In many Scottsdale AZ Arizona home listings, you will see a reference to “NAOS“, leaving many people to wonder just what NAOS is.
NAOS stands for “Natural Area Open Space” and it is one of the reasons residents of Scottsdale get to enjoy the proximity to the Sonoran Desert. NAOS was developed to protect the natural desert with its accompanying flora and fauna.
In areas that have been deemed environmentally sensitive, developers and homeowners are required to leave certain portions of the land in a natural state. Or, if they do disturb the NAOS area, they need to return it to its natural state before completing the project. NAOS can be part of an individual parcel or a designated area or areas within a subdivision or development.
NAOS is key in allowing the Sonoran Desert plants and animals a place to thrive and grow. The most common area to see NAOS land is near and around the natural washes that occur in the desert landscape. During rainstorms, these washes fill with water and become rivers of sorts, so they are a natural draw for the local animals.
Scottsdale homes that border NAOS land tend to benefit greatly from lovely, natural desert landscape views. Quite often, you will see desert animals in their natural element as well.
For more information on NAOS, the City of Scottsdale has created a Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Area Open Space for residents and potential residents.