McDowell Mountain Ranch is an award-winning master planned community. The Ranch, as it is affectionately called by residents and business owners, spans 3,200 acres in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale, Arizona and is adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve, a 16,000 acre desert preserve. The natural beauty of the area makes it an ideal location for those who prefer to live in a more serene setting.
This community was first opened to the public in 1995 and now consists of almost 4,000 homes built by 14 different builders in 26 neighborhoods. More than $130 million was spent on community design and improvements, including miles of paved and natural trails, ensuring a narrow-cast cable TV station for residents, the Community Center and the McDowell Center, which is where the offices of the homeowner’s association are located. The Community Center has a state of the art kitchen designed for catering meetings as well as private gatherings and events, the community center also has two heated swimming pools and spas, children’s playgrounds, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and picnic areas. There is a wide variety of events offered year round for both children and adults including fitness, sports and educational classes, as well as special communitywide events and is available for use by all residents.
Golfers are thrilled with the newly re-designed McDowell Mountain Golf Club. Originally, the Sanctuary Golf Club, a water retention area, Randy Heckenkemper took this land and transformed it into one of the area’s premier golf courses.
The community is also close to some of the finest shopping Scottsdale has to offer, including both widely known stores and charming boutiques, casual and fine dining restaurants, theatres and many cultural venues. With its close proximity to the freeway, residents have easy access to downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor Airport, while maintaining the peaceful tranquility of their daily lives by living just outside of the urban hub of the city.
McDowell Mountain Ranch is conveniently set in close proximity to many public facilities, including the Desert Canyon School Campus, the Scottsdale Arabian Library, Westworld, and the McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center.