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News > Living in Scottsdale Master Planned Communities: Are They Worth It?

Scottsdale is full of master planned developments, and it can be a surprise when you find out that a certain condo community has it's own HOA fees but also a master planned association fee.  Everyone has some different interests, for example, to keep monthly costs down or to have access to world class amenities.  What is most important to you may influence whether a condo development in a master planned community is worth it to you.

First, what are some advantages of living in a master planned community?

Better Outdoor Amenities


Most master planned developments offer landscaping and other community facilities, which really add to the enjoyment of residents.  Here are some examples:

  • DC Ranch has 2 community centers with exercise facilities, tennis courts (shown above), pools and more.  In addition, there are a myriad of classes and community events offered.
  • Scottsdale Ranch has Lake Serena!  This is one of the largest man made lakes in Scottsdale, and is arranged with a maximum amount of shoreline, giving many residents a water view.
  • McCormick Ranch has miles of landscaped walking and biking paths, as well as being known for one of the greenest areas in Scottsdale.
  • Though golf courses are not owned by most of the master planned developments, they were originally designed into the development to offer plenty of views to homeowners.  Gainey Ranch, Troon North and McCormick Ranch are 3 examples of developments that have golf courses winding around homes.

Landscaping and Architectural Controls

By buying into a master planned community, you agree with your neighbors to keep a set of community standards that include architectural and landscaping standards.  Even though it doesn't seem to make a difference when you live in a condo or townhome community, both the condo development you live in AND the area outside of your condo development is under the control of the Master Planned CC&Rs.   For example, the housing development across the street won't be able to let the weeds take over their front yard.  Your development won't be able to paint their buildings pink, even if your neighbors want it.  

Added security


Some master planned developments use their pooled resources to have have guarded, gated access.  For example,  Gainey Ranch is one of the most secured master planned communities, with a guarded gate to get in the majority of the development.  This keeps unwanted lookey-loos out of the neighborhood streets, and controls vendor access more than an unmanned gate can. 

Grayhawk and DC Ranch have certain areas that are under the control of guarded gates, which benefit Avian at Grayhawk and the DC Ranch Condominiums


So What's the Cost of all these Extras?

Residents living at condo developments within master planned developments will pay their condo HOA fee and additional HOA fee for the master planned developments.  How much extra the master planned HOA fee is depends in most part on how extensive the landscaping and amenity costs are, and how many homeowners it is spread across.  One of the lowest priced master HOA fees is in McCormick Ranch, which is $210 per year.  One of the highest yearly HOA fees can be found at Gainey Ranch, at (usually) $213 per month.  DC Ranch HOA fees vary from approximately $100 to over $250 per month, depending upon the condo or townhome community.

Whether the extra security, the greenery, or the fitness classes at the community center is worth it to you is a personal decision.  But master planned developments are in demand by some of our clients because of these extras.  If they don't make sense to you, contact us for some lower cost HOA fee options.



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Last Updated: 2024-02-22 05:13:33