Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Solar Art on the Santa Cruz

The street car bridge over the Santa Cruz at Cushing Street has been open for six years (!) and I finally went to see the solar art last week.
The bridge has rusted metal arcs with patterns cut into them. The side walk on both sides of the bridge has scenes from Tucson's history incised into them. A certain moments through out the year, the sun shines through an arc just right to complete an image on the sidewalk.
Last Friday at 10:30 AM, I went with some of my hiking buddies to see the symbol for Mars encircle the Phoenix Mars Lander. It happened to be the tenth anniversary of the Mars landing. The principal investigator of the landing worked at the University of Arizona.

On June 1 at noon, this article in Zocalo says the street car will be the illuminated image, but I'm not sure about that. As I recall, the Tucson Pressed Brick Company on the south side of the bridge will be featured this Friday.

Anyway, it's fun to think of the math and precision engineering and art that all combined to make this happen.

It's also fun to have brunch at Seis in the Mercado San Agustin after experiencing the solar art.

The Loop is One of the Best Things That Ever Happened to Tucson

Some bicyclists move to Tucson specifically because we have a 120 mile system of paved paths with absolutely no cars. I myself walk dozens of miles on The Loop each year. Here's a map of our marvelous Loop. You can get a copy of this and all the other bike paths in Tucson at most bicycle stores.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Student Loan Debt Precludes Mortgage Debt

Because the cost of acquiring a college education has increased so much in the past decade, many millenials have crippling student loan debt. Before they can begin to save a down payment on a house and take on a home mortgage, they need to spend years paying off their student loans. The rate of homeownership among young people has plummeted.

Inability to save the down payment is only part of the problem. Lenders will only allow borrowers to spend about 36% of their gross monthly income on all debts, including student loans, car payment, credit card payments and mortgage. If student loans are eating a large portion of their young peoples' pay checks, they won't have much left to qualify for a mortgage.

The other problem is the lack of jobs. College graduates who are unable to find a job or who lost a job will be unable to make their student loan payments. When they default on their student loans, their credit is trashed, and they are in a hole that will be very difficult to climb out of. Adding to the difficulty is that some employers do a credit check as part of the hiring process. Bad credit means no job offer. 

Some people who had been promised that their student loans would be forgiven if they worked in a public service job found that rug pulled out from under them last year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Read or Die

My fabulous client Daphne Russell has had a huge impact on her students, inspiring them to read as if their lives depend on it, which of course is true. She is having a book signing of her book Read or Die at Borderlands Brewery this Friday from 6 to 10 PM

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Listing in Popular East Tucson Neighborhood

Great cul-de-sac location, next to common area. 
Around the corner to community pool and playground with swings, slide, jungle gym, ramada and basketball hoop. 
Home has two covered patios. Wrap-around yard. 
Spacious living room has soaring ceiling, fan, skylight, and great mountain view. Gas fireplace. Tile and wood floors throughout. 
Kitchen has stainless steel gas stove, granite counters and breakfast nook. Dishwasher new in 2016. Formal dining room. Master suite has door to back patio, double sinks, walk-in closet plus bonus closet. Hall bathroom has skylight. 
Central AC and gas furnace new in 2016. New kitchen sink, faucet, disposal and under-sink plumbing in 2017. Gates replaced in 2015. Raised planters and clementine tree. Three bedrooms, two baths, two car garage. Offered at $220,000. Home Sweet Home.

Diane Keaton Buys $1.5M Adobe in Barrio Viejo

Hmm, this is curious. Diane Keaton bought a $1.5M fixer upper at 560 S Convent. She plans to flip it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Casual Elegance in the Catalina Foothills

The Wow Factor is off the charts! Exquisite custom masonry home on spectacular lot with astounding mountain views. Meticulously maintained with high-quality upgrades. 
Gorgeous, sunny kitchen with breakfast bar open to great room. 
Two-sided free-standing fireplace. PRE-PAID SOLAR LEASE has saved the owners over $8,000 in electric bills and over 50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Whole house water softener and dual pane windows and doors installed in 2017. 
Office near entrance has bathroom and closet. It can be fourth bedroom with the addition of a door. 
Dreamy master bedroom has a fireplace, big beautiful shower and private patio. Breath-taking back yard with refreshing infinite-edge pool. 
So much outdoor space for entertaining and family fun. Come see the lovely palo verde trees in bloom. Watch the nearby Catalina Mountains change hue throughout the day and the seasons.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,513 square feet. Two car garage. The floor plan is here. 0.98 acre covered with mature xeriscape and native desert. Offered at $565,000.