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The Desert Ridge master-planned community comprises 5,700 acres (23.07 km2; 8.91 sq mi) and is situated in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. As one of Arizona’s largest master-planned communities, Desert Ridge could contain more than 50,000 residents. The community includes CityNorth, Toscana of Desert Ridge, Desert Ridge Marketplace, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Mayo Clinic Hospital and American Express regional campus.
- 1991 – Specific Plan adopted
- 1993 – First 1,420 acres (5.7 km2) purchased/leased
- 1993 – Master Developer assigned
- 1996 – First homes sold
- 1997 – SUMCO (Sumitomo Metal Industries) opens
- 1998 – Mayo Clinic Hospital opens
- 2001 – Desert Ridge Marketplace opens
- 2002 – American Express regional campus opens
- 2002 – Loop 101 opens to the east
- 2002 – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa opens
- 2002 – Wildfire Golf Club opens
- 2006 – Desert Ridge Medical Campus opens
- 2008 – CityCenter of CityNorth, Phase I – Opening November 2008
- 2008 – Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Mayo Clinic – Opening fall 2008
- 2010 – Musical Instrument Museum – Opening early 2010
- 2010 – Sagewood – Opening early 2010
- 2010 – CityCenter of CityNorth, Phase II – Opening fall 2010
- 2010 - CityNorth Developer sued Gray development. Gray awarded 110 million.
History of Desert Ridge
Created through a public-private partnership between the State of Arizona, City of Phoenix and the Master Developer, the Desert Ridge master plan, adopted by the City of Phoenix as the Desert Ridge Specific Plan, has guided development in the community since 1991.
Already in place, in addition to several residential neighborhoods with nearly 4,000 homes, are Mayo Clinic’s 210-acre (0.85 km2) Phoenix campus that includes Mayo Clinic Hospital and Mayo Clinic Specialty Building; Desert Ridge Marketplace, a 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) retail, dining and entertainment center; Toscana of Desert Ridge Condo community, and JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, which includes Wildfire Golf Club with 36 holes of championship golf, a day spa, restaurants and bars, expansive pool grounds, a conference center, 252 time-share units, and a 950-room hotel – the largest in the state of Arizona.
Desert Ridge is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. The community is home to 4 schools ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, which include Desert Trails Elementary School, Explorer Middle School, Paradise Valley High School and Pinnacle High School. Pinnacle High School ranked among Newsweek’s top 1300 schools in America during the 2007 school year.
- Clancy, Michael. "Multifamily housing gains steam: Desert Ridge units reflect future need, city planning ideal", The Arizona Republic, October 3, 2007.
- "Desert Ridge Specific Plan: Master Plan and Development Regulations", Arizona State Land Department, July 18, 1990.
- “The Top of the Class”, Newsweek Online, 2008.