Encompassing roughly 20,000 acres, the lakeside community of Estrella Mountain Ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, in the Sonoran Desert Valley.
Estrella Mountain Ranch is a lively and large lakeside community within the town of Goodyear, Arizona. Located about 17 miles outside of Phoenix, this sprawling community encompasses over 20,000 acres with around 5,500 beautiful builds and a population of 20,000 residents. Nestled within the mountainside of the Sierra Estrella Mountain, this community offers a lakeside mountain living experience that is very hard to find in the Arizona desert.
First established in 1988, the delightful Estrella Mountain Ranch is a mountain lake oasis within the Sonoran Desert Valley. The Estrella Mountain Ranch community at large is actually home to three separate smaller communities: Mountain Ranch, Montecito and the gated retirement community of CantaMia at Estrella. With 72 acres of freshwater lakes, 40 neighborhood parks, 500 acres of open space and parks, as well as being connected to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park and all its hiking and biking trails, Estrella Mountain Ranch is a retreat for its residents.
Each of the three communities has its own charming clubhouse. Mountain Ranch’s Presidio Residents Club, Montecito’s Starpointe Residents Club and CantiaMia’s CantiaMia Village Center. These different clubhouses offer indoor and outdoor swimming pools, dog parks, waterparks, restaurants, meeting rooms and fitness centers. Allowing residents of every Estrella Mountain Ranch community to have an accessible social hub.
The most unique and alluring part of Estrella Mountain Ranch is the fact that it is home to two freshwater lakes that the residents of the community have access to every day. With a Yacht and Sailing club, freshwater fishing and sand beaches, the Estrella lakes offer the community’s residents a way to enjoy the outdoors that not many neighborhoods in the Phoenix Area do!
First Watch – First Watch is open for breakfast, lunch and of course, brunch! With a unique menu of specially curated dishes, this is the type of place where you can’t help but take pictures of your food before you eat.
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company – Saddle Mountain Brewing Company is Goodyear’s local brewery known for their delicious, humongous hamburgers and their amazing tap beers. Voted the best brewpub in the West Valley, this is a local favorite for birthdays and special events!
Café Bebida – Located at the base of the Estrella Mountain, Café Bebida offers stunning views of the mountain and absolutely wonderful coffee and food. Super close to the infamous Star Tower lookout point, as well as the Copper State Bike and Hike Shop, this is the perfect place to fuel up for an adventure in the mountain park or to reward yourself after a long hike!
Jackrabbit Java – Jackrabbit Java is a family owned coffee stand serving coffee, local dairy products and delicious pastries. This is the perfect spot to grab a quick breakfast and caffeine push to get you through your day!
Lakeside Grill – Arguably one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Estrella Mountain Ranch area, Lakeside Grill is located within the Starpointe Residents Club and sits on the shore of one of Estrella’s stunning lakes. With a dining room and a patio, you can enjoy the views year round while you also enjoy a specialty salad or burger, craft cocktail or even brunch.
Shopping & Dining
Estrella Mountain Ranch offers a wonderful shopping experience for the locals with the Mountain Ranch Marketplace housing a Safeway, Walgreens Pharmacy, Chase Bank and Papa Johns Pizza. In addition, Elliot Market is the local gas station and grocery store that serves all of the Estrella Mountain Ranch area. Mixed into the chain convenience stores, there is an array of delicious local restaurants in Estrella Mountain Ranch!
Things to do (with links)
13 minutes to Copper State Bike and Hike Shop
3 minutes to Golf Club of Estrella
13 minutes to Star Tower
24 minutes to D-Votion Field
3 minutes to Yacht and Sailing Club at Estrella
8 minutes to Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Westar Elementary School (a STEM-focused school)
In addition to the K-12 schools, Estrella Mountain Ranch offers the unique opportunity of the Estrella Mountain Community College where adults can further their education while still close to home!
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