Sun Ridge Canyon

Three women in living room talking and smilingSun Ridge Canyon in Fountain Hills, is a 789 unit master planned community located on the eastern edge of the McDowell Mountains.  There are 15 separate neighborhoods, two of which are gated, all consisting of single family homes built around the Sun Ridge Canyon Golf Course.  The community is known for its spectacular  mountain and desert views.




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Firerock Country Club

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Firerock Country Club; A special location demands a distinctive community.  Red Mountain stands as a majestic landmark at the southern outskirts of Fountain Hills. In the setting sun, the mountain lives up to its name, glowing a deep burnt orange.  This is the site of Firerock Country Club – Fountain Hills’ private, gated golf community.  The Country Club brings a level of refined style and beauty that rivals the natural landscape of this small hillside community. This breathtaking course is surrounded by wide expanses of ironwood and mesquite trees, stately saguaro cacti and numerous natural rock outcroppings. The home selection varies from vacation villas and casitas to magnificent estate homes perched on the hillsides overlooking the golf course.


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Golf player couple on green picking ball.Kierland comes as close as exists in Scottsdale to Urban lifestyle. There are several condo, loft and town home subdivisions within a short walk of the Kierland Commons Main Street. The Commons has several restaurants varying in size from the large PF Changs to cozy sidewalk cafes. Ice cream and Starbucks can be enjoyed while listening to a musical group perform in the central courtyard.

A variety of stores grace the commons with product lines ranging from home furnishings to trendy clothing. One loft condo complex has conference rooms, a full time concierge, 24/7 business services as well as a complete fitness center and pool. All of this is within walking distance of the 27 hole golf course and the Commons.  This is a perfect location for the traveling business person or an Active Adult looking for a part time residence.

The Westin Kierland Resort  has three par 36 courses, The Acacia, The Ironwood and The Mesquite, mix to make 3 great 18 hole combinations.


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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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I don’t play golf and most of the communities have golf courses, do I have to buy a golf club membership?

Happy Senior Man Throwing Frisbee Outside in SunshineA few of the communities do require that you purchase a membership along with your home purchase. Most do not. Each community is different and you must clarify exactly what is and is not included in your Home Owners Association (HOA) fee.

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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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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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