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Attraction Is The Main Thing

The spines on this cactus are black and white.

I know we're a real-estate-related community, and at first blush, this wouldn't look like a real-estate-related post.  At first blush, I said...

The hummingbird is made from scraps of tile left over from a builder's construction site.The essence of buying a home is attraction.  One neighbor told me that she made the decision to buy a particular house in our neighborhood because of a piece of rock art by Otto Krein, who made this hummingbird and lizard from scraps of leftover tile gathered at a builder's construction site.

Otto and his family lived here for more than a decade before moving back to Pennsylvania recently.  While he was here, Otto worked for our HOA in landscape maintenance.

The boulders graced by his art are not in anyone's yard.  They sit on streetcorners, and were initally intended to keep construction vehicles from cutting the corner too closely.

Otto knew that he could transform plain rocks into an attractive visual comment on our neighborhood of Tucson Estates II. 

He did a great job, didn't he?

That cactus flower from my front yard is intended to attract you, the reader, to stop and stay for awhile. 

Looks like it did the trick.  :)

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Comment balloon 25 commentsMike Jones • March 24 2009 09:32AM

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Mike ... thanks for this nice post and great photos ... your cactus at the top is wonderful and attracted me.  Best wishes.

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike: you always have great photos... more and people will be attracted to this area with all it's beauty...

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) over 10 years ago

Unique Look! Very attractive and serves a purpose. Great thinking!!

Posted by Judy Schneider (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike,

Incredible!

The rocks are interesting, too.

If you're teaching real estate you could use your photos to teach the meaning of situs, location, location, location!

You could teach that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, that one man's graffiti is another man's art.

Sales. explain we find what we seek! And, it's safe to judge a man by what he finds in life.

Religion, simply state: There is a God, behold! Then flash the top photo!

Once again, Thank You!

Bill

 

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 10 years ago

Bill,

You're welcome, my friend!

Judy,

Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Donna,

Thanks for the encouragement.  We live here surrounded by God's gift of beauty.

Harrison,

Thanks for beint the first to comment!  I'm glad that worked.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Ah See emotional response...just what I was telling someone on another post. Buyers have a lot of choice and it is a Buyers Market, but they also buy on emotional response :)...it is our job to find out what that emotional response is!

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Anne,

It's good to see you!  So much of life turns around emotion.  That, and action!  When am I going to see the cowboy blog?!  Much success today.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Otto was one clever guy.  He subtly set his yard apart.  Sometimes it's the little subtle differences that provide the tipping point for buyers.

Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Yes the photo got me I do like the flowers from Cactus. What great way to recycle what would have ended up in the land fill.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Mike - you are an artist with your camera and your picture definitly attracted me to read your entire post. Cool rock art too.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike  I'll be willing to admit I read the "whole thing"  - he's quite a guy and artistic,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

Yes Mike it did the trick.  My mother in law would just love this rock art.  Can't wait to tell her about it.  I know she's going to start cracking tile as soon as I tell her.  That cactus flower in your yard looks dangerous and VERY beautiful.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

Tammy,

I thought it might.  LOL  The cactus spines are three inches long, and alternate black and white.  It's only dangerous if you sit on it.  Send me your email address through AR, and I'll send a magnified view of the tile critters for her to work out.

Karen,

I'm so glad!  Otto's going to be blushing when he reads all these flattering comments.

Judy,

Thanks for the encouragement.  You can come visit any time!

Terry,

It's just fantastic!

Marlene,

The most interesting thing is that Otto didn't create these on the corners of his yard; he created them up and down a main road through the neighborhood called "Lone Star Drive."

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

You take the most interesting photos!  And then use them so well. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 10 years ago

Judi,

You leave the nicest comments!  LOL  There's something to blog about in any photo.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

There was a huge feature article in our local paper in the last couple of weeks about places to drive around near Tucson to see Spring in bloom. Now, I don't have to make the drive! Thanks.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 10 years ago

Nope, Mike - you didn't get me to fall for that old trick!  I just skipped to the bottom first, and then read back to the top.  LOL   Either way, nice post!   :)

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 10 years ago

Randy,

Whatever works!  LOL

Ann,

Do you have crocus in the spring at your elevation?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike,

Your photos are sensational! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Great post!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

Mike,

Deceptively beautiful and beautifully deceptive...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Mike - great play on words pictures. You had me hooked! & your right, he did do a good job on those boulders!

Posted by Kayla Pearce, Real Estate Agent - Milford Delaware (First Class Properties) over 10 years ago

So cool!!!  I love the flower shot.  Are you still using the same camera?

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

Still using the Lumix cheapie from Costco.  Picasa by Google is the editor for the photos.  So easy!

Kayla,

Isn't that just too cool?!

Fran,

Sorry it took so long for me to respond.  I've been on your blog a lot lately.

Dorie,

Thank you!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

I came back to steal your photo.  I saved it to my computer.  I promise if I ever use it for more that something pretty to look at, I will give you the credit.   :)  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

Steal away!  I made a card with this as the front; it's fun to send it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

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