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Paradise Valley is one of Arizona's most Exclusive Addresses

(Published on - 4/11/2018 7:10:14 PM)

Mummy Mountain Clearwater Hills

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Paradise Valley is a small residential community known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurants. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 12,820.  There are approximately 7,000 homes on minimum one acre lots in this all-residential community including the hillside and foothills of Camelback and Mummy Mountains and the Phoenix Preserves.  Until recently, this is where the most expensive homes in the state were located and where most of our "local" celebrities had their homes. There are a few well known resorts (Santuary, Hermosa Inn, El Charo, Montelucia & the Camelback Inn) that were grandfathered when the Township was incorporated in 1961.  The Town originally required one acre minimum lot sizes and you can still find ten acre+ parcels for the right price. There have been exceptions to the one-acre rule over the years by developers who include common areas as a portion of the aggregate land density, and some very creative golf course designs. A rule of thumb for a good buildable one acre parcel is $1Million, which does not include the demolition cost. The outskirts of PV Township, as well as a couple of the foothill neighborhoods in the Phoenix Preserve, are actually in Phoenix or Scottsdale but allowed to use the PV 85253 mailing address so it can be confusing (take a look at the Assessor's records).   

 

A typical resident's drive circle is about five miles, which can include work, school, restaurants and shopping.

Settlement began here just after World War II. The homes were modest in size and style and they usually occupied 1 to 5 acres. In the late 1950s, Phoenix and Scottsdale were looking to expand their respective boundaries, so residents formed a "Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona" with the main goals to keep zoning to a one house per acre minimum; to keep the area entirely residential; and to keep government regulation to a minimum. Many of these homes included incredible estates of some of this Country and State's founding families, vacationing politicians, dignitaries and celebrities. Several have been preserved and are now resorts and/or residences.  Neighborhoods like Casa Blanca have some rich history with stories about Marilyn Monroe and movie executives vacationing with aninemity using a private landing strip that used to exist there.  

 

PV has a very relationship-based police department, and our public schools include the Scottsdale Unified School District's "3-C" schools with high parent participation and long waiting lists due to Open Enrollment.  There are also numerous private schools including Phoenix Country Day and Tesseract, and others nearby.  

 

Values here will always stay high due to the privacy afforded by large lots and rolling foothills yet in close promity to downtown and the airport. PV is nestled at the base of some of the most beautiful hikable and bikable mountains, yet in the middle of the fifth largest metropolitan city in the United States. With over 300 days of sunshine a year (yes, the hiking is fabulous in the summer), there is a large percentage of "snow birds" or secondary or thirsary residences.  Newer developments include the 2016-approved Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, the brand's first resort and housing development in over a decade. This includes  an adjacent shopping district (actually located on the NE corner of the 110 acres and officially in Scottsdale) touted to be the most exclusive in the Western United States, “Rodeo Drive without the Drive."  PV's most well-known landmarks and hillside residences are located on Camelback, Mummy and the Phoenix Mountain Preserves where there is a no-dynamite policy, and pads can take upwards of 3 years to chisel. The Paradise Valley Country Club is home to members such as Sandra Day O'Conner, John McCann, and dozens of sports celebrities. Homes here sell at square footage prices ranging from older ranch style "tear downs" around $300 to over $1,000, with an average listing price currently just over $2M.  

 


Sincuidados Gated Community North Scottsdale Arizona

(Published on - 4/10/2018 9:20:42 PM)

Sincuidados


Phoenix Historic Districts Willow, Roosevelt, Encanto, Palmcroft

(Published on - 3/31/2018 11:57:29 PM)

 

Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District of Phoenix Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District Average price of homes for sale: $683,000 Cross streets: Encanto-Palmcroft is located between McDowell Road and Encanto Boulevard, between Seventh Avenue and 15th Avenue. Technically, the area south of Palm Lane is Encanto and the area north is Palmcroft. When we think of luxury historic living in Phoenix, Encanto-Palmcroft always comes to mind. The residents of this picturesque neighborhood comprised of 330 homes dating as far back as 1927 have become accustomed to everyday pedestrian gawkers, seasonal home tours, and the occasional film crew. While the homes vary in revival style, from tudor and colonial to pueblo and ranch, this labyrinth-like cluster of homes is constantly well maintained

 

Roosevelt Historic District in Phoenix  Roosevelt Historic District Average price of homes for sale: $499,000 Cross streets: Roosevelt, not to be confused with Roosevelt Row, is located between McDowell and Fillmore streets, between Central and Seventh avenues. One of the oldest neighborhoods, which predates Arizona's statehood, was a residential destination for Phoenix's early movers and shakers and incidentally the first Phoenix neighborhood officially to be designated as historic. The houses predominately resemble California bungalows with features like sloping roofs, attic windows, chimneys, and generous porches.

 

FQ Story Historic District in PhoenixF.Q. Story Historic District Average price of homes for sale: $293,500 Cross streets: F.Q. Story can be found between McDowell Road and Roosevelt Street, between Seventh and Grand avenues. The full scope of F.Q. Story's 602 homes is hard to grasp thanks to the interruption of Interstate 10. But regardless of the changes that have occurred since its developer, Francis Quarles Story (hence the name), first began construction in 1920, the historic neighborhood has retained its charm. These quaint historic homes are generally on the smaller side and come in a variety of styles including tudor, Spanish revival, and the early twentieth century bungalow.

 

 

Willow Historic District in PhoenixWillow Historic District Average price of homes for sale: $447,000 Cross streets: Willo is bound between Thomas and McDowell Roads, between Seventh and Central avenues.

Despite all the commercial development around this early twentieth century 'hood, Willo has managed to retrain its sweet and surprisingly quiet demeanor (we credit the one-way streets, roundabouts, and speed bumps in part for that). Homes in this historic neighborhood have narrow lots that extend backward, giving residents space without being spread out. Featuring such styles as tudor, American Colonial, Spanish revival, and pueblo, Willow is as eclectic as it is adorable.

 

 

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Windsor Square Historic District in PhoenixWindsor Square Average price of homes for sale: $495,000 Cross streets: Windsor Square is nestled roughly between Seventh Street and Central Avenue, between Camelback Road and Oregon Avenue.

Behind the hustle and bustle of one of central Phoenix's most happening corners, Central Avenue and Camelback Road, lies the scenic Windsor Square. Although development of the area began in the late 1920s, many of the homes were ultimately built in in the 1940s, due to the financial constraints of the Great Depression and World War II. As a result of delayed development, the styles of the homes are fairly varied but, for the most part, custom designs have been well-executed and the exterior are extremely well-manicured.


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