Paradise Valley Homes for Sale

A quiet desert oasis in the heart of Scottsdale-Phoenix

The town of Paradise Valley is bordered by several beautiful mountain areas.  Views of the striking Camelback Mountains are to the south.  On the west are several enjoyable parks that make up the Phoenix Mountain Preserve which includes Piestewa Peak.  Piestewa Peak used to be known as Squaw Peak and has been named a Phoenix Point of Pride.  The McDowell Mountains are to the east of Paradise Valley.

There are seven incredible resorts that call Paradise Valley home.  Just the names of the resorts conjure up images of relaxation to the max.  You can visit the Camelback Inn or take a dip at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort.  Book a weekend at the Hermosa Inn or spend a week at the Montelucia Resort & Spa.  Have a dinner at Elements within the Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain where renowned chef Beau MacMillan combines Asian-accented New American cuisine with astonishing views.  The Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Paradise Valley derives its charm from the fact that it has been independently owned and operated for nearly forty years.  It is adorned with a classic Spanish Mediterranean architecture and decor.  The SmokeTree Resort is home to 26 recently remodeled bungalows and suites.

 

Paradise Valley Attractions

Taliesen West, Desert Botanical Garden, and the Musical Instrument Museum

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright made his winter home at Taliesen West and taught school there from 1937 until 1959 when he died at the age of 91.  to this day, It is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and also the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, AZ.  It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  The plan was to establish a sort of utopian community in the desert.  It still has an old world feel.  Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices did much of the work themselves making it possibly one of his projects that most bears his personal touch.  The community offers many different enjoyable and educational tours for the public.

The Desert Botanical Garden stretches 140 acres inside Papago Park. The space houses more than 21,000 plants, some of which are considered rare or endangered species.  The Garden hosts many permanent exhibits as well as a large number of travelling programs throughout the year.  The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting.   There are five thematic trails that focus on important ideas like conservation, desert living, people and plants in the Sonoran desert, and desert wildflowers.  There are exciting holiday light shows,as well as delicious dinner events in the beautifully lit park throughout the year.  Attend the Garden for concerts, family activities, Patio Cafe, Gertrude’s Restaurant, and the Garden’s gift and plant shop.

.The Musical Instrument Museum houses more than 6,500 instruments hailing from approximately two hundred different countries.  Most of the multitude of drums and guitars and horns and whatever instrument you can possibly think of are displayed in such a way that they can be heard as they were meant to be heard.  Visitors are allowed to experiment with the instruments in the Experience Gallery.  You can also admire instruments on display from such stars as Carlos Santana, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, and Maroon 5.

 

 

 

Things to do in Paradise Valley

Dining, Hiking, and Sports

Situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley has been a highly desired vacation destination for over a hundred years.  With its neighboring cities of Scottsdale and Phoenix, it is in just the right spot to feel like a vacation town but still have the benefits of a big city.  There are many elegant restaurants to choose from in Paradise Valley.

El Chorro Lodge began pleasing guests in Paradise Valley in 1937 and has never stopped.  They still showcase many classics like rack of lamb and chateaubriand.  Brunch is always popular with Canadian bacon, beef tenderloin, smoked salmon and their delicious specialty, El Chorro’s “World Famous Sticky Buns.”

Elements at the Sanctuary combines beautiful views with delectable cuisine.  The chef is Beau Macmillan who is often seen on the Food Network channel.  Many of their ingredients are harvested locally for their fresh from the farm American Cuisine with an Asian accent.  You can go vegetarian or gluten-free.  For breakfast, sample vanilla pecan waffles accompanied by Asian pears, strawberries and syrup.  How about fried rice with Asian vegetables and eggs straight from the farm in the morning?

Some of the best hiking trails in Paradise Valley can be found at Camelback Mountain.  At 2,704 feet, the peak is the highest point in the Phoenix mountains.  With two summits, the mountain looks like a kneeling camel.
The eastern summit is the higher of the two and appears to be the camel’s hump.  The western summit is known as the Head.  There are many trails to enjoy here.
Piestewa Peak is hiked by over 500,000 people a year.  It has been said that the only trail more travelled than Piestewa Peak is the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail.  What is so perfect about Piestewa Peak is its convenience.  Paradise Valley residents can hit the trail in the morning or leave from work and be back at their house after a brisk workout and still have time for the rest of their day.  Make sure you bring water because you won’t find any once you are on the trail.
In Paradise Valley, you can choose from all four of the major sports.  There are the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and Arizona Coyotes.  With an average of 294 days a year of sunshine in Paradise Valley, you have plenty of opportunity to indulge any sports craving.  There are over 200 golf courses to choose from in the area.  You can play softball or swim almost year round.


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