Springtime in Buckeye

March 20th was the First Day of Spring and what better time to prepare your garden than by planting flowers. While we do live in the desert, a typical flower garden isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of options for this harsh climate we live in, all of which are sure to transform your home this spring.

No time like the present…

The official first day of spring was March 20th, but thanks to Arizona’s weather, it feels like spring has already been here for a month. If you’re looking to “grow” your garden, now is the time to take action. Because we have warm weather, and ample sunshine early in the year, planting flowers has never been easier. First you need to determine the site of your flower garden. Make sure you stay away from large trees and bushes, as they’ll steal water and nutrients from your flowers. Next, check the soil and break up any clumps. March is the month that weeds start growing quickly, remember to keep up with this maintenance.

Choosing the Right Flowers

Our warm weather gives us one-of-a-kind flowers that bloom in the early spring, and some all year long. Some of the most popular flowers in our climate are:

The Celosia Spicata is perfect for the desert because it cannot handle cold soil. You’ll see this flower in the desert in colors of red, purple and pinks.

The Cleome Hassleriana is a relatively easy plant, especially for beginners. Known as the spider plant, this flower self-sows for years to come.

The Petunia is a staple in most flower gardens. It can be found in just about every color, which fits with whatever your style may be. Petunias can bloom for an entire season, but it’s important to prevent over watering.

Portulaca or Rose Moss is a popular choice for warmer climates. This petite flower blooms in all colors. Because it doesn’t survive well in humid climates, the desert is the best place to start growing them.

Spring is here, and before we know it our 100 degree days will be knocking on our door. Before the weather gets too unbearable, get outside and start planning your flower garden. Happy Planting and Get Growing!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Near Sienna Hills

Like a sneaky leprechaun, St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and for residents of Sienna Hills, adding a green-themed event to the calendar is as simple as checking out these exciting events in Buckeye and the surrounding areas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire – Phoenix  – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.
Catch a wave from St. Patrick or high-five Big Red, mascot of the Arizona Cardinals, at the city’s 34th annual celebration of all things Irish. With a special salute to Irish music and dance, this parade is perfect for the whole family.

Irish Cultural Center – Phoenix – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Explore your Irish genealogy, enjoy three stages of Irish music, and watch authentic bagpipers and step dancers celebrate their crafts. Take an exhibition tour through McClelland Library, and be sure to enjoy the Celtic spirit of this annual cultural event.

Greening of the Fountain – Fountain Hills – Friday, March 17, 12 p.m.
Dress in green and head over to Fountain Park for the world-famous greening-of-the-fountain event. Watch as the green water sprays high in the air in tribute of this annual Irish celebration. Stay after and check out the Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, open March 17-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run – Glendale – Saturday, March 18, 7:00 a.m.
Whether you choose a half marathon, 1k, or a distance in between, lace up your tennies and join in the fun at this shamrock-themed race. If you’re not an early riser, make a plan to head out for the entertaining Kilt Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 17.

Padre Murphy’s – Glendale – Friday, March 17, doors open @ 10 a.m.
For 24 years, this establishment has served up fine Irish fare, from corned beef and cabbage to festive green drinks. Live music, clowns, and face painters make this an enjoyable eating experience for the whole family.

Concerts in the Park – Buckeye – Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.
For those who want to stick closer to home and enjoy music under the stars, get out the lawn chairs and sit back while hearing live music at Buckeye’s recurring concert series. Wear some green and bring Celtic spirit to this bluegrass event.

There’s always something to do around Buckeye, but every year, March 17 promises a little extra. With its prime location, Sienna Hills residents are sure to enjoy a memorable St. Patrick’s Day!

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Spring Training: A Beloved Arizona Tradition

Dust off your ball cap and head to the stadium, because spring training is officially here!

Every spring, a unique migration occurs under the sunny skies of Arizona. This special time of year, from late February through March, baseball fans fill the stands of the 10 stadiums in the Greater Phoenix area, as the city morphs into a spring training mecca for baseball teams. For locals and tourists alike, this ultimate up-close experience is a can’t-miss opportunity for enthusiasts of America’s beloved pastime. With a game every day and locations throughout the valley, gather the family for an outing full of Cracker Jack® and cracking bats and enjoy the delights of spring training.

Hats Off to Arizona’s Treasure: The Cactus League

Since its inception in 1947, the Cactus League has grown into the United States’ premier hotspot for baseball teams to kick off their season with spring training. Starting with just two teams seventy years ago, the league has now swelled to fifteen teams who recognize the benefits of training in Arizona’s unbeatable warm air under blue skies.

For generations, the Cactus League has invited baseball fans through the turnstiles to meet players and watch teams prep for a rigorous regular season. This entertaining annual event, a cornerstone of Arizona tradition, promises to please!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Cactus League’s location in the Phoenix metro area offers baseball fans convenience, whether they are traveling cross-country or across town. For those heading to the Grand Canyon State, Major League Baseball® has travel packages available. Once in town, there is a wide range of hotel accommodations and eating establishments from which to choose. If you’re fortunate enough to reside nearby, enjoy short drive times between stadiums to catch your favorite teams and players in action – it’s another great part about living the “desert lifestyle” in Sienna Hills.

No matter where you are in the area, there’s a stadium not far away. For residents of Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Goodyear Ballpark is a short 15-minute jaunt, and Camelback Ranch is within a half-hour drive. Check out a map here and head out on an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

Below is a list of conveniently located ballparks to take in a game or practice.

  • Camelback Ranch (Glendale)
  • Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear)
  • Sloan Park (Mesa)
  • Maryville Stadium (Maryville)
  • Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria)
  • HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa)
  • Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale)
  • Surprise Stadium (Surprise)
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium (Tempe)
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River)

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Tickets, Get Your Tickets

One of the best parts of spring training? It’s an affordable activity to enjoy with family and friends. Ticket prices vary but start as low as $8. Buy online or at the ticket office, all of which open between January and mid-February. Check out this schedule to find out when your favorite team is playing, or take the opportunity to learn more about a different team.

Spring is an exciting time under the Arizona sun—a time of celebrating, as a community, an authentic American pastime for all ages. Grab your cap and head out to the ballpark—it’s a blast!

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Buckeye: The Outdoor Recreation Mecca of Arizona

For recreation enthusiasts, few places match the amazing outdoors of Buckeye, Arizona. In this unique setting, with boundless nature and a year-round climate, recreation is possible from your doorstep. Whether you enjoy unbounded adventure or prefer to participate in organized events such as movies or concerts in the park, for residents of Sienna Hills, the opportunities are endless.

Freedom to Explore

Nature is an adventurer’s paradise, and Buckeye abounds with miles of rugged terrain promising fresh, exhilarating experiences.

Skyline Regional Park
Head out for a hike or camp overnight in Buckeye’s source of local pride, Skyline Regional Park. This mountain preserve offers the best of the White Tank Mountains: miles of safe trails featuring varying difficulty levels and lengths for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and wildlife viewers alike.

Buckeye Hills Regional Park
Conveniently located on State Route 85 just five miles south of Buckeye, Buckeye Hills Regional Park offers primitive hiking and biking and beautiful views of the Gila River riparian area. Pull out your compass and delight in your natural desert surroundings.

Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area
Explore the diverse terrain of this topographic wonder and marvel in the solitude and adventure that await you. Gaze upon wildlife in its natural habitat or take in sights of sloping lava flows while you hike, backpack, mountain bike, or ride horseback through this rugged Arizona gem.

Grow in Community

If organized events are more your speed, Buckeye is the place for you. With so many opportunities, what will you choose?

  • Saddle up at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena for Buckeye Days or stop by for other roping events throughout the year
  • Put on your workout clothes and meet for Fitness in the Park or join a sports team through the Buckeye Recreation Center
  • Play a round of golf at any of the nearby greenways
  • Stock up on local organic produce and artisan foods at the Buckeye Farmer’s Market
  • Celebrate Buckeye Valley’s rich history of cotton farming and take in a car show and carnival at Oktoberfest

No matter the time of year or your interests, there’s something on the calendar to keep you entertained in the outdoors when you have a home in Buckeye.

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The Pros of Living in Sienna Hills & Buckeye, Arizona

Many think location is key to choosing where you live. Some think standard of living is most important. At Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, you don’t have to compromise. This close-knit community was designed to meet the needs of residents who take pride in where they live.

The benefits of living in Buckeye are innumerable. With its local amenities, proximity to Phoenix, boundless outdoor opportunities, exceptional schools, and safe neighborhoods, Buckeye is an ideal place to call home.

Big City Convenience Meets Small Town Charm
Leave the congestion behind and spend locally. Buckeye boasts a vibrant economy bustling with restaurants and shopping both familiar and unique to the area. The city hosts art galas, community dinners, marathons, and an air fair at the local airport.

Opportunities to Grow
Get out in the fresh air and explore miles of trails for hiking and biking. Recreational opportunities abound, and Buckeye’s year-round climate encourages a healthy lifestyle. Listen to birds chirp from your kitchen window or watch them in the acres of surrounding open space.

Check out these local (free!) activities and expand your horizons.

Whether you’re raising a family or basking in your glory years, Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, is a community worth checking out.

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The Beauty of Desert Scenery in Buckeye

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a view stretching as far as your eyes can see. Jagged mountains climb toward clear blue sky, and authentic desert landscape sprawls before you. Can you feel your lips curling into a smile? Do you feel more rejuvenated?

According to Psychology Today, there is a direct correlation between nature and happiness. Happiness, in turn, positively affects health. Experiencing nature instills a sense of connectedness—to family, to our homes, and to ourselves. By choosing to surround ourselves with the beauty of nature, we offer ourselves a sustained sense of well-being.

You can have this experience and countless others at Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Arizona, a community committed to preserving old-world natural surroundings while providing new-world conveniences and amenities. In a place like Buckeye, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for convenience.

Thanks to homebuilders in Buckeye, who deliver smart-design homes, breathtaking sunsets and wildlife viewing await you from the comfort of your own home. Nearby you can experience the riparian area of the Gila River and explore the expansive land of the Woolsey Peak Wilderness Area. Buckeye boasts 360-degree views complete with a year-round climate to enjoy them.

Here are just a few awe-inspiring sights you’ll experience in the Buckeye area:

  • Blazing sunsets
  • Rugged mountaintops
  • Expansive desert landscape
  • Sloping lava flows
  • Grand saguaro cacti

Check out what’s waiting for you and take control of your happiness. There may be a “Big Sky Montana,” but Arizona has its own gem: Vast Views Buckeye.

A Bird’s Eye View Around the Valley

There’s no doubt that the wildlife in Arizona is amazing, and for some, a drawing point to living in certain areas. With Sienna Hills Community being in a desert area, there is definitely no shortage of critters. National Bird Day was January 5, so we wanted to take this opportunity to teach you a little bit about the birds you can expect to see in this area.

CACTUS WREN

First we’d like to start off with the official state bird of Arizona! Cactus Wren are native to the southwestern region of the United States and even into some parts of Mexico. They like to build their nests in cactus and can be very protective of their homes, so don’t get too close. Their intricate feather patterns make them extremely beautiful birds to look at.

GAMBEL QUAIL

Another bird you will see quite often is the quail. Their cute little feather or “hat” on top of their heads makes them extremely easy to identify. The cuteness level increase a ton when the eggs hatch and mom and dad have 3-8 babies wobbling around behind them!

CARDINAL

Up next, the namesake of our football team! Although a rare sighting, if you are lucky enough to see this beautiful Cardinal, it’s a real treat. Typically found more in woodland areas, they are easy to spot up in the trees with the vibrant red color of their feathers.

HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds are extremely common in Arizona, especially Anna’s Hummingbird. Their vibrant pink and green colors make them easy to spot even at their extremely fast pace. Want to see even more of these guys? Put out some sugar water in a bird feeder and watch them flock to your door.

WHITE-WING DOVE

Another extremely common bird in the area is the white wing dove. Easily spotted by the white feathers on the lower part of the wing, these birds are plentiful during April-September and then migrate south for the winter months.

There are many more birds you can see around this area, but these are just a few of our favorites. The world is a beautiful place and it’s amazing that so many different animals can be right in your backyard, in Sienna Hills Community. We’d love to hear about your bird watching adventures, so please share your stories with us!

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Location Matters: Why Sienna Hills in Buckeye is One of The Best Places to Live in Arizona

Maybe you’ve heard this one before. What are the three most important considerations when it comes to buying real estate?

Location.
Location.
Location.

That’s right. Location matters. No matter how much you might love your home, there’s no getting away from the fact that its location is a huge factor in your overall quality of life. Even a palace is less desirable if it’s too far away from amenities and shopping, or crammed in-between tightly packed rows of homes.

Sienna Hills: The best place to live in Buckeye

Sienna Hills was developed with its residents’ quality of life in mind. That’s why you can find our stunning collection of new homes in Buckeye conveniently situated along 1-10. Residents love the fact that they have easy access to all the conveniences of living in Buckeye, where there are multiple options for dining and shopping. But they also appreciate the breathing room they enjoy compared to the more congested metropolitan areas east of Buckeye. You can easily hop on 1-10 to get to work or a meeting, but at the end of the day, you get to avoid the crowds.

We also have good news for nature buffs: Sienna Hills is conveniently located at the base of the White Tank Mountains. Residents can easily explore Skyline Regional Park, with its 27 miles of trails and awe-inspiring vistas. Venture just a little further south and you’ll find Buckeye Hills Regional Park—almost 4,500 acres of natural desert.

If you’re looking at homes for sale in Buckeye, AZ, don’t settle for anything less than the perfect location. Click here to learn more about Sienna Hills and its convenient location.

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Buckeye Home Builders Strike a Balance

Searching for your next home can be overwhelming, but it is also an exciting time. Why not explore the affordable option of a new home? Think about it: new homes offer state-of-the-art designs; modern innovations; and shiny, energy-efficient appliances—and best of all, you’re not buying someone else’s problems.

New homes in Buckeye are available in covenant-controlled master-planned communities like Sienna Hills. These communities offer the added benefit of neighborhood amenities and home value protection. With the craftsmanship and innovation involved with buying new, along with the ability to design a house to fit your needs and satisfy your aesthetic wants, it makes sense to buy new. Home builders in Buckeye are doing their part to maximize your investment for this highest-priority need.

Home builders are developing communities in the Buckeye area and transforming the city into an affordable place to live. New homes in Buckeye are being designed and built with the homeowners in mind. These homes are tailored to the owners’ needs and wants, and their smart designs ultimately lower homeowners’ bottom lines.

These homes feature the following:

  • Superior energy efficiency
  • Maximized living space
  • New! Fresh paint, soft carpet, bright windows, etc.

Beazer Homes and Richmond American Homes are among the home builders transforming Buckeye into a desirable place to call home. These experienced, innovative home builders are making Sienna Hills a community that offers a top-shelf standard of living at affordable prices.

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Where to See Christmas Lights Around the Valley

Tis the season…We all know holiday lights went up the day after Thanksgiving, or even before that, if you were REALLY in the holiday spirit. But there is still time to check out all the great Christmas lights around the Valley! Here is a list of some of the best spots to see the where the holiday lights shine the brightest.

ZOO LIGHTS

Tried and true, Zoo Lights are an Arizona tradition held at the Phoenix Zoo and this year they are celebrating 25 years! From now until January 8th you can head over to the zoo after dark and see all of these cute animal-shaped lights. The zoo is about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

Keeping more with the Spanish tradition, every weekend during December the Botanical Gardens hosts Las Noches de Las Luminarias. The grounds are lit up with over 8,000 candles in different patterns and designs. The Botanical Gardens are about 35 miles away from the Sienna Hills Community.

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FAIRMONT PRINCESS RESORT

More than just lights, the Princess puts on a whole holiday experience! They offer a train ride, ice skating, an animated tree, S’mores Land and over 3 million lights to look at. This place is fun for the whole family and is about 50 miles from Sienna Hills.

Fairmont Princess Resort

GLENDALE GLITTERS

The downtown area of Glendale might be the prettiest of all! With over 1.5 million lights, glitter is an understatement. The lights will be up until January 7th. There are also a ton of winter activities to participate in so make sure you check out their event calendar! Downtown Glendale is about 25 miles from Sienna Hills.

Glendale Glitters

These are just a few of the great light displays and holiday events around the Phoenix area, but plenty more lights are out there. You could even just take a stroll around the Sienna Hills Community to find some great displays and maybe even some inspiration, if you haven’t put your lights up yet! From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

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