This guide to the Valley’s best neighborhoods for a variety of personalities can help you navigate today’s crucible of a real estate market and find your ideal home.
Seven Desert Mountain
For sociable CEOs and VIPs.
There was a time when the fashionable classes desired the ultimate in social distancing: an opulent lair hidden behind a fortress of foliage on Camelback Mountain, far from the madding crowd. That’s just so pre-COVID. Today’s Zoom-fatigued luxury seekers want to stroll from their villa to the clubhouse to meet friends for a cooking class or a conversation about adventure travel.
That’s what brought Jason Yetter to Seven Desert Mountain. “Our preference is to be near the action and socialization,” he says. “The clinking of glasses in the clubhouse is what we want to hear from our patio.”
Seven is the newest enclave at Desert Mountain, an 8,000-acre Sonoran Desert Shangri-La near Carefree. It’s centered on an 18-hole par-3 links that complements the resort community’s six Jack Nicklaus-designed courses. The energy-efficient homes sport smart and clean home technologies, neo Frank Lloyd Wright-esque designs and sigh-inducing views. Once approved for membership, each homebuyer can automatically access one of three membership tiers, which is a boon because Desert Mountain memberships have recently sold like hand sanitizer, and there’s now a waiting list. With full membership, everything is your oyster: the seven golf courses, 10 restaurants, spa, fitness center, 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, more than 50 social groups and events like dog park “Yappy Hour.”
’Hood Price Range
$1.4 million to $5 million-plus.