Creek is a former mining and ranching town just west of Carefree in
northern Maricopa County. The town was incorporated in 1986; its population
jumped more than 27% between 1990 and 2000, and today is put at close
to 4,000. Because it is situated at an elevation of 2,500 feet, the
town is generally about eight degrees cooler than locations in the Valley
Creek offers country/ranch living in a desert community where residents
can ride horses on unpaved roads through tall saguaro cactus or share
a morning walk with jackrabbits and lizards.
million-acre Tonto National Forest just north of the town provides spectacular
views and endless recreational opportunities. Locals and tourists alike
enjoy horseback riding, biking, hiking, jeep tours, balloon rides –
and golf. Rancho ManaÃ’a Golf Resort and Spa, a semi-public course in
the hills of Cave Creek, blends a challenging par 71 course with spectacular
high desert scenery.
Downtown Cave Creek is a half-mile stretch
of shops, galleries and restaurants that reflect both the town’s
mining past and its artistic present.
Starting in October, the town hosts a series of art festivals, rodeos
and events, culminating in a spring Fiesta Days Parade.
Single-family homes in Cave Creek can start
around $260,000 and go up to well over $600,000. Large lots, low-density
development and breathtaking mountain views aren’t hard to find.
At the higher end, upscale horse properties that include a barn, dressage
area and tack and feed area are priced from $850,000.
course living is available at Rancho ManaÃ’a where a resale custom home
can start at about $280,000 and a custom home site can be purchased
for between $90,000 and $150,000+.