The town of Paradise Valley is a peaceful and friendly community situated among the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Characterized by affluent, well ordered neighborhoods, sprinkled with spas and resorts, art galleries and Native American specialty shops, the town promotes an easy living life style that is greatly prized by its citizens. Community services are abundant and comprehensive with clean parks, an excellent school system and plenty of recreational activities for residents of all ages.
Paradise Valley was founded in the early 1880’s by the Rio Verde Canal Company. In an attempt to further develop the land to the northeast of Phoenix, the company decided that the area would be an ideal locale for farming. Inspired by the natural beauty of the countryside, Rio Verde named the area Paradise Valley. However, the future of the valley was not to be found in agricultural development. Instead the land became reserved for affluent homes outside of the state capitol. With the construction of upscale homes and expensive resorts, population growth began in earnest. In 1961 Paradise Valley became incorporated in order to avoid annexation with neighboring Phoenix preventing the potential risk of over development.
The exclusive community of Paradise Valley is 16 miles in size and is located in central Arizona five miles from Scottsdale and 8 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix. It is within easy access of the nearest airport, a mere nine miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International. It has a population of over 14,102 residents with a median age of 46 years, an annual household income of over $150,000 and a low 2% rate of unemployment. Education is of paramount importance to the community and is reflected in the 98% high school graduate rate. In addition over 70% of the adult population hold a bachelor’s degree and over 32% hold a graduate or professional degree.
One of the many attributes of Paradise Valley is the predominance of attractive, large parcels sprinkled throughout the elegant neighborhoods. Many residences are situated on spacious lots that are safe and secluded, beautifully landscaped and well maintained. The residents of Paradise Valley take pride in their charming community and work hard to protect it from over development and poor planning. Much energy and attention is given to beautifying the natural splendor of the area, and visitors will enjoy the plentitude of wild flowers and cactus gardens prolific throughout the valley. The rugged silhouette of both Camelback and Mummy Mountains gives the valley a natural protection and a lovely backdrop. Paradise Valley is predominantly residential with only the necessary amount of local businesses to cater to the needs of its residents. As with the surrounding area, Paradise Valley enjoys seemingly endless days of clear skies and perfect weather. The boundless sunshine is a boost to the spirits and a goad to good health. The median year round temperature is a balmy 72% with summer highs in the low 100’s and winter lows in the 40’s. With an average of 7 inches of rainfall a year, there is barely need for an umbrella.
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