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Daniel C. Gainey was an enterprising Minnesotan who made a personal fortune selling school class rings. He later became a friend and confidante of two U.S. presidents and, along the way, achieved international recognition for his consuming passion and second career, the breeding of Arabian horses.
Gainey used his Scottsdale ranch to stable 30 to 40 of his 100 Arabian horses, graze an average herd of 160 Hereford cattle, and grow various agriculture crops.
Markborough Properties, a Toronto-based company owned by Canada’s Hudson Bay Company - the oldest chartered trading company in Canada - formed Markland Properties, locating it in the up and coming Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1980, Markland Properties purchased 560 acres of land from Daniel C. Gainey. By the mid 1980s, Markland Properties began breaking ground, in more ways than one.
The intent was to master plan and develop a new ‘living resort’ community that would become a benchmark for living well. It would preserve and feature the nature of the area; the beautiful blue sky, the warm sunshine and the desert. He would combine it with the best of Scottsdale to form a community.
Markland wanted it to be like a small town; like those that exist all across America, where many of us retain deep roots and form fond memories. It would feel like a small town; one preserved and served by the surrounding growth, a cozy, laid-back urban oasis. A place of refuge from life’s daily cares. A place where residents could enjoy life to the fullest. A place they would be proud to call home. In a nod to the history, it would be called Gainey Ranch.
Since that time, Gainey Ranch has been a premier address for living in Scottsdale. With lush landscaping and palm tree lined roads, the vibrant and highly-desirable Gainey Ranch community is truly an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert.
As a dedication to the community’s past, and as a symbol for the community’s future, the original Gainey family house was converted into the Estate Club.
The Gainey Ranch Community Association still embraces Markland’s mission and continues to work hard to make Gainey Ranch the best that it can be for its residents.