Listing Feature – 2201 Forest Hills Road

Breathtaking views including city lights and Thumb Butte are captured from this fabulous split-level home near the base of Thumb Butte in Country Club Park. Perfect for a family home or AirBnb investment, this home has been well loved and taken care of.

Complete with a raised hearth fireplace and wood floors, it also has large picture windows that give views in three directions. The main level is comprised of the master suite including bathroom and walk-in closet, office with built-in shelves and desks, a second bedroom, and guest bath. Also on the main level is the sunny kitchen and adjacent morning room. Nearly every window you look out from this home you are met with views and nature.

The lower level has a family room with a fireplace, two bedrooms, two baths, laundry room and a fabulous bonus space which has potential for a great lock-off Airbnb suite.

Nestled on a 1.29 acre tree and boulder studded home site, this house boasts 3168 square feet and a detached over-sized 2.5 car garage with shop. It opens to tiered decking and patios to extend living outdoors with the jaw-dropping views of Prescott we all love.

You don’t want to miss this amazing property with plenty of room for the whole family and land that is to die for!

Interested in seeing this home? Call us today for your showing appointment at 928-771-1111.

Tonight is Acker Night!

Acker Night is finally here and we are so excited!

From 5PM to 8:30PM, Acker Night will take place, an event produced solely by volunteers. Opening ceremony takes place on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza at 5PM. Musical acts will begin at 5:30PM and go until 830PM.

A tradition continuing for thirty years now, there will be over 500 performers dispersed throughout the downtown area to sing, play instruments, and raise money for music programs and instruments for the youth in Prescott. Nearly every shop in the downtown area will have someone performing accompanied by complimentary hot cocoa, apple cider, and goodies to eat that they kindly provide free of charge for our delight.

You do not want to miss out on this time-honored tradition that has such a beautiful history behind it. The courthouse will be lit up, there will be carolers and performers everywhere gracing us with their musical talents, there will be dancers performing in the streets, and do we need to mention the hot beverages and treats again? Bring your friends and family, and enjoy the show! BUT, don’t forget your layers because after 5PM the temperatures will drop low! Grab that winter scarf, put on those wool socks and ear muffs, and snuggle up in your coziest jacket. Grip a complimentary hot beverage to warm your belly as you walk around engulfed in music and joy, and take in the Christmas season festivities.

Happy Acker Night to you all! Stay warm!

P.S. For those who are not from Prescott and do not know what Acker Night is, here is a bit of history:

Acker Night is an event that was created to fulfill the wishes of Prescott resident and patron James S. Acker. Living from 1865 to 1955, James S. Acker stated, “All the residue of my estate… I give to the City of Prescott to be used for parks and for promotion of music, particularly for children.”

When Mr. Acker died in 1955, he wanted much of his estate to go towards supporting and promoting music with the youth, which is where Acker Night comes from and why it was created.

Not only did he donate his estate for music, but he also donated a good number of parcels of land he owned to the City of Prescott to be used for parks. Today, from his generosity, we have Acker Park, an 80 acre parcel of natural parkland near the downtown Prescott area. The park includes a one mile loop trail, picnic areas, restrooms with a mural on the outside of the building depicting the history of the land and the nature there, mosaic art walls, an amphitheater, geocaching spots, and more!

Due to Mr. Acker’s generosity – and to fulfill his wishes – we now have Acker Park and one of our favorite Prescott Christmas events: Acker Night!

 

Christmas Parade and 65th Annual Courthouse Lighting

Join us in downtown Prescott for first the Christmas Parade and then later that night for the 65th annual Courthouse lighting.

These events officially kick off Prescott’s Christmas season, which could arguably be labeled the main event season in Prescott considering our town IS called “Arizona’s Christmas city.”

And… trust us when we say, the Christmas events coming up in the next weeks are ones you will not want to miss!

The Christmas Parade will begin at 1PM on Saturday, December 7th, giving you plenty of time to walk around after the parade and enjoy the downtown area before the lighting ceremony begins at night.

At 5PM there will be musical groups performing Christmas songs followed by a reading of the nativity story from the Bible to bring joy and cheer, and a reminder of the reason for the season. The lighting of the courthouse is at 6PM where the entire downtown area is lit up in a spectacular show of Christmas lights and celebration.

Nearly every tree is wrapped in colorful lights, the gazebo is a beacon on display of Christmas radiance, and the courthouse building itself it aglow with Christmas lights and light up decorations to showcase its historic beauty.

Enjoy the lights, an awing sight to see, and hang around afterward to take it all in. With countless restaurants, coffee shops, bars, vintage shops, and so much more, you will have no trouble finding a warm beverage and something to do with your friends and family after the lighting.

We hope you come out to see the show, to take in the Christmas season, and connect with your loved ones!

Ways to Make Your Home Cozier for the Holidays

We all love the Holidays, right? The smells of pumpkin and cinnamon, the decorations, the gatherings with loved ones, the amazing food and holiday drinks… there is too much to name!

When these holiday seasons come, there is nothing better than walking into a house (especially your own) and being welcomed with that Holiday cheer. However, maybe as much as you want your home to be cheerful for the holidays you just aren’t very good at decorating, or you simply can’t find the time or money to spruce your home up for the holidays. Well, we’re here to help. Here are some easy ways to add that holiday cheer to your home without too much work or effort at all:

Candles: A candle goes a long way in bringing that holiday cheer to your home! Pumpkin spice, hazelnut, cinnamon stick, forest… there are so many different scents that will bring people into the holiday mood as soon as they step through your door. Another way to use candles for the holiday is to set up a group of them (like the white pillar type) on a decorative tray or display. These touches help create ambiance in your home and give it a touch of the holiday season.

Throw Pillows and Blankets: While these can get a little pricier, you can still find some good deals on them and they help tie in the holiday feel of your home so much! An easy way to accomplish this with pillows is to simply get pillow covers. Then you can just swap out the covers for every season. Ones for year-round, ones with pumpkins on them for Halloween and Fall, ones that are plaid or have trees on them for Christmas, or whatever your heart desires. This solution also makes storing the decorations a lot easier since you are only storing a folded pillowcase rather than an entire pillow.

Wall Art: Swapping out a picture or painting for a festive holiday sign is an easy way to spruce your home up for the Holidays. A sign that says “Home Sweet Home” becomes a sign that says “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Merry Christmas” and just like that, your home has some extra Holiday cheer. If you’re feeling especially crafty, these signs can easily be made from home with an old piece of wood, some sandpaper, and some paint!

Indoor Christmas Lights: While most people hang Christmas lights up outside, which is also cheerful and inviting, a way to decorate the inside of your home for the holidays is to hang some Christmas lights up inside. There’s something magical and awing about twinkling lights, and they are sure to bring that Christmas charm and spirit to your home! Plus, you can get them for relatively cheap at places like Walmart ($5 a box!).

Make Paper Snowflakes: Have any kids? Well this would be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas. Relatively mess free and easy, make some paper snowflakes with your children as you sip hot cocoa and apple cider. Then string them up for all to see – and to your children’s delight – to add some extra holiday decorations to your home.

Hang Garlands: These can either be bought fairly cheap at the store for any holiday (coming in oranges and purples for Halloween and Thanksgiving) or can even be made from fresh cut tree limbs off your Christmas tree! Either way, they are an easy way to dress your home up for the Holidays! Imagine a garland made of orange and yellow leaves, or tinsel and ornaments!

These are just a few easy ways to help decorate your home for the holiday season this year! We hope we’ve given you some good ideas to try out and that you have an amazing Holiday season with your loved ones this year!

What To Do With All Those Fallen Leaves

As much as we love this Autumn season, if you rent or own a home, odds are you’re either buried in fallen leaves, or about to be.

Who doesn’t love the trees as they change from bright greens to yellows, oranges and reds? However, what you might not love is when all those leaves vacate the trees and relocate themselves all around your yard. Clogging gutters, covering walkways, and decomposing to look not so nice anymore, the leaves can quickly become a nuisance.

So, what can one do? Well, here are some tips and tricks on ways to deal with all those fallen leaves this year.

Use a Lawn Mower: If the majority of the fallen leaves are on your lawn (or you could even rake them onto your lawn), one option is to mow them. Just like grass, the leaves will get chopped up and sucked into the collection bag, making it easy for you to toss them in the trash. Not to mention, any tiny ground up pieces left over make for an amazing mulch on your lawn.

Use a Vacuum: This is probably the easiest option for collecting all those pesky leaves, or least laborious aside from hiring someone else to do the job. Using a leaf vacuum, you can suck up all the fallen leaves and along with other tree debris such as pine cones, and then just empty them into the trash. Done!

Use a Leaf Blower: If you have a smaller yard, simply raking the leaves is probably your best bet, but if you have a large yard with a lot of large trees, then a leaf blower is a good option for you.

Turn the Leaves into Mulch: As mentioned above, chopped leaves make for a great mulch. Spread them over your shrubs and garden to help preserve moisture and insulate your plants during the cooler weather. They also make for a good weed suppressant and help with the spreading of weeds.

Use a Tarp: If you aren’t concerned about any grass or lawn underneath, laying a tarp down under your larger trees is a good option as well. Once the leaves fall, all you have to do is pick up the tarp and empty it into the trash. Super easy!

Have Fun!: One last option (and definitely our favorite) is to make this a fun family time! Maybe instead of the above options, with your family you rake the leaves into a huge pile for jumping and playing in. Break out some hot cocoa or cider while you’re at it and enjoy the fall weather with those you love most!

Fall Is Here!

And just like THAT… It’s Fall. Yesterday, Monday, September 23rd, was the official last day of Summer.

The warm sunny season couldn’t have ended in a more dramatic and symbolic way with an overcast, stormy day that had us pulling out our jackets. With barely a monsoon and a few wildfires burning around town, most of us were more than happy for the welcome rain, no matter the temperature.

It seems as though we went straight from Winter to Summer and then back to Winter again the way our seasons played out this year (though here’s hoping these cooler fall temperatures stick around before we hit winter temperatures again).

After the snowpocalypse storm back at the end of February, Spring felt like it was a rushed few weeks of nice weather before the heat kicked in. From there, we had some good Monsoon storms throughout the summer, but nothing compared to the entire season of torrential rains we’ve become accustomed to and had been expecting. And now, after that abysmal Monsoon season that left us solely with the Arizona heat and humidity with no rain to show for it, summer is over.

It’s almost October and we find ourselves having moved from temperatures in the 90s just weeks ago, straight down to 70-degree days and 50-degree nights. So, that being said, all we can say is: HELLO FALL!

If we aren’t going to have a monsoon season, then we’re more than happy to say goodbye to the heat and hello to the cooler weather.

Fall kicks off one of our favorite seasons.

Leaves around town begin to change as we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful town with grown trees full of leaves that change from yellow to orange to red, and every other fall color in between.

The air is filled with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg. We break out the fall decorations of pumpkins and scare crows. The festivities of pumpkin patches, Halloween dress up, and Thanksgiving begin!

What’s not to love?

So, bring on the pumpkin spiced everything, the beautiful outdoor weather for recreational activities and strolling through downtown, and the entire Holiday season to come! We’re ready!

What are some things you most look forward to in the Fall season? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear!

Listing Feature – 1637 Constable Street

It’s no secret how beautiful and spacious this Prescott Lakes home is! Set on a cul-de-sac with views of the golf course, mountains, and the Dells, this live on one level home is truly welcoming with its split bedroom concept and open floor plan. The main level comprises of the fenced courtyard entry into the dramatic foyer, kitchen, dining, great room, master bedroom, 2 guest bedrooms, full bath, office alcove, deck and the two garages currently set-up for 3-cars but can be converted for an additional garage space.

The immaculate kitchen is complete with a large fridge, gas stove top, built in ovens, spacious island with bar seating, granite counter tops, hickory cabinets, plenty of overhead lighting, and a walk-in pantry.

With an open concept, you can move easily from the kitchen to the great room as well as be a part of any entertaining you’re doing while preparing food and beverage. Natural and overhead lighting also help the space feel open, making it an area you can truly kick up your feet and relax.

A large open room with access to the deck and a spacious bathroom complete with walk-in closets, separate toilet room, dual vanity, and large walk-in closet, the master suite is everything you need!

The lower level walk-out has the same high-amenity status as the main level and offers a family room, 2 more guest rooms, a full bath, and storage.

One highlight of this property is the incredible views and the wraparound deck with 3 access points on the main level including a 4-panel multi-slide door from the great room. The lower level has access to the backyard covered and open paver patios complete with mature trees and wrought-iron fence.

The features of this home are way too numerous! More highlights include  luxury wood-look laminate floors, stone fireplace, hickory cabinets and granite counters throughout, paver driveway, cement tile roof and 3-zoned heating and cooling. Enjoy the Prescott Lakes lifestyle in this attractive home with relaxed floor plan and grand views! This is the one for you! The attached garage from the laundry room is currently set-up as an oversized 2-car garage with a separate storage room. The walls for the storage room can be removed to turn it into a 3-car tandem garage which allows for a total of a 3-car garage and a separate 1-car garage with its own outside entrance.

Interested in this gorgeous home? Call for your showing appointment today! 928-771-1111.

Prescott Named Best Value Town in the SW by Sunset Magazine

Living in Prescott, Arizona, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t absolutely love our small town.

With the amazing outdoor living, four mild seasons of weather, beautiful nature scenery and downtown, and so much more, it’s not surprising that Prescott has been recognized on multiple occasions by numerous printing presses around the nation. From Arizona magazines to national magazines such as Times, Prescott has had more than its fair share of the spotlight.

This time, Prescott has been named the best Value town in the whole Southwest by Sunset Magazine, beating out Scottsdale, Silver City, New Mexico, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The article talked about Prescott’s quality of life, emphasizing outdoor recreation such as our amazing trails and lakes. With our dramatic boulder landscapes to our towering pines, there are plenty of scenic places and vistas to awe and inspire. The article also touched on our Old West heritage, mentioning the Palace and Whiskey Row.

Precott E-News said that City Manager Michael Lamar, is pleased that Prescott is earning positive recognition.  “It’s easy to see why Prescott is being recognized in so many ways,” he said. “There is so much opportunity including heritage, arts, culture, outdoor recreation, and a variety of educational opportunities.  We believe that Prescott is on the rise, and recognition like this confirms it.”

To read everything Sunset Magazine had to say, you can click here to read the article.

A growing population of over 40,000 people, homes prices and sales on the rise, and continual recognition in the press, whether we like it or not, the word is out about how great our little town is, and people want in!

Are you or someone you know looking to move to Prescott? We’d love to help you in your buying and selling needs! Give us a call at 928-771-1111, or e-mails us at info@kathleeny.com.

 

Outdoor Tasks to Keep Your Home Looking Sharp

Wondering some ways you can make the outside of your home look a little nicer this season? Here are some things you can still accomplish during the warmer months to give your home that lovely curb appeal we all desire.

Update your outdoor lighting: Some fresh path lighting and new bulbs in your front porch light give your home that extra “wow” factor, not to mention make it easier for you to come and go when it starts to get dark earlier and the sun rises later in the morning. We suggest you use LED bulbs which are far more energy efficient and last almost five times longer than a normal light bulb.

Clean off your home’s siding: From wood siding to stucco, no matter the type of siding you have on your house, odds are it could use a little sprucing up. There are many different ways of going about this from a power-washer, to a soft-bristled brush by hand. Just don’t go too hard on it and make sure you don’t leave any streaks behind. With good preventative maintenance, a home’s siding can last for up to fifty years!

Inspect your foundation: Summer is a great time to inspect your foundation! With the weather being warm and mostly dry (aside from monsoons), it’s the best time to look at your foundation for cracks or damp spots (like under faucets). These things need to be fixed sooner rather than later so they don’t become larger issues later on.

Yard maintenance: Make sure your sprinklers are set to give your yard the water it needs (at least one inch a week). Also, stick to your mowing schedule. Letting your lawn grown too long and unruly can shock it too much later when you do eventually get around to cutting it. You might also want to consider laying some lawn grub-control to help deter bugs from eating your beautiful green lawn. These bugs will make your lawn not so green and beautiful if left unchecked.

Buy new tools: These will come in handy when doing the above-mentioned yard maintenance this summer as everything is blooming. An overgrown yard looks messy while a neat and trimmed one shows you truly care about your home. With plenty of holiday sales in the summer to choose from (Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day…), you’re sure to find some good deals!

 

Where are you, Monsoons?

Even though there have been some sporadic storms across the Prescott and Quad City areas, many of us have been either feeling left out of the torrential downpours with nothing to show from dark clouds except a few sprinkles, or left wondering when the real Monsoon season is going to hit.

Compared to years past, when the Monsoon season has generally started the first week of July, we now sit in the first week of August with little moisture to show for it. Curious about when we might be getting that jaw-dropping, earth-shattering Monsoon season we’ve all been waiting for – where there is practically an awe-inspiring storm every day – we found this article on azentral.com, that gives some possible explanations as to where our Monsoons are and when they might grace us with their presence:

“The heat waves we often get in late June and early July are usually the result of a strong area of high pressure sitting over the state.

Because of the way air flows around a high-pressure ridge (clockwise), the Phoenix area is more likely to experience monsoon conditions when that high-pressure ridge is over the Four Corners region. That allows moist air to flow in from over the Gulf of California.

That moisture helps fuel our summer storms.

However, that high-pressure area hasn’t reached the Four Corners yet and that’s due, at least in part, to holdover weather patterns that brought cooler than normal weather through much of the spring.

University of Arizona climate scientist Michael Crimmins explains that the jet stream (a kind of river of air in the atmosphere) has been hanging around farther south than normal and hasn’t allowed that high-pressure ridge to push north.

‘The (computer) weather models have been really struggling with the monsoon ridge because the jet stream has been so wavy,’ Crimmins said. ‘(The jet stream) has been really active and kind of wintery going back to January and it’s kind of done that through June.

‘It’s only been in the last couple of weeks the models have the jet stream relaxing and pulling north and letting the ridge kind of build in. Whether they are right or not is the big question.’

The National Weather Service’s monsoon outlook has leaned toward a later than normal start to the onset of monsoon conditions. One of the factors in that forecast is the idea that a wet winter and early spring have helped keep temperatures down, which could slow the development of the monsoon.

Crimmins doesn’t necessarily agree that wet conditions earlier in the year are delaying the start of the monsoon.

‘The whole (monsoon) ridge is kind of a chicken/egg thing,’ Crimmins said. ‘I think the cool June is more of a symptom than a cause. It’s more reflective of that the ridge hasn’t rushed in and built up further north because it’s being pushed around by the jet stream. Even the Gulf of California has been turned over a couple of times by the winds blowing through Baja. It’s still not as warm as you’d want it to be for gulf surges.’

But Crimmins also isn’t in the camp of those who think the monsoon will get off to a late start. As a climatologist, he’s more inclined to lean toward historical averages holding up.

From 1948-2018, the most common start date for the monsoon based on the traditional definition of three consecutive days of a certain dew-point temperature is July 3 for both Phoenix and Tucson. The monsoon started on that date nine times during that period in Tucson and 10 times in Phoenix.

While it doesn’t seem likely that things could change enough to bring rain that quickly, it might not be too far off if the jet stream cooperates.

‘If it gets out of the way and can be supported by a kind of more natural circulation pattern, then the ridge could be allowed to build north,’ Crimmins said. ‘That’s what the (computer) models are trying to do over the next two weeks. We’re now into the week-by-week, day-by-day game with the monsoon’.”