Infinity – the Pools that Never End

In my last newsletter I mentioned that I had seen an infinity pool at a new construction site, and as my newsletter theme was Infinity, I would say more about these lovely pools.

Borrowing from the Endless Pools website, “The term “infinity pool” is sometimes used for an “infinite edge pool,” “vanishing edge pool,” or “negative edge pool.” These are pools that have no swim current. Instead, they have one or more exposed wall (the weir) that’s a fraction of an inch shorter than the water level, so water flows into a catch basin below. When positioned high on a perch, they create the stunning optical illusion of water extending ‘infinitely’ to the horizon.”

You can find some photos of infinity pools here. And enjoy this video of some exceptional infinity pools! If you want to find one in Tucson for your new home, come to my website, SuSwanne.LongRealty.Com.

While they are beautiful to look at or to sit by, they do have quite a large price tag for construction and maintenance. But in the Luxury level of real estate or travel they provide an elegance of living that feels superb!

Make Yourself At Home in Tucson – January 2017

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In this first edition of “Make Yourself at Home in Tucson” for 2017, I want to focus on the theme “Infinity”; therefore, the Word of the Month is, you guessed it,  Infinity! Although we start a new calendar year on January 1, all the days continue to march on from the past into the future, without our artificial yearly marker, into Infinity. We are the ones who give the days meaning. So as we move forward, we only have one day at a time. Let’s make it the best day, every day!

Word of the Month:

infinitywave-1817646_1280Infinity ( ) is an abstract concept describing something without any bound or larger than any number. You’ve probably heard the term, ad infinitum – which means infinity or forevermore, and on and on and on…

Tucson Trends:

  • Tucson is listed as Number 9 in the realtor.com® 2017 top10 western housing markets based on price and sales gains, with median sales price at $237,000. Long Realty has the top market share of sales in Tucson; so if you are looking for a home or you want to sell, contact ME!
  • Tucson’s retirement communities are in demand as more retirees want to move to a warmer environment, with amenities for sports, restaurants, and affordable living. As folks approach mid-life and retirement they begin to think about downsizing, moving closer to family, and moving into active adult or retirement care communities.

Many want to “age in place” and not leave the home they feel so comfortable in. If you are considering downsizing or moving to be closer to family, I am available to consult with you in making these life-changing decisions. With my specialized training in this area, I can offer you options you might not have thought of. (As an aside, one of the more than 60 retirement/assisted living communities in Tucson is Infinity Home. If you are interested contact their office and request information.)  

  • A few months ago I visited a new construction site in northwestern Tucson where I found some nice pools with interesting features, including Infinity Pools. One definition of an Infinity Pool is “a swimming pool designed to give the impression that it merges into the ocean or other surrounding landscape”. Here is an example. I will be writing a feature post on Infinity Pools on my blog later this month.  

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Things To Do:

Jan. 12-22 Tucson Jewish Film Festival

The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival (TIJFF)  promotes independent, international film and its capacity to promote Jewish culture and celebrate cultural diversity. You can find a listing of the films presented this year here.

Jan. 20-21 Hotel Congress Dillinger Days Enjoy history at the Hotel Congress where John Dillinger was captured after his many bank robberies. It’s FREE!!!

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Jan. 28- Feb. 12 Tucson Gem Show

Near the start of every year, Tucson becomes a playground for the world of international gem and mineral trading, collecting, and bargain hunting when the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase arrives. Here is a list of the many shows, with locations and hours of operations. Plan now to visit your favorite sites for finding gems, beads, minerals, and other treasures from around the world. (Makes me want to create more jewelry from previous purchases!)

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Trends in Upscale Design

Last week I had the opportunity to visit some new construction sites in the Dove Mountain area, just northwest of Tucson, near Marana.

The home builders ranged from Mattamy Homes to Miramonte Homes, to Toll Brothers to The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The model homes provided a look at the newest trends in new home design in this area. Here are some photos of some of the details from my field trip.

Flooring tile placed in various configurations was a big feature in all of these homes that ranged in price from $437,995 to $1,595,000.

The use of tile patterns to show the shift from one room to another creates visual interest. as well as some visual confusion. The stripes in this home, below, seemed to cut through the space, perhaps to interrupt the vast expanse of floor.

Here are two entries that give cues about the use of the space and what lies beyond.

Ceiling details include brick and tile applications as well as curved portals, again to define the space.

Tile in the kitchen is the favored wall treatment. Here are a couple of kitchens that display possible tile designs. I especially like the small windows under the kitchen cabinets.

Other features of these homes included spacious and well-appointed baths, a kitchen with a custom attached banquette instead of dining table, and living rooms that opened fully to the exterior spaces through the use of movable glass walls.

These photos show the details of the tracks in the floor and ceiling for the movable glass walls. Some of the models also had “telescoping” sliding doors, so that they folded behind each other against the wall.

Many of these new homes have pools of various shapes, sizes, and uses. I especially enjoyed the infinity pool with water that flowed over the edge of the pool.

And finally, here are some other features that I found interesting. Most of the kitchens had pantries with glass doors, so one could see into the space. I don’t know that my pantry would be up to that kind of scrutiny! One of the pantries did have a frosted glass door – it could let in the light, but hide the mess! And one house had a viewing roof approached by a spiral stair from outside. Obviously this home was designed with younger owners in mind!

And these windows in a master bedroom I found interesting, as they provided some light and ambiance, along with some privacy.

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