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‘HOME OF THE MONTH’ – 42296 N Saguaro Forest Drive, Desert Mountain

In the heart of Desert Mountain’s Saguaro forest with it’s stunning valley, mountain and city-lights views, is nestled this luxurious villa-style home, our featured ‘Home of the Month’.


42296 N SAGUARO FOREST DR 4Beautifully designed, from the dramatic, open-plan great room with it’s beamed ceiling, to the impressive soaring stone fireplace;  hand laid stone and timber accents accentuate the villa’s inviting warmth, while multiple French doors open out onto the spacious covered patios that are designed with ease of entertaining in mind.




Relax and enjoy the stunning views or swim in the lovingly landscaped negative-edge pool.




With just under 3,550 sq ft,  3 en-suite bedrooms, 3.5 baths – and a spacious eat-in kitchen complete with top of the line appliances, this beautiful home is perfect for entertaining with furnishings included and is offered at  $1,650,000.


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Arguably one of the most spectacular properties at Desert Mountain, the Tuscan-styled  ‘Villa Paradiso’ combines the ultimate in indoor-outdoor luxury living.

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Villa Paradiso 6Every inch of this almost 12,000 sq ft home – with its additional 800 sq ft guest cottage – has been exquisitely crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail using top of the line finishes throughout, including hand-crafted stone, French oak and 150 year old beams.

Villa Paradiso 14Simply put, ‘Villa Paradiso’ cannot be replicated at it’s current price, having just been reduced by $5mil to an astonishing $7,388,000.

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Villa Paradiso 15‘Villa Paradiso’ sits on it’s own very private 5 acres of land and enjoys breathtaking forever views of the surrounding mountains, Scottsdale sunsets, the adjacent 3,000 acre nature preserve and distant city lights.

Villa Paradiso 12The tasteful warmth of the interior and the inviting outdoor spa, pool and terraces blend seamlessly to create a home of such incomparable luxury that you may never want to leave.

Villa Paradiso 13And why would you? With it’s very own 16-seat movie theater complete with a Kaleidescape Entertainment system, surround sound and concession stand  serving freshly made popcorn – along with a games room furnished with 5 flat screen TV’s, a pool table, putting green and wet bar; everything you could possibly need for entertaining in style is right here.  And that’s not forgetting the 1,000 bottle wine cellar!

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The kitchen is a dream, complete with everything a chef could desire from wood-burning pizza oven to espresso bar – and is fitted with the most luxurious equipment imaginable.

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The seven-car garage is designed to accommodate a further 5 vehicles and if you don’t feel like driving, how about exploring the 15 miles of award winning hiking/biking trails, or one of the 6 word-class Nicklaus golf courses? An Equity Golf Membership to the Desert Mountain Club is included in the purchase price.

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To arrange a private viewing of this remarkable property, please contact me directly via this link.Villa Paradiso 2




GRAND OPENING PARTY! The Ranch & Tonto Ridge/Apache Skyline Trail at Desert Mountain

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Please join us on Saturday November 22nd from 4-8:30PM for our Grand Opening Party to celebrate The Ranch and Desert Mountain’s new Tonto Ridge/Apache Skyline trail.

Party-goers should plan to register  at the Cochise/Geronimo clubhouse porte-cochere from 3PM onwards, where you’ll  receive a short program of the evening’s events plus your drinks tickets.

Shuttles will transport guests to and from The Ranch.

Drinks will be served from 4PM, followed by dinner. Music will be performed by local band ‘Mogollon’  after 5PM.

The evening’s events will include:

  •  A release of rehabilitated owls, courtesy of Wild at Heart
  • Unveiling of the Founders’ Wall
  •  Dedication of The Ranch in the Kiva presentation facility
  • Experience a Desert Mountain luxury campsite from H2R Expeditions

Cost to attend (includes all food and two drinks tickets):

  • $75 per member and guests
  • $35 for children ages 6-12
  • Children aged 5 and under are admitted free

Prior to the Grand Opening, there will be 2 guided hikes per day on the new trail, starting at 10AM on Monday November 17th, through Friday November 21st, as follows:

  • A 6-mile hike (an estimated three hours) on the Tonto Ridge and Apache Skyline loop. This is a strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet.
  • A shorter hike (approximately 90 minutes) on the Apache Skyline trail; an out-and-back hike with steep grades and an elevation gain of 400 feet. This is a slow, evenly paced hike.

Breakfast and lunch will be available daily at a cost of $20 per hiker (free for Desert Mountain Trail Founders).

Please register online or with Member Services by Wednesday, November 12th.

This will be a fabulous, fun event and we hope you’ll be able to join us!


The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Oct 27th – Nov 2nd – followed by ‘A Hole in One’!

Please join us at Desert Mountain Club’s Cochise course, where over the next few days the season-ending event on the Champions Tour, The Charles Schwab Cup Championship will be played from October 27th – November 2nd.

(Click here for full details of the PGA Champion Tour Website).

C.Schwab at Cochise, DMFans of the game will be able to watch the 30 top players on the Tour’s official money list and some of the most accomplished players in PGA Tour history as they compete for two coveted trophies; the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Trophy and the Charles Schwab Cup.

This points-based competition was launched in 2001 to determine the Champions Tour’s leading player and the program rewards consistency and top-10 finishes, week-in and week-out, at all official Charles Schwab Cup events.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars because the tournament returns to Desert Mountain in 2016 and we hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, immediately following the Charles Schwab Championship Cup on Sunday November 2nd is our $100,000 ‘Hole-In-One Event’.


  • THE SHOT – 18th hole at Geronimo (Ladies -130 yards / Gentlemen -170 yards)
  • THE SHOOTERS– Top 25 female and Top 25 male, closest to the pin qualifiers
  • QUALIFY SHOTS – Flick performance -best of 5 balls – to a 75 yard pin (qualifying times areThursday-Sunday from 10AM – 1PM)
  • THE PRIZE– Paid to the first TWO females and first TWO males to make a hole-in-one during the event

Those eligible to participate are as follows:

  • Desert Mountain Members & Property Owners
  • Desert Mountain Membership Prospects
  • Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Prospects

(Not eligible are any of the above who played #18 Geronimo on Nov 2nd 2014 and all PGA professionals, past or present)

Qualifying sign-up is in person at the following locations:

  • Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty onsite office
  • The RLSIR Schwab Cup locations
  • The Desert Mountain Membership Office

Finally, we hope you’ll join us for this fun event – and may the best man/woman win!



Desert Mountain Lifestyle – The Hiking Trails

Unique to Desert Mountain is the private hiking and Equestrian trail system.

Desert Mountain's Hiking Trail Map
Desert Mountain’s Hiking Trail Map

The hiking trails consist of more than fifteen miles of trail segments that offer a wide range of hiking experiences with varying degrees of difficulty, leading to the Continental Mountain’s eastern slope and its dramatic  Sonoran desert panoramas. Pass through Saguaro cactus forests, a colorful riparian basin and up to a scenic point, with views stretching all the way to Tucson’s Catalina Mountains.

Saguaro on the Desert Mountain Hiking Trail
Saguaro on the Desert Mountain Hiking Trail

Climb to a 4,100-foot elevation to view local landmarks such as Skull Mesa, New River Mesa, Elephant Butte – and an incredible 90 miles west, all the way to Harquahala Peak beyond the town of Wickenburg.

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Be sure to watch out for the slow-moving, indigenous Desert Tortoise along the way.



Desert Mountain recently received the ‘American Trails Developer Award’ from the non-profit American Trails organization.


Desert Mountain Saguaro sunset
Desert Mountain Saguaro sunset


…that the average size of a full-grown Saguaro cactus is approximately 30 feet tall and it has about five ‘arms’?

A Flicker takes refuge in a Saguaro
A Flicker takes refuge in a Saguaro



The Saguaro also provides shelter and sustenance for a wide variety of bird life.

Hummingbirds feed on Saguaro Flower Nectar.
Hummingbirds feed on Saguaro Flower Nectar.



According to the National Park Service, the tallest Saguaro ever discovered was 78 feet tall. That particular Saguaro was probably well over 200 years old!

Desert Mountain's Saguaro Forest
Desert Mountain’s Saguaro Forest

Please call (480) 319 3800 for more information on all that Desert Mountain has to offer.

New Listing: DESERT MOUNTAIN, 42068 N STONE CUTTER DR, Scottsdale, AZ

42068 N STONE CUTTER DR 13This elegant Spanish Colonial style home in spectacular Desert Mountain, enjoys stunning views coupled with complete privacy.

You will be utterly charmed by the lovely courtyard, beautifully landscaped gardens, the two outdoor spas and numerous water features.

With its top of the line imported limestone floors and canterra stone accents – marble, granite, travertine & reclaimed woods are used throughout.

42068 N STONE CUTTER DR 11Cleverly designed so that every room has a view, the richly appointed study could be used as a 4th bedroom. The beautiful upper level with its double balconies, contains a second office or game room, as well as a stunning guest suite.

42068 N STONE CUTTER DR 4Designed with entertaining in mind with it’s spacious kitchen & multiple indoor/outdoor dining areas; you’ll enjoy outdoor living with complete privacy and one of the most spectacular oval-shaped pools you’ll find anywhere, perfect for swimming laps; or perhaps take a leisurely walk to Chiricahua’s #1 fairway from the back patio.

Below are more interior/exterior images of this beautiful property.

42068 N STONE CUTTER DR 542068 N STONE CUTTER DR42068 N STONE CUTTER DR 842068 N STONE CUTTER DR 342068 N STONE CUTTER DR 1442068 N STONE CUTTER DR 2This gorgeous 4-5 bedroom, 5,567 SqFt home is offered at $2,495,000.

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The Cromford® Market Index – August 21st 2014

The Cromford® Market Index continues to make upward progress moving from 93.3 to 94.2 over the last week. The low number of new listings has caused the Cromford® Supply Index to fall from 86.6 to 86.0, while a slight increase in pending listings had helped the Cromford® Demand Index inch upward from 80.8 to 81.0.

When we look at the individual cities and their single-family markets we still see a huge disparity between the areas that cater to baby boomers and the rest of the market.

Cromford Daily 8.21.14To search for listings in the Scottsdale property market, click here.