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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Las Palomas

The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Las Palomas

Las Palomas in McCormick Ranch is a revelation for townhouse / patio home enthusiasts in central Scottsdale.   The guard gated community includes some highly coveted McCormick Ranch Real Estate, as waterfront lots can be found along the banks of Lake Margherite, Lake Angela and Lake Nino. Just West of Hayden Road off of San Lorenzo, the Dueck built community contains larger properties than most would associate with a townhouse / patio home development. The low-maintenance living, coupled with the considerable home sizes and ample amenities, makes for a popular choice across the full home buyer spectrum.

Following are the community specs for Las Palomas, one of the coveted waterfront subdivisions of McCormick Ranch.

  • 129 total homes; 98 single-level and 31 two-stories
  • 10 (8%) homes include private swimming pools
  • Average Las Palomas home size is 2568 square feet
  • Construction ranges from 1979-2000 (most homes were built in the 1980s)
  • Primarily wood frame construction
  • 2 car garage standard
  • Mix of flat and partial tile roofs
  • 24 hour manned guard gate
  • Heated community pools (2) and spa
  • Tennis courts (2)
  • Walking paths
  • HOA fee includes exterior maintenance of units, blanket insurance policy, front yard maintenance and common area maintenance
  • Lush, resort style common grounds
  • Zoned R-4 for 4000 square foot lot minimums
  • Cochise Elementary School | Cocopah Middle School | Chaparral High School Districts

Guard Gated Entrance to Las Palomas

Residents of Las Palomas have immediate access to the McCormick Ranch multi-use path system (Camelback Walk) which passes directly beyond the entrance to the neighborhood. With access to the approximately 25 miles of walking paths that stretch throughout the Ranch, there is no need for a gym membership.

A two minute stroll to the South finds a pedestrian amidst the shops and restaurants at the Mercado Del Lago and Village centers on Lake Margherite.  Notable inclusions are The Melting Pot, Royal Barge Thai Cuisine, Butters, Chipotle, Zipps Sports Bar & Grill, and The Village Roastery (coffee).  Continuing South under Via De Ventura Blvd, intrepid explorers can follow Camelback Walk along the Palm Course of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

Camelback Walk in McCormick Ranch Camelback Walk along Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

Heading North from the front gate of Las Palomas, residents can follow Camelback Walk underneath Hayden Rd and continue on to Cochise Elementary School, Mountain View Park, Mustang Library and Scottsdale Healthcare (Shea campus).

Residents of Las Palomas (like all McCormick Ranch residents) have boating (Lake Margherite) and fishing rights.  Permits must be obtained from the McCormick Ranch Property Owner’s Association to demonstrate residency, but are free of charge.

Ready to give up the lawn mower, but not necessarily the size and privacy of your home?  Las Palomas in McCormick Ranch just might be your ticket.

Waterfront Home in Las Palomas

Unless you have some profound aversion to lock and leave waterfront property, that is.

Homes for sale in Las Palomas

  1. 3 beds, 2.5 baths
    Home size: 2,001 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 116
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  2. 2 beds, 2.5 baths
    Home size: 2,810 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 181
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(all data current as of 7/22/2018)

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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Meridian on McCormick Ranch

Meridian on McCormick Ranch is a newer patio home community along the McCormick Parkway corridor in McCormick Ranch. While largely detached, single-family style properties, the neighborhood falls under townhouse zoning (allows for ownership of individual lots as well as indivisible interest in the common area).  Aside from conversion projects in the Northern portion of the Ranch as well as the newly completed Veritas luxury townhouse complex in the Paseo Village area (developer lost to the bank prior to selling any units, however. Stay tuned for developments with the Veritas project), Meridian constitutes, perhaps, the best option for newer patio home style construction in the Ranch.  The unique combination of newer than typical construction/architecture and low-maintenance, single-family living is largely unrivaled in McCormick Ranch.

Directly next door to the older Spanish Oaks townhouse subdivision, Meridian on McCormick Ranch is located in the immediate facility of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Camelback Walk (McCormick Ranch walking path system), the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, Camelback Lake and the Millennium Resort.  Following are the notable statistics for the Evans Withycomb built community.

Camelback Mountain behind the McCormick Ranch Golf CourseMeridian on McCormick Ranch Statistics:

  • 111 total homes; 100 single-level, 11 two-story homes
  • 23 (21%) of Meridian homes feature private swimming pools
  • Homes built between 1988-1993
  • Average size home is approx 1941 square feet
  • Zoned R-4 for residential lots with 4000 square foot minimums
  • Kiva Elementary, Mohave Middle, Saguaro High School Districts
  • Primarily wood-frame construction
  • 2 car garages are standard
  • Mostly concrete tile roofing
  • Gated Community
  • Premium Golf Course lots at the Northern end of the subdivision
  • (Heated) Community Pool & Spa

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Homes For Sale or Rent in Meridian on McCormick Ranch

  1. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,514 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Days on market: 42
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  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,813 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Days on market: 47
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(all data current as of 7/22/2018)

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Vista Bonita in Scottsdale

Vista Bonita in Scottsdale

Greenery is at a premium here in Scottsdale.  In the age of xeriscape, desertscape … moonscape, sometimes a front lawn is just what the house doctor ordered.  In addition to the well known communities of Arcadia, McCormick Ranch and the Central corridor, there are a few scattered pockets that harken back to the mature, non-desert landscaping that many Scottsdale immigrants thought they left behind upon relocating to the Valley of the Sun.  Aside from those name brand communities, however, they often lie just out of sight of the casual eye.

Vista Bonita in South Scottsdale is one such hidden gem.  Secreted away in the 85250 zip code just East of the Scottsdale Road and Vista (just North of Chaparral Rd) intersection, few buyers I have encountered are aware of its existence. Originally comprised of 1960s era ranch style homes on larger than typical lots, some have been knocked down in favor of newer construction.  Sitting at the gateway to downtown Scottsdale, it is easy to see why.  The allure of modern architecture atop the prime central Scottsdale Real Estate makes for a “bucolic chic” neighborhood that few readily forget upon first encounter.

Though identifiable as one homogeneous neighborhood, Vista Bonita is actually made up of three legal subdivisions:  VISTA BONITA LOT 9-19,VISTA BONITA 2 LOT 33-44 and VISTA BONITA 3A.  For the purposes of this post, I will simply refer to these phases as Vista Bonita 1, Vista Bonita 2 and Vista Bonita 3, respectively.

Vista Bonita 1:

  • 24 total properties, all single-level
  • There are several commercial properties included in this subdivision in addition to the single-family homes
  • 19 homes feature private swimming pools
  • Average property size of 2555 square feet (includes both commercial and residential structures)
  • Properties range in age from 1956-2004
  • Mix of block / frame – wood construction & architectural styles
  • Primarily zoned R1-10 for single-family residential on 10,000 sq ft lot minimums, many homes sit on approx. 1/2 acre lots.  There is commercial zoning for several properties which sit on Vista Road at the entrance to the subdivision.

Vista Bonita 2:

  • 22 total homes, all single-level
  • 17 homes feature private swimming pools
  • Average home size of 2295 sq ft
  • Homes range in age from 1957-1992
  • Mix of construction types & architectural styles
  • Zoned R1-10 for residential lots of 10,000 square foot minimums, most homes sit on 1/3 – 1/2 acres.

Vista Bonita 3:

  • 32 total homes, all single-level.
  • 24 homes feature private swimming pools
  • The average home size is 2360 square feet
  • Homes range in age from 1961 – 2007
  • Mix of construction types and architectural styles
  • Zoned R1-10 for residential lots with 10,000 square foot minimums, most feature

All three phases of Vista Bonita fall in the Kiva Elementary / Mohave Middle / Saguaro High School districts

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Camelback Mountain from Vista Bonita  The Lamar Day Spa

Homes on the extreme East of the Vista Bonita neighborhood back up to the canal / open area.  Included in the few commercial structures in the neighborhood is the Lamar Day Spa.  Nearby is the renowned Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and the shops /restaraunts / art galleries / nightlife / etc of downtown Scottsdale.  The Town of Paradise Valley lies just on the other side (West) of Scottsdale Road.

For those looking for the mature-landscaping and inviting feel of Arcadia and Paradise Valley Farms, but perhaps on a lesser budget, and with even more immediate access to Old Town Scottsdale, Vista Bonita bears a look.


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Paradise Lost

“You mean, it’s ours? It’s really ours?”

They were so excited. Even after I handed them the keys, they were slow to believe that the modest Spanish bungalow was now in their adoptive custody. Over the course of four exasperating months, we must have seen and dismissed close to a hundred homes. This one needed too much work. That one had a poor kitchen layout. Yet another sat on the “t” of a subdivision’s entrance: bad feng shui, or so I was told. Before the market skies parted and yielded the seventeen hundred square foot, clay tile miracle that appeared to have met extinction in their price range, our flagging spirits were all but ready to pack it in. The May 5th, 2005 discovery saved them from another year of apartment living. A challenge, at best, with a ten year old daughter, let alone with a half-baked bun in the oven.

“Can we go in,” the wife asked in a small, cautious voice.

“Of course,” I responded. “It’s your house, Liz, you can do whatever you please.”

She ignored my extended hand and engulfed me in a fierce hug. Her husband clasped my shoulder in a vice grip which betrayed an adolescence spent laboring on the family farm in Iowa. His curt nod spoke volumes.

“You’re welcome, Mel,” I replied.

“Thank you both for hanging in there with me. I know it hasn’t been easy, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the patience and trust you’ve shown. It’s been a long, tough slog, but I think we got it right.”

“Yes, we did,” Mel said, breaking his silence for the first and only time that morning.

“We would like to have you and your wife over as soon as we get settled,” Liz added.

“I’d like that,” I told her.

I meant it, too. I like just about every client I take on, but felt a special kinship with this couple for reasons that surpassed the extended time spent in each other’s company. After bidding the happy couple farewell, I glanced in the rearview as I navigated my way down the tree-lined street. Instead of going inside, they remained rooted in place, holding hands and staring at their new home.

I received a phone call from Liz this morning. Turns out that Mel has been out of work for some time now, and they cannot afford to keep the house. Might have to move back to the Midwest and look for a position on the farm. See just what kind of life is left in those gnarled, old leather hands.

I hate this job sometimes.

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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Tierra Del Norte

Tierra Del Norte in McCormick Ranch is a small, u-shaped neighborhood that is often mistaken for the Paradise Park Trails subdivision that surrounds it.  A pocket of only 21 homes, Tierra Del Norte was one of several subdivisions developed entirely or partially by Hancock (Camelot) Homes.  With construction ranging from 1979-1993, the original models were similar to those Hancock / Camelot built in Vista De La Tierra, Palo Viento 2, Playa Del Sur, Paseo Village and Paradise Park Trails.  In addition to a couple of hybrid plans (Hancock was one of the few builders in the McCormick Ranch area that allowed for a fair amount of customization at the time of construction), there are two homes built in the early ’90s that feature unique layouts.

View Home Floor Plans in McCormick Ranch for Hancock / Camelot Homes

Located along the Arabian Trail semi-circle East of Hayden Rd and bounded by Mountain View Rd and Shea Rd on the South & North, respectively, Tierra Del Norte in composed of single-family homes ranging from 2078 sq ft – 3572 sq ft.  Following is the statistical lowdown:

  • Average size home is approximately 2924 square feet
  • All 21 homes are single-level
  • 20 of the homes (95%) include private swimming pools
  • The original homes in the subdivision were constructed with block, the newer construction with frame-wood
  • 2 car garages are standard, but there are 3 car garage properties in the neighborhood as well
  • Zoned R1-10 for single-family residential lots with 10,000 square foot lot minimums
  • Lot sizes range from 10,792 – 21,447 square feet (approx 1/4 acre – 1/2 acre)
  • Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle and Chaparral High School districts

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With ready access to the adjoining greenbelts, residents of Tierra Del Norte can follow Camelback Walk (McCormick Ranch walking path system) to get virtually anywhere in the Ranch.  Cochise Elementary School and Mountain View Park are less than a mile away and accessible without having to cross a major street (the paths lead underneath Mountain View Rd).  Further exploration leads an intrepid walker, jogger or cyclist to the 3 primary McCormick Ranch Lakes (Lake Angela, Lake Nino and Lake Margherite) and along the McCormick Ranch Golf courses.  One could follow all the way to Tempe if so inclined.  In the other direction, one could limp directly to the Shea complex of Scottsdale Healthcare (hospital) to get that bum ankle looked at.

Mountain View Park Soccer & Baseball Fields

Cochise Elementary School Crane in Lake Margherite of McCormick Ranch

Camelback Mountain behind the McCormick Ranch Golf Course

Shopping and dining is readily accessible at the Mountain View / Hayden intersection (Joyful Chinese Dining, Ranch Pharmacy, etc), at the Via De Ventura / Hayden Rd intersection (The Melting Pot, Royal Barge Thai Cuisine, Zipps Sports Bar and Grill, The Village Roastery, etc) as well as the numerous establishments found along the Shea Rd and 90th St corridors.

Near it all, Tierra Del Norte is sometimes overlooked amongst more well-known subdivision names in McCormick Ranch.  If a sizable single-family home on an equally sizable lot in the Northern portion of McCormick Ranch is on your wish list, I encourage you not to make the mistake of omitting this terrific neighborhood from your search.

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