First, Arcadia is a neighborhood which is located within both Phoenix and Scottsdale. Situated in the area from Thomas Road north to Camelback Mountain, and from 36th Street to Scottsdale Road, the signature of Arcadia in terms of residences, is its ranch style homes on large manicured lots. Arcadia originated in an area with citrus groves, so the corresponding irrigation system led to mostly large, mature landscaped yards, many with citrus trees, as well as shaded, leafy streets.
Development of this area of Arcadia began mostly in the mid-1950s amongst the remaining citrus farms, and therefore the homes in Arcadia include several different types, including large ranch homes, custom homes and patio homes. Some homes still remain from the 1920s, and the majority of the homes in Arcadia have been partially or fully updated. Arcadia homes showcase a variety of architectural styles beyond its typical ranch homes, including country cottage, Revival, Pueblo and blended architectural types. The majority of the lot sizes in Arcadia are large, with few under a half acre, and some properties are up to 5 acres in size. Many homes have swimming pools in their large yards, and others have sports courts.
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Second, Camelback Mountain, by contrast, has different subdivisions, most of which include luxury, custom single-family homes. For example, the neighborhood of Stone Canyon is situated on the northern slopes of Camelback Mountain, within the Echo Canyon nature preserve. Nearby Rolling Hills Heights features custom luxury homes perched on the side Camelback Mountain itself. Other subdivisions within Camelback Mountain include Casa Del Monte, Camelback Vista Estates, Camelback Mountain Views, Cholla Heights, Desert Arroyos, Bisgrove, Tierra Del Paraiso, Phoenician Estates, and Quail Vista, among others. Casa Blanca is a gated condominium community featuring white condos, and shared amenities such as community tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a heated spa.
Things To Do: The hallmark of both of these areas is, of course, Camelback Mountain. The Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a popular starting point to tackle this difficult hike. Other nearby mountains include Mummy Mountain, Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak), and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. All of these mountains and their corresponding parks and recreation areas provide opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking.
Golfing options are not in short supply in Arcadia or Camelback Mountain, as nearby courses include the 18-hole course Paradise Valley Country Club which was established in 1953, as well as the Camelback Golf Club with its two courses, the Padre and the Ambiente. The Phoenician Golf Club is within this Camelback Mountain area. Scottsdale Fashion Square is a popular mall, offering hundreds of both high-end and middle level retail stores, as well as multiple restaurants. Another popular shopping area nearby is the Biltmore Fashion Park. %en minutes away is downtown Phoenix with its many museums (science, children’s, art), sporting venues (Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena) and theatres (Herberger and the Dodge).
Schools: The A rated Scottsdale Unified School District services these areas of Arcadia and Camelback Mountain, including Kiva Elementary, Hopi Elementary, Tavan Elementary, Cherokee Elementary, Cocopah Middle School, Ingleside Middle School, Arcadia High School and Chaparral High School. Arcadia also has several private and charter school options available to its residents.