People move to Scottsdale from all over the country to enjoy the sprawling desert and endless sunshine. Nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale is the perfect place for young families, professionals, and retirees to call home.
There’s no shortage of things to love about life in Scottsdale, known for its numerous golf courses, luxurious spas, and distinctive geography.
At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we understand that loving the home you live in is just as important as loving the place you call home, which is why we’ve compiled this list of the five best Scottsdale gated communities and neighborhoods.
7 Best Neighborhoods in Scottsdale
Whether you want to live directly on a golf course or prefer a private custom estate, here are the seven best places to live in Scottsdale and the East Valley.
1. Silverleaf in DC Ranch
Spanning 4,400 total acres, DC Ranch is one of the premier luxury neighborhoods in Scottsdale. Located in the northern part of the city, DC Ranch showcases spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains as well as Scottsdale and Phoenix.
DC Ranch features everything from luxury apartments to sprawling estates, and homeowners interested in building their dream homes can purchase developable lots to make this dream a reality.
Silverleaf Village is home to a championship golf course and DC Ranch’s most luxurious housing options. Homes in the Silverleaf community are the most expensive in Scottsdale, but homeowners can rest easy as this gated community features three gated entrances guarded 24 hours a day.
Located just north of Pinnacle Peak and south of Troon North is Estancia — one of the most picturesque luxury gated communities in Scottsdale, AZ.
Because of the meticulous community landscaping and architectural guidelines, Estancia’s luxury homes blend seamlessly into their surroundings, making it the ideal community for lovers of Scottsdale’s unique landscape.
Estancia is a private golf community, and the championship golf course has won numerous accolades, including winning the World Golf Awards‘ Best Golf Course in Arizona in 2017.
The neighborhood spans nearly 650 acres with more than 250 homes and still has vacant homesites available for purchase.
3. Desert Mountain
If you’re a golf fanatic, look no further than Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain community. This northern Scottsdale neighborhood features six golf courses designed by golf course designer Jack Nicklaus.
The Desert Mountain neighborhood comprises over 8,000 acres and is broken up into 33 distinctive communities, called villages, which each have their unique feel and are privately gated.
Based on the home size you’re looking for and your budget, potential home buyers won’t have any problem finding a Desert Mountain village that meets their needs.
With paved walking paths, a private airport, and ten local restaurants, Desert Mountain offers everything a homeowner could want out of a luxury gated community in Scottsdale.
4. Whisper Rock Estates
Whisper Rock Estates is another luxury gated community in northern Scottsdale, and residents of the Estates enjoy expansive views of the area on private lots that average 2 acres in size.
Whisper Rock Estates delivers on all the amenities residents would expect from a luxury gated community, including 24-hour guards and patrol, a three-acre private park, and “just ask” residential services.
In addition to these amenities, Whisper Rock Estates boasts an expansive 36-hole golf course that seamlessly connects the two separated upper and lower golf courses.
However, residents of Whisper Rock Estates should be aware that, unlike other golf communities, membership in the Whisper Rock Golf Club is by invitation only and is not guaranteed based on residence.
5. Merit Crossing
If privacy and security are your primary concerns, Merit Crossing is the ideal neighborhood to design or build your new dream home. This community comprises a collection of private homes on sprawling lots that typically range from three to five acres.
Merit Crossing is a quiet, luxury gated community free of sky-rocketing HOA fees thanks to the neighborhood’s minimal services to upkeep.
If you’re more concerned with having ample space between you and your neighbors than an on-site fitness center or other supplemental amenities, look no further than Merit Crossing.
Located in nearby Gilbert, AZ, this master-planned community brings beautiful landscape and hardscape design together. Somerset offers estate-sized custom home sites and soon will be offering true lock and leave homes in Atrium at Somerset.
This gated community in Gilbert includes plenty of amenities for residents to appreciate such as a walking trail system, large ramadas for gatherings, a community fishing lake, play structures for children, a multi-use lighted sports court, and of course, privacy gates.
The homes in Somerset are built from rich architectural design and come in various sizes to meet each homeowner’s lifestyle. This is one of the best gated communities for families in the area!
7. The Pecans in Queen Creek
The Pecans in Queen Creek homes are absolutely stunning with large lots, diverse landscaping, and European-style custom home design. If you are looking to purchase a custom home in the East Valley, The Pecans in Queen Creek community is a great place to settle into.
This gated community is seated in the foothills of the San Tan Mountains in Queen Creek which is home to thousands of mature pecan trees. One unique feature of this gated community is that a portion of it is dedicated to lush parks and canopied walking/biking trails surrounded by gorgeous pecan trees.
Located in the heart of Queen Creek, residents of The Pecans can enjoy close proximity to shopping, dining, award-winning golf courses, and top-rated schools.
Alisha Taylor Interiors Can Create the Home You’re Imagining
No matter which neighborhood appeals to you most, Alisha Taylor Interiors can help you design your dream home. Whether you’re looking to refurnish your living room, remodel your house, or custom-build a new home, we’ll work with you every step of the way.