Golf sees powerful new partnership forged in Arizona
Saddlebrooke, Arizona has two courses managed by the SaddleBrooke Two community, the MountainView and the Preserve golf courses. The resident association is committing to a multi-million dollar renovation for the Mountainview course, next year. Two renovation elements to reduce turf and a new irrigation system will provide for even more water efficiency. The community already utilizes reclaimed water for much of the irrigation needs at their golf operation. With this new partnership, the community will look at other ways to enhance natural mountain views. Trees, wildlife habitats, nature, and water conservation are keystones in this community.
Do you know how many caves are in the U.S.?
Arizona has many parks and monuments. Head south from SaddleBrooke, AZ, to visit Kartchner Caverns in Benson, AZ. Making the trip in the summer, when the temperatures are high, is a wise choice. You can enjoy temperatures around 70 degrees while touring the cave features.
The heat is on, how to get off the island.
What is a community heat island? Higher temperature gradients are most notable in dense urban areas. The loss of vegetation combines with pavement and buildings to increase temperatures. Concrete sidewalks and asphalt absorb heat. According to the EPA, this effect results in average daytime temperatures 1-7 degrees F higher, and nighttime temperatures 2-5 degrees F higher in urban versus natural areas.
U.S. water flows like gold to the Saudi desert
Water-intensive crops like cotton appear along the rural highways in the hot Phoenix sun. Water-hungry lawns spring into sight as you enter the more affluent neighborhoods in the valley center. These raise eyebrows and questions as water dwindles and shortages are straining some communities.
Is there a Bright Future for Trees In Arizona?
During the middle of a hot spell, the SaddleBrooke, Arizona community entered into a debate regarding proposed landscaping requirements. An existing HOA rule requires either a focal cactus like a Saguaro or an approved desert tree for each front yard.The proposed requirement for new construction is to plant a tree versus a focal cactus. This has sparked a discussion over trees in an upper desert area. Home values remain high in areas with trees. How will any rule change affect home values? Are trees water-efficient?
Shifting Sands of a Pandemic Opened Up New Activities
Locations, amenities, and the right mix of people provide a winning retirement combination. Retirement is a common goal for everyone. But everyone's retirement is different. Expectations for retirement years are very different from our parents' retirement. Activities for retirement communities are shifting and adjusting to new expectations. Newer and older retirees want a connection with nature. There is a desire for enhanced outdoor activities. These factors are pushing outdoor-friendly locations to new heights on the charts.
Tucson, a quirky, but high culture town
Residents and visitors to the SaddleBrooke Community appreciate Tucson as a nearby quirky town with its the unusual combination of culture and arts. It comprises more than just amazing food. It was the first area in the United States designated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).The association supports designated cities in becoming hubs of creativity and cultural production.