In 1888, Army chaplain Winfield Scott bought 640 acres of land east of Phoenix for $2.50 per acre. Initially named Orangedale, the area was later named Scottsdale after its first landholder, Mr. Scott. Wedged in between Phoenix and Paradise Valley on the west and the Pima Indian community to the east, Scottsdale’s 185 square miles extend from Tempe in the south to the city of Carefree in the north.
Arguably the artistic heart of the Valley, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts hosts fine arts and musical performances. It is located in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, which includes numerous art galleries, boutiques and fine dining. The Mall also hosts a series of outdoors events including jazz concerts, food, and arts festivals which attract tourists and residents alike.
Scottsdale has a national reputation for affluence, upscale resorts, and shopping. Major attractions include numerous world-class resorts, including the Scottsdale Princess Resort and The Phoenician. Scottsdale has approximately 200 golf courses, over 20 of which are open to the public. Recreational activities include hiking and biking in the McDowell Mountain Preserve and on Camelback Mountain. Upscale shopping, galleries, restaurants can be found throughout, including in historic Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, and the adjoining Waterfront area.
Housing options tend to be on the upscale side, but areas of more affordable homes do exist. Most residences are single-family detached homes, often custom or semi-custom builds. Pockets of condominiums and townhomes exist for snowbirds and those looking for a low maintenance lifestyle.