About Stephen Proski

With almost 2 decades of real estate experience, Stephen Proski is a real estate agent that provides an unparalleled level of service. Stephen has successfully helped hundreds of home buyers and sellers throughout the Scottsdale and Phoenix area.

DC Ranch

 DC Ranch

The McDowell Mountains east of Fountain Hills, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The area is located west of the main part of the McDowell Mountain range.The general boundaries are Deer Valley Road alignment on the north,Pima Road on the west, roughly Bell Road on the south and the mountains to the east. Most of the area is within the DC Ranch planned development,however other properties such as the Pima Acres Subdivision and Ironwood Village development occur in the area.dc ranch DC RanchThe visual setting of the area is dominated by the highestpeaks of the McDowell Mountains. Occasionally, at elevations around 4000 feet above sea level, the peaks are snow-capped in the winter. A few large, well defined washes cross the area along with numerous ill defined and criss-crossing wash courses.

The area has relatively lush and diverse desert vegetation. Within the DCRanch development the design character emphasizes organic site forms blending with the terrain, native desert plantings and architecture which evokes the historic ranching images of Arizona’s storied past. Earthly colors and materials, structures which take advantage of shade and breezes, and creative interpretations of traditional designs are emphasized. Elsewhere the built setting is fairly common, generic architecture of stucco and tile. Future key landmarks within the area include the DC Ranch Town Center and the Reata/Beardsley Wash Greenbelt System.

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According to all of the experts who really know and play golf, the golfing in Scottsdale is about as good as it gets.

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English: Hole #7, The Phoenician Golf Club, Canyon course, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA Français : Trou #7, The Phoenician Golf Club, parcours Canyon, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the finest golf courses are located here and many are located in beautiful residential developments like Troon North Golf Club, DC Ranch, Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch, and it’s two 18 hole championship courses, among many others. Golf courses all over the country take on the look and feel of the area they are located in, and the Scottsdale courses also have their own feel and distinctive look. The Scottsdale courses have a unique golf course architecture and design which has, no doubt, contributed to the area’s becoming a real golfing destination. Year after year, golfing magazines award Scottsdale courses high ranking. Golf Digest and GOLFWEEK, and Golf Magazine consistently place the Scottsdale courses at the top of their favorites.

The weather, of course, has also contributed to the great golfing here in this area. During the winter months, golfers flock to Scottsdale courses from all over the world and enjoy their days in the warm desert sunshine. Around 330 days of sunshineand 200 golf courses has made this area one of the world’s greatest golfing destinations. Add the great Scottsdale shopping, dining and nightlife and you have golfers coming back for more and more.


A golf ball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those same golfers have taken to the Scottsdale residential market and many returning to settle down in the warm sunshine at one of the many gated golf course communities  that are now available with homes ranging from the affordable to upper end luxurious. Beautiful single family homes, condominiums, town homes and luxury apartments, patio homes and villas are all available in the Scottsdale real estate market for the discriminating golfer who would rather play his or her favorite sport rather than shovel snow.

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Many new retiree’s don’t even think about if they are going to continue to live in the home they have or move to another area. Have you thought about what you and your family is going to do after retirement? Stay in your present home or try to find something cheaper, and in a different area?

You can purchase a home and rent it out until you retire or build a custom home and use it as a rental, or vacation home until you retire. Either way you can use the home for holidays and vacations and make gradual improvements to it.

This is something to think about now before real estate prices really start climbing. In many resort and second home markets the prices are already climbing and will continue for the foreseeable future. Don’t forget that if you need a mortgage for that other home, it will be more difficult to get once you are retired. In general, the standards for vacation homes are tougher than for a primary residence. If you plan to build, available and buildable lots are getting harder and harder to find. Also, it can take up to two years to acquire the needed permits. You also must deal with the environmental quirks; water and septic systems. The price for construction is also climbing fast and in some area’s construction can only take place during certain periods depending on weather conditions. Now is the time to think about where you are going to live after you retire.

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The parents of Scottsdale children have apparently chosen well as Scottsdale has been chosen as the best place to raise children. Criteria including family income, cost of living and crime rates were part of the ranking. Scottsdale scored high on average family income, public school quality and number of public parks. The web site: MyLife.com did the ranking.

MyLife compared the nation’s 100 most populous cities and determined the ranking. The criteria used: Average family income, cost of living, crime rate, quality of public schools, and the number of public parks per capita. Much of the information that MyLife uses comes from other sites. SchoolDigger.com, NeighborhoodScout.com and AreaVibes.com as well as the Census and Yelp.com.
SchoolDigger.com measures the quality of public schools by averaging published math and English test scores from state departments of education.

Tamara Delmar, area director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale,
found that the ranking was appropriate, but also said the criteria used does not capture all of what makes Scottsdale an ideal environment and great place to raise kids. She went on to say that she thinks that the “spirit of collaboration” among community agencies is what sets the city of Scottsdale apart from the rest. Scottsdale landed the No. 1 spot by scoring especially high in the average family income and quality of public schools and public park categories.

The accolade seems right on the mark, said Kelly Corsette, spokesman for the City of Scottsdale. “We are a safe city, with great parks and outdoor spaces, and served by top notch schools,” he said. Jeff Thomas, associate superintendent for the Scottsdale Unified School District, said the city couldn’t have gotten No. 1 without Scottsdale’s great teachers and school leaders. Next school year, budget cuts are expected to reduce music and art classes, cut teaching positions and close one elementary school. Scottsdale wasn’t the only city in the Valley to make the list as Chandler came in as No. 4, scoring especially high in the public school ranking category.

MyLife’s list came just a day after the financial website WalletHub.com ranked
Gilbert the ninth best U.S. city for families. WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. communities and ranked Gilbert high based on its affordability, socio economic demographics and education. The city ranked lukewarm for health and safety on that list and did poorly in the “family activities and fun” category,
Scottsdale came in No. 28 on that list.


Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve Group Volunteer Projects

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is like no other place in the Valley. It is unique geologically. It is home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. It features award-winning trails and facilities. It can be easy to take it for granted. You can be part of what protects and keeps this unique resource a preserve. Watch this video and find out how.

See a birds eye view of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the terrain served by recently opened trails. There are lots of opportunities to hike and stay active in Scottsdale, AZ.

Homes in MCDowell Mountain Ranch are luxury personified. Peruse the newest homes on the market.

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McDowell Mountain Ranch Golf Club

There never seems to be a day in Arizona that you cannot go out and enjoy the many recreational opportunities available to us due to our wonderful weather. That’s one of the reasons that Scottsdale is a golfer’s paradise. Recently Sanctuary golf course went through a name and ownership change that has improved the course and the golfing experience. Steve Loy with the McDowell Mountain golf course fills us in. McDowell Mountain Ranch Homes are listed here.

Indian Bend Wash

The Indian Bend Wash, an 11 mile long urban greenbelt running north-south through the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. A majority of Scottsdale’s citizens live within walking or biking distance of its amenities, among which are parks, golf courses, lakes, paths, and athletic fields. Its existence as an urban greenbelt is nothing short of a miracle.

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The Phoenix City Council has given the go ahead to two major new residential developments. One project is a 63 unit town home project to be built at 44th Street and Palm Lane, and the other project is to build 292 apartments near downtown Phoenix. The council approved both projects at it’s Wednesday meeting. Originally the 44th Street parcel was slated to be a QuikTrip service station, but the plans were turned down by city voters.

City voters shot down the QT station in a 2011 ballot measure spurred by major neighborhood opposition to the plans. Many of the same neighbors also oppose the town home development due to traffic and pedestrian safety issues.

One resident who lives near the 44th Street property and owns a locksmith business, said he was frustrated with the city approvals of the development.

The apartment project, or Epoch Apartments will be built on land previously slated downtown for the Blue on 12th Street project.
The Florida developer who is going to build the apartments acquired two parcels of land for its multifamily development earlier this year.

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