Entering the fourth quarter of 2019, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale boasts a record number of homes under construction and robust resale properties.
Already this year, Desert Mountain has surpassed its all-time record for custom home sales volume, nearing $200 million year-to-date. In the past six months, the community has welcomed 90 new members, with 85 percent of membership sales tied to home purchases.
Nicole Forbes, Desert Mountain director of membership sales, says the perception of Desert Mountain as retirement community is no longer valid. “More than 500 of our members are under 55,” she says in a press release, “and are a combination of families and empty nesters.”
Many of these new members are taking advantage of opportunities like the Junior Legacy membership. As a result, the average age at Desert Mountain keeps getting younger: The average age of new members is 55, many with children. In fact, Desert Mountain launched a “double nickel” club that offers fun, social activities for parents (cocktail parties, bocce ball), along with concurrent children’s programs, bringing younger, family-centric members to meet one another, while their children bond, too.
The options for different types of homes were enhanced with the recently unveiled Seven Desert Mountain residential enclave. Distinctive home designs are available from three select luxury builders: Cullum Homes, Camelot Homes and Family Development. Each home incorporates the highest level of craftsmanship, energy-efficient building methods and “smart home” technology. Ranging from 2,300- to 6,500-sq.-ft. residences, options include single-story and two-story floor plans, two to four bedrooms, and 2.5 to 4.5 baths, priced from $1.4 to $5 million.
The 7,600-sq.-ft. Hidden Canyon Retreat (pictured) at Desert Mountain was recently sold by Tami Henderson of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Realty international for $9.3 million, the highest overall priced home in the community this year. The buyers, both under 50, were attracted by the community’s active lifestyle, abundance of activities options and welcoming, inclusive environment. “People are staying active longer and want to find communities where they can remain physically fit and engaged long into adulthood,” Henderson says in a press release. “Yes, Desert Mountain offers exceptional golf but it’s the additional amenities–such as the many dining options, the expansive Sonoran Fitness Center and Spa, miles of hiking trails, racket sports and other recreational pursuits–that set it apart.”