4 Fabulous Reasons for Building a Wine Cellar in Your Home

Custom Wine CellarWine lovers can quickly move to being wine collectors with just a few purchases after a vacation of wine tasting. What is the rationale you are giving your loved one for the justification of wanting to build a wine cellar in your home?

Wine cellars can now be conveniently custom-made for affordable prices. Wine racks, other wine storage components, and accessories are readily available in various home improvement stores and online shops. These developments are making wine storage facilities and rooms not solely for the rich wine collectors and restaurant owners. With the many affordable and practical wine storage designs available, these fixtures are now for everyone who wants one. Read more…

Condo-Tower Developer Proposes New Scottsdale Project

The developer of Optima Camelview Village, with its greenery and contemporary design, unveiled plans this week for a similar seven-story condominium complex at 68th Street and Camelback Road.

Architect David Hovey will seek city approval for 500 condos on 9.8 acres that would replace the vacant Orchidtree Apartments.

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Scottsdale Gears Up To Buy 400 Acres Of State Trust Land

McDowell Mountain Preserve

Scottsdale is moving to acquire about 400 acres of state trust land northeast of DC Ranch for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The city has asked the Arizona State Land Department to put the rugged, mountainous terrain up for auction later this year. It is valued at $6.5 million.

Scottsdale still faces hurdles in acquiring the land, but city and state officials do not anticipate any surprises.

The Arizona State Land Department Board of Appeals will consider setting an auction for the 400-acre tract at its meeting Aug. 13. No date has been set for a sale, but it could not occur before late October because of state requirements for advertising State Land Department auctions. Read more…

Charles Miller Square Project To Break Ground In Downtown Scottsdale

A downtown development that includes the home of Scottsdale forefather Charles Miller is expected to break ground this week.

Developer Richard Funke received two long-awaited permits to move the Charles Miller Square project forward.

Delays have kept Funke from moving two 1950s-style houses on the property at First Street and Goldwater Boulevard onto permanent foundations. Read more…

Scottsdale Likely To See State’s First Edition Hotel

Scottsdale is likely to get the first Arizona version of Marriott’s new lifestyle boutique hotel brand Edition on its 16-acre chunk of the Ritz-designated property.

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Scottsdale Housing On Green Streak

According to a Scottsdale green building progress report, about a quarter of the 891 homes built in Scottsdale last year included enough energy-saving and sustainable-building features to earn a green rating.

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Scottsdale is Among “100 Best Places to Live and Launch”

Three Arizona cities made the list as Fortune Small Business this week unveiled its "100 Best Places to Live and Launch 2008."

Scottsdale led the list of Arizona cities at No. 25, followed by Oro Valley near Tucson at No. 44 and Prescott at No. 92. Phoenix did not make the grade.

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Scottsdale Expands Trolley Routes

In April 2008 Scottsdale will launch an extension of its neighborhood circulator trolley, one of two permanent routes along with the city’s downtown trolley service.

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More Apartment Conversions

A surge of nearly 3,500 condo conversions in Scottsdale last year has city housing officials worried about maintaining affordable housing options for apartment dwellers.

Scottsdale began tracking conversions in 2005 as owners of 18 apartment complexes sought approval for turning their rental units to condos and selling them for prices, in some cases, of more than $300,000 each.

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Silverstone Approved By Scottsdale

Rawhide Main EntryIt has recently been announced that the Scottsdale city council voted unanimously to approve zoning changes for the 160-acre former Rawhide site at Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak Roads for a new planned community called Silverstone.

Cowboy HatThe community will include a health care facility, residences, a public library, offices and commercial areas. Silverstone will have 976 housing units and an assisted living facility that will rise 45 feet.

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