McDowell Mountain trail photoThis awarding-winning master-planned community opened in 1995, and is located within 3,200 acres in the foothills of McDowell Mountain in Northeast Scottsdale.  The community of approximately 4,000 homes was built by 14 different builders, in 26 neighborhoods.

One such builder, Geoffrey H. Edmunds, has a few neighborhoods called Cimarron Hills and Cimarron Ridge, which offer amazing views.   Within Cimarron Hills, are three different communities: The Villas, The Enclave and The Vistas.  These homes are all single level, and range in size from 2237 square feet to 3,744 square feet.  The nearby Cimarron Ridge has the same floor plans.  Cimarron Hills is a guard gated community, with an additional homeowner’s association with monthly fees for the cost of this security feature.  These fees also cover the use of the community’s private recreation center which has a pool and spa as well as a fitness center, and tennis courts.

Located within one of the highest points in McDowell Mountain Ranch, is the development of Sunrise Point.  This neighborhood was developed by Engle Homes and consists of 174 homes within two different areas.  The Villas contains patio homes, while The Estates showcases single family homes.  The patio homes range from 1,430 square feet to 1,834 square feet.  The single family homes within The Estates range from 1,792 square feet to 2,704 square feet.  One unique feature of these neighborhoods are the lack of boundary walls and view fences separating the individual homes.  These are both guard-gated neighborhoods, with a separate homeowner’s association to cover the associated fees.

Another interesting option is the Fairways, developed by Shea Homes.  With 103 homes, there are six different floorplans, three single level and three two story, from 1,999 square feet to 3,460 square feet in size.  This development is bordered by The Sanctuary Golf Course, so many homes have views of the course.  There is a golf course clubhouse outside the gated entrance to this community.

The McDowell Mountain Ranch Homeowner’s Association is the primary HOA in this community.  However, several subdivisions, including Castle Chase, Cimarron Hills, Cimarron Ridge, 100 Hills, Sunrise Point, Cachet Homes and The Ridge have their own secondary HOAs.

Within McDowell Mountain Ranch, there are miles of improved and natural trails, which connect the various neighborhoods as well as the homes to the local library, the recreation center as well as the schools.  The showpiece of McDowell Mountain Ranch is the McDowell Mountain Ranch Fitness & Aquatic Center, which houses a lane lap pool and play pool, as well as a lazy river, water slide and splash pad.  There’s also a skate park as well as a fitness center for residents.

There’s also a separate 5 acre park with basketball and tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a splash fountain.   Nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40-miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails.  The Ice Den, an ice skating and hockey rink, is less than a mile away.

The Scottsdale School District serves family-friendly McDowell Mountain Ranch, with Desert Canyon Elementary and Desert Canyon Middle School sharing a campus.  Both schools are accessible via paths that do not require that a student cross any surface streets.  Desert Mountain High School is located nearby.

Nearby shopping includes the McDowell Mountain Village and Desert Canyon Shopping Center, as well as the Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons.   McDowell Mountain Village is approximately 29 minutes away from Sky Harbor International Airport.

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