By Jeff Dealy, Real Estate
Luxury Living – Phoenix Style
Living a South-West desert lifestyle is a unique experience and can be highly enjoyable.While summers can be brutal, with 100F plus temperatures lasting for weeks on end, there is an upside.
That is, when the majority of the country is suffering from the cold and wet of winter, the desert dwellers of Phoenix will be enjoying sunny, bright and warm days. The great weather is not the only thing that makes the snow-birds and long term residents to flock to places such as Paradise Valley.
Paradise Valley or P.V as it is also known, is a small and very affluent town located a short distance to downtown Phoenix which also serves as the home of many influential celebrities and business people, including the late Muhammad Ali who passed away in June 2016.
The area enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and is very popular with residents and visitors alike, who enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the valley’s Camelback, McDowell and Phoenix Mountain Preserve ranges.
The area boasts numerous things to do for children and adults including top notch golf courses and a number of other fun activities, local sporting events, hiking, shopping and of course the outstanding scenery.
The town’s celebrity status is well deserved as it offers a range of palatial homes for sale and rental, many of which command sky high values from $2m upwards and rents in excess of $5000-$10,000 per month.
The area has older origins than much of Phoenix and plots have been purposely kept at one acre minimums, often much more by the initial residents.
Biltmore Luxury – Fit For A President
The Biltmore Estates is one such area and one of the most popular and well known parts of the southwest region of Paradise Valley. This area has hosted several former US presidents at the Biltmore Resort and is also a great place to visit. The location is stunning with views of the surrounding mountains set among beautifully manicured lawns and palm trees.
Indeed every president since Herbert Hoover, with the exception of Barack Obama has stayed at the Biltmore Resort & Spa at least once while in the Valley. President Obama, instead for reasons only know to the White House, decided to stay at the new Inter Continental Montelucia Resort which is also in Paradise Valley.
The Biltmore neighborhood is highly desirable and commands high property values in terms of rents and homes for sale.
It has also been or still is the home of many other celebrities and sports people including Muhammad Ali, Charles Barkley and Steve Bush to name a few.
The area also is home to many successful entrepreneurs and business people including Bruce Halle, the founder of Discount Tire one of the richest men in the Southwest, who is reported to have a net worth of over $4 billion.
Paradise Valley is also popular with the arts community and is home to Max Cavalera, musician and also Alice Cooper to name two artists who still enjoy the beautiful weather, superb golf resorts and surrounding desert landscapes.
Paradise Valley as a neighbourhood is very well cared for and maintained, and enjoys an abundance of greenery and mature palm trees which adorn the large plots on numerous multi-million dollar homes, present in most parts of the PV district. The two main streets that run through the neighborhood are East Rose Lane and North Homestead Lane, which are both highly desirable addresses and benefit from everything the area has to offer.
What to do in Paradise Valley
The overall appearance and highly convenient location for downtown Phoenix is one of the many reasons why the PV and Biltmore is such a sought after and desirable location.
The area also boasts a number of great places to eat, numerous retail outlets and renowned schools for all ages, both private and public including; Camelback Desert School, Montessori Academy, Camelback Christian School, Tesseract School and Kachina Country Day School.
Many of the homes in P.V district have a minimum of 5 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, swimming pool and many offer dedicated sports courts which may be used for tennis or basketball. The homes in the area often have generous plots, which was one of the key features that the first residents wished to maintain – greenery and space harking back to it’s rural origins.
If you are considering The Biltmore or Paradise Valley area, contact Phoenix Quality Homes who have a number of experienced realtors, ready to advise on what is currently available. This part of the “Valley of the Sun” expanded massively over the last 25 years, as the desert made way for upscale neighborhoods and the demand for luxuriously appointed homes for rent and sale.
While there are some properties for sale at under $1m they are likely to be significantly smaller than those further afield to North or South of the district.
Homes in the region are frequently offered for sale in the $10-20m price bracket and above, which are sold without ever reaching the ARMLS and sold through private introduction.
Paradise Valley really is superb location and offers a great deal to do, see and experience for families and single people alike.