Arcadia, with its large, lushly landscaped lots, is one of the premier locations in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Spread out between both cities, this neighborhood was built on old citrus groves. A few fragments of the old orange and citrus groves can be seen today, nestled between large luxury mansions, some of which were built in the early 1900s.
This popular neighborhood frequently tops the lists of places to live in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Known for its plush landscaping, dynamic culture and dining, this walkable area is close to many things that make Scottsdale and Phoenix a popular destination in the southwest. It’s one of the places to be!
If you can’t decide whether you want to focus on retail therapy or hit the trails for an outdoor adventure, don’t worry, as Arcadia is close to great locations to do both. The popular Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak are just north of the neighborhood. Arcadia is also one of the more popular areas among cyclists too. There are trails throughout the area, varying in length and difficulty. Try one of the Arcadia Trails. Bike to one of the shopping areas for lunch or head out into the desert. Either way, Arcadia is a great place for every sort of bike and every sort of biker!
Piestewa Peak was originally known as Squaw Peak or Phoenix Mountain. Renamed for Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Indian who was the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. Military, and the first woman serving in the U.S. Military to die in the Iraq War, Piestewa Peak is 2,680 feet high and is must visit spot for any moderately experienced hiker. Known for its abundance of colorful desert wildflowers, the peak is home to cacti, mesquite, desert lavender and giant sage trees, and of course, all the desert wildlife you’d expect, including western diamondbacks, coyotes, hawks and jackrabbits among others.
Camelback Mountain, a local landmark, gets its name from its shape which looks like a kneeling camel. The mountain is right in the center of the Phoenix Valley and the hike to the top is always on top ten lists of things to do in the area. It’s also a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination among both locals and visitors to the area. The two trails to the peak (at 1,280 feet) are both considered strenuous, but the views are worth it!
The Desert Botanical Gardens are close by too. With easier, accessible trails that offer different desert views, the Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect place to learn about the Sonoran Desert, its history and its unique landscaping and plants. The Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail takes you through forests of cacti and other desert landscaping, with an amazing view at the top. Hike one or all of the trails, then enjoy an al fresco lunch at the bistro.
For the shoppers in the mix, a few spots to hit include the Biltmore Fashion Park, an open-air shopping and dining complex at the edge of Arcadia. This is high-end shopping at its best, in a lush garden setting in the middle of the desert. Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada, Macy’s and Ralph Lauren are just a few of the shops you’ll find in the mall. The Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the largest shopping malls in the country, has high-end shopping and dining, a movie theater and non-profit performing arts theater. This Scottsdale shopping destination features Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, Bulgari, CH Carolina Herrera, David Yurman and other high-end stores.
Wining & Dining
Some of the best restaurants in Phoenix are in the Arcadia neighborhood, just a short walk from our luxury villas. Start with The Vig, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Postino Arcadia and The Henry. If you’re an architecture buff, after your pilgrimage to Taliesin or Arcosanti, head to Wrights at the Arizona Biltmore Resort to enjoy your fine dining experience in a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired setting. Or get drinks in the Prohibition Train Theme Bar at the Century Grand. From casual to fine dining, from sports bar friendly to candlelight elegance, Arcadia has the place for you. You may need to extend your stay so you can visit them all!
There is also a wide choice of wine bars and lounges to choose from when you’re ready to sit back, unwind and enjoy the surrounding scenery and your time here in Sun Valley. These popular gathering places will keep you cool and relaxed during your stay. Grab a seat on a shady patio and with a cool beverage in hand, do some serious people watching or just enjoy the mountain scenery!
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After a long day of hiking or shopping, you can hit the town or head back to your villa. Most of our Arcadia villas feature heated pools or spas – perfect for winding down and relaxing. Pick up take out from one of the area’s fabulous dining spots on your way back, and leisurely dine out on your patio by the pool. A nice glass (or two) of wine from a local vineyard will taste even better while you’re watching the colorful sunset over the surrounding mountains.
If you need help finding the right houses for rent in Arcadia, just give us a call. We’ll help you find the perfect rental that will fit your group’s needs, whether that’s close to Camelback Mountain, Biltmore Fashion Park, or in the middle of it all. Our luxury villas are located throughout the area, each with a lovely view and luxury amenities. Give us a call today!