The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Los Tesoros

Los Tesoros Home in McCormick Ranch

Los Tesoros in McCormick Ranch is a small pocket of homes that dots the cul-de-sacs along the West side of Arabian Trail between Via Linda and Hayden Rd.  Comprised of 48 total homes, Los Tesoros features custom homes that are sometimes mistaken for the Golden Heritage built homes of the neighboring Heritage Terrace, or the Dix built homes of Tierra Feliz.

Bordering the walking path that separates McCormick Ranch from Gainey Ranch, Los Tesoros features unique architectural styling and floor plans.  No cookie cutter boxes here.  Following are the pertinent neighborhood statistics.

  • Of the 48 total homes, 47 are single-level.  The lone holdout is a two-story.
  • 41 of the homes (85%) feature private swimming pools
  • Most construction occurred between 1979-1983.  Two homes were built after that period: one in 1985, and one in 2000.
  • The average home size is approximately 2170 square feet
  • Mix of flat and tile roofs
  • 2 car garages are typical
  • Zoned R1-7 for single-family residences with 7000 square foot lot minimums
  • Cochise Elementary | Cocopah Middle | Chaparral High School districts

Bike path separating McCormick Ranch from Gainey Ranch

Some of the properties which fall on the Western edge of the subdivision (in the curves of the cul-de-sacs) include private gates that lead directly out to the walking path.  Following the path, Rotary Park lies to the South and Mountain View Road lies to the North.  All residents are within walking distance of Lake Angela (as well as Lake Nino and Lake Margherite beyond). Camelback Walk (the McCormick Ranch walking path system) will actually lead residents to virtually all reaches of the Ranch and beyond.  Nearby attractions include dining (Buster’s On the Lake, Royal Barge, The Melting Pot, Zipps, TCBY, Chipotle, etc), golf (The McCormick Ranch Golf Club), parks (Mountain View Park, Rotary Park, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, etc), fishing / boating, shopping (The Shops at Gainey Village) and more.

Looking for something a little different than what you’ve seen in McCormick Ranch thus far? Check out Los Tesoros for the home that is as unique as you are.


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Paradise Valley Farms in Scottsdale AZ

Paradise Valley Farms in Scottsdale AZ

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 Road, Paradise Valley Farms is a small niche of acre parcels with grandfathered horse privileges.  Despite the rampant redevelopment that has seen massive new Tuscan style homes replace many of the older ranch style properties, horse set-ups and equestrian trails are still abundant in this community that sits just South of where the actual working Gainey Ranch once stood (North of Eastwood, where the Shops at Gainey Village and the Gainey Village subdivision now sit).  I am still taken aback when I drive by the newer construction that now stands in place of the barbed wire enclosed cattle ranch that I knew as a youth, but I digress.

Paradise Valley Farms Home Paradise Valley Farms Home

While luxury home buyers primarily think in terms of Paradise Valley, DC Ranch, Silverleaf, Ancala and other buzz name communities, few neighborhoods can rival the charm of Paradise Valley Farms.  Boasting gorgeous tree-lined streets (rare outside of the Arcadia and central corridor areas) and a pleasing mix of architectural styles amongst the custom homes, a taste of a bygone era blends seamlessly with modern convenience and styling.  And the location … is simply perfect.  Central to virtually everything (shopping, schools, lakes, golf, resorts, etc), but tucked away from the major streets, Paradise Valley Farms is the end destination to which Scottsdale home buyers aspire.  Not a move up or make do home, but that special place where they will plant roots that run as deep as the cypress and eucalyptus that guard the hidden paradise from interlopers.

Paradise Valley Farms

A home in Paradise Valley Farms signifies your arrival, just without all of the guard-gated country club pretentiousness that some associate with high end Scottsdale housing.  Neighbors don’t hide in their houses or retreat to their backyards.  This is a neighborhood of walkers and wavers.

Given the radical difference from one property to the next, it almost seems disingenuous to roll out the subdivision statistics and averages.  Nevertheless, here they are:

  • Amongst the 56 homes in Paradise Valley Farms, the construction dates range from 1968 to 2007.
  • The average home size is approximately 4125 square feet; the smallest being 2373 square feet, and the largest being 7374 square feet.  The latter number will be unceremoniously trounced when the property at 8217 N 75th St turns over, however.  Framed for approximately 14,000 livable square feet (no, that is not a typo!), the project was abandoned by the previous owner.  It is currently on the market and awaiting an intrepid soul to finish Scottsdale’s version of the Taj Mahal.


  • All 56 properties are single-level, and 48 (86%) include private swimming pools.
  • Zoned R-43 for residential lots with 43,000 square foot (1 acre) minimum lot sizes
  • Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle and Chaparral High School Districts
  • No HOA
  • Horse Privileges
  • Neighborhood Bridle Paths

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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Island at McCormick Ranch

The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Island at McCormick Ranch

One of a select few subdivisions in McCormick Ranch (and all of Scottsdale, for that matter) that boast waterfront property, the Island at McCormick Ranch neighborhood is a true gem. Hugging the banks of all three of McCormick Ranch’s primary lakes (Lake Margherite, Lake Nino and Lake Angela), the Island is a custom home subdivision which features single family homes of a wide variety of style and architecture.

Island at McCormick Ranch Custom Home Fishing on Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

With 85 improved lots in the neighborhood, there are 74 single-level homes and 11 two-story homes. Zoned R1-10 for 10,000 square foot lot minimums (approx. 1/4 acre), the average house size is 3288 square feet (per the county assessor). 72 of the homes (93%) feature private pools. There is one undeveloped lot left in the community that is privately owned. Sitting on the North bank with a view right down the throat of the Lake Margherite, a multi-million dollar property will eventually replace one of the last pieces of bare dirt in all of McCormick Ranch. Home prices are similar to those of the nearby waterfront community of Vista Del Lago, with lakefront properties commanding well in excess of $1 million (multi-million in some cases), and interior lots selling for considerably less. Most construction took place in the late 1970s through the early 1980s, but there have been homes built as recently as 1998.

Vacant Lot at the Island at McCormick Ranch

Map of McCormick Ranch (Lake Section)

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Though the island moniker is a bit of a misnomer, the subdivision is essentially a peninsula. Bordered by water on the North, South and East, the Island can only be accessed from Via Linda Rd at Del Camino (South entry) & Del Cadena (North entry).

The Island at McCormick Ranch falls within the Cochise Elementary / Cocopah Middle / Chaparral High School districts of the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Crane in Lake Margherite of McCormick Ranch

Notable amenities, aside from the private boat dock privileges of those lucky residents with lake properties, include immediate access to the bike paths, fishing, boating, shops and restaurants of The Village and Mercado Del Lago centers (including Buster’s On the Lake, The Melting Pot, Chipotle, TCBY, Royal Barge Thai Cuisine, Zipps Bar & Grill and more), Camelback Walk (section of the multi-use path which traverses the McCormick Ranch golf course(s), neighborhood parks (Rotary Park & Mountain View Park are within walking distance), etc.

Fishing on Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch Spillway Between Lake Nino and Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

If you are drawn to both unique, custom homes and waterfront living, it doesn’t get much better than the Island at McCormick Ranch. While the lifestyle will not fit every budget, it is a fitting reward for those enterprising souls fortunate enough to call it home.

View of Lake Margherite from Via Linda

(The Island lies on the left bank, Vista Del Lago on the right)

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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Estados De La Mancha

Estados De La Mancha in McCormick Ranch is a unique subdivision of semi-custom homes at the NE corner of the Hayden and Via Linda intersection.  Coveted by many for the architectural uniqueness from one property to the next, the proximity to Cochise Elementary School (directly across from the subdivision’s Eastern boundary at 84th St) and the greenbelt / multi-use path system is similarly appealing.

While many of the homes were built by Tallaksen (original development of the subdivision began in 1979), homes have been built as recently as 1992 in Estados De La Mancha.  Now completely built out, like most every other McCormick Ranch neighborhood, any new development will have to go up in the aftermath of a razed property.  With extensive renovation dotting the area, the value of such a project can be supported (provided the budget is kept within reason, of course).  The difference in style / layout from one house to the next is very appealing to the remodeler.  After all, you can only do so much with a boxy plan that looks like every other house in the neighborhood.

Homes in Estados De La Mancha average 2778 square feet (approximately).  Of the 91 homes, 83 (91%) feature private pools.  89 are single level, and there are two 2-story homes in the subdivision.  There is a mix of flat and tile roofs.  Zoned R-7 (one house per 7000 square ft minimum), most homes sit on lots in the 10,000-11,000 sq ft range.

Cochise Elementary School Cochise Elementary School Fields

Cochise Elementary School

In addition to Cochise Elementary, Estados De La Mancha falls within the district lines of Cocopah Middle School and Chaparral High School: perhaps the most sought after school trio in the entire Valley.

Following the greenbelt that lies just beyond the Cochise soccer fields, a jogger or bike rider can head East towards Mountain View Park, Mustang Library and Scottsdale Healthcare (Shea Campus), or West towards the McCormick Ranch lakes (Lake Angela, Lake Nino and Lake Margherite, restaurants (Buster’s On the Lake, The Melting Pot, Zipps, The Royal Barge, etc) and the McCormick Ranch Golf Club (Palm Course & Pine Course).  Neighboring subdivisions include the El Paseo, Villa Hermosa, Playa Del Sur and Suggs Rancho McCormick.


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Lake Margherite in McCormick Ranch

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The McCormick Ranch Subdivision Series: Paradise Park Manor

Paradise Park Manor in McCormick Ranch boasts some of largest homes in Scottsdale’s first master-planned community. Developed (primarily) by the Von Dix Construction Co, there are two adjacent phases. The first phase of Paradise Park Manor is dotted with more infill custom homes than its sister, thereby increasing property values ever so slightly above those in the neighboring Paradise Park Manor 2. Both share similar amenities and boast immediate access to the greenbelt / walking path and predominantly boast Spanish architecture with tile roofs (with a few Tudor style homes thrown in for good measure).  Lot sizes for both phases average around 1/4 acre (10,000-12,000 sq ft) in accordance with the R-10 zoning.

Home in Paradise Park Manor Tudor Style Home in Paradise Park Manor

Paradise Park Manor Greenbelt Backyard of a home in Paradise Park Manor

  • The 64 homes in Paradise Park Manor 1 average 3335 square feet in size; 55 of which are single-level, and the remaining 9 two-stories.  A whopping 62 (97%) have private pools.  Homes in phase 1 were built between 1982-1984, with the most recent re-construction (tear-down of existing home and rebuild) occuring in 1998.
  • The 99 homes in Paradise Park Manor 2 average 3418 square feet in size; 81 of which are single-level, and the remaining 19 two-stories.  97 of the 99 homes (98%) have private pools.  Homes in phase 2 were built between 1980 and 1984.
  • The 5 homes in the replat of lots 130-134 of Paradise Park Manor (custom infill in the original phase) are semi-custom properties that average 3554 square feet in size; 4 of which are single-level, and 1 is a two-story.  All 5 properties have private pools.  These homes were built between 1984 and 1986.

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Cochise Elementary School

Cochise Elementary School

Paradise Park Trails is bound by Arabian Trail on both the East and West (makes a semi-circle), Mountain View Road on the South and the community greenbelt to the North (runs just behind the last row of houses on E. Cheryl Dr).  Neighboring subdivisions include Paradise Park Trails, Tierra Del Norte and Country Horizons.  Directly across Mountain View Rd is Mountain View Park (complete with community rec center, tennis courts & basketball courts, soccer & baseball fields) and the adjoining Cochise Elementary School.  The walking path which passes under Mountain View Road allows residents to access each (and the rest of McCormick Ranch beyond) without crossing a major street.  While not located in the immediate vicinity of the community lakes, residents do have boating and fishing privileges as well.  In addition to Cochise Elementary, the Paradise Park Manor neighborhood(s) fall within the Cocopah Middle School and Chaparral High School districts.

Cochise Elementary School Fields

Cochise Elementary Fields

In addition to the numerous businesses and conveniences to be found along the Shea corridor, the shopping plaza at the corner of Hayden and Mountain View serves as a terrific neighborhood resource. In addition to the obligatory gas station, dry-cleaner and fast food joint (Burger King), there are a few great mom & pop style businesses. JP Pancake, not surprisingly, is a breakfast favorite, while Joyful Chinese Dining (formerly known as Eddie Chan’s Fine Dining) and Leccabaffi (Italian cuisine) take care of dinner. Ranch Pharmacy and Desert Tails Animal Clinic are noteworthy as well.  To the immediate East, 90th St is notable for Home Depot, Petsmart, Barnes and Noble, Shea North Scottsdale Healthcare Facility (hospital) and additional dining establishments and places of business to numerous to count.

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