With its year-round sunshine and plenty of outdoor activities available, it’s no wonder Phoenix, Arizona is one of the largest cities in the US and growing! Like any other city, Phoenix also has its share of amazing neighborhoods, also known as villages that attract settlers from all over. To the northeast of the city, there is Paradise Valley, to the northwest of town, Camel Back Village and directly north of downtown is where Deer Valley is located. Even though all of these suburbs, closely knit together, make up the city of Phoenix, they all have their own little personalities and vibes.
This little town is located just a couple of miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbour airport. The population is in the neighborhood of 14,000. Because of its proximity to the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale, there are a plenty of things to do. Founded in the late 1800’s and named for its natural beauty, Paradise Valley attracts all types of people. With the availability of great hotels, spas, and outdoor activities, It has become the favorite go-to place for sports stars and film personalities alike. In fact, the famous architect Paolo Soleri settled there in the 1950’s and established a studio called “Cosanti”, which is open to the public. Not interested in any of this? Then go for a horse ride into nature. If shopping is the main interest, then there are plenty of small stores and boutiques to choose from. Compared to the rest of the city, homes, and apartments rent for higher than usual prices.
Located just southwest of Paradise Valley, is the suburb of Camelback east. Compared to Paradise Valley, Camelback East could be seen as being more diverse. As far as housing goes there are a lot more options. The town has its share of attractions such as golf courses, Zoo, Squaw Peak Mountain Park and several hotels that will fit just about any one’s budget. There are of course several five-star resorts to choose from. Some of the best restaurants and live entertainment centers can be found in this area. Once you get your heart's fill with downtown entertainment, a few minutes away from all this you can get out into nature and go for biking or hiking at Camelback mountain and Piestewa Peak. Once you hike to the top of the peak, you will get to see a panoramic view of the entire city!
Deer Valley is located northwest of Paradise Valley, and it is the most populated of the three neighborhoods discussed here. This is because Deer Valley boasts of some of the best combination of cost of living, amenities, and weather in the area. The neighborhood got its name from ancient petroglyphs of Native Americans depicting deer, was found there. In fact, there is a park dedicated to it and some of the petroglyphs are dated to be over 7000 years old! Deer Valley is endowed with its own small airport, water park, horse race track and a theme park. The Arizona Canal, carrying water from the Colorado River, cuts through this area. The banks of the canal serve as a great place to go on long hikes. The Adobe Dam and park are in Deer Valley.