Desert Hills, Maricopa County, Arizona

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For the census-designated place in Mohave County, see Desert Hills, Arizona.
Desert Hills, Arizona
Unincorporated community
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Elevation 1,863 ft (568 m)
Time zone Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 85085, 85086
Area code(s) 623

Desert Hills is an unincorporated community in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Sitting on over 4.31 sq. mi. of the 85086 Zip Code, And the (623) Area Code, forming the southern boundary of Anthem about 30 miles (48 km) north of downtown Phoenix. Located east of the I-17, Desert Hills is roughly bounded by 35th Avenue to the west, Desert Hills Drive to the north, 28th Street to the east, and the Carefree Highway to the south. Note a community known as Tramonto, falls within these boundaries but is considered part of Phoenix.

HISTORY: In the mid 50's the Lee Ackerman investment Company of Phoenix promoted this area which was then without water, electricity or any human habitation. They surveyed the land, marked off five or ten acre parcels and bladed primitive roads through the desert. They marketed the parcels with heavy advertising (e.g. full page ads in the Arizona Republic) and high-pressure sales practices. Parcels were sold for ten percent down with a ten year contract. Parcels were not claimed to be habitable home sites but rather, long term land investments. It is interesting to note some 60 years later that, with the start it had, we find a relatively healthy community .

Desert Hills Estates[edit]

The once nameless rural area got its name from a .25 square mile community on the northwest corner of 7th Street and Joy Ranch Road, consisting of million dollar housing, the rest of the area is largely horse farms, no crop farms as the land is not fertile enough for farming.

The Geographic Names Information System database of the United States Geological Survey does not have a listing for Desert Hills itself, but includes listings for:

Coordinates: 33°35′31″N 111°53′47″W / 33.5920407°N 111.8963565°W / 33.5920407; -111.8963565