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Pinnacle Peak


Pinnacle Peak is a part of the city of Scottsdale,
located at the north end of the McDowell Mountains. This high Sonoran
Desert area is about 1,000 feet higher in elevation than Phoenix and
is generally cooler than the Valley. It may even see light snow in winter.

A key
reason the 6,200 residents choose to make Pinnacle Peak their home is
the natural, unspoiled environment and the opportunity to enjoy the
wilderness. The area has a number of active citizens and resident groups.
The mission of The Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA) is “to
protect the interests of residents, the desert and the native wildlife
by encouraging community activism and communication.” The Friends
of the Scenic Drive, Inc. focuses its efforts on the Desert Foothills
Scenic Drive, which became a landmark in the early 1960s. The Greater
Pinnacle Peak Homeowners Association (GPPHA) supports area property

The actual
Pinnacle Peak that gives the name to the area is a 3,170-foot peak composed
of granite, feldspar, mica and quartz. The 150-acre City of Scottsdale
Pinnacle Peak Park surrounding the peak offers hiking, horseback riding
and rock climbing.

Development has flourished as Scottsdale
growth has moved north. The recently completed 101 Loop freeway makes
it more convenient to travel from the northern areas into Scottsdale
and Phoenix.

Not surprisingly,
a lot of the residential growth in Pinnacle Peak is in luxury homes.
In mid-2003 resale homes were priced as high as $3.5 million. At the
lower end, homes sold for under $200,000. Average sale price was well
over $400,000.

A number
of communities are located in what is called the Pinnacle Peak &
Pima Road corridor area. Pinnacle Peak Country Club Estates is the area’s
first gated community, built adjacent to the private, limited membership
Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Homes in this community have market values
beginning in the $300,000s and going up to well over $700,000. Club
membership is not limited to Pinnacle Peak property owners, but area
residents go on an “A” waiting list when the club is at
its 325-member limit.



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