A Penny for your Thoughts

Sun City Grand resident Tony DelaTorre shares his thoughts.

Arizona Cactus Flower

Sun City Grand Foliage

Arizona Cactus growing and blooming periods.

Housing Report Sun City Grand | April 2016

Sun City Grand in Surprise

In the Sun City Grand retirement community, March 2016 active inventory homes on the market was 184, a 2% increase from March 2015. There were 62 homes that closed in escrow in March 2016, a 19% decrease from March 2015. Year-to-date 2016 there were 145 closings, a 17% decrease from year-to-date 2015. Months of Inventory […]

Happy Spring!

cactus blossom

It’s the first day of Spring 2016! Spring forward with ease into your retirement home. Call Leolinda Bowers for Grand in Surprise real estate information.


Arizona's 5 C's

5 C’s, each of which played a critical role in Arizona’s rise: climate, cattle, copper, cotton, citrus and now the Cardinals. Last week I harvested our citrus trees, which prompted me to write about the history of and importance of citrus to Arizona. Enjoy! Tony de la Torre

The year they banned Christmas

Being expatriated Washingtonians, one small daily ritual my wife and I cherish is our morning cup of Starbucks.  It’s a small thing, but not. Somehow it rejuvenates us, and braces us.  Whatever the day will throw, we’re ready. But one recent day I looked up from my steaming morning mug to see Camille all teary-eyed. […]

As 2015 Ends

Saguaro Cactus

As I sit back to reflect on 2015, I am so grateful for all the people I have in my life. Its been quite a journey for me, full of ups and downs. I’ve seen lots of happiness, illness, deaths and life challenges. Thank you for the friendships, many of you have become like family to me. I have […]

Trick or Treat ?

It’s October already!  We slip into the month of pumpkins. Where I come from the leaves would be at peak turn, nights now crisp with a whiff of warming wood fires in the air.  Little goblins and goblinettes would be thinking already of Halloween costumes and candy stashes to come; moms baking cookies shaped like […]