Fountain Hills was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1989, after spending most of its history as a master planned development on the far north eastern end of Scottsdale. For many years the land on which the town sits was a working cattle ranch, and 4,500 acres of it were sold to Robert P. McCulloch in 1968. The town of Fountain Hills is situated on the lower east slopes of the McDowell Mountains as they drain into the Verde River.
The name of the community comes from the famous fountain in it's downtown area which was built in 1971 by Robert P. McCulloch, the same year that reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, another of McCulloch's projects, was completed. The fountain sprays water about every hour. The plume of water rises from a concrete water-lily sculpture in the center of a large man-made lake and is driven by three 600 horsepower (450 kW) pumps. When all three pumps are on under zero wind condition, the fountain can reach over 560 feet (170 m) in height. When built, it was the world's tallest fountain and held that record for over a decade.
Fountain Hills could be described as an upscale community with hometown character. The richness and quality of life here is evident the moment you crest the mountain pass leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale and the rest of the Valley.
The community’s most valuable asset is its beauty. Incredible views and natural terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses you’ll find in the country