Living in the Ahwatukee Foothills, The Best of Both Worlds

Living in this community for the last few months has been the most enjoyable out of any location that I have lived in since moving to Arizona from New Hampshire in 2004.  I have lived in Gilbert, East Mesa, South/West Mesa, Tempe and North Scottsdale.  There is no other area of the valley with more stunning views coupled with a convenient location, within 20 minutes of Phoenix Sky Harbor, 25 minutes of Downtown Phoenix and within 25 minutes of Scottsdale.  Restaurants, night life and shopping is plentiful and close.

Here's awesome drone footage of one particularly stunning area of the Foothills! 


Surrounded by miles of breathtaking landscape, the Ahwatukee Foothills has a 'small town' community feel with a convenient location and tons to do.  Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and street biking along with family favorites like the Ahwatukee Farmers Market and the annual Chili Cook-off that takes place each spring. 

South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the United States and borders the entire community to the north.  Offering amazing scenery as a stunning backdrop to many homes and neighborhoods.   

The Ahwatukee Farmers Market is every Sunday morning in the Zipps parking lot off of Warner. NW Corner of 48th St and Warner.

Moving and want to see what Ahwatukee has to offer?  View areas homes FOR SALE HERE. 

The Ahwatukee Mom vs the Remodel and the things you don't think about 😬

Anyone will tell ya that 5 weeks to remodel a 2 story, 2600sf home from top to bottom is pretty tight never mind while reconfiguring the entire kitchen, removing an Arizona room and refinishing and retrofitting a 1920's clawfoot tub.  Needless to say the #LamFam moved into a home with still a few things left to do. 

Here's what was left:

  1. More insulation blown into the attic 
  2. Exterior paint job 
  3. New Roof 
  4. Window washing 
  5. Sunscreens 

Doesn't seem like a big deal, right?

Here are the things you don't think about... 

More Insulation blown in the attic: This sounds easy.  They just hoist the small hose up the back balcony and through the sliders and should just take a few minutes and they'll be out and cleaned up shortly after.  Wrong. 

First off, they had to come twice because they noticed that the original batt insulation was actually falling off of the walls and it was going to be a little bigger of a job than they had planned for the day as there was so much undone up in the attic and so many things that weren't sealed, etc. 

The "hose" isn't that small either, btw.  If it is being pulled from around the corner, put rubber, tape or something that will protect your baseboards from being scuffed...especially if they are bright white.  Also, keep in mind the door has to stay open which totally sucks in the summer when it's 115 degrees out.  If you are planning to add more insulation in your attic (and it's a great idea to do so) it's more comfortable for you and your home to do it when the weather is cooler.

I didn't enclose the entrance to the attic completely in plastic but I wish I did.  My attic access is in the master closet and there were and still are pieces of insulation on clothes, in shoes and shelves.  I can't recommend enclosing the area in plastic enough.  The guy did his best to keep it as clean as possible but it's impossible with all of that flying around

It took about 3 hours from start to finish and that's including some sealing and different things they needed to do to prepare.  The difference in the overall comfort of our home was recognized immediately and I am sure we will see a difference in our utility bill too.  We used and were very satisfied with EnergyRite LLC.

New Roof:  We have a tile roof which means they remove the tile and replace the underlayment then put the tiles back.  Some of the materials used when replacing the roof gave off a very strong asphalt smell.  I work from home and started noticing it a few hours after they started reassembling the roof.  

Opening the windows weren't an option because it was June.

We have jump ducts above the bedroom doors (they open the rooms to a register on the other side of the wall into the hallway).  I remembered that the guy from EnergyRite said that our jump ducts weren't sealed and they were just open to the attic which meant that nice, cool air was being released into the bazillion degree attic.  Wow, that's awesome of the builder to not seal those 😳 I quickly realized that #1. it's hot and #2. those jump ducts are open to the attic so that asphalt smell is going to just keep getting worse especially since we can't really open the windows. 

Panic.  I can barely be inside my house at this point let alone sleep there or let my 4 year old sleep in that chemical smell.  I grabbed the plastic wrap from the kitchen and the blue painters tape from the laundry room and wrapped all of the jump ducts in plastic.  I threw open a few windows and set up some fans.  It took about an hour but the smell went away for the most part thankfully. 

Lesson learned.  If possible, replace your roof when it's cooler so that you can keep the windows open or do it before you move in.  Hopefully, the home is sealed, including registers and ducts, from the attic. We used Prime Roofing for the replacement.  

Exterior Paint:  This was pretty painless, was only outside and only lasted a few days.  We used an epic painting company that we love and refer to all of our clients, Sharper Edge Painting, LLC

I would absolutely recommend getting this done AFTER the new roof if possible.  We did it the other way around and there are a few spots that we have to have the painter come back and touch up because the roofers didn't put the tiles exactly in the same point in a few spots so some of the old color is exposed.

Window Washing:  You'll want to line up window washers especially if you have large windows or a two story home.  The painters will power wash your home and the windows will get wet and likely streaked, etc.  The window washing company will remove the screens and clean them as well. 

The company we used is South Mountain Window Cleaning.  They were awesome and my windows are so clean and clear.

Sun Screens: I recommend getting the window cleaning the day before or the morning of the day that you are getting new sunscreens.  The window cleaning company will remove the screens if you ask them to and then you'll be clean and ready for the new screen install. 

I caution getting the window washing more than a day before the sun screen installation.  It can get really hot on windows that need sunscreens especially once the old ones are removed and you were used to the comfort they provided. 

The sunscreen company that we used is ScreenMobile and it's made a huge difference in the comfort level of our home already. 

We still aren't done but we are getting there even though it's been a little stressful as we ride this crazy real estate market while also raising a 4 year-old. The boxes are finally almost all unpacked, the punch list is getting shorter and we more than grateful to be fortunate enough to live minutes from the preserve in this cool little town called Ahwatukee.

Speaking of this cool little's an awesome new listing of mine that's 3/4 of a mile up a mountain offering the most epically epic views and privacy that you would expect from the top of the world. Call 480-250-0023 for more info. 

Listed by Katie Lambert with Team EvoAZ at Revelation Real Estate


Ahwatukee Remodel 🏡 Top 10 Tips for Organizing a Move to a New Home

OMG any remodel is always a project...this one seemed to be a bit more taxing because it's our home, maybe?  You'd think after 300 some odd remodels we'd be numb to this but it's just different and weird when it's the home you are going to live in.  

Whilst the demo, remodel and material management is going on, we were facilitating the rental of our current home, planning the purging, packing and moving of our current home and pulling all the strings that make it come together all at the same time. 

Our top 10 tips for organizing the "big move":

1. Get rid of CRAP!  Be honest with yourself. You don't need 55 shirts and you don't need anything that you haven't used in two years.  PURGE.  It feels good and it's cheaper and easier to move when you purge the crap.

2. Schedule a free pick-up from a local charity.  Our favorite is donating to Sunshine Acres.  If you haven't been to this place, it's totally worth a visit.  It's the most incredible children's home we have ever seen and they will pick up your household donations. 

3. Set aside items that can be sold.  Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups and OfferUp are great websites to list items for sale. 

4. Hire pro movers for the big day.  If you have ever moved yourself, you need no further explanation.  They'll even reassemble your furniture.  Sleeping in your bed the first night in your new home is WAY better than not sleeping in your bed. 

5. Create a master moving "to do" list and make sure all family members are on board and know their part.  

6. Schedule your utility disconnect at the old house and reconnect at the new house.  Make sure to include internet and an alarm system if applicable.  Forward the mail as well! 

7. Start packing early!  Pack decorative items, holiday items and dishes, stored items and other things that you won't need for a few weeks.  The earlier you pack the more relieved you will be once moving day gets closer.  It comes quickly and goes so much more smoothly when you are prepared. 

8. Keep an overnight bag with things that you would pack for a vacation.  You may be without all of your stuff for a few days so pack like you are heading on vacation for three or four days.  If you have too much, no big deal.  If you don't have enough, you'll sure wish you planned that better. 

9. Take pictures of the settings and connections of your electronics so you can quickly set them back up at the new house. 

10. Assemble and make up the beds first!  You could get tired quickly because moving is super exhausting so, after the movers have assembled the beds, make sure you have the box with linens handy.  

We move in 9 days.  It's unreal how much the house has come along in the last few weeks.  I'm super excited for the shiplap back splash in the kitchen and the fresh materials and paint. 

I feel good about moving mostly because we landed great tenants for our current home.  We have a few homes that we rent out and I normally am not very emotional but the one we have raised our baby in in the last few years is getting to me a bit.  I feel really good about knowing that the people that will be there will love it like I have. 

Our home was quickly rented and we were able to choose the tenants.  That was pretty cool.  I'm a real estate broker so I was able to set this up and execute it perfectly.  We allowed for 7 days marketing time and held an open house for 4 hours on a Saturday with all showing appointments scheduled during that time.  We had 19 groups through the home and several applications that weekend.  We were able to meet the tenants we chose at the open house and that made us feel much better and more confident about our choice.  The magic was definitely in the marketing.