You will find the neighborhood of Arcadia on the city line between Phoenix and Scottsdale. It is approximately the area between 44th Street and 68th Street from Camelback Road to the Arizona Canal. It is located just south of Camelback Mountains and Piestewa Peak. It may be a small neighborhood, but it is full of rich history.
Development in the Arcadia area began around 1919. The land companies began dividing the area into lots of five-to-ten acres, to be sold off as small citrus orchards. They mandated that homes built on the lots could cost no less than $5,000. Later, in 1925, this number was increased to $10,000. Their goal was to attract affluent members of society who were looking for a more rural lifestyle. The hope was the would move to the area and enjoy maintaining a citrus orchard of their own.
The building that is now the Shemer Art Center and Museum was one of the first homes built in the area. It was constructed in 1919 for the foreman of the water company. The water company had laid fifteen miles of underground concrete pipe throughout the area by 1924. This was part of the plan to successfully grow citrus fruit in the Phoenix heat. The developers new they would need to create an effective irrigation system. It is thanks to its farming history and this advanced irrigation system, that today’s the landscape here is mature, lush, and green, unlike most of Phoenix.
The 1930s brought the beginning of the luxury resort industry in the area. The Cook Mansion was converted into a resort and became the original structure of the Royal Palms Inn, which is now one of the most popular resorts in the area. Others such as The Paradise Inn and Elizabeth Arden’s Main Chance retreat began to pop up as well. The prestigious resorts have remained a large part of the local Arcadia economy. The Phoenician Resort was later developed in the 1980s and remains a favorite among visitors. The resort industry has continued to grow and today there are many others along the Camelback Road area including the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.
Today, Arcadia real estate is highly sought after. The neighborhood was named the “Best Place to Live” by Money Magazine. It is popular for Arcadia homes to often still sit on large lots. Some of these lots are nearly five acres and it’s hard to find a home in the area with less than a half acre of land. Most of these homes were custom built in the 1950s and 1960s. The prices typically range between $1.4 and $2.3 million. The median cost of homes in the are is $750,000.
With the large homes and lots in Arcadia, it has become a very family friendly area. The public schools in the area are rated very highly on GreatSchools.org. There are also many private schools to choose from. There are plenty of sports and activities to keep the little ones busy, including swim lesson at the Hubbard Family Swim School. This family-owned business has been teaching swimming in Arcadia since 1998.
Although Arcadia is only minutes from downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale, there is no need to venture that far for food, culture, shopping, or entertainment. Arcadia has all of these things right here, most within walking distance. You can visit Scottsdale Fashion Square or Biltmore Fashion Park if you need to do some shopping. You can enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Phoenician Golf Club or the Arizona Country Club. Then if you’re craving some tasty tacos be sure to check out CRUjiente, a locally owned Tex-Mex style restaurant. One of the favorite hidden gems of the locals is a Tiki bar, hidden in what used to be the pit of an automotive repair shop, called the UnderTow. If you are able to find your way into this small bar you may feel as though you have sailed out of Arcadia on a pirate ship with its authentic decor.
The residents of Phoenix are very active, and the neighborhood of Arcadia is no different. One of the main bike trails of Phoenix runs right through Arcadia. There is also a path along the Arizona Canal where you can find many locals taking a stroll, walking their dogs, or riding bikes. If you’re looking for other ways to stay in shape a new Club Pilates recently opened in the neighborhood. There is also an OrangeTheory training studio in the heart of Arcadia.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing spa trip or you are in the market to move to Phoenix, the Arcadia area remains a prestigious location in the Valley of the Sun.
Arcadia Real Estate
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Listing information last updated on July 21st, 2018 at 6:46am PDT.