About the Town of Paradise Valley
Intimately snuggled between Scottsdale to the east and Phoenix to the west, the town of Paradise Valley is an elegant island of can’t-be-replaced real estate consisting of acre-plus sites boasting multi-million dollar estates and homes. Nestled in the sumptuous shadows of Camelback Mountain, Mummy Mountain and the majesties of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, many sprawling properties in this crown jewel community enjoy a rural desert look and feel, while others are high-style contemporary estates surrounded by lush lawns and luxuriant gardens.
Before incorporating in 1961, early residents were concerned about the potential loss of the quiet lifestyle they so loved, and therefore decided to keep real estate zoning to a one house per acre minimum and to keep the area almost entirely residential; they also wanted to keep government regulation to a minimum. They met their goals – the prescient town founders helped ensure that the landscape of Paradise Valley would always retain its charm-filled ambience, a place where residents and guests will forever be able to savor the town’s serene surroundings, large open spaces and sensational views of magnificent urban mountains. Most homeowners also appreciate the fact that government oversight is minimal – the Town has a Council/Manager form of government and the Mayor, Council, Municipal Court judges and appointed members of boards and committees receive no compensation.
Paradise Valley is located in the Scottsdale Unified School District which include Cherokee and Kiva Elementary. Chaparral High School has consistently ranked in Newsweek‘s list of Best High Schools in America, and in 2007 Chaparral was one of only 12 schools ranked in Arizona. The high school holds the state record for having the most National Merit Scholars in one year (24 in 2000). Additionally, the school has also earned the record most in-state Presidential Scholars in Arizona, with 17 in 2003. Arcadia High School has an award-winning Advertising Art program and Arcadia High School is also host to an award-winning Media Communications program.
Paradise Valley Demographics
Today, the median listing price for a single-family detached home in the Paradise Valley is about $1,950,000and average house size is 5,245 square feet.
A number of world-renowned resorts and hotels such as the Camelback Inn, The Sanctuary Resort and Spa on Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician and more. These luxurious homes-away-from-home cater to not only the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but they also offer close-by venues where “the locals” and visitors alike can enjoy a night of fine dining. In addition, numerous recreational opportunities exist, in particular in the realms of golf, tennis and hiking.
Overlooking glittering nighttime city views, the town of Paradise Valley is an enchanting enclave that flaunts a scattering of gravity-defying mountainside masterpieces — but the one thing that every single home in the town’s scant 16 square miles has in common is the cool cachet that comes with life in such a perfectly named slice of southwestern heaven.
Two hiking trails ascend 1,280 feet to the peak of Camelback Mountain. The Echo Canyon Trail is 1.2 miles and the Cholla Trail is 1.4 mi. The Cholla Trailhead is located at the end of Cholla Lane, which is off of Invergordon Street (N. 64th Street). While parking is prohibited on Cholla Lane, it is available on Invergordon Street, south of Cholla Lane. Both trails are considered strenuous with steep grades. The hiking path has dirt, gravel, boulders, and some handrail-assisted sections. Praying Monk is a red sandstone rock formation which is used for rock climbing. Located on the northern slope, the formation resembles the silhouette of a man kneeling in prayer.
Many resorts abound with great golf opportunities and Camelback Golf Club, also the private Paradise Valley Country Club.
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