Grayhawk

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Grayhawk. This master planned community has a vast selection of home styles and prices attracting residents from all lifestyles and age groups. It is located off the loop 101 just far enough from the bustle of the city not to sacrifice convenience for serenity. It is developed into two main neighborhoods, The Park and The Retreat. The Park has nine gated subdivisions, an elementary school and a shopping plaza. The Retreat is a resort style neighborhood with 15 subdivisions and gated communities. A roadway and greenbelt separate the two neighborhoods. The housing choices include condominiums, single family homes, luxury and custom homes and town homes. The amenities include restaurants, sports facilities and two golf courses plus some 30 miles of landscaped trails. This community has everything but an Active Adult Community!

Grayhawk golf courses: The Talon and The Raptor have the enthusiasm of the community and golfers.

A few notable accolades garnered by Talon and Raptor over the years include:

  • Golf Magazine – “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.”
  • Golf Magazine – “Top 10 New You Can Play”
  • Golf Digest – “Top 10 in the State You Can Play”
  • Golf World Business – “100 Best Golf Shops”

 

DC Ranch

Senior Couple Golfing On Golf Course Lining Up Putt On GreenDC Ranch  This nationally acclaimed private golf and residential community at the base of the McDowell Mountains provides panoramic views of Scottsdale and Phoenix below.  The community is a living tribute to the Sonoran Desert landscape and its preservation. It has an enviable standard of living with a small town atmosphere. The plans used by the builders are unique to DC ranch, used at no other location in the valley. Front porches and courtyards abound, side garage entries and tree lined meandering streets achieve a cozy neighborhood feeling.

Silverleaf, a separate private guarded-gated community stands as a natural extension of DC Ranch.  The combination of single family, one of a kind custom, detached, attached and even luxury rental residences are tastefully blended.  The homes are connected by fiber-optic pathways and sophisticated services.

There are two private clubs and golf courses.  The Silverleaf Club course, designed by Tom Weiskopf provides dramatic elevation changes and city views.  The exclusively private Silverleaf Club and Spa is one of the world’s finest.  Golf and Clubhouse memberships are available.

The Country Club at DC Ranch is a leading social club in the NE Valley with features to support activities for all ages.  The 18 hole 71 par 6,888 yard course was designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought.  Membership is by invitation and is separate from property ownership. It is available to residents and non-residents alike.  Three levels are offered: full golf; sport social; and clubhouse.

The community center, called Desert Camp provides every possible recreational amenity. The Master plan is of a fully contained community which it has achieved.  Market street has retail shopping and fine dining while it adjoins approximately 33 miles of paths and trails to enjoy the beauty of the desert and the mountains.

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The Verdes: Tonto Verde, Rio Verde and Vista Verde

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Tonto Verde and Rio Verde are exceptionally beautiful communities to the north of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, accessible by either route. Known as “The Verdes” they are nestled northeast of the McDowell Mountains.  The McDowell Regional Park forms the west boundary, to the south is the McDowell Indian Community and the east and north adjoin the 2.9 million acre Tonto National Forest. This is an outdoorsman or woman’s retirement dream. Hiking trails abound, horse stables are numerous and the views are of mountains and forests. These master planned adult communities offer a wide range of custom designed homes and lot sizes in a magnificent setting, with a lifestyle as unique as their setting.  Tonto Verde’s 18 hole putting course and the course itself are extraordinary.  The Verde’s beautiful clubhouses are designed for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment, maximizing views and sunsets from outdoor terraces. Rio Verde’s 17,000 sq ft clubhouse features a pub area, an enlarged grill and terrace area in a casual atmosphere.  A separate dining area offers cuisine in a more formal setting. The Tennis Club has six courts, two are lighted, a year round pro and a pro shop. Each Verde has a large pool with lap lanes, fitness center, and assorted multipurpose rooms.

The third community of “The Verdes” was to be Vista Verde.  In its’ early development during the real estate turn-down, it was sold.  The golf course was renamed Tegavah which is the Yavapai word for “Gathering Place” and was then sold a second time to Shea Builders.  The Shea Active Adult Community trademark is their “Trilogy” communities.  Be on the lookout in 2015 and 2016 for Trilogy at Tegavah !  It will be the first Active Adult Community to be built in the North East Valley in many years and will be well publicized.  Contact us for information as we have it.

 

 

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If the community I like has a golf course, which is open to the public will it always be that way?

Scottsdales McCormick Ranch Country ClubMaybe not. Many communities will minimize the cost of maintaining a course by allowing the public to play. In some cases, when the course has enough paid memberships to support itself, it will close to the public.  Another item to consider, is that even though a golf course is running through the community, it may not be owned by the Home Owners Association (HOA). 

 

 

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Scottsdale

Scottsdales McCormick Ranch Country ClubScottsdale was named by the New York Times as “The Beverly Hills of the Desert” and is considered to be one of the most luxurious resort destinations in the nation. Scottsdale has become internationally recognized and is regarded as one of the most expensive and posh areas in the United States and a premiere tourist destination.

It is home to the former Phoenix Open, hosted at the Tournament Players Club course (with a new name almost annually). It has the distinction of the best-attended event on the PGA Tour.   It is also famous for hosting the world-renowned Barrett-Jackson Auto Show.  The PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon is drawing world renowned runners.

Once filled with Arabian horse farms, Scottsdale today is home to the largest Arabian horse show in the world. The Thursday evening art walks feature the finest artists while the five star restaurants are destinations in themselves.

Scottsdale is divided into three distinct areas.

North Scottsdale,
Central Scottsdale and
South Scottsdale- Old Town.

Kierland in ScottsdaleNorth Scottsdale is where most of the new home growth is. It has sprawled to the edge of the preserves at McDowell Mountains and continues to creep north well into the Tonto Forest areas. Most of the city’s newest golf courses are located in North Scottsdale. The varied desert mountain terrain has been utilized to create some of the most beautiful and popular courses in the world.

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Central Scottsdale McCormick RanchCentral Scottsdale is generally considered to be between McDonald and Frank Lloyd Wright. This is a frequently discussed boundary and is not official. The area has several large shopping centers. The gently sloping Shea corridor leading out past the Mayo Clinic to Fountain Hills has several smaller planned communities with and without golf courses. The views up to the hills and down to the city are enviable. The Indian Gaming Casino Arizona at Talking Stick is adjacent to the 101. The first Master planned community, McCormick Ranch, was built in the 1970s and was soon followed by others. The best known are Scottsdale Ranch and Gainey Ranch. Many of the homes today are still horse properties where magnificent Arabians can be seen. The area was once a premier Arabian horse breeding center and each winter it hosts the largest Arabian show in the country. Today many of the older homes in Central Scottsdale (built in the 70’s and 80’s on acre lots) are being demolished and replaced by larger modern homes. Homes in the Scottsdale and neighboring Paradise Valley school districts are very much desired for their excellent school ratings.

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Old town scottsdale fountainSouth Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale, This area includes the Civic Center and the Scottsdale Fashion Square which is one of the ten largest malls in the nation. Because of the large cluster of fabulous restaurants, shops and popular nightclubs, the streets are filled with people at all hours. The Indian Gaming Casino Arizona at Salt River is just off the 101. The homes however, are the oldest and smallest in Scottsdale. It has seen a renaissance as city living is sweeping many areas in the nation. The Scottsdale Waterfront Complex will soon anchor the once desolate Arizona Canal banks, and no less than five new ultra-luxury condo towers have been approved. Tourism has shot up, with new trendy hotels coming to the area such as The James Hotel, and the revived Valley Ho. Recently announced was the new W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences, taking a spot in Scottsdale’s prime nightclub district. The entire image of South Scottsdale is expected to continue to zoom upwards within the next few years.

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Fountain Hills

The Town of Fountain Hills is a master planned community carved out of one of the largest cattle ranches in Arizona in 1970. The community has one of the lowest density ratios in the valley, being just shy of 2 people per acre. The total population is expected to max out at 30,000. Fountain Hills is land bound, with the McDowell Mountains and Scottsdale to the west, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation to the east, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community to the south and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park to the north.

The views are magnificent; the rolling hills offer almost every home a view of either the desert washes or McDowell Mountains. As you enter the town from the west on Shea Boulevard, it feels as if you are climbing more than the 500 ft altitude above the Phoenix valley. The feature of the town’s center is the fountain, a giant water lily sculpture in the middle of a lake which sprays for about 15 minutes on the hour. It is in competition for the world’s highest fountain, spraying 560 ft into the air when all 3 pumps are operating. The normal usage is 2 pumps with a plume of about 300 ft.

Anthem Country Club

Senior woman  happy and relaxing Anthem Country Club surrounds two award winning 18 hole golf courses designed by Greg Nash.  The more challenging Ironwood course and the Persimmon course wind through the community offering spectacular mountain, golf and city views.  The two clubhouses have complete state of the art fitness centers, activity centers, dining facilities, pools and nine tennis courts. The Country Club consists of all one story homes and is guard-gated. All Country Club residents have full use of the Anthem Parkside recreational facilities in addition to the two centers available only to Country Club residents.

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Sun City West

Senior Male Golfer Playing Bunker Shot On Golf CourseSun City West is the second of the Sun Cities in the NW corner of the Phoenix Valley.  Construction and homes sales began in 1978 as the first Sun City sold out.  It took until 1997 for Sun City West to complete their build-out.   The community boundaries are Bell Rd to the south, Grand Avenue to the east and El Mirage to the west.  The new state road 303 curves around the northern boundary. Most of Sun City West is excluded from the Maricopa School Districts, and therefore enjoys lower real estate tax.   The lower real estate taxes combined with the low maintenance fees make Sun City West a very desirable location for the retiring active adults on a fixed income. The financial incentive plus the tremendous number of clubs and activities and of course the opportunity to play 9 golf courses all combine to create another extremely desirable 55+ retirement location.  The variety of single level home styles, patio homes, and condos offer a wide range of home pricing. Within the community the streets are approved for driving your golf carts and you will find shopping, churches, and banks, drug stores, grocery stores and the Del Webb hospital. 

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Trilogy at Vistancia

Happy woman outdoorsTrilogy at Vistancia Welcome to the Sonoran Desert, home of Trilogy at Vistancia. In this pristine setting you will find a gated, private community that will nourish the soul, comfort the heart and excite the imagination. Trilogy is part of the multi-generational Vistancia, named America’s Best Master Planned Community 2005.

The community has been designed to make it easy for you to create the life of your dreams and make the most of every day.  Features include the 35,000 sq ft Kiva Club, Alvea Spa and Athletic Club, the Center for Higher Learning and a championship golf club.

Trilogy Golf Course, a par 72 Gary Panks designed course has received many awards.  It is honored to have recently been recognized by Golf Digest magazine with their highest possible rating – 5 out of 5 stars. This designation, determined by combining the opinions of official Golf Digest raters with the online responses of the general public, was only given to two dozen courses in North America (and no others in Arizona). How does Golf Digest define 5-Star? Superb. Golf at its absolute best. Pay any price to play at least once in your life.”

 

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Westbrook Village


Happy Senior Couple Outside Cooking on A Summer BarbecueWestbrook Village in Peoria
: Located just west of the 101 between Beardsley and Union Hills, Westbrook Village was designed with a small town village concept as the goal. It has achieved that while offering a broad mix within its 4000 homes.  Choose from luxurious 3 car garage homes sitting comfortably on their oversized lots to the lock and leave 900 sq ft apartment style condos overlooking the golf course.   The Village has two 18 hole golf courses and two fully equipped recreation centers, The Lakes and The Vistas.  It has two restaurants as well.  Among the many active groups in the community is the Westbrook Village Players. This theatrical group puts on 2 plays a year, spring and fall, and all interested residents are invited to participate in these presentations. Westbrook Village was built by UDC in 1983 with completion of Phase 2 in 1999.  It is well located for major shopping, convenient to big event sports facilities and fast freeway access.  It is often described as “lush with greenery” referring to the abundance of trees and shrubs and the attention to landscaping so often missing in a community.

 

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