Scottsdale, Arizona, self-proclaimed as "The West's most Western Town", is located in Maricopa County between Tempe and Phoenix. Home to almost a quarter of a million people, it is most famous for its tourism industry, especially the golf courses, luxury spas and night life. Cultural tourism is also big, with more than 120 galleries and museums notable for their collections of western and Native American themed art. The region's year-round warm and sunny climate is a major factor in Scottsdale's tourism success. Thousands of wealthy tourists come to the area in the winter for extended stays and often wind up purchasing vacation property. Three of the most popular neighborhoods in the Scottsdale area are North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak.
North Scottsdale is known for its density of expensive homes, many worth in excess of several million dollars. It is undergoing a rapid expansion, due in part to its proximity to Scottsdale Airpark, one of the areas largest employers. The neighborhood borders on the McDowell Mountain National Park that offers miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. Frank Lloyd Wright's Winter home, Taliesin West is located at the base of the McDowells and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. It is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The neighborhood is also home to many fine dining restaurants, spas and resorts. Scottsdale Airport, built in the 1960's is now one of the busiest small airports in the country.
South Scottsdale is considered the working class neighborhood of the region with homes selling at more reasonable prices. It is home to SkySong, a research center operating under the auspices of Arizona State University that has attracted the interest of international corporations. The McDowell Road Corridor, once known as the "Motor Mile" because of the many car dealerships that once lined the road, is being revitalized with multi-family buildings, retail, restaurants and upgrades to the public park. This renovation, along with the many mid-century modern homes in the area are considered to be a draw for millennials looking to buy property. Another draw for a youthful population is the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, an eleven mile bike path and trail into the heart of Scottsdale.
Pinnacle Peak is one of Scottsdale's most exclusive areas. Demographically, its residents are mostly executives and business owners. Unlike the other neighborhoods, density of attractions is not the selling point. The residents here appreciate quiet, seclusion and anonymity. Pinnacle Peak Estates is a planned community with parks that offer sports facilities, dog parks and playgrounds. There is a public golf course. It has its own elementary school. The neighborhood offers beautiful views of Pinnacle Peak, a distinctive granite summit that rises 600 feet from the desert floor and can be seen from much of the Valley. It is a wildlife sanctuary which is often covered in wildflowers and is known for its 1.75 mile trail (3.5 round trip) which is beautifully landscaped and welcoming to hikers of all abilities.