This master-planned north Scottsdale development rises up out of the Arizona land and around untouched plant life, enhancing the surrounding upper Sonoran Desert.
Where it’s at: Roughly the border is Pima Road on the west, Legacy Boulevard to the south and Cattle Whip Drive to the north. The eastern border is the McDowell Mountains.
The character of residential and mixed-use blends seamlessly into the foothills of the nearby McDowell Mountains.
Jeremy Stevens, communications manager for the DC Ranch Community Council, said the development is not like the rest of the Valley.
“Our community is unique because there are limitations to what we can and can’t develop. You won’t find palm trees or citrus trees in DC Ranch because they are not native species to the area,” Stevens said. “We embrace the natural beauty of the north Scottsdale desert and hope to be good stewards of this rare environment.”
Three cool things about the neighborhood:
Market Street. It all begins and ends at Market Street in DC Ranch. It’s where nearby residents run into each other and conversation starters like, “Good to see you,” and “How’s your brother?” occur in parking lots and at grocery store sliding glass doors. The mixed-use gathering place, near Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway, is home to a number of offices, classy restaurants and unique boutique retailers. There’s an air of sophistication at Market Street, where even the Barista is a bit more cosmopolitan than the average Joe. Enjoy an omelet at the Breakfast Joynt or if you’re a new parent check out the newborn threads at Baby Lux.
Homestead Playhouse. Arts and Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz said the Homestead Playhouse at the Homestead Community Center, was built as part of the center to host youth theater. Launched by the DC Ranch Community Council, she said the Playhouse was created in response to interest in and demand for performing arts programming in and around DC Ranch. Since it opened in 2006, the Playhouse has produced 18 productions, including a number of musicals. Kurtz said the vision of The Homestead Playhouse is to create masterpieces together where individuals emerge through the magic of performing arts. The Playhouse is located in the Homestead Community Center, which serves as a gathering place for private resident events, as well as weddings, meetings, conferences and summer camps. Speaking of gathering places, if Market Street is where local residents randomly run into each other, the Homestead Community Center is where they get to know each other better. The 7,000-square-foot community center on 4 acres is open to residents of DC Ranch.
Hiking. DC Ranch’s backyard is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For residents on the southern end of the development, the preserve is a short walk to the Horseshoe and Desert Park trails, which offer full access to the park. For everybody else, the Gateway Access Area to the the 30,200-acre McDowell Sonoran Preseve is a short drive. The preserve’s roughly 5-mile Gateway Loop Trail, is one of the most popular hikes in the Valley. The trail head opened in 2009, with parking, restrooms and a wheelchair-accessible nature trail. The loop offers stunning views of the northeast Valley and the McDowell Mountains, as well as cacti forests and diverse wildlife.
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