The home enjoys a fabulous location, both within Rose Quartz (home to just 94 homes or homesites), as well as within the 8,200-acre development overall (a central location, far away from busy roads or noisy golf courses). The home is not visible from the cul-de-sac one would use to reach the driveway's entrance, thanks to being at the end of a seventy-two yard-long driveway, not shared with any neighbor. The driveway entrance is graced by a magnificent, thirty-foot tall, multi-armed Giant Saguaro cactus, sending out a serious signal about being in Arizona!. Adding to the privacy and feeling of spaciousness is a 55-yard wide buffer zone of natural desert all along the east side of the driveway.
The home is at an elevation of approximately 3,200', much cooler than the valley floor (where daytime highs are about ten degrees hotter; notably, summer nighttime lows are fifteen to twenty degrees cooler than on the valley floor. All this results in the home being very comfortable twelve months out of the year, especially given the low humidity we enjoy, living in the High Sonoran Desert. It is a famously sunny place, with little wind and very low risk of natural disasters.
A gated front courtyard with some really incredible specimen plants provides for a nice transition from the auto courtyard to the front door. Once inside, the views of the mountains through the ceiling-to-floor windows in the Great Room grab your attention instantly. The Master Bedroom and the Den/Office/Fourth Bedroom are to your left. The Kitchen, Dining Room, Pantry, Laundry Room, the two Main Guest Bedrooms, and the Garage are to your right. The home has a few sets of two or three steps in it, but is on one level, with no upstairs or downstairs to it. The Master Bedroom and the two primary Guest Bedrooms all have access to the back patio. There are fireplaces in the Living Room, Master Bedroom, and the Main Guest Suite. The home has generous storage, too, making it a great solution for year 'round use. The northern exposure and the layout of the home means there is never a need to fight either early-morning or late-afternoon sunlight, blasting into the interior of the home. There is a built-in gas barbeque under shelter on the back patio, with plenty of room for covered sitting and dining, all while enjoying the sounds of the desert and the mountain views, which are guaranteed on into the future due to the home sitting on the edge of a ridge, high enough to see over any future construction on any vacant lots lying below the home in the viewshed. The Dining Room has a relatively new hardwood floor in it. The bedrooms are carpeted. The main areas of the house and back patio have random pattern flagstone flooring. The garage floor has a durable and attractive epoxy-coated floor. Three separate garage doors ensure plenty of space between cars. A second refrigerator/freezer is in the garage and is included. A workbench provides a place for small projects, and there are three air-conditioned storage rooms in the garage.
The kitchen appliance package includes.
Thermador five burner gas range, Kitchenaid ice maker, Bosch dishwasher, Marvel under the counter refrigerator, Granite countertops, Subzero Side by Side refrigerator with freezer drawer, General Electric Advantium microwave, General Electric Profile Performance wall oven, General Electric Profile warming drawer, wall wine storage, two bin recycler, instant hot water unit, Delta touch faucet, R/O water for sink and ice cubes in detached refrigerator (not in freezer), 4 seats at the kitchen counter, breakfast nook with gas fireplace and walk-in pantry.
Recent upgrades include
2013: New driveway, roof, living room carpet, courtyard walkway, outside paint, wireless pool control system and pool entirely renovated.
2014: Garage floor epoxy coated, and new General Electric washer.
2016: Bosch 800 series dishwasher, patio grill and gas light updated.
2017: New Maytag clothes dryer, and exterior repainted.
2018: "One-Touch" Delta faucet installed.
2019: Wood flooring in dining room added, swimming pool and spa completely renovated with pebble-tech surface and new tile.
2020: Updated wireless pool control system, and professionally re-landscaped.
Desert Mountain is a world renowned development. Many owners enjoy being members of the development's private golf and recreation club, The Desert Mountain Club. The Club offers its members the use of seven major clubhouses, nine different dining venues, six eighteen-hole championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus; one eighteen-hole par-3 course; a high-tech golf performance center; and four practice ranges. One of the clubhouses is the "Sonoran Clubhouse", the Club's fabulous swim (three pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, four Har-Tru, and three cushioned hard courts), fitness, spa, pickleball (six courts), bocce (two courts), and croquet facility (two courts). It also has a popular indoor/outdoor restaurant. The entire facility is virtually brand-new, having been completely renovated during 2016 and 2017 at a cost well in excess of $12,000,000. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the entire Southwest. The other clubhouses are special in their own rights and combine to provide a terrific range of experiences for the members. There are several levels of membership, none of which is included in the purchase price; however, the Seller does have a "top shelf" Equity Golf Membership which can be acquired by the home's buyer under separate agreement at a cost competitive with what it would cost to acquire the same membership from the Club.
In addition to the Club facilities, there is an approximately twenty-mile long trail system in the mountains at the back of the development available to all residents for hiking, mountain biking, and running. The trails reach an elevation of over 5,000' and provide spectacular views in all directions.
In addition to Desert Mountain being a place of surpassing scenic beauty, it is successful, too, with about 1,900 finished homes ranging in size from 1,800 to over 20,000 square feet and in recent sales prices from about $700,000 to over $15,500,000. Over sixty homes are under construction. Owners have invested over $30,000,000 in individual homes. It has attracted full-and part-time residents from all over North America and western Europe, most of whom seem to have made "having fun" a key priority in their lives. One thing that makes a lot of them happy is real estate taxes that are strikingly lower than what they are used to, particularly if "home" is or was in the Northeast, Midwest, or California. (2019 taxes on this home were only $6,741.22).
Day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are well-handled within about a ten-minute drive of the Front Gate by the merchants in the nearby towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. There are roughly 70 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes' drive. Our area is famous for world-class shopping, major league and collegiate sports, terrific air service, and a wide variety of cultural attractions. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is routinely forty minutes away or less from the Front Gate. Private jets come and go from Scottsdale Airport, about a twenty-five-minute drive from the Front Gate. Desert Mountain is within two and a half hours by car of normally excellent snow skiing in Flagstaff and offers easy access to the entire American West, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and a plethora of unbelievably beautiful places in Southern Utah. "Paradise" doesn't overstate it.
Thanks for your interest in this home. We look forward to showing it to you someday, helping you learn not only about the home, but also about our real estate market, the development, the Club, and the area, helping you visualize what life here would be like for you! In the meantime, enjoy the photographs and "virtual tour" of the home, the photographs of some of the Desert Mountain Club's facilities, and the separate Document with links to a variety of useful websites.