Welcome to Saguaro Forest 90, a 6,245 s. f., south-facing, Great Room plan custom home, of spectacular soft modern contemporary architecture, offered for sale for the first time. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms (one used for an intimate television watching room), four and one-half baths, an office/den, two Bonus rooms, a three-car garage, negative edge pool, spa; a large back patio with a spacious covered outdoor ''living room'', two dining areas, a barbeque area, and a terrific fire-pit equipped sitting area perfect for stargazing. Views include golf course, mountain, and city light views. It is on a quiet 37,347 square foot, cul-de-sac lot, overlooking four acres of open space on and around the 7th fairway of the Chiricahua golf course in Desert Mountain, in north Scottsdale. In addition to the magnificent, finished views, many other details make this a special home, including: a wet bar (with icemaker, under-counter dual temperature zone wine refrigerator, and a normal under-counter refrigerator); a location that overlooks a golf course, not a road; a gleaming chef's kitchen equipped with Viking major appliances, a center island (filled with great storage) and two sinks; lots of wall space and dedicated art lighting which make the home especially attractive for an art collector; electric solar screens throughout the home make controlling the amount of sunlight that comes into the home a breeze; commercial grade windows and HVAC equipment; a near total absence of carpet (in only one guest bedroom and the owner's closet); a "double-hung" master closet adding extra storage capacity for out-of-season clothing; durable construction consisting of architectural masonry units and natural stone; a "royal" master bath with a huge, circular jetted tub in its center, enough room for several pieces of exercise equipment, and great views of the McDowell Mountains; a Lutron lighting system; three fireplaces and two firepits; cherry wood cabinets in the kitchen, accented by a few stainless steel cabinet doors, inset with glass panels; Absolute and Black Galaxy granite countertops; and a substantial amount of 16" square limestone tile on the interior floors. A limited amount of the furniture may be available for purchase under a separate Bill of Sale. No art, rugs, or sculpture (interior or exterior) is included or available. Two metal and three concrete planters, some concrete balls, are included and will convey.
The due-south solar exposure is perfect in that it allows for lots of sun on the back patio until late in the afternoon, but shade when the sun is low in the sky or during our warmer summer months, making the back patio very useful as a place to relax without having to fight the setting sun every night, colorful sunset or not. The patio roof was extended a few years ago to create an outdoor living "room" that is at least twenty-five feet deep. A dramatic negative edge pool with separate spa is close by, as are two dining areas, a spacious barbeque area, and an elevated sitting area at the far end of the patio with a firepit in the middle of it, perfect for stargazing.
The home sits alongside and to the golfer's right of the most forward tee box on the 7th hole of Desert Mountain's Chiricahua golf course. The cart path is on the far side of the hole, so there is no problem with cart traffic noise. The home is close enough to the tee boxes to minimize the risk of getting hit by errant tee shots, and golfers are far enough away to make it difficult to hear their comments and conversations. Chiricahua's front nine does not return to the Clubhouse, so few people will be playing nine holes late in the day, meaning there is seldom any noise or distraction created by golfers at the time when you might be enjoying a beverage or some quiet time on the spacious back patio.
Mountain views beyond the golf course include the Four Peaks about twenty miles away to the east, the McDowell Mountain range about seven miles distant, home to the iconic Pinnacle Peak, fully visible from this home; and more mountains on the far side of Phoenix, about thirty-five miles away. City lights on the valley floor twinkle at a range of about 25 miles (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is 28 air miles away, and about 1,565' below the elevation of this home). It is a great view and a very nice setting.
Desert Mountain is a highly regarded 8,200-acre, thirty-four-year-old development in north Scottsdale, AZ, with a private Club within its gates More on the Club... Members get to enjoy six Nicklaus-designed championship golf courses, and one par-54 course with eighteen par-3s. Other on-property outdoor recreation opportunities for members include tennis, hiking, swimming, bocce, pickleball, horseback riding, and croquet. Club Membership is not mandatory, but the Club is the emotional, physical, and social "core" of the place. The opportunity to be a member of the Club is a significant part of the attraction of living in Desert Mountain for most property owners. Several membership programs are available, subject to supply and demand, upon successful application to the Club. The Club is rightfully internationally famous as a year 'round, private spa and golf mecca, with, in addition to the golf courses, nine dining venues, and seven clubhouses.
One of the Clubhouses is the Sonoran Clubhouse, a truly amazing swim (three pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, five Har-Tru, and three cushioned surface hard courts), fitness, and spa facility with a grill restaurant. It enjoyed a $12,000,000 renovation in 2016. The following summer saw six pickleball courts, two bocce ball courts, and a croquet court added. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the entire Southwest.
The Club's dining venues offer a wide variety of food, wine, and atmospheres. No coats and ties required! A tremendous range of non-golf outdoor recreation and social activities are also available. The Club's membership is catered to relentlessly by an attentive Club staff and Concierge, providing unparalleled service. In a word, the place is "phenomenal". It is so good, three multi-million-dollar lottery winners have chosen Desert Mountain over the years as the place they want to live.
Desert Mountain's over 1,900 homes are spread out in over forty "Villages", of which the Saguaro Forest is regarded as perhaps the "premier" village. It has the greatest concentration of large homesites (and homes) and is where most of the most expensive real estate is located.
Desert Mountain is on the slopes of the Continental Mountain range on the northern edge of Scottsdale, contiguous to the fourth largest National Forest in the country. There is a twenty-mile private trail system in these mountains for the exclusive use of Desert Mountain residents. The top elevation is 4,890', highest in all of Maricopa County. The views from the high point in the trail system are really something to see! Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is typically about a forty-minute drive from the community's Front Gate.
Desert Mountain is a place of surpassing scenic beauty with long-range, panoramic views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, the entire "Valley of the Sun", many mountain ranges near and far, and, of course, Arizona's famous sunrises and sunsets! It now has just over 1,900 finished homes ranging in size from 1,800 to over 20,000 square feet with listed properties ranging in price from about $1,300,000 to $16,500,000. Owners have invested over $30,000,000 in individual homes. It has attracted full-and part-time residents from all over North America, Great Britain, and western Europe. Another steady attraction are real estate taxes that are strikingly low compared to many parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, Midwest, and California. (the 2020 taxes on this home were only $14,348. The weather is famously sunny, and our risk of natural disasters is extremely low. Being higher and somewhat removed from the city means the stars are bright at night and the air is typically much cleaner than what lies over the Valley. For you readers thinking Arizona is too hot in the summer to enjoy year 'round living, this home is at an elevation of about 3,205' making for a fabulous climate twelve-months of the year, given the lack of humidity and the way the desert loses its heat when the sun goes down in the summer.
Day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are well-handled within about a ten-minute drive by the merchants in the nearby towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. There are 69 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes' drive. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is famous for world-class shopping, major league and collegiate sports, terrific air service, and a wide variety of cultural attractions. Desert Mountain is within two and a half hours of normally excellent snow skiing in Flagstaff. Its location in the southwestern part of the United States affords easy access to the entire American West, with especially easy access to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and a plethora of unbelievably beautiful places in Southern Utah. "Paradise" does not overstate it.
Thanks for your interest in this home. Against this backdrop of privacy, service, beauty and recreation, Saguaro Forest 90 represents an unusually nice opportunity and value. We look forward to showing it to you someday and helping you learn about the community, the Club, and the area!
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Listing information last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 3:34pm MST.