Phoenix Planned Communities - Phoenix Real Estate Agent Joan Barnes.
Aviano at Desert Ridge
Aviano is a master planned community, built by Toll Brothers with a full range of housing choices. Homes are semi-custom and feature Spanish Colonial architecture. The communities revolves around a truly outstanding community center with a state of the art fitness center, 2 lighted tennis courts, basketball court, a resort style outdoor pool and extensive walking trails. Aviano is moments away from the vibrant Desert Ridge Marketplace and from Loop 101 which provides easy access to all parts of the Valley.
DC Ranch is a nationally acclaimed private golf and residential community in Scottsdale. DC Ranch has been developed with a deep respect for the integrity of the land and a commitment to the preservation of open desert space on a spectacular piece of land at the base of the McDowell Mountains which provides panoramic views of Scottsdale and Phoenix below. Four distinctive village neighborhoods, centered around neighborhood parks, offer a variety of attached villas, single-family homes, luxury apartments and condominiums. Shared by all the residents are remarkable amenities offered at 2 community centers. Some of the features include lighted tennis and basketball courts, Olympic-size pool, children's wading pool, children's adventure playground, exercise and fitness room, poolside and garden patios, meeting rooms for clubs, celebrations and events, a community-wide intranet, and a full calendar of events and activities. Walking trails will eventually extend to over 33 miles. Two private country clubs (DC Ranch Country Club and Silverleaf) are located within DC Ranch.
At the heart of central Scottsdale are Gainey Ranch, the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch (one of the outstanding resorts in Scottsdale) and the private 27 hole Gainey Ranch Golf Club. Gainey Ranch is a well-established community and all subdivisions are gated with twenty-four hour guards on duty. Lifestyle choices range from condominiums, town homes, patio homes to large estate homes. Amenities include The Estate Club, with a croquet court, several lighted tennis courts, fitness facility, lap pool and tennis pro shop. Close by is the Village Health Club. The Shops at Gainey Village offers exclusive shops, upscale boutiques and fine dining.
Located in North Scottsdale on 1600 acres, just 1 mile north of Loop 101, Grayhawk features two distinct yet interconnected neighborhoods with gorgeous views of Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains. The Park (a 497 acre neighborhood) and The Retreat (a 539 acres, resort-style neighborhood.) Both offer a variety of prices, amenities and lifestyles. Nestled between these communities are the award-winning daily fee Talon and Raptor golf courses. Other community features are 30 miles of hiking, biking and jogging trails, barbeque pavilions, tennis courts and neighborhood swimming pools. Every resident has access to the Resident Program Director, who maintains a yearly calendar of sporting events, social functions and cultural activities. Housing options range from condominiums, town homes to single family and custom built homes. Also within Grayhawk are centers for shopping and Classic Residence Senior Living by Hyatt.
Kierland is located in North East Phoenix on the border of Scottsdale, with a Scottsdale address and within the sought-after zip code of 85254. A number of subdivisions of homes of various sizes and price ranges surround the Kierland Golf Course. The focal point of Kierland is Kierland Commons, a planned village that incorporates retail specialty boutiques, offices, restaurant and residential components with a number of luxury mid-rise condominium buildings. Also home of the Kierland Resort.
In 1942 the last large ranch (160 acres) in the City of Scottsdale was purchased by Ann & Fowler McCormick. Fowler McCormick was the grandson of Cyrus McCormick, who invented the reaper, and his maternal grandfather was John Rockefeller. Fowler worked himself up from a job in the foundry to the President and Chairman of the Board of International Harvester. Anne McCormick's main interest was raising horses and she started a breading program with saddle-bred palominos. In order to have more riding area she started acquiring the adjacent land. Several years later she became interested in Arabian horses and expanded her breeding program in focus on Arabians. Meanwhile she brought in 25 head of Angus to see whether or not they could take the heat and thrive in this climate. Shortly thereafter she brought the remainder of the herd from her Barrington Farms in Illinois. Today the McCormick Ranch logo is original cattle brand that was used. After Anne's death the ranch was sold to Kaiser-Aetna and 3116 of those acres were developed into the first master-planned community in Scottsdale. McCormick Ranch today is an oasis of green lush lawns, trees, and tropical landscaping. There are 130 acres of man-made lakes for sailing and fishing, 25 miles of biking and hiking trails, public tennis courts and two 18-hole golf courses. The commute to Phoenix and surrounding communities continues to make this a popular area for a mobile workforce that demands a high quality of life.
McDowell Mountain Ranch
Nestled against the McDowell Mountains on 3200 acres, McDowell Mountain Ranch is a diverse, family oriented community with a wide range of amenities designed for an active lifestyle. At the heart of this award winning community is a five-acre park and community center with a swimming pool, spa, basketball court, tennis courts, sand volleyball court and a splash fountain. Miles of improved trails connect neighborhoods to each other and to the Scottsdale Public Library, Citizen Service Center, elementary/middle school and the recreation center. The trails also give access to the mountain preserve.
Located on the Eastern edge of Scottsdale, nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains is the guard gated community of Scottsdale Mountain. What makes this community unique is that almost every home enjoys views over open desert buffer areas, of the mountains, or from elevated lots the city light views of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa. Community amenities include tennis courts and spa. Just South of the community is the world famous Mayo Clinic, and 3 miles East is the Town of Fountain Hills. Easy access to Loop 101 and all the shopping and dining attractions that Scottsdale offers.
Scottsdale Ranch, just east of McCormick Ranch, was built in the 1980's on the 1120 acres that Kaiser-Aetna sold off from their original McCormick Ranch purchase. Scottsdale Ranch homebuyers have easy access to shopping at the Mercado which features AJ's Specialty Food market, sports cafes and restaurants. A 31-acre multi-use park offers a variety of sports and recreation opportunities. Residents will find baseball diamonds, basketball, tennis, racquetball and volleyball, plus large grass areas with shade trees and picnic areas. The tennis center features 12 lighted tennis courts, four lighted racquetball courts and one lighted squash court. There are also six lighted sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, four half-court basketball courts, four lighted ball fields and a children's playground. Adjoining the park is Via Linda Senior Center, and the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club and the highly rated Laguna Elementary School. These facilities keep Scottsdale Ranch in high demand with families. Apartment style condominiums, townhouses and estate homes surround the 42-acre Lake Serena. The Scottsdale Ranch community clubhouse offers small party boat rentals for special occasions and embodies the neighborhood feel that Scottsdale Ranch is known for.
Stonegate, pushing East of Scottsdale Ranch is Stonegate, built in the 1990's. Here in a guard gated community you find lush landscaping and great amenities that include a community club house, huge pool, tennis and desert walking trails. This community enjoys a great location - nearby shopping, restaurants, also close to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital, the Via Linda Boys and Girls Club, Stonegate Equestrian Park, and the Scottsdale Ranch Park, Tennis Center and Senior Center. Various housing options are available ranging from smaller homes to large custom designed homes.
Tatum Ranch is a 1400 acre master-planned community of 3400 homes and five commercial sites in the northeast corner of Phoenix, where North Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road meet. The Ranch is within the Upland Sonoran Desert life zone, with seven washes or arroyos trending northeast to southwest. Because of the distance from the metropolitan area (35 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport), its elevation (1800 feet) and its proximity to the New River Mountains to the north, the summer temperatures are usually cooler than those recorded at the airport, and the night sky is dark. Six miles to the north is Cave Creek, the charming small town with a cowboy feel. Homes in 30 neighborhoods were built by a variety of well know builders. Three of these neighborhoods are gated. Two urban parks, owned by the City of Phoenix are found on the south and west edges of the Ranch. Centered in the Ranch is the Tatum Ranch Golf Course, a private 18-hole course. About 100 homes are attached in pairs. All the others are single family, detached. Tatum Ranch is located 5 miles north of Loop 101, and while physically in Phoenix, the mailing address is Cave Creek and it utilizes the Cave Creek Unified School System.