Paradise Valley, Arizona, is a small, affluent town comprising sixteen square miles Maricopa County, with a population of about 13,000. Mummy Mountain sits in the middle of town, and Camelback Mountain is along the southern border and Piestewa Peak is along the west. Paradise Valley also borders the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale.
The rich history of Paradise Valley began in the late 1950s. The city of Phoenix was growing rapidly, but the residents who lived further out of town in the foothills of the mountains enjoyed their rural way of life. They began to worry that as Phoenix expanded it would swallow up their country way of life. In 1961, a group of residents around Mummy Mountain got together and signed a petition to incorporate their little town of two square miles. As residents of neighboring towns began to realize they had similar values – quiet living, open space, and privacy -- they asked to join Paradise Valley, and so the town grew.
The lifestyle of Paradise Valley has not changed much over the years. The town still maintains ordinances to protect the beautiful mountain views and to maintain the towns quiet lifestyle. They also limit the number and type of corporations in Paradise Valley to maintain the residential nature of the town. The top employers of the town are hospitality businesses and the town itself.
To reduce the cost of government, the Paradise Valley mayor, council, and appointment members of boards and committees are all be citizen volunteers. One of the founding principles of the town was to keep the government small. They decided that any service that could be provided by private enterprise would not be provided by the Paradise Valley government.
Another piece of the history of Paradise Valley is the Judson School. It was a local boarding school opened in 1928. The owner in the1940s, Henry Wick, began to offer English as a second language. This attracted students from more than thirty countries. In 1956 the Judson School allowed female students to enroll. In 1999, Henry Wick sold the 55-acre property to a development company who built a gated community of luxury homes. The trend of developing luxury homes has continued.
The average annual household income in Paradise Valley is about $150,000. Paradise Valley is also a popular location for second homes. About 49 percent of the population is aged 50 or older. According to the 2015 census, 2,210 residents are between the ages of thirty-five and forty-nine. Paradise Valley is concerned with public safety; for example, the police department installed a medication drop box where residents could deposit expired or unused medication to ensure its safe disposal. Residents of Paradise Valley are also deeply concerned about the rise in popularity of online short-term rental websites, and are reviewing plans to ensure that permanent residents continue to enjoy the high quality of living they are used to without interruption.
Paradise Valley real estate is exclusive and highly sought after. The median cost of Paradise Valley homes are around $1,226,900. Seventy-three percent of owner-occupied units are valued at one million dollars or more. The median cost of renting is about $2,800 per month. The city ordinances mandate that each home is no less than 2000 square feet and each lot is at least 1 acre, keeping Paradise Valley properties spacious.
Being an open desert town, Paradise Valley is home to many coyotes and other wildlife. The town receives about seven inches of rain per year, and records an average of 294 days of sunshine annually.
The town of Paradise Valley offers nine full-service resorts, including Camelback Resort, Smoketree Resort, and Montelucia Resort & Spa. Most of the resorts also offer restaurants. You could also play around of golf at Camelback Golf Club or Mountain Shadows Golf Club. Paradise Valley is also home to the famous El Churro restaurant.
Another favorite recreational spot is the Echo Canyon Trail. It is a great place to go hiking and get some fresh air. You may also want to explore McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. It’s a 40-acre park and museum where you can enjoy the history or the railroad up close and personal.
The school district for Paradise Valley is Scottsdale Unified School District. The elementary and middle schools have spectacular ratings on Greatschools.org. There are also many private schools in the area to choose from. The town is also home to Paradise Valley Community College.
In February of 2014 a bronze statue of Senator Barry Goldwater, holding his camera, was unveiled at the center of the Barry Goldwater Memorial Gardens. Senator Goldwater was one of the founding members of Paradise Valley. Goldwater was known for his straight forward approach to politics, but he was also an avid photographer. The park is landscaped with desert plants and along the pedestrian path you will find some of Senator Goldwater’s noteworthy quotes.
Paradise Valley Real Estate
Modern hillside new construction with amazing city and mountain views. Home will boast 15-foot glass walls unleashing the beautiful Phoenix sunsets into the open concept living areas. Relax in the beautiful outdoor space or swim in the negative edge pool an...
Exquisite sophistication awaits in this stunning home where traditional elegance meets soft contemporary. Expansive great room with soaring ceilings offers incredible attention to detail with Carrara marble floors, honed marble fireplace, and French poc...
Coming Soon - Located in an incredible Paradise Valley neighborhood, this new construction by premier builder, Norton Luxury Homes, is stunning in every way. Sitting on an oversized one-acre, cul-de-sac lot, this beautiful, well designed residence features ...
Beautiful hillside lot is awaiting its new owners dream build. This 47,000+ sq. ft. lot captures the city night lights and mountain views. Current home on the property is a tear down, plans & permits are available to purchase with the lot.
Fabulous end residence next to McCormick Golf Course and Camelback Lake. Two bedrooms and a den which can be easily converted into a third bedroom. Upgraded kitchen and bathrooms, new tile and cabinets. This residence is conveniently located near the fitnes...
19.32 acres in Paradise Valley, AZ. Largest vacant, flat lot or lots available in Paradise Valley today, with views. Four roughly five-acre, contiguous lots on the north side of Mummy Mountain in a nearly level area and yet elevated enough for wonderful vie...
Experience this brand new, meticulously designed custom estate, located in the safety & privacy of an exclusive guard-gated community. Enjoy a large acreage estate feel, with low maintenance, energy-efficient, inexpensive upkeep. This 8 bed, 16 bath unique ...
Simple words cannot describe an estate of this stature. The polished elegance and imposing beauty are what movies are made of, and it's easy to imagine many a movie being filmed in this magnificent showpiece. The rooms are so luxurious and so unique, it's i...
Lush, mature landscaping, hand-laid stone walls, and artistic wrought iron accents line the guest drive of this impressive 5-acre Mediterranean estate. Architecturally designed by Erik Peterson and custom built by Desert Star Construction, this magnificent ...
Bramasole: Enjoy your own resort! Privacy, luxury & relaxation in the heart of the Valley. Situated on 4.5 acres of lush landscaping boasting over 15,000 SF of elegance featuring a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, chef's kitchen, library, high-tech media room, e...
This sprawling, private appx 5 acre mountainside estate boasts 15,000+ square feet & offers 6 bdrm suites, 10 baths & includes almost every imaginable detail to class & quality one could dream of. Exquisitely appointed with custom light fixtures; beautiful ...
This romantic 14,275 sq ft Spanish Colonial Estate on 2.53 acres with superb views of Camelback Mountain harmoniously blends graceful architecture,expert craftsmanship and unsurpassed handcrafted detail. Hand-hewn stone and wood pegged plank hardwood floors...
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Listing information last updated on May 21st, 2018 at 4:18am PDT.