Scottsdale is a gem set against a lavish backdrop of massive boulders and rock outcroppings in the Sonoran Desert. From the rolling hills of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to the paved streets of Old Town, this city is among the most coveted in Arizona.
Spend time horseback riding, cowboy-style, in the desert. Watch hot air balloons dot the sky. Frequent the numerous craft beer breweries and sample the finest beers in the country. The possibilities for recreation are endless.
Surrounded by the McDowell Mountains on the east and Phoenix to the west, the city consistently ranks among the best places to live in the United States. Its natural beauty is second to none and the quality of life is unparalleled.
The US Census Bureau estimates the 2017 population at 249,950. Count yourself as one of them and live in a desert oasis filled with trendy shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.
History of the city
Known as “The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale was incorporated in 1951 and spans 185.5 square miles. It was named after its founder, Winfield Scott, who purchased 640 acres near present-day Downtown. Scottsdale was first known as a hub for agriculture and ranching operations because of the favorable climate and natural scenery.
The majority of the city’s earliest settlers came from the East and the Midwest. Their appreciation for education and culture led to the establishment of the Scottsdale public school system in 1896. The city would also become home to a vibrant community of artists and writers in the early 1900s.
Living in Scottsdale
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Encompassing roughly 30,000 acres, this protected land offers over 200 miles of scenic trails for hiking, running, horseback riding, biking, and rock climbing. It’s also a great spot to observe desert plants up close.
- TPC Scottsdale
The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale offers the ultimate desert golfing experience with a layout that blends seamlessly into Arizona’s dramatic terrain. Golfers of all skill levels can look forward to a challenging but rewarding game here.
Its sister course, the Stadium Course, is a popular PGA Tour venue and hosts the prestigious Waste Management Phoenix Open.
- Taliesin West
This National Historic Landmark embodies renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s immense talent. It once served as Wright’s winter home. Today, it is the site of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It’s a must-see for architecture buffs!
- Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Learn about the rich heritage and colorful history of the West in this popular museum. You will find artifacts from various eras of Western history from Hopi pottery to vintage posters for cowboy films. One of the highlights is the Christine and Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard. This outdoor space features Western sculpture, stunning architecture, and gorgeous desert plantings.
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Located on a 21-acre beautifully landscaped park in Downtown, SMoCa showcases a range of creations from piñata making to Japanese flower arrangement. Among its highlights is the courtyard named “Knight Rise,” which is one of several James Turrell Skyspaces.
- Historic Old Town Scottsdale
Founded in 1894, Scottsdale Road – East Main Street is home to 10 historic buildings erected between 1925 and the 1950s. Come and see the Mexican Imports Shop, Mission Church, Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor, and more!
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
Shop for your favorite luxury brands in this high-end mall that features retailers like Louis Vuitton, Bottega Venetta, Gucci, and more.
Real estate and property types
Home price gains in just about every Scottsdale zip code make this city and the larger Metro Phoenix Area ripe for real estate investment. WalletHub ranked Scottsdale as among the top 30 cities for first-time homebuyers. However, seasoned investors will still find incredible bargains in the city.
You’ll find every housing type in Scottsdale, from condos to coops, single-family homes to townhouses.
The luxury real estate market has also gained momentum over the last few years. Custom home builders are helping homeowners in raising the value of their properties by offering high-end remodeling services.
And the market is far from static – there are several real estate projects in the pipeline, including a 198,000-square foot senior living community in Troon. This area is a massive mixed-use development between the northwest section of Hayden Road and the Loop 101 Freeway. A high-profile condo development is also in the works to be spearheaded by billionaire investor Jorge Perez.
Several hotels will be built, including Museum Square in Downtown, and a 119-room Holiday Inn on Sierra Bloom Wellness Campus.
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