"Susanne's Scottsdale townhouse was just what the doctor ordered for our family vacation in June of 2016. The townhouse, at 2700 sqft, provided plenty of open space - beats a tiny hotel room! The home was beautifully decorated in a southwest modern scheme, and the comfortable furniture had us happily cheering on our hometown Sharks and Warriors during the playoffs.
Sure it's hot in Scottsdale in the summer, but we hiked (AM) every day anyway at nearby Pinnacle Peak (5 min) and not-too-far away McDowell Sonoran Preserve (15 min). Pinnacle Peak provides great views and is a more crowded, tourist-oriented trail - staffed visitors center, manicured trails, mile-markers, etc. but provides a great workout if you hike the full out-and-back.
The McDowell preserve, once past the visitor’s center, gives one a better sense that you are hiking out in the desert. Fewer hikers and a rougher terrain make for a great hike. The 4.7 mile loop provides great vistas and did me in - given the hot weather. Bring plenty of water!
We ultimately did not play any golf due to the high 100+ heat - other than a visit to "Top-Golf". The weather, by the way, was quite comfortable in the evening while we were there, due to the low humidity.
Susanne's living room fronted the Troon North golf course. Golf courses in the desert tend to support lots of wildlife - we regularly saw rabbits, quail, roadrunners, lizards (including the larger chuckwalla), and chipmunks. No bobcat sightings tough!
My wife and I are looking to retire to Scottsdale in a few years, and "try out" different locations every year or two. The Troon North location on the surface appears to be far out there away from the edges of civilization. In fact the nearest Supermarket/shopping center is about 5 miles away, although getting there won't take more than 10 minutes as you are travelling at highway speeds. A smaller shopping center only a mile away has a Walgreens and a few restaurants. It's about a 10-mile trip to get to a shopping area with department stores (Target, Kohls) and such - Frank Lloyd Wright and 101.
If you like to have a place where you can walk or bike to a local coffee or bagel shop, this isn't it, but for a 1-week vacation, Susanne's location and comfortable townhouse can't be beat! We will definitely consider staying here again in the future, and potentially moving to this community in retirement!"
Guest: SPN BB Coach
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: June 18, 2016