I've lived in Scottsdale for over a year and my girlfriend grew up here. It's catered very much to the rich and we are planning to move to a different part of Phoenix. We are down to earth middle class people who don't enjoy the abundance of pompous and pretentious people here in Scottsdale.
I lived in Scottsdale for 5 years and moved due to the heat. I love Area Vibes but it seems the weather is incorrect sometimes, as it's not 93 on average in the Summer but more like 4 months of over 100 degrees. I also think the cost of living is more of a C than a D due to affordable newer housing and lower rentals. The mountains, architecture, landscape and amenities I really enjoyed but the heat can make outdoor activities unbearable. Luckily one can drive to California, Sedona or the Grand Canyon to cool down. The dust can be something that many don't realize before moving and valley fever is a serious lung infection that some people get. Many plants are not longer indigenous so allergies may be a problem as well. Another negative for me was the fake wannabe "Orange County" mentality. Even though Scottsdale has a downtown and is close to Phoenix it doesn't not have an urban vibe or a sense of downtown community that other places have fostered. On a positive side when you do meet authentic people you may bound closely. Liberals or artists may find the art scene and nightlife to be bland.
Scottsdale has wonderful shopping, restaurants, sporting events, spas, nail & hair salons and amenities galore! The weather is very nice and although it's really hot in the summer it really is set up to where you go from air conditioner, to mister, to pool and so on. The town is beautifully kept up & landscaped! Even construction manages to look pulled together. The hotels & resorts I've stayed in are among the best anywhere. I'd love to try living here and see if I like it as much as I do visiting! I know living a place is a bit different! I wonder what the housing costs & schools are like? Any thoughts?
I have been living in Scottsdale for several years now, after moving from the east coast, and I must say I absolutely love it. The move was one of the best things I have ever done. There is so much to see and do in the area, so you are never really left sitting around at home, unless this is what you want to do.
The city is right next to Phoenix, so there are sporting events within driving distance, for the avid sports fan, and Arizona State University is right there. However, you don't need to leave the city to find excitement. There are some of the state's best shopping malls, so if you love checking out the latest fashions, this is perfect for you. And for those that are more of the nature buff, you can do anything imaginable within the area. The Grand Canyon is near by, and you can literally explore the area for the rest of your life and never become bored with it.
On top of this, there are great nightclubs with many different styles and feels, so you can always feel right at home, you just might need to hop around for a little bit, in order to find the best overall bar for yourself and your friends.
No matter what you are looking for or what you enjoy, Scottsdale has it all. From nearby sporting teams to some of the best shopping in the state, you are never going to be bored. With so much to offer, you'll never run out of items to explore or experience, so coming to Scottsdale is going to keep you on your toes, as you'll never grow old of the city. I know I sure haven't.
Located east of Phoenix on the other side of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Papago Dunes, Scottsdale is America's best known desert oasis. The city of Scottsdale is home to more AAA five diamond properties than any city in the US, outside of New York, it is a great place to visit and relax at a lavish resort. Scottsdale is deservedly known for its pools, resorts, spas and golf courses. In addition to this, Scottsdale also has a thriving local southwestern art scene and adequate nightlife.
The other reason to visit Scottsdale is for its architecture and attractions. The site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West compound, it is a mecca for those interested in this enigmatic man's buildings.
Like Mr. Wright, though, Scottsdale is far from perfect. It has a bit of a fantasy veneer. Once one overcomes the beauty of its resorts, one realizes that it is simply a suburb to a larger city. Scottsdale also suffers from Phoenix's traffic problems. The heat, though, thanks to great infrastructure, is much less of a drawback than one might expect.