Gold Mountain Ranch is the largest remaining privately held assemblage of vacant land in northeastern Maricopa County, Arizona. Totaling 822± contiguous acres, the property is ideally located in the coveted and highly desirable northeast valley, minutes from downtown Cave Creek, Carefree and Scottsdale and adjacent to the 2,873,200± acre Tonto National Forest. This property is ripe with potential for a long-term hold, private recreational ranch and presents a multidimensional exit strategy, including future development and/or placement of a conservation easement. Offering complete privacy, while featuring exceptional views, numerous building sites, mountainous topography, and a true southwest ecosystem and landscape. Evoking a sense of absolute seclusion, it feels worlds away, yet remains within close proximity to world-class amenities and recreation including upscale shopping, restaurants, festivals, golfing, and medical services.
Offered in cooperation with Marty Ryan of First United Realty.
Just the Facts
• 822± deeded acres
• Divided into 19 individual parcels
• Minutes to Cave Creek and in close proximity to Scottsdale and Carefree, AZ
• Accessed by paved Fleming Springs Road and School House Road
• Adjacent to Tonto National Forest
• Vacant land – development and/or conservation easement potential
• Within 15 minutes of Chiricahua, Geronimo, Apache, and Outlaw Golf Courses
• R1-190 Zoning in Maricopa County
• Diverse topography – 1,500+ feet elevation change offering varied terrain
• Exceptional views
• Last large tract of deeded land available minutes from Cave Creek
• Minutes from Spur Cross Ranch and Cave Creek Recreation Area
Gold Mountain is a rare and exquisite land offering, boasting unique sightlines, contiguous acreage, and regional significance, all nestled within a prime Maricopa County location. Ideal for use as a company headquarters, recreational retreat, or development property, the site encompasses an impressive mountaintop setting with an unbelievable 822± acres showcasing spectacular views in nearly every direction. Contained within an area that is largely a low-density residential environment with strong demographics and high home values, it is a desirable piece of property, and a rare find for the discerning investor.
Few landholdings of this size and location have ever made an appearance on the Maricopa County market. This one-of-a-kind offering represents a rare opportunity to own a slice of desert paradise with limitless development potential and exceptional acreage that cannot be duplicated. Gold Mountain is unlike any other property in the region, primarily due to its long-range views that span the Phoenix Metropolitan Surrounding Area. Extraordinary in every sense of the word, Gold Mountain has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand its significance and future potential.
In addition, as tech companies boom across the country, many are in search of a new location to house their company in the ‘Silicon Desert’. Aided by travel becoming more accessible to the everyday user and virtual communication, these companies focus their searches more on what the local environment can provide for their desired way of life after hours and the company’s overall environmental impact. Arizona’s warm climate, breathtaking outdoors, and virgin land has become a hot spot for many of these innovators. With enough companies blazing the path, Arizona has become a mecca for the entrepreneurial community. Whether Gold Mountain becomes the next tech giant HQ or simply their retreat at the end of the day, we believe there is vast potential in this market.
Located north of Scottsdale, Gold Mountain is situated just east of School House Road and Fleming Springs Road in Maricopa County. Fleming Springs Road serves as the primary paved roadway with access to the southwestern property boundary. There are currently two gated entrances, one electric, the other manual.
Gold Mountain is uniquely positioned north of Scottsdale, minutes from the vibrant town centers of Cave Creek and Care Free, and the larger metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. The sister towns of Cave Creek and Care Free are considered a coveted and unique submarket with a limited supply of remaining land for development.
Cave Creek was established as a gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. Calvary in the mid-1870s. Situated in the foothills of Black Mountain, Skull Mesa, and Elephant Butte, this old western town sits high above Phoenix and maintains its old west feel with boutique shops, rodeos, saloons, and a slower pace of life. At night the area’s entertainment district lights up with an array of live music venues featuring country, pop, and jazz, plus bull riding, Western dance lessons, car shows, and more.
Endless recreational options in the area include regional and national parks, Bartlett Lake, and the legendary Tonto National forest for hiking, biking, fishing, and boating, all within close proximity to the property. The area is also well-known for its high concentration of award-winning golf clubs and resorts within a short drive of Gold Mountain. Cave Creek and Carefree also enjoy some of the best demographics in the state, presenting a compelling development opportunity for a variety of land use options.
Scottsdale is a desert city east of Phoenix best known for its spa resorts and golf courses. A variety of shopping districts, hiking areas, and hometown staples make Scottsdale a thriving and fun-filled destination.
Phoenix is a full-scale urban center with strong economic indicators, including a multitude of employment options, a thriving downtown, and an active resort and tourist market. It’s home to Arizona State University, as well as major sports teams, including NFL football (Cardinals), Major League baseball (Diamondbacks), NBA basketball (Suns), WNBA basketball (Mercury), and NHL hockey (Coyotes).
Airports: The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves as a civil-military public airport located three miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. It is recognized as Arizona’s largest and busiest airport and ranks among the largest commercial airports in the United States. A number of private jets and helicopter charters are available through Scottsdale Airport, in addition to privately owned flight companies.
Nearby Cave Creek offers a comparable climate to that of Gold Mountain with some degree of variability. Average rainfall in Cave Creek is 12 inches per year with summer highs of 102 degrees in July, to winter lows of 41 degrees in January.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 822±
Total Acres: 822±
Development Potential: Due to the topography of the property, future building envelopes will be regulated by the Maricopa County Hillside Development Standards. Currently, the property’s roadway transitions from pavement, into a dirt and rock road with passing areas cut into the hillside. Though dirt and rock shale, the road conditions on the property are considered reasonable and somewhat typical for the area. Although it is immediately accessible, much of the property remains virgin desert, awaiting plans for eventual development.
Agricultural Zoning: RU-190 | Maricopa County
- Electrical Service - Arizona Public Services (APS)
- Water Service - Exempt onsite wells
- Wastewater - Septic systems
There are three wells on the property. Well APN 202-17-041A is shared with the neighboring parcel in exchange for an easement. Contact broker for further details.
Annual taxes are approximately $350.00.
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