Nationally recognized by just its City name alone with no need to mention the State, Scottsdale, Arizona actually is made up of four total areas, South Scottsdale (McKellips Road north to Thomas Road), Old Town (Downtown) Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale (also known as the "Shea Corridor”, extending from Camelback Road north to Shea Boulevard with Tatum Blvd being the main north/south street), and then North Scottsdale (primarily everything north of Bell Rd).
South Scottsdale has for many years been the working class region of Scottsdale. The median resale home price is $291,500, compared to $667,450 in North Scottsdale. South Scottsdale is the home to a new research center for ASU, known as SkySong, a collaboration between the university, local business, and global companies. New rezoning has allowed for higher density development to take place and as a result there are new condo/townhome developments taking place, few with roof-top decks to take advantage of the mountain & city lights views, redevelopment of the Papago Shopping Center into a mixed-use project, with new restaurants, bars & shops, a planned boutique hotel & the area is seeing many remodels of the older ranch style homes in the area.
Old Town Scottsdale is an area with many streets, old-fashioned stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and art galleries. It contains the major nightlife for the Downtown Scottsdale area and is a major art center of metro Phoenix. Scottsdale's main cultural district is also in this area, which includes the high-end Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, one of the twenty largest malls in the United States. The district has currently seen a revival, with new condominiums, luxury apartments and hotels under construction.
The Shea Corridor is so named because it is in close proximity to the east-west running Shea Boulevard. The houses in this region were generally built during the 1970s. There are a number of communities in this central region of Scottsdale that remain among the most highly desired residential areas in the metropolitan area, including Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch. The Scottsdale Greenbelt dominates the area and connects four city parks – Vista del Camino Park, Eldorado Park, Indian
School Park and Chaparral Park – via a 25 mile walking, jogging & bike path. A large portion of Scottsdale Road in the Shea Corridor has been dubbed the Resort Corridor for the high number of resorts located on the street. The city of Scottsdale is tied with Atlanta for fourth, after New York City, Las Vegas, and Chicago respectively, as having the most AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the United States. As of 2016, Scottsdale has the highest number of destination spas per capita of any city in the United
North Scottsdale is currently the most actively developed area of Scottsdale as it was historically the least built up. This portion of the city also claims many of the most expensive houses in Arizona, with many exceeding $5 million in value. The city's borders are rapidly expanding to the east and west in this area, containing the McDowell Mountain range. Much of the residential boom in North Scottsdale is driven by available land to build, many golf course communities with some of the finest golf courses in the State, including TPC Scottsdale, home to the Greatest Show on Turf, The Phoenix Waste Management Open, the direct access to an active outdoor lifestyle, higher elevation homesites compared to other parts of The Valley and the overall rural surroundings & beauty found in the Sonoran Desert.
Scottsdale is home to several large-scale, award winning master planned communities including Scottsdale Ranch (1978) , McCormick Ranch (1960), Gainey Ranch (1980), McDowell Mountain Ranch (1992), Desert Mountain (1986) & DC Ranch (1990). Scottsdale is commonly defined by its high quality of lifestyle living and has been recognized with a "Most Livable City" award from the U.S. Conferences of Mayors.
Many important companies are headquartered or have regional headquarters in Scottsdale, including Honeywell, GoDaddy, Mayo Clinic, Republic Services, Nationwide Insurance, Cold Stone Creamery, Meritage Homes, Fender Musical Instruments, Discount Tire & Quicken Loans to mention a few.
There are many shopping areas within the city of Scottsdale, ranging from small districts to large centers. The most notable regional centers include the Kierland Commons and the Scottsdale Quarter in North Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Fashion Square near Downtown(Old Town) Scottsdale, a major destination for high-end retailers. Scottsdale is also host to many yearly events such as The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Jaycees Parada del Sol, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, The Phoenix Waste Management Open, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival & the Scottsdale International Film Festival. Several attractions include the newly built Great Wolf Lodge water park, Talking Stick Resort Casino & Golf Course, Musical Instrument Museum, Top Golf, Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium & Westworld.
As the wealthiest “city”, it’s actually a Town, incorporated on May 24, 1961, in all of Phoenix, AZ, the Paradise Valley zip code of 85253 is the “Toni” of all zip codes in Phoenix, making Paradise Valley the Beverly Hills, CA of Arizona.
Paradise Valley, aka, PV to locals, is also known for expensive, expansive, custom built, mountainside, city & mountain view real estate ranging on average from $2.5m - $30m. With many famous people such as coach Kliff Kingsbury, Alicia Keys, Muhammed Ali, Charles Barkley, Larry Fitzgerald, Glen Campbell, Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks, Leslie Nielsen, Dick Van Dyke, Michael Phelps, Shaquille O’Neal, Kurt Warner, Randy Johnson, Emma Stone, Mark Grace, David Price, Doug Ducey, Barry Goldwater, Dan
Quayle, William Rehnquist & Sandra Day O'Connor all having called Paradise Valley home.
Paradise Valley is home to eight full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona's premier tourist destinations with several Five Diamond rated developments such as the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, The Hermosa Inn, Royal Palms, The Phoenician, El Chorro Lodge, & the newest Ritz-Carlton Resort & Residences. Along with world famous resorts comes some of the Valley’s finest dining available, such as Jade, El Chorro, Elements, Hearth 61, Lon’s & Prado to name a few.
The now famous local landmark of Mummy Mountain Preserve, has been developed as a recreational area, totaling 320 acres of hiking, walking, running & biking trails. The views of The Valley of the Sun are so very impressive during both day & night from the peak of the mountain at just over 2,200 feet.
The Paradise Valley Country Club is a place where the impression of local wealth is confirmed. The amenities it offers – including golf – mean that you can easily spend a day there with something to occupy the whole family.The setting is lovely and if you just want to relax and take in the views, you are welcome to do so. However, many people come to the Country Club for its health and fitness facilities. Ten tennis courts and an impressive swimming pool for cooling off are both popular features, while the club has established a good reputation for its fine dining and wine as well. There is a waiting list join & it is by sponsored invitation only.
The Paradise Valley School district is one of the most highly rated & sought after districts in all of Arizona with several charter schools also in the area, including nearby Great Hearts Academies, BASIS Schools & private schools such as Phoenix Country Day School. Many families also send their children to the private schools of Brophy and Xavier in Central Phoenix very nearby.
PV is an exclusive, yet greatly accessible place to call home and truly offers All the Best that Phoenix has to offer from a very central location right in the middle of all the City’s action.