November Newsletter
Events & Organizations
Is your organization having an event we need to know about? Email it us for inclusion on our website, E-blast and  E-newsletter; 

Arizona Animal Hospital 31313 N Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 160  

Every Friday, 8am-1pm. Located at the Carefree Sundial in the Desert Gardens.

Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House 6710 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek

6140 E Skyline Dr, Cave Creek

37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway

Cave Creek Unified School District -33016 N 60th St., Scottsdale

Chronos Solutions 6702 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek

Desert Foothills Land TrustJewel of the Creek Preserve, Cave Creek

Desert Foothills Library,
38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek

Desert Foothills YMCA 34250 N 60th St, Scottsdale

Easy Street Galleria100 Easy Street 

Foothills Caring Corps - 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Mirabel 

Foothills Community Foundation, 34250 N 60th St, Bldg B, Scottsdale

Harold's Corral6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 

Healing of Memories - workshop for Veterans and 1st Responders

Hidden in the HillsNov. 18-19-20 and 25-26-27, 2016  FREE ADMISSION

Kiwanis Club of Carefree -  Weds Meeting at Harold's Corral, 12-1:30pm

Magic Bird Festivals - Various Locations

Our Lady of Joy - 36811 N Pima Rd, Carefree

PVCC at Black Mountain34250 N. 60th Street,  Scottsdale

ProMusica 2016/2017 season

11 E Sundial Cir #3, Carefree
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd, Cave Creek

  UCP of Central Arizona 1802 W Parkside Ln, Phoenix

Wild West Days Nov 3-6, cave creek

Yoga Breeze 4705 E Carefree Hwy, Cave Creek
Member Recognition
Soroptimist Intl/Saguaro Foothills 29 years
Cave Creek Unified School District 26 Years
PVCC at Black Mountain 21 years
Carefree Coverings Inc/Pro Blind Repair 12 years
Big Bronco

10 years
Custom Eyes
9 years
Indian Village 9 years
Dove Valley Ranch Gold Course 9 Years
Giordano's Trattoria Romana Ristorante
8 years
Tyrol Insurance Agency
7 years
Soft Water Plus 7 Years
Turn West Design

6 years
AZ Professional Care Services
5 years
Cave Creek Candles & Gifts
5 years
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
4 years
Dixie Green Promotions

3 years
Cave Creek Financial Associates  
2 years
Cave Creek Contemporary
1 year
Wells Fargo 1 year
Black Mountain Business Consultants 1 year
ProMusica 1 year
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Servpro Phoenix
Comfort Caregivers Inc
Richard Sequeira, Broker Associate, Berkshire Hathaway (thanks Nick)
The Thread Factory
Market Street at DC Ranch
Studio C
Eco Blue Pools
Letter from 
Mayor Les Peterson
Advantage Carefree

Carefree is a rural, residential community of approximately 4,000 people, residing in 1,900 beautiful homes situated on slightly more than 8 square miles. Carefree is nestled around Black Mountain and it also continues to the northeast into the foothills of the Continental Mountains.

Carefree residents are typically involved in a broad cross-section of activities. Many Carefree residents participate in numerous areas of interest, ranging from involvement in local schools, participating in activities offered by the local churches and the numerous non-profit organizations, as well as dining with friends at the many fine restaurants throughout the Foothills.

In addition to the lifestyle benefits, the Town of Carefree also provides a number of financial benefits to its residents. Unlike most other municipalities, Carefree does not assess a local real estate tax.  As a result, annual real estate taxes in Carefree are approximately half of what would be charged for an identical residence in municipalities which have town specific real estate taxes as an add-on to real estate taxes assessed by Maricopa County. For a median priced home in Carefree with a full cash value of $535,000, the incremental annual real estate tax cost for an identical home in Scottsdale would be $3,100 higher, and $2,900 higher in Phoenix.

This considerable tax savings for Carefree property owners  is accomplished while Carefree fully funds fire coverage out of the Town's annual operating expenses. Carefree property owners receive this fire coverage as a Town provided service at no cost to them. In comparison, Scottsdale and Phoenix provide full fire coverage but its costs are funded by their town specific real estate taxes. In Cave Creek, property owners are not provided with fire coverage as a Town funded service, and residents desiring it are subject to the Rural Metro Fire protection annual fee of about $1,000 per home depending upon the square footage. In Paradise Valley, which also has no town specific real estate taxes, the Town provides fire coverage but annually bills it's costs to residents.

Carefree residents enjoy both a high quality lifestyle as well as these financial benefits. Advantage - Carefree. Enjoy.
Over the years, both past and present Carefree Town Councils have worked earnestly to develop strategies to diversify and sustain the community's main revenue stream - municipal sales tax.  While in many neighboring communities a municipal property tax is used to provide core community services, in Carefree municipal sales tax is the main contributor to offset these expenses. 

These strategic efforts included a Town Center Revitalization Plan.  For a good part of a year, residents, landlords, business owners, Planning and Zoning Commissioners and Councilmembers where engaged with economists, economic development experts, planners and successful commercial property owners (Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel) to develop a strategic effort to revitalize the Town's central business district - the Town Center. This Revitalization Plan was approved by Town Council over a year ago and has been used to establish a rational basis for Town Council decisions and investments.

Today, as a result of these strategic efforts we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. Private investment such as the multi-million dollar Basha's store remodel is taking place with a grand re-opening projected in early October. More recently, the new ownership of Spanish Village is planning to give new life into this center with a fresh new mix of tenants and restaurants, including a new gallery and workspace for world renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane. This private investment did not happen in isolation but can be directly attributed to the Town strategic plans and investments which were initially shared with these significant stakeholders.  Indeed, other business ventures are following with new enterprises projected to open up this fall such as a new butcher shop.  

However, much work still needs to be done.  Summers can be slow in Carefree as evidence in the recent decline in July's sales tax revenue from last July.  However, as part of the Town's strategic initiatives, the Splash Pad has continuously attracted families into the Town Center. Restaurants are claiming that splash pad goers come to their restaurants after playing. 
By now, most of you have had a chance to access our "Virtual Library" for meeting agendas and minutes. Also included in  the virtual library are copies of Town ordinances and resolut ions. These are "searchable" documents which allow users to search for key phrases, words or dates to assist in finding the right document. The link below will take you to the this archive system. Double-click on the "Published Agendas" and then double-click on the year you are interested in to see a listing of the agenda dates.
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Spring enrollment is ongoing, so stop by our office today, or call (602)493-2600 to speak with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to turn your ambitions into reality.

November's highlighted class is BPC005, a Brief Introduction to Computers. If you are new to computers and would like to learn the basics, this is the class for you! This class covers material such as using Windows, saving and locating files and pictures, searching the internet, and setting up and using Facebook. The class meets from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on February 2, 8, 15, and 22. For more information, contact Michelle Carter at (602) 787-6746.
The Wild West Days Parade will be held on Saturday, November 5th.   The Marketplace Hours on Saturday, November 5th will be extended from 1pm to 3pm.  The parade Announcer will be set up in front of the Kiwanis Marketplace.  There will also be a booth set up by a group of young men and women from the Venturing Young Adult Program.  These young adults will be selling bottled water and Christmas Wreaths from our parking lot during the parade.
Kiwanis Marketplace will be closed on Thursday, November 24th in celebration of Thanksgiving Day.
The Kiwanis Marketplace is located just across the street from Dairy Queen at:
6535 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Marketplace Phone Number:  480.488.7169
History Highlights 
by Kraig Nelson, docent
From the Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek Museum features terrific art in addition to historical artifacts and exhibits. A popular piece is a bronze, created by Jasper D'Ambrosi in 1975, called "Way West." It is a well-researched, very accurate depiction of the covered wagon pulled by eight oxen. The classic covered wagon, also called the prairie schooner, is the "Conestoga Wagon." The Conestoga Wagon was developed by Dutch and German settlers in the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania, around 1750. In pre-revolutionary times the wagon was used to haul crops. A later incarnation was use as a freight-wagon to facilitate commerce between Pittsburgh and Ohio. Finally, a smaller version was used by a half-a-million rugged pioneers, between 1836 and 1869 (transcontinental railroad), for about a 2000-mile journey west. This was" Manifest Destiny," courtesy of the Conestoga Wagon. 
Contact Us
748 Easy Street
Suites 2 and 4
Carefree, AZ  85377


Office Manager

480 488 3381
Visitor Center Hours
(Summer Hours)
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Chamber President's Message:
Carefree Art & Wine Festival

Nov 8; 5:30 - 7pm
Freedom Fitness
4532 E Lone Mountain Rd Cave Creek, AZ 85331

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining).

Raffle Tickets only $1 each!

Bring an item to raffle and get a a 30 second commercial about your business. 

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win! 

Thursday, Nov 17 at 5pm
Elements Massage
29455 N Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Business Breakfast ; There are no breakfast scheduled until the new year.

Help the Chamber Scholarship Fund!

BEST OF OUR VALLEY! Vote for our local nominees:
Bryan's Black Mountain  Barbecue - Best Barbecue
Bartlett Lake - Best AZ Lake Escape
Palo Verde at the Boulders - Best Resort Restaurant
Waldorf Astoria at The Boulders -  Best Spa Cuisine
The English Rose - Best Tea Spot
The Spotted Donkey - Best Mexican
Hospice of the Valley - Best Hospice
Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders - Best Massage & Best Resort Spa
Cave Creek Trail Rides - Best Valley Adventure Experience
MacDonald's Ranch - Best Valley Adventure Experience
Cave Creek Regional Park - Best Hiking
Harold's Corral - Best Saloon

Facebook Gives Pages a Facelift

Edible Arrangements - 29834 N Cave Creek Rd. #142
Come join us this Friday for Happy Hour
From 2pm to 6pm
50% off all Smoothies and FroYo.

Realty Reality
Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Data (ARMLS)
October/2016 data, ARMLS metrics are from the previous month
Compiled by Kraig Nelson, Associate Broker
Phoenix (city only) -  Sold volume (dollar amount) was 10.67% higher; active listings were 1.29% higher; and the median sold price [$219,000] was 12.34% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 64.    1,746 residential units closed escrow.

Carefree  Sold volume (dollar amount) was 64.84% lower; active listings were 17.14% higher; and the median sold price [$870,000] was 7.41% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 181.    5 residential units closed escrow (same as last month).

Cave Creek Sold volume (dollar amount) was 27.57% higher; active listings were 0.33% lower; and the median sold price [$411,000] was 3.86% lower, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 126.     90 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale  Sold volume (dollar amount) was 16.28% higher; active listings were 2.88% higher; and the median sold price [$394000] was 2.34% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 107.     623 residential units closed escrow.
Kraig's Comments-
  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 3.70% of the total sales volume. This is down 33.80% from one year ago.
  • There is a 3.29-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. A balanced market for buyers and sellers is considered to be about 6 months.
  • Total residential inventory is 3.30% higher than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Area: median sold price is $230,000; 9.00% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 74.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.46% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $100,000 sells for about $96,000.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold/closed last month: 7,328 this is 5.70% higher than one year ago.  
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