and recreation developments in the country.
Desert Mountain's private club offers its members exclusive access to seven Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, one eighteen-hole, par-3 course, seven clubhouses (including a now three-year-old swim, tennis, fitness, spa, croquet, bocce, and pickleball complex), ten dining venues, personalized service, and access to a crowd of fun people from around the US and Europe. Club Membership is not included but can be acquired separately from the seller or the Club upon successful application. The home is yards away from one the Club's four golf practice facilities, about a 275-yard walk to one of the Club's signature restaurants (at the Apache Clubhouse), and about a 280-yard walk to a community pool for the exclusive use of the 27 owners of property in the particular phase (Phase II out of two) of the Apache Cottages where # 58 is located.
First time on the market, the home is in excellent shape with hardwood or tile flooring throughout, and with the following work having been done only a couple of years ago: reservicing of the all-foam roof; installation of a new air-conditioning unit; and interior repainting. The home is a "Tierra" model, the most popular plan out of three in the Apache Cottages, and happens to be free-standing, a big "bonus" since the kitchen is extra-large in a free-standing Tierra, with an extra window and a center island. A free-standing Tierra also offers an additional covered porch, on the southwest side of the home. The one in this home affords a small city light view at night and wonderful winter sunset views. Two of the three bedrooms are en suite. The third bedroom, currently set up as a den with a Murphy Bed, has a shower bathroom just outside the bedroom door. The Great Room has a BOSE surround sound stereo system, an upgrade wooden ceiling system, and dry-stacked stone on the central fireplace column in the Great Room and on the face of the breakfast bar facing the Great Room. No scuffed drywall here! The garage has an epoxy coated floor, substantial custom cabinetry, and a second refrigerator/freezer which will convey with the home. The home's landscaping is impeccable. The HOA bears the responsibility for repainting the exterior and wood elements (including the front door and garage door), as well as the maintenance of the landscaping outside the enclosed front courtyard. It is not quite as carefree as a condominium, but close!
To expand on this claim, Desert Mountain (guard gated, with additional privacy gates at the entrance to each "Village' in the development) is in a very quiet, serene, safe, secure and beautiful location, spread east to west across the foothills of the Continental Mountains on the northern edge of Scottsdale, with homes at elevations ranging from 2,600' to 3,500' ASL (this home's elevation is approximately 3,250' ASL). Thousands of giant Saguaro cacti create a very distinctive landscape, a "signature look" for Arizona and the desert Southwest. All Desert Mountain owners enjoy the use of a nearly twenty-mile-long private trail system in the mountains at the back of the development for hiking, running, and mountain biking. The trails get up to 4,500' ASL and enjoy amazing panoramic views out over the entire Valley of the Sun. Members of the Desert Mountain Club can rent horses for trail rides.
The Club's facilities are all reserved for the exclusive use of its Members. The "Sonoran Clubhouse" is the Club's fabulous swim (three pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, five Har-Tru, and three cushioned hard courts), fitness, spa, pickleball (six courts), bocce (two courts), and croquet facility (two courts). It also has a popular indoor/outdoor restaurant. This clubhouse was completely renovated during 2016 and 2017 at a cost in excess of $12,000,000. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the entire Southwest. The other clubhouses are special in their own rights and combine to provide a terrific range of experiences for the Members. The Club has enjoyed remarkable success in selling memberships the last year or so, as people have been looking for ways to enjoy an outdoor, Club-based lifestyle as a way to get around stiff COVID restrictions in other parts of the country.
Desert Mountain is a very successful development in very high demand, especially from people in California, Oregon, and Washington. Demand for homes during 2020 was 1.54 times the demand in 2019 (259 to 168). As of early January 2021, there were approximately 1,903 finished homes, ranging in size from 1,800 to over 20,000 square feet, and in price from about $800,000 to over $16,000,000. Slightly over 60 homes were under construction, but the market was very, very tight, with only 47 completed homes for sale. Owners have invested over $30,000,000 in individual homes. Desert Mountain has attracted full-and part-time residents, mostly from all over North America and western Europe. Virtually all of them seem to have made "having fun", particularly with a golf club in their hands, a key priority in their lives. Besides fun and great golf, another thing that keeps them in a good mood is real estate taxes that are strikingly lower than what they may have been used to, particularly if "home" is or was in the Northeast, Midwest, or California. (2020 taxes on this home were only $4,724.54!).
Desert Mountain's weather is famously dry and sunny. Our risk of natural disasters is extremely low. Being higher and somewhat removed from the city means the stars are bright at night, the air typically much cleaner, and the daytime high temperatures about ten degrees cooler than the Valley floor, every day of the year. Summers are very enjoyable since it only gets over 100 degrees about ten or twelve days a year here, compared to ninety days at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, with humidity low. At night in the summer, the temperatures drop fifteen to twenty degrees, a significant difference from life on the Valley floor. You would be amazed at how comfortable 95 degrees is at night or in the shade. So, being in Desert Mountain on a year 'round basis is a very attractive proposition.
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 roughly 70 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes' drive. Our area is famous for world-class shopping, major league and collegiate sports, terrific air service, and a wide variety of cultural attractions. Desert Mountain's Main Gate is about a forty-five-minute drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Private jets come and go from Scottsdale Airport, about a twenty-five-minute drive from the Front Gate. Desert Mountain is within two and a half hours by car of normally excellent snow skiing in Flagstaff and offers easy access to the entire American West, including 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.
We are excited about showing this wonderful compound to you someday, also helping you learn about the community, the Club, and the area to help you visualize what life here would be like for you!