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Best Neighborhoods in Scottsdale [2020] | Where to Live in Scottsdale

With its world-class golf courses, beautiful desert views, job opportunities, and endless amenities, it’s no wonder Scottsdale is one of Arizona’s fastest-growing cities. Are you considering a move to the area and wondering where is the best place to live in Scottsdale? The city is home to hundreds of neighborhoods, large and small, with luxury golf courses, great schools, and amazing parks. Here are some of the best Scottsdale neighborhoods for families, retirees, millennials, and more!

Ancala – Most Prestigious Scottsdale Neighborhood

Dreaming of living in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Scottsdale? Ancala may be what you’re looking for. This exclusive private community has an average sales price of $1.29 million or $298/square foot. The gated community extends over 850 acres of the desert with views of the McDowell and Camelback Mountains and a private community park with a playground and basketball court. Ancala also boasts the Ancala Country Club designed by Perry Dye.

Ancala is served Anasazi Elementary, Mountainside Middle School, and Desert Mountain High School in the Scottsdale Unified School District, all among the district’s top-rated schools. Along with beautiful views and good schools, Ancala offers a convenient location minutes from the Mayo Clinic, Loop 101 Freeway, and Scottsdale Airport.

DC Ranch – Scottsdale Neighborhood with the Best Amenities

Looking for the best place to live in Scottsdale with entertainment, shopping, and recreation at your fingertips? DC Ranch is calling your name. This affluent community has a median household income of almost $127,000 and it’s one of the safest neighborhoods in Scottsdale. It was formerly a “Desert Camp” cattle ranch before it was purchased to build a showcase community. DC Ranch is a massive 4,000-acre master-planned community that sits at the foot of the McDowell Mountains with a huge range of housing options, including townhomes, condos, and luxury homes. Most of the DC Ranch enclaves are gated with 33 miles of walking paths connecting each neighborhood.

 

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What is there to do in DC Ranch? The community boasts two community centers, 47 parks, pools, splash pads, playgrounds, tennis courts, and a community theater. There’s also a Village Health Clubs & Spas location with group fitness classes and other amenities. Residents can appreciate the Country Club at DC Ranch, a private golf club with tennis courts and swimming.

South Scottsdale – Best Neighborhood in Scottsdale for Families

South Scottsdale is one of Scottsdale’s most unique neighborhoods. Popular among families with young kids as well as millennials, the neighborhood is located between Tempe and the upscale North Scottsdale area. South Scottsdale is known for its bustling lifestyle with breweries and restaurants along North Scottsdale Road and family-friendly activities. This cultural and artistic hub of the city is packed with art galleries. You can travel along the Scottsdale Greenbelt for amenities like a golf course, artificial lake, and the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park with miniature train rides for kids.

You’ll love the semi-cosmopolitan vibe of South Scottsdale with a fun and progressive attitude that’s still family-friendly. The median home price in South Scottsdale is $518,000 with a range of housing options including homes priced in the high $200s. With its location near the college town of Tempe, there are plenty of nearby job opportunities while living in South Scottsdale.

Old Town Scottsdale – Most Exciting Scottsdale Neighborhood

Looking for a neighborhood with excitement and a fun nightlife? You’ll find it in Old Town Scottsdale. Once called Downtown Scottsdale, Old Town is known for its vibrant urban core with pedestrian-friendly streets packed with shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, bars, and clubs. By day, Old Town Scottsdale is one of the largest retail destinations in the Southwest with Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the 20 largest malls in the U.S. By night, the Entertainment District comes alive. Old Town Scottsdale is also known for its frequent events like the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk, block parties, concerts, and festivals.

 

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Old Town Scottsdale is one of the more affordable places to live in Scottsdale with a median sales price of $417,500. As a renter, you’ll find a number of upscale apartments within walking distance of shopping and dining. Camden Old Town Scottsdale is located right in the Entertainment District with studio to 3-bedroom apartments and penthouses. Enjoy resort-style amenities in a pet-friendly building with studio apartments starting at $1,400. Another popular choice for living in Downtown Scottsdale is The Standard with up to three bedrooms and a unique mid-century design. One-bedroom apartments start at $1,580.

Troon North – Top Scottsdale Neighborhood for Golfing

Considering North Scottsdale? One of the best neighborhoods in North Scottsdale is Troon North, a large master-planned golf community. Troon North delivers a quiet lifestyle along the foothills of Pinnacle Peak. Far from the noise and traffic of the city, the neighborhood boasts tons of outdoor recreation with a beautiful desert landscape.

 

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The 4-acre Community Park in Troon North offers trails, a playground, green space, and basketball courts but the real jewel is the Troon North Golf Club. This semi-private golf club has two 18-hole courses traversing the foothills and ravines of Pinnacle Peak. It’s been ranked one of Arizona’s top 25 golf courses by Golf Digest and offers a 37,000-square-foot clubhouse for members.

You can expect a median home price of $900,000 in Troon North with a combination of townhomes, single-family homes, custom homes, and homes on the golf course. The neighborhood was first developed in the 1990s and, while most of the area is already developed, there is still land available for new custom homes.

Shea Corridor – Great Neighborhood in Scottsdale for Millennials

Shea Corridor in Central Scottsdale is the place to be for all the action and amenities with a good blend of privacy and location. Shea Corridor is one of Scottsdale’s most sought-after neighborhoods yet you can still find affordable housing with the type of lifestyle you’re looking for. Prices in Shea Corridor range from $200,000 to more than $6 million with luxury homes offering amazing city and mountain views. You’ll also find smaller single-family homes, townhomes, and condos built in the 1970s through 2010s. Unlike many Scottsdale neighborhoods, most neighborhoods in the Shea Corridor are not within HOAs.

 

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Shea Corridor also offers the ideal location close to everything. It’s the dining and shopping hub of the region with cafes, spas, restaurants, bars, and one of the city’s oldest shopping plazas. You aren’t far from other popular neighborhoods and amenities like the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall with easy access to public transportation. One of the highlights of living in the Shea Corridor is Chaparral Park, a 100-acre park with a new playground, lighted ball fields and volleyball courts, an exercise court, a public pool, a 10-acre lake and a community center. You’ll be right on the 25-mile greenbelt path for walking, rollerblading, and jogging plus right next to the dog park. The lake even offers fishing and boating!

Villa Monterey – Best Scottsdale Neighborhood for Seniors

Scottsdale is often ranked as one of the best cities in the U.S. to retire thanks to its mild weather, quality healthcare, affordability, and amenities. As an active adult, Villa Monterey is one of many 55+ communities in Scottsdale and one of the best with tons of amenities to enjoy. Located close to downtown Scottsdale, Villa Monterey offers a comfortable and low-maintenance lifestyle within walking distance of the supermarket and canal. Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town Scottsdale are also right nearby.

Villa Monterey has about 800 homes but a very close-knit feel thanks to frequent social events and activities plus a central clubhouse perfect for gathering with friends. It’s common to see residents biking, joking, and strolling through the many trails in the neighborhood. You’ll find many housing options in this Scottsdale neighborhood for retirees including 2-3 bedroom townhomes and single-family homes. There are a total of nine HOAs in Villa Monterey, each with its own clubhouse, park, and pool. Most homes in the community were built in the 1960s and 1970s with home prices starting in the low $200s.

Paradise Valley – Top Scottsdale Neighborhood for Luxury Living

Paradise Valley isn’t actually in Scottsdale; this community is just outside the city between Scottsdale and Phoenix. It’s considered the Beverly Hills of the Southwest thanks to its upscale resorts and luxury homes with a median home price over $2 million. Paradise Valley is popular with tourists who are drawn in for golfing, resorts, and gorgeous desert views. The community is home to many politicians, celebrities, and athletes and it’s one of the safest Scottsdale neighborhoods.

 

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While living in Paradise Valley, you’ll enjoy resort-style living with private golf courses and large lots. The only drawback to consider is Paradise Valley doesn’t have much of anything to offer in terms of employers, shopping, or businesses. Fortunately, it’s close to both Scottsdale and Phoenix for the amenities you want.

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Have you settled on the best neighborhood in Scottsdale for your lifestyle? Once you’re ready for moving day, call the award-winning Scottsdale movers at Mentors Moving & Storage for the stress-free relocation you deserve!

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