectivity, it almost becomes exciting! Lately, the view from the car window has been different. You see lights overhead, misters cooling, crowds lounging, bodies bellied up to the outdoor bar, people walking up the neighborhood paths towards the venue, horses tied to hitching posts (yes, literally), cars in the parking lot and volleyball nets! Ok, we have to check this place out...so we did.
Shark-haboob: Desert Fins
In the spirit of this year’s shark week and the latest release of "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!", it only seems fair to bring up the obvious possible sequel..."Shark-haboob: Desert Fins!" That’s right, somebody had to say it, cause we’re all thinking it…..right? Anyway, it doesn’t seem any less likely that a haboob during the monsoon season can carry a great white shark, than it does an ocean-forming water spout that produces a sharkpocalypse on the west coast.
Admittedly, the shark would need a little help in the good-timing department. Let's break it down...if the tornado made it far enough inland and cold fronts were moving across the desert plains, the sharks could transfer from the tornado to the haboob. Think of it like the shark is hitching a ride through California to the Arizona border, only to be picked up by the haboob and carried across the desert, into the Phoenix metro.
The obvious question: which is more awesome, Sharknado or Shark-haboob? The Shark-haboob would definitely have scary possibilities. For example the dust storms from which the sharks would emerge would give them the camouflage and velocity needed to attack their prey. They would also be capable of moving on land with torrential rains causing flood waters to roar through the city streets. Also the sharks would be a little more cranky due to their long journey from the west coast, and the dry heat once they hit Arizona. It would be hard to deny Shark-haboob the victory in this head-to-head sharkpocalypse comparison.
On Thursday, March 19th of 2015, Queen Creek kicked off the grand opening of Queen Creek 14, a Harkins Theatre Complex located in the Queen Creek Marketplace off Rittenhouse Rd & Ellsworth Loop. The 14 auditoriums feature stadium seating, Ultimate Rockers with high back & rocking love seats, wall-to-wall screens with digital projection and state-of-the-art sound technology. Also included is the Harkins Play-Center, a childcare facility supervised by certified professionals.
The Queen Creek 14 is a tremendous boost to the residential community in Queen Creek as well as surrounding areas. Residents of nearby Gilbert and San Tan Valley should also see the effects of the recent addition.
Congratulations Queen Creek! Grab the popcorn, it's showtime!
Las Colinas Golf Club in Queen Creek, AZ
That's right, I went back for more! As you can tell, I'm not exactly a journeyman when it comes to golf. Like everyone, I have my courses and I pretty much stick to them. By the way, The Villages at Queen Creek is the neighborhood that bellies up to this course. So back to Las Colinas! The land of not so many trees and forgiving fairways.
So it's not exactly a "Lord of The Rings" type journey to get through this course, but it does offer some water and sand traps that may occasionally get in your way. It's fairly difficult to bounce your tee shots off the homes here, so it ranks high on my list. I was accompanied by fellow Realtor® Dave Bracklow. The day was fairly uneventful as far as trees and traps go, and I managed to land three par's in a row. I found a little success choking up on my clubs to gain a bit more control, and got some tips on aiming in my stance. My score was +26 through 13 holes.
The Truth: 26 Is A Lonely Number
Arizona is well known for its golfing as well as its golfers, this is true. So what is it that keeps us (me) coming back for more embarrassing moment after moment? For me, the game can be more frustrating in hindsight, which they say is 20/20. My golf hindsight is usually blurred by me pounding my head with the palm of my hand. What's that in my head? "You're an idiot!", "What are you doing!". Ok, stop, breathe, focus...nice...easy...swing....."WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING!" Throw the club into the water, kick the golf cart, tackle the people behind me...fade to black.
Ok, so that's the dramatic version. I like to believe that everyone has the occasional "Happy Gilmore" flash at least once in 18 holes. For me it helps to visualize how horrible "Happy" was (in the first part of the movie). I walk around the course with an undeserving sense of accomplishment, bouncing my ball from tree to tree. It's true, the last time I went golfing, I actually drove the ball HARD into 4 different trees...on the same hole. That was actually at Los Colinas in Queen Creek, AZ. The funny part is that there is only four trees on this course. Ok, there's more than four trees, but there are not many that you should be concerned with anyway.