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Mayor Urges Social Distancing in Lake Havasu

Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) has been all over the news lately. Areas hardest hit seem to be along both coastlines. Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles all put major restrictions in place to limit exposure to others. In some areas, a total lockdown was put in place. Just last night, Mayor Sheehy proclaimed a state of emergency in Lake Havasu City. In response to COVID-19 concerns across the country, he urges people to limit gatherings to 10 people or less to keep with current CDC guidelines. While no Coronavirus cases have been officially reported in Lake Havasu City, he hopes that implementing a few guidelines and restrictions now keeps it from creeping into our town. Therefore, social distancing needs to become the norm for the next few weeks to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Lake Havasu City Mayor Sheehy urges social distancing for the foreseeable future to keep exposure risk to the COVID-19 at a minimum.

Social Distancing in Lake Havasu

What Does That Mean?

Search our featured Lake Havasu homes for sale hereSince COVID-19 can be transmitted in the air from close contact, the CDC recommends keeping a six-foot distance between you and other people. President Trump recently held a press conference urging people to limit gatherings to 10 people or less. To help reduce possible exposure to COVID-19, Major Shehy asked that local bars, clubs, restaurants, libraries, and other places of public gathering take measures to keep this distance between customers.

Local Closures

Organizers already canceled or postponed several upcoming scheduled events through the end of March. The LHUSD closed schools through March 27th. The Aquatic Center shut down to the public for the foreseeable future. Expect any government offices to be closed to the public for now. Our local fire stations remain closed for public tours. However, they remain on service in case of emergency. Parks remains open. Feel free to visit and get some much needed fresh air. But, remember to keep that six-foot barrier between you and others. If it looks too crowded or you feel a bit under the weather, stay home. To stay up-to-date with all Coronavirus information, visit the City of Lake Havasu’s COVID-19 website.

Recommendations

If you can work from home, the mayor suggests that you do it. Limit runs to the grocery store for what you absolutely must get. And don’t overbuy in a panic. Remember, your neighbors need supplies, too. Officials around the country suggest keeping at least two weeks of food, water, household supplies, and medication on hand in case a “shelter in place” order comes to pass. Currently, the mayor has not put that order in place here. And, if we all remain calm and do our part to limit potential exposure, one will never be deemed necessary here.

So, if you practice social distancing, does that mean you must stay at home all the time? No. Let the kids play in your backyard. Take the dog for a nice long walk (as long as you keep your distance from others). Go for a drive. Literally thousands of acres of desert land surround our fair city. Take the camper out for some dry camping in the desert. Bring your desert toys with you. Make it an adventure. And practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. While you may not experience the nastiest effects of COVID-19, you and/or your children could pass it on to someone that might not fare as well…like grandma or grandpa. Let’s all do our part to stay safe during this crazy time. And continue good safety practices after the curve has flattened.

Steve Ticknor, Sunstone Realty Professionals, Find Your Place in the Sun

February 2020 Lake Havasu Market Report

Lake Havasu City - February 2020 Market Report

Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival 2020

January felt like it dragged on forever. Then, before you know it, February is almost over. How did that happen?! Even in the winter, we in Lake Havasu enjoy beautiful weather in the mid- to the upper-70s range. That means fantastic weather for outdoor events like the Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival taking place in just a couple of weeks.

Bring the entire family (and enough chairs for everybody) to enjoy great music and a fun time at the 3 day Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival 2020.

What: Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival 2020
Where: Lake Havasu State Park
When: March 6th to 8th, gates open at 8:30 am, live music from 10 am to dusk
Admission: $25 to $100
Contact: Larry and Sondra Baker, L & S Promotions, (209) 480-4693 or via email

Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival 2020

Search our featured Lake Havasu homes for sale hereWhile the rest of the country sets their clocks forward (Daylight Savings Time beings on March 8th), Arizona leaves their clocks alone. Anyone in Lake Havasu that weekend also gets to enjoy some amazing bluegrass music at this festival right on the beach. Since 2002, the annual Bluegrass on the Beach Festival has taken place on the first full weekend of March. Dozens of the best Bluegrass performers hit the stage throughout this three-day event. Artists include Larry Gillis & West Coast Swampgrass, the Flint Hill Special, and five-time Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out. If you love bluegrass, you won’t want to miss this festival!

Quick Tips

Bluegrass on the Beach is strictly a “BYOC” event (ie, Bring Your Own Chair). Scout out and claim your spot early. Chairs may be set up on the first day and left there for the entire weekend as a “saved” spot. Just make sure you take them with you when you leave on Sunday. Promoters encourage families to come. That includes your four-legged family members as well. All they ask is that you be responsible. Pick up after your pet. Keep them on a leash. And leave them at your campsite or with your other family members when visiting the food court. Yes, food and drinks will be available from on-site vendors. Artisans also set up booths around the festival site selling T-shirts, jewelry, clothing, and more. If you want a campfire, you’ll need to bring your own containment vessel from home. Smoking, pets, and any outside alcohol must be kept away from vendor areas.

Ticket Info

Early bird online ticket purchasing ended on February 21st. You may only purchase tickets at the gate now. They run $25 per adult (age 18+) and $10 per day for teens (age 13 to 17). Kids under 13 get in for free every day. You may purchase a three-day pass including dry camping (for Friday to Sunday) for $100 per adult. That keeps you in the action from sun up to sundown. Dry campsites are first come-first served. No reservations required. For more info, contact festival promotors Larry and Sondra Baker at (209) 480-4693.

Volunteer Opportunities

All help is greatly appreciated. Volunteer shifts run four hours at a time. Positions available include ticket booth sales, stagehand, parking, safety crew, backstage, ice sales, shuttle driver (golf cart), and info booth. They are looking for volunteers to help set up everything beginning the Monday before the festival. To download a sign-up form, please click https://bluegrassonthebeach.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Volunteer-Sign-Up-Sheet-new-address.pdf.

Steve Ticknor, Sunstone Realty Professionals, Find Your Place in the Sun

January 2020 Lake Havasu Market Report

According to the Jan 2020 Lake Havasu Market Report, the median sale price hit its highest point ever at $300,000, with sales up almost 34% from last year.

Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout 2020

Our lake offers endless hours of entertainment in the middle of the desert. But there’s more to do here than watersports. Literally thousands upon thousands of acres of desert land surround Lake Havasu City. That means hiking, offroading, and camping for all you “desert dawgs”. Brand new Prevost, Newmars, and Foretravel motorcoaches set you back over $1 million a pop. Who wants to get those dirty? Vintage trailers like Airstream, Shasta, Spartan, and Forester have seen a surge in popularity recently. To celebrate these more modest predecessors to today’s camping trailers, owners travel to our fair city for the Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout 2020.

Whether you own a vintage trailer or are just an admirer of them, plan on attending the Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout 2020 Jan 30th to Feb 2nd.

What: Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout 2020
Where: Lake Havasu State Park (699 London Bridge Rd)
When: January 30th to February 2nd
Campers: $25/night, Spectator Admission: $3/person
Contact: Cherri & Mike Aiken, Event Organizers (360) 708-7495 or via email

Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout 2020

Search our featured Lake Havasu homes for sale hereNow in its sixth year, the Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout offers camper owners the chance to visit with others and show off what they’ve done to their trailers. This four-day dry-camping event provides outlets for cells phones. You’ll also find restrooms complete with showers on-site. They also provide power for any medical devices, should you need it. Other than that, though, no hook-ups. Bring all materials you need for a comfortable stay with you (food, water, etc.). And, please make sure you clean up after yourself.

Reserve Thursday, January 30th, for set-up only. On Friday, the 31st, campers gather for a meet and greet at 6 pm. Do you have anything you’d like to sell? Bring it with you for the Swap Meet on Saturday (8 am to 12 pm). For dinner Saturday night, provide your best dish for the community potluck at 5 pm.

Don’t have a vintage trailer but still want to see them in person? Organizers invite spectators to the party from 10 am to 3 pm on Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Spectators enter through the designated entryway at the main park entrance off Industrial and London Bridge Rd. Follow the signs to enjoy the view. The park allows leashed pets anywhere but on the white sand beach.

Admission

Campers pay a $25 fee per night. Reserve your spot and pay for it when you arrive. Spectators pay just $3 to enter the State Park. If you have any questions, please contact Cherri or Mike Aiken at (360) 708-7495.

Steve Ticknor, Sunstone Realty Professionals, Find Your Place in the Sun

December 2019 Lake Havasu Market Report

According to the December 2019 Lake Havasu Market Report, the median sale price hit its highest point of the entire year, with total sales up over 17% from last year. Inventory remains very low.

2020 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair

I hope everyone enjoyed a very merry Christmas yesterday. Can you believe we only have five more days left of 2019? Before you know it, it’ll be time to celebrate the 2020 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair. I know that I can’t wait for it to get here. Could that be because I’m helping organize the festivities? Maybe. But I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy yourself, too.

The 2020 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair offers four days of carnival rides, games, live music, skydiving, art, and, of course, hot air balloons from Jan 9th to 12th at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4.

2020 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair

Search our featured Lake Havasu homes for sale hereNow, New Mexico may be known for its hot air balloon antics. But our annual event gives them a run for their money. In fact, our festival eclipses any other January hot air balloon event in the entire Southwest. Gates open at 12 noon on Thursday, January 9th and last until 3 pm on Sunday, January 12th. Watch skydivers soar from up above. The classic rock band “Littletown” performs live from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm on opening night.

Take a picture with some of the unusually-shaped hot air balloons at 8 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Walk around inside these massive balloons before they start their daily adventures. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings start off with a sunrise flag ceremony and a mass ascension at 7:45 am. Make sure you get to the balloon field at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights before 6:30 pm. That’s when the evening’s Night Glow takes place. Now that’s a sight everyone needs to experience at least once during the festival. For an additional fee, journey into the Fun Zone, with rides and attractions meant for the whole family to enjoy.

This four-day affair includes tons of live music, a dog show, a paper balloon launch, a classic car show, face painting, magic shows, jugglers, belly dancers, and so much more. Interested in flying in a hot air balloon? Take a tethered ride ($20 per adult, $10 per child ages 6 to 11, $5 per child under 6). Feel a little more daring? Sign up for an untethered ride ($200 per person). Since the balloons depend on wind currents, rides remain available only when weather permits. If the wind gets out of hand, rides may close down altogether. And that could happen at any time throughout the day. So, check with the ride tent often to make sure your adventure is still on track. Visit the ride tent on the day you attend the festival to reserve your balloon ride.

Tickets for the 2020 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival

General admission runs $15 per person for the entire four day run of the festival. Currently, they are unavailable for purchase online. However, if you still want to get your tickets ahead of time, visit the Havasu Balloon Festival Store located at 2109 McCulloch Blvd, Suite 1 anytime up until January 8th.

For more information about our Lake Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, visit the festival’s Facebook page or the event website for a complete schedule of activities. Hope to see you there!

Steve Ticknor, Sunstone Realty Professionals, Find Your Place in the Sun

November 2019 Lake Havasu Market Report

The November 2019 Lake Havasu Market Report indicates that we are still experiencing a seller's market, with sales and prices high and inventory low.

Spend An Hour a Day to Organize Your Entire Lake Havasu Home!

Spend An Hour a Day to Organize Your Entire Lake Havasu Home!

Spend An Hour a Day to Organize Your Entire Lake Havasu Home!

Spend An Hour a Day to Organize Your Entire Lake Havasu Home!

Say you have this endless to-do list around the house that you seem to never get to or take forever to get to just one thing. You probably have good intentions and try really hard to fit these things into your free weekends but free weekends fill up quickly with better things to do! What if there was an easy way to tackle it all and not have to spend the whole weekend doing it? Well, there is! Try dedicating an hour a day to these projects around the house. Make an appointment with yourself! Here are some ways to get that done.

  1. Make your list

This is first step to getting anything done! List all of the things that need your time, need repair, fixing up, touching up, or organizing. Once you do that, you can start with the most important: what is driving you crazy at the moment? Maybe it is that your desk is covered in papers from work, mail, or your kid(s) school? Maybe your files need a re-freshening and you have a lot of papers that need shredding? Once you figure out what time of day you can set an hour aside, begin by organizing or cleaning whatever it is that is adding stress to your home.

  1. Designate a bye-bye box

Place a specific box in your home for giving items away. Whether it is clothes, household items, appliances, toys, etc. Decide if you want to donate it or give it to a friend or family member and keep it handy so you can grab it as you go out the door.

  1. About those decorations

Now that the holidays are over, you can take all of the items you didn’t put up this year, and put them in the go-away box.

  1. Make your doorway a happier place

One of the best ways to do this is by organizing and creating a system for your entry-way. You know what annoys you when coming and going through your entry-way. Spend your hour one day, fixing that. Once you get a system in place, you will feel so happy!

  1. In the kitchen

The kitchen is a chaotic place sometimes. Especially when it comes to pots, pans, and small appliances like crock-pots and such. Go through them and organize them. Spend your hour that day putting a kitchen system in place that works better for your cabinets and your convenience. Make it easier to grab the items you use regularly. While you’re at it, go through your utensils and clean them out. If you don’t use them, store or donate them. Otherwise, make the ones you use the most the easiest to access. Sort your food storage containers; clean the counters of big appliances you don’t use as much as you think. Remove a chunk of your coffee mugs as you only really need a few! This may take more than an hour. Decide how you want to take this one. Just remember in the end, it is so worth it!

  1. The living room

Take a good look at your displays around the living room and on shelves. Decide if something needs a change and make it happen! The best part about doing it this way, an hour a day, is that you have put getting it done finally into action. While you are in the living room, examine your cables. This is not the most fun job you will have but you can knock it out. Bundle the cables together with a bread tie and label them.

This Spend an Hour a Day to Organize Your Entire Lake Havasu Home- information is brought to you by: Steve Ticknor, your Lake Havasu real estate professional with Sunstone Realty Professionals. Serving all your Lake Havasu real estate needs by delivering professional representation, expert advice and a true 5-star customer experience.

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2830 Papeete Drive

2830 Papeete Drive

Boating with the Balloons- Lake Havasu AZ

Boating with the Balloons- Lake Havasu AZ

Boating with the Balloons- Lake Havasu AZ

Boating with the Balloons- Lake Havasu AZ

It’s going to be a beautiful holiday weekend here in Lake Havasu, perfect for boating with the hot air balloons! Make your reservations today to ensure your spot on the water this Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 13-15. To watch these huge balloons is absolutely majestic, and to add the lake in is what dreams are made of. Peace, serenity, and the best views around the lake as you follow along and watch the hot air balloons glide with the boats. The ride will take you through the famous Bridgewater Channel and land you in Thompson Bay where the hot air balloons have enough room to fly over and even dip in and out of the water. With the reflection of the lake, this is the most picture-perfect views you can get for the year.

The morning trips start at 7:30am and last around 2 hours. The afternoon trip begins at 4:15 and returns around 6:15. Along with your boat ticket, you will be offered coffee and hot chocolate on board. Restrooms are on the boat, as well.

These charter boats hold 40 people at a time. Make your reservation and pay when you get there. If you show up, you may get a spot but it is better to put yourself down for a ticket in advance. 3 full days of Boating with the Balloons, don’t miss out!

When: January 13-15

Where: Bluewater Jetboat Tour, 70 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ

Ticket Price: $28 per person; kids under 12 free

This Boating with the Balloons- Lake Havasu AZ information is brought to you by: Steve Ticknor, your Lake Havasu real estate professional with Sunstone Realty Professionals. Serving all your Lake Havasu real estate needs by delivering professional representation, expert advice and a true 5-star customer experience.

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3955 Mediterranean Lane

3955 Mediterranean Lane