Mountain is a guard-gated master planned community, set on 8,000 acres
at Scottsdale’s northern edge in what is called the high Sonoran
Desert. The community backs up to the 4,300-foot Apache Peak. Temperatures
in Desert Mountain usually run about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than temperatures
in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Thanks to recent highway construction
and improvement, downtown Scottsdale and Phoenix are a short trip from
Mountain features five different private Jack Nicklaus golf courses.
Renegade, the oldest course, has a dual-flag design that enables players
of varying skill levels to play together. The Cochise course provides
golfing amid dramatic boulder outcroppings; the community’s Geronimo
course features different elevations and an 18th hole played over a
canyon and onto a two-tier green. Apache is the most traditional course,
and the Chiricahua course has been dubbed “the most refined.”
Four clubhouses serve the courses. The community Sonoran Clubhouse offers
a tennis complex, a fitness center with spa services and pools. Golf
memberships go for about $175,000; the memberships carry an 80% surrender
300 sites remained. Homesites at Desert Mountain are available in distinct
areas throughout the community at elevations ranging from 2,500 feet
above sea level all the way up to 4,800 feet above sea level. In areas
such as Saguaro Forest, Cochise/Geronimo Village, Lone Mountain and
Apache Peak, home sites are priced from the mid-$600,000s up to $4 million.
Custom homes cost an additional $700,000 to $5,000,000+.
Distinct home styles are set within the various
homesites. For example, the Chiricahua Villas in the Saguaro Forest
features home designs you might expect to find in a hill town in Tuscany.