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Summer is a great time for those who live in Scottsdale to visit the Heard Museum. Founded in 1929, the Heard is dedicated to the presentation of culture and art of Native Americans. Internationally acclaimed collections grace the halls and are accompanied by rotating exhibits, special events and festivals. First timer visitors should take advantage of the tours led by expert docents. Included with museum admission, this is the best way to learn extra tidbits of information.
The Heard Museum Art Collection includes over 35,000 items including both traditional and contemporary items. An impressive selection of Navajo textiles, Hopi katsina dolls and Zuni jewelry pieces are showcased here. There is also a fantastic representation of southwestern ceramic art and basket design. Guests will marvel at the expert craftsmanship and artistry perfected by the indigenous people of the Americas.
Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., anytime is a wonderful time to go. First Fridays of the month are extra special on this Scottsdale property when the Heard reopens from 6 to 10 p.m with free admission to the gallery and thematic programming.
Art enthusiasts who live in Scottsdale or nearby can view the Masterworks Art & Artists Series online in the digital library which is a wonderful way to keep the collection close to heart. Come and see the colorful and mesmerizing collaboration of art works at the Heard Museum today.
Commercial Tempe real estate has a new tenant. Air Products, a Pennsylvania-based superconductor company, is spinning off a new company. The name of the new company is Versum Materials. It was formerly the electronic materials division of Air Products. The company already leases 60,000 square feet of Tempe real estate at ASU Research Park. Versum might even lease an entire 95,100 square foot building for its operations. The company has many contracts with Western states. Business is also booming with Asian companies. In fact, 70% of the market share is working with companies in Asia. That market is also growing rapidly. These factors make a western base a smart business decision.
Versum has 250 employees, and it is expected that the Scottsdale home market will get a boost from the new business. The company hopes to be more adaptable to changing market conditions by being a distinct entity, located close to its major customers. It is hoped that business with expand, and that other businesses supplying for semiconductors. The plan is that Versum will officially be a separate company from Air Products in September. The Tempe location will have some research and development functions. Some administrative functions will remain in Pennsylvania.
All who own Scottsdale real estate can be looking for some great new career opportunities, as well as having some new Swiss neighbors, as the corporate headquarters of the Kudelski Group will be moving to Phoenix. This Switzerland based cyber security technology company is adding this Phoenix headquarters to compliment their Swiss location this year. Leaders in the Phoenix metro area are very excited that this deal has come to fruition. Even though they are keeping their Swiss location as well, many high-level executives and support staff will be relocating to the Phoenix area. The Scottsdale real estate market can expect healthy growth, as this company plans to settle in and report financial results in U.S. dollars instead of Swiss Francs in 2017.
This publically traded company (SIX:KUD:S) has leased a large space, just over 130,000 square feet at 5090 N. 40th Street. In addition to the employees who are relocating, the company plans to hire about 130 people. This is a great opportunity for people in this industry who call Scottsdale home, and also great for attracting new people to the area. This new U.S. location is meant to bring Swiss innovation to the U.S. and get their foot in the door. Teams from both Switzerland and the United States will work together and internal transfers between the sites will be encouraged. Get in with this company and it may be a good opportunity to see another part of the world. News like this means healthy economic growth for the Phoenix metro area, something everyone can be excited about.
All Scottsdale home owners are invited to come out for the annual Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration. Held on July 2nd, this is a great way to honor our nation’s beginnings. Keep cool by attending the festivities, held indoors at WestWorld. The fun starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. Come hungry and get something delicious to eat at this air-conditioned Scottsdale real estate location. Kids can have a blast at the Kids Zone, which includes pony rides and a petting zoo. All ages can get in on some friendly competition at the Olympic Village. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. on the polo field.
There are several ticket options for the event. General admission is $12. Everyone who calls Scottsdale home can get in for $6. VIP tickets include access to VIP food stations and several fun events. These cost $20 for kids and $35 for adults. Kid Zone wristbands are $20 for the first kid and $10 for additional kids. Get the best value with a family four-pack, which includes VIP admission for two adults and two kids, as well as two Kid Zone wristbands for just $130. For people who only want to see the fireworks, admission to the field is $20 per car. Gates open at 7 p.m. Get more details and purchase tickets online at Scottsdale Independence Day.
Golfers who live in Scottsdale have the privilege of golfing at some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the nation. In fact, the Phoenix Business Journal has just released the list of the 2016 most challenging courses in Arizona, and the top courses are all within an hour’s drive of Scottsdale. A drive north to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Desert Mountain’s Chiricahua course provides golfers who live in Scottsdale the chance to take on what has been called the most challenging course in Arizona. This course has come in with a Slope rating (the measure of difficulty for non-scratch golfers) of 151. Golfers here can enjoy breathtaking scenery, elevation changes, and of course, a challenge at this 7,197 yard par-72 course.
Next on the list comes Desert Highlands Golf Club with a rating of 150. Also designed by Jack Nicklaus, this lovely course played host to the first two Skins Games in 1983 and 1984 and allows golfers to walk in the footsteps of some of the masters. Rounding out the list of the top three challenging courses are Desert Forest Golf Club and Silverleaf, which tied with a rating of 149. Both of these courses are quite close to downtown Scottsdale and offer a fine round of golf for all Scottsdale property owners. Test your skills at all of these courses. Take in the beauty of the desert and drive that ball into the gorgeous Arizona sky.
It’s no secret that paying for health care is a major concern of many Americans. Even when employers cover a portion of the cost, employees’ portions can add up to a sizable chunk of the salary and create financial difficulties. These issues caused Fingerpaint Marketing, Inc. to take a look at how it dealt with employee health care coverage. The company is based in New York but leases a total of 10,000 square feet of commercial Scottsdale property for its western base. Fingerpaint Marketing employs 150 people who live in Scottsdale and the surrounding area and has plans to hire 100 more.
Company founder Ed Mizen says that giving good benefits to employees is a major value of the company. This is what led to the decision to pay for the entire cost of health care premiums for employees. The total cost is about $1.2 million. Because of the uncertain outlook on health care costs, as well as changing health care laws, the company can’t say just how long it will be able to offer this benefit to employees. The company is committed to trying to find a way, if possible.
To keep up with the expanding market, Fingerpaint Marketing plans to triple or quadruple its offices on Scottsdale property in the near future.
A great reason to shop for Scottsdale real estate is all the amazing golfing opportunities. Legend Trail Golf Club is one of the places that give the city its reputation for being a golfer’s paradise. Rees Jones, the course architect, designed the course to be both enjoyable for beginning and intermediate players, while still giving a fun challenge for more advanced golfers. Golf Magazine has named Legend Trail one of its 100 best courses. Golf Digest rated the course as one of the best places to play, with 4.5 stars out of 5. It was also rated as one of the top women-friendly facilities by Golf for Women magazine.
Legend Trail offers players a beautiful setting on Scottsdale real estate that it exquisitely manicured, with the majestic Sonoran Desert, Pinnacle Peak, and Lone Mountain offering a rugged contrast. Get to know other golfers who live near your Scottsdale home by joining the men’s and ladies’ golf clubs. Hone your game with private or group lessons. Taught by experienced golf pros, students get lots individualized attention to improve their games.
Join Legend Trail as a full member or purchase a loyalty card to enjoy discounted rates. Visit Legend Trail Golf Club to learn more about the club and membership levels, find out about lessons, and book a tee time online.