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 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.

Lake Serena in Scottsdale Ranch

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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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 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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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 to offer for everyone from seasonal residents to year-round residents.

Famous for its manicured grounds and generous amenities, including a large clubhouse and large, heated community pool/spa (several of the subdivisions have their own pools as well), walking paths, etc, this is one community where you get your money’s worth from those monthly HOA dues. You almost get the feeling that your home ownership includes resort privileges with the quality of Stonegate’s common areas. Don’t miss the adjacent Stonegate Equestrian Park either. This 23 acre city park includes equestrian arenas, round pens, trails, playground, ramadas, etc for nature enthusiasts.

With the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation laying directly to the South, Stonegate feels somewhat removed from the hustle bustle despite its relative proximity to the Loop 101 freeway (approx 10-15 mins).

At the time of this posting, prices range from the 400s to upwards of $1 million for these primarily Spanish-style homes.

 

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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 mature trees, Arcadia is a haven for those who aren’t necessarily looking for the desert experience. It tends to attract those who prefer a little greenery, room between neighbors, and an in-town location. Arcadia is also one of the few pockets where high end homes can be obtained absent a homeowner association, for those who don’t like being burdened with all the attendant fees and bylaws.

Looking for a colonial style home, but don’t think Scottsdale / Phoenix offers any? Try Arcadia.

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Looking for a modern style home? Try Arcadia.

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Looking for a rambling, older ranch home that you can fix up and make your own? Try Arcadia.

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Looking for a Spanish or a Santa Fe style home? Try Arcadia.

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Ideally located for an easy commute downtown Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, the Biltmore area, etc, Arcadia offers a taste of nuvo-bucolic (yes, I just coined that term) living in the middle of the city.

You will need a sizable checkbook to break into the Arcadia Real Estate market, however. The desirability of this community and location dictates that even old teardown properties tend to start well in excess of $500,000 for Arcadia proper. The sky is essentially the limit for the upper end on newer construction. For those on tighter budgets, more affordable options can be had by straying just South of it’s Indian School Road border.

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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 and city light views are available from certain vantage points.

While home prices can reach the multi-million dollar range in this coveted neighborhood, there are more affordable options for those working on a tighter budget. Smaller casitas (free-standing patio homes on small lots) offer lower maintenance and can be had in the $500k-700k range at the time of this posting.

Walking paths, heated community pool(s) and spa(s) are among the amenities one would expect in a development of this caliber.

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