DC Ranch is a premier 4,400-acre community located adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in North Scottsdale. DC Ranch is composed of 25 diverse neighborhoods within four distinct villages that have been designed with a sense of open space and connectedness to the splendor of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. There are approximately 7,000 residents on the Ranch, all of whom live there for its undeniable community spirit and gracious, comfortable living.
DC Ranch is especially notable for the careful consideration and attention to detail that has given to its various amenities, lifestyle offerings and terrific sense of community. The Ranch has a distinctive governance structure that seeks to preserve the integrity of the community and its relationship with the surrounding landscapes and nature. There are community centers, nature trails and paths and various parks throughout DC Ranch. There is a even a community garden , which is devoted to sustainable organic practices. The garden is the epitome of what DC Ranch stands for - a sustainable lifestyle that is connected to the land. There are also two golf and country clubs (Scottsdale Country Club), as well as superb restaurants to be enjoyed on Market Street and at DC Ranch Crossing.
DC Ranch is undoubtedly one of the most select communities in Scottsdale with regard to property choices and prices. Property prices tend to be from the mid-high to upmarket and luxury ranges. According to the DC Ranch Association & Community Council, in 2015 the average price of the 216 homes sold in Desert Parks Village was $632 000 - $661,000 in Desert Camp Village and $1,692,000 in Country Club Village. The most upmarket of the four villages, Silverleaf, had average house sales of $2,908,000 in 2015.
Scottsdale is considered to have the best school district in the whole of Arizona, so children living in DC Ranch will be well educated. There are a number of excellent private and public elementary, middle and public schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), of which DC Ranch is a part. SUSD prides itself on the special programs that it offers gifted children, as well as also offering the well-regarded International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, which most school districts do not. Copper Ridge School is located in DC Ranch itself, and is an impressive-looking and sprawling A+ School of Excellence for preschoolers through 8th grade.
DC Ranch is clearly linked to the surrounding Scottsdale local economy, which continues to thrive and grow as the city of Scottsdale grows. Scottsdale is enormously popular with tourists, so tourism is hugely important, as are the allied leisure and retail sectors. Other important economic sectors include aviation, finance, services, technology, design and light manufacturing, as well as healthcare, thanks in part to the fact that the world-famous Mayo Clinic has one of its three national branches located in Scottsdale.
DC Ranch is conveniently located just to the north-east of the Loop 101 Freeway. Using this freeway is your best bet to get you into Old Town Scottsdale via E. Indian School Road, which should take 25-30 minutes. For those working in or needing to get to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport the best route should be the 51 Freeway southbound via the Loop 101, which should take about 35 minutes, whilst Tempe should take 40 minutes via the Loop 101 Freeway.
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