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McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale AZ

Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

McCormick Ranch is Scottsdale’s first, and arguably greatest, master planned community.  Incorporated in 1972, McCormick Ranch was developed in phases to become the iconic community it is today.  Known for two championship 18-hole golf courses, more than 25 miles of bicycle paths, public tennis courts, 130 acres of man-made lakes, it is the greenery which makes it famous.  With…

Hayden Estates in Scottsdale AZ

In the land of stucco and tile, there are a few scattered pockets of homes that break the architectural norms of Scottsdale, Arizona.While many would never consider living in the Southwest in anything other than a Southwestern style home, there are those who tire of street after street of Spanish/Territorial style housing.New residents from other…

Desert Oasis: Your Guide to Scottsdale Waterfront Homes

Private Boat Dock on the Island at McCormick Ranch

Is there water in the desert? You bet! You just have to know where to look. Follow our guide to waterfront living to find your new home in a Scottsdale AZ lakefront subdivision.

McCormick Ranch Home Floor Plans

Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

Who says you can’t find new info on older houses? Click here for PDF floor plans for nearly 100 (and counting) different home models in McCormick Ranch!

Scottsdale Mountain

Just North of the Shea corridor, the guard-gated community of Scottsdale Mountain is one of the city’s Easternmost sentinels.  Nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, this planned community was originally developed in the 1990s.  With close proximity to the renowned Mayo Clinic and bordering Fountain Hills, Scottsdale Mountain manages to balance a more…

Scottsdale Ranch Home Floor Plans

Lake Serena in Scottsdale Ranch

Doing your Scottsdale home shopping from afar? Already own a home in Scottsdale, but need a copy of your floor plan for remodeling purposes? One advantage to working with a partner who was selling Scottsdale Real Estate prior the Gadsden Purchase (mild exaggeration) is a file cabinet full of old, forgotten floor plans.  Trawling the…

Preston Hills in Scottsdale, AZ

preston hills home

Preston Hills is a two phase custom home subdivision of North Scottsdale renowned for its beautiful architecture, large homes and generous lots at a more palatable price point than many neighboring subdivisions of similar caliber. Located along the Shea corridor near 104th St, the neighborhood is convenient to everything that Scottsdale has to offer. Preston…

McDowell Mountain Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ

McDowell Mountain Ranch is a North Scottsdale master planned community nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains (inconceivable, I know).  Originally developed in the mid ‘90s (with fill-in development continuing for the next decade) with subdivisions from well-known builders including Camelot, Shea, Woodside, Ryland, Del Webb, Edmunds, TW Lewis, etc, the once Northern outpost…

Paradise Valley Farms in Scottsdale AZ

Paradise Valley Farms Home

One of the more locally revered addresses in all of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Farms is a subdivision that often escapes the notice of buyers from out of area.  Buffeted by the well-known planned community meccas of McCormick Ranch and Gainey Ranch, as well as the actual Town of Paradise Valley which sits directly across Scottsdale…

Vista Bonita in Scottsdale

Vista Bonita Home

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…

Town & Country Scottsdale

Mid-century modern home

Continuing the Unique Architecture in Scottsdale series, this edition focuses on the mid-century modern designs of famed local architect Ralph Haver. If you enjoyed the style of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes of Mountain View East in McCormick Ranch, but are operating with a lesser budget, the South Scottsdale subdivision of Town & Country…

Park Scottsdale

Park Scottsdale is a collection of subdivisions developed by famous local builder, Hallcraft Homes, in the 1960s and 1970s. Covering large swaths of South Scottsdale (or “Classic Scottsdale” as it has been recently dubbed in some circles), these block, ranch style homes represent a slight step up from the red brick homes of Scottsdale Estates,…

Ancala

Ancala is a high-end, guard-gated golf community in Northeast Scottsdale along the Via Linda corridor. Renowned for its world-class golf and clubhouse facilities, it boasts custom single-family homes that average 4000+ square feet, and lot sizes that average in excess of 1/2 acre. Nestled into the Southern foothills of the McDowell Mountains, desert vistas abound…

Arcadia

Arcadia is a little slice of Heaven that spans the South Scottsdale and Phoenix border between Camelback and Indian School Roads. Originally dominated by modest, mid-century ranch style homes, Arcadia today contains a mix of older homes and sprawling, palatial custom homes of all different types of architecture. Known for its large grassy yards with…

Stonegate

Stonegate is a planned community just East of Scottsdale Ranch that was primarily developed in the 1990s. Featuring numerous subdivisions and various builders, Stonegate lies behind a 24/7 manned guard-gate for the security conscious home buyer. Featuring smaller patio homes through large single-family homes, with lot sizes available from small to large, Stonegate has something…

Scottsdale Estates

8220 E. Mitchell Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Scottsdale Estates is a collection of subdivisions in and around Old Town Scottsdale (South Scottsdale) that is recognizable by the red-brick facades of these mid-century ranch style homes. Constructed in the 1950s and 1960s by prolific builder Hallcraft Homes, these small homes typify early Scottsdale development. While most of these subdivisions lay East of Hayden…

Scottsdale Ranch

Scottsdale Ranch is often considered the sister community to its predecessor to the West, McCormick Ranch. Developed approximately a decade after McCormick Ranch redefined planned community living in Arizona, Scottsdale Ranch offers many of the same amenities that its famous sibling does. A multi-phase community built around the shores of Lake Serena, Scottsdale Ranch boasts…

Kierland

Kierland is a community of homes originally developed in the 1990s by UDC Homes just West of Scottsdale Road, between Thunderbird and Bell Rds. In an area where many of the surrounding neighborhoods contain older ranch style homes, Kierland stands out for those who love the location, but want something a bit more modern. Standing…

Grayhawk

Grayhawk is a golf community developed around the world renowned public golf club of the same name. Boasting two championship-level courses (The Talon and The Raptor) amidst the scenic backdrop of the Sonoran Desert and McDowell Mountains, Grayhawk features the resort-quality clubhouse, fine dining, and other amenities you would expect of a development of this…

Monterey at Mountain View

Monterey at Mountain View is two-phased development in the vicinity of Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch in central Scottsdale. Built by Monterey Homes between 1990-1993, the two gated enclaves feature larger luxury homes (2900+ square feet on average) on moderately sized lots (approximately 10,000+ square feet on average) that typify the lock and leave lifestyle…

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