McCormick Ranch is one of Scottsdale's most famous master planned communities. It sits just off Indian Bend Road and Shea Boulevard, east of Paradise Valley and west of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. It spans more than 4300 acres and is one of the largest master planned communities in the United States.
The community itself came into existence in 1969 when this groundbreaking development transformed the arid land into one of the Valley's first and finest residential communities and resort. The entire area is hallmarked with upscale amenities and features like paths for biking and hiking, expansive luxury homes, fine dining, golf courses, numerous tennis acres and more than 130 acres of man-made lakes.
Even before residential development began in McCormick Ranch, however, the area in which it is located has rich history that precedes it. The area that makes up the community was initially settled in 1921. The Jolly family built a large home there and settled the land for farming and ranching. The family sold the land to Merle Cheney in 1942, who then sold the land to Fowler and Anne McCormick.
The McCormicks used the property to raise Arabian horses and also spend their winters in the warmer climate. They sold the land in 1969 to Kaiser-Aetna, which in turn had the property zoned for residential building. The first of the new homes in the community were built shortly afterwards. Building of new homes continued until as recently as 2020.
Today, the real estate market in McCormick Ranch consists primarily of resale attached and single family homes. Well-known real estate agents like Carl Chapman REALTOR and eXp Realty are readily available to show the listings in the community to interested buyers. There are still a number of empty lots that are zoned for new construction available as well.
People who move into McCormick Ranch enjoy the numerous amenities that are available to them year round. They also enjoy close proximity to Phoenix, which is only 27 miles to the southwest of the community.
McCormick Ranch is also close to the Loop 101, which takes people into nearby Tempe and connects to the 202, which goes directly into Phoenix. Closer to home, residents of McCormick Ranch are just minutes from nearby shopping districts, such as the Paseo Village Shopping Center and the Seville Shopping Center. Both offer world class specialty shops, fine dining, grocery stores and more.
The homes in McCormick Ranch likewise offer unmatched luxury and beauty. Buyers can find both single family homes and attached homes, which include condominiums and townhouses, for sale in the community. There are also dozens of different styles and layouts from which to choose.
The median sale price for a home on the market in McCormick Ranch sits at around $507,000. Current sales prices range from $195,000 to $2.599 million. Closing prices can range from $320,000 to $2.68 million. The typical McCormick Ranch home costs around $315 per square foot.
Further, the homes for sale in McCormick Ranch can span in size from 520 to more than 6300 square feet. They can also have anywhere from one to seven bedrooms and one to seven bathrooms. Most homes sit on quarter acre to five acre lots and have two and three car garages.
The price for the typical home in McCormick Ranch has increased by more than $100,000 in the last year. Even more, buyers typically get 95 percent of their asking price, on average. Homes typically sell in 46 days or less when they are put up for sale.
Property taxes in McCormick Ranch average around $5400 per year. Likewise, homeowners in the community pay around $300 per quarter for homeowners association fees.
The prices of the homes for sale in McCormick Ranch are affordable given their upscale sizes and beauty. The exterior of many homes feature plaster or stone construction. They also have desert landscaping with rocks and succulents, as well as covered and gated front entrances. Many homes likewise have decorative tile rooftops.
The insides of the homes for sale in McCormick Ranch likewise feature elegance and upscale beauty. Some of the features that buyers can anticipate in their new homes include:
Many of the homes for sale in McCormick Ranch also have large enclosed backyards that come with privacy fencing made out of brick or stone. The backyards are large enough to accommodate outdoor furniture sets, as well as above ground swimming pools and fire pits.
Everyday life in McCormick Ranch outside of one's home falls under the governance of the McCormick Ranch Property Owners Association, or MRPOA. Every homeowner is a member of this association and pays quarterly dues for their memberships.
The MRPOA consists of a nine member board of directors, which itself includes a board president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. There are five additional members-at-large that serve on the MRPOA.
Each member of the board is elected to serve a three year term. Elections are staggered, and each homeowner is allowed one vote in each election.
The board of directors oversee community committees that assist in governing McCormick Ranch. The committees include those for architectural control, architectural review and administration. Any homeowner in the community can volunteer to participate in these committees.
Moreover, McCormick Ranch consists of 45 individual neighborhoods, most of which have their own homeowners associations that govern the daily lives within them. Many neighborhood HOAs employ onsite property management companies to assist in the daily function and operation of the neighborhoods in McCormick Ranch. These management companies often maintain an onsite property manager and assistant manager that oversee repair and maintenance projects, hire contractors and handle other everyday concerns in the neighborhoods that employ them.
The MRPOA website also serves as a valuable portal of information for people who live in the community. On the website, they can find governance documents regarding topics like:
The MRPOA website likewise offers a map of the various communities in McCormick Ranch, which can be helpful especially to newcomers who want to know in what neighborhoods their homes are located.
The website for the McCormick Ranch Property Owners Association also provides a list of shopping centers that are close to the community. These shopping areas include:
Finally, the MRPOA website offers numerous ways for homeowners in the community to contact the board of directors, as well as onsite property managers and administrators. It makes available an email form that people can use to submit questions and concerns.
The MRPOA also oversees the availability, safety and condition of the amenities that are available year round to community homeowners. The premier amenities include two 18-hole championship golf courses that offer challenging greens and accommodate players of all skill levels. The courses are carefully manicured and kept emerald green throughout the year.
Even more, community residents have access to the more than 130 acres of man-made lakes found in McCormick Ranch. These lakes are ideal for outdoor enjoyments like boating, fishing and swimming. Many of the lakes also have boat docks where residents can dock their vessels when they are not sailing.
For people who want to stay in shape, they can take to the community's more than 25 miles of trails. These trails are ideal for hiking and biking. There are also pedestrian paths for jogging and walking.
People who live in McCormick Ranch likewise can join the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. This club offers a number of upscale amenities to people who pay for memberships to it. For example, it has an onsite restaurant that is open seven days a week for both breakfast and lunch. It offers traditional American fare with a Southwestern flare.
The restaurant offers spectacular views of nearby Camelback Mountain, as well as the lakes that are close to the golf club. On Sundays, it is open for brunch. The restaurant also has special buffets on holidays like Thanksgiving and Mother's Day.
Additionally, members have access to a bar that serves cocktails, beers and wines. There is also a refreshment stand available for snacks and drinks.
Members of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club can likewise reserve facilities there for special events like weddings and parties. The golf club can hold both indoor and outdoor festivities. It has spaces that offer Camelback Mountain as the perfect backdrop for members' events.
The West Lawn Pavilion at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, for example, features a floor to ceiling accordion. It spans more than 6000 square feet and has glass doors and an emerald lawn. It can accommodate up to 400 people.
Members can also reserve the Clubhouse McCormick Ranch at the golf club. This clubhouse offers a more laid back and homelike setting. It can accommodate up to 100 people and has the Palm Terrace and a patio available for special events. All of the venues at the golf club offer optional onsite catering services.
Finally, McCormick Ranch is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. Parents of school-aged children who live in the community have a number of public schools available to them. Some of the closest schools to the community include Cochise Elementary School and Saguaro High School.
The Scottsdale Unified School District is one of the best performing districts in the state. It gets a national grade of A for its overall excellence. It gets an A grade in specific areas like academics, teachers and college preparation. It gets a B grade in areas like clubs and activities, diversity and health and safety.
Scottsdale's public school district has an enrollment of just over 22,000 students. These students are dispersed among the district's 36 elementary, middle and high schools. The population of the district allows it to offer a student-to-teacher ratio of 18:1, which is just above the national ratio average of 16:1.
In the state of Arizona itself, the Scottsdale Unified School District ranks as the fourth best among the state's 115 public school districts. It also ranks fourth best for student athletes in the state. It ranks seventh for having the best quality of teachers.
State standardized test scores show that the district's students outperform their counterparts throughout most of the country. The national test proficiency in subjects like math and reading are 34 and 35 percent, respectively. However, Scottsdale Unified School District students achieve proficiency rates of 63 percent in both subjects.
The high state standardized test scores attest to the district's high graduation percentage. Ninety percent of the students in the district go on to graduate from high school. Those who take the ACT college admissions test score an average of 28, which is markedly higher than the national ACT test score average of 20.6.
A majority of students who graduate from the Scottsdale Unified School District go on to attend one of the in-state colleges or universities. Most of them choose to attend Arizona State University. However, a fair number go on to attend the University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University.