Reasons Why You Will Love Living In Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale is considered to be one of the most beautiful suburbs in Arizona and commonly defined by its high quality of life. Home to nearly 250,000 people, the cosmopolitan city is situated about 22 miles northeast of Phoenix. With the fourth-most AAA Four-Diamond hotels in the U.S., Scottsdale’s hotels, spas, and other tourism businesses make up a large portion of the city’s economy along with healthcare, finance, and technology. Every year, the city hosts a number of highly-attended events such as the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, the Scottsdale International Film Festival, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, just to name a few. With hundreds of galleries and studios, Scottsdale is one of the top cities for art in the country. Although wedged between the Phoenix urban sprawl, the Salt River Native American Reservation, and the Tonto National Forest, the city still has plenty of room for newcomers.
Scottsdale is loosely divided into four areas which include South Scottsdale, Old Town (Downtown) Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale (Shea Corridor), and North Scottsdale. Old Town features boutique shopping, restaurants, nightlife and is home to a number of galleries, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Also located in Old Town is the upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall featuring major retail anchors like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Barney’s New York. North Scottsdale is where you will find the majority of luxury homes, many of which are priced over 5 million. Scottsdale’s Shea Corridor includes some of the most desirable residential areas in the valley such as Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch. A large portion of Scottsdale Road in the Shea Corridor has been dubbed the "Resort Corridor" due to the many upscale resorts that line the street. South Scottsdale is home to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center and one of the premier economic engines in the Phoenix metro area.
Boasting warm weather and sunshine 300 days a year, and with temperatures all winter long that average in the mid-60s to low-70s, the valley is one of the best places to live in the country based on weather alone. Residents enjoy a comfortably dry climate with year-round low humidity levels. The daily averages in Scottsdale hover around 37% and can drop to 23% or lower in the afternoons. Although the summer months can reach over 100 degrees, Scottsdale’s desert climate is dry so you won’t have to endure oppressive humidity like in other parts of the country.
Shopping & Dining
There is no shortage of fabulous shopping and dining in Scottsdale. From the Pavilions at Talking Stick to the Kierland Commons, the city is a paradise for shoppers of all tastes. And from restaurants embodying the spirit of local and seasonal dining trends to spots revitalizing the fine-dining experience, some of Scottsdale's best restaurants include Chula Seafood, Sel, Virtu Honest Craft, FnB Restaurant, ShinBay, Talavera, and Atlas Bistro, just to name few.
Scottdale Real Estate
Homebuyers will find that Scottsdale real estate includes a wide range of residential choices. From urban condos and townhomes situated in the heart of things, single-family homes in beautiful neighborhoods and gated developments, gorgeous homes tucked away in exclusive golf course and waterfront communities to sprawling luxury estates with breathtaking views, Scottsdale accommodates every lifestyle and buyer. In order to navigate the local market and find the best homes, buyers will want to partner with a qualified agent. A top-rated REALTOR® in Scottsdale, Cathy Carter has over 25 years of local experience. Cathy knows the Scottsdale market inside and out and has all the resources and information you need to find your dream home.
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As a local expert, Cathy can inform you about the different neighborhoods and communities in Scottsdale, the types of homes and features offered, the top builders in the region, schools, surrounding area amenities and attractions, local community developments, current market trends and much more. Get the process started today by calling Cathy directly at 480-459-8488 or you can get in touch with her here.
Schools & Education
For parents with school-age children, Scottsdale is served by two highly regarded school districts: Scottsdale Unified School District and Paradise Valley Unified School district. Both are ranked among the top school districts in the Country. News and World Report ranked Charter BASIS High School in Scottsdale as one of the top 10 high schools in the U.S. Scottsdale is also home to an outstanding community college and offers close proximity to Arizona State University less than 6 miles away.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, the city of Scottsdale maintains 16 community parks, 25 neighborhood parks, 4 aquatic centers, 45 miles of paved paths for walkers and cyclists, and another 115 miles of non-motorized trails. For hikers, Camelback Mountain is open from sunrise to sunset and includes three trails, include Cholla Trailhead, Echo Canyon Trail, and Bobby’s Rock Trail. McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers up 30,000 acres of lush desert environment attached to a national forest and over 120 miles of trails. Pinnacle Peak Park features a moderate out-and-back trail through the pristine Sonoran Desert environment and is a local favorite for hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.
Troon North Golf Club
Scottsdale is known for great golf whether you’re a novice or an advanced player seeking to hone your game on some of the best courses in the world. With over 50 top-rated golf courses and an additional 150 courses within easy driving distance, it's easy to see why Scottsdale has established itself as one of the world's leading golf destinations. Some of the best golf clubs in Scottsdale include Troon North Golf Club, McDowell Mountain Golf Club, TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Orange Tree Golf Resort, The Phoenician Golf Club, Legend Trail Golf Club, The Boulders Golf Club, Westin Kierland Golf Club, and We-ko-pa Golf Club, just to name few.
For sports fans, the Phoenix metro area is home to four Major League sports teams, a professional WNBA team, and Cactus League spring training baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) play their home games at Chase Field. The Phoenix Suns play in the NBA's Pacific Division and play their games at Talking Stick Arena. The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team (NFL) based in Phoenix and play at State Farm Stadium and the Arizona Coyotes are a professional hockey league team based in Glendale. The Phoenix Mercury is a professional women's basketball team (WNBA) that also plays at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Scottsdale's free trolley system connects with the Valley Metro's transit system, providing easy access to the greater Phoenix metro area. Scottsdale Municipal Airport is a single-runway airport located in North Scottsdale used primarily for corporate and transient aviation traffic and is one of the busiest single-runway airports in the country. The closest major airport to Scottsdale is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is located about 14 miles from the center of town.
Top-rated REALTOR® in Scottdale - Cathy Carter
Whether you’re in the market to buy a home in Scottsdale or you’re ready to list your current home, you’ll want to partner with an experienced real estate agent to guide you throughout your transaction. Serving the local community since 1994, Cathy provides the kind of knowledge, skills, dedication, and personalized service you need and deserve.
Known for her warm and friendly personality, and professionalism, Cathy always goes above and beyond for her clients o ensure the best possible results. To find out more about buying or selling Scottsdale real estate, please contact Cathy today at (480) 459-8488 or you can reach her here.
CATHY CARTER, ABR, CRS, CDPE
RE/MAX Alliance Group
725 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ. 85233