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The Old Pueblo: Arizona Inn transcends time, emanates beauty

The pink-hued boutique Arizona Inn boasts 92 rooms and suites spread across over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers, and lawns. One of the centerpieces is this luxurious library.

“Check in and chill out.” That’s the mantra of the Arizona Inn in Tucson. With its lush grounds, tasty drinks, friendly staff and heavenly beds, it’s easy to do just that.

The Arizona Inn prides itself on personal service. Upon check-in, we were greeted by the friendly front desk staff, who offered to give us a tour.

The bellhop shared the history behind the pink-hued boutique inn that boasts 92 rooms and suites spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns.

The inn, which is less than a mile from the University of Arizona and its hospital, has been owned and operated by the same family since its debut in 1930. Isabella Greenway opened the property 85 years ago because there were no luxury hotels in Tucson.

Once we arrived in our suite, we were dazzled. A wall-mounted television, and modern furniture and amenities juxtaposed the property nicely. The New York Times was delivered daily on the patio, giving the suite a homey feel.

The bed was worth the trip. They can be somewhat tricky at times for me, considering I’ve had three spinal fusions. The mattress here was soft, but it supported me at the same time. The white comforter was fluffy and light, which made it perfect for a cool spring night.

The night of our trip, we checked out the centerpiece of the hotel—its pool. The attraction and its recently renovated archway, or pergola, boasts a nearby bar and an indoor lounge with comfy couches and games.

Young guests get a kick out of the Arizona Inn’s homemade ice cream that is served poolside April to October. During our visit, we piled on the toppings making monster sundaes.

The real highlight is the Audubon Bar, which rivals another Tucson hotspot, Tanque Verde Ranch, for the best prickly pear margarita. A little nervous about trying an Arizona favorite? We also imbibed the Arizona Inn Margarita, which is made with Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, triple sec and lime juice. The bar menu also features summery sips like a minty mojito and a Moscow mule.

Temperatures are a tad cooler than the Valley in Tucson, and there are plenty of nearby attractions to check out during a stay at the Arizona Inn.

The glamorous inn is offering rates starting at $129. This year, too, the Arizona Inn is inviting guests to share their memorable stories and photos via Facebook. The hotel will select one winning entry in December to receive a grand prize two-night stay, including meals.

Millennials officially ‘outpacing’ baby boomers in Valley suburbs

Moving Back To Their Childhood City
Ahwatukee residents Nina and DJ Riley were not necessarily looking to move back to their childhood city after graduating from Arizona State University, starting careers and getting married, but it just happened. [Submitted photo]

Fifty or 60 years ago the expectation was that you find a spouse, get married, buy a home and have a nice, happy family built before you were 30. As a result, the stereotypical homebuyer was likely following that particular life path. Back then; if you were not married, you probably lived with your parents.

Oh, how times have changed. The suburbs used to be full of white-picket families with two and a half children. But there has been a shift. And in the words of Amanda Ventura, an account manager at Evolve Public Relations and Marketing, “Move over, soccer moms! Suburbia has new neighbors!”

Who are those new neighbors? you may ask. Well, according to rising Ahwatukee real estate agent Mike D’Elena, the average buyer is “young,” college educated, in a career and looking to settle down; they might not be married yet, and they may not even be looking for kids. The new neighbors on the block are from that generation baby boomers often frown upon — but they’re 30, thriving and all grown up: the millennials.

Millennials are officially “outpacing” baby boomers in Valley suburbs as far as new home purchases are concerned. A study also found that millennials presence in urban areas is actually decreasing to 17 percent down from 21 percent last year.

Seventy-eight percent of homeowners from the baby booming era actually have no intention of moving anytime soon. Their willingness to stay put could be due to the financial damage almost everyone endured nearly a decade ago when the market crashed. On the other hand, some real estate agents are seeing an increase in baby boomers actually wanted to live in previously millennial-only urban areas. With a majority of the baby boomers exceeding 50 years of age, and some being as old as 70, their kids have all moved out and the parents (and grandparents) want to be by the action.

D’Elenas finds the flip-flop in a stereotypical homebuyer a little humorous: “These older people want to do what people in their 20s want to do. They want to walk everywhere, and be close to everything. It’s a kind of weird, the roles have switched a little bit.”

Simultaneously D’Elenas totally understands the adjustment.

“Really, millennials are just getting older. The things like schools, and being in a safe area, and getting a little more bang for your buck in terms of what you can buy is a little more important now,” he said.

D’Elena helped two recently married millennials buy a home right here in Ahwatukee. Nina and DJ Riley were not necessarily looking to move back to their childhood city after graduating from Arizona State University, starting careers and getting married, but it just happened.

“It’s super safe, it’s super quiet, and we’re still super close to stuff,” said Nina. “At a certain point, as a millennial, you realize slowing down is a good thing…you don’t always need to be in the middle of the action.”

The couple bought a home built in the ’80s, came in, and totally gutted the place. Nina and DJ took the opportunity to take advantage of some gained equity on their last house to renovate their new house, ditching the dark, drab color scheme for a lighter palate of grays and creams.

D’Elena recognizes that as a trend as well: millennials are picky. They are looking to buy two types of homes: a bargain to completely renovate, or a top-of-the-line, perfectly complete home. Nobody is really “settling” for anything in between anymore.

After speaking with both D’Elena and Nina, it can be concluded that all of those new house improvement television shows may not be to blame for the millennials’ urge to renovate, but they have certainly altered general perceptions of home owning. Looks like millennials are now preferring higher quality, more modern, safer and more cost effective homes in Valley suburbs.

• Kendra Penningroth is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

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Here & Near Ahwatukee: Free reverse mortgage workshop Jan. 28

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HERE: Free reverse mortgage workshop Jan. 28

If you are a homeowner, age 62 years or older, and own your home outright or could pay off the remaining balance with reverse mortgage proceeds, don’t miss this opportunity to meet with a licensed reverse mortgage specialist and learn how to convert your home’s equity into cash on Thursday, Jan. 28, from noon-1 p.m., at Ironwood Library Meeting Room, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

Seating is limited, so please register and RSVP to Kelli McNell-Nadjafi at 480-310-1555.

NEAR: Moscow Festival Ballet ‘Don Quixote’ Jan. 29

Leading dancers from across Russia will be staging a new production of the timeless classic “Don Quixote” on Friday, Jan. 29., at 7:30 p.m., at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

For more information, visit www.chandlercenter.org or call 480-782-2680.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: 44th annual Flagg Gem And Mineral Show Jan. 8


HERE: Ahwatukee Business Development group to meet Jan. 6

The mission of the Ahwatukee Business Development group is to educate and promote economic growth of the local business community. David Kowalski, of United Brokers Group, will present the topic of Defining Your Business Culture segment on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Thistle Landing, 4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive, Suite 100.

NEAR: 44th annual Flagg Gem And Mineral Show Jan. 8

The Flagg Gem and Mineral Show is an exciting event for children, students of all ages, teachers and families. This year the show will have more food vendors on Friday, Jan. 8, at 9 a.m. at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave.

For more information, visit flaggmineralfoundation.org.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: Teen Jewelry-Making at Ironwood Dec. 30


HERE: Teen Jewelry-Making at Ironwood Dec. 30

Let your creativity come out to play. All supplies will be provided at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

NEAR: ‘Sing in the New Year’ Dec. 31

Out with the old, and in with the new. Four Peaks Brewery presents “Sing in the New Year,” with performances and special guest appearances by some of the Valley’s greatest musicians on Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W., Rio Salado Pkwy.

For more information, call 480-350-2822.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: Polar Express Storytime at Ironwood Dec. 17

A scene from The Polar Express, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

HERE: Polar Express Storytime at Ironwood Dec. 17

The whole family will enjoy songs, treats and the childhood classic “Polar Express.” Children are welcome to wear pajamas on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Tickets are limited and available 30 minutes before the program start time.

For more information, visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org or call 602-262-4636.

NEAR: Phoenix Boys Choir to perform Dec. 18

‘Tis the season! Get into the spirit as the angelic voices of the acclaimed Phoenix Boys Choir perform a delightful array of holiday favorites at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 at Mesa Performing Arts Center, Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave.

For more information, visit www.PhoenixBoysChoir.org or call 602-264-5328.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: Ortiz to host continuing education seminar for CPAs

HERE: Ortiz to host continuing education seminar for CPAs

Joseph B. Ortiz, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, wants to help local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) meet their professional education requirements. To do that, he is hosting a continuing education seminar, “Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Businesses,” on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m-2 p.m. at Edward Jones, 4902 E. Warner Road, Suite 1, in Ahwatukee.

NEAR: General Volunteer Orientation at Pueblo Grande

This once-a-month orientation is to provide interested members of the public with an overview of volunteer opportunities including expectations regarding experience, skills, and the time commitment needed to volunteer in each area from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

For more information, call 602- 495-0901 or visit www.pueblogrande.com.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: First Fridays at the Heard Fiesta con Frida

[Courtesy Of Frida Kahlo Museum]
Frida painting the portrait of her father by Gisèle Freund, 1951 Copyright: Frida Kahlo MuseumImage provided by the Frida Kahlo Museum. Photographer: A Estrada / Mexico.

HERE: Holiday Boutique Dec. 5

Start and finish your Christmas shopping at Mountain Park Community Church’s seventh annual Holiday Boutique with more than 40 vendors selling a variety of amazing items. The boutique will also feature raffle prizes and food items from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road.

For more information, visit mountainpark.org.

NEAR: First Fridays at the Heard Fiesta con Frida

First Fridays are at the Heard Museum. In December, the theme is Fiesta con Frida. Savor an incredible, one-time only fiesta buffet re-created by the chefs of the Heard Museum’s Courtyard Cafe. Visitors can enjoy the Heard’s 12 exhibit galleries, nationally-acclaimed Courtyard Café and gourmet drinks at the Coffee Cantina, and see the best in Native art at the Heard Shops on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6-10 p.m.

For more information, visit heard.org/firstfridays.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: ‘Pixar in Concert’ Nov. 29

Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) takes off on an adventure in his helium-propelled house.

HERE: Toastmasters in Ahwatukee Dec. 1

Do you want to be a more effective communicator? Do you hate to speak in public? You will be greeted by the newly elected officers: Rich Fisher, president; Don Griffith, vice president of education; Tudor Melville, vice president of membership; Jill Norgaard, vice president of public relations; Elizabeth Berry, secretary; Dennis Wu, treasurer; and Viola Klype, sergeant at arms on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6:45-8 a.m. at 4545 E. Chandler Blvd.

For more information, contact jnorgaard@cox.net.

NEAR: ‘Pixar in Concert’ Nov. 29

Kick off your holiday season with the whole family during Thanksgiving weekend with “Pixar in Concert.” From the “Toy Story” trilogy to “The Incredibles” and “Up,” Pixar Animation Studios has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. The Phoenix Symphony plays the memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St.

Here & Near Ahwatukee: ‘A Christmas Story’ at Gammage

Chris Van Vleet as Jean Shepherd and Colton Maurer as Ralphie in A Christmas Story: The Musical.

HERE: Toddler Time at Ironwood Nov. 25

Accompanied by a favorite adult, 2 year olds enjoy interactive stories, songs and games chosen to encourage emerging language skills in active toddlers. Tickets are limited and available 30 minutes before program start time on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 10:30-11 a.m. at Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler, Blvd.

NEAR: ‘A Christmas Story’ at Gammage

The story from a cherished movie classic that’s enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. In 1940s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB Gun. “A Christmas Story, The Musical!” is fun holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold. Performance is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave. Tempe.

For more information, call 480-965-3434.

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