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Denise van den Bossche 602-980-0737

Associate Broker, Realtor & Team Leader (602) 980-0737

Denise van den Bossche 602-980-0737

Associate Broker, Realtor & Team Leader

Realty Executives Phoenix





Scottsdale Arizona is BEST Place to Live for Cost of Living, Climate, Vibrancy, Arts, Sports, Nightlife and Outdoor Activities. Scottsdale is also the most well known city in the Phoenix Valley. The shops, dining and Old Town Scottsdale is known for is within the Hwy 101 outer Loop, and most is approximately a 15 minute drive from Sky Harbor Airport and downtown Phoenix. Scottsdale is long and narrow, bordered by Phoenix and Paradise Valley to the west, Fountain Hills and the McDowell Mountains to the east, the East Valley cities of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler to the South. You can drive another hour to the furthest point in North Scottsdale, rising in elevation to cooler climates of 3,000 feet in elevation, as compared to a 1,100 foot elevation downtown. (more on North Scottsdale below). 

 Scottsdale is known for Golf (200 - 300 courses), art galleries, fabulous destination resorts and conference centers, restaurants, night clubs, hiking, boating, horseback riding, spring training, collector cars, shopping and the most amazing dining, night life, art and entertainment.
Scottsdale is consistently named one of the top ten places for lifestyle and job opportunities and one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Restaurateurs love to try out new concepts here so there is always something new to try. The newest Ritz Carlton masterplan will include a new shopping district with misted outdoor events to rivel NYC's Fashion Week. This well anticipated shopping experience is expected in 2024. Scottsdale is also in close proximity to every major league sport, several championship tournaments and other annual events that draw national attention.

Outdoor enthusiasts love the hundreds of hiking trails throughout Scottsdale, boating at nearby marinas, equestrian trails throughout the mountain preserves, biking and golfing. WestWorld is one of the most notable equestrian centers in the country and Scottsdale has one of the highest boat and jet ownership ratios. The area is ranked in the top five for "wellness" whenever those numbers are published.


Scottsdale is on its way to achieving Blue Zone credentials! More here.


Annual events held here include the draw of over 20 NBA Spring Training teams each March, the PGA’s famous “Phoenix Open” each February, and the most well-attended Collector Car Auctions each January. The Superbowl has been hosted several times in nearby Glendale, the last was held in 2023; there is an annual Tempe Ironman qualifier; the College Fiesta Bowl; and P.F. Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon. Local sports include the Arizona State University Sun Devils and Grand Canyon University at the collegiate level, and professional sports include the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, the Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Rising Soccer. 




Considering a relocation to Scottsdale and looking for a young and vibrant neighborhood. Take a tour of what you can buy here in various neighborhoods with $1,000,000 in 2023. click here.


Old Town Scottsdale DeniseVDB.comThe original heart of Scottsdale is Old Town, just a 15 minute drive from the Airport and at the base of Camelback Mountain. This is where Shopping, dining, art galleries, Spas and Resorts provide unlimited possibilities. Young adults love the night life here and it is close to the main ASU campus, the largest University in the U.S. If you follow college football, there is most likely a bar dedicated to your team here. There's a great farmer's market at the Civic Plaza on weekends too!

 Just to its west lies the Arcadia residential community which is partially in Scottsdale 85251 and partially in Phoenix 85018, on the south side of Camelback Mountain/Camelback Road. Prices in this area skew all statistics due to its continued popularity and rich history and citrus, grass and front door community feel. 

Luxury HighriseBarrett-Jackson Bella Residential Towers are sprinkled throughout Old Town, providing residents a Walkable Lifestyle. Here we can shop Scottsdale Fashion Square, Dine at some of the best restaurants in the world, Enjoy Old Town Scottsdale's infamous nightlife, Enjoy the numerous Art Galleries or Museum of the West, and even take in a Spring Training Game.  

Known as “The West’s Most Western town,” Old Town Scottsdale is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and a hundred galleries.

Popular Activities Walking Distance

Old Town Farmer's Market, Scottsdale Museum of the West, Scottsdale Art Walks, San Francisco Giants Spring TrainingScottsdale Performing ArtsHotels near Old Town, all Cactus League SPRING TRAINING


LOOP 101 - North 

In Between Scottsdale and North Scottsdale lies Scottsdale 85255.  Located on the north side of the 101 Loop, 85255 contains some of the most expensive real estate in the Valley. Less then 15 minutes from prime Scottsdale Shopping & Dining, DC Ranch, Silverleaf and several other prestigious communities reside here. Click for information on one of my hillside listings in Lost Canyon.



Just north of the 101, close in proximity to Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and WestWorld, is the DC Ranch area, Silverleaf and Lost Canyon. Some of these developments in the McDowell Mountains climb over 1,000 feet in elevation. Not too far away is Desert Highland, known for golf and tennis. You can continue on for another 45 minutes to the back side of Desert Mountain.


North Scottsdale is bordered by Tonto National Forest and towns including Cave Creek, Carefree and Rio Verde.  Living in North Scottsdale is an entirely different vibe. North of the 101 Freeway, you can drive between 20 to 45 minutes, with gorgeous Sonoran DesertNorth Scottsdale Map views. There are many gated golf communities, some, like Desert Mountain, so large that you will seldom leave, and with 8 golf courses, restaurants and clubhouses, along with a fabulous Tennis program, its own Farmer's Market, Golf Club Croquet, State of the Art Fitness Center and Salon, why would you? There are also the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree, with quaint city centers full of Country Western Music, food, wine and the annual Bike Week. The main roads north are Scottsdale, Pima and Carefree/Cave Creek Highway.


North Scottsdale offers spacious lot sizes and Mountainous Preserves offering the best hiking, views and some of the best GOLF in the World. There are nearly 500 Golf courses in Arizona, and over half are here in Scottsdale. The majority of the highest rated are here in North Scottsdale (Golf Link ).


The McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale is thought to be the largest urban wilderness area in the United States. In addition, North Scottsdale abuts the Tonto National Forest, one of the most remarkable of the nation’s national forests. At three million acres it is the fifth largest National Forests in America.  Tonto is breathtaking, and ranges from Saguaro cactus-studded high Sonoran desert to pine-forested terrain near Payson and along the Mongolian Rim. The variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 ft.) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, from it's lakes, beaches or cool pine forest. You can find unlimited opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, full boating marinas, camping, and fishing.


CAREFREE:Cave Creek nightlife

Carefree homes in north Scottsdale near the foot-stomping country music and open mics of rowdy Cave Creek or the solitude of peace and serenity with the most amazing Sonora desert views imageable.  More on Boulders North Scottsdale DeniseVDB.comthis Carefree lifestyle here.  


  • The infamous Phoenix Open Golf Tournament Tournament is played at the TPC Scottsdale golf club each January. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and others, there are two par-71 golf courses. The course is adjacent to the Fairmont Princess Resort.
  •  The Barrett-Jackson and other Collector Car Auctions are held each January, the busiest time for Scottsdale's Private Airport
  •  Spring Training throughout the Valley (14 professional teams) each March coincides with many Spring Breaks around the country, so restaurants and resorts are maxed out 
  •  Scottsdale is highly regarded by Equestrians, hosting some of the largest horse shows in the world, as well as an annual Polo event and other activities year round at WestWorld
  • Scottsdale Hosts a FashionWeek each year in Old Town
  • There are Casino Resorts within a ten minute drive offering Hotels, Concert events, and golf.


Popular Scottsdale shopping includes the Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons, the Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Old Town. The new Paradise Valley Ritz Palmeraie is coming in 2022, advertised as the finest shopping and dining experience in the nation.  


Scottsdale boasts great public education that includes the popular "3-Cs" as well as some of the highest-ranking Charter schools in the nation. There are many private schools to choose from as well. HIGHER EDUCATION mecca: A five minute drive south of Old Town is Tempe, home to Arizona State University. Five minutes further is the headquarters for the University of Phoenix. Grand Canyon University is 30 minutes away. In 2021 the State approved 4 year degree programs at the area's Community Colleges.


On the north side of Camelback Mountain is Paradise Valley, a small residential township of one acre minimum lots and mega hillside mansions. There are just 3,500 homes here, with a police department and a few of the popular resorts that were grandfathered in when the Town was incorporated in 1961. Paradise Valley is south of Shea and is bordered by Scottsdale Road to the east.  More on Paradise Valley HERE.


Nearby TEMPE:

As you head south from Old Town you are already in Tempe. Yes, it's that close to the heart of Arizona State University's main campus, the nation's largest University. You can see the ball fields as you land at Sky Harbor Airport, just south east of Camelback Mountain. Mill Avenue is the main hub, surrounded by business towers, restaurants, movie theatre and shopping. There is paddleboarding and other water sports on 
Tempe Town Lake where you will see the ASU Row Team practice, the annual Ironman competition, and the locally founded PF Chang Rock and Roll Marathon. Check out this view of the Walkable Tempe Lifestyle. From Mill Avenue you can catch the light rail to the downtown ASU, theatres and the Phoenix Convention Center, and the Diamondbacks Baseball and Phoenix Suns/Arizona Mercury Basketball Arenas.


Homes for sale in Scottsdale

Denise van den Bossche started her career in Phoenix-Scottsdale Real Estate in 1982. In 2022 she was named Top Producing Agent in Arizona and ranked number two in the World at Realty Executives International. Over these last 40 years, the Phoenix Metro Valley grew from a population of 1.5M to the current 4.5 million. Denise provides regular tours of the local communities and neighborhoods and can be reached at 602-980-0737. Request more information here:

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