Estrella Mountain Ranch is comprised of three residential communities. The first, Mountain Ranch, was established in 1989. The homes at Montecito followed nearly 15 years later while the third community, Province, opened in fall of 2007. The total property includes more than 500 acres of open space, nine miles of hiking trails and bike paths, 72 acres of lakes and numerous community and neighborhood parks. The community boasts a full-time Activities Director who manages the Concert in the Park Series, a monthly Farmers Market, all holiday celebrations and the social events of the community's many clubs and organizations.
Estrella Mountain Ranch also features several 18-hole championship golf courses, a yacht club, a lake amphitheater, restaurants, convenience store with gas station, grocery store, boutiques, two elementary schools and a high school. To say this community is self-sufficient is to underestimate its amenities. Homes here are affordably priced and are built by many of the industry's most respected home builders including Ashton Woods Homes, Engle Homes, Morrison Homes, T.W. Lewis and Zacher Homes, and many custom home builders. Residential subdivisions are as attractively named as the homes are priced. Subdivisions include Mesquite Highlands, The Links at Mountain Ranch, The Fairways at Mountain Ranch, San Vicente, Altamonte and Reflection Bay. In addition to the many new homes there are several custom built mansions.
The Montecito development at Estrella Mountain Ranch includes a 53-acre linear park that winds up against and through the Estrella Mountains. There are three community parks and 12 neighborhood parks to go along with 10 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails, and horseback riding trails. The homes here are built with mountain views in mind, as many feature expansive views of the valley below. Residents of Montecito enjoy their very own residence club, sports fields, Town Center and school sites. The property has over 3,800 residences of various architectural designs and features newer residential developments such as Las Palmas, La Entrada, La Mirada, Serenity, Stone Gate and Stone Canyon.
The city is also home to the Jack Nicklaus II-designed Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club managed by Troon. The course stretches more than 7,100 yards and is as unique and picturesque as it is challenging. The golf club is on par with those found in golfer-friendly Scottsdale and will be a major attraction for residents in this part of Maricopa County.
Near Estrella Mountain Ranch in the city of Goodyear is the city of Buckeye and its planned communities of Sundance and Verrado. Buckeye has experienced massive expansion and development and now has more than 60,000 residents who are proud to call this family-oriented community their home. Buckeye has a small service commercial center in the downtown district that welcomes pedestrians to stroll along the streets and shop the many stores and shops that dot the streets for a feeling of the Old West. Although even more growth is imminent, the community remains proud of their distinguished Southwestern traditions. In fact, the Buckeye Main Street Coalition in coordination with the town's Economic Staff has put in place and is enforcing design standards to promote the history and attractiveness of the downtown commercial district. Locals celebrate festive events such as Country Fest in the fall, Pioneer Days in the spring and a wonderful 4th of July Jubilee in the summer.
The growth of Buckeye is based in part on its fortuitous location near the intersection of five highways. The city is also home to a general aviation airport and a railroad. Its accessibility via road, rail and air in addition to its status as the Western-most community in the Phoenix Metro Area makes it a gateway to California and Mexico. The natural beauty of the Hassayampa River and the view of the White Tank Mountains help define a majestic landscape that residents can enjoy at affordable housing prices.
The Buckeye Valley is a stable community whose future is bright. With an economy on the upswing and many investors and developers entering the marketplace, the city of Buckeye continues to blossom. Students and parents enjoy the rural environment and diverse, culturally rich population of all six of the Buckeye Valley School Districts where educational excellence is the primary objective.