Monday, June 29, 2020

2718 N Warren Avenue

This adorable apartment is hidden away from the street in the middle of a four-plex. High beamed ceilings. Ceiling fans. Lots of sun light and quiet. Oak cabinets in the kitchen.

Two bed rooms, one bath. The floor plan is here.

At 600 square feet, it's itty bitty, but still, my tenants happily stay for years.
Very pretty and clean.
Each of the four apartments here has its own washer and dryer in its own laundry shed. Off street parking is available for two cars per apartment.
New in 2019: Central air conditioning and gas heat; refrigerator and gas stove; ceramic tile through out; bath vanity, medicine cabinet, storage cabinet and low-flow toilet.  
A mile and a half north of the U of A near the Mountain Avenue bike path. A few blocks from Albertson's, Raging Sage, Beyond Bread, Opa!, Lovin' Spoonful, Yoshimatsu, Blue Willow, The Folk Shop and lots of other cool stuff on Tucson's real main street, Campbell Avenue.

Rent is $820 per month, but if you pay before the first of the month, you can pay $810. Deposit is $920. I pay for water, trash and recycling. You pay for gas and electric.

No smoking, no pets. Tenant must be self supporting. Good credit and landlord references a must! Listing agent is owner and property manager. Equal opportunity housing.

This property will be available in early July 2020 for a lease through June 30, 2021.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

1415 E Seneca St

I have owned this sweet little University-area home since 1995. I invested almost $25,000 in 2016 in flooring, new kitchen, plumbing, electrical, fence, HVAC and painting.
Only four blocks to University Medical Center. Its desirable Jefferson Park location can't be beat. This little two bedroom, one bath house is like a mountain cabin with its high, open beamed ceilings and wood paneling. Ceramic Saltillo look-alike tile throughout. 
The operative word is little. At only 750 square feet, it is tiny, but my tenants happily stay for years because of the comfort and convenience of living here. The floor plan is here

I really got carried away with the bathroom. Adorable hand painted Talavera tile in the shower. Beautiful calla lily ceramic mirror. Too cute.
The sweet new kitchen has a dishwasher, gas stove, microwave and refrigerator. 14 SEER air conditioner and gas furnace were installed in June 2016. Ceiling fans in kitchen, living room and bedrooms. 
There is a new metal shed on the back patio with washer and dryer. Grey water goes to the gorgeous mesquite. New corrugated metal fence on west side of the fully enclosed back yard.
Gigantic yard. You can use about 60 square feet of the storage shed. 
I am the owner/agent. To rent it, you must be self-supporting, and have good credit and landlord references. No smoking and no pets. Equal Opportunity Housing. Rent is $1,100 per month. Renewable in one year increments after that. If you pay the rent early, you can pay $1,085. Deposit is $1,200.

The house will be ready for its new resident after the current residents leave in early July 2019. Your lease would go through June 30, 2020. Open house Saturday, July 6 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

From Some Out of State Investors

These folks have extensive experience as real estate investors. They have made offers on three properties in Tucson sight-unseen, based on my recommendation.

Really appreciate your insight and guidance.You're the best Donna :) Have never worked with a more professional, thorough and knowledgeable agent. So grateful to have you on our side!! It's clear that you put your clients' interest first and foremost.

Tom and Kathy Castrigno

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Mid-Century Modern in Mid-Central Tucson

Villa Catalina Apartments is one of Tucson's most beloved examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Located in the tranquil center of the highly desirable Sam Hughes neighborhood, you're close to groceries and casual dining at Rincon Market. Watch ballgames and meet the neighbors at Bob Dobb's. Enjoy upscale vegetarian Mexican cuisine at Tumerico. Get to the movies at El Con Mall in minutes. Have a Zen-like tea experience at Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas and for something completely different, dine at Tucson's first Ethiopian restaurant, Zeman's. 
This second floor condo is in one of the best locations in this lovely complex, which is in the National Register of Historic Places because of its architectural significance. A lift chair is available in an interior stairwell if you need a little help.  
Huge windows create a sunny living room. Perched on your spacious north-facing covered front balcony above the beautifully manicured landscaping, you'll enjoy a stunning view of the Catalina Mountains. 
The interior is recently spruced up, preserving the original '50s character. You'll be one of the few owners with two garage spaces, which you can see from your enormous covered back balcony. 
HOA fee covers property tax, utilities, heat, AC, trash pick up, two pools, one of them heated, laundry room, pest control, exterior maintenance, most plumbing and electrical, and beautiful Mediterranean-style landscaping with grass and oranges trees. Age restricted community: owner must be at least 55 years old. 
Two bedrooms and two baths. The floor plan is here. Offered at $160,000.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Flood Insurance Program Still Threatened

If you buy a property in the flood plain, your lender will require flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was scheduled to expire July 31, 2018. Trump delayed its expiration through November 30, 2018. Gee, do you think that date has anything to do with hurricane season and mid-term elections? After that, Congress has to reauthorize it. If they don't, you won't be able to buy flood insurance, so you won't be able to buy or sell a house in the flood plain unless you pay cash.  

This Wikipedia article discussed the history and problems of NFIP.

These two statements from the Wikipedia article on NFIP are particularly disturbing:

The cost of the insurance program was fully covered by its premiums until the end of 2004, but has had to steadily borrow funds since (primarily due to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy), accumulating $25 billion of debt by August 2017. 

Another criticism is that FEMA doesn't administer all policies, instead outsourcing many policies to private insurance companies. When a disaster occurs, FEMA makes payments to those private insurance companies to offset their costs. However, there is little oversight and few rules as to how the money should be distributed. As a consequence, private insurers have been known to use FEMA payments to hire attorneys that fight policyholders in court. One law firm is estimated to have received US $29M from FEMA payments to fight Hurricane Sandy claims. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Armory Park del Sol

Just a few blocks south of our revitalized downtown, in a lovely neighborhood where mature trees shade car-free side walks, you'll find the unique Armory Park del Sol. 
Built in 2001, the homes have 100 year old charm with modern conveniences. The Bungalow, Pueblo & Victorian-style homes were inspired by the surrounding historic neighborhood. 
Beautiful oak floors. Nine foot ceilings. 
Maple cabinets. Energy-efficient thermal mass masonry construction. Dual pane windows. Solar electricity. Tankless water heater. Trane heat pump. Central vacuum cleaner. 
No-step entry and wheelchair-accessible doorways and shower. Tiled bathrooms.Grapefruit tree in front yard. Secluded back patio. Grape arbor outside the kitchen door. 
Two-car garage faces the alley, while the front porches of the homes open to the quiet walk way to encourage a feeling of community.
The floor plan is here. Offered at $325,000.

Tuesday, July 31, 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. 
The red and yellow are gone, replaced by a fresh coat of white. 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. Sold for $212,000 on September 6, 2018. Home Sweet Home.