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.
DC RANCH COMMUNITY VALUES
Sense of Community | Environmental Stewardship | Family | Healthy Lifestyles | Diversity & Inclusiveness |
Lifelong Learning | Artistic & Cultural Opportunities | Relationship with Larger Community
ONE COMMUNITY, FOUR VILLAGES: COUNTRY CLUB | DESERT CAMP | DESERT PARKS | SILVERLEAF
20 YEARS OF DC RANCH
It was a remarkable year at DC Ranch. The year-long
commemoration of the 20th anniversary was full of
Some of the highlights include DC Ranch Day, where on Jan.
27, 2018 Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane issued a proclamation
to honor the community, the Kindness Challenge to celebrate
20 years of giving, the 20 for 20 Hiking Challenge and the
Speakers Series where the Pioneer Panel relived the triumphs
and struggles of developing DC Ranch.
This unique master-planned community proved once
again that it is one of the most enduring and desirable
places to live.
Work began on a comprehensive $125,000 improvement
project for the paths and trails system that includes new
maps, wayfinding, signage, kiosks and an emergency
Signature Events, including DC Ranch Day, Eggstravaganza
and Spooky Carnival, along with comedy shows, trivia
nights, guest speakers, the children’s theatre and other
programs attracted more than 15,000 people in 2018.
Safety and security at DC Ranch received a lot of
attention in 2018. A new security company was brought
in to deliver enhanced services, the Westgate gatehouse
was transformed into a command center and an
emergency notification system was created.
With an average of 56 active custom home projects in
design development and construction throughout the
year, 26 custom homes completed construction in 2018.
Construction continues at ICON Silverleaf where there will
be 8 buildings for 72 luxury single-story condominiums.
Year in Review
20 TH ANNIVERSARY OF DC RANCH
Across the community and throughout the year, special activities and programs for all ages were held to
celebrate the 20-year milestone:
DC Ranch Day | 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge | Spotlight Speaker Series: Pioneer Panel
Ranch News: Articles featuring DC Ranch Pioneers | DC Ranch Facebook trivia contest with prizes
Kindness Challenge: 20 acts of kindness | Wisdom + Wit Trivia Nights | Habitat at the Ranch
DC RANCH TIME CAPSULE PRESERVES PRECIOUS MEMORIES
As part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of DC Ranch, a time capsule was created to honor the community’s
legacy. The capsule was buried near the playground at The Homestead Community Center on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
The time capsule will be reopened in 20 years when DC Ranch celebrates its 40th anniversary. The capsule contains
photographs from various events, handwritten messages from residents who shared their fondest memories about
DC Ranch and a variety of other mementos.
Tennis and Pickleball
Sang along at the
Starlight Concert Series
Food Truck Night
15,500+ ATTENDEES AT
70+ EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
DC Ranch Day
Enjoyed circus acts at
Under the Big Top
Had a hauntingly good time at
Were delighted by
“Seussical The Musical, Jr.”
DMB Associates begins building DC Ranch with the goal of preserving the natural desert
character of the land.
The DC Ranch Community Values are the driving force
behind the abundance of activities offered to residents.
Family, friends, community, health and learning are
nurtured and enhanced through a variety of events,
programs and classes. New in 2018:
• Summer Adult Cooking Class
• Photography in the Desert
• Living with the Desert seminar
• Cookies with Mrs. Claus
• Howdy! Happy Hours for new residents
• CPR training
• 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge
• Family Movie Night
• Wisdom + Wit trivia night
ARTS AND EDUCATION
The Homestead Playhouse produced “Seussical the Musical,
Jr.” in the spring of 2018 with a cast of 33 performers ages 5 to
15. Other Arts and Education classes and workshops included:
• Kids Cuisine
• “Harry Potter” and “The Pied Piper” summer camps
• Creative Arts Workshops
• Sunday Shakespeare: “Julius Caesar”
• Passport to Art
FITNESS AND WELLNESS
With a fitness center, swimming pool, hiking and much
more, there are many ways for residents to achieve
a healthy lifestyle. Each year, more members of the
community participate in these activities and classes, and
the Community Council is always looking for new ways to
help them enhance their well-being. Offered in 2018:
• Strength and Balance
• Body Tone
• Tai Chi
• Shallow Water Exercise
DC RANCH GIVES
The DC Ranch Gives program provides residents with
meaningful opportunities to engage with each other and give
back to the broader community.
More than 100 residents volunteered 339 hours this year and
over 1,500 items were given during three donation drives:
• Toys for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children
• School supplies for Valley of the Sun United Way
• Pajamas and books for children in foster care
HABITAT AT THE RANCH
In honor of the 20th anniversary, DC Ranch partnered with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona and
completed its largest service project ever. Over the course of two days in March, 132 residents rolled up
their sleeves and erected frame pieces, shelving units and sheds in the parking lot of The Homestead. The
completed items were dispersed to multiple homes across the Phoenix area.
DISTINGUISHED HISTORIC LANDMARK AWARD
The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association bestowed on DC Ranch the “Distinguished
Historic Landmark” award. The award was presented to DMB Associates in November and is given to
places that demonstrate a significant impact on planning in Arizona. To receive this honor, DC Ranch
was required to meet stringent criteria by demonstrating it has a history and legacy that spans more
than 100 years, is innovative and original and maintains superior quality.
FOCUS ON SECURITY
DC Ranch completed work to transform the Westgate
gatehouse into a security command center. During the first
phase of the project, visual displays were added to actively
monitor more than 100 video feeds from within
A dispatch center to route and forward information quickly
and accurately to the community patrols was created in the
gatehouse during the second phase of the project, which
went live on Oct. 1. This enables all calls to be routed to the
appropriate safety team member to improve response times
and customer service.
To assist with traffic safety, the Ranch Association added
or refurbished a total of 73 speed and directional signs,
including new signage on the gate barrier arms at the West
and East Gates.
New Wi-Fi equipment was added at all manned gates to
enable faster guest check-in times. Updated video recorders
and license plate readers now provide improved image
clarity and broadened range.
COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM
More than 100 residents attended the first Community
Safety Forum at DC Ranch on Oct. 24 at The Homestead
Community Center. Scottsdale police officer Jason Glenn
gave a presentation on time-tested safety ideas that can be
put into practice when at home or out and about. Additional
presentations included tips from Arizona Game and Fish on
how to handle encounters with desert wildlife. Attendees
also learned more about the community’s new Emergency
Notification System. The event was sponsored by the DC
Ranch third-party security services providers Safeguard, for
gate maintenance, and Anderson Security Agency, the new
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
A new DC Ranch Emergency Notification System, which
delivers text messages to residents during an emergency,
was activated for the first time during flash flooding on
1000+ new trees and plants installed throughout the community | 9.12 miles of roadway sealed | 8 miles of outdoor
neighborhood walls recoated | Security Command Center established | License plate readers added to all gates |
3 new treadmills purchased | New pickleball court built | Walkways added to Desert Camp parking lot | Security video
and audio upgraded at community centers | New holiday decorations purchased | Desert Camp playground remodeled |
6 new dog waste station added along paths and trails around the Desert Parks Village |
Emergency notification system launched
REMODELED PLAYGROUND AT DESERT CAMP
A new playground structure was installed at Desert Camp in November. The sand was removed and
replaced with a solid rubberized surface with play zones for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12. There are slides, a
tunnel, mountain stairs and plenty of features where children can swing, bounce, spin and climb. Children
can also play games that are designed to exercise their minds and imagination.
CONVERSATIONS IN THE PARK
During the last quarter of 2018, the Ranch Association
launched a new communication program called
Conversations in the Park. The Board presidents from the
Council and Association attend, as do the two executive
directors. It’s a great opportunity to stay informed about
community events and operations, ask questions and
interact with neighbors.
DCR2020: DC RANCH STRATEGIC PLAN
As the community reached its 20th anniversary, residents,
stakeholders, and DC Ranch staff embarked on a strategic
planning initiative to chart a course for the future. This is
important for maintaining the community’s desirability and
premium home values. The initiative was advanced in 2018
with a series of workshops and a segmentation study.
PUP PROGRAM LAUNCHED
In March, DC Ranch introduced the PUP (Pick Up Poop)
program to encourage residents to clean up after their pets.
To date, 105 dogs are registered in the PUP program.
In 2018, the Community Council formed a DCR Resident
Group to connect with residents. This group of 10-12
volunteers meets four or more times per year with the
Community Council Executive Director Jenna Kohl. The
group learns about and gives feedback on Council programs,
events, activities and initiatives.
In 2018, the Community Council managed engagement
plans for Desert EDGE, Sky Harbor Airport NextGen,
Scottsdale Airport and the Scottsdale Unified School
District (SUSD) land.
Residents and staff were successful in elevating the 94th
Street Sidewalk Project (south of DC Ranch) on the city’s
priority list. The project did not get funded, but City of
Scottsdale staff started the design work.
Staff worked with DMB and SUSD to ensure that the 19
acres of land next to Copper Ridge School will remain under
SUSD ownership and may now be legally used for DC Ranch
community amenities that benefit SUSD.
Residents attended an open house to learn about the
City of Scottsdale’s Park Master Plan and submit ideas for
the design of a planned park at Desert Camp Drive and
Thompson Peak Parkway on both the west and east sides of
Reata Wash just north of Copper Ridge School.
SPREADING THE WORD
The Community Council worked to keep residents informed
and connected with a variety of communication tools.
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The Community Council continued to work with elected
officials to get the Federal Aviation Administration to
reconsider the changes made in the 2014 NextGen
eastbound flight patterns, which rerouted Sky Harbor air
traffic over DC Ranch.
RANCH NEWS ARTICLES
In 2018, a total of 273 homes were sold with an aggregate
average price of $1.4 million. March was the busiest month
with a total of 42 sales, followed by June at 35 and May at 34.
The highest priced Arizona home sale in 2018 was a recordsetting
$18.8 million in the DC Ranch village of Silverleaf.
The owner of a three-acre property in DC Ranch, on
the north side of Legacy Blvd. and west of The Villages
at Desert Park, submitted paperwork for a five residentiallot
Vertical construction continued for ICON Silverleaf
condominiums, a new collection of 72 single-story,
Eleven of the 19 homes planned for development at
The Villages at Silverleaf have been sold.
In the Corporate Center at DC Ranch, Arizona Outback
Adventures was completed. Wentworth Storage is still under
construction and developers submitted preliminary plans for
four office buildings.
VILLAGE AVERAGE SALES PRICE HOMES SOLD
2018 2017 2018 2017
Desert Parks $822,100 $650,686 84 77
Desert Camp $608,000 $684,101 71 74
Country Club $1,225,000 $1,590,659 44 41
Silverleaf $2,853,400 $2,820,735 74 41
26 homes completed construction in 2018 vs. 31
in 2017 and 30 in 2016.
COUNTRY CLUB 4
UPPER CANYON 5
HOME AND LANDSCAPE CHANGES IN 2018
In 2018, the Community Standards Dept. processed 252
modifications, an increase of 30 percent from 2017.
Most common custom home color: Sherwin Williams
Mega Greige | Most popular plants used in landscape
modifications: Lantana, Agave, Texas Mountain Laurel Tree
MODIFICATIONS APPROVED IN 2018
22 new construction starts in 2018 vs. 32 in 2017
and 25 in 2016.
COUNTRY CLUB 1
UPPER CANYON 9
Q1 | 81
Q3 | 58
Q2 | 71
Q4 | 42
60% of the Upper Canyon and 78% of Horseshoe Canyon
lots in Silverleaf are built or under construction.
The Covenant Commission processed an additional
The Community Council and Ranch Association ended 2018 in a strong financial position. The following
pages provide details on revenue sources and expense allocations.
Community Council Benefit Fee $2,481,459
Events, Programming, Activities $159,834
Other Fees, Reimbursements and Interest $108,800
Reserve & Capital Contribution $1,186,940
Events, Programming, Activities $744,379
Maintenance & Landscape $679,697
Community Center Operations $648,606
Communications & Community Engagement $402,966
Total Revenue $4,789,165
Total Expenses $4,574,947
NET REVENUE $214,218
Preliminary 2018 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit.
These two DC Ranch governing entities received the best report possible during the most recent annual
financial audit conducted by an independent CPA firm.
Neighborhood Assessments $4,401,577
Master Assessments $2,486,435
Other Fees, Leases and Interest $227,355
Gate Transponders $209,086
Disclosure Fees $146,855
Reserve Contribution $1,309,620
Total Revenue $7,471,308
Total Expenses $7,336,513
NET REVENUE $134,795
Preliminary 2018 figures pending year-end adjustments and audit.
DC RANCH LEADERSHIP
COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD
Ron Belmont | President
Mark Eberle | Vice President
Jim Patterson | Secretary/Treasurer
Jill Hegardt | Director
Natalie Ingram | Director
Bud Kern | Director
Jill Edwards Resnick | Director
RANCH ASSOCIATION BOARD
Susan Grace | President
Elizabeth Kepuraitis | Vice President
Mike Esparza | Treasurer
Phil Geiger | Secretary
Vince Durocher | Director
Fred Green | Director
Stephen Koven | Director
Debbie Beardsley | President
Dan Kovacevic | Vice President
Jan Baratta | Secretary/Treasurer
Jill Hegardt | Commissioner
Aaron Macneil | Commissioner
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