Thinking about buying a home?  Whether you’re stepping up or looking for that highly coveted vacation home, the amenities of the neighborhood can be just as important as the bells and whistles of the home itself.

Trails, parks and shops within a close proximity of your home can be the major factor that gets you moving and more socially engaged with your neighbors.  Study after study has proven how important daily interaction and exercise are to our mental and physical health.

The North Scottsdale communities have it all and a knowledgeable real estate agent can help you identify the communities with outdoor amenities that meet your specific lifestyle needs.

The larger master planned communities have created a trail system minutes from your front door that literally go on for miles.  DC Ranch has an extensive trail system that winds in and out of the neighborhoods, through their private parks, the Market Place shops, restaurants, and some even merge with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve trail system.

McDowell Mountain Ranch not only has an extensive trail system but one that leads directly to the neighborhood schools.

The golf communities of Desert Highland and Estancia are minutes from the hiker’s paradise, Pinnacle Peak Trail, and there is direct access to the trail system that leads to the Four Seasons.

Desert Mountain has taken it one step further and acquired title to approximately 3,000 acres of pristine upper Sonoran Desert wilderness that they dedicated to natural preserve and perpetual open space.  The members designed and built a hiking and mountain bike trail for its private member use.

Even the smaller subdivisions have hidden gems, for instance, Ironwood is nestled around a City of Scottsdale park that has tennis and basketball courts and a play park that is within walking distance to its homes.

Ready to start looking? Whether you are looking for tennis, golf, parks, walking trails or mountain hiking, the trick to finding the perfect home is to choose a real estate professional that knows the neighborhoods, inside and out!

Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255