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Nov. 18, 2021

Golf Course Living in Prescott Valley

Stoneridge Homes for sale Prescott Valley Arizona

It is an understatement when I say how much I enjoy golfing in the Prescott area.  In addition to the numerous courses in the Quad-cities, the climate and views are incredible!

About StoneRidge

StoneRidge is a popular golfing community in Prescott Valley.  The subdivision is set in a diverse terrain with Panoramic Mountain, Valley, and Golf Course elevations. StoneRidge community offers direct access to Highway 69, yet it is set back in the hills so that residents can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and star gaze the beautiful night sky.  Residents of Stoneridge enjoy a Golf Course, two Clubhouses (Golf and Fitness), Meeting Rooms, Gym, Parks, Playground, Hiking, Walking Trails, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoe Pits, Locker Rooms, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, and Indoor Spa.

Families and retirees love to call StoneRidge home!

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About Prescott Valley

Located 85 miles north of Phoenix, you will find Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a family-oriented community that sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. 

Strong in economic development, the community attracts retailers and restaurants such as Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Sprouts, Culvers, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a host of independent food and shopping choices. 

There is no shortage of places to spend your leisure time at Fain Park, Mountain Valley Splash Pool, and special events such as Prescott Valley Days, Balloon Glow, or the Christmas Valley of Lights twinkling joyfully for kids of all ages. 

Many people have chosen to buy homes and relocate here because of its strong work ethic, solid educational system, family values, and positive outlook.  The Arizona sky is bright in Prescott Valley.  

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About John Gorden

John Gorden with Better Homes and Garden BloomTree Realty is your Realtor (and ex-Southern Californian). John has specialized knowledge of the diverse communities in the greater Prescott area which has lead him to develop a comprehensive tour of Prescott Subdivision and Neighborhoods that suit your Lifestyle and Budget.

Call John Gorden (928) 308-0101


Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 19, 2021

Williamson Valley Corridor - Great Place to Call Home!

The diverse types of neighborhoods in Prescott are what attract many people to call Prescott their home!  One of my favorite areas is what I refer to as the Williamson Valley Corridor.  The Williamson Valley area is located northwest of downtown Prescott and offers a wide variety of homes, subdivisions, and properties.

Here are a few of the subdivisions in the Williamson Valley area in Prescott.  If you have any questions about homes are available in Prescott, I love to talk 'Prescott', give me a call!  John Gorden (928) 308-0101.

Crossroads Ranch

Crossroads Ranch, located approximately 20 miles north of Prescott, Arizona, along popular Williamson Valley Road, is surrounded by beauty. Crossroads Ranch is a 5,000-acre Equestrian Community with home sites ranging from 4 acres to over 100 acres. Wildlife love this prestigious community. Antelope, javelina, deer, elk, and bobcats enjoy the natural landscape of these rolling hills covered with pinon and juniper vegetation. This elite community offers country living with all of the conveniences of modern living, including underground utilities and paved streets. The homes in Crossroads Ranch range from modern ranch homes with fertile pastures to incredible gated Custom Estates. There are many home sites still available to build your dream home.

Homes for Sale in Crossroads Ranch

Williamson Valley Ranch

Williamson Valley Ranch in Prescott, Arizona, is a prestigious, private neighborhood conveniently located just ten short miles north of the city of Prescott. This equestrian subdivision features beautiful, unique custom homes. Many homes use total solar energy; some are contemporary in design, while others are classic ranch style. Homes range in size from 1100 sq ft on up to over 6000 square feet, with lots ranging in size from 3 to 8 acres. There is plenty of room for the kids, toys, and horses! In Williamson Valley Ranch, you’ll enjoy country living at its finest complete with paved roads, underground utilities, and riding and hiking trails nearby.

Homes for Sale in Williamson Valley Ranch

Granite Oaks

Granite Oaks in Prescott, Arizona, is located at the base of the Granite Mountain in the Williamson Valley corridor, near Williamson Valley Road and Bard Ranch Road. The subdivision of upscale custom homes borders the state land and has access to acres and acres of endless riding and hiking trails. The home sites range in size from 1 to 3 acres offering lots of privacy and horse privileges. Being able to enjoy country living while only a few miles from downtown Prescott is one of many reasons people fall in love with Granite Oaks.

Homes for Sale in Granite Oaks

John Gorden

(928) 308-0101

Posted in Prescott, AZ
Sept. 22, 2021

Live Where You Golf

Golfing in Talking Rock Prescott Arizona

About Talking Rock

Talking Rock is an upscale master-planned golf community in the Williamson Valley corridor north of Prescott, Arizona.  This prestigious community offers private and tranquil living only twenty minutes from shopping, dining, and medical services. At the heart of Talking Rock is the inviting Ranch Compound, a one-of-a-kind high country clubhouse, which provides a place to meet for recreation and connect with your neighbors. Architect Jay Morrish designed the highly acclaimed golf course, which lies perfectly in the natural contours of the land, the rolling terrain, and beautiful vistas.

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About Prescott, Arizona

In Prescott, Arizona, you will find countless activities to do, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. In addition to the hometown feel, these activities keep Prescott visitors, young and old, returning year after year.

Once the state's territorial capital, Prescott, Arizona, is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row, the historic courthouse, and numerous historical landmarks. Whether you're seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife or the history of "Everybody's Hometown," you will find something that will interest you. Visit the official web site for Prescott, Arizona, to learn more by clicking here.

Located in the Bradshaw Mountains, Prescott sits at an altitude of 5,400 feet. The average high temperature in the winter in Prescott is around 52 degrees and averages 89 in the summer. There are approximately 43,000 people in Prescott, but the surrounding "Quad-City" area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 103,000 people.

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About John Gorden REALTOR®

John Gorden with Better Homes and Garden BloomTree Realty is your Realtor (and ex-Southern Californian). John has specialized knowledge of the diverse communities in the greater Prescott area, leading him to develop a comprehensive tour of Prescott Subdivision and Neighborhoods that suit your Lifestyle and Budget.

Extensive Education

John’s Real Estate education has taken him through both Residential and Commercial Real Estate transactions. Trained as an Accredited Buyers Representative with the National Association of Realtors, this ABR designation lets him share positive insights with Buyers regarding the potential purchase of Real Estate. In addition, John holds a CNE, a Certified Negotiation Expert by the National Association of Realtors. On the commercial side, John has a CCSS “Certified Commercial Sales Specialist” awarded by the commercial Real Estate Institute.

Certified Retirement and Second Home Specialist

Recently John earned a certification as a Retirement and Second Home Specialist, helping buyers find suitable properties during retirement or Second Home process. These designations and certifications show hundreds of hours of ongoing training that make John a valuable asset when representing you in either a buying or seller environment.

Contact John

John Gorden
(928) 308-0101

Posted in Prescott, AZ
Aug. 17, 2021

Water Leaks Cost a Bundle!

Water leaks run up water bill

Identifying Common Water Leaks

Did you know it's not uncommon for more than 20% of homes to have one unidentified water leak? Small leaks that go unidentified can significantly impact your water bill over time. 

Track Your Water Bill

Look back on your water bill history over the past months or even years, and look for spikes. Seasonal reasons may cause higher water use, such as the summer, because of lawn and garden watering, but look for any other unexpected increases in water usage. Something as seemingly insignificant as a running toilet can become a significant contributor, especially if it's running 24/7. If your water bill spikes, start hunting.

Address The Leaks

  • Listen for the running toilet: Is your toilet constantly running? Check your guest bathroom. Flush the toilet and time how long it takes to stop. Does it take minutes? If yes, you may have a problem. Open the toilet tank and look at the water level. If the water level is more than 1-inch above the tube, the flapper isn't getting a good seal, and a repair is in order. You can also test for slow leaks into the bowl by dropping some food coloring into the tank. Drop it in and wait 15 - 20 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have an issue, and a repair is needed.

If you're still having difficulty identifying the issue, a YouTube Channel named 'DIY on the House' offers multiple videos on identifying and fixing common toilet leaks. First, you can view their video '8 Common Toilet Leaks, How to Find Where Your Toilet is Leaking.'

  • Inspect shower heads: Replacing O-rings, soaking the showerhead in vinegar to remove minerals, or simply replacing the head completely can stop showerheads from spaying water in unintentional directions. 
  • Inspect Faucets: Look at the source pipes of the faucets. Likely, you will discover the leak when the water is running. Therefore, after turning on the faucet, search for dampness in those darkened places. Plugging these leaks can also prevent mold buildup.
  • Tune up your irrigation system: Irrigation systems can be the most subtle leaks of all. Busted sprinkler heads or constantly leaking supply lines boost your water bill. When the system is running, look for spraying valves and find ways to eliminate overspray onto concrete. A rain sensor is also a great way to ensure you're not watering your lawn while it's raining.
  • Frozen Pipes: In the winter, water freezing in pipes causes the pipes to expand and burst. A simple way to prevent this is by removing and disconnecting all hoses from hose bibs. 

Need to get in touch with a plumber or handyman? A good source to find companies in your area to help you get taken care of is Angie's List and Nextdoor. Once you are taken care of, I can help you list and sell your home!  Give John Gorden a call today (928) 308-0101!


Posted in Selling Your Home
July 20, 2021

Growing Prescott Valley Community

Homes for sale in Legend Hills

Impressive Prescott Valley Community

The Legend Hills community is located at the base of Mingus Mountain overlooking Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona. The growing community is easy to find, take 89A North and just past mile marker 331 and use the turn lane to make a left onto Legend Hills Road.

As of November 2020, there are 625.95 acres of land in Legend Hills, 373.16 improved parcel owners, 272.79 unimproved parcel owners, and 151 custom homes. (Source

Legend Hills of Prescott Valley, Arizona, is an impressive community with 2-acre minimums and immaculate homes. Legend hills offer high-quality contemporary and ranch custom homes. Many of the homes in Legend Hills feature foam insulation in the ceiling and blown insulation in the walls making the homes very energy efficient. Other custom features include central vacuum, custom kitchens, granite countertops throughout, tile and hardwood flooring, wood-beamed ceilings, and tile showers.  You can find paver brick driveways and patios, beautiful stonework, crushed granite, and individual gates to your home on the exterior of the houses. Legend Hills also provides plenty of space for an oversized RV garage, allowing you to safely store your RV and toys.  This popular community is a horse-friendly subdivision, with plenty of land for a barn or stable. 

Enjoy stunning views of Mingus Mountain, Granite Mountain and Bradshaw Mountain from inside your home or from the comfort of a covered patio.

Information regarding the Legend Hills community association can be found at  You can watch past meetings on Zoom.  Zoom meeting recordings:

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Posted in Buying a Home
June 15, 2021

Thriving Prescott Valley Community


About Granville, Prescott Valley


Granville is a thriving community on Glassford Hills Road in Prescott Valley, Arizona. This growing community has large homesites and incredible amenities, including a fabulous clubhouse, meeting rooms, total gym, parks, tennis, basketball, pool and spa, and trails. Granville is just a couple of miles from the new Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, schools, shopping, and dining. The Granville Elementary School is located in Granville. Hikers are in luck; the Iron King Trailhead is located in this popular subdivision.

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Posted in Buying a Home
May 13, 2021

Luxury Living in Prescott


If you are considering moving to Prescott, there is a strong probability that someone has mentioned that you should check out the Williamson Valley corridor.  They are correct!  The Williamson Valley corridor is on the west side of Prescott and runs north along Williamson Valley Road.  There are several communities in this area that have plenty to offer.

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April 14, 2021

Prescott Airport Opens New Terminal

Prescott Airport New Terminal Open


There is yet another reason to fall in love with Prescott, Arizona.   The Prescott Airport just received a significant upgrade and expansion.

Prescott Regional Airport’s New Passenger Terminal is Officially Open for Business

The Prescott Regional Airport, located at 6500 Mac Curdy Dr, Prescott, recently opened a new terminal.  The new 18,000 square-foot terminal will provide better passenger queuing space, more airline operating space, updated security processing for faster and more efficient screening, better facilities, and more.

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Posted in Prescott News
March 10, 2021

Don’t Move Stuff You Don’t Want: Sell It!


Are you getting ready to move to the Prescott Area? Welcome to "Everybody's Hometown!" We are excited to have you! You have picked a gorgeous town. Prescott truly has something for everyone. There are plenty of things to do in the area, making it the perfect community for people of all ages. Prescott is rated as one of the best places to retire, but our town is equally as family-friendly (and dog-friendly too!). The Prescott population is growing; however, it still offers the small-town feel the city has to offer and gives residents the best of both worlds. 


As you are packing to move, we have a secret for you . . . move less stuff!

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Feb. 15, 2021

Adding a bathroom? Keep these tips in mind.


Have you been living in a single-bathroom home? Is the time here to consider adding an extra full-bathroom or “water closet” to your existing layout? First, know that of all the renovations you can make to a single-bathroom home, adding an extra bathroom is one of the soundest investments you can make. With rare exceptions, the money you put into a second bathroom should pay handsomely when you list your house in the future. The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in your home, and it can have a profound impact on how prospective buyers see your home in the future.

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Posted in Home Maintenance