Sincuidados, a private residential community in North Scottsdale, features estate lots in a premiere, gated and guarded community in the High Sonoran Desert. Comprised of 16 quiet cul-de-sacs of luxury homes, Sincuidados offers magnificent views of Lone Mountain and Pinnacle Peak. An adobe wall and four gates surround the subdivision with 24-hour security: Pima gate (north), Lone Mountain (west), Pima gate (south) and Dixileta gate (west). The lots range from just under one acre to under two acres; the home square footage ranges from 2900 to 7000. All homes feature a Santa Fe or territorial style architecture. Tennis courts and easy access to the Lone Mountain Preserve trails offer plenty of recreational opportunities year-round. The newly remodeled clubhouse includes conference rooms and a kitchen to accommodate social activities and events. In addition to some of the finest golf courses only minutes away are the shops and restaurants of El Pedregal, the Pinnacle Peak/Citadel stores, The Boulders Resort, The Scottsdale Princess, a new Four Seasons Hotel and the shops and services of Carefree.
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Situated in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Pima and Lone Mountain Roads, Sincuidados began as 560 prime acres determined to be an ideal place for the development of one-acre-plus lots in an upscale, serene, non-golf community of custom homes. Dick Johnes, the developer, designed and built the infrastructure for the community which was to be built in four phases and would be called Sincuidados (“without care” or “carefree”). Sincuidados was honored by the presentation of the prestigious Crescordia award for environmental excellence by the Valley Forward Association. The developers and builders of this beautiful area ensured, through extensive master planning, that the pristine excellence of this unique desert site will be maintained. The master plan assures residents that their personal, breathtaking views will not be interrupted in any direction. The master plan also called for an adobe perimeter wall which was designed to flow with the land so that it appeared to be part of the landscape. Property owners abide by a rigid standard of building covenants, thus upholding the ultimate objective of preserving the area’s natural state and enhancing the value of the community, both aesthetically and financially. In the beginning, Pima Road was a two lane road with little traffic, essentially no lights, and no service facilities north of Shea Boulevard. Sincuidados now features the very finest in contemporary Scottsdale living and is one of the most desirable communities in Scottsdale.
Wallace Botanical Gardens
Phase IV of Sincuidados was ultimately purchased by H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace, who completed one of the earliest residences. The Wallace home, cacti shelter, and gardens are situated on a substantial section of land, and the property is held under the protection of a conservation easement, which will maintain it as it is in perpetuity. Phase IV and its walking trails were made available by the generosity of the Wallaces for all homeowners to enjoy. The residents of Sincuidados enjoy open access to two amenities unlike those of any other residential community in the Southwest: Wallace Desert Gardens and Lone Mountain Preserve. These properties are committed to the same goals of conserving native Sonoran Desert and open space as are the residents who choose to live in Sincuidados. Wallace Desert Gardens, located in the heart of the community, is home to thousands of desert plants and is one of the world’s largest private collections of cacti and succulents. Focusing primarily on plants native to the arid lands of the Sonoran Desert, Mexico, Australia, and Africa , Wallace Desert Gardens offer a place of peace, beauty, and tranquility in a sea of urban development. The gardens encompass 12 acres of cultivated gardens and six acres of natural vegetation. Adjacent to Sincuidados is the Wallace Lone Mountain Preserve which is also part of the
Gardens’ property. Lone Mountain features 78 acres with walking trails in a natural Sonoran Desert habitat and is protected from development under a conservation easement to Desert Foothills Land Trust. Both properties owe their existence to Henry
Browne Wallace, who was known as H.B. to his friends and his wife Jocelyn. H.B. was an extraordinary horticulturalist with a passion for arid land plants, although he knew little about them until he moved to Arizona in the early 1980’s. In over 20 years of existence, the Gardens have expanded to include over 2,500 species of arid land plants from all over the world. When he died in 2005, H.B. left this magnificent property to a tax exempt foundation created with a vision of providing opportunities for research, education and conservation.
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