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HOA, Sun City Grand residents clash over painted driveway borders

Posted by   /  September 19, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Perry Vandell, The Republic Residents of Sun City Grand in Surprise are fighting to keep an exterior feature hundreds of them have had for years — side borders along their painted driveways. Their homeowners association wants the borders gone. The issue surfaced in April when the Sun City Grand Community Association Management’s Architectural Review Committee, […]

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6 Surprise residents vie for 1 open council seat

Posted by   /  September 12, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Perry Vandell | The Republic A former councilman, a former council candidate and four others were among the applicants interviewed to fill a vacant Surprise City Council seat. The council looks to fill the hole left by John Williams, who recently resigned seven months into his third term. State law required the council to call on District 3 residents to […]

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Surprise council will hear temporary sign beta test tonight

Posted by   /  September 6, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Local realtors have been vocal at every discussion of the long-term sign code. By Richard Smith | YourWestValley Surprise may approve a temporary fix to the uproar caused by its temporary sign policy. The City Council is expected to hear and vote tonight on a temporary sign policy dealing largely with small A-frame signs used […]

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WalletHub: Gilbert ranks fourth most affordable real estate market

Posted by   /  August 31, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Brianna Bradley | Phoenix Business Journal In a study conducted by WalletHub, Gilbert ranked third best real estate market for midsize cities and fourth most affordable real estate market. WalletHub conducted a study ranking 300 U.S. cities by the best and worst real estate markets. It identified 21 indicators of housing-marking attractiveness including factors such […]

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Surprise planners pave way for In-N-Out Burger downtown

Posted by   /  August 24, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Richard Smith | YourWestValley In-N-Out Burger is cleared to build its downtown Surprise location after the unanimous approval of the site plan Aug. 17 by the Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission. After some contention in the Dec. 20, 2016 City Council meeting, the council approved the overall eight-acre Thompson Thrift plat which now includes […]

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District 3’s Williams resigns from Council

Posted by   /  August 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited, unless they contain factual errors.) Surprise, AZ (August 15, 2017) District 3 Councilmember John Williams on Tuesday, submitted a letter of resignation from the City Council effectively immediately. Williams was first elected to the City Council in November 2007. He was re-elected last fall to begin a new […]

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Mattamy Homes urges Surprise leaders to reconsider downtown proposal

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Disclosure: Rose Law Group recently began representing Mattamy Homes on their potential development at Surprise City Center By Perry Vandell | The Republic Debate over whether to build single-family houses in Surprise’s future downtown area may not be over after all. Rose Law Group, a law firm representing Mattamy Homes, sent a letter to the City Council […]

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Dormant desert in bloom: Long-vacant West Valley land set for renewed housing boom

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Matt Roy | YourWestValley A lonely patch of desert north of Sun City West may soon be home to thousands of new residents thanks to the recent revival of a long-dormant housing project. Called Rancho Mercado, the project had been shelved since 2007 due to the Great Recession, but has found new life with the […]

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Surprise council leans toward assisting veterans hall

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Richard Smith | YourWestValley While the Surprise City Council did not take action during its Aug. 1 meeting, but gave positive feedback for the city sponsoring a zoning amendment that would allow for a future Veterans Memorial Hall. This nonprofit is the more recent formalization of a concept that has been around for about […]

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Surprise sign code proposal would open door for billboards

Posted by   /  August 4, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Richard Smith | YouWestValley While tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission discussion of temporary signs looms as the hot button issue, the July 20 discussion on signs brought an interesting topic into play. Surprise is visually bereft of billboards — either the traditional kind or the newer electronic displays. This is by design as commercial […]

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