By Scott Gaertner, Lifestyle Contributor

Is hiking the new golf? In my house it isn’t, but our conversations with many real estate buyers suggest there is some truth to this statement. A new community in the far southeast area of Scottsdale North called Storyrock is betting that it is.

Storyrock is a new community of 443 homes set out near the wilds of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and its focus is around hiking. The developer is a small company that promises there will be no golf course, and that “hiking is the new golf.” They also say that the community plans to have six private trailhead connections to hiking trails and wildlife. The Phoenix Business Journal article says that Shea Homes is under contract for 51 of the lots in Phase 1, and that they have another builder on the hook for 31 more.

Golf has certainly taken a major hit in popularity in recent years and it looks like hiking is another possible lifestyle choice. There are not a lot of large pieces of land left in Scottsdale North – I wonder if anyone will try to build one focused on pickleball and dog parks!?

Scott Gaertner is an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Northeast, who for the past 25+ years has helped more people to find their lifestyle niche in the Scottsdale North area than anyone else. He also contributes his thoughts on lifestyle interests in the area. If you have something of interest in your community, please contact us at [email protected]