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Friday Fun Fact: Architecture used to be an Olympic sport! (the most boring sport ever We’re sure)

Not just architecture but also Architectural design as well as Town Planning… We can only imagine that tickets for these high energy event went fast. We can almost smell the drafting tables and pencil shavings, head over to wikipedia to see who holds the medals in each category.

If Architecture were an olympic sport today who would win? What country would take home the prize for most architecturally significant structures?

I had a foreclosure, when can I buy again?

Foreclosures have become a way of life here in the valley. Most people think that with a foreclosure on their record they won’t be able to buy a house ever again, this couldn’t be farther from the case.

Fletcher Wilcox over at Grand Canyon Title has put together a pdf, “Renting VS Owning” that has tons of great information. In it, Fletcher talks about all the factors one should consider when thinking about buying or renting including a table showing when you can buy again after a foreclosure.

We think more people should produce great information like this. Fletcher created this little handout back in 2010 but much of the information is still valid. We like sharing this with you because we believe that an informed client can make better decisions.



Did you know you can search the MLS without giving up your information?

Everyone says you can use their tool to search MLS just like a realtor. What nobody tells you is that in order to search MLS you’re first going to have to give them your personal information. At Cambridge Properties we believe that you should be able to search the MLS all you want without having to give us your information.

Don’t get us wrong, we want to be your agent when your buying or selling, but that’s not always why you’re searching. Real estate is something you are going to be involved with for your entire life and at Cambridge properties we believe there is no rush. Take you time, use our search tool to look all over the valley just like a realtor and if you ever have any questions we’d love to hear from you.


What is your favorite neighborhood?

The Valley has started to come into it’s own. The different areas of town have really started to Identify their own cultures and leaders. As the Phoenix area grows and expands we would love to hear your favorite things about either the neighborhood you live in or want to live in.


What’s your favorite resturant? Store owner? Is there a little business complex you’d like to see revitalized? Cambridge Properties is excited about being your partner in the development and urbanization of Phoenix, we hope you feel the same.



Arizona Originals: Steve Vizzerra, The Blue Jean Buyer

In the late 1980’s when Levi’s were still made here in the USA, some young Arizonan entrepreneurs saw a business opportunity. like most twenty year olds Steve Vizzerra was just working a regular job when he heard about an opportunity that would change his life.

“Some friends of mine started a company buying vintage jeans and selling them overseas”, Vizzerra said from behind the counter of his Tempe shop. “We would buy jeans from all the old ranchers in Avondale, fill our backpacks, and travel across Europe all summer selling jeans.”

This is not a terrible way to spend your life right out of college and so in 1987 Steve joined the business full time. They had a strong buyer in Switzerland and before they knew it they had two storefronts there selling old Levi’s. In 1994 Vizzerra bought the business and ran with it. At its height, The Blue Jean Buyer had 13 locations across the world and Vizzerra was regularly scheduling buying trips across the southwest United States.

“We would advertise in an old mining town for weeks before we would show up. We’d rent a motel room on the ground floor, and in the morning we’d just setup a table right infront of our room. After spending all day buying we would have enough inventory for the next couple months. The best part was hearing the stories behind some of those old jeans, it was a lot of fun!”

Vizzerra was flying high, he’d taken the business from a fun hobby to being a real player in the industry. His industry though, was about to be shaken to it’s core. Levi’s jeanswere so desirable outside the U.S. because they were American made. “The second Levi’s moved their manufacturing overseas, our orders dried up.” Vizzerra recalls with an obvious tone of sadness. “We went from shipping thousands of pairs a month to 500 pairs every couple of months.

Today, Vizzerra’s shop in south Tempe is sustained through repeat business, word of mouth, and the almost constant stream of repair and custom business. Vizzerra has earned the title “Denim Doctor of Arizona” and should you ever decide to own a pair of his custom jeans you’ll understand why.

The Blue Jean Buyer has made a quiet but strong impact on the world’s fashion in a very real way. What’s just as significant is the impact Steve’s outlook should have on young entrepreneurs across Arizona. When I walked in to talk to Steve I thought I was going to get a cool story about a vintage store that loves it’s Levi’s. What I got was an insight into how to be more like an Arizona original “It’s like I say to my kids, if you’re going to do something make sure you love it otherwise you’re wasting you’re time.”

Chateau On Central Transforms Arizona Living With Five-story Luxury Brownstones

PHOENIX, June 29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Arizona is traditionally known for palatial desert estates that feature tile-roofs and stucco siding. Chateau On Central in downtown Phoenix is turning that concept upside down with its East Coast vibe. Featuring five-story brick and masonry brownstones, Chateau On Central is bringing a piece of New York living to the Valley of the Sun.

This Old World style brownstone community features the same brick and mortar architecture reminiscent of historic East Coast cities like New York, Boston or Philadelphia. From classic patina turrets and wrought iron detailing to spacious private terraces, Chateau On Central is a sophisticated 21-residence brownstone community. The facility offers its residents a rare opportunity to experience an opulent East Coast lifestyle at one-tenth of the cost. Chateau On Central’s homes start from $1.1 million and range in size from 5,200 to 5,800 square feet.

Set in the heart of Phoenix, Chateau On Central’s location can’t be beat. Just steps away from The Phoenix Art Museum, the city’s professional sports complexes, and some of the best shopping and restaurants in Phoenix, Chateau On Central gives residents a true city living experience.

“Chateau On Central’s buyers continually express their desire to leave their high-maintenance estates for a lock-and-leave property, eliminating the need for excessive upkeep. We offer the same exclusivity and lavish amenities as estates without the burden of pool maintenance, landscaping or security issues,” says Victoria Kulszan with Cambridge Properties.

ABOUT CHATEAU ON CENTRAL Chateau On Central offers 21 residences that each feature five levels of opulent living space in the heart of Phoenix. Every home is equipped with a private commercial-sized elevator to provide easy access to all five levels. With six flexible floor plans and multifunction light commercial zoning available, buyers can tailor each home to fit their individual needs including having an office on the first level with the residence above. Residences also feature gourmet kitchens with deluxe Viking appliances, multiple terraces, a customizable rooftop terrace that is perfect for a fireplace or outdoor kitchen.