Where citrus trees line the streets and luxury reside.
Built where citrus groves once stood, Arcadia is a neighborhood with the distinction of sitting on both the Phoenix and Scottsdale city lines. Featuring homes on large lots with lush lawns, Arcadia feels more likely to be found in a Mid-West suburban neighborhood than its Arizona roots suggest. A neighbor of Paradise Valley, the Biltmore area, Scottsdale, and north Phoenix, and in addition to being just a few miles from the downtown area of Phoenix, Arcadia is a highly desirable community in which to live.
Arcadia’s growth really began to emerge in the 1950’s. Sprinkled amongst larger estates, ranch-style homes that were well-suited to the large lot parcels available were built. The tree-lined streets, primarily citrus and palm trees, have been a welcome and desirable change of scenery from the typical desert landscape. The attraction of Arcadia has remained strong and, coupled with the quality of the homes that have been built, has prompted many residents to renovate their current homes rather than relocate to other areas of the valley.
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The 2010 film “Everything Must Go,” starring Will Ferrell, was filmed in Arcadia. Renowned Arcadia High School boasts notable alumni, including director Steven Spielberg, actress Lynda Carter, singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks, astronaut William Shepherd, and other accomplished figures in entertainment and sports.
Homes sell quickly in Arcadia due to all it has to offer. Packed with some of the best restaurants in the valley, Arcadia provides residents with rich and diverse choices satisfying even the most moody foodie. Its close proximity to downtown Phoenix allows for an even greater ability to take advantage of restaurants, bars, entertainment and sports venues, the symphony, and museums the city has to offer.
Arcadia is home to the facility that hosts the Phoenix Suns. This includes a newly built practice facility and the renovation of their previous facility, in exchange for an extended lease option until 2037, thus securing Arcadia’s place on the map, for years to come. The new practice facility, named the Verizon 5G Performance Center, was completed in late 2020.
Camelback Mountain is the most famous natural landmark in the area, and its close proximity to Arcadia allows residents the opportunity to easily access and hike its trails. Wine cafes and lounges are plentiful in Arcadia, considered sophisticated yet approachable and inviting.
Arcadia is served by the Scottsdale Unified School District, but residents may also choose from a variety of charter or private schools.
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa is one of the oldest luxury resorts in the area and is the ideal setting for a relaxing staycation, or welcoming your out-of-town guests. Restaurants, shopping, spa, tennis courts, pools, and a 92-foot slide provide for a wide range of activities ensuring guests feel pampered and rejuvenated.
The Phoenician Resort on Camelback Road is one of the premier luxury resorts in the valley and is A Luxury Collection Resort member owned by Host Hotels and Resorts. The resort opened in 1988, built on what once was the historic Jokake Inn and Elizabeth Arden’s Main Chance Spa. Developed by investor Charles Keating, his participation in the savings and loan crisis resulted in his 1989 indictment, and he lost his ownership share in the resort. The property was seized, and the government ran the property for a period of time and became known as Club Fed. Charles Keating’s 55% share was sold by the government to the Kuwaiti Investment Office, which already owned 45% of the property. By 1994, The Phoenician was sold to the Sheraton hotel chain, which was then absorbed by Starwood and ultimately sold to Host Hotels and Resorts in 2015.
Shopping in Arcadia is a fun and entertaining experience at Biltmore Fashion Park, an open-air shopping destination, featuring many well-known brands as well as boutique and specialty shops. Residents and visitors can also pass the time at Arcadia AZ Ice, a skating facility offering public ice skating, figure skating lessons, day camps, and hockey leagues. AZ Ice is home to Ice House Tavern, quenching your thirst with beer, wine, and spirits. Food choices range from a variety of popular appetizers and bites to tacos, hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches. Churros for dessert is a fan favorite.
Arcadia is home to several well-known and historic homes, including Mrs. Cotton’s House, The Ruth Wendell House, and The Cook Mansion, which was built by the Thomas Cook Travel Agency family. The Cook Mansion and its property ultimately became the home of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, and its aptly named restaurant, TJ Cook’s, is a favorite for both locals and tourists. Featuring a Mediterranean menu with rotating seasonal dishes, diners enjoy an unpretentious, yet elegant and sophisticated experience.