Paradise Valley: the Ultimate in Arizona Living

Paradise Valley: the Ultimate in Arizona Living


Nestled conveniently between Phoenix and Scottsdale is Paradise Valley, Arizona’s most affluent and exclusive community. With a population of about 26,000 over a tiny 16.5 square miles, Paradise Valley has become THE place to live for the wealthy from all over the United States thanks to its spectacular views of Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, along with spacious single-family home properties of at least one-acre, Paradise Valley should be on your shortlist if you want seclusion and safety.


Exclusive Neighborhoods with Famous Residents
Paradise Valley’s 19 neighborhoods are home to many famous people who have lived there previously or still have homes. Rocker Alice Cooper and his wife are long-time residents of Goldwater Estates. Arizona Cardinals head coach Cliff Kingsbury and team president Michael Bidwell own properties here, as does Olympian Michael Phelps.

Among the more popular neighborhoods in Paradise Valley are Camelback Country Club, Mockingbird Lane, Montelucia, Stone Canyon, Casa Blanca. The average home value in Paradise Valley is just over $3 million, but buyers will also find many lavish, multi-acre residences like the Tuscan-style estate in the Cameldale community that recently sold for $21 million. The 15,736-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and a guest house on 4.27 acres. That will be outdone by a massive 18,000-square-foot estate by BedBrock Developers set to begin construction in 2023. The price for this over-the-top residence with multiple swimming pools and a 10-vehicle showcase garage is $30.6 million.


Why is Paradise Valley So Popular?
Paradise Valley is almost exclusively residential, which gives residents ultimate privacy, yet the community has possibly the best location in the Phoenix Valley. It’s close to attractions like Downtown Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, Fashion Square, the Shea business corridor, and Scottsdale Airport. making the combination of seclusion and fun eminently attractive.


High-End Resorts and Golf
The good life is out in full force in Paradise Valley. You’ll find four luxury resorts in the town:
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
• Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
• Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley at The Palmeraie
• Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley

Golfers won’t go wrong with any of the fabulous courses. Take your pick as each one is better than the next:
• Camelback Golf Club
• Paradise Valley Country Club
• The Short Course at Mountain Shadows


Fine Dining
Local resorts and golf clubs all have renowned cuisine. Yet, you’ll also find outstanding food at the following restaurants:
• El Chorro
• Elements
• Rita’s Cantina & Bar


Local Schools
Students primarily attend classes in Scottsdale Unified School District 48, with teens attending Chaparral and SaguaroHigh Schools while others attend Camelback High School in the Phoenix Union District. Biltmore Preparatory Acade

DC Ranch: Living in Harmony with Nature

DC Ranch: Living in Harmony with Nature

DC Ranch: Living in Harmony with Nature

If one Arizona community epitomizes luxury living combined with the harmony of nature, that community is DC Ranch in North Scottsdale. This planned community connects its residents to the beauty of its planned environment and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.


Established as a ranch in the early 1900s by E.O. Brown, the land owners formed a partnership with DMB Development, which envisioned a thoughtfully developed community that would exist in harmony with its desert surroundings. Part of the land was eventually sold to the City of Scottsdale, forming the heart of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Today, DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community adjacent to the magnificent McDowell Sonoran Preserve on the east and Pima Road on the west, with the winding Thompson Peak Parkway bisecting the area.


Four Villages and 40+ Unique Neighborhoods

Buyers will find four distinct residential villages with more than 40 unique upscale neighborhoods and have a variety of DC Ranch Homes For Sale to choose from. Country Club and Desert Camp are DC Ranch’s original villages, with construction beginning in the late 1990 and the first residents moving to their homes in 1997. Desert Park and Silverleaf are the other two villages. DC Ranch encompasses more than 2,800 homes and approximately 7,000 residents. Each neighborhood elects a designated resident to serve as their liaison to the Ranch Association Board of Directors.


Bound by Pima Road and the Reata Wash, Country Club Village has a variety of architectural styles. Desert Camp village features single-family homes, attached patio homes, townhomes, and condos and is also home to the Market Street commercial area. It is located east of Pima and south of Thompson Peak Parkway. Located south of Legacy Boulevard, Desert Parks village has gated neighborhoods with custom and non-custom single-family and attached homes and luxury apartments. Silverleaf is the most exclusive village, with many neighborhoods featuring expansive, estate-style residences located adjacent to the McDowell Mountain Preserve. Buyers will find a wide range of prices, ranging up to multi-million estates with over 15,000 square feet waiting to be built.


Golf and Recreation

The DC Ranch vision includes a commitment to healthy lifestyles, as evidenced by the wealth of running. Walking and biking paths throughout the community. DC Ranch has 47 parks, plus more than 50 miles of landscaped trails that connect each neighborhood and ultimately lead to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


The Homestead and Desert Camp Community Centers provide residents with recreational activities, including tennis and pickleball.


Private Clubs

Residents can choose from two private country clubs—DC Ranch and Silverleaf—offering world-class golf, spa facilities, exercise facilities, tennis, swimming, gourmet dining, and banquet facilities. Residents also can join the DC Ranch Health Club & Spa or The Village Health Club Hot Yoga Studio for fitness activities.


Shopping and Dining


Within DC Ranch’s borders are two shopping areas, Market Street and DC Ranch Crossing. Residents will find boutique stores and local shopping needs, like AJ’s Fine Foods and Safeway. Notable restaurants include Ciao Grazie, Koi Poke, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, and Jalapeno Inferno.

Desert Ridge and Aviano: Phoenix Affordability in Planned Communities

Desert Ridge and Aviano: North Scottsdale Affordability in Planned Communities

Desert Ridge and Aviano: Phoenix Affordability in Planned Communities


Buyers who seek a Phoenix locale yet want affordability can find them at Desert Ridge and Aviano. These two planned communities located north of where State Route 51 intercepts the Loop 101 Expressway are mixed-use developments with single-family homes, condos, townhomes, parks and sports facilities, commercial and office space, plus a high-end resort and spa. Construction began in 1996, with some undeveloped home sites still available today.


Neighborhoods for Everyone

Desert Ridge has over 30 subdivisions within the master community. Some are gated, while others evoke the golf lifestyle, bordering on the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa courses. Aviano comprises the northwest section, divided into Aviano at Desert Ridge, a single-family development built by Toll Brothers in 2004 with homes averaging several million dollars, and a townhome community called the Villages at Aviano with homes averaging in the mid $500,000s. Residents of this area enjoy resort-style amenities.

Popular areas also include the area named Fireside south of Deer Valley Road, including Copperview, Scarlet Ridge, Saguaro Valley, and Crimson Point. Golf course communities are Glen Eagle Golf Community, Desert Ridge 4, Ironwood Greens, and Lockwood Estates.


Luxury and Relaxation at JW Marriott

Few planned communities can claim a full-service resort and spa, plus two championship golf courses within their boundaries. Yet, that’s just what the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers. The Wildfire Golf Club offers two 18-hole courses, one designed by Arnold Palmer and the other by Nick Faldo. Tune up your pickleball game at the new Pickleball Center that offers 17 lighted courts and group and individual instruction in world-class facilities. The resort also has the full-service Revive spa, tennis courts, a water complex with five pools, water slides, and a lazy river, plus eight dining options.


Upscale Shopping Center and Independent Boutiques

Head to the south end of Desert Ridge for shopping, dining, entertainment, and healthcare. The open-air Desert Ridge Marketplace is a favorite destination for shoppers in North Scottsdale. This 1.2 million-square-foot commercial development offers a wide range of stores, along with outdoor fireplaces and entertainment. It’s the place to be on weekends. You’ll find stores like Kohl’s, Target, Barnes & Noble, Xi Clothing, the AMC Dine-In Desert Ridge 18 Theaters, and the Keg Steakhouse, Yardhouse, and Islands Restaurant. The nearby High Street Shopping Mall offers boutique shopping and restaurants like Ocean Prime, Humble Bistro, and the Boozy.

The quirky Musical Instrument Museum is also nearby, as are several medical office complexes and the Mayo Clinic Phoenix.


Parks and Recreation

Most Desert Ridge residents have a park or a hiking trail within minutes of their homes. The most notable is Aviano Park and Community Center. The park includes tennis courts, basketball courts, a pool, and a playground, while the community hosts various classes and local events. Fireside Community Basketball and Court serve the southern end of the development and includes extensive walking/biking paths and a community center. Other parks include Small Aviano Park, Adobe Park, Cashman Park, and Deer Valley Park, Wildcat Ridge Community Park, and, Reach 11 Recreation Area.


If you are looking for a home in the Desert Ridge area, below are just a few options:

Desert Ridge Homes For Sale

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22640 N 47TH Place, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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# of Bedrooms: 3
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Year Built: 1998
Subdivision: DESERT RIDGE PARCEL 7.5
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5258 E HASHKNIFE Road, Phoenix, AZ 85054
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# of Bedrooms: 4
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3921 E QUAIL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Year Built: 2007
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5209 E HERRERA Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054
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# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Year Built: 1998
Subdivision: DESERT RIDGE LOT 31
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21629 N 59TH Street, Phoenix, AZ 85054
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3739 E ZACHARY Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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23306 N 44TH Place, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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3715 E HUETT Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Carefree: Quiet, Quirky Charm

Carefree: Quiet, Quirky Charm

Carefree: Quiet, Quirky Charm


Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Phoenix with a chance to view majestic mountain vistas, towering saguaro cacti in the Sonoran Desert, and a chance to feel the peace of midnight-black skies at night are what draw people to Carefree. Often considered a twin town to Cave Creek immediately to the west, Carefree is a primarily residential enclave with a population of nearly 4,000.


Unlike Cave Creek, which has its roots in the Old West, Carefree was conceived in the 1950s as a planned community by business partners K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington. Many visitors to the town get their first glimpse of Carefree as they pass north through the gigantic granite boulders rock formation on Tom Darlington Drive. This cheerfully laidback town is full of whimsical street names like Easy Street, Lucky Lane, Nonchalant Drive, and Ho Hum Drive. If you’re looking for a place where you can be yourself, Carefree is for you.


Leisurely and Luxurious Neighborhoods

Carefree ‘s neighborhoods may be characterized as leisurely living experiences. The overall community is popular with retirees who want secluded property instead of a condo or townhome existence. Buyers will find more expensive homes on the northeast side, including Ranchitos del Ray, a custom home development with properties up to five acres in the foothills of the Continental Mountains, and the gated community of Cow Track Estates, which offers homes of varying sizes, horse properties and fantastic views of the town. Carefree Too, near the town center, has some mid-sized homes well-price for growing families. Boulders Carefree and Black Mountain Foothills in the southern part of town offer homes in Sonoran Desert Settings.


Luxe Life Pursuits

Even though Carefree is primarily residential, it has two leisure destinations almost next to one another. Desert Forest Golf Club is a unique facility that offers a respite from valley heat. The course is routed over the landscape rather than through it, resulting in a playing experience over a unique topography.


Next to Desert Forest is Civana, a destination wellness resort that offers a regenerating, serene and healthy experience. Civana provides a spa, salon, and personalized wellness experiences through its classes and retreats.


Shopping and the Arts Intertwine

Carefree’s town center is where you’ll find all the fun. A cluster of several small outdoor shopping centers offers a mixture of grocery, hardware, and drug stores, plus quirky boutiques, gift shops, and restaurants. Most notable is the Spanish Village, home to a diverse group of artists and their galleries. The town center hosts an art walk every third Thursday from May through October. The four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens anchors the area, hosting 55 unique plant species, a splash pad, playground, trails with art, and the town’s famous giant sundial. You’ll also find the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion here, home to live entertainment, community events, and wellness activities.


Deliciously Diverse Dining

You’ll never get bored dining in Carefree. Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, in the Spanish Village, is one of the town’s newer offerings, serving a top-quality steakhouse experience, plus fresh seafood, chicken, and American specialties. At the other end of the spectrum is the Black Mountain Coffee Shop, a favorite breakfast and lunch destination with a simple but tasty menu. Do you fancy a spot of tea? Head to the English Rose Tea Room, an oasis in the desert where you’ll find a classic high tea experience.

McDowell Mountain Ranch: A Breathtaking Urban Oasis

McDowell Mountain Ranch: A Breathtaking Urban Oasis

McDowell Mountain Ranch: A Breathtaking Urban Oasis

An area of breathtaking beauty characterizes McDowell Mountain Ranch. As perhaps Scottsdale’s most picturesque location, McDowell Mountain Ranch attracts young families, business professionals, active outdoor enthusiasts, retirees, and snowbirds. Construction in this master-planned community began in 1998 and is now home to over 6,000 people living in 4,000 homes scattered across the community’s 26 distinct neighborhoods.


The community sits adjacent on the east to the McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve, a 16,000-acre conservation area home to numerous rare desert species. Bell Road is the community’s northern boundary, while Thompson Peak Parkway is its western border. With 40 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that connect to trails in the preserve and other North Scottsdale neighborhoods, McDowell Mountain Ranch is a paradise for those who love an active lifestyle.


Wide Selection of Housing Options

Buyers will find all sorts of housing options here, from luxury condos and townhomes, patio homes, golf course homes, single-family residences, executive homes, and luxury custom hillside estates with several acres of property. Many neighborhoods are gated. Exterior elevations are as varied as housing prices, as you’ll find everything from affordable multi-unit residences and smaller single-family homes to multi-million dollar properties. Gorgeous city and mountain views are common. If you’re looking for a carefree lifestyle, check out Cachet and The Ridge near Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway. Golf enthusiasts favor Sonoran Fairways and Sunset Point near the McDowell Mountain Golf Club. For the ultimate in luxury, the gated One Hundred Hills neighborhood offers sheer luxury with many properties backing up to the Sonoran Preserve.


Enjoying an Active Life

McDowell Mountain Ranch residents are always doing something, whether heading out on trails ranging from 0.5 to 15.3 miles long, playing a round of golf, or engaging in a variety of activities at one of the community centers. The community is perfect for all ages.


McDowell Mountain Golf Club

Located in the southern portion of the community, McDowell Mountain Golf Club is unique to Arizona courses as it offers a premium golf and dining experience with no membership fees. The club offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, a golf academy, a high-end dining experience at The Mesquite Grille, and banquet facilities.


McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Center

Perfectly placed in the center of McDowell Mountain Ranch is its Community Center. It offers a 25-meter swimming pool, tots’ play pool, two tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, ramadas, a playground, and a slate full of concerts and special activities.


McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center

Residents will find everything here, including a 13-lane lap pool, swim lessons, a recreational swim team, water slides, competitive diving boards, and water aerobics classes. The fitness center features aerobic and strength training classes, free weights, machine weights, and various cardiovascular machines.


Are You Hungry?

After hiking, biking, golfing, or swimming all day, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Try these local favorites:

  • Thompson’s 105
  • Sophia’s Kitchen
  • Kay Sushi
  • Flo’s
  • La Cucina Bistro & Wine Bar


Nearby Shopping

You’ll have to venture outside McDowell Mountain Ranch for daily shopping needs, yet your journey will only take five to ten minutes. Head to Thompson Peak Parkway and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard for stores like AJ’s Finer Foods, Safeway, CVS, Walgreen’s, and fast food options.


McCormick Ranch: Scottsdale’s First Planned Community

McCormick Ranch: Scottsdale’s First Planned Community

McCormick Ranch: Scottsdale’s First Planned Community


This charming yet affluent area of central Scottsdale has a village-like atmosphere and a wealth of shopping, eating, and drinking options. McCormick Ranch is Scottsdale’s oldest planned community, constructed on the land owned by Fowler and Anne McCormick. After Anne McCormick’s death in 1970, the ranch land was sold to various interests, leading to the development of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club and its surrounding residential communities. Today, this 3,100-acre planned development is home to over 14,000 residents.

Single-Family and Carefree Multiple Living Options
With its stellar location, lying between Indian Bend Road on the south and Shea Boulevard on the north, the town of Paradise Valley on the west, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to the east, it’s no wonder that McCormick Ranch was the first area to see major development in Scottsdale. It’s made up of primarily spacious single-family homes, with some luxury estates and carefree condos and townhomes.

Buyers will find a mixture of prices and styles, including Spanish, territorial, and classic ranches, among others. The Sands remains one of McCormick Ranch’s most popular neighborhoods. Constructed over ten years beginning in 1973, the Sands has more than 300 single-family homes, 25 patio homes, and 132 townhouses. Sandpiper is another popular community. This large, gated townhome neighborhood offers luxury condos with a community pool and spa, two-car garages, and proximity to the McCormick Ranch Golf Course.

Lakes, Mountain Views, and More at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
McCormick Ranch Golf Club, the centerpiece of the community, is an oasis in the desert. Set amid several artificial lakes, it features two courses, the Palm Course and the Pine Course, with lush landscaping alternating with desert views. The golf club offers a variety of membership levels, making it one of the most accessible facilities of its type in Scottsdale. Dining and banquet facilities are also available.

Myriad Outdoor Recreational Opportunities
The manmade lakes within the golf course extend to other parks in McCormick Ranch, totaling 130 acres of fishing, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Residents can enjoy tennis and pickleball facilities at Comanche Park, plus playgrounds, basketball facilities, and more at Shoshone and Zuni Park. Mountain View Park, in the northern area of McCormick Ranch, features a community center plus multiple sports courts. You’ll also find 25 miles of biking and walking paths, many of which connect to the Indian Wash Greenbelt.

Restaurants Galore in McCormick Ranch
As one of the most established areas of Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch is home to some of the community’s finest restaurants. You’ll find everything here, from pancake houses and sandwich shops to fine dining establishments with steak and sushi to wine bars. Put these on your must-visit list:
• The Vig McCormick Ranch
• Roka Akor
• Noci Café
• Butters Pancakes and Café
• Blanco Tacos and Tequila
• Chez Vous
• Roaring Ranch
• Grassroots Kitchen and Tap
• Hiro Sushi
• PHX Beer Co.

Commercial Commerce Hub
Few areas of Scottsdale are better for neighborhood shopping than McCormick Ranch. The intersection of Hayden Road and Via de Ventura has a variety of shopping and eating options. Try Seville Shopping Center at Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend Road for high-end salons, boutiques, jewelry, and décor shops.

Cave Creek: Where the Old West and Modern Living Meet

Cave Creek: Where the Old West and Modern Living Meet


Cave Creek: Where the Old West and Modern Living Meet

Located at the northern end of the Phoenix Valley between Black Mountain and Elephant Butte, Cave Creek has a charm like no other community in the area. Even with thousands of new residents flocking to the area in the past few decades, the town has maintained its old west character along with a reputation for seclusion and affordability. Cave Creek provides the ideal locale for many Arizonans as it’s still part of an urban setting yet far enough away to give residents the feeling of living in the countryside. The town provides a bonus thanks to its higher elevation. Summer temperatures are often at least five degrees cooler here, making outdoor living more tolerable during hot months.


Variety of Lifestyle Communities

Cave Creek offers buyers many different lifestyle communities, ranging from cozy condominiums within walking distance to shopping that are perfect for retirees or as second or investment homes, to estate-style homes on ultra-spacious properties offering starry nights, spectacular valley views, and no light pollution from neighboring homes. You’ll even find a planned community, Dove Valley Ranch, built around a golf course with the same name, offering residences of various types. Buyers frequently get more for their real estate dollars here, particularly with single-family homes. Cave Creek also has a significant number of undeveloped properties for sale, making the town an ideal place to build a new custom home. Popular neighborhoods include Hidden Valley, Rancho Manana, Mesquite Ranch, and Willow Springs Estates.


A Mecca for Boutique Shopping

Residents have all the convenience of daily shopping in the town’s southern area, particularly along Carefree Highway, where you’ll find home improvement stores, grocery stores, drug stores, banks, and fast food establishments. However, the northern reaches of the community, where Cave Creek Road curves to the east, attracts locals and visitors alike with its boutiques and old west charm. You’ll find boutique shopping in several clusters, including Frontier Town, Las Tiendas, and Stagecoach Village, all having general food and fun, along with art galleries. Try some of these fun stores:

  • Debra Ortega’s Native American Jewelry & Arts
  • Happy Hogan Hut Unique Creations
  • Suzanne’s Hot Stuff
  • Cave Creek Candles and Gifts
  • Cave Creek Olive Oil Company
  • Western Delights
  • Lazy Lizard
  • El Pedregal Festival Marketplace


Food for Every Palate

Whether you’re looking for a western-style saloon, fine dining, or a trendy café, Cave Creek has you covered. Foodies will also find many ethnic options, including Mexican and Native American fare. Restaurants here serve some of the best and most unique food in the valley. Put these eateries on your list:

  • Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse
  • Tonto Bar and Grill
  • Le Sans Souci
  • Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
  • El Encanto
  • Ofrenda
  • Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
  • The Horny Toad
  • Indian Village
  • Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue

Gainey Ranch: One of Scottsdale’s Most Prestigious Areas

Gainey Ranch: One of Scottsdale’s Most Prestigious Areas

Gainey Ranch: One of Scottsdale’s Most Prestigious Areas


Nestled in central Scottsdale is Gainey Ranch, a master-planned community home to some of the area’s most sought-after addresses. Often referred to as the “Oasis in the Desert,” this upscale resort-style is home to 18 gated neighborhoods ranging from carefree condominiums and villas to custom estate homes, constructed on 640 acres of land once an Arabian horse ranch owned by Daniel C. Gainey. Developed by Markland Properties, construction began in the mid-1980s with the intent that the community would feel like a small town.


Award-Winning Golf

The private Gainey Ranch Golf Club is the centerpiece of the community. Opened in 1985, Gainey Ranch Golf Club has three award-winning courses—The Lakes, The Dunes, and The Arroyo—all offering panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. Only club members and their guests, as well as guests of the adjacent Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, have access to the club. Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers social, partial golf, and full golf membership options. All memberships provide access to dining and social events.


Secure, Gated Neighborhoods

Gainey Ranch has over 1,000 homes spread over 19 gated neighborhoods. Of these, 12 are single-family communities, ranging from the three-home Lakeview neighborhood, nestled between the fifth and sixth fairways on The Lakes Course, ranging to the estate homes at The Estates and The Enclave. Buyers will also have a choice of seven carefree condominium communities, many of which also have beautiful golf course views. Homes range in size from 1,250 square feet for smaller condos to 7,500 square feet for luxury estates.


The Estate Club

All Gainey Ranch homes include membership in The Estate Club, located in the converted ranch home of former owner Daniel C. Gainey. The facilities feature a 25-meter lap pool, spa, seven lighted tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an activity lawn. Residents can reserve the great room, catering-style kitchen, and terraced patios for private events. Tennis lessons, personal training, and a book club are available.


Gainey Ranch Dining

Some of the best dining in the area is inside the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, including:

  • Southwest Bistro
  • Alto Ristorante e Bar
  • Center Stage Bar
  • Noh
  • Cantina Due


Gainey Golf Club members have a choice of three restaurants, while other notable places within and just outside of the community are:

  • Wally’s American Gastropub
  • Maui Pasta
  • Yama Sushi & Asian Cuisine
  • Lure Fish House
  • Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
  • Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
  • Famous 48
  • Pei Wei Asian Kitchen
  • Bandolero Cocina de Mexico


Gainey Ranch Shopping

For daily shopping, residents have Gainey Ranch Center, located on Doubletree Road inside the community, and Gainey Ranch Shops Plaza at Doubletree Rand Road and Scottsdale Road. Gainey Ranch Center is home to Fusion Academy Scottsdale, a private elementary school, plus hair salons, a needlework shop, an insurance agency, and Gastromé Market. Gainey Ranch Shops Plaza has Sprouts Farmer’s Farmers, Oliver Smith Jeweler, a nail salon, a women’s clothing store, and more. You’ll also find the restaurants mentioned above in one of these locations.

Why Golf in Scottsdale Is The Perfect Sport To Take You Outdoors 

Why Golf in Scottsdale Is The Perfect Sport To Take You Outdoors 

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Why Golf in Scottsdale Is The Perfect Sport To Take You Outdoors 


Scottsdale, Arizona is famous for desert-style resorts, its art scene, and luxurious boutiques, but the golf courses are one of the biggest draws in the city. 

When you are considering the stunning weather that seems to stick around all year, what better way to get outdoors and get some exercise in? 

Here’s why golf in Scottsdale is the perfect sport to take you outdoors, whether you live in the area or you’re here on vacation. 

The Golf Courses Are Amazing 

Scottsdale is home to a collection of top-quality, championship golf courses. It’s known as a golf and resort destination, so what better way to get outdoors for a few hours? 

Troon North Golf Club is widely regarded as the best public club in the Scottsdale area. It’s desert golf at its very best, featuring two full 18-hole golf courses that weave through the beautiful natural landscape. 

Golfers will find themselves playing around granite boulders, like “the Monument”, a huge boulder in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 3rd hole. Immediately after the boulder, the hole has a sharp right dogleg, making it a challenge for golfers of all levels. 

If you want to walk where the pros have walked before, play a round at TPC Scottsdale. The course hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, which attracts pro golfers, but it’s open to the public for the rest of the year. 

The Stadium Course’s signature 16th hole, a par-3 of 163 yards, is surrounded by grandstands, which come alive during competition. Play it alone, and it feels eerily like standing in an empty stadium. 

It’s Easy to Stay Socially Distanced 

One of the greatest things about golf as a sport is that it’s easy to remain socially distanced. Although the pandemic panic has died down somewhat, there’s nothing wrong with taking precaution. 

If you’re looking for a way to get outdoors that doesn’t have you interacting closely with others, playing a round of golf is the ideal way to do that. 

There are never crowds on golf courses. It’s just you, your clubs, and perhaps a friend or two. Even if you do run into a group of golfers ahead of you, it’s easy to stay at a respectful distance and enjoy your round without feeling worried or crowded. 

It’s a Great Workout 

Golf may seem like a more relaxed sport than many others, but the truth is that it’s an excellent exercise. Not only do you get an excellent cardiovascular workout walking from hole to hole (if you choose to forgo the golf cart), but your muscles will get a workout too. 

Your backswing works your erector spinae muscles, your obliques, and your biceps. The forward swing also works the obliques and biceps, as well as the gluteus maximus. Various other small muscles in the trunk also get activated, and you should keep your core tight while going through your golf swing as well. 

The Weather Is Always Good 

Scottsdale has exceptional weather, a typical arid desert climate. Spring and summer can get extremely hot, so don’t forget to wear your best golf hat to protect you from the sun if you’re on the course. 

Golf is always best played in clear, warm weather. You can see for miles and appreciate the beautifully landscaped surrounding nature. 


It’s easy to see why golf in Scottsdale is the perfect sport to take you outdoors and keep you fit, healthy, and happy. You’re surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, you’re breathing in the fresh, clean, desert air, and you’re getting the body moving. 

With the huge assortment of courses in the area, there’s truly something for every level of golfer. Go as a family, with friends, or alone – the golf is amazing no matter what! 


About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a golfer and entrepreneur. He’s played on golf courses around the country and internationally, and currently shares his golfing knowledge, tips, tricks, and reviews on his website, Golf Influence.

14116 N. 109th Street Scottsdale

New Listing Coming Soon In McDowell Mountain Ranch

Best Views In Sienna Canyon!!!!  – Former Developers Model – Lot

Call Andrew & The Holm Group At 480-206-4265 for a private showing.

Listing Details For 14116 N. 109th Street Scottsdale


Features Include:

7 bedroons (5 plus nanny, office)

4 full baths

Best views in McDowell Mountain Ranch – Sienna Canyon

Developers Model Home

Surround Sound Throughout

New carpet in all bedrooms

New exterior paint

Decorator stone finish

Quiet neighborhood in premium  cul de sac lot

High end bamboo hardwood floors

Upgraded light fixtures throughout

Subzero/Decor kitchen

Granite kitchen counters

Windows tinted and sunscreens for increased energy

Large Pebbletec heated diving pool with removable fence

Jacuzzi with high pressure motor that seats seven

Newly installed in pool cleaning and crawler with new motor

Pool lights dimmers and timer

Storage cabinets in garage for added storage space

Custom developer’s landscaping with 40′ trees

Security system which is owned

Fiber optics Cable

TV/Elelectric on patio

Gas and electric to built in bbq

Best views in subdivision with Camelback, city lights and amazing sunsets

6 bdrms, 4 bath, office, play area loft, family room, living/dining room

Sky Bar 50 ft entertainment deck with unblocked valley views


New Listing In McCormick Ranch

New Listing In McCormick Ranch

New Listing In McCormick Ranch

Avaiable Now – Call Andrew at 480-206-4265 For Additional Details


Fabulous opportunity & value in this McCormick Ranch Beauty! This property was professionally renovated and was re-done from top to bottom. Three bedroom with the potential to convert an open den into a fourth bedroom . Striking hand scraped birch wood floors, neutral tile & new carpet throughout. Kitchen features Kashmir Granite Countertops and Breakfast Bar, stainless steel appliances. Luxurious master suite features furniture style vanities w/ granite counter tops, large closet, and private patio. Private backyard, block fence, small green grass feature, with rare rv gate parking area. AC unit has been updated within the past two years. Steps from the Greenbelt. Great Neighbors. Larger than tax records indicates via appraisal at 1650 square feet..


New Listing In McCormick Ranch


Windgate Ranch Market Update October 2020

Windgate Ranch Market Update July 2020

Windgate Ranch Market Update October 2020


The average market time on market in Windgate Ranch a single family home is roughly 65 days according to MLS data.  In addition, we are also seeing an average price per square foot for properties that are currently on the market of $320, as well as an average of roughly $355 per sqft for homes that have recently sold. With only 8 listings available in all of Windgate Ranch on the MLS and the market is as hot (no pun intended) as it is right now is why you need more than ever a Realtor that knows the Windgate Ranch – Scottsdale market place so that your property will sell in a record time and for the fantastic price.

With our buying season in NOW in full swing and record low interest rates our Scottsdale market still going strong and now is the time to sell and/or consider an upgrade!  Below are a few examples of homes that have recently sold and/or that are currently on the market in Windgate Ranch for your review:

  • 18062 N. 100th St 4457 sqft (Listed for $1,450.000 and is currently Pending after 375 days)
  • 18094 N. 98th Way 5511 sqft (Listed for $1,995,000 and sold for $1,950,000 in 58 days)
  • 18094 N. 100th St 4539 sqft (Listed for $1,750,000 and sold for $1,751,000 in 57 days)
  • 18285 N. 96th Way 3224 sqft (Listed for $1,300,000 and sold for $1,300,000 in 2 days)
  • 17471 N. 100ht Pl 4924 sqft (Listed for $1,550,000 and sold for $1,420,000 in 209 days)
  • 9992 E. South Bend 3871 sqft (Listed for $1,199,000 and sold for $1,200,000 in 36 days)


For those of you who I have met while working in Windgate Ranch for the past 14 years, I look forward to speaking with you again soon.  For those of you who I have not met and/or were unable to stop by one of our latest listings on 98th Way, Ridge Runner, 100th Way, and 96th Way here are a few good reasons to work with our real estate group:

  • The Holm Group has closed over $120 million in transactions and counting
  • We have updated our business model to address Corona Virus concerns, with virtual showings as well as virtual staging of properties
  • The Holm Group has the web covered with multiple top-rated websites and social media presence as well as enhanced relationships with: Google, Homelight, Redfin, Yahoo, Zillow, Trulia,, Pinterest and Reddit.
  • We offer flexible commission plans which can end up saving our sellers thousands of dollars
    • Several of our sellers have taken advantage of this great advertising strategy
  • We aggressively premarket your property up to two weeks prior to going on the mls with our database (we have hundreds of buyers looking for homes throughout the valley) as well as on sites like Zillow – Redfin – Homefinder – that could save you $15k or more.
  • We have full time licensed professionals to assist you with all of your real estate needs and 5 offices spread throughout the valley with over 300 agents.
  • The Holm Group has represented buyers and sellers in Windgate Ranch since the community has opened. How many remember the lottery frenzy when the community first opened?
  • Check out some of our great reviews on Google – Yelp and our website


I look forward to earning your business not only for today, but in the years to come.

Andrew Holm, ABR, CDPE, EPro

The Holm Group – Scottsdale

Platinum Living Realty


Office: 480-767-2738  Cell: 480-206-4265