Property Status Review

The Home Owners Association is obligated to inspect each property within 10 days once notified of a pending sale through HousewiseDocs. The following inspection list is a summary of the most commonly inspected items in regards to the property disclosure. Please note, it is not an all inclusive list of items that may be identified.

In order to ensure a smooth transaction, it is recommended that this list be reviewed upon listing the home or lot for sale and not waiting until escrow has opened.

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Owners Association Property Inspection List

  • Exterior Stucco and Wood Surfaces - maintained in good condition and not permitted to decline into disrepair. Paint/stain color in compliance with the approved Design Guidelines light reflective value (LRV).
  • Flat Roof - colors such as white or highly reflective roof surfaces exceeding LRV 40 are prohibited (White equals LRV 100) (Section 7.5.3).
  • Building Projections - including, but not limited to, chimney caps, vents, gutters, scuppers, downspouts, utility boxes, utility meters, porches, fencing, railings and exterior stairways, shall match the color of the surface from which they project or be an appropriate accent color, unless otherwise approved by the Design Review Committee (Section 7.37).
  • Service and Equipment Enclosures - must be completely screened by walls and gates at least twelve inches higher than the equipment (Section 7.24).
  • Fencing/Railings - Open metal fencing or railings should be anchored by building or wall masses on either side such as a wall or column (Section 7.23).
  • Exterior Lighting (Sections 6.14 and 6.15) - all exterior lighting must provide for significant shielding to ensure light bulbs are not visible from neighboring properties with no bare lamps permitted
    1. Site lighting must be directed onto vegetation or features such as boulders and may not be used to light walls or building elements.
    2. A maximum of two low-voltage up lights are allowed under large canopy trees
    3. No lighting will be permitted in Natural Areas or outside of areas enclosed by patio or building site walls.
    4. Recessed lights in exterior soffits, eaves or ceilings shall have the lamp recessed a minimum of three inches into the ceiling and the fixture painted to match the exterior paint color.
    5. Building-mounted lighting must be directed downward away from adjacent lot, common areas, streets and open space with no light that is emitted through the top or sides of the fixture.
    6. Driveway lighting pole-mounted or wall mounted fixtures shall be no higher than eighteen inches above the driving surface with the light source of all fixtures must be recessed and fully shielded including any light leak from the top of the fixture.
    7. The spacing of the driveway light fixtures shall generally be fifty feet apart with a minimum of twenty-five feet apart and be turned off by manual or automatic methods by midnight and be turned off completely during extended times in which the Residence is not occupied.

Landscape Maintenance (Section 8)

Each owner is required to maintain the landscape on their lot to provide a defensible space per City of Scottsdale Guidelines and in such a manner that it does not become visually unattractive, or otherwise not in keeping with the Design Guidelines, the applicable policies of the Community or other provisions of the Declaration.

  1. Transitional and Natural Areas require minimal maintenance since they are intended to appear the same as the undisturbed desert (Sections 6.2 and 6.3).
  2. The landscape in the Natural Area should not have a manicured, raked or groomed appearance and should not be kept clean of all plant material exposing a bare desert floor (Section 8.11).
  3. Maintenance in Transitional and Natural areas is limited to the removal of dead plant material, defined weeds, desert broom or other plant materials not listed on the approved list and the control of grasses through the use of appropriate methods (Section 8.11).
  4. Irrigation in the Natural Area is not permitted (Section 8.10).
  5. To aid in the establishment of the re-vegetation plant material, the operation of an automatic drip system should be abandoned after plants are established, no more than two years.
  6. Temporary irrigation systems established within the Transitional Areas must be designed to eliminate runoff into the Natural Area. Established native vegetation does not need irrigation and supplemental water can lead to disease and death of many of these plants and aid in the spread of undesirable plant species and weeds.
  7. Existing boulders moved or new ones installed require Design Review approval and must be placed in a natural arrangement with the boulders placed horizontally with a minimum of one-third of the boulder buried into the ground (Section 8.12).
  8. Boulders, mineral ground covers and similar features are limited either to materials indigenous to Desert Mountain or to materials similar in color and appearance to indigenous materials. Decomposed granite used as a landscape material is to be a maximum of one-quarter inch minus in size and similar in color to the native ground (Section 8.13).
  9. Approved indigenous plants may be planted anywhere within the Building Envelope with prior Design Review approval. If an owner wants to plant any approved non- indigenous species they must be planted within the confines of the Private Areas behind screening walls (Section 8.14).
  10. The Transition Area desert ground cover (bushes and shrubs) density is a minimum of fifty one-gallon or larger plants per one thousand square feet when used in conjunction with specimen indigenous trees, cacti and large shrubs as well as a re-vegetation seed mix.


Not an all-inclusive list. For additional information please visit our Design Review Resource Center page.