The affluent suburb of Paradise Valley is technically a small town of 15 square miles. Located 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, the town of Paradise Valley was incorporated in 1961. Thanks to its original guidelines on the minimum size of the land parcels, most lots are a minimum of one to five acres per parcel.
Most of the homes in Paradise Valley proper can be considered luxury homes. For example, Camelback Country Club Estates offers multi-million dollar homes built around the golf course. Pennington Estates and Sanctuary feature larger custom homes, many with beautiful views of nearby Camelback Mountain.
Finisterre, located near Echo Canyon, is one of the largest gated communities in Paradise Valley, with 50 luxury homes, swimming pools, as well as biking/hiking paths. The Lincoln Heights subdivision, located south of Clearwater Hills, offers more affordable single-family homes within the Paradise Valley zip code. Clearwater Hills, located just east of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, is a gated community of 217 homes, all uniquely designed with various architectural styles.
The hallmark of Paradise Valley is 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. the Phoenix Mountains Preserve has multiple levels of trails for varying fitness levels, while the Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a popular starting point to tackle Camelback Mountain, a difficult hike.
There are several options for leisure and getaways in Paradise Valley, thanks to its eight full service resorts, including the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia and the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback. Golfing options are not in short supply in Paradise Valley, as courses include the 18-hole course Paradise Valley Country Club which was established in 1953, as well as the Camelback Golf Club with its two courses, the Padre and the Ambiente. Scottsdale Fashion Square is a popular mall, offering hundreds of both high-end and middle level retail stores, as well as multiple restaurants.
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.