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Scottsdale was an outpost of barely 2,500 people in the 1930s when America’s most famous architect arrived to establish the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Wright’s Taliesin West in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains set the standard for harmonizing architecture with desert surroundings – the style has been emulated in Scottsdale ever since. Paolo Soleri took Wright’s teachings and blended them with Native American influences to create Consanti, his studio-home, while the Scottsdale Public Library stands as an exceptional example of modern Southwestern architecture.
Wright’s 125-foot spire design was considered too radical for the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, but Scottsdale built it in the early 2000s on East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Old Town Scottsdale showcases examples of traditional Spanish Colonial architecture, like the Old Adobe Mission. The Jokake Inn invokes old and new Scottsdale – built in 1926, the modest adobe guest house was considered the height of desert elegance in its day. Nowadays it can be admired on the grounds of the ultra-posh Phoenician resort.
The real estate market in Scottsdale is typically preceded by one word – luxury. Since the 1990s the run-up in house prices in Scottsdale has been among the highest in the United States. Overall, single family homes still dominate the real estate market with 81,123 potential properties. Multi-family dwellings (275) and apartments (133 properties) are relatively scarce, while the majority of the city’s 34,413 condo units have sprouted in Old Town. Scottsdale's large tourism and service industries take up 2,439 commercial properties with another 2,025 zoned for mixed-use. Light industry occupies 297 properties. The city still has room to expand east and west, so buyers can also scout the inventory of 5,716 vacant lots that remain in Scottsdale.
By some accounts, Scottsdale is the largest city in the United States never to have had a rail line, but light rail proponents are still planning routes. Valley Metro provides bus services in the Valley of the Sun and the city circulates free trolley buses across downtown neighborhoods.
Higher education is not a forte of Scottsdale, with the only local options represented by Scottsdale Community College and University of Phoenix-operated Scottsdale Culinary Institute. However, a large number of nearby Arizona State University students choose to live in Scottsdale and commute to Tempe for classes. Public education is provided via a patchwork of area school districts, including Scottsdale Unified School District which covers most of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley as well as parts of Tempe and Phoenix, while Paradise Valley Unified School District also serves North Scottsdale.
Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, often considered the No. 1 ranked hospital in America, has a full-service branch in Scottsdale, bolstering the reputation of health care in the city.
The chances of suffering a violent crime in Scottsdale are 1 in 546 – making the city more than twice as safe as the national average and Arizona as a whole. Property crime is also less likely in Scottsdale, with a 1 in 44 chance compared to a national average of 1 in 26.
Many Scottsdale transplants have moved here to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking in the red rocks of the Sonoran Desert, in places like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, is practically a requirement for living in Scottsdale. Even the reputable Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art often features outdoors exhibits. This Arizona city is also one of the world’s premier golf resorts with over 200 courses.
High-end nightclubs and restaurants huddle in the downtown area, while Old Town Scottsdale teems with specialty boutiques. The Scottsdale Fashion Square brims with high-end retailers, making it one of the 25 most-visited malls in the USA. Luxury aficionados can check into the fabled Barrett-Jackson auction of classic and antique cars, headquartered in Scottsdale for one week every year since 1971. Show stopping items are sure to appear here – the original Batmobile sold for $4,620,000 in 2013.
And of course, a day of outdoor fun or indoor shopping can always be topped off with a luxurious treatment in one of Scottsdale’s countless high-end spas.