monterey community sign photoBounded by Thunderbird Road to the north and Shea Boulevard to the south, stretching east from Tatum Boulevard to 104th Street is the Cactus Shea Corridor.  This rectangular area of central Scottsdale rests between North Scottsdale and downtown Scottsdale, and is home to several established neighborhoods.

With homes built primarily between 1970 and 2002, many of the Cactus Shea neighborhoods, such as Desert Trails and Sundown/Stone Ridge Manor for example, typically offer single-family homes on large lots, and are set back from the street with large front yards.

Other neighborhoods such as the golf neighborhood Scottsdale Country Club/Starfire have a range of home sizes, from smaller attached units up to larger single-family three-bedrooms.   The Scottsdale Hills neighborhood, south of Thunderbird Road and 94th Street consists of one story condominiums, while the Sweetwater Ranch neighborhood has a mixture of townhomes, patio homes and single family homes, ranging from 1,000 square feet to 3,600 square feet.

Paradise Valley Ranchos is another community with a mix of homes including apartments, condos, and single family houses.  Most of these homes were built by Custom Homes, and reflect a distinctive Southwestern style.  To the west is Equestrian Manor, which is a guard-gated community offering luxury custom homes.

Things To Do: All of these neighborhoods share a central location from which to enjoy the many amenities offered by the Cactus Shea Corridor.  The shopping can’t be beat, with the nearby Scottsdale Quarter, home to an Apple store, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and American Girl.  Kierland Commons is just across Scottsdale Road and offers plenty of fine retailers such as Anthropologie and Crate and Barrel.  Paradise Valley Mall with its large department stores is another retail option.    Dining opportunities are varied and plentiful in the Cactus Shea Corridor thanks to the many fine dining as well as locally owned restaurants which populate this rectangle.

For active and fitness-minded residents, there are dozens of parks with walking and biking trails, as well as numerous fitness centers.  Golfers can take advantage of the year round beautiful weather on courses such as the Starfire Golf Club, the Scottsdale Country Club East and the Orange Tree Golf Resort.

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