To call this beautiful Estate Los Arboles home in McCormick Ranch a simple remodel would be a disservice. This Camelot Embassy model has been utterly transformed from a dated time capsule with great bones and potential into a modern Tuscan showplace. This was no slap-dash investor fix and flip with the same formulaic greys and whites that everyone else is currently buying at Remodels R Us, but a labor of love crafted to the demanding tastes of an owner who actually lived in the home.
The wall between the living room and family room was opened up to give the home a more modern, great room feel. The sunken living room, which was common in homes of this vintage across McCormick Ranch, was filled in. The kitchen was opened up to the family room … and oh, what a kitchen it is! All new (in 2014) cabinetry with loads of storage, slab granite counters, stainless steel appliances and vent hood, pendant and recessed lighting, a large walk-in pantry, breakfast nook with bay windows and more make it a must see.
Two gunslot windows on either side of the fireplace were replaced and expanded to bring in more natural light and take advantage of the view of the inviting backyard.
Where there was once a center atrium and bar, a huge walk-in master closet (complete with an organization system) now stands. The original closet was removed, paving the way for an expanded and fully remodeled master bathroom with a separate tub and shower. Anyone familiar with the limitations of late 1970s and early 1980s construction knows exactly what a rarity it is to find a decent sized master bath OR a generous master closet in these parts, let alone BOTH!
Indeed, this home is a unicorn.
Versailles pattern tumbled travertine stone flooring stretches throughout the entire home. Plantation shutters cover the windows, not that excessive sun is an issue with the ideal North/South exposure on a prime corner lot. Elevated ceilings greet you at the front door, accentuating the modern feel of the architecture.
The fourth bedroom was converted to a den/office; its entryway relocated to the front foyer. Even the laundry room is a work of art with new (2014) cabinetry, granite counter, and sink.
The backyard is, itself, a great place to entertain under the large covered patio, or cool off with a dip in the pool. Not relaxing enough? Slip into the in-ground spa that underscores one simple, but not to be overlooked asset this home has over other properties across McCormick Ranch: natural gas.
Estate Los Arboles is one of the ONLY pockets of McCormick Ranch that is serviced by Southwest Gas, meaning you can actually heat a pool here without spending a small fortune on propane. Yes, I’m looking at you, winter visitors!
With immediate neighborhood access to the walking path / greenbelt that stretches throughout the Ranch, it is a quick stroll to Comanche Park to the East, and the booming shopping center of Paseo Village to the West. New establishments like The Vig, Luci’s at the Grove (currently under construction – slated to open in the fall), Starbucks, and LA Fitness join community favorites like Lox Stock & Bagel to turn this once-sleepy center into one of the most vibrant hubs in the area. And you don’t even need a car to get there!
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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.
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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.
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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McCormick Ranch was the first master planned community in Scottsdale, AZ. Development began in the early 1970s in what is considered the South Ranch today, near Hayden and Indian Bend Rds. These early McCormick Ranch properties were constructed primarily by the Suggs Co.
As development of the Ranch progressed, new subdivisions began to sprout up further north in the late ’70s. Camelot, Dix and Golden Heritage were prominent builders along the Via Linda corridor between Via De Ventura and Hayden Rd.
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Vista De La Tierra was developed by Camelot Homes (later known as Hancock). Encompassing N. 80th Place on the South, Del Caverna on the North, and bounded by Via Linda on the East and Rotary Park & Gainey Ranch on the West, the homes in this subdivision marked a sharp departure from earlier McCormick Ranch construction. Larger models and soaring vaulted ceilings with Spanish tile roofs joined the smaller properties with low ceilings. Stucco finished exteriors took the place of exposed slump block. Larger lots made Vista De La Tierra highly sought after as well.
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Another big draw for the subdivision is the proximity to the McCormick Ranch lake system. Lake Margherite is the largest of the three neighborhood lakes, and lies just across Via Linda from N. 80th Place. Lake Angela lies just across Via Linda on E. Del Cuarzo. Fishing and boating are available to residents, and the famous multi-use paths circumnavigate the area as well.
Vista De La Tierra, along with the other subdivisions north of Via De Ventura are also located in the Chaparral School District. The district includes the excelling Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle and Chaparral High Schools. With test scores that routinely place at the top of the Scottsdale Unified School District, this just might be the most sought after district in the state.
Homes in Vista De La Tierra range from approximately 2000 square feet to nearly 4000 square feet. The original builder models included:
- The Regal – approximately 2004-2109 square feet, 3 or 4 bedrooms, no vaulted ceilings.
- The Monarch – approximately 2274 square feet, 3 bedrooms (den option), no vaulted ceilings.
- The Windsor – approximately 2364 square feet, 3 bedrooms, partial vaulted ceilings.
- The Chateau – approximately 2669 square feet, 4 bedrooms, partial vaulted ceilings.
- The Lancelot – approximately 2748 square feet, 4 bedrooms, partial vaulted ceilings.
- The Embassy – approximately 2914 square feet, 4 bedrooms, partial vaulted ceilings.
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In addition to the original models, there has been one instance of infill construction and total rennovation of other properties.
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Camelot originally held back one lot on N. 80th Place. In the mid ’80s, the builder eventually built an expanded Embassy model, which features a 5th bedroom, bringing the square footage up to nearly 3500 square feet. Recently, several properties have been taken virtually all the way down to the ground. The new construction that has gone up in their place range from 3000-4000 square feet, and have sold in excess of $1 million.
There are 98 improved properties in Vista De La Tierra. They are all single level per community Covenants, Codes and Restrictions (CCRs). The average property size is 2549 Sq Ft. 90 of the 98 homes have swimming pools.
McCormick Ranch is an amazing place to live, and Vista De La Tierra is one of its finest subdivisions.
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