Paradise Valley is found within the borders of Shea Boulevard to the north, Scottsdale Road to the east, Camelback Road to the south, and 32nd Street to the west. While there are other entities that share the name Paradise Valley (such as Paradise Valley Unified School District and Paradise Valley Mall), those entities refer to Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix, and not to the suburb Paradise Valley, which is also the wealthiest suburb in Phoenix.
When the town of Paradise Valley was incorporated in 1961, there were strict guidelines regarding the size of the land parcels, requiring a minimum of one to five acres per parcel. Residents of Paradise Valley also didn’t want busy streets or streetlights as they wanted to keep the town residential, and many of these guidelines are still in existence today.
Homes in Paradise Valley
There are many different styles of homes, in a wide range of prices in Paradise Valley. Clearwater Hills located just east of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, is an exclusive gated community of 217 homes, all uniquely designed with various architectural styles. Pennington Estates and Sanctuary both feature beautiful custom homes, many with fantastic views of nearby Camelback Mountain, Camelback Country Club Estates offers multi-million dollar homes nestled around the golf course, for golfers or others who just appreciate gorgeous views. Finisterre, located near Echo Canyon, is one of the largest gated communities in Paradise Valley, with 50 luxury homes, swimming pools, and biking/hiking paths. Finally, more affordable options can be found in the Lincoln Heights subdivision, located south of Clearwater Hills.
There are several options for leisure and getaways, thanks to eight full-service resorts within Paradise Valley, including the Spa at Montelucia, the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback, and the Omni Scottsdale Resort. For shoppers, Scottsdale Fashion Square is a high-end retail extravaganza, also featuring a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment options. Golfers will enjoy the many links and greens available in Paradise Valley, from the 18-hole course Paradise Valley Country Club which was established in 1953 to the Camelback Golf Club with its two courses, the Padre and the Ambiente.
Nature lovers will feel right at home in Paradise Valley. Mummy Mountain is located in the center of Paradise Valley. Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak) flanks its western border and Camelback Mountain is on the southern border of this town. All of these mountains and their parks and recreation areas provide opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a popular starting point to tackle Camelback Mountain, a difficult hike, while the Phoenix Mountains Preserve has multiple levels of trails for varying fitness levels.
The A-rated Scottsdale Unified School District services the town of Paradise Valley, with Kiva Elementary, Cherokee Elementary, Cocopah Middle School, Ingleside Middle School, and Chaparral High School as the town’s public schools.