Different areas of Scottsdale offer different real estate opportunities. Downtown Scottsdale and South Scottsdale were the first developed and therefore many of the houses are single level, older homes. There are also several established condo communities. In recent years, the Scottsdale Waterfront area has come into its own and with it has come several mid-rise luxury condo developments that offer excellent amenities.
In central Scottsdale, you will find several planned communities developed around bodies of water as well as several golf course communities. McCormick Ranch and Gainey Ranch are two of the most well-known. To the east, Scottsdale Ranch is another large community that offers homes, townhomes and condos, many of them on or near the water. Some homes in this area of Scottsdale also have equestrian facilities.
The northern part of Scottsdale is the most recent to have been developed. In the section closer to the 101 freeway, you will find some excellent, large master-planned communities like DC Ranch and McDowell Mountain Ranch. Both of these communities offer a variety of housing options and sizes, depending on what you are looking for. As you head further north, the area becomes less developed and you start to see more of the natural desert and stand-alone homes. However, there are also some substantial golf communities in this area including Desert Mountain, Terravita and The Boulders. Other well-known golf communities in North Scottsdale include Silverleaf, Desert Highlands, Estancia, Whisper Rock, Grayhawk, Mirabel and Troon and Troon North.
Whether you are looking for a low maintenance, “lock and leave” seasonal home or are looking a larger home in one of Scottsdale’s amenity-filled communities, Scottsdale has something for you.
Scottsdale is known for its world-class golf, golf communities and resorts. With dozens of private and public courses to choose from in the Valley, golfers of all levels can enjoy a fun round.
But golf is not Scottsdale’s only draw. The sunny weather year-round allows for some spectacular outdoor living. Whether you like to hike, bike, run, ride horseback or simply stroll, there are hundreds of miles of trails and paths for you to enjoy.
In addition to outdoor pursuits, Scottsdale is known for its dining and shopping. Old Town and Downtown Scottsdale are home to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and dozens of boutiques and galleries. A large number of the area’s top restaurants are also located here. As you go further north, Kierland Commons and the Scottsdale Quarter offer many more shopping and dining options. And, throughout the rest of the city, you will find wonderful and unique boutiques and restaurants in various other smaller developments.
Sports fans have plenty to keep them busy with the presence of many professional sports teams including the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Coyotes. Baseball fans in Scottsdale and from all over enjoy the many Spring Training games that take place at Salt River Fields and other valley locations.
Whether you want to see the galleries of Old Town Scottsdale via the the weekly “Art Walk”, or want to catch a Suns or Diamondbacks game or simply want to take a hike in one of our many local parks, there are plenty of choices. If you would like more local information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
- Old Town Scottsdale – The heart of downtown Scottsdale. Dozens of galleries and boutiques abound.
- Biltmore Fashion Park - Elegant, open-air Bilmore District shopping center featuring upscale shopping and dining.
- Scottsdale Fashion Square- Lovely, multi-story mall with Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and more.
- Scottsdale Waterfront – Newer shopping and dining district located south of Scottsdale Fashion Square.
- Kierland Commons - Charming open-air mall with many shopping and dining options. Retailers include Sur le Table, Barnes and Noble, Crate and Barrel, Banana Republic and many more.
- Scottsdale Quarter - Newer open-air mall with major retailers like Apple, Restoration Hardware and The Gap as well as many dining and entertainment options, including the iPic Theater.
- Carefree Town Center - Enjoy lovely art and boutiques and wonderful dining when you visit the town of Carefree. In addition to lots of Native American and Southwestern art, there is also a charming tea salon with a retail area.
- El Pedregal – High-end boutiques and galleries as well as dining just south of The Boulders Resort.
- Paradise Valley Mall - Traditional mall with Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears and much more.
- Desert Ridge Marketplace - Over 1.2 million square feet of retail in North Phoenix, including Old Navy, DSW Shoe Warehouse, and more, and dining and entertainment options.
Culture and Entertainment:
- Old Town Scottsdale Art Walk - Every Thursday from 7-9PM, enjoy browsing Scottsdale’s phenomenal art galleries.
- Barrett Jackson – World’s Greatest Collector Car Event takes place in January.
- Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show - An annual Arabian Horse Show that takes place in Scottsdale’s WestWorld.
- Heard Museum – Three valley locations (Phoenix, Scottsdale and Surprise) featuring spectacular Southwestern art.
- Phoenix Art Museum - Over 17,000 works of art from all over the globe.
- The Musical Instrument Museum – A one-of-a-kind facility in North Phoenix that highlights music, instruments and musicians from all over the world.
- Taliesin West - The Western home of Frank Lloyd Wright. An architectural masterpiece.
- Rawhide Western Town – Experience Arizona in the 1880′s when you visit Rawhide. It is now located south of Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass.
- Phoenix Zoo - Come see and learn about animals from all over the world. A monkey exhibit allows you to get up close to squirrel monkeys as they frolic in their enclosure. A newer splash pad area leads to a lot of family fun.
- Desert Botanical Garden – Learn about desert flora and fauna as well see unique exhibits. The also have year-round events like live music in the garden and more.
Sports and Outdoor Pursuits:
- Baseball Spring Training - Come see many of your favorite baseball teams get ready for the new season. There is recently built complex at Salt River Fields for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies and Downtown Scottsdale is home to the San Francisco Giants. Other major league teams hold Spring Training in other parts of the Valley.
- Waste Management Phoenix Open - Annual professional golf tournament held at the TPC in Scottsdale in late January and early February.
- Hike Pinnacle Peak – Challenge yourself by hiking Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale.
- Hike Camelback Mountain – Get a workout hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.
- Mc Dowell Sonoran Preserve - With almost 28,000 acreas and 100 miles of trails, the Mc Dowell Sonoran Preserve has an experience for everyone. Walk, hike, bike or horseback ride through the preserve.
- South Mountain Preserve - Over 16,000 acres to explore in this South Phoenix preserve.
- Arizona Cardinals - Our local professional football team.
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Our local professional baseball team.
- Phoenix Suns- Our local professional basketball team.
- Phoenix Coyotes – Our local professional hockey team.
- Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau - Great information on local events and happenings in Scottsdale.
- Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau - Great information on local events and happenings in Phoenix.
Fun Day Trips:
All of these cities and towns can be accessed within a couple of hours from Scottsdale. Do a day trip, or extend your stay and exploure the area.
- ADOT Freeway Management System - Website with road condition information including traffic and closures.
- Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)- Government website with links to traffic, planning, public transportation and more.
- Motor Vehicle Division – On the ADOT website with information on car registration and driver licensing.
- Valley Metro - Website with information on transportation throughout the Phoenix Valley, including light rail and bus service.
- Sky Harbor Airport – The Valley’s largest airport with domestic and international service.
- Scottsdale Airport - Airport servicing corporate and private aircraft.
- Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport - Southeast Valley airport servicing Allegiant Air.
A November 2013 article from the Arizona Republic discusses how the schools in the Northeast Valley are producing the largest number of college graduates. And, of the top 20 schools in the state, 8 of those are in or nearby Scottsdale.
The Arizona Department of Education has a comprehensive website that will allow you to learn more about and research the various schools as well as see how well they are performing in testing and other areas. This website can be found here.
Some of the well-known companies that headquarter in Scottsdale include GoDaddy, Henkel Consumer Goods, Fender Guitars, Discount Tire and more.
According to a June 2013 employment outlook report published by the ManpowerGroup, the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa job market is expected to be one of the strongest in the nation in terms of hiring. Employers can find a large, talented workforce here.
Of note are the award-winning group of Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals that have locations in Downtown Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale and North Scottsdale.
Scottsdale is also home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, with two Scottsdale locations offering top-notch medical care.