Thanksgiving is next week!

In almost ONE WEEK Thanksgiving will be here!

A holiday full of good food, good people, and good laughs, we are excited to get into full swing of this holiday about giving thanks. Whether you spend the holiday with friends, family, watching football, or on vacation, let’s remember to give thanks for all we’ve been blessed with. Food on our plates, a roof over our heads, and all those we love around us – these are just a few of the things we here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group are thankful for. Whether your life is going great, or you’re having some struggles right now, we pray you still have many things to be thankful for as well.

With the Thanksgiving holiday comes the reason for it – giving thanks – but also a lot of work! For those of us unfortunate enough to no longer be at the kids table (where you play until the food is ready, sit down, and have a plate full of delicious turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes set before you – oh the good ol’ days) and have to slave away in the kitchen all day long, below is a list of all the things you may need to purchase at the grocery store so you don’t forget anything! Cooked and basted turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, honeyed ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and the list could literally go on and on! Is anyone else’s mouth watering? Courtesy of our friends at Lawyer’s Title, they have thought of everything you could ever possibly need to buy at the store so you won’t have one single staple Thanksgiving dish or food missing from your feast.

So, print off this list, do your grocery shopping, and get ready for Thanksgiving because it’s only eight days away! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, we are thankful for you!

Listing Feature – 8283 N View Crest

Check out our new listing in The Viewpoint in Prescott Valley. This is a practically new Dorne-built home that you do not want to miss!

Built in 2015, this home is only 3 years old! So, why wait to build your home, when this popular ”Nightfall Breeze” floor plan is move-in ready? This sprawling single level 2,194 square foot home with a ”Country Cottage” elevation has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms a 3-car garage, and sits on a 0.38 acre lot. The layout boasts a fabulous split bedroom floor plan and 9+ flat raised ceilings that create all the right spaces, and make the home feel even more open and roomy then it already is.

The kitchen features a 5-burner GE gas range, granite counter tops, a spacious pantry, a Samsung refrigerator, and a center island with breakfast bar seating. It has an open concept that overlooks the great room and dining area, and flows into the very spacious laundry room complete with plenty of storage.

Relax and unwind in the jetted tub in the master suite after a hard day at work. With a large bedroom area, big shower, walk-in closet, dual sinks, and separate water closet, the spacious master suite has all you need.

Looking for some peace and quiet, and to get a little refreshed? Relax on the covered back patio that overlooks the landscaped yard surrounded by a block wall fence. Both the front and back yard are fully landscaped with a sprinkler/drip system and little to no maintenance.

Want to view this wonderful home in person? Call our office at 928-771-1111. We would love to show you this home and any others that peak your interest.

Agent Feature – Daniel Yamauchi

Having grown up here his whole life – leaving to pursue school and other adventures – Dan moved back to his hometown of Prescott, Arizona at the beginning of 2018. Newly married and looking to be closer to family, he returned home to learn the family business under the capable wings of his mother and father, Kathleen and Shoyei Yamauchi, owners and founders of the Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate.

That time soon became complicated as his mother’s nearly decade long battle with breast cancer took a turn for the worse. After trial drugs and weeks spent in the hospital, Dan’s mother, Kathleen, passed away in the hospital on March 27, 2018 at the age of sixty-seven. It was a loss that Dan, nor any of the team, was ready for.

However, in the midst of trial and despair, Dan did not turn away. He steeled himself in the joy he has knowing his mother is in a better place and in the gratitude he has in getting to spend her last few months here on earth with her.

Since joining our team back in January, Dan has brought a much needed breath of fresh air to our group. With his quick wit and knowledge of all things technological, his talents are endless in helping bring the Kathleen Yamauchi Group up to speed in the latest and greatest advances in the real estate industry. Though he only had a few short months to observe and learn under Kathleen – the best of the best – he caught on quick and has become a huge asset to our team. Dan himself will attest that he still has much to learn, as do we all in this continually evolving business, but he works diligently and with a determination outmatched by most to learn and serve our clients with the same care and professionalism that his mother did.  Licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California, Dan mostly practiced law in the areas of construction, commercial, and real estate litigation – just another way in which he truly brings invaluable knowledge and experience to the Kathleen Yamauchi Group Team to help us serve our clients with the highest level of care.

In his personal life, Dan has been married to his wife Hannah for over a year now. Hannah is a teacher locally here in town and they both enjoy serving in the youth ministry Young Life, as well as rock climbing at Gripstone climbing gym and around the Quad city area.

November Calendar Events 2018

Courtesy of our friends at Lawyer’s Title, here is a list of the many events going on this month in Prescott, Arizona. The events include, but are not limited to, Prescott Farmers Market, Courthouse Christmas Lighting Fundraiser Kick-Off Party, Day of the Dead, The Great Pumpkin Harvest, The Veterans Day Parade, Prescott’s 23rd Annual Holiday Light Parade, and the 26th annual Gingerbread Village display – and that is just to name a few! The countless monthly events that go on in our amazing town are just one of the reasons we love it here so much and what make our town so special.

Fall is here with Thanksgiving just around the corner. And soon, it’ll be Christmas! Enjoy the Holiday season. Eat and drink with friends and family, remembering the reason for the season – to give thanks for all we have and cherish our loved ones.

Read through the events below going on in November and you’re sure to find something that peaks your interest to enjoy this autumn/winter season. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Prescott’s Top Rated Restaurants on Yelp

As we get into full swing of the Fall and Holiday season here in Prescott, Arizona, inevitability we will be doing a lot more eating out. With the many festivities going on this time of year such as the Courthouse lighting, Aker Night, parades, and many others, restaurants will be packed with locals and travelers alike looking to warm their bellies with a good meal during their eventful day or evening. This time is also a season where friends and family may be coming to visit from all over. When you decide to go out for a meal, you’ll want to take them to one of the best places in town!

That had us thinking… what is the best place to eat in Prescott? We know what our and friends favorites are as locals – whether it’s because the type of food we like, or the food is just downright tasty – but when it comes to reviews from people’s experiences, which restaurants come out on top? To be sure, Prescott has a plethora of options to satisfy your cravings, from Mexican to Italian, to Thai and American, but here is a list of the twenty best rated restaurants in Prescott according to Yelp.com that are guaranteed to enhance your holiday celebrations and have your loved ones raving about the great food. (Keep in mind that these are ordered “Highest Rated” according to Yelp).

1.   The Local – American Traditional, Breakfast and Brunch. 4 ½ stars.

2.   Papa’s Italian Restaurant – Italian and Pizza. 4 ½ stars.

3.   Superstition Meadery – Wineries, Performing Arts, Tapas/Small Plates. 4 ½ stars.

4.   Rosa’s Pizzeria – Italian and Pizza. 4 ½ stars.

5.   Biga By Senses – American Traditional, Sandwiches and Comfort Food. 4 ½ stars.

6.   Fresca Café – Deli and Italian. 4 ½ stars.

7.   Farm Provisions – New American, Beer/Wine Bar with Appetizers/Entrees of all kinds. 4 ½ stars.

8.   Atmesfir – New American, Seafood, and Coffee and Tea. 4 ½ stars.

9.   This Dudes Food – Food Truck: Burgers and Tacos. 5 stars.

10. Park Plaza Liquor and Deli – Pizza, Burgers, Beer, Wine and Spirits. 4 stars.

11. Marino’s Mob Burgers and Ice Cream – Burgers, Ice Cream, and Frozen Yogurt. 4 ½ stars.

12. Chais Thai – Thai, Seafood, Soup. 4 ½ stars.

13. Rustic Pie – Bakeries, Coffee and Tea, Soup. 4 ½ stars.

14. El Gato Azul – Spanish, Tapas Bar, Mediterranean. 4 stars.

15. Bill’s Grill – American Traditional, Burgers, Seafood. 4 stars.

16. The Lone Spur Café – New American, Cafes, Breakfast and Brunch. 4 stars.

17. Bill’s Pizza – Pizza. 4 stars.

18. Iron Springs Café – New American, Cajun/Creole, Wine Bar. 4 stars.

19. Two Mama’s Gourmet Pizza – Pizza, Italian. 4 stars.

20. Shannon’s Gourmet Cheesecakes – Desserts, Sandwiches, Coffee and Tea. 4 stars.

There you have it! Prescott’s twenty top rated restaurants on Yelp.

A few eateries that didn’t make the cut, but we feel deserve to be mentioned are:

21. The Barley Hound, a dog friendly restaurant that serves food such as hamburgers. 4 stars.

22. Prescott Brewing Company, Prescott’s brewery that serves Traditional American food. 4 stars.

23. Casa Alvarez, Mexican food to satisfy those looking for that authentic Mexican food. 4 stars.

24. The Raven Café, serving food, craft beer and wine, live music, and a superb happy hour. 4 stars.

25. Limoncello Pizzeria Napoletana – Wine bar with Italian food and pizza. 4 stars.

26. Prescott Station, a restaurant that serves Traditional American food, pizza, and a bar. 3 ½ stars.

As you can see, there are plenty of options to choose from. Pizza, Italian, hamburgers, Thai food, Mexican food, and more not even mentioned here!

We hope you’re able to try out one of these great eateries in Prescott with your friends and family this season, and support one of Prescott’s local businesses.

Home Feature – 7870 E Impala Drive

You’ll be amazed at this better than new home set in Pronghorn Ranch. Built in 2015, this home is absolutely amazing and it’s hard to list all the indoor and outdoor features.

 

Starting with the paver driveway and custom made front door, the home is full of tailor-made touches that really make it stand out among the rest. All single level living, this home has an open floor concept that shows off all of the home features of the great room, dining room and the kitchen. A spacious 2,307 square feet, there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a 3-car garage.

 

Fabulous is what describes the kitchen with its Alder cabinetry, stone back splash, granite counter tops, stainless-steel Kitchen-Aid appliances (including an induction cook top, wall oven, and built in microwave), and a large center island with an over-sized sink and room to seat up to six bar-stools.

 

In the great room, you will be astonished by the rough-hewn beamed ceiling and rock hearth gas-log fireplace complete with a gorgeous wood mantel. These details are focal points in this stunning room, accomplishing both that rustic and homey feel effortlessly.

 

Other features that really make this home shine include the Hickory-engineered hardwood floors and tile over the entire home, and the plantation shutters that give the windows plenty of charm and privacy. More features include granite counters throughout the home (including double vanities in not only the master bathroom, but the guest bathroom as well), and a spacious and luxurious master suite complete with a separate home entrance and the giant walk-in closet of your dreams. The home also has a smart thermostat, sizable laundry room with plenty of storage, and an office/potential extra bedroom.

 

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac and adjacent to a green belt, you won’t have to deal with new construction near you or being surrounded by homes. Being next to the green belt also helps the home feel spacious and open, with great distant views of Granite Mountain and Mingus Mountain.

 

Going into the backyard, you get your own fully landscaped mini paradise! Saying this home has good outdoor living is an understatement. Oriented to the Northeast so you don’t get direct sun on the back of the home, this yard accomplishes both minimal upkeep and beauty, and it is truly a place you can go and relax. With a gas-log fireplace, turf grass, gazebo, plenty of porch space for patio furniture, and a pergola covered hot tub, the outside is just as appealing as the inside.

 

Are you interested in learning more about this home and possibly setting up a showing appointment? You can call us today at 928-771-1111. We would love to help you in seeing this home, or in finding the home of your dreams!

 

Home Feature – 7870 E Impala Drive

You’ll be amazed at this better than new home set in Pronghorn Ranch. Built in 2015, this home is absolutely amazing and it’s hard to list all the indoor and outdoor features.

Starting with the paver driveway and custom made front door, the home is full of tailor-made touches that really make it stand out among the rest. All single level living, this home has an open floor concept that shows off all of the home features of the great room, dining room and the kitchen. A spacious 2,307 square feet, there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a 3-car garage.

Fabulous is what describes the kitchen with its Alder cabinetry, stone back splash, granite counter tops, stainless-steel Kitchen-Aid appliances (including an induction cook top, wall oven, and built in microwave), and a large center island with an over-sized sink and room to seat up to six bar-stools.

In the great room, you will be astonished by the rough-hewn beamed ceiling and rock hearth gas-log fireplace complete with a gorgeous wood mantel. These details are focal points in this stunning room, accomplishing both that rustic and homey feel effortlessly.

Other features that really make this home shine include the Hickory-engineered hardwood floors and tile over the entire home, and the plantation shutters that give the windows plenty of charm and privacy. More features include granite counters throughout the home (including double vanities in not only the master bathroom, but the guest bathroom as well), and a spacious and luxurious master suite complete with a separate home entrance and the giant walk-in closet of your dreams. The home also has a smart thermostat, sizable laundry room with plenty of storage, and an office/potential extra bedroom.

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac and adjacent to a green belt, you won’t have to deal with new construction near you or being surrounded by homes. Being next to the green belt also helps the home feel spacious and open, with great distant views of Granite Mountain and Mingus Mountain.

Going into the backyard, you get your own fully landscaped mini paradise! Saying this home has good outdoor living is an understatement. Oriented to the Northeast so you don’t get direct sun on the back of the home, this yard accomplishes both minimal upkeep and beauty, and it is truly a place you can go and relax. With a gas-log fireplace, turf grass, gazebo, plenty of porch space for patio furniture, and a pergola covered hot tub, the outside is just as appealing as the inside.

Are you interested in learning more about this home and possibly setting up a showing appointment? You can call us today at 928-771-1111. We would love to help you in seeing this home, or in finding the home of your dreams!

Christmas is coming!

Fifty-Nine days. That is how long we have until Christmas! Can you believe that? 2018 has flown by in a flash and while we are shocked at how quickly time passes, we are so excited that Christmas is on its way!

Soon enough we will have our first snow, the picture above only feeding our anticipation for that day. Sledding, snow ball fights, building snow men, and the new kind of beauty our town takes on when those white flurries stick to the ground.

While the leaves are changing from green to yellow and orange to red, they will continue to fall from their branches as the air chills and winter sets in. For many places, this may be a dreaded time, one with months of freezing temperatures that make it hard to even want to step outside. In Prescott, however, not only is our winter weather mild enough to only last for a few cool months, but it also grants us spouts of snow and freeze to give us that true winter wonderland feel during the holidays.

Fifty-Nine days. We have fifty-nine more days to enjoy this holiday season! Halloween is just around the corner, followed closely behind by Thanksgiving, and Christmas. While we love all the holiday cheer and festivities, we especially love our Christmas events here in Arizona’s Christmas city.

On December 1 starting at 1PM, Prescott will be hosting its 36th annual Christmas parade. The procession will march through downtown with people, carriages, and horses; all clad in their Christmas costumes amongst the floats. You can be sure that Santa and Mrs. Claus will attend to the delight of all the children, and will be staying after the parade for photos. You won’t want to miss out on this Prescott tradition, or the one that follows after – the Courthouse lighting.

The Courthouse lighting takes place on the night of December 1st after the parade. Starting at 5pm there will be live music and then at 6pm the premiere Christmas event happens when the entire downtown of Prescott is spectacularly lit up with innumerable Christmas lights. The Courthouse itself is lit up and decorated with candles and Christmas cheer. All the surrounding trees in downtown are wrapped with different colored lights, some even blinking and playing to songs. It is brilliant and marvelous, and a gorgeous sight to see.

Yet another Christmas celebration that takes place during the winter season here in Prescott is called Acker Musical Showcase, otherwise known as Acker Night. This will be Prescott’s 30th annual Acker night, running from 5:30-8:30pm on the night of December 7th. This is a long standing family tradition in Prescott where downtown businesses and musicians donate their time, and the musicians showcase their talents in support of keeping music alive and thriving for the youth in our town. All proceeds raised on Acker Night go to scholarships for music lessons, instruments, and local youth performing arts programs. At Acker night, bring friends and family, and enjoy walking around downtown listening to the many talented musicians in each building, and enjoy the cookies, cocoa, and cider that abound.

While there are many – and I mean MANY – other Christmas events that go on in Arizona’s Christmas City every year during the holiday season, these are the three main ones you won’t want to miss.

Fifty-nine days. Christmas will be here before we know it. So let’s enjoy this holiday season, partake in our amazing town’s Christmas festivities, and support our local businesses.

Prescott’s Top Rated Restaurants on Yelp

As we get into full swing of the Fall and Holiday season here in Prescott, Arizona, inevitability we will be doing a lot more eating out. With the many festivities going on this time of year such as the Courthouse lighting, Aker Night, parades, and many others, restaurants will be packed with locals and travelers alike looking to warm their bellies with a good meal during their eventful day or evening. This time is also a season where friends and family may be coming to visit from all over. When you decide to go out for a meal, you’ll want to take them to one of the best places in town!

That had us thinking… what is the best place to eat in Prescott? We know what our and friends favorites are as locals – whether it’s because the type of food we like, or the food is just downright tasty – but when it comes to reviews from people’s experiences, which restaurants come out on top? To be sure, Prescott has a plethora of options to satisfy your cravings, from Mexican to Italian, to Thai and American, but here is a list of the twenty best rated restaurants in Prescott according to Yelp.com that are guaranteed to enhance your holiday celebrations and have your loved ones raving about the great food. (Keep in mind that these are ordered “Highest Rated” according to Yelp).

1.   The Local – American Traditional, Breakfast and Brunch. 4 ½ stars.

2.   Papa’s Italian Restaurant – Italian and Pizza. 4 ½ stars.

3.   Superstition Meadery – Wineries, Performing Arts, Tapas/Small Plates. 4 ½ stars.

4.   Rosa’s Pizzeria – Italian and Pizza. 4 ½ stars.

5.   Biga By Senses – American Traditional, Sandwiches and Comfort Food. 4 ½ stars.

6.   Fresca Café – Deli and Italian. 4 ½ stars.

7.   Farm Provisions – New American, Beer/Wine Bar with Appetizers/Entrees of all kinds. 4 ½ stars.

8.   Atmesfir – New American, Seafood, and Coffee and Tea. 4 ½ stars.

9.   This Dudes Food – Food Truck: Burgers and Tacos. 5 stars.

10. Park Plaza Liquor and Deli – Pizza, Burgers, Beer, Wine and Spirits. 4 stars.

11. Marino’s Mob Burgers and Ice Cream – Burgers, Ice Cream, and Frozen Yogurt. 4 ½ stars.

12. Chais Thai – Thai, Seafood, Soup. 4 ½ stars.

13. Rustic Pie – Bakeries, Coffee and Tea, Soup. 4 ½ stars.

14. El Gato Azul – Spanish, Tapas Bar, Mediterranean. 4 stars.

15. Bill’s Grill – American Traditional, Burgers, Seafood. 4 stars.

16. The Lone Spur Café – New American, Cafes, Breakfast and Brunch. 4 stars.

17. Bill’s Pizza – Pizza. 4 stars.

18. Iron Springs Café – New American, Cajun/Creole, Wine Bar. 4 stars.

19. Two Mama’s Gourmet Pizza – Pizza, Italian. 4 stars.

20. Shannon’s Gourmet Cheesecakes – Desserts, Sandwiches, Coffee and Tea. 4 stars.

There you have it! Prescott’s twenty top rated restaurants on Yelp.

A few eateries that didn’t make the cut, but we feel deserve to be mentioned are:

21. The Barley Hound, a dog friendly restaurant that serves food such as hamburgers. 4 stars.

22. Prescott Brewing Company, Prescott’s brewery that serves Traditional American food. 4 stars.

23. Casa Alvarez, Mexican food to satisfy those looking for that authentic Mexican food. 4 stars.

24. The Raven Café, serving food, craft beer and wine, live music, and a superb happy hour. 4 stars.

25. Limoncello Pizzeria Napoletana – Wine bar with Italian food and pizza. 4 stars.

26. Prescott Station, a restaurant that serves Traditional American food, pizza, and a bar. 3 ½ stars.

As you can see, there are plenty of options to choose from. Pizza, Italian, hamburgers, Thai food, Mexican food, and more not even mentioned here!

We hope you’re able to try out one of these great eateries in Prescott with your friends and family this season, and support one of Prescott’s local businesses. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What this month is, is an international health campaign that happens every year in October. It is organized by major breast cancer charities annually to increase awareness about the disease of breast cancer, help raise funds for research of breast cancer, to help those affected by it, and for many more educational and support services.

Here in Prescott, we have our very own Breast Care Center to help in finding breast cancer early and aid in treatment. “Health, healing, and hope – The Breast Care Center at YRMC strives to offer these to everyone who passes through our doors” (YRMC Breast Care Center). Services here include screenings, consultations, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, and so much more. For more information, you can visit Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Breast Care Center website at the link given above.

Here at the Kathleen Yamauchi Group, Breast Cancer Awareness month now hits very close to home. Earlier this year in March, our beloved broker Kathleen Yamauchi passed away when she lost her ten year battle with breast cancer. We miss her immensely, however, we know she is in a better place and is no longer in pain, or suffering.

With the years of remission she was gifted in that ten year battle, Kathleen got to be present for the birth of three grandchildren from her daughter and son-in-law, the marriage of her son Daniel, to encourage countless of those around her with her joyful spirit and kind heart, and to establish herself as one of the best realtors Prescott had ever seen.  Our lives are forever changed and touched just by knowing her, and even more so in having her love and invest in us, her team. We will never forget her and we strive every day to continue on her legacy as being one of the top real estate agencies in Prescott – one known for its class, knowledge, and determination to serve our clients with the utmost respect and integrity.

Our thoughts go out to everyone out there going through the same emotional, draining, and terrible battle that we witnessed Kathleen go through over these past years. You are loved and you are prayed for – stay strong!