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Incorporated as a city in 1951, Scottsdale was named after U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott who came to the area in the late 1800s and purchased 640 acres of land, with the intent of developing a farming community. Scottsdale remained a small town until after World War II, when it began to grow rapidly due to an influx of retirees and growth of the tourism industry. Today, Scottsdale is known for its upscale shopping, championship golf, dining, nightlife and resort scene, as well as it’s vibrant arts and culture community. Cost of living and median homes prices are higher than the national average, however it is still relatively affordable compared to other large cities in the west such as Los Angeles or San Francisco.

What to Expect

There are 3 general sections in Scottsdale – south, main and north. Each section has its own distinct feel and lifestyle. The South end is closer to downtown Phoenix, ASU and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and has become a thriving revitalized area for young professionals and students with its easy access to both the 101 and 202, nightlife and entertainment. Main Scottsdale centers around “Old Town”, with a bustling lifestyle of shopping, galleries, arts, restaurants, clubs and bars. Its residences range from older homes to newer, modern multifamily complexes with easy access to the 101 on the east side. North Scottsdale is best known for its luxury lifestyle with upscale gated communities centered around championship golf and tennis, miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding as well as upscale shopping and dining. In addition, it hosts many well-known events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Barrett Jackson and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show with access to the north side of 101 as well as the Scottsdale Airport for private jets and helicopters.

The Lifestyle

Scottsdale offers a variety of activities for all ages throughout the day and evening. Well known for its golf, there are over 200 courses in Scottsdale alone with many championship courses. Other outdoor activities include hiking, biking, tennis, boating and horseback riding. For those more inclined to inside activities, shopping at upscale large stores such as Neiman Marcus or Restoration Hardware, outlets or smaller, specialty boutique shops will fill your day and numerous clubs will fill your evenings. Scottsdale is also a top culinary city in the nation with renowned chefs for fine dining, as well as casual restaurants to suite all tastes. Not to be overlooked, Scottsdale has a thriving arts community with numerous galleries, theaters, museums and festivals that celebrate the arts, history and culture of the area. Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone.

Fall In Love With

Scottsdale is a unique and multidimensional experience for those who love warm weather, outdoor recreation and a vibrant cultural scene. It is known for its preservation of the Sonoran Desert, with clear blue skies and evening stars as you head to the north end, as well as its numerous golf courses, both public and private, spread across the city with many communities centered around private championship golf courses. It is home to numerous high-end resorts including Four Seasons, The Phoenician and Fairmont Princess for those looking to be pampered – guests or local residents alike. The diversity of Scottsdale is its charm along with the sunny weather and upscale lifestyle, it is a beautiful place to live regardless of your age.

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