Desert Mountain

Welcome to Desert Mountain

A private oasis of luxurious living tucked away in the suburbs of Scottsdale​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Blanketed by cerulean skies, Desert Mountain unwinds into an exclusive neighborhood located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, surrounded by the stunning Sonoran Desert. Known in equal parts for its upscale, modern living, and ruggedly beautiful landscape, Desert Mountain’s many charming gated communities appeal to those seeking a serene, palatial lifestyle that offers easy access to Scottsdale.

In the 1980s, Desert Mountain was established. The resort quickly grew to be a premier destination for any golfer. Only a year after its gates opened, the first luxury golf homes were built, inviting a clientele of residents who place value in secure communities and complementary neighbors.

Today, Desert Mountain is home to dozens of gated communities called villages. While they might vary in their constituency, Desert Mountain’s established property values are maintained by careful city planning and landscape design. With almost 2,000 homes in a range of architectural styles — such as contemporary, art deco, mid-century modern, and more — Desert Mountain is an enclave of quiet streets, clubhouses, hiking and biking, social clubs, and of course, dazzling natural vistas.

Things to Love

  • Twenty miles of biking trails and streets throughout the villages
  • Exclusive and leading restaurants 
  • Top-rated golf resort, spas, and deluxe fitness centers
  • A variety of beautiful Desert Mountain homes for sale to choose from

People and Lifestyle - Living in Desert Mountain

A haven of upscale living, Desert Mountain boasts a commitment to excellence in every area. Both family-friendly and a community artfully designed by the Taliesin Associated Architects, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, Desert Mountain offers an unparalleled lifestyle to its inhabitants. The exclusivity of many of its amenities and wide array of local attractions create an atmosphere of highly educated individuals who tend to be young professionals and retirees. Most people own their homes, though leasing is also popular.

Desert Mountain, Arizona, Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Desert Mountain’s ten exclusive restaurants lay claim to a wide assortment of dining experiences. From the dining and clubhouses to local trails and deluxe shopping centers, Desert Mountain both has and is close to more than enough options to satisfy any resident.

To update the wardrobe while enjoying an upscale, climate-controlled, and exceptional shopping experience, head over to La Mirada Shopping Center and Desert Village Shopping Center, which exhibit both the ultra-chic and exclusive as well as authentic local shops. Visit the Rare Earth Gallery in Cave Creek to peruse jewelry, crystals, and one-of-a-kind authentic art. Take a trip with the family to Wild at Heart to glimpse some regal wildlife at a leading raptor rescue and preserve.

To drink in the sights of local Arizona color, spend a night at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, one of the most iconic bars in all of Arizona. Or, enjoy the offerings of Desert Mountain by visiting the Chiricahua Clubhouse — considered a crowning glory of Desert Mountain — and its numerous delectable restaurants, which range from elegant evenings to upscale family-friendly establishments.

Things to Do in Desert Mountain

Desert Mountain might be a reprieve from the hustle of everyday life, but due to its proximity to Scottsdale, it also offers a prime location for any looking to enjoy the many top-rated local and regional festivals and events.

Desert Mountain offers more than enough right within the community. The golf courses boast gorgeously green turf all year round, despite the Arizona heat. Some, such as the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center, are considered the most technologically advanced worldwide. In addition to principal golf courses, Desert Mountain also offers distinguished spa and fitness opportunities, such as the Sonoran Fitness Spa and the world-class Desert Mountain Tennis Complex, which has been called the “Wimbledon of the West.”  Connect with the singular outdoors of the Desert Mountain area by visiting the almost-3,000 acres of boatable water at the Bartlett Lake Marina, located in the heart of Tonto National Forest.

Held only a twenty-minute distance from Desert Mountain is the Phoenix Open, a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Or, for a more interactive experience, spend a day unwinding at the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival by sampling many delightful wines and partaking in the fine art scene. Remember Arizona culture and history by attending the Cave Creek Rodeo to witness top-tier rodeoing, parades, philanthropy, and more.


Desert Mountain and the surrounding area are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Desert Mountain High School
  • Black Mountain Grade School
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School
  • Cactus Shadows High School

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