The heavily landscaped home is of Spanish Colonial architecture with stone and stucco on the exterior and a predominantly Spanish tile roof. It is light and bright on the inside (a wonderful home for the display of art), with ceiling-to-floor, sliding glass walls on the south side of the home, which admit an abundant amount of light while letting the outdoors in. It is on a private, 13,375 square foot elevated homesite, overlooking the first hole of Desert Mountain's Renegade golf course, the first course built in Desert Mountain, and very soon, a new clubhouse (out of the main view and below the main sight lines). The course is covered with grass that stays green all year long. 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 home sits behind and to the side of the first tee on Renegade, about 125 yards away from the closest tee box, and about 280 yards away from the landing zone on the first hole, so is in no danger of getting hit by errant golf balls and it would be difficult to hear golfer's conversations. The cart paths are on the far side of the hole, so golf cart traffic is of no consequence. And, since no one is teeing off on the first hole in the late afternoon or at twilight, there is no noise or distraction at the end of the day when you might be enjoying a beverage or some quiet time on the spacious, and very private, back patio. The views beyond the golf course include the McDowell Mountain range about seven miles distant, and city lights on the valley floor 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.
Numerous details make this home extra attractive, including: both a Great Room and Media Room, two wine refrigerators; two massive hand-carved Canterra Stone fireplace surrounds; a custom tongue-in-groove wooden ceiling in the Living Room; and a number of special touches in the Kitchen including: a center island; granite countertops and full backsplashes; a new Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with through-the-door water and ice dispensing; a new Bosch dishwasher; a six-burner Viking gas range top, and a large dining area. Other details include: surround sound in the Great Room along with a built-in entertainment center; newer hardwood flooring in the Living Room and Third Bedroom/Den/Office; recessed cove lighting in the spacious dining area; The Garage door does not face the street; has substantial storage, plus a work bench and an epoxy-coated floor. It is a well-detailed home. The availability of non-driveway guest parking on the property. These are unusual conditions for lookout Ridge homes and definitely make this home a more valuable property than many.
For you readers thinking Arizona is too hot in the summer to enjoy year 'round living, this home is at an elevation of about 2,750', 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.
More on Desert Mountain... It is on the slopes of the Continental Mountain range, 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. The opportunity to be a member of the Desert Mountain Club is a significant part of the attraction of living in Desert Mountain for most property owners. The Club is the emotional, physical, and social "core" of the place. The Club is rightfully internationally famous as a year 'round, private spa and golf mecca, with nine dining venues, six eighteen-hole championship Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, and an eighteen-hole par-54 course, rated for handicap purposes. That course, known as "Seven", has a "sports bar" clubhouse with twenty-eight big screen televisions, two bocce ball courts, and several huge firepits. It opened in the Spring of 2019 and was hugely welcomed by the Club's membership.
One of the other Clubhouses (one of the two within walking distance of the home, in addition to the about-to-be-rebuilt Renegade Hideout) 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. The Membership Program has recently been revamped, making entry and exit from the Club much easier than it has been in the past.
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 as much as $38,000,000 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 $4,962). 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.
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, Lookout Ridge 5 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! Be sure and visit the Property Videos tab at www.propertiesofdesertmountain.com to see a video on the community! You will love it!!