The Arcadia neighborhood straddles Phoenix 85018 and Scottsdale 85251. This “front-porch” community is family friendly and the very best place to take the kids trick-or-treating (parents are out too, typically with wine glasses). Wide streets and mature shade trees beckon runners, dog-walkers, bicycles and children.
The boundaries are 44th Street to 68th Street and Indian School to Camelback Roads. The area is also includes a canal, very popular with runners and walkers. Old Town Scottsdale is an easy walk, and within blocks you can find groceries, restaurants and coffee shops. There is no HOA (with the exception of a couple newer in-fills) which adds to Arcadia's charm. The homes range from 1950 ranch style on quarter acre lots , to 10,000 square foot new-builds on several acres.
Arcadia was originally citrus groves and there is still irrigation to many of the properties. It is only 15 minutes or so from Sky Harbor Airport and minutes from Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland and Scottsdale Quarter shopping. It borders the multi-million dollar Paradise Valley Township homes to the North, and the extremely popular family focused Arizona Country Club to the South. The Villages Raquet Club and Spa is also very close by.
As one of the Valley’s more established communities, Arcadia has retained its popularity with those who grew up in the Arcadia schools, and continue to return to raise their own children. There is a constant activity of bikes, walkers, runners and children. The public schools are part of what is known as the Scottsdale “3-Cs,” schools which typically have long wait lists due to Open Enrollment policies.
The neighborhood is frequently called the “safest place to go for a jog in 100 degree weather,” due to the numerous medical physicians who live here. The access to downtown medical facilities is equally as accessible as the proximity to the 101 and the East Valley.
The price per square foot is one of the highest in the State, as Arcadia is listed as one of the top places to live in Phoenix. Celebrities who have lived here include Alice Cooper and Glen Campbell, as well as many executives and CEOs. Exeter is the premier street. The neighborhood has become so popular that the terms "Arcadia-lite" and "Arcadia-Proper" are commonly used to describe the infills and remodels in surrounding neighborhoods.