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Preparing Your Home For The Summer Heat

It’s no secret that our Arizona temperatures soar in the summer, often reaching highs of 100° and warmer. Spring and fall bring some respite, but average highs can sometimes climb into the 80s. To help keep your home cool, our luxury home experts at Walt Danley have organized a few simple tips to help prepare your home for the warmest days of the year. Rely on Programmable and Learning Thermostats You could just crank up the air conditioning, but it raises your electric costs and energy consumption. A programmable or learning thermostat offer higher energy efficiency when cooling a home, even in the high heat of Arizona. Your smart thermostat [...] read more

Creating A Teen-Friendly Space In Your Luxury Home

What if your home could be the place where your teenagers and their friends want to hang out? No more worrying about what they’re doing or where they may be on a Saturday night. Your home can be teenager-friendly and our home living experts at Walt Danley have tips for how to make this a reality. Designated Space There has to a designated “teen” space in the home for your sanity and their privacy. Privacy doesn’t mean closed doors or a no-parent zone. It simply means a room or area where the teens and their friends don’t feel as if they’re being monitored every minute. Consider creating a hangout place [...] read more

Juxtaposing Luxury With Farmhouse Décor

Juxtaposed interiors offer designers and home owners the opportunity to take two distinctive styles and combine them into one cohesive, high-end look. At Walt Danley we see many stunning homes that successfully incorporate complementary contrasting designs, from combining modern elements within a historic home to the opposite of adding vintage materials and finishes to a new construction. However, one of the most popular interior design juxtapositions of today is the luxury home with farmhouse-style décor. Must-Have Elements for Farmhouse Decor Farmhouse décor has evolved significantly beyond quaint gingham curtains and a sturdy pine table with straight-back chairs. Elements that work to create today’s distinctive farmhouse look include light colors, the [...] read more

Cool Off With An Outdoor Misting System

Walt Danley real estate professionals can help you find the perfect home in Arizona, complete with luxury swimming pool to help beat the even the summer’s hottest days. However, we know that sometimes it’s nice to have something in addition to the pool to help stay cool and take advantage of your outdoor living space. An outdoor misting system can provide the solution and offers several benefits to homeowners. Reduces Outdoor Heat A misting system installed for use on the patio or sun deck sprays ultra-fine droplets of water into the area of that particular space. This type of evaporative cooling sometimes is used in greenhouses to reduce heat, but [...] read more

Photo Gallery: VIP Event at The Villas at Baker Park

We had a packed house at The Villas at Baker Park VIP grand opening event, with a few hundred friends and neighbors joining us to celebrate. Check out our photo gallery from the event! The evening in the park served food from neighborhood favorites The Vig, Postino, act 1 and La Grande Orange, as well as live music by popular local band, Raun Alosi. What was the grand occasion? The Villas at Baker Park model homes of course. The model homes beautifully designed by Nora Johnson of Est Est. Inc. were unveiled, offering the first look at three of the community’s floor plans including the Phoenix Pecan, Arcadia Elm, and Arizona Oak. If [...] read more

Must Haves For Your Home Office

The ideal home office effortlessly combines functionality with style that never detracts from the rest of the home. At Walt Danley Realty, we know you want your work space to look as stunning as the rest of your home. And, no matter what kind of work you do, there are certain items that you won’t want to do without in your home office. Here are a few things you will want to consider: Standing/Adjustable Height Desk Even if your home office furniture includes a traditional executive-style desk, you can add an adjustable desktop standing desk to make it easy to switch from sitting to standing when spending any amount of [...] read more

Connect With Agent Karen Pratte

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” In the case of Karen Pratte, however, you can definitely say that both the what and the who apply to her. Karen started her career with Walt Danley Realty eight years ago. She had been working in the non-profit sector and decided it was time to make a change in her career. Karen credits Walt Danley for giving her the opportunity to become a real estate agent in the luxury home industy. “Walt Danley was the reason that I got into the luxury home business,” says Karen. “I have known Walt for over 30 years. He [...] read more

Cooking Up The Idea Of A Personal Chef

Cooking flavorful, healthy meals every day is a great ambition. However, the reality of daily meal prep and execution can have its drawbacks. Cooking is so much more than just getting a meal to the table. It involves planning, preparation, and time. If you’re on-the-go like so many of us are, making time for a home cooked meal isn’t always doable. At Walt Danley Realty, we understand that. Our professionals know your time is valuable, and that’s why we’re sharing some of the top benefits for hiring a personal chef. Time Saver Life is busy! From families with two working parents and kids participating in a variety of activities to [...] read more

Tips For Buying A Luxury Home

The luxury home market has continued to trend slightly upward for more than the last six months, according to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM). When looking to buy luxury real estate, it’s essential to work with professionals. For forty years, Walt Danley Realty has been recognized as one of the most successful luxury real estate firms in Arizona and the nation. Our experienced team of agents have the top tips you need for purchasing a luxury home for a residence or investment property. Always Work With a Local Expert A local expert, in particular an agent specializing in luxury properties, is essential. Local real estate professionals know the [...] read more

Home Automation Systems | The New Must-Haves

There has never been another time in history where we’ve been this close to living in the “home of the future” or a residence that boasts several features that feel like they’re from the Jetsons’ house. Today’s technological advances have made it easy to integrate home automation systems into almost any property. Our Walt Danley Realty team have an insider’s look to why now is the time to consider home automation. Adds To Your Home’s Value From security systems to thermostats, wireless locks, lighting control, digitally-controlled smart spa showers, and motorized window treatments, home automation adds value to the luxury home. Not only does it make your life easier while [...] read more