Saturday, February 11, 2012

Open House in Colonia Solana

Open Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 4 PM. From Broadway and Country Club, go south on Country Club. East on Via Palos Verdes to 3135 E Via Palos Verdes.

Colonia Solana is my favorite Central Tucson neighborhood. Linda Ronstadt used to own a home here. The one acre lots have native vegetation, the huge vintage houses have real character, and Arroyo Chico provides daily wildlife sightings. I used to roller blade around in here when I lived across Country Club Road in the more humble Broadmoor neighborhood. It's walking distance to all the plays and festivals in Reid Park, too.

With a corner fireplace, the 23' x 15' living room is open to the 13' x 13' dining area. The garage-sized studio has high ceilings and lots of soft light. Beamed ceilings, polished concrete floors and retro bath tile. The 38' x 10' Arizona Room is accessible from the large master suite and through a wall of north-facing windows in the living/dining room.

At under $120/SF, this is a real value in a prestigious neighborhood.

Manzo Middle School

Please check out the beautiful video by Manzo Middle School in Bookman's video contest. My fabulous client Moses Thompson is on the staff at Manzo, and they could win $15,000. Vote for Manzo in Bookman's facebook poll here. Manzo's the 6th school down. And after you vote, be sure to harass all your friends with the "ask friends" button at the bottom of the poll. Voting ends February 17.

Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall was a welder who created fanciful creatures out of auto parts and miscellaneous junk. It was always a treat to go by his home at Water and Highland in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. His marvelous metal friends escaped his yard and spilled out onto the sidewalk years ago. There was just no containing the joy he put into his art.

Jerry died in 2010, and many of his sculptures were sold estate-sale style a few weekends ago. The sale was not well publicized, which is tragic.

Now his home is for sale, listed with Long Realty. When I drove by last week, several of his creations were still there, but the display is a shadow of its former glory.

Tumamoc Wildflowers

Globemallow, chickory, brittlebush and lots of other things I can't name are blooming on Tumamoc Hill.

The recent rain has provided plentiful food for the mulies. These deer know the only thing that will shoot them on this spectacular hill is a camera, and they have had lots of practice in striking charming poses. I was only 15' away from this fawn. Several adults were about 25' away, unconcerned.
I never tire of saying it: do we live in a great place or what?