Flagstaff offers a wide variety of housing options, but they almost all have one thing in common: breathtaking scenery. The community is nestled so closely into the desert mountains that builders almost can’t help but design homes with striking views. On the southwest edge of town, Flagstaff Ranch indulges residents in the natural combination of a stunning landscape and impeccable luxury. Elegant custom homes in the gated community look toward the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks and an immaculate 18-hole private golf course, designed by U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate. Other golf courses in Flagstaff include Aspen Valley, Forest Highlands, Pine Canyon and the community’s only public golf course, the Continental Country Club. Homes with a more urban feel in Flagstaff do not sacrifice harmony with the region’s natural beauty. Timberline Place is one example of a condominium complex that emphasizes the outdoors in the community’s design. The 204 homes, which range from one to three bedrooms, are augmented by amenities that call you out of doors, including a year-round heated pool and spa, a built-in outdoor fireplace, barbecues and covered armadas. The neighborhood’s design maximizes the town’s natural assets, cultivating an environment of both personal serenity and easy entertaining. An up-and-coming sector of Flagstaff’s real estate market is the mixed-use community. Phoenix-based developer The Aspen Group is currently working on a $100 million neighborhood, Aspen Place, a few blocks from Northern Arizona University. The community will include 320 residential units mingled with 155,000 square feet of retail space over 38 acres. Living options will range from single-family homes to lofts over boutique storefronts. Much of the retail space has already been leased, and homes are expected to be available between late 2008 and early 2009. But wherever you decide to live in Flagstaff, invest in curtains you love. Because you’re going to spend a lot of time looking out your windows.