Desert Mountain is a "stand out" lifestyle-based place in which to live. And, this particular property is easily one of the most elegant and gracious residences out of the nearly 1,900 homes that have been built so far in the development. No lots remain for sale at a sensible price that offer this property's combination of size, privacy, views, convenience to Club facilities, and ease of ingress and egress.
In a word, it is "superb".
The property has two closely adjacent custom-designed residences, sharing a 2,500 square foot, southwest-facing back patio with a fireplace and a firepit (more "Plaza" than "Patio"); one "Main Residence" of 6,580 square feet, and one "Guest Residence" (not merely a "guest house", or "guest casita", but a true "residence", regarded by the owner as more of a Game Room given its most frequent use!), of 2,223 square feet. Both are light and bright and are of timeless architectural design. Construction materials used are timeless, too: wood (garage doors, architectural accents, corbels and squared off ceiling beams as well as round vegas and latilla ceiling treatments, cabinets, flooring (hickory and oak), plantation shutters); granite countertops; marble shower tile; wood stair treads with ceramic tile accents; clay ceiling tile; brick ceiling accents; iron or oil-rubbed bronze cabinet and door hardware; a custom, curving iron handrail; custom iron chandeliers; vinyl-clad wood windows; Venetian plaster walls; brick driveway paver stones (set in a circular design); and stucco, all in earth tones with natural curves and soft edges. Only the guest bedrooms have carpet. The lighting is wonderful, too with extensive directable art lighting, recessed cove lighting, recessed path lighting, and soffit lighting in the ceilings above bed headboards. As a result, it is a great residence in which to showcase hanging art, sculpture, or other collectibles.
Designed by perhaps Desert Mountain's most celebrated architect, Lee Hutchison of Urban Design Group (with at least forty-seven homes to his credit within Desert Mountain), and built by two of Desert Mountain's most respected builders, RS Homes and Manship Construction, the residences have as good a design and construction "pedigree" as you will find. And, having them set on 3.2 acres (previously two separate lots, which were legally combined into one in 2014), in the middle of close to five acres of quiet (no noisy roads or golf courses nearby) lush, High Sonoran Desert that can't be further built upon, at an elevation of approximately 3,100' above sea level, lets them deliver a remarkably enjoyable living experience. The property offers wonderful "setting" characteristics as well as "perfect" framed views to the west/southwest of fall, winter and spring sunsets, some city lights on the distant valley floor, a couple of close-by mountains, and numerous mountain ranges as far as eighty miles away.
The front door of the Main Residence is about 480 yards away as "the crow flies" to the front door of the Desert Mountain Club's "main clubhouse", the 52,000 square foot, iconic, Cochise-Geronimo Clubhouse, where two golf courses start and stop and where one of the Club's four terrific, double-ended golf practice ranges is. "Convenient" does not quite describe this property's location with respect to one of the main reasons most families would consider wanting to own it easy club access.
The Main Residence, built in 2005, offers: a "Kitchen/Family Room" layout (which the owners describe as a "Kitchen/Morning Room" layout, since they have another room they call the "Family Room", a relatively large gathering room with a fireplace, a large flat-screen television, many feet of recessed, lighted, lateral shelving for books or collectibles, and a more-than-generous built-in workstation/desk with upper cabinets and lower drawer storage. The space could be called a "Second Office" or perhaps a "Media Room/Home Theater" with the addition of some theater seating and a larger screen. The Morning Room is great, but the Family Room adds a terrific additional place to gather and relax. Master Suite with fireplace and hearth, separate baths (heated towel racks, ceiling heat lamps, and a heated toilet on "Her" side) and separate dressing rooms (with appropriate first-class, crown molding-topped closet fittings); two other guest bedrooms on the opposite side of the home that share a small "living room" equipped with an alcove wet bar/kitchenette (creating essentially, a three-room "casita" inside the home); indoor and outdoor exercise studios; one office upstairs, complete with shower bath; a cedar-lined out-of-season clothes storage closet; one three-car garage with an air-conditioned storage room; a well-equipped (gas range-top) working Kitchen with a large center island complemented by an additional powder room and the previously mentioned Morning Room; an artificial-grass-covered dog run (washable), completely enclosed by wire mesh (sides and top) to protect pets from any predators who would do them harm, accessed by a proper "doggie door" (and the property is within easy walking distance of Desert Mountain's popular Dog Park); a Wine Storage room large enough for several hundred bottles; a well-covered outdoor barbeque patio/outdoor living room, equipped with a television and one of the six fireplaces and a firepit the property boasts; a spare refrigerator in the laundry room (to support large gatherings). There is a large negative edge pool on the back patio, with a separate spa, both covered with Pebble-Tec.
The Guest Residence, built in 2014, offers: a separate driveway approach, an open "Great Room" layout, with the living area large enough to support a sizeable seating area in front of a large television and fireplace PLUS a big area for a ping-pong table or billiards table, next to an adjacent kitchen area with desk. Want an air hockey table? There's room for that, too! There is also an outdoor shower, an attached one-car garage, and heaters in the ceiling over the outdoor dining area.
The property's landscaping is impeccable, in keeping with the tone and "presence" the home's architecture, siting, size, capabilities, and location project upon first arrival.
The roof was recoated in 2018 and carries a ten-year, transferable warranty. Most of the furniture is available separately. It has been continually managed and kept up to high standards by a professional firm.
Desert Mountain is in a very quiet, serene, safe, secure and beautiful location, spread east to west across the foothills of the Continental Mountains on the northern edge of Scottsdale, with homes at elevations ranging from 2,600' to 3,500' ASL. Thousands of giant Saguaro cacti create a very distinctive landscape, a "signature look" for Arizona and the desert Southwest. All Desert Mountain owners enjoy the use of a nearly twenty-mile long private trail system in the mountains at the back of the development for hiking, running, and mountain biking. The trails get up to 4,500' ASL and enjoy amazing panoramic views out over the entire Valley of the Sun. Members of the Desert Mountain Club can rent horses for trail rides. Seven golf courses (six Jack Nicklaus Signature championship golf courses and one eighteen-hole par-3 course), four practice ranges, and a high-tech golf performance center cover the golf needs of Club Members.
The Club has seven major clubhouses with ten different dining venues for the exclusive use of its Members. The "Sonoran Clubhouse" is the Club's fabulous swim (three pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, five 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. It was completely renovated during 2016 and 2017 at a cost 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. A membership to the Desert Mountain Club is not included but is available from the Club.
Real estate taxes are low, only $11,169.08 for this home in 2020.
Desert Mountain's weather is famously dry and sunny. Our risk of natural disasters is extremely low. Being higher and removed from town means stars are bright at night, the air typically much cleaner, and the daytime high temperatures about ten degrees cooler than the Valley floor, every day. Summers are enjoyable since it only gets over 100 degrees about ten or twelve days a year here, compared to ninety days downtown, with humidity low. At night in the summer, the temperatures drop fifteen to twenty degrees, a significant difference from life on the Valley floor. Being in Desert Mountain on a year 'round basis is a very attractive proposition.
Day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are well-handled within about a ten-minute drive 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. Desert Mountain's Main Gate is about a forty-five-minute drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. 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" does not overstate it.