Our Story

Blue Sky Homes, a ‘Smart and Green’ real estate development company located in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona, is owned and operated by Nick & Adralyn Blue. We specialize in designing and building stylish, energy-efficient, technologically integrated homes, emphasizing the neighborhood via front-yard patios and living space. Our subdivision and home sites are selected carefully with a goal of giving our homeowners the opportunity to comfortably walk or bicycle to nearby restaurants, coffee shops, parks or other attractions. We think the more time people spend outside their cars interacting with their neighbors and surroundings, the higher the quality of life, and the more they will love where they live. Finally, and because we believe the strength of a society lies within sharing, 5% of our profits are directed toward helping people in need within our community.
 
Who we are…
 
NICKNICK BLUE
FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nick planted the seed for what would later become Blue Sky Homes with the acquisition of his first investment property in 2009; a time when the masses were running from the sector and housing was considered a ‘terrible’ investment. Since then, his team has expanded, enabling Blue Sky to buy & sell more than 300 properties, involving over $150M in real estate transactions.

Prior to founding Blue Sky and acquiring his real estate license, Nick worked as a financial advisor. He specialized in equity management by helping his clients understand and execute creative investment opportunities utilizing real estate to achieve their financial goals. In addition, he held his Series 7 and 66 licenses to assist with more traditional investing strategies in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Originally from Marin County in Northern California, Nick came to Arizona in pursuit of a chance to play Major League Baseball with an invitation by the San Diego Padres to attend spring training. While a shoulder injury brought that dream to a halt, the time spent rehabbing in Arizona gave him his first glimpse of the vibrant real-estate market in the Phoenix area. Before that, Nick attended Wake Forest University on a baseball scholarship, graduating with a degree in communications. As a switch-hitting second baseman he helped lead the Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship in 2001. The following year, while garnering All-ACC honors, Nick contributed to Wake’s best season in school history, including a #2 national ranking.

Nick credits Blue Sky’s success with his ability to recognize his own weaknesses and recruit the best designer and business partner in the land to head Field Operations…his wife, Adralyn (see below). The Blue Sky team has expanded further with the birth of their daughter Gabriella in July 2013.

When not chasing deals, Nick enjoys being active, spending time with his wonderful family, and traveling to distant lands.
 
 
AdralynADRALYN BLUE
FIELD DIRECTOR

Adralyn breathes life into our houses, leaving behind the feel of home. Uniquely creating each project, she oversees a changeover process that takes ‘just another house on the block’ to a status of ‘highly sought-after commodity’. Along with design aesthetics, she monitors all budgeting and renovation timelines, interfacing with the Project Manager to ensure the end result fits the upfront vision.

Adralyn has been with the Blue Sky team since 2011 – a period during which she has overseen 200+ projects. She brings ‘the magic’ to the operation with her sense of style & design. Adralyn creates move-in ready homes with renovation budgets ranging from $30,000 for simple facelifts to $500,000 for complicated remodels, additions, and new builds. She transforms the original house into a home that truly ‘wows’ her shoppers. Adralyn’s goal is to hook her buyers with enough signature touches that they can’t help but talk about “the home with the unbelievable kitchen or amazing master suite”.

Adralyn has a Bachelor’s in Communications from Wake Forest University, where she ran track & cross country on a full scholarship, and where she met her husband, Nicolas. Prior to joining Blue Sky, she taught in Phoenix’s Roosevelt School District with Teach for America, coordinated events as a District Aide for U.S. Congressman, Harry Mitchell, and ran political campaigns on the local and national level. In the summer of 2013, Adralyn & Nick became parents with the birth of their baby girl.
 
 
Amy RavenAMY RAVEN
SENIOR PROJECT & DESIGN COORDINATOR

After 250+ applications, countless calls, interviews and close considerations Amy is the cream that rose to the top! Amy is joining us with a background in Kitchen & Bath Design and Project Management. Prior to BSH she worked for the largest Design-Build firm in Chicago – She still leads their team in 2016 sales and production despite relocating to Arizona! Our hope is Amy will be the free agent we need to spearhead our projects and take our project & design coordination to the next level. Verdict is still out on whether or not she is a Cubs fan.

Charity of Choice: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
 
 
LUIS PEREZ
GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Luis Perez is a licensed General Contractor who executes the design decisions made by the Field Director and Project Manager. He brings a wealth of hands-on construction knowledge to the Blue Sky team from his 10+ years of project management, framing and subcontractor coordination. His resourcefulness, work ethic, personal integrity and commitment to top-notch quality make him an essential part of Blue Sky’s success.

Luis lives in Phoenix with his wife, three young children, and is widely known as the top carne-asada cook North of the Border!
 
 
Emily 2017EMILY POCHARDT
PROJECT MANAGER

Emily joined the Blue Sky Homes team in September of 2012. Her work in design and field operations ranges from designing and planning upgrades to managing budgets and timelines. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a certificate in Interior Design from the American Institute of Interior Design. Emily’s favorite aspect of her role is creating a finished product that people would be proud to call home.

Prior to joining the Blue Sky Homes team, Emily worked in various lines of business within the banking industry. She gained significant knowledge of mortgage and lending, and loves that she can apply that to her current role. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking Arizona’s beautiful trails, reading, and spending time with her family.

Charity of Choice: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Jack and I are fortunate enough to live near the hospital where the kids received care and I cannot imagine what it would have been like for us if we didn’t. When your mind and energy need to be with your children, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a way for you to do just that. By helping families stay near their sick or injured kids and providing them with the necessities of life, it allows everyone’s focus to remain where it should be – on the kids.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
 
 
CARINA NORLUND
SALES MANAGER

Although Carina Norlund speaks Swedish to her kids and dog on a daily basis, after 25-years in America her English is fluent with barely an accent (unless you catch her the first few minutes in the morning before her coffee …). She also speaks a few other languages, especially the language of Real Estate.

While working in the music business in LA, Carina built solid connections in the industry, substantiating strong work ethics & integrity, devotion to ‘win-win’ deals and service that’s guaranteed to put smiles on their faces of her clients. In real estate, she has worked as a stager and as a realtor, demonstrating a great understanding of what home buyers seek. With three home purchases of her own, she understands the process from a buyer’s perspective — She prides herself at being a great listener & problem solver.

To say Carina’s life has been diverse would be an understatement — She’s lived in Sweden, Italy, Monaco, Chicago, Southern California, Colorado, and now Arizona. And, because she truly knows the meaning of moving, she’ll work tirelessly to assist you in making your home purchase as smooth as possible. At close, you’ll reflect back and take comfort in knowing that Carina Norlund represented your real-estate interests.
 
 
CAROL DRESDEN
DESIGN ASSISTANT

Carol joined our team during the summer of 2018. Her background is diverse, including design, real estate and social work. At Blue Sky, her primary focus is project-site direction with an emphasis on quality control, purchasing and design.

Carol is a native of Arizona and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Percy, stepson PJ, and their fur-babies, Pepper Potts and MJ Watson.
 
MIKAYLA STIEBEN
MARKETING & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

A senior entrepreneurial studies student at Grand Canyon University, Mikayla has been brought on as our marketing and administrative intern. Mikayla is eager to see where her experiences can take her. She has a brief background in interior design, professional selling, and residential property management. These facets paired with her upcoming business degree will provide a firm base for her growth. Mikayla has a willingness to learn from everyone in the Blue Sky family.

Charity of Choice: Eden Reforestation Project
Eden Reforestation projects reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.
Eden Reforestation Project
 
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