Arcadia Homes For Sale

Arcadia--A Beautiful Neighborhood And Convenient Too!

Arcadia is a wonderful neighborhood nestled in the Valley of the Sun right next to Scottsdale.  It is centrally located being just a stone’s throw from the airport, dynamic shopping, delicious restaurants, and striking mountain views and hiking.  The schools are top notch and there are many wonderful Arcadia homes for sale. Phoenix Magazine recently named Arcadia Lite one of the hottest neighborhoods in Phoenix.

The name, Arcadia, was derived from a region in Greece named Arcadia.  It relates to a sense of pastoralism and oneness with nature.  Pastoralism refers to raising animals like cattle, sheep, camels, llamas, and yaks in a pasture in the olden days.  The Greek Arcadia was sprinkled with mountains and had few people but the sheepherders.  It was a Utopian kind of place inhabited by thoughtful and kind people living in a green land of plenty.  If you happened to purchase one of those Arcadia homes for sale, you would enjoy the lush, peaceful atmosphere that permeates Arcadia even today.

Back in the 1920’s, land went for thirty-five cents an acre in Arcadia.  The Arcadia Water Company had started the irrigation process that allowed the area to flourish as citrus groves.  In the 1930’s, vacation living came to Arcadia.  Thomas Cook built the Cook mansion which today is the Royal Palms Resort and Spa.  The Phoenician Resort originated in the beginning of the 1900’s.  There was a small house near Camelback Mountain.  A painter, Jesse Benton Evans, bought the home along with forty acres of property.  In 1926, her son built an adobe house nearby.  After he started serving guests, it was named the Jokake Inn.  Jokake translates to mud house.  If you look now you can see the historic Jokake Inn when you visit the elegant and luxurious Phoenician Resort.  If you purchase one of the beautiful Arcadia homes for sale, you may find that your winter guests stay at one of the many beautiful resorts in the area.

 

Things to do in Arcadia

Location, Shopping And Restaurants

Location, location, location!  Arcadia is in the east part of Phoenix but it is still centrally located.  Some folks may disagree, but generally speaking the borders are Camelback Road on the north and Thomas Road to the south.  The western end is 40th Street and the eastern is 68th Street.  You are less than fifteen minutes to Sky Harbor Airport and about the same distance to Scottsdale Fashion Square in one direction and Biltmore Fashion Park in another direction.  If you find yourself in one of the beautiful Arcadia homes for sale, you will be in a very convenient location.

Fashion Square is the biggest shopping mall in Arizona checking in at about two million square feet of stores. It is one of the ten most profitable and one of the thirty largest malls in the United States so it better be great. And it is!  If you love shopping, Fashion Square is a great reason to move in to one of those awesome Arcadia homes for sale.  In 1961, it had two main tenants, Goldwater’s Fine Department Store and A.J. Bayless grocery store.  In 1974, the mall doubled in size and added Diamond’s Department Store.  Camelview Plaza was built in 1977 to the west of Fashion Square.  It included Bullock’s and the Harkins Camelview Theatre.  After Westcor purchased the mall in 1982, the two malls started to work together.  Then in 1996, Westcor bought Camelview Plaza.  Along the way, the food court, another Harkins movie theater, Nieman Marcus, and many other stores were added.  Recently, Harkins has expanded to another location in the mall with fifteen screens.

Fashion Square is a destination for shoppers looking for the best retail has to offer.  There is Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, and nearly two hundred other shops and boutiques.  It is also a weekend hangout for countless adults and teens who love to shop.  If you owned one of the many Arcadia homes for sale, you could spend time with friends and family in the cool upscale environment.

Biltomore Fashion Park, at Camelback and 24th Street, was named after the nearby historic Arizona Biltmore resort.  You get a luxurious feeling when you are shopping at the Biltmore.  The only Saks Fifth Avenue in the state is there as well as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Brooks Brothers, and The Clotherie.  It is a tranquil oasis of green where you may find Friday family movie nights in the veranda or “Yoga on the Lawn” on Sundays.  When you find one of the Arcadia homes for sale that you like, there will be a lot to enjoy.

Arcadia Crossing opened in 1995 when it replaced Thomas Mall.  The main anchors are Costco, Target, and Petco.  Nearby, there is the Desert Palms Power Center which used to be called Tower Plaza.  It was named Tower Plaza because there were radio towers in the parking lot.  Arizona Ice Arcadia there just celebrated their golden anniversary there having created memories in the same spot for fifty years.  Originally named Ice Palace, it was built in 1966 and was the only rink built to NHL specifications in town.  At the beginning, it was mostly for skating fun, but it has evolved in to a hockey mecca.  If you enjoy hockey, you should buy one of the Arcadia homes for sale.  There are youth leagues, adult leagues, camps, and lessons.  The Ice House Tavern has also been open for fifty years.  While enjoying a cold one, you can watch the hockey action right through the windows out to the rink.

There are a lot of great restaurants in Arcadia.  O.H.S.O. Brewery serves up great craft beers, delectable pub food, and delicious entrees.  The house pretzel board is a favorite.  Entrees include brisket mac and chicken & waffles.  They also serve gourmet tacos, six different burgers, and grilled cheese.  This is a great place to stop in once you own one of those Arcadia homes for sale.

La Grande Orange is a special place.  It was one of the first premium grocery/restaurant places in town.  The pizza and gelato are delicious.  If you are lucky enough to find yourself one of those Arcadia homes for sale, you will love coming here again and again.  The baked goods and muffins are dream worthy and breakfast is exactly what you want it to be.  The atmosphere is casual and fun with everyone relaxing and enjoying themselves.

Chelea’s Kitchen sits right alongside the canal.  It is part of the La Grande Orange family.  There is a fireplace on the patio that provides a great view.  You will hear many birds singing away.  The wine selections are excellent.  When you are checking out those charming Arcadia homes for sale, be sure and check this place out.  The deviled eggs with bacon are delicious.  The Chelsea’s cheeseburger, the prime rib, and the fish of the day are all great choices and the service is excellent.  Make sure and grab some of the incredible salted chocolate chip cookies on your way out.

The Henry is a Fox Concepts restaurant and calls itself one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Phoenix. Fox is correct.  The food is great and the ambience is delightful.  It is an excellent place for brunch and happy hour.  It specializes in modern New American food with steak and fish, juicy burgers, and colorful salads.

Nook is an intimate and friendly restaurant for Modern American food with an Italian bent.  For starters, you will find Arancini which is house pulled mozzarella and the popular Poutine fries with mozzarella curds and gravy.  There are six different choices of bruschetta and a hearty selection of entrees as well as ten pizzas.

Crudo puts a modern spin on classic Italian favorites.  It is a cool restaurant where you will find sushi and Italian flavors.  You can choose anywhere from three to five courses to your meal.  Crudo is top notch and many surveys count it as the number one spot in Arcadia.  Once you pick out one of the Arcadia homes for sale that is right for you, you will be able to enjoy this delicious cuisine whever you like.

 

 

 

 

Arcadia Charm

Schools, Arcadia Lite, Fourth Of July Parade

If you find yourself purchasing one of the delightful Arcadia homes for sale, you will soon find out there are many excellent schools in the area.  Hopi Elementary School is located at Lafayetter and 51st Street.  When combined with Ingleside Middle School at Osborn and 54th Street, the two schools forge a strong path of learning from kindergarten to eighth grade.  Both schools have strong parent organizations that sponsor numerous fun events throughout the year like the Hullabaloo Carnival and Family Fun Night.  The schools are well known for academic excellence and great teachers.

Arcadia High School is regarded as one of the best high schools in Phoenix and has won many awards.  It was ranked as a Top 30 Arizona High School by U.S. News and World Report and a Top 2015 Beating the Odds High School by Newsweek magazine.  Purchase one of the beautiful Arcadia homes for sale and you just may find your son or daughter attending one of these great schools.  The creative musical arts and sciences program is led by a Grammy nominated teacher.  There are competitive athletics programs and the performing arts, visual arts, and robotics programs are all award-winning.

The illustrious director, producer, and screenwriter, Stephen Spielberg, attended Arcadia.  His movies have included Jaws, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many more.  Lynda Carter also attended Arcadia High.  She was Miss World America in 1972 and played Wonder Woman for several years.  One of the best directors of all time and Wonder Woman both may have lived in one of those Arcadia homes for sale.

Phoenix Country Day School was founded in 1961 with 93 students.  Today, there are approximately 700 students from pre-k to twelfth grade.  The school is located in a lovely neighborhood with many beautiful Arcadia homes for sale.  The campus is impressive at forty acres including a music building, science labs, art facilities, a gym, swimming pools, tennis courts, and sports fields.  The school endeavors to have small class sizes with a ratio of only nine students to each teacher.  Many of the graduates go on to attend college at some of the top universities in the nation.

Arcadia Montessori was founded in 1972 by Judy Pemberton with twenty-five students.  Today, it serves more than 120 children annually between the ages of eighteen months and six years old.  Montessori is based on self-directed activity and hands-on learning.

Veritas Preparatory Academy is a charter school serving grades 6 to 12.  It is a rigorous program that follows a course of study based on the Great Books.  The list could go from Plato and Aristotle to James Joyce and Mark Twain.  If you move in to one of incredible Arcadia homes for sale in this great neighborhood, you will have wonderful education choices.

Arcadia Lite was named one of the hottest neighborhoods for 2016 in Phoenix Magazine.  The boundaries go from approximately 32nd Street to 40th Street and Campbell to Indian School.  Arcadia homes for sale here are both more modestly sized and modestly priced than those Arcadia homes for sale in Arcadia proper.  The Ranch style homes here have a classic style and lend themselves to some awesome updating.  You are right in the mix with a lot of cool restaurants like Steak 44, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Le Grande Orange, Postino’s, The Vig, and many more.

Arcadia has hosted a Fourth of July parade for over twenty years now.  It started in 1996 when Johanna Boslin and her family placed American flags along her street and  then with neighbors arranged a little parade.  Now, there are hundreds of folks marching along with classic cars, double decker buses, the Phoenix Fire Department, the Military Order of the Purple Hearts, and the American Legion Color Guard.  It is a glorious tradition that sums up the family spirit and fun vibe you will find when you move in to one of the many charming Arcadia homes for sale.


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