Perhaps more than any other area in the Valley, the Northeast reflects the epitome of year-round resort living and the “good life” in distinctive Southwestern style. Many country club and golf course communities showcase million-dollar manors in elegant residential developments that command breathtaking views of mountain, desert, and city lights. At the same time, family-oriented neighborhoods surround libraries, parks, schools, and shopping for a convenient urban lifestyle.
One of the newest planned communities that has emerged in the Valley of the Sun, Anthem has already garnered accolades for its livable design. The community is located north of Phoenix just east of Interstate 17. Developed by Del Webb of Sun City fame, Anthem provides a country-club lifestyle in a self-contained “village” atmosphere. The diverse amenities include a marketplace with convenient services, a lush park complete with a four-acre fishing lake and first-class sports facilities, a water play park for the kids, and a community center that features a rock climbing wall.
Carefree/ Cave Creek
Set in the high desert approximately 15 miles northeast of Phoenix, the recreational cities of Carefree and Cave Creek provide a respite from the bustling metropolitan pace below. Carefree is distinguished from Cave Creek in its level of affluence and sophistication. The terrain is spectacular, with massive granite boulders, imposing mountains, and delicate desert greenery. In spite of their unique and somewhat contrasting personalities, the two communities harmonize so well with the surrounding landscape that it is often difficult to determine where one begins and the other ends.
Recognized and acclaimed in the book, The 50 Most Desirable Places to Live in the United States, the Town of Fountain Hills had its genesis in 1970. As the development matured, more families were drawn to the scenic mountain landscape, small-town ambiance, and tranquil streets. Today, Fountain Hills provides a genuine community atmosphere to a pleasing blend of retirees, young professionals, executives, and young families. Primarily residential in character, this attractive town is carefully controlling and limiting the growth of commercial and industrial activity to protect its small-town feeling and friendly atmosphere.
Boasting the title of “Most Livable City,” Scottsdale creates a unique blend of Old West rustic charm with the upscale amenities associated with “New West” resort living. Attracting more than four million visitors each year, Scottsdale is home to more than half of the Valley’s premier resorts. Playing the role of a gracious host to the world’s “rich and famous” has filled Scottsdale with fine art galleries, many cultural attractions, upscale retail centers, pulsating nightlife, and some of the most popular restaurants in the Valley.
Bordering Phoenix and Scottsdale and skirting the edge of Piestewa Peak Park, the Town of Paradise Valley consists of upscale residential development nestled on generous acreage. Many of these properties command breathtaking mountain views and exclusive estates. Natural boundaries such as the impressive Camelback Mountain and nearby Mummy Mountain create a pleasing degree of protected isolation from the rest of the Valley of the Sun, in spite of the fact that Paradise Valley is totally surrounded by urban amenities.
The Verdes: Rio Verde & Tonto Verde
The active adult communities of Tonto Verde and Rio Verde—collectively known as The Verdes—are located just north of Fountain Hills and east of Scottsdale. Tonto Verde is nestled along the western edge of the lower Verde River with the Tonto National Forest serving as its northern and eastern borders. Offering seclusion and pristine desert beauty, these enclaves are a short drive away from Scottsdale’s array of amenities. Community theater, a library, restaurants, services, and retail centers are all available just minutes from The Verdes in Fountain Hills.