2016 ANNUAL REPORT
One Community, Four Villages: Country Club | Desert Camp | Desert Parks | Silverleaf
DC RANCH BRAND PROMISE: LIVING CONNECTED
DC Ranch seamlessly connects people to the beauty of both the created
environment and the natural Sonoran Desert.
Residents feel a sense of community, connecting with each other in friendship
and common interest. It is a thoughtfully crafted community designed with
unprecedented attention to detail.
DC Ranch has a distinctive governance structure with ample resources that exist
to ensure a legacy of an amenity-rich and active way of life.
The highest standards and a convenient north Scottsdale location establish
DC Ranch as a nationally desirable place to live with an exceptional quality of
life and premium home values.
Community Council Board
Pat Simpson - President
Marc Blonstein - Vice President
Mark Eberle - Secretary/Treasurer
Jill Edwards Resnick
Ranch Association Board
Fred Green - President
Susan Grace - Vice President
Tom Headley - Secretary
Mike Esparza - Treasurer
Melinda Gulick - President
Debbie Beardsley - Vice President
Chris Irish, Executive Director
Andy Andrews, Executive Director
(through July 2016)
Jan Baratta, Sr. Design Review Manager
DC Ranch: Present and Future
The strength of any community lies in its foresight to plan for the future.
DC Ranch embarked on a strategic planning initiative to chart the community’s
course for the next three to five years.
The process began with a brand management study in late 2015 to assess the
current reputation and perception of DC Ranch among residents, stakeholders,
and the public at large. Findings indicated that residents identified strongly with
the brand; efforts to further enhance the brand were undertaken in 2016.
Resident and security surveys provided snapshots of the community’s
evolving demographics, interests, and satisfaction levels with programs,
leadership and services.
The DCR 2020 Strategic Plan, the final phase of the project, will be a road
map to remain on the forefront of security and technology, capital projects, and
community life initiatives that create value for homeowners and stakeholders.
Information collected from interactive resident and stakeholder focus groups
will be used to identify multi-year priorities and policies to address future
challenges and opportunities, with a goal of maintaining the community’s
desirability and premium home values.
Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape
The legacy of DC Ranch is evident in the look and feel of the community.
DC Ranch Standards were reviewed and simplified, providing homeowners with
an easily accessible guide covering maintenance of homes and landscapes, as
well as general expectations for neighborhood interaction.
prizes at Spooky Carnival:
4,300 Jurassic Ranch
"Golden Ticket" registrations at
Eggstravaganza: Willy Wonka
pancakes at PJs and Pancakes:
Holiday in Whoville
spectators at three
1,400 Starlight Concerts
swimmers at Back
to School Bash
kids, parents and grandparents
at Prickly Pumpkin Patch
residents reserved the
community centers for
Six new Arts and Education offerings extended programing to 945 children and
• Fall Break Camp: Mad Science
• Sunday Shakespeare on the Lawn
• Creative Arts Workshop
• Kids Cuisine
• Musical Theatre Dance
• Kids Corral
“The JunGirl Book” World Premiere
The Homestead Playhouse staged the world premiere of “The JunGirl Book” in
April with 26 young cast members and nearly 600 audience members.
Overall enrollment in fitness classes increased 112%. Yoga classes were
expanded to 4 days a week and moved to a larger space at The Homestead
Overall, 15,000 participants enjoyed 50 programs and events including:
• Eggstravaganza: Willy Wonka
• Back to School Bash
• Ghosts in the Garden
• Prickly Pumpkin Patch
• Spooky Carnival: Jurassic Ranch
• Turkey Trot
• Community Campout
• PJs and Pancakes
New Resident Welcome Program
174 WELCOME BASKETS 83 NEW RESIDENTS
delivered by Neighborhood
Voting Members (NVMs)
• Fitness classes
• Social clubs
• The Homestead Playhouse
• Garden events
• Foodie Fusion
• Trailblazer Breakfast
• Food Truck Night
• Youth activities
attended 'Round the
Ranch Sunset Tours
Landscape, maintenance and operations teams worked to maximize resources,
maintain assets, and increase value and overall resident satisfaction.
Saving water and electricity
Extensive water audits in neighborhood parks increased water distribution
efficiency and reduced total water consumption, yielding significant savings
despite record heat.
The Ranch took advantage of a rebate program to switch from incandescent to
LED bulbs that use a fraction of the electricity.
Improvements in neighborhoods and community centers
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SIGNS updated on roadways
12 FLORIBUNDA ROSES
and climbing roses
planted in Ethel's Garden
16 ANACACHO ORCHID TREES
planted in Ethel's Garden
40 NEW SAGUAROS
planted in DC Ranch
80,000 SQ. FT.
OF SOD replaced
NEW GATE installed
at south entrance
10 LIVE OAKS 5 ELECTRONIC SPEED
SEALCOATED – 94,079
planted in Desert
square yards of roadway
SIGNS installed to
• Renovated men’s and women’s
• Built new family bathroom and
• Expanded toddler pool deck
• Upgraded mist system
• Replaced window coverings and
• Extended lobby hours
• Installed rammed earth path
and retaining wall connecting
front sidewalk to basketball
court and play area
• Replaced lobby furniture
• Installed pet water fountain
*in addition to neighborhood-specific projects
DC Ranch partners with organizations whose missions align with the
community’s values. Our partners help us “live” values such as philanthropy,
wellness, family, environmental stewardship, and connection to the larger
community. Together we make a difference.
Giving back to the community
Helping others in the community brings meaning and fulfillment to our lives.
DC Ranch residents made generous contributions in 2016.
552 SCHOOL SUPPLIES
donated at the Back
to School Bash for
GRAMS collected at the
Turkey Trot for United
3,030 WATER BOTTLES
500 HOPE TOTES for
Phoenix Rescue Mission
200 VOLUNTEER HOURS
at five DC Ranch events
44 PAIRS OF PJs donated by
DC Ranch Women's Club to
the Pajama Program
600 VOLUNTEER HOURS
in the Community Garden
Tour de Scottsdale
To date, DC Ranch has helped raise more than $500,000 for the McDowell
Sonoran Conservancy via registrations, donations, and sponsorships of the Tour
de Scottsdale. The 13 th annual ride was held in 2016:
1,663 RIDERS in the
70- and 30-mile events
over three days
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Run for Ryan House
The final Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch in 2016 capped 12 years of wonderful
RAISED in 2016 to benefit
Ryan House through registrations,
donations, and sponsorships
1,030 RUNNERS in
the Half Marathon,
10K, and 5K events
over two days
In 2017, Ryan House will host the Run at a new location closer to its Phoenix
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
2016 DC Ranch home sales and valuation
Total home/land sales: $358.6 million
Total number of home/land sales: 246
Average sale price: $1.4 million
Highest home sale: $11.1 million
2016 DC Ranch custom home overview
DC Ranch was designed with a total
of 721 custom home lots.
Lots built or
Country Club 91%
The Parks 91%
Upper Canyon 51%
Desert Parks $635,872 64
Desert Camp $770,888 65
Country Club $1,563,671 35
Silverleaf $3,249,506 45
30 homes completed construction
in 2016 vs. 26 in 2015.
Country Club 4
The Parks 2
Upper Canyon 7
25 new construction starts in
2016 vs. 30 in 2015.
Country Club 4
The Parks 1
Upper Canyon 7
Of the 721 custom home lots in
DC Ranch, 532 (74%) are built or
under construction; 189 (26%) are
currently vacant land. Of these, 61
had some level of active design work
in progress in 2016.
Market Street Villas completes Desert Camp build out
Camelot Homes built the last home in their Villas project, completing the
buildout of Desert Camp Village.
The Village at Silverleaf began construction on six homes next to the Silverleaf
clubhouse; the project will include 19 total homes. The Sterling condominiums’
new owners, DMB and the New Home Company, redesigned the project to 72
units vs. the original 221. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
The 2016 Resident Survey results take stock of where the community stands
today. The survey, conducted every three years, was distributed to more than
3,000 households, and over 700 households responded.
Years Lived in DC Ranch
Number of People in Household
Less than 2 years
Adults and Children
75% Ages 24-65+
25% Ages 0-23
69% have no children
in the household, up
from 63% in 2013.
Top three reasons residents love DC Ranch
• Proximity to shopping/dining options, golf courses, etc.
• Architecture of homes and buildings
• Amenities (community centers, fitness center, parks, etc.)
Residents' favorite activities and amenities
• Paths and trails
• Fitness classes
• Welcome program for new residents
• Adult activities, clubs and programs
• Community service opportunities
The Community Council and Ranch Association ended 2016 in a strong financial
position. Council’s revenue and expenses both came in at $4 million. The
Association’s year-end had a planned deficit due to the final year of a six-year
operating credit. Master Ranch and neighborhood expenses were slightly under
budget at $7.2 million. The annual outside audit of 2016 financials will be
conducted in April.
The Community Council’s reserve fund is 86% funded, and the Ranch
Association master reserve fund is at 125%. Both are considered “strong” by
industry standards, meaning there is very little risk of residents having a special
assessment for major repairs and/or replacements.
A Capital Improvement Fund was established by the Council in 2016.
Contributions will be made each year to pay for future community projects.
The following pages provide details on where revenues came from and how they
were expended for both the Community Council and Ranch Association.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2016 REVENUE
Events & Program
RANCH ASSOCIATION 2016 REVENUE
All figures are unaudited. Annual audit will be conducted in April 2017.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2016 EXPENSES
Insurance & Legal
Reserve & Capital Fund
Community Center Operations
RANCH ASSOCIATION 2016 EXPENSES
Depreciation & Legal
The Ranch Association had a planned deficit due to the final year of a six-year operating credit.