One of my favorite semi-rural territories in Arizona. There’s not much of anything in Rio Verde… including water. But that doesn’t stop folks from living there. It is considered a golf community, but to me it is horse country, where the wealthiest cowboys in these parts live.
Rio Verde is a master planned community, but take the back roads minutes from town, and you are in 4-wheel drive, dirt road, treacherous rugged territory. I’ve seen 90lb Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Coyote, Javelina, and of course… rattle snakes.
What About the Water?
Water is brought to many households throughout Rio Verde by truck where it is stored in gigantic water tanks on the home owner’s property. So, how rich these ranch owners are with their 80+ head of horses, lush green pastures, and swimming pools situated on DRY land is a baffling mystery to me. I couldn’t even begin to guess what their water bill is. But I can take a fair shot on what their feed bill is for all those horses… $7,500 a month?
See Rio Verde on Google Maps Satellite
Country: United States
• Total 5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
• Land 5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
• Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,617 ft (493 m)
• Total 1,811
• Density 340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 85263
Area code(s) 480
Rio Verde is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a master planned community. The population was 1,811 at the 2010 census.
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I’ve always taken a fancy to luxury real estate properties, and Rio Verde certain fits the bill. But, is it the wealthiest community in the Phoenix area? No. I’m saving that special location of the rich and famous for an upcoming post… soon!
amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch