A friendly and peaceful suburban neighborhood with a wide variety of shopping, dining, and award-winning schools


Welcome to Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge is a bustling suburban neighborhood situated in the northern part of Phoenix, Arizona. The neighborhood attracts residents with its prime location and neighborly community feel. Its diverse real estate offerings consist of townhomes, condominiums, and some large custom estates, making the area suitable for anyone. 

The neighborhood is famously known for its open shopping centers, walkable parks, highly ranked schools, and fantastic entertainment. Located on the edge of Phoenix, the community is perfect for individuals looking to enjoy the “out of the city” feeling while still being able to enjoy convenient access to amenities.

What to Love

  • Beautiful desert landscape with ample walking paths and parks
  • World-class shopping areas
  • Plentiful dining and entertainment options
  • Friendly community feel

Local Lifestyle

Desert Ridge is the perfect combination of a neighborly, friendly, and modern neighborhood. The town has well-planned walking paths where one can walk down the streets exploring the breathtaking landscapes, or visit the open-air shopping markets. As one of the largest master-planned communities in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix, Desert Ridge provides its residents with access to award-winning schools, a diverse range of shopping and dining options, recreational parks, and community events. Here, you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds - the peace and quiet of a friendly neighborhood and the convenience of easy access to freeways for commutes.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Desert Ridge offers plenty of options when it comes to dining, shopping, and entertainment. If you are a lover of fantastic food, Tia Carmen is the place for you! Here you will find an array of elevated dishes designed to highlight the best of the Southwest — not to mention its incredible aesthetic. Additionally, if you are looking for a luxurious resort experience, the JW Marriott Hotel is your go-to place, as it offers various amenities including a lazy river, water slide, fitness center, and Revive Spa. 

Across the street from the hotel is High Street, where you will find exciting entertainment spots, such as the Gin & Reel bar and Blue Martini Lounge. You will also find popular eateries, such as Cook & Craft, Humble Bistro, and Hula’s Modern Tiki, which serves up flavorful Polynesian & American fusion dishes. If you love seafood, you can always walk into Ocean Prime for a taste of the ocean in the desert. 

The High Street Farmers Market is fun for the whole family with fresh, local, seasonal produce, homestyle foods, baked goods, seafood, and natural meats.

Desert Ridge Marketplace is the center of the neighborhood, known for hosting some well-known brands, independent boutiques, restaurants, and an open-air market. You can do all of your shopping for groceries, fashion, and household items at one convenient location. In addition, you can stop by Flower Child and grab a healthy snack or Barrio Queen to enjoy tasty Mexican food when hungry.

Things to Do

Those who love exploring trails and outdoor activities will never run short of activities to engage in while living in Desert Ridge.

If you love golfing, the JW Marriott Resort hosts men’s and women’s tournaments along with family golf clinics. 

Another great place to visit is the Musical Instrument Museum, which is open daily. The museum showcases a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from 200 countries. You will get a rare chance to hear their sounds and observe them being played in their original contexts.

The popular Desert Ridge Marketplace has a kids' play area with a splash pad, live music, and a variety of fun family events. Individual communities in Desert Ridge also occasionally hold events, such as the Halloween Dog Costume Party, Fall Fair Vendor Fest, Speed Networking, and Holiday Shopping Bazaar. 

After a long day of exploring the neighborhood, you can end the evening at the House of Comedy. This comedy club offers the very best when it comes to stand-up comedy, featuring some of the best comedians in the country.


The Desert Ridge neighborhood is home to several award-winning schools including:

Overview for DESERT RIDGE, AZ

17,523 people live in DESERT RIDGE, where the median age is 39 and the average individual income is $67,781. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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39 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for DESERT RIDGE, AZ

DESERT RIDGE has 6,258 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in DESERT RIDGE do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 17,523 people call DESERT RIDGE home. The population density is 3,971.463 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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