The Stories Behind Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch …

One of the questions I commonly get when I’m showing homes in Scottsdale is:

Why are all these subdivisions call “Ranch”? 

For starters, we have McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch, DC Ranch, and more….

… and yes, they were really ranches.

Today, I stumbled across the post, The Stories Behind Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch …, from the Arizona Oddities blog (which now in my must-read list).  Fun stuff for anyone who likes a little bit of history, odd observations, as well as a bit of life and culture from around the state of Arizona.

For example, I learned:

Not all of these spreads were exactly hardscrabble kinds of places. McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, before it turned into a residential development, was the home of Fowler and Anne McCormick. Fowler McCormick’s two grandfathers were Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the grain reaper, and John D. Rockefeller, so he wasn’t exactly hurting for cash. He later became president and chairman of the board of International Harvester.

To get the rest of the McCormick Ranch story and learn the history of Gainey Ranch, wander over to Arizona Oddities.

Top 12 Women Real Estate Bloggers for 2009

I met Joe Ferrara in San Francisco last year.   He is a prolific blogger, an intellectual property attorney, and a social media strategist.  He also has a passion for helping people, and which I discovered in his session at the first Real Estate BarCamp, where he was leading a session on how to help homeowners’ stay in their homes.  As I recall, he used the term pro bono repeatedly!


A few days ago, Joe announced the results of Sellsius’ 4th Annual Top 12 Women Real Estate Bloggers for 2009.  The winners were women from accross the U.S.,  who had been blogging for at least a year, were pushing the envelope, using video, and involved in some sort of community service, charity, and education.

Joe’s list for this year included:

I’m delighted to be included on this year’s list!  Thank you, Joe. What a wonderful way to end the year!

Autumn in Scottsdale

With winter almost upon us (grin), I thought I’d slip out on my bike to see what signs of fall I could find in Scottsdale.  Wednesday was one of our very, very few overcast days, so you’ll get a chance to see what one of our gray days looks like!

Found a ton of ducks, a few trees changing color, and lots of green. 

The high temp on Wednesday was 72 degrees and the low was a balmy 50.

Winter won’t be much different!