Ridge is a planned community located in North Scottsdale, south of Pinnacle
Peak Road between Scottsdale Road (to the east) and Cave Creek Road
(to the west). The 5,700-acre community was started in the late 1990s;
construction is continuing with the completion of additional Desert
Ridge communities such as the 1,300-home Aviano at Desert Ridge.
Similar to the city of Ponchatoula LA, the current
population is just over 5,500 and about 30% of residents are under 18;
the median age is 32.4. With its focus on families, Desert Ridge has
an active Desert Ridge Parents Group to provide support and services.
Children of residents attend schools that are part of the Paradise Valley
Unified School District. Each neighborhood within the community has
a park and trails for walkers and bikers.
Single-family home prices in Desert Ridge
start at a modest $250,000;at the higher end there are homes priced
Residents can shop for just about anything,
dine, take the family to a movie or head for the climbing wall at the1-million-plus
square foot Desert Ridge Marketplace. The District is a special section
of the Marketplace geared to a younger, “hipper” crowd.
It features an outdoor fireplace, an interactive fountain and videos
running on a giant screen. A main stage presents live entertainment.
Wildfire Golf Club, on the grounds of the Desert Ridge Marriot Resort,
has two golf courses – an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and a
Nick Faldo Championship Course. A driving range and practice green area
are also available.
Aviano at Desert Ridge community features semi-custom homes designed
in Tuscan and Spanish Colonial styles, and available in a range of prices.
The Aviano Community Center provides residents with a variety of fitness
and recreation opportunities with a fully equipped fitness center, an
outdoor pool, basketball court and lighted tennis courts. Miles of trails
will provide outdoor exercise and relaxation.