Scottsdale, located about 20 minutes from Phoenix, has become an extremely popular destination in Arizona. It is especially popular among the new generation of retirees (the median age is 45). But with beautiful weather, stunning desert landscapes and tons of outdoor activities, people of any age can feel at home in this city.
For young professionals, Old Town Scottsdale/Downtown Scottsdale is a perfect spot to rent an apartment or condo; it’s a very walkable area close to all the action. Scottsdale is big on planned communities, and McCormick Ranch is a popular one, with shopping, restaurants and a golf course all in one spot. North Scottsdale is a suburban area with plenty of single-family homes and apartments that range in price. The architecture in Scottsdale is modern Spanish-style, fitting seamlessly into the desert vista. And if you like architecture, you’ll want to check out Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home. Unaffectionately nicknamed “Snobsdale,” the city is not exactly cheap. Eighty one percent of residents are homeowners and the median sales price of homes is $429,000; median rent per month is $2,300.
The city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, especially golfers. There are actually 200 area courses, and each year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open comes to town. There’s also hiking, rock climbing, river rafting and plenty of trails. Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, Hole-in-Rock and Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve are perfect spots to enjoy the natural beauty of the desert. Sports fans will be in heaven too. Each spring, Scottsdale is a destination for spring training, and college football fans will be happy to hear the Fiesta Bowl and the Cactus Bowl are held nearby.
At night, Scottsdale has a vibrant scene, with restaurants, bars and entertainment. And it’s more of a “scene” than one would think given Scottsdale’s reputation for being a city of retirees: Expect dance music, shots and mechanical bulls. The New York Times once even said Scottsdale is trying to compete with Palm Springs, Las Vegas and South Beach. When it comes to dining and shopping, there are plenty of choices, from upscale boutiques and haute cuisine to burger joints and whiskey bars. If you just want to relax, head to one of the many luxurious spa retreats.