The town of Carefree is just northeast of the town of Cave Creek. One of the largest subdivisions in terms of area, is Desert Mountain. This enclave is an 8,000-acre master-planned community featuring a wide range of homes from single-family to condos to townhomes in separate neighborhoods (or “villages”), many of which are gated. Desert Mountain, developed by Lyle Anderson, also features six different clubhouses, a tennis center as well as a spa, swimming and fitness facility. Desert Mountain is also home to the world’s largest collection of championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. These six courses, with 108 holes, provide opportunities for individual play at various skill levels.
From the Geronimo course with its 160-yard, par 3 last hole over a canyon to the most recent Outlaw course with its Scottish links design, there is a course for everyone. The golf practice facilities are extensive, with multiple pitching, chipping, putting and bunker areas, and four separate practice ranges with target greens. The most recent addition is the $1.6 million Jim Flick Golf Performance Center which features 3-D motion capture, Doppler radar and four-camera video motion analysis to help golfers improve and understand their game.
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Located southeast of Desert Mountain is the guard-gated golf community of Mirabel, which offers both luxury single family homes and condos. Mirabel also features the Tom Fazio designed championship-level, 7,147-yard, par-71 18-hole course. This prestigious club offers a caddie program, as well as on course comfort and chef stations. Mirabel was recognized by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Best Modern Golf Courses.”
Black Mountain Foothills is a gated subdivision on the south slopes of beautiful Black Mountain, and features estate-type homes on 2-acre lots. Other subdivisions within Carefree are Treviso, Sierra Norte, Stagecreek Estates, Carefree Ironwood Estates, Carefree Villas, Nighthawk on Black Mountain, Leigh Estates, Ranch Highlands, Ranchitos Del Rey, Continental Mountain Estates, Doublegate Condominiums and Gold Mountain, among others.
Carefree is also home to the Desert Forest Golf Course and Boulders Golf Club. There are a few shopping centers within the town of Carefree, but many more shopping centers can be found just south of Carefree along Scottsdale Road and Cave Creek Road. The homes in Carefree are served by the Cave Creek Unified School District.