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Starting 2020 with a Look back at 2019

Tuesday January 14, 2020
Where does the time go? At Dorn Homes (just like everywhere else) we’re saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to a whole new decade. The new year is a time for planning ahead, making resolutions, and self-improvement. But it’s also a time for retrospection. A time to appreciate the year we’ve had and remember the moments that made it so special. With the holiday hustle and bustle behind us, we’d like to take a moment and look back at all the exciting changes we’ve experienced, the new communities we’ve built, friends we’ve made, and a few fun facts and figures that we hope will make you smile.

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Arizona’s Christmas City

Thursday December 5, 2019
It’s that time of year again. As fall gives way to winter, most of Arizona embraces the cooler temperatures and respite from our sweltering summers. In Prescott though, where summers are more temperate, winter brings more than just relief. Here winter brings hopes for snow and snow days, and, more importantly, anticipation for the holiday season. For anyone with plans of traveling to experience winter at its finest, there's no better place to celebrate Christmas than Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City.

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Healthy Food for a Healthy Home

Monday December 2, 2019
With the end of the year rapidly approaching many of us will be entertaining friends and family around the holidays. Traditionally, that means large elaborate meals, days spent in the kitchen making cookies and baked goods, and sharing our favorite foods with our favorite people. Dorn Homes’ Organic HomeTM Plus is a commitment to build a healthy home with materials that help ensure our homeowners aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals or volatile organic compounds and our Building Science helps reduce your carbon footprint while we do it. You’ve already gone organic with your home, perhaps it’s time to do the same thing with your food. Eating locally-sourced, organic foods is rapidly gaining popularity amongst innovative high-end restaurants, but you can achieve the same results in your own kitchen if you know where to shop.

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Thanksgiving Feasts in Prescott, AZ

Wednesday November 20, 2019
The holiday season is typically lauded as an opportunity to celebrate friends and family and share a moment with the most important people in our lives. Thanksgiving, especially, is a time for communal celebration. Sometimes though, the hustle and bustle of life can interrupt that. Perhaps you’ve recently moved to a new community here in Prescott and those closest to you are also the furthest away. Or maybe you’d love to host a Thanksgiving dinner but don’t have the time or energy to entertain guests and spend hours in the kitchen basting turkey, mashing potatoes, and baking fresh pumpkin pies. Fortunately, if you’d like to enjoy classic holiday fare without the prep work or clean up, you have a number of options here in Prescott. Whether you’re looking for plated holiday dinners, a buffet with a twist on the classics, or a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner to serve in your new kitchen, we can help you find it.

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Exploring Haunted Prescott

Tuesday October 22, 2019
Whether you believe in haunted places and are looking for a ghostly encounter or you just enjoy the occasional scare, Prescott is a great place to embrace the spooky fall season. With the evenings getting brisk and the days still warm, Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the area. There are several locations in downtown Prescott that are home to the ghosts of jilted lovers, unlucky gamblers, and even a feline companion. If ghost hunting isn’t your thing, there are also a variety of Halloween-themed activities to celebrate the season.

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Exploring Wickenburg, Arizona

Monday October 14, 2019
If you’re considering building a brand new home in Wickenburg Ranch you’ve probably read about the wonderful amenities featured in the community in our previous post. From the Big Wick and Li’l Wick golf courses to the socializing and stargazing, we’ve shared a number of our favorite community amenities. What we haven’t done, however, is share everything you need to know about the town of Wickenburg itself. So if Wickenburg is on your list of living destinations, continue reading to learn more about this authentic taste of the Wild West.

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Fall Festivities in Arizona

Wednesday October 2, 2019
No matter where you are in Arizona, the arrival of fall brings something to celebrate. If you’re in the southern or central part of the state, it brings relief from the summer heat. Further north, you’ll experience cool evenings and breathtaking fall foliage. Wherever you are, fall is a great opportunity to enjoy the community around you, whether you’re looking for special events or just an opportunity to get out and about, there’s no better time of year. As part of our ongoing efforts to share some of our favorite activities with community members, new and old alike, here are 6 fun ways to celebrate fall here in Arizona.

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Dorn’s End of Summer Neighborhood Update

Tuesday September 24, 2019
Arizona has long been known as a popular destination for homeowners further north to build homes to spend the winters in. Instead of worrying about sub-zero temperatures and getting snowed in, they head south to enjoy mild winters and the occasional white Christmas. Sometimes referred to as “snowbirds,” these visitors help boost the state’s economy and sometimes become permanent or semi-permanent residents. With summer coming to a close, it’s time to welcome back those friends and neighbors that spend summers elsewhere. For readers that may be considering buying or building a winter home, read on to learn a little more about some of the recent changes to Dorn Homes’ communities that could help you make that decision.

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Exploring Dorn Homes’ Tools for Buyers

Wednesday September 11, 2019
At Dorn Homes we put a high priority on ensuring that every interaction that our homebuyers and prospective homebuyers have with the Dorn Homes family is friendly and responsive. A big part of our commitment to quality is an emphasis on service. That being said, we know that sometimes our homebuyers want to explore a little on their own. When you’re dreaming up different versions of your perfect floor plan, you don’t always need someone looking over your shoulder. For those moments, we’ve built a suite of online tools to help you pick out the perfect neighborhood, plan the layout of your new home, or maybe just dream a little more about what your new home could be. So continue reading to learn a little more about the innovative tools and programs available to help you know what questions to ask a builder, to help you design your new home, or even sell your old one.

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Prescott Events to Send Summer out with a Bang

Tuesday August 13, 2019
With the end of summer rapidly approaching it’s important to take advantage of the bright sunshine and warm summer evenings while they’re still here. Some classic activities never go out of style, like picnicking in area parks, fishing the local lakes, or just taking the dog for a walk on the miles of hiking trails that Prescott offers. If you prefer to stay in the shade, it’s tough to beat an evening spent on the Historic Courthouse Square, exploring shops, and enjoying the unbeatable local restaurants. These are tried and true favorites of many Prescott residents and are likely something you’ve enjoyed before. So as part of our ongoing efforts to share other community favorites with our homeowners, we’d like to offer some summer events that will help you end the season in a new and unique way.

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A Look Back at Prescott’s Past

Wednesday July 10, 2019
When pressed for information about the rich history of Prescott, Arizona, most residents could probably tell you that the town served as the Capital of the Arizona Territory. They’d also tell you that Prescott hosts the World’s Oldest Rodeo, which has been an annual event every 4th of July weekend since 1888. What they may not know, however, is that the name “Prescott” wasn’t even one of the original proposals when naming the city. Let’s take a few minutes to explore some of the storied history of Prescott.

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Celebrating America’s Independence with the World’s Oldest Rodeo

Thursday June 27, 2019
Independence Day, and the weekend that follows it, is a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer in Northern Arizona. The cooler weather typically brings visitors from all over the state, especially from our sweltering neighbors down south. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family with a cold drink and an afternoon grilling burgers and dogs (or firing up the smoker for ribs and chicken if you’re so inclined). But the celebration doesn’t have to end in your own backyard; Northern Arizona offers a bevy of activities to enjoy and entertainment options for visitors. So whether you’re a long-time resident looking for something new, or are hoping to find a way to entertain out-of-towners, join us in exploring some of the great events happening up north.

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Prescott Does Mother’s Day

Monday May 6, 2019
At Dorn Homes we like to think of ourselves as a family, a big and growing family, but family nonetheless. Families support one another, trust one another, and are there in times of need. That’s something to be celebrated. And what better way to celebrate family than by spending time with the people we love doing the things we love? So we’ve put together an itinerary of things to do on this upcoming Mother’s Day to show the moms out there just how much you care.

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Dorn Homes’ Neighborhood Update

Wednesday May 1, 2019
As Dorn Homes’ communities in Northern Arizona continue to grow, we regularly open new lots or complete construction on planned amenities. This presents a great opportunity for homebuyers to become part of a community they were worried they missed and to see communities they’re interested in take shape. To make sure that interested homebuyers hear about the new openings in their favorite communities, we’ll be posting periodically in a new recurring article, Neighborhood Update. Unlike many of our articles that discuss design, entertainment, and lifestyle, this will be a place for us to share news about community improvements and to celebrate community milestones.

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Prescott’s Best Day-Trips

Wednesday April 24, 2019
One of the best parts about living in Prescott or the Verde Valley is being able to enjoy the charm of life in a small town without sacrificing the convenience of being close to a big city. But when you’re living in northern Arizona it’s not just the shopping and entertainment options of Phoenix that are nearby, there are plenty of day-trips to make throughout the region. Whether you’re looking for a quick jaunt for a local vineyard tour or a weekend near one of the Wonders of the Natural World, there’s a lot of fun to be had up here.

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Dining Out with Dorn Homes

Wednesday April 10, 2019
As the largest homebuilder in Northern Arizona, the Dorn Homes family has spent time all over the state. Whether it’s exploring new communities to develop, meeting with homeowners or trade partners, or just another day in the office, any day is a good day for a lunch out on the town. With so many of our homeowners coming from out of town or even out of state we decided to ask some of our employees to share their favorite places to eat.

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Imagining Life at The Vistas

Wednesday April 3, 2019
Welcome to The Vistas, Dorn Homes’ newest community in Prescott, Arizona. Part of The Dells master-planned community, The Vistas is an upscale neighborhood that features spacious lots, elegantly designed homes, and exceptional amenities. Nestled among Prescott’s famed Granite Dells, living at The Vistas offers some of the finest panoramic views that northern Arizona has to offer. Residents of The Vistas will find a lifestyle immersed in the natural wonder of the area and features to benefit the mind, body, and spirit. As you continue reading, take a moment and imagine what your life would look like in The Vistas.

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Pickelball, Dog Parks, Community Gardens, and More!

Wednesday March 20, 2019
One of the most important parts of finding a new community is making sure it matches your lifestyle. That means a neighborhood full of things you enjoy and friends and neighbors that share those interests. What better way to meet your new neighbors than by doing something you love together? With that in mind we’ve reached out to members of the Dorn Homes family in each community to find out which amenities are most popular with our homeowners.

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Wickenburg Ranch: An Oasis in the Desert

Monday March 11, 2019
About an hour northwest of Phoenix you’ll find a desert oasis that fulfills the promises of luxury living in the Modern West. This secluded community offers high-end homes with only the finest resort-style amenities. At Wickenburg Ranch, you’ll find a community designed with your lifestyle in mind. From championship golf and fine dining to hiking, spa treatments, and stargazing, you’ll find everything you need to live life to the fullest at the Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club. Wickenburg Ranch is a Trilogy Resort Community designed for luxurious living and endless adventure.

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Make this Valentine’s Day Memorable in Northern Arizona

Tuesday February 5, 2019
Whether this Valentine’s Day is your first with a new special someone or your 50th with your spouse or partner, there’s no shortage of fun experiences and delectable restaurants to explore together. With restaurant specials and special events across Northern Arizona you have practically endless options to enjoy. To help the couples in our communities plan their perfect Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorites here.

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