When you hear of Scottsdale, you may envision a Phoenix-area town with a bustling night scene. There is a lot to do both night and day in “The West’s Most Western Town.” Also, thanks to the diversity of the city, there are many aspects that appeal to working empty nesters as well as retirees. You are sure to find a living arrangement that fits your lifestyle in and around Scottsdale whether you are looking for country-club suburbs, hip urban areas, or small-town exurbs.
Scottsdale is perhaps most famous for championship golf courses, high-end boutiques, and luxurious, sprawling resorts. However, Old Town is the heart of the city. While still remaining a lively point of interest for visitors and locals, this Western-tinged quarter puts the city’s past on display. This pedestrian-friendly zone is one of the most unique and popular parts of Scottsdale whether you want to dine at a hot new gastropub, check out a downtown nightspot, or shop for hand-crafted jewelry.
You know how we mentioned what Scottsdale is most famous for above? Gainey Ranch is the embodiment of this image. This upscale community was built on what used to be an Arabian horse ranch. It is home to one of the fanciest resorts in town, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, along with the Gainey Ranch Golf Club.
There are several websites that track the best suburbs in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area since the region is so large. A leading real estate site known as Movoto ranked Fountain Hills as one of the top suburbs. It is a favorite because it features a range of modern Southwest style condominiums and single-family homes, natural beauty, and very low crime rates. Chandler, Queen Creek, and Anthem also made the list.
Many of the suburbs just outside of Scottsdale made Niche’s list of the best places to retire in the state. One of these was the small close-knit suburb of Litchfield Park, where Luke Air Force Base is located. There are modern condos as well as new construction homes in the community. Apache Junction, Sun Lakes, Sun City, Surprise, Gold Canyon, and Sun City West are also among the top suburbs in the area.
The top suburbs in the area are not for everybody. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you find your perfect place in Scottsdale. One such website is Neighborhood Scout, which lets you look at the neighborhoods based on where the best housing values are, where its safest, and more.
You can learn a lot about a community from how good its public schools are. According to Neighborhood Scout, the best schools in Scottsdale are in Tortilla Flat, the N Pima Road / East Dynamite Boulevard area, and the East Carefree Highway / Tom Darlington Drive area.
Scottsdale has a neighborhood to fit whatever lifestyle you want to live. Have fun as you explore the city and find your new residence.
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