Gainey Ranch

Truly a GEM in the desert, Jim Kilday of Markland Properties, working privately with a small staff, master-planned the 560 acre parcel based on a concept to develop Gainey Ranch into a prestigious community. In order to provide a complete resort lifestyle, almost 40% of the total project was devoted to open space. The desire was to create a community that appealed to a broad range of buyers. Markland Properties’ opinion was that the best communities are made up of older people, younger people, single people, married people and children. A mix of residential prices was considered important to appeal to more people and to give Gainey Ranch a community flavor and dynamic variety.

To this end, the master plan included the following:

  • Residential development – 264 acres of the 560 acres (less than 50%) were designated for residential development. (Click on Community Profile for a breakdown of the residential subdivisions)
  • Golf Course – To maximize the golf course frontage for residential development, a 27 – hole golf course was built that created three very unique nine-hole courses. This massive transformation changed flat, semi-arid land into the finished project by moving three million yards of dirt. The beautiful clubhouse with its extensive landscaping further reflects Gainey Ranch’s commitment to quality.
  • Town Center – This was visualized as an opportunity to create a nostalgic concept of ‘Small Town USA’ with its convenience and charm combined with the luxury of a prestigious resort community. However, the development of nearby competitive commercial properties (caused by a change in the City of Scottsdale’s zoning concept relating to commercial properties) changed the envisioned Town Center mix by reducing the perceived shops, restaurants and other retail facilities. The built-out Town Center area consists of 720,000 square feet of office buildings providing professional services, 30,000 sqare feet of retail facilities and 72 luxury condominiums.
  • Resort Hotel – To provide support for the golf course’s and Town Center’s businesses, a 30-acre luxury resort hotel parcel was included. To fulfill its objective of creating a ‘crown jewel’ of Gainey Ranch and a resort destination, Markland sold this parcel to the Hyatt Hotels, which attract affluent guests from all over the world.
  • Financial Center – Designed to offer financial and other professional office services, the development of this property produced two banking facilities and two other large and uniquely beautiful office buildings totaling 400,000 square feet.
  • Daniel C. Gainey Estate Club – Daniel C. Gainey’s working ranch house, constructed in 1955, was earmarked to serve as an important Gainey Ranch amenity. The ranch house was enhanced and refurbished to become the community tennis and social club. (Click on Estate Club for more information).

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