ARIZONA COMMUNITY FINDS SILVER LINING AMIDST PANDEMIC
Desert Mountain Breaks Records in Sales and Rounds Played as Members New and Old Seek Safety, Security, and Wide-Open Spaces
The numbers are in and the results speak volumes. Desert Mountain, the exclusive luxury community just north of Scottsdale, is fortunate to be in a position of sound fiscal health, despite the pandemic.
At last count:
- More than 100 new members have been added this year across all categories, including golf, lifestyle, and junior legacy.
- Nearly 100,000 member rounds of golf have been played, up 33% year over year, due in part to the reopening of the renovated Renegade course and the debut of the new, par 54 Seven Desert Mountain.
- Coming off 2019’s all-time record for custom-home sales volume of over $225 million, the community’s real estate sales are on track to surpass this with 78 custom home closings ($174,923, 892) since January; 24 additional sales are currently pending.
When the pandemic is over, it could be people realize that they like the quiet, and savor the serenity, that comes with social distancing. And whether they want private places or wide-open spaces, it’s all on “The Mountain.”
Desert Mountain features 8,000 acres of high-desert glory showcased on miles of trails ideal for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, while the ears can thrill to the magic of near-silence—barely perceptible breezes, the skittering of lizards among the cacti and brush, nothing louder than the calling of birds and the canter of your horse’s steady hooves. More than 20 miles of paths are covered by the proprietary Interactive Trail Guide—a touch screen monitor at the trailhead—that directs hikers and riders off the beaten track and along edges of the Continental Mountains, among the desert’s mysteries, and through a river basin bursting with color.
More natural wonders are nearby, such as Lost Dutchman State Park, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, a choice of regional parks, and even the 2.9 million acres of Tonto National Forest: The largest national forest in Arizona, and seventh largest in the country, is our ruggedly beautiful next-door neighbor, filled with history, activity, variety, and, yes, beautiful stretches of water.
“We are often asked about everything within Desert Mountain, but one of the many surprising delights of our area is our proximity to some of Arizona’s most impressive water wonderlands,” said Damon DiOrio, Desert Mountain Club’s CEO. “Bartlett Lake is just 30 minutes east of the community, a playground for boating, fishing, paddle boarding and a host of water activities. Blue Wash Hiking Trail is just a 10-minute drive east of the community, and is home to seasonally active waterfall. Not many people think of the desert as a place for wakeboarding and tubing, but we have it in abundance and our members treasure it.”
Within the City of Scottsdale and less than 10 miles from one of the country’s fastest growing urban areas, Desert Mountain offers countless quiet corners and empty spaces where it’s possible to find serenity in the great outdoors. Singly exploring—or simply curled up with a good book, blissfully relaxing in your own home—is “social distancing” at its best.
When it’s time to re-engage with the world, Desert Mountain provides the best the region has to offer. Within the property is a luxurious spa that’s expert in pampering (especially good if you’ve just come off the trails). Invigorating fitness classes, a multitude of al fresco dining options, seven impeccable golf courses, or getting involved with one of the dozens of social clubs and community organizations shape the lifestyle. There are limitless opportunities to do good for yourself—and do good for the world.
Another of Desert Mountain’s charms is its year-round accessibility. Sitting up to 4,500 feet above nearby Phoenix creates an 8- to 10-degree variation that makes all the difference when the golf courses and other outdoor activities beckon. And it’s an easy drive to the still-higher elevations of charming high-desert destinations like Flagstaff, Sedona, and Payson, which offer their own range of amenities, along with lower temperatures, great for beating the summer heat and for some excellent winter skiing, as well.