Like many great ideas, one of Ben “Tres” Brooks III’s best came while he was on the golf course. Brooks, chairman of Scottsdale-based real estate developer The Brooks Companies, was hitting the links on Flagstaff’s Forest Highlands when he overheard someone talking about a nearby 160-acre private parcel for sale. He decided to buy the land and create The Estates at Flagstaff, a collection of exclusive properties in the lush pine forests of upstate Arizona—ideal for Phoenicians searching for a cool summer getaway or a second home just a few hours north.
The double-gated community features only 16 10-acre lots where buyers can build their own custom homes. Residents have the option of joining Forest Highlands Golf Club, featuring two championship 18-hole golf courses, two premier clubhouses and resort-style pools, and a professional tennis facility. Special memberships at Forest Highlands are available for Estates owners. Seven properties have horse privileges. The community also features two private access points to Coconino National Forest.
“What it has to offer is the private exclusivity, security, beautiful tall ponderosa pine trees. It’s a beautiful setting—all the amenities you could want basically in your backyard,” says Brooks. “It’s a dream come true.” From $1 million, 855.710.5263