McCormick Ranch, a pioneer among master planned
communities, was almost the size of Scottsdale when it was built in
the 1970s. The community covers about seven square miles in Central
Scottsdale and has a population of over 20,000. It’s the site
of the last large ranch in the City of Scottsdale, a ranch known for
breeding Arabian horses.
Ranch development was envisioned as a complete community with such services
as schools, hospitals, shopping and restaurants. The McCormick Ranch
Center area has light manufacturing, garden offices, banks, shopping
centers, an auto center, medical offices and grocery stores.
influence is evident in architecture and landscaping throughout the
community. Housing choices run the gamut from luxury homes and waterfront
properties along several man-made lakes to golf course homes, townhomes,
condominiums and patio homes.
listings for McCormick Ranch resale homes show single-family, five bedroom
homes (with up to 5,000 square feet of living space) in the $795,000
range. A four-bedroom home with 3,000†square feet will be valued
in the high $400,000s.
18-hole golf courses on McCormick Ranch provide golfers with an experience
that is closer to what they might find in the Midwest or East. Instead
of desertscapes, McCormick Ranch courses feature lush grass, shrubbery,
mature trees and water.
boasts seven lakes, offering residents the option of waterfront living.
Fishing is available in the stocked Camelback Lake and sailing is permitted
on Camelback Lake and Lake Margherite, the two largest of the seven
lakes. Many of the homes around those lakes include boat docks.
25 miles of bicycle paths wind through greenbelts, lakes and the golf
courses. Visitors can tour the area by rail, via a small-gauge railroad
that runs through the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Residents automatically become members of
the property owner’s association, which protects property values
and oversees common area maintenance, landscaping changes and architectural
improvements and revisions.