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North Scottsdale Desert Foothills

High Sonoran Desert at it finest with mountain views & boulder out croppings.and an area where cars and bikers share the road with horses. Award winning schools,Multi generational area with a large number of gated communities and community amenities. Close to grocery stores,libraries, banks, pharmacies & numerous restaurants. Golf and hiking opportunities abound. State of the art YMCA in the area as well as community theatre.This is a wonderful area to enjoy the Arizona lifestyle.

Boulders Resort & Spa

The Boulders is globally recognized as one of the best resort communities in the U.S. It offers a wide choice of residential and resort amenities. The latter include five restaurants, three swimming pools, fitness center, two golf courses, tennis courts, as well as spa & conference facilities. At The Boulders you will also find a grand selection of residential opportunities, from low maintenance patio homes to luxury estates. This community is skillfully designed to ensure that over half of the property here will always remain open space. A combination of green rolling hills and giant boulder provides for a terrific view enjoyed by local homeowners. This is by far one of the best examples of Arizona lifestyle.

Terravita Golf and Country Club

Terravita(1380 Homes) is a Guard gated Lifestyle Community meaning all homeowners are social members. There is an Olympic size heated pool, spa, exercise facility with trainers, walking paths, dog friendly, restaurant open 5.5 days a week, a building for card playing, library, & art studio. Golf is optional. There is a shopping center attached with Albertson's grocery store, Walgreens, Wells Fargo Bank, restaurants: Good Egg, Cibo e Vino, Subway etc, hair salon & shopping.

Whisper Rock Golf Club

Whisper Rock Estates is a Guard gated & security patroled with 200 custom homes and 40 villas. The home sites range from 1 to 4 acres. There are 5 miles of walking paths, a 3 acre private park with a ramada, Tennis courts & basketball court, An excellent fitness facility and fitness pool, 2 golf courses one designed by Phil Mickelson and the other designed by Tom Fazio.


Sincuidados (means without cares) is a Guard gated & security patroled. There are 396 lots on an area that covers 3⁄4 of a square mile in the high Sonoran Desert. With superb views of Lone Mountain on the west boundary as well as Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain. The parcel sizes average 1+ acres. Excellent hiking trails within the community to mountain preserve land which is Lone Mountain.. 70% of this high sonoran desert community is dedicated to Natural Area Open Space.

Cibo e Vino

Pronounced “Chee-boh eh Vee-noh", the Cibo e Vino restaurant is a family-owned Italian eatery whose roots and recipes go back to the old country. Same holds true for the ever changing features of this place that ensure your dining experience is exciting each time you visit! The restaurant is located in North Scottsdale, Arizona, sitting on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway inside the Terravita Marketplace Complex.


Bellasera is a Del Webb community that is Guard Gated & patrolled. The 5000 sq ft clubhouse houses a nicely equipped exercise facility & meeting rooms. There two lighted tennis courts, dog park, Heated Pool for laps or fun & Spa. Approximately eight miles of multi-use paths that are great for walking.

All home-owners members of the Bellasera community association

The Spotted Donkey Cantina

The Spotted Donkey Cantina, at el Pedregal, has fast gained a reputation of the place to come and enjoy great Mexican cuisine in North Scottsdale. In keeping with their innovative food menu, the Cantina offers an insane variety of tequilas, including truly exquisite Herradura double-barrel Reposado Tequila. All of this can be enjoyed at a large outdoor patio which comes complete with scenic desert vistas to reinforce the experience.


The slogan of "Carefree Side of Scottsdale" is attributed to Winfield for a good reason. Spread out at the foot of one of the most picturesque cactus and rock-studded mountains in the southwest, this 300+ acre gated community embodies the sophistication of Scottsdale and Carefree charm. The complex comprises over 500 homes, including first-class villas with landscaping and exterior maintenance, patio homes, luxurious semi-custom homes, and fabulous custom homes and home sites. In addition to the spectacular view of Black Mountain, there are also plenty of other amenities available, such as community pools & spa, cafe, tennis courts and more. Also, within a walking distance are a number of grocery stores, bank, restaurants and stores of various sort.
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Desert Foothills Family YMCA

Desert Foothills Family YMCA has many benefits, including: Fabulous Fitness Center; Circuit Training; Excellent Cardio Equipment & Strength Training Equipment; Beautiful Heated Lap Pool with a fun area & Whirlpool; Gymnasium for basketball etc, Racquetball Courts, Pilates & Yoga Rooms. Built in the last few years. Many different membership plans.

Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain Campus

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is conveniently located off Carefree Highway on 60th Street next to the Black Mountain YMCA. It sits amid many popular subdivisions in North Scottsdale, such as The Boulders, Terravita, Winfield, Bellasera, Whisper Rock & Sincuidados. The college curriculum program includes courses in credit transfer, registration, advisement, placement testing, and cashier services, as well as tutoring for math and writing provided in the afternoons. Online bookstore services are also available.

James Sewart

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