The rustic clubhouse lobby in Tonto Verde, Arizona

Developer Taylor Morrison is building new homes in Tonto VerdeArizona.

Taylor Morrison is building new homes in Tonto Verde, Arizona, an established and popular golfing community for the 55+ active adult. Work began in 1992 and was completed in 2010, so the addition of new homes to the existing 717 single-family and attached homes is a good opportunity to buy into this gated community, which has lots of things in its favor.

Taylor Morrison was voted America’s Most Trusted Homebuilder in 2018. The company has built many previous developments in the Phoenix area including CantaMia, Encore at Eastmark, and Victory at Verrado, giving it a good track record in the state. 

Tonto Verde’s Location

Tonto Verde’s location is one of its main attractions. It’s in Rio Verde, a small planned community in an unspoiled desert area northeast of Scottsdale, an affluent suburb of Phoenix and a city in its own right. Downtown Scottsdale is about a 50-minute drive from Tonto Verde, though the 101 loop road which brings much of Phoenix and its suburbs within easy reach is only a 30-minute drive away.

For those who want quick access to hiking or biking in Arizona’s desert and mountain landscape, Tonto Verde is surrounded by such opportunities. The start of the Tonto National Forest, which covers almost 3 million acres, is virtually on the doorstep. A few minutes in the other direction is the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which has over 21,000 acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and stargazing, for which Arizona’s clear desert skies are especially suited. Also, the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can learn all about Arizona’s native creatures, is a 10-minute drive away.

Tonto Verde’s Amenities

The new homes will have full access to all of Tonto Verde’s existing amenities. These include two 18-hole golf courses, a fitness center, a 26,000-square-foot clubhouse, a ballroom, a library, a choice of restaurants, an outdoor pool and spa, two scenic lakes, and hiking and biking trails. There are also numerous organized activities and clubs covering such things as skiing, rollerblading, food and drink, arts and crafts, yoga, and dancing.

Tonto Verde Golf

The golf courses at Tonto Verde are more than mere amenities. They both wind through the community, with many homes backing right onto the courses. Both courses also provide views of the surrounding mountains, and given that the Phoenix area has about 300 days of sunshine each year, the weather is ideal for golfing and other outdoor activities. 

The Peaks Course at Tonto Verde has three tee options for men and three for women, ranging in yardage from 3,772 to 6,729. It gets its name from the four peaks that are visible to the east from different parts of the course.

The Ranch Course has wider fairways and landing areas, and it's named for the nearby Box Bar Ranch, which has been a working ranch since the early 1900s. Its six tees go from 4,054 yards through to 7,010 yards.

The Mesquite Grill is open to both members and non-members alike. It has an outdoor dining area with views of the nearby mountains, and it has been voted one of the 100 most scenic restaurants in the USA. It offers dinner dishes such as Angus burgers, steamed lobster tails, house-aged filet mignon, and BBQ pork back ribs. The lighter lunch menu has dishes like soups, salads, and sandwiches. Also, the wine cellar offers a large number of Napa Valley wines, some of which are discounted for club members.

There's also the more informal option of the Mesquite Bar, with its booths and pub-like wood paneling. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Tonto Verde Models

The new homes at Tonto Verde have two different floor plans. The smaller has 1,394 square feet and the larger 1,524 square feet. Both are single-story homes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, covered patios, laundry rooms, and an attached two-car garage. There's an option with the Master Bathroom to have either a tub alone or a tub and shower combination. Both floor plans feature large Great Rooms that combine a living room, dining room, and an open-plan island kitchen. 

These new home prices range from the mid to high $200s—a great value when compared to the older homes currently for sale in Tonto Verde.