Most Exclusive Luxury Neighborhoods in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Luxury NeighborhoodsLocated in the Sonoran Desert at the base of the picturesque McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale is consistently rated among the most desirable communities in the United States.

With an average of 314 sunny days a year and the beautiful surroundings, it’s no wonder that so many exclusive, luxury neighborhoods have sprung up in Scottsdale over the years.

While there are too many posh communities to list in this article, we would like to highlight a handful of the most exclusive neighborhoods Scottsdale has to offer.

Note: The market in Scottsdale is hot right now, so if you are looking to buy, be sure to partner with an experienced Scottsdale realtor to help you find the perfect luxury home.

North Scottsdale


This gated community stretches across 850-acres of the Sonoran Desert.

With views of Camelback, the McDowell Mountains, and the city lights below, homeowners in this neighborhood enjoy amazing views from all vantage points.

Ancala features custom homes and casita homes.

Many of the high-quality custom homes, which range from 3,000-7,000 square feet and feature diverse architectural styles, have been built by the finest custom builders in Arizona.

Within its gates, you will also find Ancala Park with picnic tables, barbeque grills, basketball hoops, a grassy play area, a swing set, a water fountain, and more.

There is also a private country club available for residents which has recently been updated with a number of high-end amenities and services.


The Boulders luxury gated community is located on the borders of Scottsdale and Carefree.

Discriminating buyers will love the luxury estates and villas built with southwestern architecture.

Depending on the home, residents enjoy immaculately manicured golf course views or stunning mountain views.

Since over half of the land in this neighborhood is designated for natural open space, residents will always have amazing, unobstructed desert views and room to roam.

Boulders contain two highly-rated golf courses, the North Course and South Course.

The Boulders Club, which is semi-private, offers a well-appointed pro shop, practice facilities, a restaurant, a luxurious spa, and more to members and resort guests.

DC Ranch

Nestled at the base of the McDowell Mountains, this highly coveted master-planned community sits on 4,000 acres and contains four villages: Silverleaf Village, Country Club Village, Desert Park Village, and Desert Camp Village.

All but one are gated or guard-gated.

Home options include custom homes, semi-custom homes, patio homes, townhomes, and condominiums.

There are over 33 miles of paths that weave through the neighborhoods, along with two community centers, splash pads, pools, fitness facilities, and more.

Enjoy some R&R at the Village Health Club and Spa or golf at The Country Club at DC Ranch, which is an award-winning private golf club.

Take advantage of high-end dining and shopping at the Market Street, DC Ranch Crossing, or Canyon Village shopping districts.

The amenities are endless!

Desert Mountain

As the only private community in the world with seven Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, Desert Mountain is considered one of the finest private recreational and golf communities out there.

Choose from an amazing array of custom homes, elegant estates, villas, cottages, patio homes, and custom home sites within the secluded Villages.

Sitting on 8,300 acres of desert landscape, Desert Mountain offers unparalleled amenities that few can rival, including golf courses, clubhouses, a spa, a café market, fifteen miles of private hiking trails, fine dining restaurants, family-friendly amenities, and much more!

Troon North

Billed as one of Arizona’s best golf communities, this upscale North Scottsdale neighborhood began development in the 1990s and stretches over 1,800 acres.

Troon offers luxurious single-family homes, custom homes, townhomes, and golf course homes.

Golfing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities abound within this planned community and nearby Pinnacle Peak Mountain Preserve.

For those who could use some pampering, the highly acclaimed Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is located at Troon North.

Central Scottsdale

Gainey Ranch

Formerly a historic Arabian horse ranch owned by Daniel C. Gainey, Gainey Ranch boasts resort-style living near the heart of Central Scottsdale.

Choose from townhomes, condominiums, or single-family homes and estates with beautiful landscaping, several with views of the immaculately kept golf courses.

Residents enjoy the beautiful scenery, which includes palm trees, lush green landscaping, and fountains.

Golf, tennis, and community pools provide entertainment and exercise.

Owners are members of the Daniel C. Gainey Estate Club, which offers a heated pool, tennis courts, exercise facilities, croquet, and more.

If you want to venture out for fine dining, shopping, or other activities, this community is close to Old Town Scottsdale, Gainey Village shops, Shea Scottsdale Center, and other desirable areas.

McCormick Ranch

Once a breeding farm for Arabian Horses owned by Fowler and Anne McCormick, this seven-square-mile property eventually became one of the Valley’s first master-planned communities.

With 67 subdivisions, home shoppers are sure to find a luxury home that suits their tastes.

With ten lakes, lush green landscaping, parks, and greenbelts, residents enjoy beautiful, serene surroundings.

Housing options include condos, townhomes, patio homes, waterfront homes, golf course homes, single-family detached homes, and custom homes.

Two 18-hole golf courses, The Pines Course and Palm Course can be found within the public McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

These park-style courses are aptly named after the mature trees that can be found along the course.

Golfers can also enjoy water features, vibrant greenery, and amazing views of Camelback Mountain in the distance as they progress through the courses.

Paradise Valley

Okay, technically Paradise Valley is not in Scottsdale.

It is situated just outside the city between Scottsdale and Phoenix.

However, if you are looking for affluent neighborhoods in the Scottsdale area, it is worth checking out.

This ultra-exclusive, private town is as upscale as you get.

Learn more about Paradise Valley here.

Buying or Selling in One of Scottsdale’s Exclusive Neighborhoods

If you are in the market for a new luxury home, or if you want to sell your current home in Scottsdale, we would love to help!

Thomas Osterman has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a top luxury real estate agent in Scottsdale Arizona and surrounding areas. 

Contact him today to make your next real estate transaction a smooth, hassle-free experience.

Are you looking to buy or sell your home and you’re in or around the Scottsdale area? Work with a real estate agent that has experience helping luxury home sellers and buyers get the most for their investments for decades! Call Thomas today at (602) 405-4052 and enjoy a more personalized real estate experience today.


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Thomas Osterman, a leader within the Phoenix area real estate community since 1984, has been assisting clients with their home purchasing and selling needs. To date, he has closed over $128 million in sales, was among the top 3% of Maricopa County Realtors in 2012 for gross-dollar sales volume, was named a Top Producer by Phoenix Magazine for 2021, was in the top. 1% of gross-dollar sales volume in Arizona for Q1 2022 and the top 2% for Q2 2022.Thomas has used his intimate knowledge of Paradise Valley, North Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale, North Phoenix, North Central Phoenix, Arcadia and the Biltmore neighborhoods to offer an exceptional level of personal service. Due to his master negotiation skills, Thomas will ensure that you receive the outcome you desire and the home you deserve. If you are looking for an experienced, professional and genuine real estate agent to get the job done, contact Thomas today at (602) 405-4052.

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