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Xeriscaping your home saves water, brings beauty

When Carl Hermanns and his wife, Jeanne Powers, moved from San Diego in 2001 to teach at ASU, they were attracted to Tempe’s ranch houses and the established Meyer Park neighborhood especially. The emerald green...
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Valley cities ranked among best for renters

Finance site WalletHub just published an interesting new study that ranks the best and worst cities for renters. In a stunning victory, six Valley cities made it into the top 10 and eight made it...
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What $1.19 million buys you in Ahwatukee

What will $1,195,000 buy in Ahwatukee? That was the sale price of a nearly 5,900-square foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house atop a hill with gorgeous views of South Mountain and the Phoenix skyline. The house at 3520 E....
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Important Reminder: Don’t leave your pets in the car

Through the year and particularly in the summer, the Arizona Humane Society educates the public in a dozen different ways on how to protect their pets from hot weather. It never seems enough. Pets are still...
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Valley city earns high marks for recreation

For National Park and Recreation Month, which happens to be July, the site WalletHub took a look at the best cities in the country for going out. To create the list, 35 metrics were considered that comprised four categories: entertainment...
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Important rattlesnake facts you need to know

You’re bound to hear a lot of folklore from Arizona old-timers about venomous bites and the indigenous critters that inflict the damage. While entertaining and well-meaning, many of those stories are wrong, despite the sources’...
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Upgrade your pool with cutting-edge designs

In what might be called the Bronze Age of residential pool building in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the design phase was quick and easy. Homeowners asked for a kidney-shaped pool with a deep...
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3 dangerous desert denizens you don’t want in your home

Remember those perfect Valley weekend afternoons back in April? T-shirt and sandals weather. Everybody up north was getting pelted by hail and doused by torrential rains. You were giggling on the patio. This was why...
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Tempe ranked among nation’s best downtowns

The rest of the country is learning what Valley residents already know about Tempe: it’s one of the best downtowns in which to live and play. The editors at Livability.com recently ranked Tempe seventh on...

Salary study shows Phoenix still a good buy for house hunters

Scenery, sports, sunshine - the reasons to live in Phoenix are many. But if you need one more to seal the sentiment, consider the Valley’s living standards by salary. A recent roundup of earnings needed...

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