First, located south of Shea Boulevard, between Scottsdale Road and the 101 Freeway, Gainey Ranch is a master-planned community that was developed in the 1980s. This continually popular subdivision has stayed current thanks to many homeowners undertaking renovations. The residential area of Gainey Ranch is walled and gated, with up-to-date security systems, cameras and patrols, and consists of both single family neighborhoods and also condominium communities, in a wide variety of architectural styles.
Gainey Ranch has 11 different subdivisions with single family homes, plus some individual estate lots. The Estates is one such subdivision, and one of four separate gated communities within gated Gainey Ranch. The Estates showcases very large, custom homes with lake and golf course views. These homes range in size from 3000 to 7500 square feet. Another subdivision within Gainey Ranch is Arroyo Vista which has 61 homes, many of which are on the Arroyo Golf Course, and which range in size from 1765 to 3300 square feet. The Enclave, another separately-gated community, features custom homes ranging in size from 2960 to 5350 square feet. Each subdivision has its own HOA and CC&Rs.
Gainey Ranch also has seven different condominium communities, each offering distinct features and amenities. For example, the community of 7400 Gainey Club Drive is the closest condo subdivision to the Gainey Ranch Golf Club. These units range in size from 1818 to 1911 square feet, and are available in three different floorplans. The Sunset Cove subdivision features 8 different floorplans ranging in size from 1127 to 2241 square feet. The hallmark of Sunset Cove is its lagoon adjacent to the swimming pool and spa area.
To the south of Gainey Ranch is the equally-popular McCormick Ranch, which is one of the oldest-established communities in Arizona, with approximately 50 different subdivisions. Paradise Park Trails is one of the largest of these subdivisions, with over 275 single story homes (with a range of 1700-5800 square feet) built primarily in the 1970s but with some homes constructed as recently as 2004. This subdivision contains homes from multiple builders, including Cavalier, Camelot (Hancock), Tarantini, Gateway and Golden Heritage. Depending on floor plans, these homes range from the low $400,000s to $700,000.
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Another neighborhood within McCormick Ranch is Playa Del Sur, built by Camelot (Hancock) which contains 98 homes, constructed between 1980 and 1988, and is surrounded by miles of greenbelt pathways. These homes average around 2800 square feet, and prices range from $400,000 to $600,000. A third subdivision option is Heritage Village (built by Golden Heritage) which contains both single family and patio homes, divided amongst three phases. Heritage 1 homes are single family homes with a 7,000 square foot limit, and were built in 1980-2000. These homes range in price between $400,000 and $700,000. Heritage 2 and Heritage 3 are comprised of patio and townhomes.
HOA: The McCormick Ranch Home Owners Association Annual Planned Area Development Fee is considered to be affordable and takes care of landscaping, as well as the clubhouse, pool and tennis amenities. Some subdivisions may have an additional HOA fee.
Things To Do: These two communities have numerous amenities which contribute to their long-standing popularity. For example, Gainey Ranch has its own community center, called The Estate Club. This club features a 25-meter lap pool and spa, a fitness center, plus seven lighted tennis courts. Fitness and outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy biking, walking and jogging on Gainey Ranch’s pedestrian paths and fairways. The hallmark of McCormick Ranch is its 25 miles of green-lined walking paths. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is truly a jewel in this community, with its 30 acres of green spaces, two large playgrounds, antique carousel and two railroads. The trains in the park are replicas of Colorado’s Century Narrow Gauge Railway equipment and are part of a 5/12 reproduction Paradise and Pacific Railroad, originally assembled on the Stillman Ranch property before being offered to the city in 1971.
Golfers have their pick of courses in these two communities. In McCormick Ranch, there are 2 championship 18-hole golf courses within the community, while Gainey Ranch Golf Course is comprised of three championship nine-hole courses: The Dunes, The Lakes and The Arroyo.
Nearby shopping centers include Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center, Lincoln Shopping Center, The Shops at Gainey Village, The Pavilions at Talking Stick and the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.
Schools: The Scottsdale School District serves family-friendly McCormick and Gainey Ranch, including Cochise and Kiva Elementary Schools, Mohave and Cocopah Middle Schools, as well as Chaparral and Saguaro High Schools. Finally, these two communities are located just 20 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.