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Desert Mountain

Courtyard homes starting at $1.3 million to $1.7 million; Custom homes, cottages and patio homes, from $900,000 to $7 million-plus; Homesites from $400,000 to $3 million

Abutting the Continental Mountains is Desert Mountain, a community offering casual living like no other. The private master-planned community opened more than 20 years ago and is now building its final phase, Cintarosa Ranch. This exclusive neighborhood, designed to blend with the desert landscape, will feature 21 custom homesites on one- to five-acre lots. Potential buyers can choose from three floor plans of about 4,700 to 5,500 square feet. Desert Mountain also includes a variety of elegant homes, like its recently developed Hacienda collection of “lock and leave” courtyard-style homes with three impressive floor plans ranging from 2,550 to 3,250 square feet. The leisurely desert lifestyle at Desert Mountain would not be complete without golf. This is the only private club in the world with six—yes, six—championship Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. Other perks include nine tennis courts, six themed clubhouses with an array of dining options, a fitness facility and a spa—making life at Desert Mountain as refined as it is relaxed.

Bonus: CARE (Cancer with Awareness, Research and Education), the community’s member-created charity, has raised more than $2.2 million. 480.488.2998, www.desertmountain.com.