Living Troon

Troon Village photoTroon real estate is just north of the DC Ranch community, wrapped around the northern foothills of Pinnacle Peak. The mountain preserve, with its massive boulders, provides breathtaking views and lends to a serene atmosphere. Because Troon North and Troon Village are located in the high Sonoran Desert, residents tend to enjoy slightly cooler temperatures.  

The Troon communities offer many subdivisions of townhouses, semi-custom homes, custom homes, and residential homesites, with both gated and non-gated options. Homes that are built along the mountainside offer spectacular views of the city, as well as the native desert scenery.  Luxury golf lot homes are available with The Troon Country Club and The Troon North Golf Club located within the area. The community tends to appeal to empty nesters and second homeowners, but there are plenty of families that live in the area as well. Children attend schools in the Cave Creek School District.  

Plenty of outdoor activities are available in the area, in addition to golfing. The Troon community offers a network of bike paths and trail easements to enjoy. There also are plenty of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding at nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak, and Brown’s Ranch. The Doc Cavalliere Park offers a shaded playground, basketball courts, and an open artificial turf field. If you would prefer relaxing poolside or pampering yourself, the Four Seasons Resort and Spa is only minutes away. 

There are many restaurant and shopping options available within the area, as well as the surrounding communities of DC Ranch and Grayhawk. The popular Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarters, and Desert Ridge Marketplace are just a few of the places a short drive away that provide many stores and restaurants to choose from. The Loop 101 freeway is easily accessible and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about a 45 min drive. 

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Living in McDowell Mountain Ranch

McDowell Mountain path photoMcDowell Mountain Ranch real estate is a great place to raise a family and to enjoy an active lifestyle.  The master-planned community, which started development in 1998, is located at the base of the McDowell Mountains, in the highly desirable North Scottsdale area.  The community consists of nearly 4,000 homes within 26 distinct neighborhoods, some that are either gated or guard gated.  Homes that sit on the higher parts of the mountain are treated to amazing views of the city lights and desert landscape below.  Builders include KB Homes, Edmunds (now Toll Brothers), Centex, Cachet, UDC, Woodside, and Ryland, just to name a few.  Housing options range from apartments, luxury condominiums, patio homes, single-family detached homes and custom homes.  Home size range between 1,093-4,970 square feet, with single-level and multi-level options available.

The community is only minutes away from the Loop 101 freeway and is only 25 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  The community is also a short distance away from the many shops and restaurants of the popular Kierland Common and Scottsdale Quarters.  

McDowell Mountain Ranch offers many amenities for residents to enjoy:  The nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park provides 40 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails. When completed, the preserve will be the nation’s largest urban land preserve. Also nearby is the McDowell Mountain Park and Aquatic Center that contains soccer/baseball fields, a 16,000 square foot skate park, a 600-foot lazy river, an eight-lane lap pool, four diving boards, a large tube water slide, and a fitness center.  If you enjoy golfing, the McDowell Mountain Golf Club is a premier public golf course originally designed by Randy Heckenkemper and Phil Mickelson. There also are numerous other golf courses in close proximity.  

Schools: Children within the area attend Desert Canyon Elementary, Desert Canyon Middle School, and Desert Mountain High School, all part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. Notre Dame Preparatory High School is a private school option nearby.

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Living in DC Ranch

DC Ranch Tennis Club entrance photoReal estate in the master-planned community of DC Ranch is highly sought after by families, as well as retirees and seasonal visitors.  The 4,000-acre community in North Scottsdale sits at the base of McDowell Mountains, just north of Bell Road and east of Pima Road.  The community was developed by DMB Associates to complement the surrounding desert and consists of 25 neighborhoods within four residential villages that are connected by 33 miles of walking trails:

Country Club Village: Five guard-gated neighborhoods of custom home sites, custom homes, semi-custom single-family homes, attached patio homes, and townhouses.  Custom homes range in size from 3,000-12,500 square feet and the other housing options range in size between 1,800-5,700 square feet.  

Desert Parks Village: Six gated neighborhoods of single-family homes, ranging in style from bungalows, ranch-hacienda style, or southwestern style.  Homes range in size between 1,740-5,170 square feet and have one and two-story options.  Each neighborhood has its own park to enjoy.

Desert Camp Village: Eight neighborhoods of single-family homes and townhouses that range in size between 1,650-5,000 square feet.  Both one and two-story options are available. 

Silverleaf Village: Eight neighborhoods with three 24 hour guarded gates.  The most expensive homes in DC Ranch are located here and housing options include luxury villas, to custom estates on a third to over ten acres. 

DC Ranch real estate is popular due to the beautiful setting of the community and all the great amenities offered.  There are two community centers (Desert Camp and Homestead) with tennis courts, basketball courts, pools, fitness areas, playgrounds, and even a community-run theater playhouse.  The upscale DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa offers a great spa center, fitness facility, a tennis club, and summer camp for kids.  From the Village Health Club, you can access trails to hike or mountain bike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which when completed will be the nation’s largest urban land preserve.  There are two private country clubs, DC Ranch Country Club and Silverleaf Club, which offers top rated golf courses, tennis, swimming, fitness facility, and banquet rooms.  

Within the community, there are three shopping complexes with upscale retail stores and restaurants: Market Street, Canyon Village, and DC Ranch Crossing.  There is even a fire station located in the Market Street complex! The community is within Scottsdale Unified School District, with children attending Copper Ridge for Kindergarten through 8th grade and Chaparral for high school.  Notre Dame Preparatory High School is a private school option that is only 10 minutes away. 

Living in Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge Fireside photoDesert Ridge real estate is generally considered the area just north of the Loop 101 freeway, east of Cave Creek Rd, south of Pinnacle Peak Rd, and west of Scottsdale Rd.  Commuting to the surrounding areas in Phoenix and Scottsdale is a breeze since both the Loop 101 freeway and HWY 51 are just minutes away.

Development of the 5,700-acre community began in the late 90s and new construction continues today.  When the community is finally completed, it is estimated to house approximately a little over 50,000 residents.  The northern part of Desert Ridge real estate still has undeveloped land, but the developed areas offer a wide variety of housing options, ranging from apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, semi-custom and custom homes.  There are approximately eight different communities, with over 20 subdivisions.  Gated and golf lots are available, with many of the communities offering community centers with pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, basketball courts, and parks.  Some of the many builders include Toll Brothers, DR Horton, Del Webb, and Pulte Homes.  

There are many amenities for residents to enjoy within Desert Ridge. The JW Marriott Resort & Spa is home to the Wildfire Golf Club, which has two 18-hole championship courses that were designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. Across from the JW Marriott is the 1.2 million square foot Desert Ridge Marketplace that contains everything you need from a gas station, grocery store, bank, movie theatre, retail stores, and restaurants. Right next to the marketplace is City North, which is a mixed-used development that contains more dining and shopping options, as well as residential condos above the streets. Children attend Wildfire Elementary School, Desert Trail Elementary School, Explorer Middle School and Pinnacle High School, all part of the Paradise Valley School District.

When you’re ready to sell or buy your next home in Desert Ridge, give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

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Living in Grayhawk


Grayhawk real estate is a popular master-planned community in North Scottsdale with approximately 4,000 homes.  It is located just north of the Loop 101 freeway, east of Scottsdale Road, south of Deer Valley, and west of Pima Road.  Housing options include apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, custom estates, and even an assisted living community for seniors.  Home construction began in 1995, with some of the builders including Cachet, Continental, Edmond-Toll, Monterey, and TW Lewis, just to name a few.  There are two distinct neighborhoods in Grayhawk that are interconnected:

Things To Do: “The Park” is located on the west half of Grayhawk between Scottsdale Rd and Hayden Rd.  As the name suggests, there are plenty of places for children to play, with multiple pocket parks, green belts, playground areas, and tennis/basketball courts.  There are eight subdivisions of single-family homes, with both one-story and two-story options.  “The Pinnacle at The Park” is the only subdivision out of the eight that is gated.   There are four subdivisions of gated luxury condominiums and apartments, as well as the luxury senior assisted living community of “Vi”.  The Boys and Girls Club is located in “The Park” section, providing after-school programs, sports, and summer camps. 

“The Retreat” is located on the east half of Grayhawk between Hayden Rd and Pima Rd and consists of two guard-gated communities, Raptor and Talon.  There are 15 subdivisions of single-family homes, as well as four subdivisions of luxury condominiums/apartments.  Golf lots overlooking the mountains desert landscape are available in “The Retreat” since the neighborhoods wind around the two pristine golf courses of Grayhawk Golf Club.  The subdivision of Serenity is located in the Raptor community and contains 33 custom home lots that sit at the highest elevation in Grayhawk, providing beautiful views of the surrounding cities and mountains.  There are seven individual pools and spas, six tennis courts, and several basketball courts.  An extra HOA fee is accessed to “ The Retreat” residents for the guarded gates and maintenance of the pools and spas.   

Some of the great amenities in Grayhawk include:

  • Thompson Peak Hospital is located within the community
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Fashion Square Mall, and the many shops/restaurants at Kierland Common Common/Scottsdale Quarters are less than 30 minutes away.  
  • Many top-rated gold courses are nearby, like the TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the yearly and crowd-pleasing Waste Management Phoenix Open.  
  • The 29 acre Thompson Peak Park and the 13 acre Grayhawk Park offer lighted tennis/basketball courts, softball/baseball/soccer fields, volleyball courts, and playgrounds.  
  • Westworld of Scottsdale is only 10-15 min away and hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the very popular Barret-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and the Arabian Horse Show.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to hike at nearby Pinnacle Peak and McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offer 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails.

Schools: The children at Grayhawk attend Grayhawk Elementary, Mountain Trail Middle School, and Pinnacle High School, which are all part of the Paradise Valley School District.  El Dorado Private School and Notre Dame Preparatory are nearby private school options.

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Living in the Shea Corridor

East Shea corridor connects Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. The Scottsdale City Council declared Shea Boulevard a scenic corridor and set guidelines to preserve the character and development of the surrounding neighborhoods. The communities are very well manicured and protect the natural environment.

scottsdale home for saleThere are several different types of residences available to those who wish to live in the East Shea community: Paradise Heights, located at the intersection of East Mountain View Road and 124th Street offers 175 spacious single-family homes on oversized lots with mature landscaping. Paloma Paseo which is near Scottsdale Mountain, on Shea Blvd. and 136th St. Paloma Paseo has 136 homes, including both condos and single-family homes mainly built by Coventry Homes between 1996 and 1998. Carino Canyon, has 113 single-family homes in a secluded gated subdivision tucked into the base of 136th Street built by Shea Homes. For those interested in townhomes, Villas Verona is a great option and is located on the eastern end of the East Shea community. This community is a gated with 55 “Italian Country Village” style units, all with 2 car garages.

Mayo Clinic and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital are located nearby. Fountain Hills is a few miles away to the east. There is plenty of shopping and dining options including Scottsdale Quarter, Kierland Commons, as well as Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. East Shea area offers plenty of parks for outdoor activities: Stonegate Equestrian Park, Cholla Park, and Scottsdale Ranch Park with volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball courts, and playground structures.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park just to the west has 40-miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. The Via Linda Senior Center is located on Via Linda next to Scottsdale Ranch and is open to those 18 and over where you’ll find plenty of entertainment options such as classes in arts and crafts and computers as well as a gym.

The A-rated Scottsdale Unified School District with Anasazi Elementary, Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School are a few of the public schools that serve this area. The very highly rated private Basis Scottsdale is also an option for those students living in the area.

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Living in McCormick Ranch

McCormick Ranch photoMcCormick Ranch, Scottsdale’s first premier master-planned community, is known for its lush greenery and miles of multi-use paths that are used by walkers, runners, bicyclists, and roller bladders on a daily basis.  These grass-lined paths are more than 25 miles long and are connected by parks, public tennis courts, and seven man-made lakes.  The community is also part of the City of Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, which has 11 miles of greenbelts that traverses through the heart of Scottsdale and consists of parks, lakes, and golf courses.

Many consider McCormick Ranch real estate as “central Scottsdale”, with the area bordered by Indian Bend Rd, Shea Blvd, Scottsdale Rd, and the 101 freeway.  The community has breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain and consists of 50 individual subdivisions and approximately 23,000 residents.  Housing options vary from apartments and condominiums to real estate ranging from starter homes to multi-million dollar properties.  

Many amenities are available within or near the McCormick Ranch community.  The McCormick Ranch Golf Club has two championship golf courses with many more top-rated golf courses nearby. The Loop 101 freeway is easily accessible and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is less than 20 minutes away.  The Talking Stick Resort and Casino (a luxurious Four-Diamond resort) is only minutes away and is across the street from The Salt River Field, which is the new spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.  There are many restaurants and stores available within the area, but Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarters, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, Old Town Scottsdale, and Fashion Square Mall are also nearby and offer many more options.  

The community is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District and serves both the Saguaro High School District (Kiva Elementary, Mohave Middle School and Saguaro High School) and the Chaparral High School District (Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle School, and Chaparral High School).

When you’re ready to sell or buy your next home in McCormick Ranch, give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

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Living in Gainey Ranch

gainey ranchGainey Ranch real estate is a luxury gated community with palm tree-lined streets and lush landscape throughout the 640-acre community.  There are approximately 19 neighborhoods that surround the 27-hole Gainey Ranch golf course, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains.  Home options vary from condos to single-family and custom estate homes that are range in size from 865 square feet to over 4,500 square feet.  The community is located northeast of the Doubletree Ranch Road/Scottsdale Road intersection and south of Mountain View Road.  

Within Gainey Ranch is The Daniel C. Gainey Estate Club, which serves as the community center.  The former ranch home serves as the community’s tennis and social club and provides a 25-meter swimming pool and spa, seven lighted tennis courts, a fitness center, and an activity lawn.  The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is also within the community and adds to the resort-style atmosphere of the area.  There are many paths and trails around and within the Gainey Ranch community where you can go for a walk, jog, or even go for a horseback ride.  These pathways are part of the City of Scottsdale’s master-planned trail/pathway system and runs to Tempe Lake, where you can enjoy all the available water activities.

There are numerous stores and restaurants within The Shops at Gainey Village, which is walking distance from the neighborhoods.  However, if you are interested in venturing out of the community, nearby is the popular Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarters, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, and Old Town Scottsdale.  Also nearby is The Talking Stick Resort and Casino (a luxurious Four-Diamond resort) and the Salt River Fields, which is the new spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.  There also are many championship golf courses to enjoy in and around the area.  The Loop 101 freeway is easily accessible and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away.

Let’s find your new home in Gainey Ranch, just give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

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Hike Camelback Mountain

Camelback MountainCamelback Mountain is a world-famous icon that defines the northeast horizon of Phoenix. Camelback Mountain takes the shape of a giant camel that gently lays and touches the borders of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. At its base is a blend of luxury homes, resorts, and golf courses. For those who want more than to admire Camelback Mountain from afar, there are two trails to challenge yourself. It’s a popular spot for hikers, rock climbers, and tourists alike with over 300,000 people hiking the mountain every year. Both trails reach the 2,704 feet summit. Echo Canyon and Cholla trails are rated “strenuous” for good reasons, so be prepared. There are about 200 annual search and rescue efforts in Phoenix, with the majority of those happening at Camelback Mountain. My family and I hike the Echo Canyon trail at least once a year, although we have never witnessed anyone being rescued, we have a friend who works for the Phoenix Fire Department who can talk all day and night about the rescues he has done on Camelback Mountain. Following the signs, knowing your limits and staying hydrated are the keys to staying safe on Camelback Mountain, as well as any hiking trail.

Echo Canyon Trail
Enter Echo Canyon Parkway east of Tatum Blvd. off of McDonald Drive. Parking is often limited. The trail ascends through spectacular sandstone rock formations with views from the summit into Greater Phoenix. The Echo Canyon Trail is 1.2 miles each way with an elevation gain of 1,264 feet.

Cholla Trail
There is no trailhead parking, street parking limited at Invergordon and 64th Street. Hikers must walk up the south side of Cholla Lane. Cholla Trail is only recommended for experienced hikers because of its steep, rocky sections with drop-offs on both sides of the trail. The Cholla Trail is 1.5 miles each way with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet.

Have you hiked Camelback Mountain? What’s your favorite trail?


Living in Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is found within the borders of Shea Boulevard to the north, Scottsdale Road to the east, Camelback Road to the south, and 32nd Street to the west. While there are other entities that share the name Paradise Valley (such as Paradise Valley Unified School District and Paradise Valley Mall), those entities refer to Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix, and not to the suburb Paradise Valley, which is also the wealthiest suburb in Phoenix.

When the town of Paradise Valley was incorporated in 1961, there were strict guidelines regarding the size of the land parcels, requiring a minimum of one to five acres per parcel. Residents of Paradise Valley also didn’t want busy streets or streetlights as they wanted to keep the town residential, and many of these guidelines are still in existence today.

paradise Valley home photo

Homes in Paradise Valley

There are many different styles of homes, in a wide range of prices in Paradise Valley. Clearwater Hills located just east of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, is an exclusive gated community of 217 homes, all uniquely designed with various architectural styles. Pennington Estates and Sanctuary both feature beautiful custom homes, many with fantastic views of nearby Camelback Mountain, Camelback Country Club Estates offers multi-million dollar homes nestled around the golf course, for golfers or others who just appreciate gorgeous views. Finisterre, located near Echo Canyon, is one of the largest gated communities in Paradise Valley, with 50 luxury homes, swimming pools, and biking/hiking paths. Finally, more affordable options can be found in the Lincoln Heights subdivision, located south of Clearwater Hills.


There are several options for leisure and getaways, thanks to eight full-service resorts within Paradise Valley, including the Spa at Montelucia, the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback, and the Omni Scottsdale Resort. For shoppers, Scottsdale Fashion Square is a high-end retail extravaganza, also featuring a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment options. Golfers will enjoy the many links and greens available in Paradise Valley, from the 18-hole course Paradise Valley Country Club which was established in 1953 to the Camelback Golf Club with its two courses, the Padre and the Ambiente.

Nature lovers will feel right at home in Paradise Valley.  Mummy Mountain is located in the center of Paradise Valley. Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak) flanks its western border and Camelback Mountain is on the southern border of this town. All of these mountains and their parks and recreation areas provide opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a popular starting point to tackle Camelback Mountain, a difficult hike, while the Phoenix Mountains Preserve has multiple levels of trails for varying fitness levels.


The A-rated Scottsdale Unified School District services the town of Paradise Valley, with Kiva Elementary, Cherokee Elementary, Cocopah Middle School, Ingleside Middle School, and Chaparral High School as the town’s public schools.

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