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Family room

The living room connects with the kitchen to create a great room for family and friends to gather. The large 70" TV works together with the Sonos sound system to provide cinematic experiences or just background ambience. Prominent in the living room are the art...

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Enjoying the pool

What is better than floating on top of warm water on a sunny day? We have pool floats, sausages and other fun things for you to use in the pool. A personal favorite it to raise one of the umbrellas and just float in the shade beneath.

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Succulents in full bloom

During the winter many succulents change color to adapt for days with less sunlight and cooler temperatures. A common change is for the green chlorophyll to be reduced and for bright red tips to adorn the plants. These aren't flowers but the effect sure is as if the...

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Questions and Answers

We first bought Araminta House in 2015 and we quickly set out to do upgrades, extensions and renovations. The biggest project was the resort style backyard. Before we put it in there was a green lawn and a number of holes in the garden, so in some of the images you...

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Large kitchen with all conveniences

Stainless steel appliances abound! This is a gourmet kitchen equipped with some state of the art technologies. The main feature is the induction cooker (read more about it here). Above the cooker you have running water making the chore of filling pans and carrying...

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Laundry and Master closet

Attached to the Master bedroom is of course a large walk in closet making it easy to stow away suitcases and shopping finds. Between the Master closet and the secondary walkway in the house you will find the laundry room, equipped with the latest in laundry machines....

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Master bathroom

The Master bathroom completes the Master suite experience with a double shower, jetted tub and a his and her vanity. But this bathroom doesn't end where most other bathrooms do. What you will experience here is a Toto washlet, a Japanese jetted water toilet for the...

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Rest or work in the Master suite

Being able to withdraw from the hustle and bustle is as important as meeting family and friends. The Master suite is located in the south east corner of the house, offering an escape from the rest of the house and the clamor of the guests. A chaise provides...

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Nearby grocery stores

Here is a short list of the nearest grocery stores. There is a lot more around to explore after you have settled in.   AJ's Fine Foods, 31311 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA Safeway N. Scottsdale, 32551 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA Safeway...

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Scam warning

"It’s so easy to believe someone when they are telling you exactly what you want to hear." Sadly, it is human nature to discount obvious warning signs when it should be clear something is wrong but we desperately want to believe them to be legitimate. For instance, if...

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Scottsdale clouds floating in a Cave Creek pool

Since Araminta House is located exactly where Scottsdale meets North Phoenix and Cave Creek, you can throw a pebble and have it pass through all three cities. In this case the clouds reflected in the pool are across the road in Scottsdale.

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The fastest cooker in the world

Ever used an induction cooker top? It is quite the experience! Absolutely nothing heats quicker than this cooker. Well, nothing in a normal kitchen that is. A kettle full of water takes less than two minutes to bring to a boil. A steak takes less than a minute to...

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A warm winter sunrise for snowbirds in Scottsdale

Winter in the Phoenix Valley brings splashes of warm colors thanks to the low sun. Not only do sunsets offer brilliant color displays but sunrises can be as exciting. This morning the rising sun played a performance with rays through a big Palo Verde tree creating...

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The cacti have their hats on

As winter descends on the Phoenix Valley nights may drop down to freezing temperatures. To protect our cacti from frost scarring we put styrofoam cups on them. It looks really silly but it's an effective way of protecting the sensitive tops. The cups come off when we...

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