Taber Anderson had just stepped from his Range Rover to explain his plans for a north Scottsdale guest ranch when a roadrunner appeared, as if on cue, and scurried across the road.
Anderson wants to turn his 220-acre site southeast of Dynamite Boulevard and 128th Street into a modern version of the kind of dude ranches that have largely disappeared from Arizona over the past few decades.
Scottsdale had its share, including Rancho Vista Bonita at Pinnacle Peak and Pima roads and the Paradise Valley Guest Ranch just north of downtown.
"We don't have a guest ranch in Scottsdale anymore," said Anderson, adding that his concept would be a 21st-century take on the Old West experience.
Anderson, who worked with his father, Lyle, developing Desert Highlands and Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, has yet to submit plans for the project, which he is calling Reata Ranch. He expects to submit a rezoning request by the end of next month.
The land is zoned for homes on roughly 1.6-acre lots and Anderson is seeking a zoning category that allows guest ranches, resorts and homes.
At least 122 homes could be built under the existing zoning, Anderson said.
Linda Whitehead, a Coalition of Pinnacle Peak member, said she toured the site with Anderson but wanted to withhold judgment on the project until he submits detailed plans.
Ranch blends ritzy, rustic
Anderson suggests that Reata Ranch would blend ritzy and rustic in a no-roughing-it style. He describes it as "glamping," a mash-up of "glamour camping."
Reata Ranch would have an old Arizona feel of the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley or Tucson's Tanque Verde Ranch, the developer said.
Another example, in a different geographic context, is the Carneros Inn in California's Napa Valley. Guest cottages with outdoor showers and private courtyards blend in among vineyards and apple orchards.
It's a building style referred to as "agritecture," Anderson noted.
Reata Ranch borders state trust land along 136th Street that the city wants to acquire in December for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It's in the city's Dynamite Foothills Character Area that calls for preserving the rural character with open space, minimal development impact, low building heights and no street lights to compete with starry skies.
The guest ranch would include hiking and equestrian trails linking to the nearby preserve and McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Eco-resort planned nearby
Reata Ranch would share some characteristics of the Reserve eco-resort that Lyle Anderson plans to build northwest of Dynamite and 122nd Street, Taber Anderson said. Father and son have no ownership interest in each other's projects.
Scottsdale approved Lyle Anderson's plan last November for 180 hotel rooms, 127 villas and 17 estate homes on 213 acres near the Golf Club Scottsdale.
Reata Ranch would have a similar number of lodging units and homes, the younger Anderson said.
He also wants to include a wildlife release center where injured animals and raptors could be released after they have been rehabilitated.
Rachel Sacco, Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau president, said she would love to see a guest ranch in Scottsdale.
"It's one of the few things we don't offer," she said.
by Peter Corbett The Arizona Republic Oct. 22, 2011 06:47 AM
Developer lays out ideas for dude ranch in Scottsdale
Reuters: Business News
National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group
Latest stock market news from Wall Street - CNNMoney.com
- ► 2017 (49)
- ► 2016 (145)
- ► 2015 (146)
- ► 2014 (102)
- ► 2013 (395)
- ► 2012 (392)
- Reagor: Revised program targets underwater homeown...
- Economists warn housing prices will lose more grou...
- Pending home sales fell 4.6% in Sept.
- Scottsdale condo prices up nearly 5% as foreclosur...
- $1.6 billion Prasada project stays on track in Sur...
- Judge approves Chapter 11 for Realty Executives
- Economy picked up over summer
- Scottsdale approves 2nd plan for apartments near a...
- New-home sales up 5.7%, builders slash prices
- Sarkozy Turns to Hu for China Aid as Europe Expand...
- Greece to get 100 bil euros in more rescue loans
- Home prices up in half of major US cities
- Banks score higher in satisfaction survey
- Ad blasts Romney housing comment
- Arizona underwater homeowners to get refinance hel...
- Phoenix homes, part of segregated past, demolished...
- Debt crisis plan is not yet ready
- Massive West Valley development to launch
- Europe's big banks under pressure in crisis
- Developer lays out ideas for dude ranch in Scottsd...
- Combs: Seller isn't absolved in 'as is' sale
- Realtors decry potential loss of mortgage deductio...
- Wall Street Has Worst Quarter Since Crisis in Bank...
- Arizona unemployment rate down in September
- Scottsdale council OKs first plan for apartments n...
- Scottsdale Waterfront rides wave in low tide
- Citigroup to pay $285 mil to settle SEC fraud char...
- Chase's CEO backs a bright outlook
- Origination News - NAR: Lower GSE Loan Limits Alre...
- Perspective: Problem with Housing 2011
- Office-space rent prices decline in Valley
- The new normal: Higher bank fees are here to stay
- Think before switching banks
- Fed: Crisis alters central-bank focus
- Middle-class homeownership dream may be slipping a...
- World population nearing 7 billion
- Mortgage fraud plea involves 40-plus homes
- TDI proposes 667 apartment units for One Scottsdal...
- Phoenix seeks to cancel $97.4 million pact with Ci...
- Myths, misperceptions about credit scores rampant
- EU exec, France want voluntary bank deal on Greece...
- Report: Fewer foreclosures slowed Sept. resales in...
- Fed minutes: 2 policy makers saw need for bolder s...
- Scottsdale Airport Commission rejects apartment pr...
- FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit
- Interest in Scottsdale McDowell Corridor redevelop...
- Census numbers detail Arizona's housing bust
- China investment arm buys bank shares to support m...
- Scottsdale entrepreneur thinks inside the box
- European Central Bank offers banks new emergency l...
- Germany, France devise bank plan
- Moody's sees Volcker rule as credit negative for b...
- Windows of time
- Scottsdale-area home prices edge up in 3 areas
- Phoenix-area home prices remain too cheap
- Phoenix-area real estate collapse echoed troubles
- Phoenix-area home price changes vary greatly
- Realty group opens office in Scottsdale
- Gold drops 1 percent after Italy, Spain downgraded...
- Work to start on renovating retail center
- Rush is on to build 3,500 apartments in Scottsdale...
- Mixed-use project coming to Arcadia
- Interest in Scottsdale McDowell Corridor redevelop...
- Maricopa County tops list for home vacancies
- Census: Housing bust worst since Depression
- Phoenix-area bankruptcy filings continue to drop, ...
- Recent data on housing show things looking up
- CBRE Investors pays $53.5 mil for operations hub
- Proposal to shape access to Sonoran Desert
- Sales up 20% at Scottsdale's Windgate Ranch
- Home prices up for 4th month
- Seattle investors buy W. Phoenix apartments
- Ex-leaders of Radical Bunny face SEC grilling
- Arizona trying new ways to assist homeowners
- Moving to downtown Phoenix has saved couple lots o...
- Reagor: Few details on plan for refinancing
- Rental housing becoming less affordable
- Fulton Homes to open 3 new subdivisions | Central ...
- Cross collateralization can trip up borrowers
- IMF vows to tackle Europe debt troubles
- Scottsdale Airpark multifamily housing plans advan...
- Developer leaves Glendale, Scottsdale picking up p...
- Fed plan, fear push 10-year yield to record low, b...
- Seized lands to be placed on auction block
- IMF downgrades its outlook for U.S., Europe
- Agency encourages short sales by offering money
- Doubting value of owning a home
- ▼ October (87)