Tatum Ranch is a Master-Planned Residential Community
Tatum Ranch is a master-planned community that includes 3,418 homes, Terra Vista Condominiums, Azure Creek Apartments, and five commercial sites in the northeast corner of Phoenix, where North Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road meet.
The Ranch is within the Upland Sonoran Desert life zone, with seven washes or arroyos, trending northeast to southwest. Tatum Ranch residents enjoy the quiet beauty and serenity of the Sonoran Desert that is home to some of the most beautiful native vegetation and wildlife in the entire Southwest.
Elevation is about 1,800 feet. Because of its distance from the center of the metropolitan area (22 air miles) and its proximity to the New River Mountains to the north, the summer temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler than recorded at Sky Harbor Airport, and the night sky is dark.
The small town of Cave Creek, Arizona is just six miles to the north. The Ranch is within the City of Phoenix and the Cave Creek Unified School District. The mailing addresses are in Cave Creek Postal system, however. The Ranch is five miles north of the 101 Freeway, and 35 miles north of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The Carefree Highway, the quickest approach to Interstate 17, is 3 miles north.
The Ranch was created and developed by SunCor Development Company beginning in 1988. Homes in 30 neighborhoods were built by a wide range of well-known builders. All the lots in Tatum Ranch were built out as of December 2001. Three neighborhoods are gated.
The community benefits from the 410-foot wide Cave Creek Road scenic highway corridor that keeps the roadsides in natural desert plants and shrubs. The arterial streets within the Ranch have desert landscaping in their median strips. Land immediately to the north, east, and south of the Ranch is occupied with residential lots one acre or more. Land to the west of the Ranch is State Trust Land, with a portion dedicated as Sonoran Preserve.
SunCor created the Tatum Ranch Community Association to own, maintain, and ensure the common areas, preserve the community's appearance and theme, and establish a sense of community. All Tatum Ranch homeowners are members of the Association.
Inside the Ranch are Desert Willow Elementary School and five commercial areas – Tuscany Village, Safeway Plaza, Shops at Tatum Ranch, Fry’s Plaza, and Shops at Dynamite Creek. Within those commercial areas are Safeway, Fry’s Food & Drug, Walgreens, ACE Hardware, medical and dental clinics, numerous restaurants, banks, automotive repair, storage units, and other retail and service establishments.
A Phoenix Fire Station is one mile south of the Ranch and another 2 miles north. The Phoenix Police Department’s Black Mountain Precinct is two miles north of the Ranch. The nearest hospital is Mayo Clinic Hospital, 7 miles south.
Recreation and Social
Two City of Phoenix parks are within or near Tatum Ranch. Desert Willow Park is on the west side of the Ranch, and Dynamite Park is on the south side. The City will build Lone Mountain Park one half mile east of the Ranch.
Centered in the Ranch is the Tatum Ranch Golf Club, a private 18-hole (par 72) golf course designed by Robert Culp. The Club has a clubhouse, fitness center, pool, and restaurant.
Homeowner Assessments and Utilities
Of 3418 homes, 3,310 are single-family detached; 108 homes are attached in pairs. The Association does not maintain any home roofs or exterior surfaces. Cable television is available. All utilities are underground. Tatum Ranch assessments are billed and due quarterly. Ancillary Association and Parcel Assessment Area assessments are due in addition to Tatum Ranch assessments.
Any exterior modification to a home or landscaping requires prior written approval from the Architectural Committee. Homeowners must select trees, shrubs, and plants from an Approved Plant List. Dogs must be kept on a leash except when within houses or enclosed backyards. Except for restrictions on signs, there are no resale restrictions. Residents must park vehicles in the garage or on the driveway. Temporary parking on the streets is permitted for private or public social events, providing the parked vehicles do not obstruct the passage of emergency vehicles. Commercial vehicles and overnight street parking are prohibited. If a business is operated in a home, the business may not create a nuisance, or increase traffic or street parking. There are no age restrictions.
A Board of Directors and an Architectural Committee govern the Association. Three neighborhoods, Terra Vista Condominiums, and Azure Creek Apartments are governed by sub-associations that own, maintain, and ensure additional amenities unique to these neighborhoods.
All prospective homeowners receive governing documents, including CC&Rs and Guidelines for Community Living. Current members who have lost or misplaced their copies can purchase another set for $5 at the Association's office. The Association publishes a newsletter, Tatum Talk, on an every other month basis, maintains this web site, and has an Annual Meeting during the fourth quarter of every year.