Arizona Highlands is a Kaufman and Broad community consisting of 110 lovely homes surrounded, for the most part, by a natural wash area with meandering walking trails. It’s also located just steps away (literally!) from the McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Center with its heated pool and spa, tennis and basketball courts and children’s play area.
When it was initially made available to the public in 1996, there were six different models to choose from ranging in size from 1,846 square feet to over 2,700 square feet. Four of the plans were single-level and two were multi level. In addition, each model was offered in three different exterior elevations and had a number of customizable exterior options which gave the community a more varied look. Although all of the homes had a standard three car garage, most had the option of converting one of the garages into a bonus room.
About the Builder
The Kaufman and Broad Building Company began in Detroit in 1957 and, in its first year built 136 homes with an average price of approximately $12,500. In 2000 the company changed its name to KB Home and today, in terms of total units constructed, is the largest home builder in the United States. They are primarily single-family home builders and focus on first-time, trade-up and active adult buyer markets. Most of their projects are located in the West, Southwest and along the East Coast.
KB Home was originally founded to build quality new houses for returning Korean War veterans. Today they are recognized as a leader in energy and water efficient building. They are the only homebuilder to receive the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award six years in a row, from 2011 to 2016.
Builder: Kaufman and Broad
Number of Homes: 110
Number of Models: 6
Price Range: mid $400’s to mid-$600’s
Sq Ft: 1,846 to 2,700
Arizona Highlands offered six different models all of which had a 3 car garage. There were four single level properties that ranged in size from 1,846 to 2,646 square feet. In addition, there were two 2-story models (The Estrella and The Picacho) that ranged from 2,055 to 2,730 square feet after adding an optional bonus room. Each model was offered in 3 different exterior elevations.
The Pinnacle plan had a livable area of 1,846 square feet on a single level. This included 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an option to combine the living and family room into a great room. There was also an option to turn the 3rd bay of the garage into a bonus room.
The Estrella model was a tri-level plan with 2,055 square feet. This included 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a family room. A 4th bedroom was optional off of the family room.
The Camelback plan had a livable area of 2,063 square feet on a single level. This great room plan included 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There was an option for a 4th bedroom. There was also an option to convert the 3rd garage bay into an office.
The Santan plan had a livable area of 2,200 square feet on a single level. This included 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a family room and a den, with an option to convert the den into a 4th bedroom. There was also an option to convert the 3rd garage bay into a bonus room.
The Picacho plan was a 2-story plan with 2,430 square feet which had 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den and loft, both of which could be turned into bedrooms, and an option for a bonus room, bringing the size to 2,730sf.
The Catalina plan had a livable area of 2,646 square feet on a single level. This split floor plan included 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a family room and a den, with an option to convert the den into a 4th bedroom. There was also an option to convert the 3rd garage bay into a bonus room.
The builder, Kaufman & Broad, indicated in their sales documents that the following features were common to all homes the community. However, many items have, in fact, been upgraded or changed by the current owners. Therefore, potential buyers are always advised to verify any information that is material to their interests and might affect their decision to purchase a property in this community.
- Award Winning Exterior Designs
- Sand Finish Stucco Exteriors
- Energy efficient fiberglass entry door
- Front Yard Landscaping
- Automatic Drip Watering System
- Wrought Iron and Cedar Gates
- Rear Yard Block Wall or View Fencing
- Distinctive Tile Roofs
- Double sinks in master bath
- Cultured Marble Master Bath Vanities
- Garden tub in master bath with cultured marble surrounds
- Expanded Mirrors in Master Bath
- Walk in Closet
- Custom Plumbing Fixtures
- Pedestal Sink in Powder Room
- Recessed mirrored medicine cabinets
Energy Saving Features
- Southwest Gas “Energy Advantage Home”
- Dual Pane Windows with sandstone colored frames and divided light front windows
- R-19 Exterior Wall System
- R-30 Fiberglass Insulated Ceilings
- 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater
- High efficiency ground mounted remote air conditioner (11 Seer Rating)
- High Efficiency Gas Furnace
- 2 Ceiling Fan Outlets with Switch
- Weather stripping or caulking on all exterior openings
Award Winning Kitchens
- Self-rimming Porcelain Steel Sinks
- Oak Cabinetry
- Whirlpool Appliances
- Self Cleaning Range (Electric)
- Space Save Microwave Oven
- Dishwasher/multiple cycle
- Garbage Disposal
- Islands (per plan)
- Low Maintenance European Edge Countertops
- Spacious Pantries
- Ice Maker Line
- Volume Ceilings with plant shelves
- Classique 2 Panel Doors
- 2 cable TV pre-wire
- 2 telephone pre-wire
- Quality Floor Coverings Throughout
- Laundry room with 220v outlet and vent
- Rounded interior corners where shown
- Hand trowled Santa Fe textured finish
- Decorator light fixtures
- Satin finish paint throughout
- Decora rocker panel light switches
- Formal Ceramic Tiled Entry
- Decorative Light Switches
- Polished brass lever door hardware
- Pre-wire for garage door opener
This page contains number of maps that may be helpful in understanding more about this community.
The map on the top left shows where in McDowell Mountain Ranch the community is located. Just to the right of that is an aerial view provided by the digital map center of the city of scottsdale which should provide you with an interesting perspective on the community. The last two are an actual street map and the builder’s original site plan. Click to enlarge maps.