McDowell Mountains

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.