Montelucia Resort photoParadise Valley is a small affluent town of 15 square miles, nestled within the borders of Shea Boulevard to the north, Scottsdale Road to the east, Chaparral Road to the south, and 32nd Street to the west.  While there are other entities that share the name Paradise Valley (such as Paradise Valley Unified School District and Paradise Valley Mall), those entities refer to Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix, and not to the suburb Paradise Valley, which is also the wealthiest suburb in Phoenix.

When the town of Paradise Valley was incorporated in 1961, there were strict guidelines regarding the size of the land parcels, requiring a minimum of one to five acres per parcel.  The residents also didn’t want busy streets or streetlights as they wanted to keep the town residential, and many of these guidelines are still in existence today.

Luxury homes are the rule, not the exception, in the town of Paradise Valley.  From the gorgeous custom homes in Pennington Estates and Sanctuary, and their fantastic views of nearby Camelback Mountain, to Clearwater Hills located just east of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, an exclusive gated community of 217 homes, all uniquely designed with various architectural styles, there is a home for every taste and price range.

For those golfers or others who just appreciate gorgeous views, Camelback Country Club Estates offers multi million dollar homes nestled around the golf course.  Finisterre, located near Echo Canyon, is one of the largest gated communities in Paradise Valley, with 50 luxury homes, swimming pools and biking/hiking paths.  Finally, more affordable options can be found in the Lincoln Heights subdivision, located south of Clearwater Hills.

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Things To Do: Paradise Valley’s motto, coined by residents, is “there is a reason we call this valley ‘paradise.”  This paradise is evident in the mountains within and surrounding Paradise Valley.  Mummy Mountain is located in the center of this town, Piestewa Peak (formerly known as Squaw Peak) flanks its western border and Camelback Mountain is on the southern border.  All of these mountains and their corresponding parks and recreation areas provide opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking.  Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a popular starting point to tackle Camelback Mountain, a difficult hike, while the Phoenix Mountains Preserve has multiple levels of trails for varying fitness levels.

With eight full service resorts within Paradise Valley, including the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia and the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback, there are several options for leisure and getaways.  Scottsdale Fashion Square is a high-end mecca, providing retail options for everyone.  Golfing options abound in Paradise Valley as well, from the 18-hole course Paradise Valley Country Club which was established in 1953 to the Camelback Golf Club with its two courses, the Padre and the Ambiente.

Schools: The A rated Scottsdale Unified School District services the town of Paradise Valley, with Kiva Elementary, Cherokee Elementary, Cocopah Middle School, Ingleside Middle School and Chaparral High School as the town’s public schools.