Choosing a Cave Creek Home For Sale

Choosing a Cave Creek Home For Sale

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AZ Central – Cave Creek moves to allow retail, fast food on parcel

Cave Creek residents flexed their creative muscle in opposition to bringing a fast-food restaurant and retail near the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway.

Many used photographs, drawings and quotations at Monday’s Town Council meeting to fight a General Plan amendment and rezoning of four acres on the north side of Carefree Highway at 54th Street, adjacent to the CVS pharmacy.

The intersection also includes retail giants Lowe’s and a Walmart, which opened last year.

In the end, the residents lost the fight. The council generally saw the land as commercial.

Council members approved the amendment 4-3 and preliminarily approved the rezoning 5-2.

The council will have a final reading on the rezoning Dec.17.

The approval signaled a significant change concerning the property, which the owner, Park West Development, has been trying to make commercial for the past five years.

Paul Gilbert, a zoning attorney representing the owner, said the issue has come full circle.

“The fact is that in every single case, we have been told this property will become commercial, so we’re back again,” Gilbert said. “I feel like we’re Goldilocks with the three bears. The first time it was too hot and then it was too cold.”

A number of Cave Creek residents from throughout the town, not just those who live near the area of the property, attended the meeting.

Officials said the property owner and McDonald’s are in talks to bring a franchise to the property, which many residents at the meeting opposed, claiming a fast-food restaurant is contrary to the character of Cave Creek.

Johnny Ringo, president of the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association, said he supports owners’ property rights, but questioned the value of bringing a McDonald’s to town.

Ringo presented an image of McDonald’s iconic logo, replacing the Golden Arches with golden horseshoes, and an arrow pointing to Cave Creek, a town known for its equine lifestyle.

“Why McDonald’s? Take a ride into Cave Creek and there are plenty of places for burgers,” Ringo said. “All I know about McDonald’s is two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun.”

Vice Mayor Ernie Bunch said most of the residents’ claims could be refuted, including that a McDonald’s could keep visitors from driving into the town’s commercial core.

It’s all about location, he said.

“This intersection should be generic America. It doesn’t have the same things as the town core,” Bunch said. “McDonald’s has nothing to do with it.”

Councilman Dick Esser said with a dilapidated house sitting on one parcel of the proposed property and its proximity to other commercial land, the rezoning makes sense.

He also feared that with a council election around the corner and a number of candidates speaking against the rezoning, some candidates might make the land-use case a political platform.

“We’ve wasted so much time trying to get these residents to agree on what time it is,” he said. “Could anybody build a residence on this land? No.”

Also at the meeting:

Council approved an annexation that will bring about 8,000 square feet into Cave Creek. The town will be responsible for maintenance and improvements for the complete right of way, between 52nd and 48th streets on Carefree Highway. The annexation is part of an intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County involving improvements to the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway, when Walmart was being built a couple of years ago. Officials said the town will receive about $630,000 from the Maricopa County Department of Transportation for the town’s share of improving the intersection.

AZ Central – Cave Creek eyes more open space for the town

This year, Cave Creek paid off its portion of the 2,200-acre Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, a milestone that residents and town officials see as intrinsic to their lifestyle.

Apparently, town officials are not stopping there, as Mayor Vincent Francia is pushing to acquire more open space for the town.

Cave Creek is looking to obtain 13 tracts of state land located throughout the town’s borders, totaling about 4,000 acres, he said.

“Spur Cross established who we are, and this is who we are: preservationists of the Sonoran Desert,” he said.

In 2009, Cave Creek completed an annexation expanding the town by 9.5 square miles to nearly 38 square miles, according to town officials.

The deal with the state Land Department extended Cave Creek’s border west to 24th street. In exchange, the town allowed more dense development for a portion of the state land along Carefree Highway between 28th and 36th streets.

Francia said the purpose of the annexation fell under the town’s mission of land preservation, specifically protecting Cave Creek’s western border from development.

“At some point, we figured Phoenix would come across Carefree Highway. To get the annexation approved, we had to zone a portion of our land on the Carefree Highway commercial,” he said. “In exchange, we got 13 parcels.”

The land the town is eyeing for acquisition already is zoned for open space.

Francia said it now must be appraised, then petitioned to go up for auction with the Arizona Land Department, and then be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

In 2000, voters overwhelmingly approved the town’s first and only property tax to acquire Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

AZ Central – Carefree and Cave Creek: A tale of 2 very different towns

Carefree and Cave Creek may share the same geographic area, but the Northeast Valley towns want you to know they are not the same.

Cave Creek vs. Carefree

They’re as different as cowboys and caviar. Or bull riding and tea time.

Or are they?

The Carefree Town Council recently employed a marketing firm to assure that the distinction is clear.

In fact, during a presentation to the council, the firm, Owens Harkey Advertising, made the comment that Carefree was a “cowboy town.”

The council bristled.

“We are not cowboy. That’s Cave Creek,” Carefree Councilman Glenn Miller said.

Two years ago, Cave Creek did the same, branding itself with the slogan “Perfectly Uncivilized.” The goal: to define the town’s Wild West culture and libations, as well as its fine dining, art galleries and retail shops that have contributed to Cave Creek’s eclectic landscape.

From the outside, the relationship between the neighboring towns may look adversarial, but Jo Gemmill, owner of Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room, assures that’s not the case. It’s about distinguishing the two communities to attract visitors from across the Valley to shop and dine in both towns.

“It keeps the potential tourist in the north end for longer,” Gemmill said. “If they thought (the towns) were the same, they would be in one and think, ‘been there, done that.’ So they can go to both and enjoy two completely different experiences.”

The perception of Cave Creek as a rough-and-tumble Western outpost to its more refined neighbor has long been a connective fabric binding the towns.

Bob Boze Bell, executive editor of True West magazine, said the divide comes from a real place — a time when hippies, drug runners and cowboys found refuge in Cave Creek, creating a class resentment that lingers today.

Harold’s Corral, which celebrated its 75th birthday two years ago, is a symbol of the town’s differences and attracted what some may say was an unsavory crowd decades ago.

The restaurant has expanded greatly since area miners and dam builders stopped in for a beer after a hard day’s work.

Cave Creek is more family-oriented now, but it was a rough place in the 1960s and earlier.

“Used to be you could do anything you wanted in Cave Creek. That attracted a sort of desert rat,” Bell said. “But in the 1970s, that changed. Now it’s more genteel on both sides.”

Larry Wendt, owner of the Cave Creek landmark Buffalo Chip Saloon, said the towns have grown more similar over the years, attracting an older and better-educated resident.

Last year’s median home values for Cave Creek and Carefree were 307,038 and 591,000, respectively, according to an Arizona Republic analysis.

Nonetheless, Wendt says, the cowboy is still alive and well in Cave Creek. The Buffalo Chip Saloon holds live bull-riding competitions every Friday night.

“Cave Creek is proud to be cowboy and we’ve always wanted less rules and loved the horse lifestyle,” he said. “But we’re also getting more people who wouldn’t have looked at Cave Creek as the paradise Carefree is. I think more people are looking at Cave Creek like that, but with a lively downtown area.”

Tom Augherton, who served as the first directly elected mayor of Cave Creek, said the towns have always relished in their differences, but looking past first perceptions uncovers that the neighboring residents have more in common than not.

The beauty of the upper Sonoran Desert is why residents on both sides of Black Mountain have chosen the Cave Creek/Carefree area, Augherton said.

“Yes, there are two separate identities chosen by the residents. But we share the same aquifer, the same road and the same mountain,” he said. “These are two separate communities joined by the common acknowledgment of what they value. The people who live here go a little farther to give themselves and their families a different lifestyle. But ironically, in the end, what they find is a sense of familiarity — the smell of the desert after a rain … and opportunity at an intimate relationship with the Arizona desert.

“Living here can change you.”