The 5 Best Gated Communities in North Scottsdale 

The cosmopolitan city of Scottsdale, Arizona is known for its extraordinary quality of life and tourism appeal with the fourth-most AAA Four-Diamond hotels in the country. The city's exciting art and cultural scene, world-class shopping and restaurants, excellent school system, 50 top-rated golf courses, outdoor activities and sports, and popular annual events like the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, make it a great place to settle down and buy and home. Past Scottsdale's vibrant Central Corridor neighborhood is a scenic and peaceful section of town known as North Scottsdale. With the picturesque McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak in the distance and beautiful desert landscaping at every turn, luxury homebuyers will discover an impressive selection of North Scottsdale real estate to choose from. The 5 best, gated communities in North Scottsdale offering privacy and outstanding amenities include Whisper Rock, Estancia, Silverleaf, Desert Mountain, and Desert Highlands. A qualified agent can help you gain access to North Scottsdale homes for sale in these prestigious communities and secure an offer. Cathy Carter is a luxury home specialist and a highly-rated North Scottsdale REALTOR® with over 25 years of experience. Offering in-depth area knowledge and access to the most up-to-date luxury listings, Cathy would love to help you explore your options and find your dream home. Feel free to contact Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here

On our easy-to-use website, you’ll be able to search the MLS for North Scottsdale homes for sale, view photos of available properties, find detailed real estate information, create a free account, receive notifications of new listings that match your specific home criteria delivered directly to your email, and access current market data. Also, be sure to scroll down below to learn more about North Scottsdale real estate and the 5 best North Scottsdale communities: Whisper Rock, Estancia, Silverleaf, Desert Mountain, and Desert Highlands.

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If you would like to schedule a private showing or would like more information about any of the above listings for North Scottsdale homes for sale, please contact Cathy Carter, specializing in newer homes, unique and distinct properties, and luxury real estate. As a highly-rated North Scottsdale REALTOR®, Cathy keeps her finger on the pulse of the market at all times and is the first to know when new luxury inventory becomes available, ensuring that her buyers have access to the most valuable homes in the best communities, and securing an offer. 


Serving Scottsdale and the surrounding area since 1994, Cathy is intimately familiar with the most coveted communities in North Scottsdale. She can help educate you on the types of home and features offered, the top builders in the region, community amenities, school districts, the surrounding area, local community developments, and so much more. Streamline your home search by having Cathy put together a list of North Scottsdale homes for sale that are the best fit based on your specific criteria in a home. Get the home search process started today by contacting Cathy directly at (480) 459-8488 or you can get in touch here

More About the 5 Best Gated Communities in North Scottsdale 

Although North Scottsdale has a number of desirable luxury home communities, the 5 best-gated communities in North Scottsdale include Whisper Rock, Estancia, Silverleaf, Desert Highlands, and Desert Mountain:

1). Whisper Rock 

Whisper Rock is a luxury golf community located near the intersection of Lone Mountain and Hayden Road in North Scottsdale. Among Whisper Rock’s stunning landscape and massive boulder formations are 200 custom homesites and 18 villas built by the luxury home builder - Cachet Homes. Oversized lots in this exclusive gated community vary in size from one acre to over four acres and provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert landscape. Whisper Rock homes for sale in Scottsdale are priced from $1,200,000. to over 5,000,000. Custom homesites are also available from $300,000 to over 1,000,000. The community features 2 private 18-hole equity golf courses: the Upper Course design by Tom Fazio and the Lower Course designed by Phil Michelson and Gary Stephenson. The purchase of a home or homesite in Whisper Rock is not required for membership.

Residents of the Whisper Rock community enjoy a 2,500 square foot community facility with a fitness center, lap pool, spa, outdoor living room, catering kitchen for functions, a basketball court, turf area, and 2 sunken tennis courts. Whisper Rock also has its own 3-acre desert park. School-aged children living in Whisper Rock attend Lone Mountain Elementary, Sonoran Trails Middle School, and Cactus Shadows High School in the highly-regarded Cave Creek Unified School District. The community is 2 miles from The Summit at Scottsdale shopping center, 5 minutes from Carefree and Cave Creek, 20 minutes from the Loop 101 Freeway, and 50 minutes away from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). 

2). Estancia 

Estancia is a luxury golf community nestled at the base of Pinnacle Peak and one of the premier residential communities in Scottsdale. A secure, gated enclave nestled atop 640 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert, Estancia offers a unique blend of beautiful homes and a luxury lifestyle within a vibrant and active community. Estancia features 223 custom homesites as well as 39 Tuscan-style villas within the Homes at La Scala subdivision. Many of the beautiful homes in Estancia feature stunning views of emerald green fairways, Pinnacle Peak, and city lights.

At the heart of the community is the private, Estancia Golf Club with an award-winning golf course and an exquisite clubhouse featuring fine dining, tennis, pickleball, elegant locker rooms, and a state of the art fitness center, and more. Luxury residences in Estancia range from 3000-10,000 square feet. Villa prices start at around  $1.2 million,  custom luxury homes start at around $2 million and lots are available from $350,000. The Estancia Golf Club’s Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship golf course offers 7,314 yards of superb golf, bent grass greens, and breathtaking views. The highly desired golf club accepts both resident and non-resident members and offers golf and social memberships.

3). Silverleaf 

Silverleaf is a stunning 2,000‐acre residential community and one of the most prestigious addresses in the entire Phoenix Metro area. At the heart of the community is the private Silverleaf Club featuring a Tom Weiskopf‐designed 18‐hole championship golf course. The prestigious community offers a vast array of exceptional amenities including state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks, walking trails, and an abundance of social activities.

Students living in the community attend Copper Ridge Elementary School, Copper Ridge Middle School, and Chaparral High School in the highly-rated Scottsdale Unified School District. Silverleaf is located within minutes of fine dining, world-class shopping, fine arts venues in and around North Scottsdale, the 101 Freeway, and the private Scottsdale Airport for those who want to come and go quickly.  With prime locations featuring one‐of‐a‐kind views and distinctive architecture, your dream home awaits you at Silverleaf!

4). Desert Highlands 

Desert Highlands provides unparalleled beauty and a lifestyle of incomparable excellence. Setting the standard for exclusive desert living, the community offers outstanding amenities, including an 18-hole Nicklaus Signature golf course, a Gary Panks putting course, an award-winning racquet club (13 courts), a wellness center for healthy living, and over 500 architecturally distinctive, custom homes and homesites offering views of golf, mountains,  and city lights. The 7,700 square foot fitness center features modern facilities and cutting-edge equipment.

The Desert Highlands clubhouse has been internationally recognized for its stunning design and offers members a memorable dining experience with exclusive menus that highlight the freshest and finest cuisine that Arizona has to offer. A year-round social calendar includes wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, live music, holiday events, and an assortment of recreational programming for the entire family. The state-of-the-art security system and security personnel at Desert HIghlands combine to make a safe and comforting experience. 

5). Desert Mountain

Desert Mountain is a stunning, 8,000-acre master-planned community nestled in the rolling hills of north Scottsdale, Arizona. Desert Mountain is the only private community that includes 6 Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. The community includes 27 distinctive villages, 6 award-winning, themed clubhouses, 9 restaurants, and offers an extensive array of lifestyle options, world-class amenities, and activities for the entire family.

Desert Mountian also has an award-winning, private trail system, consisting of a series of trail segments, each varying in degree of difficulty and totaling 15 miles. The heart of the Desert Mountain is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Cochise/Geronimo Clubhouse, which serves the Cochise and Geronimo golf courses. The Old World Italian olive vineyard and farmhouse-inspired Chiricahua Clubhouse is considered the jewel of Desert Mountain’s six clubhouses, offering expansive views of the Chiricahua golf course, and views of metro Phoenix and Scottsdale.    

Partner with The Most Experienced Scottsdale REALTOR® - Cathy Carter

Whether you are interested in North Scottsdale homes for sale or it's time to list your current property, experience matters most in a changing market. Serving the community for over two decades, Cathy provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service that's hard to find. Buying or selling a home is a major financial and life decision and Cathy understands that you are looking for someone you can trust. As your real estate agent, Cathy will be there to protect your interests, advocate for you, and be your trusted guide and advisor throughout the home buying or selling process. 

Read what Cathy's valued clients have to say:

"Cathy was a terrific agent from beginning to end. Her comps were accurate and helpful at the outset. Her marketing was the best we have seen in our experience and we have sold 7 previous homes. She handled all the selling and closing negotiations very well and helped us navigate several anxious turns in the process. Cathy is calm, judicious, and responsive and we found her opinions and ideas valuable. We would use her to sell or buy a house again without hesitation. Great to work with and got great results."

"Cathy Carter is a highly respected, seasoned real estate professional who is very responsive, knowledgable, and open-minded. She kept my deal together by going beyond the call of duty to do some of the work of a novice agent (representing the buyer) on the sale of my house. Plus, she really went to bat for me on the purchase of my new home, getting upgrades and closing in 3-weeks. I highly recommend Cathy to represent you in selling and purchasing your next home or investment."

“I have dealt with many real estate agents and I would have to say Cathy Carter was a pleasure to deal with. We flew in from New York to see the area and Cathy gave us as much time as we needed. She showed us around and made us feel comfortable and welcome. As of today we are currently in contract for the sale of our home and are actively looking at homes in the Gilbert and Chandler areas. Cathy emails homes for us to look at on a regular basis and we would not use anyone else.”

“My husband and I worked with Cathy to find our home in the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix AZ. We were transferred to Phoenix from the east coast and Cathy did a wonderful job of orienting us to the area and helping us gain perspective into the different homes and neighborhoods in the East Valley. While working with Cathy, she was always very attentive and efficient. Cathy is extremely knowledgeable. She listened to our ideas about the ideal home, offered suggestions, and took us to see properties that were in line with our expectations. Cathy is extremely responsive and has even reached out to check on us after we moved into our hew home. I would highly recommend Cathy to anyone who is interested in selling their home or purchasing a new home.”

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Cathy works extremely hard for her clients and will do whatever it takes to ensure the best results. If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling North Scottsdale real estate, please contact Cathy Carter at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here.

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