Scottsdale, Arizona is enjoyed and remembered for its upscale and sophisticated personality. It has culture, it has style, and it has that fabulous Arizona sunshine. Living up to its reputation for world-class hiking and numerous golf courses; visitors and residents have also grown to adore the expansive cultural activities that have made Scottsdale one of the most adored communities in Arizona. But it's the atmosphere and energy of this area that repeatedly captures the hearts of those who pass through as well as those who call Scottsdale home.
Today, Scottsdale is home to many popular planned communities such as McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch, Troon, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Grayhawk, Desert Mountain and many more. Downtown Scottsdale continues to thrive and offers a choice of unique areas including Old Town, the Main Street Arts and Antiques District, the Marshall Way Contemporary Arts District, and the Fifth Avenue Shops. Further north, one can find Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural school and the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve.
Scottsdale is bordered to the west by Phoenix and Paradise Valley, to the north by Carefree, to the south by Tempe, and to the east by Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The city is loosely divided into four areas: South Scottsdale (McKellips Road north to Thomas Road), Old Town (Downtown) Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale (also known as the "Shea Corridor", extending from Camelback Road north to Shea Boulevard), and North Scottsdale. The real estate market in Scottsdale is among the most expensive in the United States. In 2010, both Scottsdale and Paradise Valley were among the top ten markets in the nation for luxury home sales, and the only two cities outside of California. Paradise Valley was ranked ninth with $637 million in luxury home sales, while Scottsdale was ranked tenth with $594 million in luxury home sales.
Scottsdale is known throughout the country for its creative approach to city planning and 75 square miles have been set aside as open space. A unique 7.5-mile long greenbelt offers recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, and golf. Scottsdale is also the home to the FBR Open Golf Tournament that carries the distinction of being the best-attended event on the PGA Tour. It’s also the home to other well-visited events such as the Annual Arabian Horse Show, Parada Del Sol, and the Thunderbird Balloon Classic. Every spring, Scottsdale is proud to call itself the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. It is also proud to be Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, the Borgata, the Stagebrush Theatre, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and Mayo Clinic.
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