Dobson Ranch now consists of nearly 5,000 homes and 15,000 residents, making it one of the largest master-planned communities in Arizona. The Ranch is run by a not-for-profit corporation known as The Dobson Association, Inc. Governed by a homeowner-elected board of directors, supported by a host of volunteer committees and administered by professional management and staff, it truly is a city within a city.
Every Dobson Ranch property owner automatically becomes a member of the Dobson Association and is entitled to one vote for every lot owned. All owners of single family homes, condominiums and townhomes are members. Use of the common areas and recreation facilities is reserved exclusively for Ranch residents in good standing.
The Dobson Association owns, free and clear, approximately 65 acres of common areas and facilities. These include seven man-made lakes, three major recreation centers, more than a dozen tennis courts, four swimming pools and many playgrounds, parks and scenic lakeside pathways. All are fully improved and landscaped as outlined in the Association's master plan.
Maintenance of these common areas is performed by the Association and paid for by funds generated through an assessment. Members of the Association are assessed equally for the cost of maintaining, operating and improving the common areas and enforcing the CC&Rs, which uphold the aesthetic qualities of the community.
The first planned community in Mesa, model homes opened their doors to prospective buyers in October 1973. Although several other builders participated in constructing custom and semi-custom homes and townhomes, Continental Homes owned the land, designed the man-made lake system and adjoining greenbelts and built most of the single family homes.
Continental Homes' sales office stood on the site now occupied by the homeowners association's La Casita Community Center. This small modular building was donated to the association after it was no longer needed by Continental Homes and housed the association's administrative office, Board of Directors meeting room and preschool until the more spacious La Casita building was constructed in 1992.
The demand for Dobson Ranch homes was so strong that many new houses were sold within weeks, and sometimes months, before they were completed. To accommodate the hundreds of children moving into the new neighborhoods, a senior high school and two elementary schools were built nearby. A total of eight artificial lakes were excavated and the lengthy filling process began in early 1975. Retail development soon followed, including Fiesta Mall, which held its grand opening in the Fall of 1979.
Construction continued at a brisk pace until the mid-1980s, when the Ranch was almost fully built out. The final area to be developed was the Brook Edge Estates neighborhood, which is located west of Dobson Road and south of Baseline Road. Originally owned by the Mesa School District and set aside as the site for a proposed additional elementary school, the land was ultimately sold and subdivided for use as private residences in 1988. The Ranch's final homesite was completed in 1999 on a lot that had remained vacant for more than two decades.
As originally envisioned, Dobson Ranch is a mixture of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes designed around a common theme--the lakes. Nestled within the community are several schools, churches and a municipal complex which includes a lakeside park, a police substation, a fire station and a branch of the city library.
Convenient access to transportation, employment and shopping are essential to the vitality of every community. Dobson Ranch is fortunate to be adjacent to two busy freeways for direct routes to neighboring cities. Nearby employers include Boeing, Intel and Arizona State University. Commercial businesses of all types are located close by.
With its roots firmly planted in Arizona's agricultural past and its eyes focused on the promise of Mesa's bright future, Dobson Ranch today provides its residents with a leisurely lifestyle within a bustling metropolitan area. The Ranch's motto 'The Best Place to Live' is as true today as it has been since the beginning.
The large tract of land near the southwestern border of Mesa, Arizona now known as Dobson Ranch was once part of an extensive cattle ranch and farming operation. Dating back to 1886 when Wilson Wesley Dobson emigrated to Arizona from Canada, it remained in the Dobson family for many generations. As many as 20,000 head of cattle once roamed the land that is now Baseline Road. The Salt River Project water rights that allow the Ranch's lakes to be filled today can be traced back to the same ones that were originally claimed by these early pioneers.
By the early 1970s, growth in Maricopa County had begun to spread eastward with the steady advance of a modern freeway system. Land that had been cultivated for many years to raise cotton, citrus and cattle, the icons of Arizona's agricultural heritage, was rapidly being converted to homes, stores and businesses. As suburban Mesa's census climbed at an unprecedented rate, the city searched for additional recreational and residential opportunities for its booming population.
To address that need, the original Dobson family homestead near the intersection of Dobson and Baseline Roads and several acres that bordered it were purchased by the City of Mesa as the site for a championship 18-hole municipal golf course. The elegant Dobson family home, which was built in the 1950s, is now occupied by the popular Ranch House restaurant. The home's large adjacent garage was remodeled and, for many years, served as the golf course's first pro shop and clubhouse.
About the same time, another 2,000 acres of Dobson family property that surround the golf course were bought by Continental Homes of Phoenix. This land was to become a master-planned community to provide housing for thousands of Mesa's new residents. It spanned most of the area within the boundaries of Guadalupe Road to the south, Price Road (now Loop 101) on the west, State Highway 360 (now US Highway 60, the Superstition Freeway) to the north and Extension Road on the east.
The necessary building permits were obtained, the governing documents were drawn up and duly recorded and thus in April 1973, the residential community of Dobson Ranch was born.
Our Vision simply stated…..
Dobson Ranch, one of Arizona’s first planned communities, has a proud and established reputation. With classic neighborhood charm and a vibrant atmosphere, it is a beautiful sustainable community located in the heart of the East Valley. The Dobson Association will continue to lead the way by making Dobson Ranch the premier community of choice.
Our mission is to make Dobson Ranch the best place to live, work and play. We build a strong sense of community, maintain and raise property values and provide quality activities and amenities for all of our members to enjoy.
Address: 1718 S. Longmore.
Wood Creek Townhomes, located on the northern border of Dobson Ranch across US Highway 60 from the now closed Fiesta Mall, features 120 single level and two-story units. This is a quiet neighborhood with a great location and well-kept grounds. The streets are clean and well maintained. Amenities include a private swimming pool and clubhouse.
Homes range in size from 1,025 to 1,500 square feet. The monthly assessment includes trash pickup, water, sewer, insurance and outside landscaping. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Wood Creek Townhomes also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the clubhouse. The annual meeting of homeowners is held in July.
Management Company: City Property Management 602-437-4777
Contact: Jenna Chapman, Community Manager
Address: 1645 W. Baseline Road.
The Water Works is a 204-unit complex of condominiums located on Baseline Road between Pennington and Longmore Avenues. Residents are especially proud of the interior common area, which features ponds and fountains and is landscaped with many trees and flowering shrubs for a refreshing tropical feel. The complex also includes a pool, Ramada and picnic area.
There are four different floor plans and each unit has covered parking. Monthly fees vary per unit (based on size) and are used to pay for water, insurance, sewer, trash and all outside maintenance of each unit. A special assessment was passed in 2003 to resurface the private street and parking lot. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Water Works also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Water Works residents receive a quarterly newsletter and have established a neighborhood Block Watch program.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the La Casita Recreation Center. The annual meeting of homeowners is held in April.
Management Company: Vision Community Management Co.
Contact: Jocelyn Hooley, Community Manager
Address: 2200-2300 W. Lindner Ave.
The Landings, established in 1979, includes 222 homes on 7.5 acres bordered by Baseline Road, Los Altos, El Dorado and Lindner Avenues. It features four lakes, two swimming pools and a clubhouse. These are surrounded by lush landscaping, mature trees and many flowering shrubs. Small finger lakes flow throughout the development, allowing many residents to step out on their back patios and enjoy fishing and the tranquility of waterfront living.
The units include single-story and two-story homes that range in size from 1,300 to 1,800 square feet. The monthly assessment includes trash pickup, water, sewer and general maintenance of the outside of the buildings and common areas. The Landings has never had a special assessment. As with all sub-associations, residents of The Landings also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held bi-monthly at 6:30 pm in The Landings Clubhouse. The annual meeting of homeowners is held in May.
Management Company: Brown Community Management
Phone: 480-889-2645 or 480-539-1396
Contact: Kara Cutler, Community Manager
Located just west of Dobson Road and north of Guadalupe Road, Laguna Village is a quiet secluded community of 85 two- and three-bedroom single-level and two-story homes. Mature trees and grass greenbelts add to the serenity of the setting. The Village is conveniently located near shops, restaurants, a library, hospital, grocery stores and churches and is accessible from two major freeways. Amenities include a private pool, shade ramadas and a bathhouse which serves as a gathering place for neighbors.
The development has six different elevations, each with California mission tile roofs and two-car garages. Small front and rear yards make maintenance easy for residents. The homes offer many custom features including fireplaces, French doors, skylights and spacious master bedroom suites large enough for sitting areas. Many styles offer generous kitchen and dining areas.
Laguna Village prides itself on its sense of community. Community events include a monthly Front Yard Friday event, held October through June, with neighbors gathering for appetizers and conversation. There is also a Free Little Library located in the Village with neighbors exchanging books. On December 24, neighbors gather for the annual Luminaria Night, with hundreds of candles placed throughout the Village.
The community has a monthly assessment for maintenance of the common areas and swimming pool. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Laguna Village also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Saratoga Recreation Center. The annual meeting of homeowners is held in March. For the exact location of these meetings, contact Brown Community Management, Inc. at 480-539-1396.
Management Company: Brown Community Management, Inc.
Address: 1942 S. Emerson.
This condominium association, which consists of 106 units, considers itself a community, not a complex. It is conveniently located near SR-60, with access to I-10/I-17, Loop 101 and Loop 202. Centrally located, this community is nested among a variety of grocery stores, mall shopping, eateries, health/exercise facilities, and more. Moreover, it is located within walking distance of a major hospital, and is less than a mile from a fire department and police station
A newsletter is published regularly to keep residents informed and up-to-date on important issues and finances. Amenities include a heated pool and heated spa, two large BBQ grills located next to the 1000 sq. ft. pool, and a cabana with ceiling fans and a private restroom. Six buildings surround the tree-lined interior yards where children can play on the meticulously manicured lawns. Each year residents share in the bountiful harvest of fruit from the many citrus, kumquat and fruit trees. Most importantly, this community is FHA and VA certified.
Half of the units are on the upper level with balconies and the other half have enclosed patio areas. There is covered parking for vehicles, which is a plus during the hot summer months, and the two-bedroom units enjoy both a covered and non-covered space. The monthly assessment includes all utilities (except electric), insurance and outside maintenance. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Dobson Ranch Condominiums also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Management Company: Brown Community Management, Inc. 480-539-1396
Contact: Taylor Blakesley, Community Manager
Address: 2146 W. Isabella.
Dobson Villas is a 112-unit condominium community located west of Dobson Road, near Booker T. Washington Elementary School and south of US Highway 60, across from the Banner Desert Hospital and medical complex. Dobson Ranch lakes and plenty of shopping areas are conveniently within reach.
One of the top selling features is the open space landscaping with rolling areas of lush green grass and mature trees. The open space lends itself to a feeling of peace and quiet, as well as a park-like setting.
Serving as a gathering place for the community is its private heated pool and cabana. There is also a tennis court as part of the property.
Homes in Dobson Villas range in size from 800 to 1,200 square feet. All units have tile accents, balconies and patio areas. There is a monthly assessment for this community and, as with all sub-associations, the residents of Dobson Villas also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the fourth Thursday of each month by the pool except during the summer. The annual meeting of homeowners is held in March.
Management Company: Peterson Company
Contact: Robin Desonie, Community Manager
Address: 1920 W. Lindner.
A view of the #1 tee at Dobson Ranch Municipal Golf Course greets residents of Dobson Greens Condominiums Homeowners Association. The complex has 155 units, featuring two-bedroom, two-bath homes with 1,018 square feet. The complex boasts of a consistent increase in property values.
Lush landscaping, which includes mature trees and extensive shrubbery, enhances the community. Amenities include a pool and Jacuzzi in an expansive swimming area with patio tables, umbrellas and a large cool deck area for lounging. Social activities include monthly potluck dinners around the pool during the fall and spring. Another special feature of the association is its participation in the City of Mesa Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.
The monthly assessment covers all landscaping, water, sewer, garbage collection and insurance on the buildings and common areas. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Dobson Greens also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held in the association's on-site office at 1:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. The annual meeting of homeowners is held on the second Wednesday of January at 7:00 pm at La Casita Community Center.
Property Manager: Laurie Nichols
Phone: 480-839-9079 Email: email@example.com
The Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association have created a website with links to just about everything of interest regarding the use of water in Arizona. They launched this project last April and used the month of April as the theme for the website, a new topic for each day of the week. Click on a day/topic of and a new page appears, e.g., Day 10 –Rule the Yard – will take you to a website for Guidelines for Landscape Drip Irrigation Systems.
Check out this very handy website. http://waterawarenessmonth.com/
Dobson Ranch has made a long term commitment to fostering water conservation. Programs have been introduced to conserve water in our common areas and similar programs have been made available to the residents of Dobson Ranch with the primary effort being to educate Ranchers on the need and the possibilities of water conservation. Following SRP’s lead, Dobson Ranch is offering Ranch residents discounts or incentives to install smart irrigation controllers, discounts similar to those offered by SRP.
Address: 2322 S. Rogers.
Legante Paseo is a hidden oasis of 63 custom and semi-custom single-family homes nestled within the Dobson Ranch Municipal Golf Course. This is a gated community and the streets are private property. Amenities include a pool and cabana as well as a beautiful greenbelt. Homes include single-level and two-story styles, varying in size from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet.
Legante Paseo is a quiet, secluded, well-maintained golf community and is close to a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Freeway access is nearby but out of earshot. Residents lay claim to a strong sense of community and pride in home ownership.
Individual grass front yards and the common areas are maintained by the homeowners association and included in the assessment, which is payable quarterly. Each homeowner is responsible for any other private landscaping. As with all sub-associations, the residents of Legante Paseo also pay a quarterly assessment to the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association.
Meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm in the Chica room at La Casita Community Center. The annual meeting of homeowners is on the 1st Tuesday in December at 7:00 pm.
Management Company: Snow Property Services 480-635-1133
Contact: Rick Abbott, General Manager at 480-363-8916