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Desert Ridge

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Welcome to Desert Ridge

With 5,700 acres located in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix, the master-planned Desert Ridge area took more than 8 years to complete. The area is home to over 50,000 residents who are able to enjoy all the amenities that the Desert Ridge area has to offer. Desert Ridge has been awarded for its community landscape making this community a great place to take a stroll around the neighborhood. The Desert Ridge Marketplace offer 1.2 million square miles of shopping and entrainment. It was built by Vestor Development Co and opened in December of 2001. Located just north of Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd in Phoenix, Desert Ridge Marketplace provides everything the residents near the Desert Ridge area may want in a convenient location. The newer CityNorth shopping center is located on E High St of the Desert Ridge area. It’s an urban mixed-use development which also provides hotel, residential, office, dining, and shopping. With over 5 million square feet CityNorth was envisioned by Thomas J. Klutznick and was developed with the help of nearly $100 million.

Those looking for a newer suburban feel with tons of big box shopping nearby

People who want grassy front yards and favor unique home styles

For those who want to be near Scottsdale, but not IN Scottsdale

Homes starting from the $300,000's, a little more affordable to the comparable Scottsdale neighborhoods to the east

These are some of the closest "near-new" builds to both downtown and Scottsdale



In 1991, the City of Phoenix and the State of Arizona adopted the Desert Ridge Specific Plan, which much of this development happens to fall in the Common Schools Endowment section.  This land, Section 16 and 36 of every township, was set aside to the State of Arizona to be sold off to fund Arizona’s school system.

The first homes would be sold in 1996 in the Desert Ridge area.  Soon after in 1998 the Phoenix Mayo Clinic opened.  By 2001, the massive Desert Ridge Market Place (1.2mil square feet) would open, anchored with an outdoor mall, and many surround big box stores and specialty restaurants, including one of the first In ‘N Out Burgers in Phoenix.  In 2002, American Express opened their huge regional campus and the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and Wildfire Golf Club opened.  Also in this same year, and perhaps the biggest development in the area, the Loop 101 opened. 2010 marked the opening of the Musical Instrument Museum and City North.

The area was hit hard by the real estate bubble, with many developers going bankrupt and giving their land back to the State. As the economy recovers, this area will again thrive with fresh development.

Desert Ridge Homes for Sale