Buying and Living in Forest Highlands


When clients are looking for a home in Flagstaff, they often ask us about specific neighborhoods and their unique characteristics. Here we would like to focus on one neighborhood in particular, Forest Highlands. Located just 5 miles south of downtown Flagstaff, Forest Highlands is Flagstaff’s longest established golf-centered community that is an attractive retreat for those wanting to relocate here full-time, or as a second home to escape the hot summers southern Arizona. Situated on 1,100 forested acres, and featuring two recently updated clubhouses, Forest Highlands is a great option to consider for those looking for a golfing community in Flagstaff.


What kind of homes are in Flagstaff Ranch?

When looking at homes to purchase in Forest Highlands, there are many options. A community of custom, well-crafted homes, Forest Highlands offers options ranging from smaller, cozy homes in the 2,000 square foot range currently priced in the $400,000’s, all the way to larger custom homes that are currently priced for $2,000,000 or more. There are also still custom homesites available as well if you’d like to build your own home to match your particular needs. Homesites are currently priced in the $90,000 range up to around $400,000. Of course, the price of these homesites will be based upon the size, location, and particular characteristics of a specific lot. Being a long-established golf community, some homes may be in need of updating to align with today’s tastes, but they have the reputation of being well-built, solid homes that should only need your personal touches.

What it’s like living in Forest Highlands?

Forest Highlands offers a fantastic community centered around its two award-winning golf courses, The Canyon Course and The Meadow Course. Both have been ranked in the Top 10 Golf Courses in Arizona by Golf Digest and were both designed to seamlessly blend into their amazing northern Arizona surroundings. The Canyon Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, is a gorgeous Par-71 course that totals 7,001 yards from the championship tees, and has been ranked in the Top 100 private courses in the world, and ranked #2 private golf course in Arizona by Golf Digest. While the Canyon Course can be challenging, it also offers 7 different sets of tees to include players of all skill levels. The Meadow Course is Forest Highland’s other golf course and has been ranked the #8 private golf course in Arizona by Golf Digest. Also designed by Tom Weiskopf, The Meadow Course was built upon a beautiful Flagstaff meadow, surrounded by breathtaking views of scenic wetlands, wildflowers, and lakes. Access to both courses is included in your Forest Highlands membership that is attached to your home or homesite. Forest Highlands also offers two clubhouses that were recently updated to the tune of $6.75 million. The Canyon Clubhouse offers fine dining, a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Peaks, and even a two-story fireplace. In addition to the full-view wine cellar, The Canyon Clubhouse also offers a banquet room for large private gatherings and smaller board rooms for business needs. The Meadow Clubhouse truly offers something for everyone. Bistro-style dining is offered with another fantastic view of the San Francisco Peaks, along with an outdoor fire pit and rustic wood interior design. The Meadow Clubhouse is also the Recreation Center for Forest Highlands, with a fitness center, pool, and hot tub, along with a children’s recreation center. At The Meadow Clubhouse, you can always find family-friendly activities as well. From kid’s camps to outdoor movies, and family barbecues offered throughout the year. Practice facilities are also offered here, including a double-sided practice range, chipping area, and putting practice facilities. With so many events and options, Forest Highlands really offers something for everyone!


How to buy a home in Forest Highlands?

If you’re considering purchasing a property in Forest Highlands, there are many factors to consider. Forest Highlands currently requires a $55,125  Capital Reserve Fee, as well as a Transfer Fee of  $5,500 when purchasing a home. Currently, the monthly membership dues are an additional $1,045 per month. If you’re interested in a luxury golf course property, these fees are common and in-line with other similar communities.  Once you’ve decided that Forest Highlands fits your specific needs for a community, the next step is deciding if you’d prefer a smaller, cozy home, or,  if you’d like a larger estate with room for family and guests, you may wish to select one of the many beautiful custom homes available in Forest Highlands. You may also wish to purchase a homesite to build your own dream home to your liking. Whatever type of home fits you, consider things like the location within the community, views, and characteristics of the home itself, and whether or not they meet your criteria. With a large range of home styles and amenities,  Forest Highlands can be a great option for many Flagstaff homebuyers!


Click here for a current list of all homes available in Forest Highlands. As always, if you’re interested in purchasing a home in Flagstaff, Flagstaff Ranch, or any of our surrounding areas fee free to reach out to us.

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