Scottsdale was named in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000. Today the population is estimated to be 246,000. Downtown Scottsdale has been described as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" (NY Times). Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town." The city is 31 miles long and 11.4 miles wide at its widest point. Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and a few sections of Phoenix have some of the valleys most spectacular homes.
When the town was incorporated in 1951, it was one square mile, with a population of 2,000. Scottsdale is known as the “West’s most Western Town”. Today Scottsdale is home to over 200 Golf Courses, 67 resorts & hotels, 58 miles of bike paths, 40 miles of Riding & Biking trails, and a population growth rate of about 6%. Many of the golf courses offer homes along the greens.
The choice of housing ranges from entry level to ultra-Luxury Custom homes in the millions!
Scottsdale Airpark is an airport with a 8,249 Ft. runway with a business park surrounding it. 466 aircraft are based at the airport. The airport started in 1942 as Thunderbird Field II, as a WWII pilot training facility. While the airport itself occupies 296 acres, the airpark that surrounds it occupies 2,600 acres and has become a national model for airport-based business parks. Employment at the Airpark in 2017 was 55,000 employees working for 3,000 companies.
Scottsdale Communities & Homes
There are hundreds of communities in Scottsdale, view all of the available homes to your right, or view some of the larger communities below.
DMB took part (well 8,300 acres to be exact) of the 43,000 acre Desert Camp Ranch (a working cattle ranch until the late 1950’s) and has turned it into a spectacular Master Planned Community in the geographic center of Scottsdale at the foot of the McDowell Mountains. In fact the elevation goes from the desert floor up to 4,000ft. DMB is only developing 3,700 of those acres so there is lots of open space and natural desert. Included in DC Ranch is a gated luxury section known as Silverleaf, scroll down for more information on that premium community. The community is designed with smaller neighborhoods of only 40 to 60 homes each with a large percentage of those backing to open space or natural desert. The community features two Rec Centers on 13 acres (Desert Camp with pools, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, playgrounds, and a gym; and The Homestead with basketball, a demo kitchen, dance floor, theater, and playground), a Health Resource Center, Market Street for shopping, the Social District, a golf course (not including Silverleaf) with a 35,000 square foot Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse with 2 pools, 3 restaurants, fitness center, and six tennis courts. The community used production builders and custom homes and lots.
Developed by Lyle Anderson, one of the premier gated golf luxury communities in the valley, Desert Mountain is located in the elevated foothills of North Scottsdale on 8,000 acres. This community has five Jack Nicklaus golf courses, four clubhouses, tennis courts on three surfaces (grass, clay and hard), two community pools, spa services, fitness facilities, concierge services, and on-site restaurants! Original owners have the choice of buying a lot and have a custom home built, or they can choose from a variety of pre-designed semi-custom homes. Since this community is at a higher elevation (2,600 to 4,800 above sea level), the summer temperatures are about 8 to 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Desert Mountain has received numerous awards, including Best Golf Community by the Robb Report in 2000, and the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence in 1997.
Downtown Scottsdale is a vibrant fun filled area with international name recognition. A Scottsdale address means something (you have heard the term “Location, Location, Location)! The downtown area is about 1.2 square miles and contains more than 100 art galleries, 85 restaurants, 50 lounges and bars, and 50 public artwork projects. Since 2012 over $400 million has been invested in the area. The downtown Stadium is the only facility in a downtown area in the Cactus League. Most years, over half of the special events in Scottsdale were held downtown.
A 500 acre guard gated “luxury hillside” community with a public golf course (by Scott Miller) that features a mix of homes from some of the valleys builders, along with custom homes. Some spectacular views of the valley, the site spans a vertical distance of about 500 feet from north to south. Some of the production builders that built in the community were Baldwin Homes, Greystone Homes, Monterey Homes, Presley Homes, and Ryland Homes. The golf course features a clubhouse, a restaurant, and 18 holes. There is a 42 room Inn located on site as well.
An 808 acre private golf course community with a 29,000 square foot clubhouse that opened in August 1999. The Gary Panks designed golf course is a par 72 and features some panoramic city and mountain views. There will be 390 custom homes and a little less than 300 luxury attached residents at build out. In addition to the golf course and clubhouse, the community features a private gated entrance, tennis courts, and a community pool.
Gainey Ranch was developed when David Gainey who owned an Arabian Horse Ranch sold 560 of his 640 acres to Markland Properties in 1980. Over the years 1035 homes were built, of which 545 were condos, and 490 were single family homes on 264 acres. The community features the Estate club, which includes a pool, fitness center, seven tennis courts, the community also has 27 holes of golf (three, nine hole courses), 24 hour guard gated, and a 30 acre luxury resort hotel. David Gaineys working ranch home was refurbished and is now the community tennis and social club.
Developed by Grayhawk Development, this community of 1,615 acres opened in 1995, and was selling its last home in just eight years later in 2004. The community was designed for families and resort-style living, and features two distinct neigborhoods, “The Park” and “The Retreat” with The Retreat being the more resort oriented and The Park more family oriented with more parks and playgrounds! The community features community pools, parks, BBQ’s, tot lots, basketball courts, 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, schools, and a public golf course. The Grayhawk Golf Clubhouse is 40,000 square feet and includes two restaurants. There are two courses, Talon Course designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, and the Tom Fazio designed Raptor Course.
An upscale golf community in North Scottsdale that has just 824 homes on 640 acres (36 of those are condos). The 18 hole golf course was designed by Rees Jones. There are eight distinctive neighborhoods and they have access to the restaurant, recreation center, pool, gym, and hiking/biking trails.
McCormick Ranch was the first up-scale master planned community in Scottsdale, and is named after the McCormick family that ran a working 4,236 acre cattle and horse ranch on the land. The land was sold to Kaiser-Aetna in 1970 after their deaths and 3,116 acres of it became what is today McCormick Ranch. The original ranch home was located where the Seville Center stands. This community features 120 acres of lakes (boating and fishing allowed on the larger McCormick Ranch lakes for residents, 7 total lakes), 303 acres that hold two golf courses, 43 miles of biking and hiking trails, parks, tennis courts, resorts, shopping centers, and 184 acres of common areas (open space). There are two high school districts within McCormick Ranch. Residents south of Via de Ventura are in the Saguaro High School District, while those north of Via de Ventura are included in the Chaparral High School District.
Originally developed by Newhall Land and Farming Company as a 3,200 acre community with 4,475 homes, McDowell Mountain Ranch began selling homes in April 1995, and promptly won a MAME Award as 1995 “Master Planned Community of the Year” from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. A year later it was sold to Sunbelt/Haas & Haynie to continue development, and in 1999 the National Association of Homebuilders awarded the community with a Silver Award. By July 2003 the development was sold out! Features include a 70 acre school-library campus, the Sanctuary Golf Course (public) with a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, and three community centers:
- The McDowell Center serves as the administrative offices, and offers spacious facilities that may be rented out for any special function.
- Another community Center is located just west of the McDowell Center on Paradise Lane offers a 23 meter heated swimming pool, a play pool for tots, heated spa, two tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court, play equipment, and a splash pad.
- The recreation center located at the corner of McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd & 105th St offers parks with covered picnic tables, playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball court, heated pool and spa. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, parks, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and golf.
Mirabel was developed by the Discovery Land Company as an upscale private golf community in North Scottsdale. This guard gated community features a Tom Fazio golf course, a golf club with a fitness center, spa, pool, and tennis courts.
Scottsdale Ranch was developed by Markland Properties/Costain AZ and opened in 1984 as an upscale living in a resort like setting community. The community has 40 neighborhoods on 1,119 acres, and features a 42 acre private lake (Lake Serena), a 64 acre park, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, and a Community Center.
Silverleaf is a prestigious 2,000 acre gated “luxury” community that is nestled into the McDowell Mountain Preserve. The Silverleaf Club not only is a gathering place for neighbors, but also features a Tom Weiskopf 18 hole golf course. The clubhouse is 50,000 square feet and was built in the Mediterranean motif. The homes here are some of the most expensive in the valley, and feature expansive city and mountain views. This community is also a part of the larger DC Ranch.
Sonora Vista is a gated community just across Shea Blvd from the famous Mayo Clinic. This sixty lot subdivision was built by a number of builders, however Forte Homes and TriMark homes built most of the homes. Lot sizes ranged from 16,161sf to 94,820sf. Forte Homes used Lot 54 as a model, and offered 12 plans ranging from 3,084sf to 7,590sf. TriMark (JBI and Classic Design Homes also built TriMark plans) used Lot 1 as a model, and offered 9 plans ranging from 3,067sf to 4,516sf. Arizona Classic Homes (ACH) built 3 homes. Celebrity Custom Homes built 4 homes. Landmark Homes built 3 homes. Various other builders built a few other homes.
Recognized as one of Arizona’s finest golf communities, Troon North started development in late 1989 and the final subdivision was finished in 2001. Troon North is an 1,800 acre development features two award winning golf courses, the Troon North Golf Club with a 37,000 square foot clubhouse with dining, parks, basketball, tennis courts, soccer, softball, tot lots, and is located adjacent to a 185-acre mountain preserve with hiking trails. Both production builder homes and custom homes in gated communities were built along with condos and townhomes. Custom home communities include Pinnacle Canyon, The Monument, Boulder Crest Estates, Talus, and Candlewood Estates.
A north Scottsdale Master Planned Community that features just over 200 home sites, each averaging a bit over 2 acres each! This community has a 24 hour manned guard gate, neighborhood patrols, an on-site Resident Services Coordinator to assist residents with day to day caretaker issues and social program for residents, a five mile trail network, a private three acre park with fitness center, community pool, community spa, BBQ pavilion, tennis courts, and basketball courts. The community also shares the site with Whisper Rock Golf Club, which is by invitation only (no membership rights associated with ownership). The Golf Club has no financial impact on the residential living side.