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Spice it up this holiday season


Make it ‘Italian’ at Ciao Grazie


Pioneers: Meet Renée and Richie Mishelof

Cheers to

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Wildlife tips from McDowell Sonoran Preserve

20years A look back at a year of celebrating DC Ranch

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Celebrating all that we are As 2018 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the extraordinary year.

DC Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published by the DC Ranch Community Council to promote the DC Ranch lifestyle. The publication strives to build community by connecting current and future residents along with DC Ranch stakeholders through interesting stories and pictures. Ranch News offers value to its advertisers and perpetuates DC Ranch’s community values. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Mike Gertzman Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert, Alexandra Duemer and Terri Raimondi 480.585.1641 communications.team@dcranchinc.com dcranch.com

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DC Ranch celebrated 20 years in true Ranch style, starting with the festive DC Ranch Day on Market Street and ending with a special version of the Spotlight Speakers Series featuring a Pioneer Panel who will share stories from the community’s rich and colorful past. At 20 years, DC Ranch is worth celebrating. It is many things: Unique. Connected. Financially stable. Aesthetically stunning. Home.

With 2019 right around the corner, we are on the cusp of exciting things for DC Ranch. Signature and charitable events, along with new activities for social engagement, fitness, arts and education will continue to delight and enrich residents of all ages.

Enhancements to the path and trail system will be showcased through a spring forum and wildflower walk, updated trail maps, signage and guided hikes. A new group will foster communication between residents and the Council. And as part of DCR2020, DC Ranch will begin work on a master plan to assess community amenity needs. I am grateful to be part of the team that serves DC Ranch. Please allow me to extend my appreciation to the volunteer boards and committee members who give their time and get involved, the professional and talented DC Ranch staff members who are passionate about serving the community, the business owners who have invested here and to the residents who choose to call DC Ranch home. Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season,

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.

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Ranch Updates Outreach program draws residents on safety topics


Ranch held its first Community Safety Forum on Oct. 24 featuring a special home and safety presentation by Community Outreach Officer Jason Glenn from the Scottsdale Police Department. Deputy Glenn spoke to about 120 residents and guests 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, our new security company. New services offered include snake removal, body cameras for all security personnel and emergency response providers on each patrol shift. DC Ranch Association Executive Director Darren Shaw opened the evening following a welcome reception with food from Fleming’s Steakhouse and Liberty Station on Market Street courtesy of Anderson and Safeguard. The event also included a recap of resident safety concerns and the numerous steps that have been taken to make improvements, such as the new West Gate command and dispatch center, additional speed control signs and upgraded license plate readers and camera technology. Anderson’s Sean Yonts will be the new Security Services Manager starting Dec. 28.

Avoid short term rentals

DC Ranch standards require a minimum six-month rental period and a property may only be rented twice in any 12-month period. The Community Standards team keeps a close eye on vacation rental websites, especially during the robust tourist season. There is a costly fine of $1,000 or more if caught. To learn more or report a concern, call The Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500.

Improved real estate agent training

Real estate transactions are vital to DC Ranch where property values tend to soar above the market average. As part of the DCR2020 Strategic Plan, all aspects of the buying and selling process were meticulously reviewed for ways to produce more sales, easier transfers and disclosures, and an overall improved process. As a first step, about 80 local realtors and agents attended a tour of the entire community, including the community centers, various neighborhoods, all

three commercial centers, Copper Ridge School, the Village Health Club and Spa and both DC Ranch and Silverleaf country clubs. The guided four-hour training provided important aspects unique to DC Ranch, including a historical perspective and more information on current projects such as ICON and The Village at Silverleaf. Attendees were also briefed on the new open house guidelines which are being phased in by the end of the year.

Neighborhood Voting Member deadline approaches Candidate ballots were mailed with the 2019 assessments to all Association members. Ballots are due back on or before Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. to The Ranch Offices on Market Street. They may be faxed to 480.513.1505, emailed to Terri.Raimondi@dcranchinc.com or dropped off in person. New and returning NVM’s will be announced on DCRanch.com on or before Dec. 21. New terms begin Jan. 1. Expect an introductory hello from your NVM shortly after the new year begins.

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Welcome to the Community Centers

DC Ranch is committed to creating a welcoming environment, while ensuring safety and preserving the amenities for homeowners, tenants, and guests. New community center access guidelines and key fob updates have been in place since January 2018. Beginning next month, residents and guests who enter the facilities through the lobby will be greeted and checked in by the front desk receptionists. Desert Camp Community Center receptionists are available daily to issue and update key fobs, assist with event and program registration and provide community center tours. For further information, please contact the Desert Camp Community Center at 480.342.7178.


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Open house policy revision


o help avoid clutter and confusion, the number of open house signs will be reduced and updated with more prominent signage at the entrance of each gated neighborhood.

All unmanned gates, including sub-associations, have been retrofitted with receptacles on the call boxes to allow prospective buyers to pick up a map after calling security for admittance. At manned gates, the process remains the same with prospects being given a map after checking in through the visitor entrance. Questions about the new procedures should be directed to the DC Ranch Realtor Helpline at 480.419.5308 or Realestatehelp@dcranchinc.com.

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Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in December; some have admission and processing fees. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of activities, please see DCRanch.com, or call 480.342.7178.


20 for 20: Hiking Challenge The McDowell Sonoran Preserve 9 a.m. to noon The Gateway Trailhead

PJs & Pancakes Saturday, Dec. 1 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Desert Camp Wear your PJs as the community gathers for a beloved DC Ranch tradition! Enjoy a frosty good time complete with a hot cocoa bar, a variety of pancakes and toppings, and a s’mores station. An appearance by Santa and one of his elves will be an opportunity for family holiday photos! Registration: $15 for adults and children 13+; $7 for ages 4-12; ages 0-3 are free.


PJs and Pancakes: S’mores Ranch 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Desert Camp


Women’s Club: Holiday Coffee 10 a.m. to noon | Desert Camp


Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp





Cookies with Mrs. Claus 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

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Grapenuts: Holiday Pairings 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Enhanced fitness registration To make registration easier for ongoing fitness programs, residents may now purchase classes up to three months in advance! Whether you are traveling or trying to plan ahead, this new feature will make it easier to stay on track. Visit DCRanch.com for calendar listings and to register for classes in December, January and February.

Food Truck Night: Maine Lobster Lady and Frosted Frenzy 5 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

DC Ranch Gives: Group Service Project Sort donated pajamas and books benefitting the Pajama Program 8:45 a.m. to Noon | The Homestead

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Cookies with Mrs. Claus Tuesday, Dec. 11 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp $5 | Ages 7 and under New this year! Mrs. Claus is visiting the Ranch to spread some holiday cheer. She’ll lead entertaining games and read stories to get your little one excited for the season. Children can decorate holiday cookies, celebrate winter with the creation of holiday crafts and have their pictures taken with dear Mrs. Claus. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

RECURRING EVENTS: Strength and Balance Mon and Wed | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

DC Ranch Book Club Every fourth Wed | 7 p.m. Desert Camp Drop-in Pickleball Fridays | 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays | 4 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp

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Spice it up! DIY holiday gifts Some wonderful food gift ideas for anyone on your list. Just add a gift tag and a bow.

MULLING SPICES FOR CIDER OR WINE • 12 cinnamon sticks • Pieces star anise • Tablespoon whole allspice berries • Tablespoon whole cloves • Bouquet garni bags 1. Divide the cinnamon, star anise, allspice, and cloves among the bags. 2. Keep at room temperature for up to 6 months.


• 12 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate • Ÿ teaspoon cayenne • ž teaspoon cinnamon • ž teaspoon ancho chile powder, plus more for garnish • ½ cup pumpkin seeds


• 2 cups pecans • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

1. On a baking sheet, toast pumpkin seeds at 350


degrees for 4 minutes. Let cool. 2. Melt chocolate in microwave or double-boiler. 3. Add spices and more than half of the pumpkin seeds. 4. Stir to incorporate the spices. 5. Spread chocolate evenly on wax paper. 6. Lightly press the leftover pumpkin seeds and sprinkle ancho chile for a hint of color. 7. Freeze for 5 minutes or until chocolate sets. 8. Break into pieces and serve!



• 1 teaspoon nutmeg • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 250° degrees. 2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, sea salt, cayenne pepper and powdered sugar. 4. Add the pecans to the sugar mixture, along with 2 tablespoons water. Stir until dissolved into a sticky glaze (add a bit more water, if needed). 5. Pour the pecans onto a baking sheet into a single layer. Use all



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the glaze from the bowl and pour over the pecans. 6. Bake at 250 degrees for 60 minutes, stir after 30 minutes so the pecans get dry and crunchy. 7. Once finished, slide the parchment off the hot baking sheet and allow pecans to cool completely. 8. Store in an airtight container.


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Newsworthy FAA to seek input on Sky Harbor air traffic over DC Ranch In 2014, the FAA revised flight path routes around the country, including at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The new flight paths, called NextGen, moved Sky Harbor eastbound air traffic to fly over DC Ranch and other areas of Scottsdale that were not previously in the Sky Harbor flight path.

If the Sky Harbor NextGen flight pattern changes have negatively impacted your enjoyment of your home, you will have an opportunity to share your concerns with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The DC Ranch Community Council has been working with Congressman Schweikert and the Scottsdale Mayor’s office to get the FAA to reconsider the changes they made to the eastbound flight patterns. These meetings signal the FAA has agreed to listen. The FAA is planning to hold public workshops in February/March of 2019 to seek public input on the eastbound routes. It is important that residents attend and weigh-in.

Residents will be notified when the meeting date, times and locations are set.

City Seeks Input on Future Park The City of Scottsdale is gathering input on design for 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. Please contact Reed Pryor at rpryor@scottsdaleaz.gov with input or questions.

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Cheers to years




wenty years after the first residents moved in, DC Ranch remains a gem in the desert— a testament to inspired and strategic residential planning. Across the community, and throughout the year, special activities and programs celebrated the 20-year milestone. DC Ranch Day kicked off the celebration in January with authentic Western-themed festivities on Market Street, where over 1,000 residents and guests watched a Wild West stunt show and mock gunfight—inspired by real DC Ranch history—right before their eyes. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane proclaimed Jan. 27, 2018 as DC Ranch Day and everyone enjoyed live country music, vintage photos, gold panning, calf-roping, a mechanical bull and family activities. Early residents and community contributors shared stories of their early experiences on the Ranch in a series of Pioneer feature articles each month in Ranch News. A monthly “Did you know” feature in the Ranch Round Up newsletter highlighted fun, historic DC Ranch facts.


A DC Ranch trivia question was posted on Facebook on the 20th of each month with a prize to the first resident with the correct answer. And, the Ranch Association waived the modification fees for every 20th applicant!

To celebrate 20 years of giving back, the Kindness Challenge was launched. This year-long initiative was designed to spread generosity and goodwill by performing 20 selfless acts of kindness throughout the year. On the 20th of each month, residents who signed up received an email newsletter with ideas for different acts of kindness. Nearly 100 households participated.

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An excerpt from the original Back at the Ranch magazine, Spring 1998:

In the early 1990’s real estate developer DMB Associates set out on a cross country trip to find the perfect neighborhood. By visiting dozens of America’s most notable neighborhoods and master-planned communities, both old and new, they decided that it was time to create something completely unique in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Something so different that it would be used as a model for urban planning for years to come. By incorporating the best ideas from communities from around the country into their own vision for the land, DMB created what became the community of DC Ranch. Overview of Thompson Peak Parkway and Windgate Pass Drive


Spotlight Speakers Series: Pioneer Panel Wednesday, Dec. 5

Unless you were one of the early The Homestead participants in the DC Ranch saga— and it’s been great to hear their Doors open at 6 p.m.; stories over the past year—it’s hard program 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to imagine what it felt like to look out across undeveloped land towards the RSVP on DCRanch.com McDowell Mountains. Back in the day, architects, land use designers, developers and communications experts had to plan out not only where the roads would go but how to create a visually integrated master plan and foster a vibrant and enduring sense of community.

The Pioneer Panel brings together some of the community’s most influential contributors to share their thoughts on how they created something new and distinctive in DC Ranch. They’ll explore what inspired them, the challenges they faced, and what they learned along the way—with plenty of fun facts and colorful stories sprinkled in.


The 20 for 20 Hiking Challenge offered five different hikes throughout 2018 that equaled approximately 20 miles. The guided hikes traversed DC Ranch’s paths and trails, including the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hikers received a 20th anniversary water bottle and residents who completed all 20 miles received a commemorative hat. In the spring and fall, residents’ knowledge of DC Ranch history, pop culture, current affairs, and entertainment was tested at the fun, fast-paced Wisdom + Wit Trivia Nights. Teams of residents competed to be crowned champions and claim prizes. In November, Food Truck Night was kicked up a notch with four tantalizing food trucks, lawn games, and music that created a fun evening. Families met up with neighbors to enjoy some of the best fare in town on the patio and lawn at The Homestead. The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association bestowed on DC Ranch the “Distinguished Historic Landmark” award. The award was presented at the 2018 APA Arizona Conference on Nov. 8, 2018. The award

is given to places that have demonstrated a significant impact on planning in Arizona.

CONNECTING RESIDENTS The DC Ranch Path and Trail system has been connecting residents for years and continues to be the backbone of the community. The Community Council partnered with Okanagan Trail Construction to enhance the system. The 20th-anniversary project is well under way and on schedule for a 2019 spring completion. Residents will enjoy new trail maps, way-finding signs, kiosks, and an emergency marker system similar to those in the neighboring regional park. It has been an exciting year celebrating DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary, and there’s one more event to top it off. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be involved in the early days of developing DC Ranch, come to the Spotlight Speakers Series: Pioneer Panel on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to learn about the visionary spirit that brought DC Ranch into being and view the items to be included in the 20th Anniversary Time Capsule. Here’s to the next 20 years!

Trevor Barger The founder of Espiritu Loci, Barger applied his innovative approach to land planning and urban design to DC Ranch, helping to create the “effortless blending” of natural and built environments that characterizes the community.

Charley Freericks An executive with DMB Associates for nearly 20 years beginning in 1997, Freericks brought a strong background in real estate development, land use and finance to the project.

Melinda Gulick For more than a dozen years, Gulick helped shape the spirit of DC Ranch, including being the Town Manager and creating the elements of engaged community life residents continue to enjoy.

Vern Swaback Trained by Frank Lloyd Wright, Swaback’s design firm was the principal planner for DC Ranch, bringing years of visionary thought to fruition in a carefully orchestrated integration of desert and dwelling space. Moderator John C. Little, Jr. has witnessed the growth of DC Ranch first hand during his 20 years of experience working for the City of Scottsdale, culminating as city manager before retiring in 2009.


The evening offers extra surprises: Memorabilia including photos and models of DC Ranch homes will be on display along with carefully chosen items that will go inside the 20th anniversary time capsule.

A local brewer crafted a special “DC Ranch beer” for the event that will be served with an array of appetizers. At the end of the evening, join neighbors for the reading of a poem written by Scottsdale’s poet laureate Bob Frost accompanied by a toast to honor DC Ranch’s past and its future.

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ranco Dalu opened Ciao Grazie Pizzeria-Winebar on Thompson Peak Parkway in scenic Canyon Village six years ago, as a north Scottsdale counterpart to his bustling location on Main Street in Verrado. Dalu credits his committed team and their service for Ciao Grazie’s timeless appeal. “You arrive as a stranger, and leave as a friend,” he said. “We are consistent, never forgetting that this is our customer’s place. It’s all about the experience.” Now Ciao Grazie has a fresh new influence, with Dalu’s son Stefeno joining the team as Director of Operations after a stint at NAU’s Food and Beverage School. Stefeno started learning the business from his father cooking in the kitchen, but his real passion lies in the communitybuilding nature of their gathering spot. Amenities that bring the DC Ranch neighborhood together include an impressive wine bar with over 50 varieties of Italian boutique wines, a dog-friendly al fresco patio and a welcoming, contemporary casual environment.

homage to the art of homemade Italian comfort food. Delectable dishes start with parmesan herb-crusted beef cutlet served with a side of spaghetti with marinara. An Italian spiced tomato soup with cheesy garlic bread will take care of that nip in the air. Grab a bowl! Then there’s hearty wood-fired pizza eggplant parmesan and sausage pizza, with a blend of housemade mozzarella, roasted eggplant, Italian fennel sausage and parmigiana-reggiano cheese. Yet a truly authentic Italian meal isn’t complete without a taste of ‘la dolce vita’. Their pumpkin panna cotta, drizzled with caramel and a dash of allspice, allows seasonal flavors to take center stage.

Ciao Grazie serves up an Italian holiday in DC Ranch

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New for November and December, Ciao Grazie has a handcrafted holiday-inspired menu that pays

Ciao Grazie gift cards are available for every foodie on your gift list. To view the menu on their expansive new website, visit ciaograzie. us. Bring your holiday guests for Happy Tapas and Drinks, daily from 3 to 6 p.m. An array of appetizers just $6 each, with an extensive drink menu ranging from $4 to $6. Buone feste!

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The holidays are full of excitement and warm, fuzzy feelings. With family and visitors in tow, here are some upcoming events sure to get you in the spirit of the season!



Holidays with the Family

Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear, as you watch children’s faces light up when the train arrives and enjoy hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies while listening to this timeless story.

The ride lasts a little over an hour, with the train leaving each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., now through Jan. 5. For tickets and more information, visit thetrain.com experiencescottsdale.com/event/ polar-express/363603/

ZOOLIGHTS Glimmering displays light the way through the Phoenix Zoo this holiday season! On display are millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-inmotion shows. You can also swing by the Stingray Bay, hitch a ride on a camel, snap a picture with Santa or experience nightly snowfall in the desert. Every evening now through Jan. 13, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Located at 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. experiencescottsdale.com/event/ zoolights/363600/

SCOTTSDAZZLE Feliz Navidad Fiesta Dec. 1 | 12 to 5 p.m. Historic Old Town | Free

Visit Old Town Scottsdale to see it transformed for the holidays. This event features poinsettias for sale, unique piñatas, tamale tasting and sales as well as live entertainment

(mariachis, Las Posadas, ballet folklorico and an hourly piñata bash), kids activities and more.

Sugar Plum Avenue Dec. 8 | 3 to 7 p.m. 5th Avenue District

Stroll down 5th Avenue as it’s turned into a winter wonderland, complete with hourly performances of the Nutcracker and Sugar Plum fairies milling about. Fun, family activities include a tea party (reservations and admission fee required; other activities are free), aerial performances, face painting and more! Gold Palette ArtWalk Dec. 13 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. Scottsdale Arts District | Free

On this special night, galleries up and down Main Street and Marshall Way will feature lighted windows, traditional southwest luminaries, poinsettias, strolling carolers and art exhibitions. Be on the lookout for chainsaw ice sculpting, as art is created right before your eyes! Santa Wine Around and Ale Trail Dec. 15 | 6 to 9 p.m. Various locations

Wine and beer aficionados can enjoy tastings at wine tasting rooms and pubs in Old Town Scottsdale, located on the Scottsdale Wine and Ale Trails. Dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus or an elf and receive a commemorative wine glass and discounted tasting fees. Canal Concerts Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. Scottsdale Waterfront | Free

Enjoy live music every week from local groups such as the Phoenix Boys Choir and Campanillas del Sol. Just steps from the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, you'll also find Scottsdale’s one-of-a-kind holiday tree and public art installations that light up the night. experiencescottsdale.com/event/ scottsdazzle/361186/

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Having both grown up in Brooklyn, New York and raising two children in New Jersey, the long, cold winters were nothing new for Renée and Richie Mishelof. One thing was for sure, as the years rolled by and the kids moved away, those frigid temperatures were getting tougher to endure.

One day during a visit to see their son in Scottsdale, they stumbled upon the first phase of DC Ranch. “We weren’t really thinking of moving,” says Renée. “There were no home models to look at, yet people were buying homes here almost as quickly as they were put on paper.” They selected a lot with no real idea of what DC Ranch would become. There was talk of Market Street, but what really peaked their interest was the trails, the community center and fitness center.

Richie had an impressive career as a mathematician for a company that developed lottery games. He finally hit the jackpot when they agreed that he could work from home—2,300 miles away in sunny Scottsdale. “Our main criteria was to look at the mountains,” says Richie. While they counted down the weeks to their move, he posted a panoramic image of their new home site at his office as a reminder of the dream they were catching. In April of 1999, the Mishelof’s finally moved into their new home. In fact, they were the first house on the block. Construction had been delayed about 6 months because the homebuilders had changed hands. Despite the delay, they enjoyed a full view of the mountains from their window. Renée says,

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19465 N 98th Place Scottsdale AZ 85255

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SOLD 6 Bedroom | 6.5 Bath | 6,630 Sqft | SOLD $3,150,000.00 Incredibly private European Tuscan Estate situated in a romantic setting with opulent finishes and rich attention to detail. Enter the private courtyard through custom hand carved wood doors into this authentic Villa. A pool side cabana is adjacent to the two bedroom flexible guest house with one private entry room perfect for a home office. The interior details are exquisite with groin and barrel vault ceilings with brick and stone treatments and the finest selection of finishes including hand crafted vigas, custom herringbone patterned tile work throughout. An incredible floor-plan of function and flow. Master suite on the main level along with a private junior master. The upstairs features two bedrooms and a game room loft area with wrap around outdoor patios overlooking the Venetian tiled pool. The rear yard features a private meditation garden. Located just a few blocks from hiking, shopping, dining, and all the lifestyle benefits of Silverleaf. Andrew Bloom REALTOR®, Senior Partner Andrew@BVOLuxury.com



480.582.9263 | www.BVOLuxuryGroup.com

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“Even though our view has changed since then, we wouldn’t do things any differently. We love the landscape and privacy.”

Renée enjoys walking and regularly hits the trails on a four-mile loop. She says, “I’m still in awe of the natural beauty, the colors and contrasts in the desert. I never get tired of it. This morning there were three coyotes walking into the wash! Being a city girl, seeing this still excites me.”

Over the years, Renée and Richie have enjoyed the film club and speaker series events offered in the community. Nowadays, their main activity involves a furry member of the family. Sadie is a 13-year-old Terrier mix they rescued after losing their Labrador. “The community is very dog friendly and having a dog is a great way to meet people. She loves coming to visit for treats and will literally pull us to Desert Camp. She forces me to get out of the house,” says Richie.

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MIKE DOMER Sells DC Ranch & Silverleaf Homes for top dollar

SOLD • SILVERLEAF • $17,500,000

SOLD • SILVERLEAF • $4,500,000

Raising a glass with Grapenuts SOLD • DC RANCH CC • $3,050,000

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ike Domer has developed a green thumb when it comes to selling DC Ranch and Silverleaf homes. Over the last 9 years, he sold 50% of all Scottsdale homes selling above $8 million.* All but one took place in DC Ranch and Silverleaf. This year one of Mike’s Silverleaf sales set the record for the highest priced home ever sold in Arizona at $17,500,000.* Mike has earned the reputation for getting luxury homes sold and for top dollar. Whether your luxury home is valued below $1M or over $20M, give Mike a call to learn how he can help you. Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide Highest Price Sale Ever in Arizona Highest Price Sale Ever DCR/Silverleaf Highest Price Sold per/sf @ $1,064/sf Over $50 Million in Annual Sales DC Ranch/Silverleaf Property Owner

FOR SALE • SILVERLEAF • $3,295,000


FOR SALE • SILVERLEAF • $2,395,000

Need Your Luxury Home Sold? Contact Mike for a free property evaluation


The Country Club at DC Ranch

FOR SALE • SILVERLEAF • $6,495,000 Partial list of Mike Domer 2018 sales shown | *Based on MLS Statistics

480.861.8883 | MIKE@MIKEDOMER.COM | MIKEDOMER.COM AR-0008841819-01

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Nature and wildlife observation tips


Our custom home construction financing is the perfect foundation for building your dream home.

Rob Bland US Bank Home Mortgage 17851 N. 85th Street | Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 office: 480.538.5579 cell: 602.616.1651 robert.bland1@usbank.com NMLS #502365 Call today to learn more.

At U.S. Bank, we offer One-Time close construction loans with a variety of construction loan periods to ensure that we are providing sufficient time for you to complete the construction of your new home. To help simplify the construction financing process, there is only one closing, one set of fees and the term of the loan is for 30 years. - Interest only payments during the construction period - Down payment as low as 10% of the total acquisition costs - Construction periods up to 24 months - Financing for individuals with title held in a revocable trust - The program is available to renovate your existing home - Vacant lot financing available Apply today for the U.S. Bank, One-Time close construction loan!

Loan approval is subject to credit approval and program guidelines. Not all loan programs are available in all states for all loan amounts. Interest rates and program terms are subject to change without notice. Visit usbank.com to learn more about U.S. Bank products and services. Mortgage and Home Equity Products are offered through U.S. Bank National Association. Deposit products are offered by U.S. Bank National Association. Member FDIC. ©2017 U.S. Bank 170505c 4/17 AR-0008744013-11


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*New clients only. Spa open to nonmembers. villageclubs.com DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85248 480.502.8844


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ildlife is around more than you think. Keen in on your senses and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! Whether sitting in the backyard or walking through the neighborhood, here are a few nature viewing tips that will make your observations more rewarding:

Slow down. Scan the

environment slowly and in every direction so that you can detect slight movement, individual flowers or branches, rocks and shapes.

of the primary foods of the Black Cardinal (known by its scientific name of Phainopepla). These birds are easily identified by a top notch of black feathers.

• Hummingbirds will begin nesting this time of year. Did you know they use spider webbing to secure and strengthen their nests?

• The Cactus Wren (Arizona State Bird) and the Curved-billed Thrasher start establishing their mating territories and nest construction gets under way. The Cactus Wren will build multiple nests that are football shaped, straw colored and usually found in cholla cactus. The Curvedbilled Thrasher builds a large cupshaped nest in cholla and other native shrubs.

Listen. Our hearing has grown accustomed to vehicle traffic, jets overhead and other white noise. To really concentrate on wildlife sounds, close your eyes! By doing so, hearing will take over and will help you focus (From top to bottom) Thrasher, on sounds that you Hummingbird and Phainopepla never noticed before. Take a deep breath. Be conscious of

smells. Flowers in bloom, unusual or unpleasant odors can attract or indicate the presence of wildlife.

Now that you’re ready to try out these observation tips, here are several plants and animals that you may notice during this time of year: • Christmas cholla, appropriately named because of the red fruit seen this time of year, provides food for many animals.

• The desert mistletoe, seen commonly in mesquite trees, is one

• Holes are everywhere! From in the ground to the top of saguaros, each represents some sort of animal activity like nesting, foraging or shelter. Your close observation will eventually be rewarded with a glimpse of a particular bird, insect or small rodent that is currently using that hole. Reptiles wait for hot, sunny days.

About John John spent 25 years working for the National Park Service in a variety of Southwestern Parks and Monuments. In 2000, he joined the City of Scottsdale and now serves at Browns Ranch trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. He manages 100+ miles of trails, works closely with volunteers, Preserve users and occasionally provides guided hikes.

Around Scottsdale Dash, dance and prance your way to Pinnacle Peak Park’s Jingle Hike, Dec. 1 Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trailside visit with the jolly old guy himself. Available times are 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost per family is $10 for residents; $15 for nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult who also will be on the trail. Strollers and bikes are not allowed. Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Jingle Hike”

Learn about life and culture under Fidel Castro’s regime Join “Death Comes in Through the Kitchen, A Cuban Mystery” author Teresa Dovalpage from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Civic Center Library. Dovalpage was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. She is a winner of the Rincon de la Victoria Award and was a finalist

for the Herralde Award. The program is free. ScottsdaleLibrary. org, search “events”

devices in healthcare. ScottsdaleChamber.com

Protect your identity by attending “Shred It” event, Dec. 8

“Building Our New Energy Future” at Dec. 6 Green Building lecture Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, the relationship has been one-sided—the grid provides electricity and buildings have been passive consumers. Learn about new technologies to change that relationship and efforts to reduce energy costs at the free Green Building program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Green Building”

Annual Cure Corridor program features MedSec’s Stephanie Domas Find out about the latest in Scottsdale's rich healthcare and bio-life science community. Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane is hosting the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Domas is the Vice President of Research and Development and leads the development of services and products aimed towards addressing cybersecurity of medical

Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the “Shred It” event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box or bag. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “shredding event”

Civic Center Library hosts “Aspenglow: A John Denver Winter Wonderland Concert” Cottonwood Stone performs John Denver’s holiday songs to bring in the joy of the season and the warmth of the heart. This free family event runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the library auditorium. ScottsdaleLibrary.org, search “events”

Under Contract in 11 Days! 3,741 SF 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths Offered at $985,000

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Janet: 602.565.5746 | Pat: 480.433.5712 Email: info@WelcomeToScottsdaleHomes.com WelcomeToScottsdaleHomes.com

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Distinctive Listings in DC Ranch and Silverleaf


Mediterranean Estate in Silverleaf 6 Bed / 7.5 Bath / 10,634 SF – $7,995,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

Stunning Golf Course Estate in Silverleaf 6 Bed / 8 Bath / 9,293 SF – $6,250,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

Authenticity and Charm in DC Ranch 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 3,648 SF – $1,850,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

Organic Contemporary in The Country Club at DC Ranch

Formal Mediterranean Estate in Silverleaf

Formal Mediterranean in Silverleaf

Panoramic Golf Course and City Light Views in Silverleaf

5 Bed / 5.5 Bath / 9,300 SF – $6,495,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

3 Bed / 5 Bath / 7,441 SF – $6,750,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 4,045 SF – $2,595,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

1.39 Acres / 25,869 SF Building Envelope – $2,295,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

Canyon Villa in Silverleaf

Charming Home in DC Ranch

5 Bed / 5.5 Bath / 4,533 SF – $1,795,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

5 Bed / 4 Bath / 5,203 SF – $1,799,000 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

The Silverleaf Realty team offers insight and guidance to luxury buyers and sellers in the Valley’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Contact us today to schedule a tour or to receive more information on our premium listing collection.

480.725.4608 • SilverleafRealty.com VISIT US AT OUR NEW ADDRESS IN CANYON VILLAGE: 18801 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 If your property is currently listed, this is not meant as a solicitation. Prices and property availability remain subject to change. © 2018 Silverleaf Realty


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