Exploring Scottsdale Arizona Communities
Scottsdale Arizona is home to many master planned communities. While some feature high-end expensive homes and others offer more affordable housing, all of them share the common goal of providing a large number of life-enhancing amenities in a delightful desert setting. Landscaped with care and with opportunities for golfing, biking, and tennis, there are thriving local businesses and taste-temping restaurants within an easy walk from home. Here are some of the best planned communities in and around Scottsdale.
1. McDowell Mountain Ranch
Home owners enjoy three community centers loaded with plenty of activities for active residents of all ages. There are two heated pools, tennis and basketball courts, and myriad events scheduled throughout the year including concerts and dances. With plenty of hiking trails and a huge park, it is the perfect community for people who love the outdoors. With many different neighborhoods to choose from, residents are easily able to find a new home at their price point.
2. The Desert Highlands
Located at the base of Pinnacle Peak, all residents receive a golf club membership and enjoy playing at an 18 hole course designed by golf great, Jack Nicklaus. The homes are designed to be green and home sizes range from 4,000 to over 10,000 square feet. This high-end community features miles of pedestrian and bike trails, a pool, community club house, and plenty of saguaro cacti and mountains within view of every window.
3. Troon Village
The Troon Village community is devoted to golf and is a golfer’s paradise. Featuring 12 neighborhoods surrounding Troon Mountain, it is set at a higher elevation than the surrounding community and residents enjoy spectacular views. It has a varied housing stock including townhouses, single family homes, and custom homes. The 1,300 homes can be found in gated, non-gated, and guard gated areas.
Unlike many others on this list, there are still home sites available for new construction at Mirabel. Designed as a luxury community, residents have access to golf and even hot air balloons just a short walk away from their homes. The Desert Lodge Clubhouse offers five star service and food. Located in northern Scottsdale, it is warm and inviting in a gorgeous desert setting.
5. Legend Trail
At home in the high Sonoran Desert, Legend Trail community members are surrounded by the Indian trails of an earlier age. The community is defined by the topography of the development and includes more than 800 home sites and a 36 unit condo property. At the heart of the development lies a Community Center that brings area residents together during a relaxing swim or a great game of golf. There is something for everyone at Legend Trail.
6. Terravita: The Terravita community features a jam packed social calendar on 823 acres of a nature lovers paradise. Built with sustainable building and landscaping practices, the community meets the standards set by the Arizonau2019s Environmentally Sensitive Land Ordinance. Residents can choose a home site with backyard views of the golf courses or glorious mountains. There are plenty of fitness features to help keep residents in peak physical condition.
A mixed use development geared to the sophisticated urban dweller, Kierland has a wide variety of residential types as well as a plethora of shops and entertainment venues. Lofts, multi-residential homes, and single family constructions make this diverse community an exciting place to call home. Shops include major retailers as well as inviting corner coffee houses for leisurely get togethers. The urban feel is enhanced by miles hiking trails and the Arizona sunsets over nearby mountains.
While the Grayhawk community is a favorite of the retirement set, many families and single people make their home here as well. One of the more affordable communities in the area, it has a diverse housing stock but still retains all the amenities that people expect in a planned community. With golf and even music lessons within ready reach, this is a summer home for many snowbirds and vacationers. Located close to Scottsdale and Phoenix, residents find the best of all worlds here.
9. Gainey Ranch
Located just minutes from old town Scottsdale, Gainey Ranch is the perfect location for the commuter. Featuring three nine hole golf courses, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The community association just completed a major renovation to ensure its continued status as an oasis in the desert. The private neighborhoods feel like resort living.
10. McCormick Ranch
The first master planned community in Arizona, McCormick Ranch is still looking great forty years after the first house was built. With seven lakes, residents can enjoy fishing and boating. The many community centers and the golf course provide hours of fun-filled activities. This close-knit community is almost fully developed with mature landscaping amid miles of walking trails. The five acre park features a model railroad exhibit that is the most complete in the US.
The Ancala community is located high in the McDowell Mountains and is a perfect retreat for its many residents who just want to get away from it all. Most homes are built with natural materials that fit perfectly with the surrounding landscape. All homes are custom built and there is always a guard at the gate for maximum security. With more than 500 homes and 40 casitas, residents enjoy the golf course in a very serene and secure setting.
12. DC Ranch
With parks, a school, and home stocks ranging from apartments to custom built homes, life in the DC Ranch master-planned community is sweet indeed. This diverse community has two golf courses, playgrounds, and master chefs cooking in its restaurants. There is even a community playhouse for the artistically inclined. Members enjoy a secure environment in a serene desert setting.
Master-planned communities in Arizona are among the nation’s best. As the demand has grown, communities have risen to the task. Residents enjoy the best that life has to offer under the warm sunny skies of the High Sonora Desert.