South Scottsdale is where the fairy tale began. Stately palms; Fragrant orange trees; Art galleries; Posh resorts; affluent residents and visitors. Golf, sunsets and glowing mountain silhouettes; this is the Scottsdale, AZ image that was formed (and cultivated) when the city was incorporated over 50 years ago. Back then the city didn’t go much farther than Camelback Road.
Today, homebuyers gravitate toward South Scottsdale for its affordability and convenience. Seconds from the 101 and 202 Freeways in one of the state’s best school districts, and adjacent to the Valley’s most happening downtown. South Scottsdale is a desirable location for first time homebuyers and attracts a younger crowd with a median age of 40. Generally these younger families are replacing the World War II generation. Couples starting out are snatching up vintage ranch homes, gutting them, and investing another $60,000 or so in granite countertops, travertine floors, and indoor spas.
Snowbirds still enjoy South Scottsdale too. It remains a popular second home real estate market. South Scottsdale homes are classic post-war ranch homes: California Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, and Swiss Chalet Ranch are a few styles. Two South Scottsdale neighborhoods have been designated historic; more will follow.