When you think of gated, luxury home communities in Scottsdale, the community of Ancala is on the list of most desirable. Like the south of Italy, beautiful Tuscan and Mediterranean-styled homes dot the hillside and are nestled up against the gentle slopes of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. Many of these beautiful homes offer both spectacular mountain views as well as stunning views of the city below… and for those who need golf as much as their coffee in the morning; there are lush green golf course views as well. The homes have floor plans that embrace the natural landscape. At the same time, you’ll find lush lawns and desert gardens, making each home even more distinctive. Please scroll to the bottom of this page, to see the full range of architectural styles and Homes for sale in Ancala.
A unique bit of Ancala history. A portion of the land where the beautiful homes of Ancala welcome visitors from around the world was once owned by the late, great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Wright’s1937 vision of homes on these mountainside perches was as, "butterflies alighting on a rock." His vision and the land for Ancala was named after a garden in Scotland. What other great North Scottsdale golf community has a ‘name’ linked to Scotland? Feel free to call me for the answer.
At the time, Mr. Wright found the land now known as Ancala in what was an undeveloped area north of Scottsdale, off (then unpaved) Shea Boulevard at the base of the McDowell Mountains. The price was $12.50 an acre. Some sources say he paid as little as $3.50 per acre. Oh, those were the days… if only … Today Ancala stretches over 800 acres across the beautiful Sonoran desert with homes ranging from the $600K’s to well over $4 million.
Being in Ancala today has its privileges including, as part of the nominal quarterly HOA fee; a community fitness center; Clubhouse; a heated swimming pool and spa; lighted tennis courts; biking and walking paths; a children’s playground along with access to an extraordinary 18-hole golf course for an additional fee. Quarterly HOA fee, as of this writing $470.00
The HOA fee also includes the following:
Maintenance of the community streets
Maintenance of the green belts and desert belts.
Maintenance of the medians and entrance monuments.
Water and Electric utilities used for the maintenance of the common areas.
Maintenance of the guard houses and expenses related to manned gate and 24 hour patrol
Maintenance of the landscaping for all common areas.
*Nearby schools include Anasazi Elementary, Mountainside Middle School, Desert Mountain High School and Basis charter school.
*Located near Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd ; Ancala is close to recreational areas, shopping and restaurants and is only 10 minutes from the center of Scottsdale.
Lot sizes range from smaller lots under 16,000 square feet to a more select number of larger lots from 27,000 square feet and up. The mid-range of lots in Ancala is between 18,000 to 22,000 square feet. Overall, the community has over 542 custom home sites (several still undeveloped) and 42 casitas. For the most space between homes, the larger lots are preferable as the homes on smaller lots do feel a bit close for the price point.
Sales Information updated 2021- In last year, there were 50 homes sold in Ancala with 10 of those homes being between 1,900 and 3,000 square feet selling between $625,000 and $865,000. 40 other homes sold - most being between 4,000 and 5,900 square feet — with sales prices between $1 and $2 million. The largest home sold being 7,500 square feet with a $2.4 million sale price. The highest dollar sale in Ancala was a new construction home with spectacular views selling for $3.5 million.
If you’re interested in a smaller vacation home, the lower sales represents one section of 42 homes called Ancala Casitas which have smaller, 2 to 3 bedroom homes on much smaller lots. They’re popular as golf vacation homes and are within walking distance to the Ancala Country Club. Value priced for winter visitors and those downsizing
The Ancala Country Club, built in 1989, features a par-72 championship course with rugged desert landscape designed by Perry Dye. A challenging course based on all reviews; the course is considered one of the best in the state.
Membership is separate from residency at the country club. To become an Ancala member, you must apply to one of the club’s membership categories that include: full golf membership, young professional membership, sports membership and social membership.
The Ancala HOA and the Ancala Country Club are separate entities. The Villas at Ancala is also separate from the Ancala HOA and self-managed even though the homes are part of the Ancala neighborhood. If you have any questions regarding Club membership, Please call us for a good contact.
*The subdivision “Ancala West by Maracay Homes” does not belong to the Ancala Homeowners Association and does not have manned gated entry but a coded entry.)
*The golf course belongs to Ancala Country Club which is privately owned and is a separate entity from the Ancala Homeowners Association.
*You can live in Ancala without being a member of Ancala Country Club and inversely you can be a member of Ancala Country Club without living in Ancala.
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