McDowell Mountain Ranch
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Welcome to McDowell Mountain Ranch
To the residents of this mountainside neighborhood, McDowell Mountain Ranch is known as just “The Ranch.” Located in northeast Scottsdale, its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque backdrop of the Sonoran Desert makes this neighborhood an ideal spot for homes.
The Ranch has 26 distinct neighborhoods and 4,000 homes on its master planned 3,200-acre land. Nearby is the McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic center, Horizon Park, Scottsdale’s Arabian branch library and WestWorld. This neighborhood also has a resident center that offers various amenities including meeting rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts. With its close proximity to the Scottsdale Airpark and 101 freeway, commuting to popular Valley attractions is easy!
PERFECT FORThose wanting to be in North Scottsdale in an mid-range master planned community
NOT SO PERFECT FORThose who don't want to be tucked away in the desert
THE LIFESTYLEAn active community with a community center at its heart. Hiking trails are abundant here.
THE MARKETQuality built homes in a desert foothills setting
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITHCatching sunset views over the Valley
Prior to 1992, McDowell Mountain Ranch was just farmland to a Valley family. In 1992 the family sold the land to Newhall Land and Farming Company with the stipulation that part of the land would be used for the public. 900 acres of the land was then donated to the City of Scottsdale in 1994 (valued at $7 million). With the approved plans for development, builders got underway. By 1995 over 21 models were built with an additional 82 contracts on homes. Prices ranged from $120,000 to more than $500,000. This community quickly achieved the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona award for “Master Planned Community of the Year” in 1995.
Over $100 million was used to build up the neighborhood with paved trails, a small cable TV station and a McDowell resident center. The local Desert Canyon elementary and middle school opened in 1998 for residents. Desert Canyon Shopping Center, a 57,000 square foot Bashas store and other specialty stores were built in the area as well. In spring 2000, The Sanctuary Golf Course opened for play.