A Mom’s Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix :: Desert Ridge


North Phoenix Moms Blog is thrilled to bring you Neighborhood Guides presented by Ashley Richards of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage. Each month we will be highlighting a neighborhood in the Phoenix area by sharing restaurants, parks, schools, and activities in that part of the valley. Our series begins with a hometown favorite, Desert Ridge.

Neighborhood Guide Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge is a master-planner community located off the Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd. This is one of Arizona’s largest master-planned communities and is projected to house more than 50,000 residents. Besides the beautiful desert landscape and amazing homes, the neighborhood has lots of great parks, restaurants and shops which are highlighted below.  We hope you and your family enjoy!

Dining and Shopping

You will find amazing shops and dining experiences at two shopping centers. Below you will find some of the stores and restaurants that are kid and family-friendly that we love:

Desert Ridge Marketplace




Barnes and Noble

California Pizza Kitchen

Barrio Queen


Coming Soon: Flower Child

High Street

Mellow Mushroom

Kona Grill

Firehouse Subs

Yogurt Time




There are tons of activities for the whole family! Here are some of our favorite things to do:


Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and amazing weather that Phoenix has to offer by bringing the kids to these parks in the area:

  • Cashman Park
  • Aviano Community Park
  • Fireside Community Basketball Court & Park
  • Wildcat Ridge Community Park


Looking to move into the Desert Ridge area? It is part of the Paradise Valley School District and is home to four schools; Desert Trails Elementary School, Explorer Middle School, Paradise Valley High School and Pinnacle High School. All of these schools are highly ranked!


To learn more about this and other Phoenix neighborhoods, join our online Neighborhood Groups where you can connect with other valley families! 

Stay tuned for more Neighborhood Guides from Ashley Richards, Mortgage Advisor. 

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Ashley is an Arizona native and is married to her stud husband Brandon. Together they have two crazy adorable kids; Ellie and Eli. When Ashley is not chasing and cuddling her kids, or hiking mountains with her husband, she focuses on her career as a Mortgage Advisor for Pinnacle Capital Mortgage. Ashley has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing- helping a variety of businesses with graphic design, online marketing, advertising, and blogging. She is now assisting Real Estate agents with their marketing needs to help build a relationship with them and grow her mortgage business. Ashley’s favorite way to relax is with a glass of wine, a good book, and a bubble bath. She enjoys family walks with her 2 Rottweiler’s, watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette, and really good Mexican food. If you are interested in learning about real estate, lending, and financial tips, be sure to follow her business blog.


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