Situated in an enviable spot between Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and the corporate center of the Biltmore, Arcadia and its sister to the South, Arcadia Lite, have long been considered among the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Central Phoenix.
Once home to plentiful citrus groves, the area today is roughly bounded between 44th Street & 64th Street and North of Thomas to Camelback Mountain and attracts an abundance of families due to the top-rated Hopi Elementary and Arcadia High School, as well as those who value easy proximity to much of the city’s best shopping and dining.
Arcadia has a relatively low turnover compared to other Phoenix neighborhoods, attesting to the fact that once you make your home here there’s really nothing you’ll be missing!
Homes in Arcadia and Arcadia Lite will often feature views of Camelback Mountain, and homebuyers will typically find tidy, clean streets as well as a little more of the lush green landscaping characteristic of non-desert locales.
The community is a tight-knit one, but that doesn’t mean insular or unwelcoming to outsiders. In fact, you’ll find neighborhood block parties, an annual Fourth of July parade, and an all-American sort of feel.
While Arcadia proper is considered the more affluent and desirable of the two, Arcadia Lite has emerged as a viable alternative for homebuyers with a more limited budget who still want to be close to all the good stuff without the high price tag. In early October 2020, the lowest-priced single-family home in Arcadia was nearly 400K and the highest-priced listing was 8M.
Architecture in the neighborhood is commonly a single-level ranch on a large, green lot, newer construction ranging from sleek to farmhouse, or an authentic midcentury modern time capsule with walls of glass overlooking a pool.
If you’re a buyer seeking a 1920s historic bungalow with casement windows and crown molding, you may find that you’re a better fit for historic neighborhoods such as the Coronado District, Willo, or Melrose.
Arcadia residents have the best access to recreational pursuits, whether you want to hike Echo Canyon Recreation Area at Camelback Mountain, shop Scottsdale Fashion Square and Biltmore Fashion Park, or dine at some of Phoenix’s favorite restaurants including Le Grande Orange, Postino, OHSO, and The Stand…a must for an amazing ground brisket burger!
Arcadia is not the best choice for those relocating to Phoenix and looking for a vibrant nightlife scene, however. There are plenty of bars like The Vig for a happy hour or two, but we think there are other, better neighborhoods if you want to get your swerve on.
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