Boasting  the title of “Most Livable City,” Scottsdale creates a unique blend of Old West  rustic charm with the upscale amenities associated with “New West” resort  living. Attracting more than four million visitors each year, Scottsdale is  home to more than half of the Valley’s premier resorts. Playing the role of a  gracious host to the world’s “rich and famous” has filled Scottsdale with fine  art galleries, many cultural attractions, upscale retail centers, pulsating  nightlife, and some of the most popular restaurants in the Valley. Attractive  landscaping with seasonal blooms and fountains throughout the city reach a  pinnacle of beauty in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza’s magnificent gardens  and open-air performance area.

Scottsdale  public schools are some of the Valley’s most highly respected, named “number  one in the southwestern U.S.” by Expansion Management Magazine. The district  schools consistently produce high achievement test scores and an impressive  number of National Merit Scholarship finalists. Scottsdale school  administrators and teachers are also frequently honored among Arizona’s finest.  The campus for Scottsdale Community College serves as a focal point for the  educational community, providing two-year degree and certificate programs as  well as continuing education for students of all ages. Led by Scottsdale  Healthcare and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, the city has emerged as a  state-of-the-art healthcare center. Quality commercial and light industrial  development throughout the city has created a favorable employment outlook and  underlines the diversified and healthy economy.

Scottsdale’s  sprawling borders extend north to the Cave Creek/Carefree communities and east  to Fountain Hills, setting the scene for the development of luxurious planned  communities. The Pinnacle Peak area, once a vast expanse of open desert and  dramatic rock outcroppings, is home to spectacular new residential villages  such as Grayhawk, Troon, Desert Mountain, and Terravita. Exclusive properties  and world-class golf courses make these communities some of the finest in the  Southwest. Even in the heart of Scottsdale, lush parks and miles of greenbelt  recreational area blend with lovely residential neighborhoods for a  picture-perfect cityscape.



Throughout  the Valley of the Sun, welcoming neighborhoods nestled in fine master-planned  communities reflect the warm hospitality and casual elegance of the Southwest. The  variety of architectural styles and community settings can accommodate every  imaginable taste, lifestyle, and budget. Newcomers are able to select from a  wide array of patio homes, charming villas, luxury townhouses, posh  condominiums, elaborate estates, or ranch-style single-family homes. Many homes  feature archways that lead into charming courtyards or privacy walls that  ensure seclusion for artfully landscaped yards, covered patios and ramadas,  sports courts, and pristine pools.

Some  of the metropolitan region’s larger master-planned communities such as Sun City  and Sun City West, Estrella Mountain Ranch, Arrowhead Ranch, Anthem, DC Ranch,  and McDowell Mountain Ranch can provide all the amenities and conveniences of a  small town. Schools, libraries, churches, shopping and services, recreational  facilities, lush local parks, and connecting pathways create a true “community”  atmosphere.

The  following is just a small sample of the increasing number of residential  villages, subdivisions, and planned communities that are available in the Scottsdale / Northeast Valley.

Anthem, North  Anthem Heights Drive, Phoenix.   Just  beyond the lights of Phoenix in the pristine high desert are three communities  nestled in an award-winning development: Anthem Country Club, the Anthem active  adult community, and comfortable family living at Anthem Parkside.

Bellasera, East  Visao Drive, Scottsdale.  The  prestigious community of Bellasera covers 290 acres of scenic high desert at  the foot of imposing Lone Mountain.

The Boulders, N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree.   On  the edge of Carefree, the award-winning Boulders Resort and golf-course  community allows residents to enjoy access to resort amenities. Nearby, El  Pedregal Marketplace offers upscale shopping, fine dining, and live  entertainment in the open-air courtyard.

Copperwynd, Eagle  Ridge Drive, Fountain  Hill.   Lavish  residences are surrounded by world-class resort amenities that include tennis  courts, swimming pools, a health/fitness center, and fine dining. The nearby  town of Fountain Hills provides commercial conveniences, community theater, a  library, and some of the Valley’s most anticipated special events.

DC Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.   Sprawling  near the foot of the McDowell Mountains, this community of beautiful,  family-oriented neighborhoods provides every amenity within walking distance.  Designed to offer the intimacy and sense of connection of a small town, DC  Ranch has developed a spectacular nine-acre indoor/outdoor recreational  complex.

Desert Highlands, East  Happy Valley Road, Scottsdale.    Magnificent  custom homes are nestled on pristine, generous high Sonoran desert lots that  command breathtaking fairway, city light, and mountain views in this private  golf-club community near Carefree.

Desert Mountain, Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale.   It  was in 1986 that Lyle Anderson brought his vision of the world’s finest  master-planned community into reality with the North Scottsdale development of  Desert Mountain. Setting the benchmark for sheer opulence and grandeur, the  52,000-square-foot clubhouse stands as the cornerstone of this magnificent  community. Golf courses designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus combine with the  Sonoran Club Tennis, Fitness, and Swim Complex for world-class recreational  opportunities. Multi-million-dollar estates and executive homes are set on lots  that are masterfully carved into the pristine landscape. Every aspect of Desert  Mountain development is dedicated to the preservation of the area’s expansive  open space and exceptional views of landscapes and wildlife. A number of  residential villages within the Desert Mountain community provide a pleasing  variety of home choices in distinctive architectural styles. Apache Cottages,  Cochise Ridge, Desert Fairways, and Renegade Trail are just a few of the  enchanting enclaves that showcase the casual elegance of the Southwest in  lavish custom homes. Pools and spas with boulder and waterfall accents, guest houses,  sports courts, and elaborate patios are common.

Desert Ridge, Tatum  Boulevard, Phoenix.   Planned  to cover a complete 5,700 acres, this sprawling community creates a balance of  residential villages with resort, shopping, and entertainment development.

Dove Valley Ranch, North  Black Mountain Parkway, Cave  Creek.   Beautiful  homes enjoy an unspoiled high-desert landscape, recreational amenities, and  close proximity to the golf course of the same name designed by Robert Trent  Jones II.

The Estancia Club, North  99th Place, Scottsdale.   Nestled  on the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak, this prestigious North Scottsdale  community is known for its stunning homes, environmental sensitivity, and Tom  Fazio-designed golf course.

Gainey Ranch, East  Gainey Ranch Road, Scottsdale.   Nestled  in a peerless centralized Scottsdale location, Gainey Ranch provides an  award-winning 27-hole golf course, lake vistas, fine shopping, and distinctive  properties.

Grayhawk,  E.  Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.   Nestled  between two award-winning golf courses along with a wealth of amenities are  upscale homes, villas, townhomes, and condominiums from renowned builders.

Kierland, Greenway & Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.   This  elegant, mixed-use development is in a convenient location in the central  corridor of North Scottsdale, which combines exclusive shopping, entertainment,  and dining with residential development.

Legend Trail, East  Legendary Lane, Scottsdale.   Spectacular  recreational and residential opportunities include 640 unspoiled acres of high desert  preserved as open space and the recreational jewel of the Rees Jones-designed  golf course.

McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale  Road, Scottsdale.   Scottsdale’s  ground-breaking development transformed 4,300 acres of arid land into one of  the Valley’s first and finest resort and residential communities. The  collection of fine homes are complemented by bike paths, fine dining, golf  courses,  tennis courts, and 130 acres of  sparkling lakes.

McDowell Mountain Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.    Nestled  in the foothills of the magnificent McDowell Mountains, the fine residential  community known as McDowell Mountain Ranch offers panoramic views of haunting  Sonoran desert beauty. As one of the most defining landmarks within North  Scottsdale, the McDowell Mountain range towers to the east of luxurious  residential neighborhoods. McDowell Mountain Ranch is characterized as an  active community where programs and facilities that meet children’s needs are  part of the master plan. Anchoring the award-winning community is a five-acre  park and a lavish community center with swimming pool, spa, basketball court,  tennis courts, sand volleyball, and a splash fountain. Miles of trails link  neighborhoods and create paths to the local library, the elementary school, and  the recreation center. Residents enjoy the tranquility of a desert retreat with  all the convenience of a city address. Shopping, entertainment venues,  world-class golf, river and lake recreation, and fine dining are all available  close to home. Offering the convenience of a farmer’s market, Desert Canyon  Shopping Center makes it possible to meet most retail needs without traveling  to Scottsdale’s bustling commercial centers.

Scottsdale Mountain, East  136th Street, Scottsdale.   Set  against the foothills of the McDowell Mountain Preserve, the community offers handsome  homes that command spectacular landscape views.

Scottsdale Ranch, North  100th Street, Scottsdale.   Waterfront  estates, beautiful tennis villas, patio homes, and townhomes surround Lake  Serena and recreational amenities.

Stonegate, East  Mountain View Road, Scottsdale.   This  premier community provides all the seclusion of a gated resort lifestyle with tennis  courts, pool/spa, community center, and hiking trails.

Tatum Highlands, Jomax  Road & Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix.   This  handsome residential development in a variety of architectural styles  harmonizes with a 20-acre recreational park in a pristine desert environment  just two miles from Tatum Ranch public golf course.

Tatum Ranch, Cave  Creek Road & Dixileta, Phoenix.   Covering  1,500 acres in the Sonoran desert between northeastern Phoenix and Cave Creek,  30 attractive neighborhoods are filled with beautiful homes.

Terravita, North 69th Way, Scottsdale.   Nearly  825 pristine acres of high Sonoran desert beauty create the scenic backdrop for  lovely homes and recreational amenities that include a golf course, fine  dining, and a community center with fitness area.

Tramonto, Carefree Highway at I-17, Phoenix. Single-family  residences and prime sites for custom homes join a retail town center, fine  hotel, and abundant recreational amenities for a convenient yet serene  lifestyle.

Troon North, Troon Village, Jomax & Alma School Roads, Scottsdale.   The two elegant 1,400-acre master-planned communities of Troon Village and Troon  North that have grown up in the shadow of Troon Mountain offer all the beauty  of a high-desert retreat in close proximity to Scottsdale’s wealth of  amenities. An ideal location near Pima Road and the Loop 101 ensure residents  quick and easy connections to major Valley destinations as well as links to  other major thoroughfares. The private Troon Golf & Country Club is only  one of many recreational advantages in this beautiful area. Outdoor enthusiasts  can explore the adjacent 185-acre mountain preserve, where multi-use trails  meander around giant Saguaro cacti along boulder-strewn ridges. The Troon North  community boasts a four-acre park with facilities for tennis, basketball,  picnicking, outdoor activities, and child’s play. The golf courses that have  been developed to complement the beautiful homes in this area are celebrated  among Arizona’s finest, garnering such accolades as #1 in Arizona by Golfweek and Golf Magazine. Newcomers will find a selection of upscale  neighborhoods and exceptional home sites, many that command breathtaking  valley, fairway, sunset, and mountain views.

The Verdes, Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, Four  Peaks Boulevard, Rio  Verde.   These  two “sister” active-adult communities surround beautiful homes with golf courses  and award-winning clubhouses. The town of Fountain Hills provides nearby  amenities.