Countless recreational opportunities. Numerous cultural venues. A wealth of iconic shops and restaurants. And those views, views and more views.
Blessed by location in the scenic Sonoran Desert, the Northeast Valley has grown rapidly and is today one of the most sought-after places to live in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metro area. Indeed, a broad range of homebuilders offer distinctive communities for upscale living that often maximize the stunning surroundings. And though homebuilders tout proximity to amenities like golf and shopping, buyers will also find an away-from-it-all escape in these communities.
“The Northeast Valley offers a lifestyle that is truly unique,” said Todd Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing for the Phoenix division of Taylor Morrison. “Homes are surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and provide a feeling of quiet sanctuary in the evenings that homebuyers value and enjoy.”
The endless natural beauty, coupled with desirable lot sizes, continues to bring buyers to the area, said Kevin Rosinski, Arizona division senior vice president for Toll Brothers. “The serene desert setting, the mountain views and the home-site sizes are a big draw,” he said.
Majesties of Mother Nature
One of the crown jewels in the Northeast Valley is the ultra-scenic McDowell Mountain Regional Park, a 21,099-acre desert oasis nestled in the lower Verde River basin. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors can enjoy more than 50 miles of multi-use trails, mountain views as far as the eye can see and cactus-studded expanses that invite legions of birds, coyotes and other wildlife. Smaller desert playgrounds such as the Cave Creek Regional Park, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and Cave Buttes Recreation Area add to the mix of outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.
Rosinski said Toll Brothers’ homeowners praise the best-of-all-worlds lifestyle in the area, enjoying the “beautiful sunsets, the peacefulness of the desert, the awesome hiking and the convenience of entertainment.”
Upscale venues of all kinds
The Northeast Valley offers an appealing range of upscale shops and boutiques, chef-driven restaurants, live entertainment and much more. Unique cultural attractions boost the area’s profile too, with everything from the internationally known Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix to the art galleries in downtown Carefree to special events like Ballet Under the Stars in Fountain Hills.
Hahn said area homebuyers also enjoy proximity to both public and private world-class golf courses such as Legend Trail Golf Club, Troon Country Club, Grayhawk Golf Club and the famed TPC Scottsdale, host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Equally — if not more so — important, the Northeast Valley offers a diverse mix of district, charter and private schools — a key draw for families — plus best-in- class healthcare venues including the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.
A range of homebuilders have established themselves in the Northeast Valley and continue to vigorously expand in the area. Toll Brothers, for instance, currently has 10 actively selling neighborhoods in the Northeast Valley, Rosinsky said. The communities run the gamut—from Andero Canyon in Fountain Hills featuring panoramic city-lights and mountain views to the gated Turquesa neighborhood in Scottsdale where estate-sized homes on two-acre home-sites offer enticing indoor/outdoor living opportunities.
The builder takes full advantage of the area’s desert setting, Rosinski said.
“Toll Brothers takes great care to incorporate the natural flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert into our design and landscaping,” he said. “We position the homes for the best view of the mountains and desert while the architecture complements the natural surroundings.”
Similarly, Taylor Morrison has been expanding its presence in the Northeast Valley with the addition of several new- home communities throughout North Phoenix and Scottsdale. The builder currently has five communities in the area, including the recently opened Ironhorse in Scottsdale. The community, featuring single-level residences near McDowell Mountain Regional Park, offers the best in desert living, Hahn said. Picture majestic saguaro cacti and colorful summer poppies, brilliant sunsets set against mountain backdrops and everyday visitors such as hawks, owls and quail.
Another Taylor Morrison community, the intimate Enclave on the Eighth in North Scottsdale, boasts unique desert views of the “boulder pile” adjacent to The Boulders Resort & Spa and close proximity to amenities such as the Troon Country Club and El Pedregal Marketplace.