Ah, Paradise Valley… Even the name sounds like a fictional, picture-perfect town where top-shelf mimosas are sipped on the regular, neighborhood garden parties are the norm, and where landscaping reaches unparalleled levels of magnificence. As you know, though, Paradise Valley is quite real, and is arguably more impressive than any town a screenwriter could fabricate. And yes, it’s a solid bet that there are numerous instances of Gatsby-style soirées going on at any time in this tiny, ritzy suburb.
About Paradise Valley Real Estate
With a median home price of $1.6 million – and houses reaching up to $35 million – Paradise Valley (or "PV" as the locals refer to it) offers some of the most elaborate, sought-after real estate not only in Arizona, but in the world. Add to that the fact that its population hovers around 13,000 and that it’s the wealthiest suburb in Phoenix, and you’ll quickly understand just how exclusive Paradise Valley real estate is.
These are the kinds of homes that boast private tennis courts, extravagant pools, ornate yards, lavish winding staircases, pillared entryways, walk-in wine cellars, double kitchens, countless bedrooms and bathrooms, and beyond ample square footage. They’re the kind of homes where you’re impressed just standing at the front door before it’s even been opened. All that said, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that Paradise Valley homes are filled with top athletes and celebrities, including Michael Phelps, Larry Fitzgerald, and Alice Cooper.
As far as architecture goes, it runs the gamut. Here you’ll find everything from ultra-modern silhouettes to historic adobe. Whatever the style, two things are for certain: it’s going to blend beautifully into the desert landscape, and it’s going to be grand.
About the Location
Paradise Valley sits between north Phoenix and north Scottsdale, and is nestled up against the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. That means that a stroll outside at any time of the day, from sunrise to dusk, offers sweeping, postcard-worthy views of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.
Back in the late 1800s, the land here was primarily used for cattle grazing. However, after Phoenix and Scottsdale were settled and established, a group of residents – “concerned that the qualities they most valued would be lost if they were consumed by their larger neighbors” – formed the “Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona.” The group gathered signatures from residents and petitioned to Maricopa County to make PV its own town, which led to its incorporation on May 24, 1961.
Since then, the town’s goal has been to preserve that quiet, tucked-away feeling it’s possessed from the very beginning. They've certainly succeeded. Today, Paradise Valley is known for its tranquil streets, jaw-dropping real estate, and buffet of swanky resorts. You won’t find noisy billboards or businesses cluttering the streets here, and that’s on purpose.
If it’s food and entertainment you’re after though, fear not. Paradise Valley is a quick drive to numerous hotspots throughout the city, including Old Town Scottsdale and Arcadia, and is only 20 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes to downtown Phoenix. It also boasts plenty of hiking options thanks to its proximity to the preserves.
There’s a reason they call this valley “paradise,” and you’ll see that for yourself the minute you enter. If you've never been, set aside a couple hours of your day and roam around. Just be warned: you may never want to leave.
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