Offers an excellent and highly desirable setting for families and young professionals.


There's plenty to do around DESERT RIDGE, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Healthy Chef Phx, Trujillo’s Treats, and Albion Fit Scottsdale Quarter.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.97 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.13 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.68 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.39 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.89 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.67 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Overview for DESERT RIDGE, AZ

24,420 people live in DESERT RIDGE, where the median age is 38.2 and the average individual income is $66,062.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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38.2 years

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Welcome to Desert Ridge

A bustling, walkable residential neighborhood with a desert lifestyle.
Desert Ridge is a hip, spacious, master-planned residential community in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix adjacent to Arizona State Routes 101 and 51, with 14 neighboring sub-communities. The real estate scene features an assortment of single-family homes, attached homes, and large custom estates, including resort-style amenities and several new developments. Residents enjoy the neighborhood's convenient location near commercial areas, local attractions, and district schools — less than 30 minutes outside Downtown Phoenix.
With over 5,700 acres, Desert Ridge offers an excellent and highly desirable setting for families and young professionals looking to access freeway systems. Moreover, two Desert Ridge sub-communities — Talinn at Desert Ridge and Emblem at Talinn — bring a surplus of high-end housing to the table. Desert Ridge residents live the high life with in-house amenities aplenty and access to great dining and shopping.

What to Love

  • High Street and Desert Ridge shops and restaurants
  • Precious niche communities — Talinn at Desert Ridge and Emblem at Talinn
  • Convenient, walkable location
  • 20 minutes to Sky Harbor Airport
  • Proximity to nearby popular commercial areas and attractions

Local Lifestyle

Desert Ridge is a hip suburban neighborhood with a rural feel. Most homes are modern and developed mainly in the late 1990s and early 2000s, although you will find a few restored historic homes in some communities here. 
Within Desert Ridge, you will find two main sub-communities. The first, Talinn, is a 234-acre gated community; its homes range from 1,600 to 3,600 square feet and come in one or two stories. Community amenities include a pool, fitness center, and yoga lawn, while more facilities are in the works. Within Talinn, you will find a secondary gated community called Emblem at Talinn. The Emblem homes follow five distinct floorplans, which start at three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and two-car garages. Notably, an elementary school is scheduled for completion within Emblem.
Most homes in Desert Ridge have access to a fitness complex, pool, parks, community gathering centers, and paved or lighted walking paths. Residents are highly welcoming, and this master-planned community provides an aesthetically pleasing environment that is ideal for families.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Desert Ridge offers an endless adventure for entertainment, dining places, and shopping options for residents and visitors, with approximately 75 restaurants and 60 shops. J.W. Marriot Hotel Resort & Spa offers several dining options, from casual to upscale. There’s also a spa, a fitness center, and two golf courses if you love dining or golfing. 
High Street’s Ocean Prime is another excellent fine dining restaurant in the neighborhood to enjoy a classic steak, extensive wine list, and seafood selection. For a stylish American restaurant with old-school tiki flair and Polynesian-inspired entrees and drinks, check out HULA's Modern Tiki along High Street or head to Modern Margarita for Mexican fares serving small plates and margaritas in unique flavors. Blue Martini Lounge is another excellent place to explore a global menu, daily specials, and live music in a stylish space in the heart of Desert Ridge. Another spectacular and new American restaurant to enjoy a tasty meal is Yard House, which features an enormous menu of fresh American fare and a list of draft beers.
When shopping in Desert Ridge, check out the Farmer's Market along High Street, which offers a range of natural and organic grocery products and own-brand items. Torch Cigar Bar is another great shopping area with friendly staff and ample seating for exceptional cigars, drinks, and sports on TV. When looking for entertainment, CB Live is what you need. This event venue offers casual pub dining, late closing, and happy hour and is popular for live bands and standup comedy appearances.

Things to Do

Desert Ridge is one of the largest neighborhoods in the region, with several things to do. High Street Farmers Market is a perfect opportunity to explore and shop for local items, such as fresh produce. For an endless outdoor adventure, head to Arizona Horseman's Park, which is located 12 minutes northeast of the neighborhood and hosts several events and outdoor activities.
Bullfrog Pond is another excellent destination to explore a nature preserve, featuring hiking trails, wildlife, and a playground for family fun. You can also check out Cashman Park, a 10-acre neighborhood park with ample green space that serves as a gathering place for locals. You can also visit the Musical Instrument Museum and learn about over 15,000 musical instruments from nearly 200 countries.
Desert Ridge also boasts a variety of annual and seasonal events and festivals. The Arizona Jazz Festival is a yearly festival featuring various performing artists, including jazz presenters and educators. Fine Art Fridays is another notable event in the neighborhood where residents enjoy an art market spotlighting local artists.  


Desert Ridge belongs to the Paradise Valley Unified School District and features some of the best schools in Arizona. Students may attend:


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The following schools are within or nearby DESERT RIDGE. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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8th - 12th
Wildfire Elementary School
PreK - 6th
Fireside Elementary School
PreK - 6th
West-MEC - Pinnacle High School
9th - 12th
No rating available
Desert Trails Elementary School
PreK - 7th
Explorer Middle School
7th - 8th

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