bought my first home in Paradise Valley over 30 years ago and love the character of the Township and its location. There are approximately 7,000 homes, due to the one acre minimum requirement when the Township was incorporated in 1961. There are exceptions: A handful of some of the Phoenix Metro Valley's most exclusive resorts, and some of the gated communities which have included common areas as a portion of the aggregate land density total. PV, at the base of Camelback Mountain just 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, is bordered by Scottsdale and Phoenix. A typical resident's drive circle is around 5 miles, which can include work, school, restaurants and shopping.
Settlement began here just after World War II. The homes were modest in size and style, and they usually occupied 1 to 5 acres. In the late 1950s, Phoenix and Scottsdale were looking to expand their respective boundaries, so residents formed a "Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona" with the main goals to keep zoning to a one house per acre minimum; to keep the area entirely residential; and to keep government regulation to a minimum. Many of these homes included incredible estates of some of this Country and State's founding families, vacationing politicians, dignitaries and celebrities. Several have been preserved and are now resorts and/or residences.
Now arguably the most exclusive community in the State, PV is nestled at the base of some of the most beautiful hikable and bikable mountains, yet in the middle of the fifth largest metropolitan city in the U.S. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year (yes the hiking is Fabulous in the summer), there is a large percentage of "snow birds" or secondary or thirsary residences. PV is known for its privacy. Recent developments include the 2016 approval of a new Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, the brands first development in over a decade, including an adjacent shopping district touted to be the most exclusive in the Western U.S.A. "Rodeo Drive without the Drive." PV's most well-known landmarks and hillside residences are located on Camelback, Mummy and the Phoenix Mountain Preserves where there is a no-dynamite policy, and pads can take upwards of 3 years to chisel. Existing resorts include the Sanctuary, Montelucia, the Hermosa Inn, the Camelback Inn, El Charro, and the Paradise Valley Country Club. Homes here sell at square footage prices ranging from around $300 to over $1,000, with an average listing price currently just over $2M. The public schools are highly ranked (I happen to be the school sponsor for Cherokee Elementary, for example, which is ranked #16 in the Country and #1 in the state), and there are an abundance of private and charter schools in close proximity. -Denise vdB-Denise vdB