Northeast Valley


Northeast  Communities

Anthem     Carefree & Cave Creek     Fountain Hills     Scottsdale     Paradise Valley    Rio Verde



This  fashionable and highly livable quadrant of the Valley of the Sun is sprawling  and diverse, offering a kaleidoscope of possibilities for housing, recreation, and  lifestyles. The Northeast Valley includes the sophisticated City of Scottsdale,  the Town of Paradise Valley, the “sister” cities of Carefree and Cave Creek,  and the Town of Fountain Hills. It also encompasses the section of northeastern  Phoenix called “Paradise Valley” as well many residential villages throughout  North Scottsdale. Just beyond Fountain Hills at the eastern edge of the Valley  of the Sun are the active adult communities of Tonto Verde and Rio Verde.

Perhaps  more than any other area in the Valley, the Northeast reflects the epitome of  year-round resort living and the “good life” in distinctive Southwestern style.  Many country club and golf course communities showcase million-dollar manors in  elegant residential developments that command breathtaking views of mountain,  desert, and city lights. At the same time, family-oriented neighborhoods  surround libraries, parks, schools, and shopping for a convenient urban  lifestyle.


Within  the Northeast Valley, the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale dominate the economy  and provide the employment base. Although the other communities enjoy a degree  of commercial and retail activity, as well as contribute outstanding  restaurants and luxurious resorts, they primarily serve as residential havens.  The northeastern corner of Phoenix is well-known for its vast array of retail  development, radiating in all directions from the focal point of Paradise  Valley Mall. Shopping plazas combine with service-oriented businesses, office  parks, and professional buildings.

Neighboring  Scottsdale takes the lead in industrial development as well as corporate and  regional headquarters and high-tech companies. Accommodating business and  recreational aircraft, Scottsdale Airport is the busiest corporate jet airport  in Arizona. Scottsdale also excels in revenue generated by tourism, welcoming  millions of visitors to award-winning resorts and posh shopping districts.  Tourism also plays a leading role in the Cave Creek and Carefree economies,  reinforcing the strong ties between these “recreational” sister communities.

Along  with the explosion of population in the rapidly expanding Northeast Valley came  freeways that provide high-speed connections to other Valley destinations. The  Piestewa Peak Parkway or SR51 provides quick access to Interstate 10, Loop 202  to the East Valley, and to downtown Phoenix. The addition of Loop 101 provides  a convenient thoroughfare through the Northeast Valley, linking the area to  points west, east, and south. A public bus system combines with Dial-A-Ride and  ridesharing programs for transit alternatives.

While  residents of the Northeast Valley communities have access to healthcare and  educational resources throughout the Valley, they also enjoy leading-edge  services and facilities close to home. The internationally famous Mayo Clinic  has recently added a state-of-the-art hospital to its Scottsdale clinic  facility to offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment services.  Paradise Valley Hospital has long been serving the residents of northeastern  Phoenix, while Scottsdale Healthcare provides a growing list of specialties and  general healthcare services that include two hospitals, adult day care,  diabetes center, home health services, occupational health centers, and the  Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

Schools  throughout the Northeast Valley are recognized as some of Arizona’s finest,  providing a wealth of extracurricular and special programs in addition to a  strong core curriculum in modern classrooms. Paradise Valley Community College  in northeast Phoenix and Scottsdale Community College provide two convenient  locations that offer continuing education courses, certifications and two-year  degrees, vocational training, or an affordable start on a four-year degree. The  area is home to a center for the University of Phoenix and specialized  institutions of higher learning that include the respected Scottsdale Culinary  Institute and a branch of the Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College.


Whether  you are searching for the simple pleasures of a relaxing desert environment or  the excitement of world-class recreational opportunities, the Northeast Valley  provides an idyllic place to live, work, and play. Because of the area’s solid  reputation as a resort destination as well as a comfortable home for retirees,  families, and professionals—the living environments and the housing styles are  exceptionally diverse. Newcomers will discover a seemingly endless variety of  single-family homes as well as patio homes, townhouses, and condominiums.  Nestled along tranquil streets in the neighborhoods of the “Paradise Valley”  section of northern Phoenix, many comfortable two-bedroom wood-frame homes are  shaded by mature greenery. The Town of Paradise Valley, on the other hand, has  long been known for multi-million-dollar estates that sprawl over generous  mountain and hillside lots to command peerless valley views.

Acreage  and lot sizes vary widely in this vast Northeast Valley region. The most  obvious possibilities for multi-acre lots and mini-ranches or horse properties  lie in northern Scottsdale, the Pinnacle Peak area, and the communities of Cave  Creek and Carefree. The Northeast Valley now stretches between the small  outlying town of New River along Interstate 17 and the far northern Valley  communities of Cave Creek and Carefree. In fact, the award-winning  master-planned community of Anthem has introduced an entire cluster of  residential enclaves into this vast unincorporated area of Maricopa County.  Just east of Scottsdale, the beautiful town of Fountain Hills offers an  atmosphere of natural beauty, seclusion from suburban sprawl, and small-town  friendliness in an upscale environment. Beyond Fountain Hills lie the panoramic  and serene active adult communities of Tonto Verde and Rio Verde, where lovely  homes surround country clubs and golf courses.

Because  the Northeast Valley encompasses some of the Valley’s most popular shopping and  cultural districts along with expanses of open space, the recreational  amenities are exceptional in both quality and quantity. Art galleries, fine  boutiques, and exclusive shops contrast with the “urban cowboy” appeal of Old  Town Scottsdale. World-class golf and tennis facilities provide year-round  exercise and outdoor pleasure to residents and visitors alike. A myriad of  local bicycle paths, small fishing lakes, lush parks, desert preserves, walking  trails, and family amusement centers add to the Northeast Valley’s medley of  recreational possibilities.

International  crowds mingle with residents at a number of annual events and colorful  festivals. Beginning in January, the famous FBR Open PGA Golf Tournament draws  the nation’s top contenders to the exclusive Tournament Players Club in  Scottsdale. In February, equestrians flock to Scottsdale’s Westworld  for the internationally acclaimed All Arabian  Horse Show. The largest horse-drawn parade in the world, the Parada del Sol,  remains a beloved Scottsdale tradition. Fountain Hills hosts the Great Fair  twice each year in the spring and fall, adding a hot air balloon race to the  list of annual events. This small, upscale town also draws visitors to  Arizona’s only Thanksgiving Day Parade and supports a popular community  theater. Regardless of where you decide to settle in the Northeast Valley, you  are sure to discover an exceptional quality of life that seems to grow richer  with each year.


Throughout  the Valley of the Sun, welcoming neighborhoods nestled in fine master-planned  communities reflect the warm hospitality and casual elegance of the Southwest. The  variety of architectural styles and community settings can accommodate every  imaginable taste, lifestyle, and budget. Newcomers are able to select from a  wide array of patio homes, charming villas, luxury townhouses, posh  condominiums, elaborate estates, or ranch-style single-family homes. Many homes  feature archways that lead into charming courtyards or privacy walls that  ensure seclusion for artfully landscaped yards, covered patios and ramadas,  sports courts, and pristine pools.

Some  of the metropolitan region’s larger master-planned communities such as Sun City  and Sun City West, Estrella Mountain Ranch, Arrowhead Ranch, Anthem, DC Ranch,  and McDowell Mountain Ranch can provide all the amenities and conveniences of a  small town. Schools, libraries, churches, shopping and services, recreational  facilities, lush local parks, and connecting pathways create a true “community”  atmosphere.

The  following is just a small sample of the increasing number of residential  villages, subdivisions, and planned communities that are available in the Northeast Valley

Anthem, North  Anthem Heights Drive, Phoenix.   Just  beyond the lights of Phoenix in the pristine high desert are three communities  nestled in an award-winning development: Anthem Country Club, the Anthem active  adult community, and comfortable family living at Anthem Parkside.

Bellasera, East  Visao Drive, Scottsdale.  The  prestigious community of Bellasera covers 290 acres of scenic high desert at  the foot of imposing Lone Mountain.

The Boulders, N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree.   On  the edge of Carefree, the award-winning Boulders Resort and golf-course  community allows residents to enjoy access to resort amenities. Nearby, El  Pedregal Marketplace offers upscale shopping, fine dining, and live  entertainment in the open-air courtyard.

Copperwynd, Eagle  Ridge Drive, Fountain  Hill.   Lavish  residences are surrounded by world-class resort amenities that include tennis  courts, swimming pools, a health/fitness center, and fine dining. The nearby  town of Fountain Hills provides commercial conveniences, community theater, a  library, and some of the Valley’s most anticipated special events.

DC Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.   Sprawling  near the foot of the McDowell Mountains, this community of beautiful,  family-oriented neighborhoods provides every amenity within walking distance.  Designed to offer the intimacy and sense of connection of a small town, DC  Ranch has developed a spectacular nine-acre indoor/outdoor recreational  complex.

Desert Highlands, East  Happy Valley Road, Scottsdale.    Magnificent  custom homes are nestled on pristine, generous high Sonoran desert lots that  command breathtaking fairway, city light, and mountain views in this private  golf-club community near Carefree.

Desert Mountain, Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale.   Known  for its opulent homes and world-renowned Jack Nicklaus golf courses, Desert  Mountain is home to a variety of exclusive residential communities.

Desert Ridge, Tatum  Boulevard, Phoenix.   Planned  to cover a complete 5,700 acres, this sprawling community creates a balance of  residential villages with resort, shopping, and entertainment development.

Dove Valley Ranch, North  Black Mountain Parkway, Cave  Creek.   Beautiful  homes enjoy an unspoiled high-desert landscape, recreational amenities, and  close proximity to the golf course of the same name designed by Robert Trent  Jones II.

The Estancia Club, North  99th Place, Scottsdale.   Nestled  on the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak, this prestigious North Scottsdale  community is known for its stunning homes, environmental sensitivity, and Tom  Fazio-designed golf course.

Gainey Ranch, East  Gainey Ranch Road, Scottsdale.   Nestled  in a peerless centralized Scottsdale location, Gainey Ranch provides an  award-winning 27-hole golf course, lake vistas, fine shopping, and distinctive  properties.

Grayhawk,  E.  Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.   Nestled  between two award-winning golf courses along with a wealth of amenities are  upscale homes, villas, townhomes, and condominiums from renowned builders.

Kierland, Greenway & Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.   This  elegant, mixed-use development is in a convenient location in the central  corridor of North Scottsdale, which combines exclusive shopping, entertainment,  and dining with residential development.

Legend Trail, East  Legendary Lane, Scottsdale.   Spectacular  recreational and residential opportunities include 640 unspoiled acres of high desert  preserved as open space and the recreational jewel of the Rees Jones-designed  golf course.

McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale  Road, Scottsdale.   Scottsdale’s  ground-breaking development transformed 4,300 acres of arid land into one of  the Valley’s first and finest resort and residential communities. The  collection of fine homes are complemented by bike paths, fine dining, golf  courses,  tennis courts, and 130 acres of  sparkling lakes.

McDowell Mountain Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.    This  family-oriented community features a wealth of amenities including trails,  parks, community center, swimming pool/spa, sports courts, and splash fountain.

Scottsdale Mountain, East  136th Street, Scottsdale.   Set  against the foothills of the McDowell Mountain Preserve, the community offers handsome  homes that command spectacular landscape views.

Scottsdale Ranch, North  100th Street, Scottsdale.   Waterfront  estates, beautiful tennis villas, patio homes, and townhomes surround Lake  Serena and recreational amenities.

Stonegate, East  Mountain View Road, Scottsdale.   This  premier community provides all the seclusion of a gated resort lifestyle with tennis  courts, pool/spa, community center, and hiking trails.

Tatum Highlands, Jomax  Road & Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix.   This  handsome residential development in a variety of architectural styles  harmonizes with a 20-acre recreational park in a pristine desert environment  just two miles from Tatum Ranch public golf course.

Tatum Ranch, Cave  Creek Road & Dixileta, Phoenix.   Covering  1,500 acres in the Sonoran desert between northeastern Phoenix and Cave Creek,  30 attractive neighborhoods are filled with beautiful homes.

Terravita, North 69th Way, Scottsdale.   Nearly  825 pristine acres of high Sonoran desert beauty create the scenic backdrop for  lovely homes and recreational amenities that include a golf course, fine  dining, and a community center with fitness area.

Tramonto, Carefree Highway at I-17, Phoenix. Single-family  residences and prime sites for custom homes join a retail town center, fine  hotel, and abundant recreational amenities for a convenient yet serene  lifestyle.

Troon North, Troon Village, Jomax & Alma School Roads, Scottsdale.   Nestled  among the boulders just north of Pinnacle Peak, these upscale communities boast  highly acclaimed Troon golf courses that are surrounded by neighborhoods filled  with luxury homes that command superb views of fairways and landscapes.

The Verdes, Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, Four  Peaks Boulevard, Rio  Verde.   These  two “sister” active-adult communities surround beautiful homes with golf courses  and award-winning clubhouses. The town of Fountain Hills provides nearby  amenities.