Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The town is known for its expensive real estate, luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820. Despite the town's relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight full service resorts, making it one of Arizona's premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate.
It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. The town's name along with all the other various entities bearing the same name comes from the expansive area known as Paradise Valley, that spreads from north of the Phoenix mountains to Cave Creek & Carefree on the north and the McDowell Mountains to the east.
Residents attend schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
There is a Paradise Valley Unified School District, and it is one of the largest in the state, though like many other institutions with the name Paradise Valley, it refers to the Phoenix village, and not to the town.
After the initial European settlement, Paradise Valley was first used for cattle grazing. In the 1880s, when the land was being surveyed so it could be developed into agricultural lots, the name "Paradise Valley" first came into use, being given by surveyors from the Rio Verde Canal Company and its manager at the time, Frank Conkey. According to the official town website, this name may have been chosen due to the abundance of spring wildflowers and Palo Verde trees. Mainly an agricultural area during the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, the area began to be settled after World War II, on large one to five acre lots for which it became known.
As the neighboring settlements of Phoenix and Scottsdale began to grow and annex adjoining areas, the residents of what would become Paradise Valley were concerned that the qualities they most valued would be lost if they were consumed by their larger neighbors. These residents formed "Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona", which collected enough signatures to take to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The petition was granted by the Supervisors, allowing the town of Paradise Valley to be incorporated on May 24, 1961.
Paradise Valley is located at (33.544596, -111.956451).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), all of it land.
There are several historical sites within the town including the Harold C. Price Sr. House, Norman Lykes House, McCure Mansion/Hormel Mansion, and the Barry Goldwater Memorial Park.
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There is something about being in the Biltmore . . . entering the community you escape the busy traffic into a prestigious, quiet, and safe place to call home. The original Biltmore homes were completed in the late 70's. However, there are several multi-million dollar mansion projects underway, as well as individual lot infill home projects. "Two Biltmore Estates" is a luxury condo project on the Adobe Golf Course featuring four floor plans from 3500 to 4800 sq ft. There are several neighborhoods within the Biltmore that provide different home layouts suited for different lifestyles. Tennis courts, playgrounds, parks, and swimming pools, are common. Two golf courses, Links Adobe, and Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, offer plenty of year round excitement for all types of golfers. The Biltmore Waldorf Astoria Hotel offers Wright's, which prides itself on Native Arizona dishes, while Frank and Albert's lends itself to a more contemporary culinary experience. For burgers and brews, head on over to "The Adobe". Originally the Wrigley Mansion's Barn, it's a great place to enjoy a cold beverage after a round of golf or for late afternoon happy hour.
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Old Town Scottsdale (Downtown) is a great place for walking, visiting galleries, catching a spring training ballgame, and quenching the pallete on a variety of culinary offerings. If you want to stretch your legs, enjoy a drink or two, and not worry about driving, Old Town might be the place for you.
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When I first moved to Arizona, I liveD in Troon North. The captivating and dramatic element that I enjoy about the area is the interesting natural rock formations. Pinnacle Peak is a wonderful display of desert nature boasting proud above the desert floor. The homes and limited number of commercial buildings blend in with the surround desertscape making for a seemless transition and respect for nature. Troon North Golf is ranked amongst the top 100 courses to play in the U.S. The stunning combination of ultra green grass against gigantic boulders and blue sky is a treat for the eyes.
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About Troon North
Located in prestigious north Scottsdale, and renowned as one of Arizona's finest golf communities, Troon North's impressive reputation is not accidental, but rather an achievement garnered through the successful blending of dramatic desert landscape, two world-class golf facilities and quality residential amenities.
Residents enjoy year round premier hiking and biking trails, tennis, basketball, two family parks, nature and wildlife, panoramic views and spectacular sunsets all within the community boundaries.
Wrapped around the northern foothills of Pinnacle Peak, between Pima Road and Alma School Parkway, this 1800-acre master-planned community is one of Scottsdale's finest. Residential subdivisions and superbly designed golf holes are carefully laid across the undulating geography, amongst huge granite boulders, lush desert arroyos and stands of ancient saguaros.
The Troon North Community Park
Troon North residents have access to the four-acre Community Park. The park features tennis courts, basketball courts, ramadas, a tot lot and a turfed play area for other outdoor activities. The park is conveniently located at the northwest corner of93rd Street and Dynamite Boulevard, within walking distance of hundreds of homes, and connected to Troon North's network of bike paths and trail easements.
Doc Cavalliere Park
The recently opened 34 acre Doc Cavalliere Park located at the eastern boundary of Troon North features a shaded playground, two full lighted basketball courts, a one mile loop hiking trail, picnic areas, an open artificial turf area, ramadas and restrooms.
Brown's Ranch Trailhead
Brown's Ranch Trailhead is located at the northern end of Troon North. The trailhead has parking for 200 passenger vehicles and 24 horse trailers. The facility includes restrooms, drinking fountains for humans and dogs, a ramada, an educational amphitheater and interpretive signage. The trailhead provides access to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve which contains over 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse).
Pinnacle Peak Park
Pinnacle Peak Park provides spectacular views of the valley for hikers and rock climbers. The park includes a 90 space parking ara, restrooms, drinking fountain, ramada, and picnic tables.
Troon North has an active Social Committee whose members put on a number of popular socialevents throughout the year. While the theme and venues may change each year, past events have included a July 4th celebration, Opera Night, Comedy Night, Wine Tasting,Cowboy BBQ, and a Holiday Brunch.
Troon North Golf Club
Our community is home to the Troon North Golf Club. The club is owned and operated by Troon Golf and includes two 18-hole golf courses that wrap around and through the surrounding desert. In addition, the golf club has a restaurant on the premises that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The golf club is semi-private; Troon North residents receive a discount on greens fees and are also invited to play as a member or on a Troon Golf Card.
Other Area Attractions
The Troon North area is also conveniently located to Pinnacle Peak Park which offers hikers and rock climbers a breathtaking view of the valley, Tom's Thumb Trailhead, and the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
Shopping and Restaurants
Troon North residents have easy access to shopping centers that feature grocery stores, pharmacies, salons, hardware stores, boutiques, and more. There are also a number of restaurants in the immediate area ranging from breakfast to hamburgers and pizza to fine dining.
For those considering a transition to The Phoenix/Scottsdale area, Troon North should be an area to put on your consideration list. Contact me to tour Troon North Homes and learn more about this majestic area.
It's easy to relax in Arcadia Lite! What's cool about this neighborhood is the laid back vibe and friendly atmosphere. Many enjoy strolling down for an afternoon beverage at Postino Wine Cafe. Enjoy a Smoked Salmon with Pesto or Roasted Peppers with Goat Cheese and other Bruschetta choices. Fresh salad choices include Rasberry Chicken and Tuna Nicoise. Paninis are another option, such as their Chicken and Mozzarella, or Vegetarian made from smoked almond hummus with avocado, cashews, cucumbers, roasted yellow tomatoes, goat cheese, olives, greens, tomato and basil.
Traffic tries to stay a little slower in this area; it's an easy neighborhood to walk in. Beach cruisers are popular in this area, because no one is in a big hurry to get anywhere. With more restaurants and cafes to the north at East Camelback Road, and also at the south Arcadia Lite Border, one never is lacking creative culinary choices.