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About Desert Ridge
Desert Ridge is one of Arizona’s largest master-planned communities and is located in one of the most sought-after areas of North Phoenix. Encompassing over 5,700-acres, and with the famous Desert Ridge Marketplace at the center of the community, Desert Ridge is considered by many to be the perfect blend of community and amenities. Home to the widely popular Wildfire Golf Club and the five-star JW Marriott Resort & Spa, this community is also a popular destination among tourists and business travelers. Home to more than 60,000 residents, with a number of subdivisions to suit all lifestyles. Aviano, Bella Monte, Cielo, Fireside, La Verne, Toscana, and the Villages at Aviano are just a few of the many subdivisions.
Living in Desert Ridge
Desert Ridge’s proximity to shopping, recreation, and employment opportunities makes it a highly desirable community within the Phoenix Valley. As one of the newest communities in the Valley, residents enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Sonoran Desert, unparalleled views and landscape, and a world-class mix of dining, shopping, and lifestyle amenities.
Another of the many draws to living here is the concept of “super-blocks,” which was implemented throughout the planning of this community. Each “super-block” within the area is comprised of a local elementary school, park, and shopping center. Everything a family could need is located just outside their front door.
Schools, Health and Transportation
Positioned south of Pinnacle Peak Road between Scottsdale Road and Cave Creek Road, is conveniently located just a few minutes north of the 101 Freeway, which serves as a major artery to Scottsdale, Tempe, and East Phoenix. This makes it easy for residents to commute to the office, travel out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, or to simply run errands. In fact, downtown Phoenix is just 20 minutes away.
The Paradise Valley Unified School District, one of the finest school districts in Arizona and the fourth largest in the state services this area. Elementary schools include Desert Trails and Wildfire Elementary, while Explorer Middle School serves students in grades 6-8. Pinnacle High School serves the area’s older students. This district is consistently praised and recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for its achievements, and continues to be a major draw.
Mayo Clinic’s 210-acre Phoenix campus that includes the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Specialty Building make this area their home. This world-class facility is not only a major employer in the area, but offers state-of-the-art care to area residents.
Parks and Recreation
This area offers a myriad of biking, hiking, and walking trails throughout the community, as well as a popular recreation center, located within the Aviano subdivision. Seven parks are also strategically located throughout and are very popular with residents thanks to the abundant Arizona sunshine. Golf is also a major attraction to the area, with more than 10 golf courses within a short drive from the community. In fact, the public Wildfire Golf Club, located on the grounds of the JW Marriot Resort & Spa, features an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and a Nick Faldo Championship Course.
For those residents who enjoy the amenities of a five-star resort experience, the JW Marriot Resort is positioned in the heart of Desert Ridge, while the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is just a five-minute drive away. Offering unparalleled spa services, wonderful golfing opportunities, and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, these resorts are popular with residents who want to get away. They are also a major source of employment and economic stability in the area.
Shopping and Dining
The Desert Ridge Marketplace, which opened in December 2001, is the hub of entertainment, shopping, and dining. Home to more than 75 stores and 31 restaurants, spanning more than 1.2 million square feet of retail space, this is the ultimate in outdoor shopping and dining destination. From apparel and appliances to food and furniture, the Marketplace has it all. Residents can also enjoy an AMC Movie Theater and a very popular Farmer’s Market, which takes place the third Sunday of each month.
Want More Information?
For more information or to begin your search for the ideal Desert Ridge home, please do not hesitate to contact the real estate experts at Phoenix Urban Spaces.
Broker Roberta Candelaria and her team look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you home to Desert Ridge.