Scenic Country Homesite with Utilities & Amenities
What a beautiful scenic homesite to live the country life with full amenities in a secure, gated community! This lovely double-sized lot has all utilities accessible when you are ready to build for your home. Enjoy the expansive views full of mountain ranges in the background for miles. The location is ideal near the highway and still has a peaceful neighborhood feel.
As a part of a Daybreak at Bensch Ranch, enjoy fine country living amenities with the gorgeous clubhouse, outdoor pool, community kitchen, fitness/exercise room. Also enjoy seasonal creek, parks & paths, and 180 acres open space set aside for only Daybreak at Bensch Ranch. There are true benefits of living in this maintained community with a very low $99 monthly HOA fee. When you are ready to build, there is a library of designs at your disposal. Learn more about the community here: www.benschranch.com
Live in Spring Valley where the summers are cool and winters are mild unlike the blazing heat in other parts of Arizona. Be centrally located for weekend visits to Phoenix for sports, art and shopping. Explore the natural beauty of Sedona and Flagstaff just a quick jaunt north. Choose this perfect location before it's gone!
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and 5th largest city in the United States. With over 1.6 million residents, it is also one of only two state capitals with a population of more than one million people. Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the Salt River Valley. Known for its warm temperatures and over 300 days of sun a year, you’ll be able to enjoy the abundance of activities here all year around.
Phoenix holds the perfect climate for your outdoor adventures. If you enjoy hiking or biking, more than 41,000 acres of Phoenix desert and mountain parks and preserves offer everything from busy, arduous summit climbs to secluded, meandering valley walks. 40 trailheads provide access to more than 200 miles of trails. You can admire the displaying cacti and numerous native plants and fauna within the city limits or at the one of a kind Desert Botanical Garden.
The city contains many options for higher learning. Arizona State University is the region’s largest institution of higher education. While its main campus is in Tempe, ASU also has campuses in northwest Phoenix and downtown Phoenix. An independent, LCME accredited, four-year medical school of the University of Arizona College of Medicine is near ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten community colleges and two skills centers throughout Maricopa County, providing adult education and job training. Phoenix College, part of the district, was founded in 1920 and is the oldest community college in Arizona and one of the oldest in the country.
Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.
Sedona’s main attraction is its array of red sandstone formations. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a popular backdrop for many activities, ranging from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. Her mother, Amanda Miller, claimed to have made the name up because “it sounded pretty“.
The Prescott National Forest established in 1907 is a 1.25 million-acre United States National Forest located in north central Arizona. The forest is located in the mountains southwest of Flagstaff and north of Phoenix in Yavapai County, with a small portion extending into southwestern Coconino County. The forest has 8 designated wilderness areas encompassing over 100,000 acres. There are developed family campgrounds and over 90 undeveloped dispersed campsites which make it easy to enjoy the gentle trails, rock climbing, bouldering, or rafting. This incredible land provides something for everyone to see and do. In addition to its outstanding recreational opportunities, it is a repository of clean water, diverse wildlife habitat, and many historic and prehistoric sites. The scenic landscapes range from cactus-studded desert to pine-clad mountains. This variety, coupled with a wide range in elevation (from 3,000 to 8,000 feet), offers outstanding recreational opportunities all year long.
Adjacent to rapidly expanding communities, the 71,000-acre Agua Fria National Monument is approximately 40 miles north of central Phoenix. The monument encompasses two mesas and the canyon of the Agua Fria River. Elevations range from 2,150 feet above sea level along the Agua Fria Canyon to about 4,600 feet in the northern hills. The diversity of vegetative communities, topographic features, and a dormant volcano decorates the landscape with a big rocky, basaltic plateau. This expansive mosaic of semi-desert are one of the most significant systems of prehistoric sites in the American Southwest.
In addition to the rich record of human history, the monument contains outstanding biological resources. The area is the home to coyotes, bobcats, antelope, mule deer, javelina, a variety of small mammals and songbirds. Eagles and other raptors may also be seen. Native fish exist in the Agua Fria River and its tributaries. Although there are no developed trails, hiking and primitive camping are popular at the monument. Be prepared with plenty of water, supplies, and proper hiking equipment as the terrain is rocky with steep cliffs, canyons, and remote areas. While hiking and camping, be sure to view some of the hundreds of archaeological sites in the Agua Fria as well.
On the stark eastern slopes of the Bradshaw Mountains, Castle Creek Wilderness stands between Phoenix and Flagstaff and contains over 25,000 acres. Extremely rugged topography rises to granite peaks on Juniper Ridge, offering views of the Agua Fria National Monument. In the southeastern corner of the wilderness the elevation drops to 2,800 feet. Saguaro cactus, paloverde, mesquite, jojoba, catclaw, and grasslands dominate the lower elevations. Up higher you’ll find chaparral communities of shrub live oak, mountain mahogany, and manzanita with pinion and juniper on southern slopes and small stands of ponderosa pine on northern slopes. Dense populations of mule deer and javelina inhabit this area, along with a few mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, rabbits, foxes, skunks, and badgers. Snakes and lizards live here, and numerous birds soar overhead, including doves, quail, hawks, owls, ravens, jays, and many smaller species. Nine trails offer approximately 30 miles of hiking throughout the area to view this incredible landscape.
Palace Station, located 17 miles south of Prescott, is one of the most famous stage stops in Yavapai County. It was built in 1875 by Alfred B. Spence and his family, and the log structure still stands today. The location is in Crook’s Canyon and was chosen because it was halfway between Prescott and the Peck Mine—which at the time was one of the most prominent mines in the territory. At the time of the Spence’s arrival, the only access route into Crooks Canyon was a mule trail. In 1877, a wagon road was surveyed into the canyon, and thereafter, the Prescott to Phoenix stage carried passengers to Palace Station and beyond to the Peck Mine.
The stage stop was an immediate hit and played an important role in the social and economic development of the new territory. At Palace Station, the horses were watered and rested while the travelers enjoyed a meal and sleeping quarters if needed. The station continued running until Spence passed away in 1908. The family then tried to sell Palace Station but instead abandoned it in 1910. Shortly after, the Prescott National Forest Service began utilizing the station, referring to it as “range headquarters”.
Palace Station is one of the few remaining stagecoach stations dating from the settlement of the Arizona Territory. It is still occupied by the Forest service personnel and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The future of Palace Station is the brightest it has been in over a century. The forest service is currently completing construction to make the Station a rental cabin. It will soon be open to the public to enjoy the experience of staying at this historic site.