by Paul Slaybaugh | Mar 29, 2009 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
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 available land not as abundant as it once was, it is highly unlikely that the Valley will see another community as devoted to its amenities. These amenities are not just for show either as the lake system and greenbelt (Camelback Walk) was designed as a water drainage system. In conjunction with the Indian Bend Wash, it is equipped to handle a 100-year flood. For all of the terrific amenities, the annual planned development fee is a scant $210 (approximately) per household.
Homes in McCormick Ranch were primarily constructed from the early 1970s through the mid 1980s, with scattered in-fill construction. Development began along the southern boundary at Indian Bend Road and progressed northward incrementally to Shea Boulevard. It is bound on the west by Scottsdale Road and 92nd St on the east. One fill-in condominium development is currently under construction.
Home prices range from the $200,000s for a small condo to multi-million dollar properties on acre or waterfront lots. There are two high school districts within McCormick Ranch. Residents south of Via de Ventura Rd are in the Saguaro High School District, while those north of Via de Ventura are included in the Chaparral High School District.
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There are 3 resorts in McCormick Ranch: The Millenium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch, The Radison Resort and Spa, and the Scottsdale Conference Center Resort.
The Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch
Public Parks in the area include the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Rotary Park, Mountain View Park, and several smaller neighborhood parks.
While this site is loaded with McCormick Ranch information (Real Estate and otherwise) to start you on your way, a computer will never do this idyllic community justice. Read the individual subdivision spotlights, study up on the schools, uncover the unparalleled local amenities, peruse the latest homes for sale … then contact us for a tour through our favorite stomping grounds. Coffee’s on us if you don’t fall in love with the Ranch like we did years ago.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Mar 30, 2017 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
Mountainview Ranch is community of approximately 550 single family homes along the Frank Lloyd Wright corridor in North Scottsdale. Developed in multiple phases from the mid 1980s through the early 1990s by well-established builders including Pulte and Continental Homes, Mountainview Ranch is dominated by prototypical Spanish architectural style, with stucco exteriors and tile roofs. The livable square footage of the homes range all the way from 1212 to 3986 sq ft, with a variety of single-level and two-level floor plan options available.
Just down the street from local attraction and designated National Historic Landmark Taliesin West (containing renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, and serving today as the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin), Mountainview Ranch offers views of the majestic McDowell Mountains at more affordable pricing than many of the luxury communities that dot their Southern foothills.
Falling within the boundaries of the Aztec, Mountainside and Desert Mountain (elementary, middle and high schools respectively) school districts, Mountainview Ranch is a straight shot down Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd to the Loop 101 freeway. This accessibility to the rest of the valley makes this neighborhood attractive to commuters and those who simply enjoy exploring different parts of town alike. Shopping, restaurants and other amenities lie immediately in both directions, though, so homebodies need not venture far.
For those North Scottsdale home buyers looking for a Spanish home that typifies the Southwestern lifestyle, near it all, and with an affordable price tag, Mountainview Ranch might just be for you.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Mar 4, 2017 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
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 that many high-end home buyers seek. Full time residents and seasonal residents alike enjoy the security and low maintenance living afforded by these sister subdivisions, particularly if travel is a top lifestyle priority.
In total, Monterey at Mountain View contains 89 developed lots; forty lie in phase one, forty nine in phase two. The majority of the homes are single level (72 out of 89), but there is a smattering of two-story homes (17 out of 89) for those in need of a little more room to roam. Fifty nine of the homes (66%) have private swimming pools. Those who prefer to avoid the maintenance of a private pool have access to the community pool(s). A popular home builder, Monterey is known for an elegant, modern style of Spanish architecture that invokes visions of Santa Barbara and sun-drenched days by the sea. Their homes can be found in planned communities like Scottsdale Mountain, Grayhawk, McDowell Mountain Ranch, etc.
The difference between those communities and Monterey at Mountain View is location.
Many expect that they will have to migrate to the Northern or Eastern bounds of Scottsdale to find relatively newer construction of this quality. After all, many of the surrounding communities that comprise the central Scottsdale zip code of 85258 (McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Ranch, etc) feature homes built in the 1970s and 1980s. The older floor plans and architecture of those developments are trade offs for the ideal location and amenities. Monterey at Mountain View offers the best of both, however – desirable, modern architecture right in the middle of it all.
With the shops and restaurants of Gainey Village to the immediate South, the restaurants, lakes, parks and walking paths of McCormick Ranch to the immediate East, and everything else you could need at the intersection of Scottsdale Rd/Shea Blvd to the immediate North, you could not ask for a more convenient location.
The excelling school district (Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle, Chaparral High) has long been a strong draw for buyers as well.
So whether you are downsizing to get rid of that big yard you no longer wish to maintain, looking for a vacation home that will be secure when you are gone, or are simply after a quality home with modern appeal in one of the most coveted parts of the entire valley, you owe it to yourself to consider Monterey at Mountain View for your new Scottsdale address.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Feb 28, 2017 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
Grayhawk is a golf community developed around the world renowned public golf club of the same name.
Grayhawk Golf Club (Talon Course)
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 caliber.Located just North of the Loop 101 Freeway, Grayhawk offers the scenery and pace of North Scottsdale while remaining accessible to the rest of the Valley.
The homes themselves run the gamut from townhouses and patio homes to high-end single-family residences. Construction is predominantly from the late 1990s through the early 2000s. There are guard gated subdivisions within Grayhawk for the security-conscious and those who enjoy the lock and leave lifestyle of a vacation home. There are non-gated options as well for those uninterested in paying those premiums.
In all, 31 separate subdivisions (some of which include community pools and neighborhood parks) with nearly 3800 homes of all styles on over 1600 acres make up the Grayhawk community. Whether you are a golf enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone who simply wants to be a little further from all the hustle bustle of central Scottsdale/Phoenix, Grayhawk might just be for you.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Dec 10, 2016 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
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 in the shadows of the world class Westin-Kierland resort and its attendant amenities, most Kierland homes sit on smaller sized lots for lower maintenance. In addition to single-family options, there are condo / townhouse options available as well.
In addition to the resort, this neighborhood lies within walking/biking distance of one of Scottsdale’s premier shopping, dining and nightlife districts: Kierland Commons.
If newer construction on manageable lot sizes in a well-established area with ample amenities nearby sounds like your cup of tea, it’s hard to beat Kierland.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Dec 10, 2016 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
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 miles of walking paths, multiple parks, restaurants, shopping and more.
With numerous builders and floor plans available, from small condos to large single-family estates, Scottsdale Ranch offers something for everyone, including a convenient, in-town location. The slightly newer homes provide more three car garage options than its more well-known neighbor as well.
There are gated and waterfront (with dock / boat privileges) options for those seeking something a little different.
While there are different styles of architecture to choose from, Scottsdale Ranch is best known for its prototypical mid-80s, Spanish style homes with stucco exteriors and red, clay tiles roofs. This was the era of soaring ceilings and high-drama entryways that still appeals to many to this day.
If planned community living with affordable HOA dues is up your alley, you might want to take a close look at Scottsdale Ranch.
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by Paul Slaybaugh | Dec 9, 2016 | Scottsdale Neighborhoods
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 Road, between Camelback and McDowell Roads, there are a few pockets that lay between Scottsdale and Hayden Rds as well.
Originally constructed with carports, some have converted to garages over time. While there are smaller and larger plans as well, the most common floor plan is a 1416 square foot, 3 bed / 2 bath model that exemplifies original Scottsdale (or classic Scottsdale as some refer to it). Originally plumbed with galvanized pipes and wired for two-prong outlets, many have updated both the plumbing and electrical systems over the years. Many of these homes originally came with evaporative cooling systems as well, though many have abandoned them in favor of standard A/C.
An entry point into the Scottsdale Real Estate market in terms of single-family home pricing, Scottsdale Estates has long been attractive to those seeking to be close to the fun and amenities of downtown Scottsdale, the Loop 101 freeway, Scottsdale Community College, ASU, and more.
For those on a tight budget and willing to do their own updating over time, a fixer-upper in Scottsdale Estates can still be had in the mid to high 200s. Move-in ready remodels tend to go in the 300s at the time of this posting. At these prices, it’s no secret as to why Scottsdale Estates remains an attractive housing option 50-60 years after its construction.
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