When it comes to wintertime getaways, Scottsdale has an iconic reputation.

Not only does the city own some of the most prestigious golf courses and hotels in the nation, but it boasts practically perfect weather year-round.

Because of its incredible weather and wealth of activities it is both a well-known (and sought-after) vacation spot and a spectacular place for full-time living. 

Space to Stretch

With less than 250,000 people, Scottsdale balances an urban feeling with laid back living. Scottsdale residents can enjoy the many natural wonders such as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with its 30,000-plus acres of pristine, southwestern landscape.

The preserve provides native wildlife—like roadrunners and bobcats—with plenty of natural habitat and also provides local residents with more than 180 miles of trails for hiking and biking (an offering few cities in America can compete with).

Close-Knit Communities

Every city has neighborhoods and communities, but few have communities that are as closely-knit as Scottsdale. As an example, look at Ironwood Village, a collection of beautifully built properties quietly tucked away into the McDowell Mountain foothills.

Like many Scottsdale communities, Ironwood Village is a beautiful tapestry of the urban and natural, where abundant amenities are seamlessly situated next to natural desert flora.

Or consider DC Ranch—another one of Scottsdale’s established communities peppered with neighbors that’ve become lifelong friends.

Surrounded by both the serene (the McDowell Sonoran Preserve) and the social (Market Street—a mixed-use street dotted with restaurants, shops, offices and more), DC Ranch is a community any homeowner would be happy in.

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Everyday Amenities

Despite its modest population size, Scottsdale has everything a new homeowner could need, including more than 800 restaurants, 70 art galleries, high-street fashion houses, a lively music scene, a vibrant nightlife, and a number of fantastic health clubs and spas, none more appealing than The Village Health Clubs and Spas.

With locations in Camelback, Gainey Ranch, DC Ranch and Chandler, “The Village” (as it’s known by locals) is an ideal place to mix, mingle, exercise with vigor, or relax with intent.

Astounding Extras

From the local school system—which features the #1 high school (BASIS Scottsdale) in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News—to regional events like the Tour De Scottsdale and the Waste Management Open at the TPC,  Scottsdale is stacked with special little extras.

Incredible Homes

The local real estate market has a number of idyllic properties that perfectly encapsulate the luxury of southwestern living.

Properties like 9423 E Rosemonte Drive.

Constructed in one of the aforementioned Scottsdale communities (Ironwood Village), this is a home flanked by a number of amenities including Market Street, highway 101, the McDowell Mountain Preserve, Village Health Club (DC Ranch), golf courses, Windgate Pass, and more.

With five bedrooms, three baths, and a glistening Pebble-Tec pool, 9423 E Rosemonte Drive is reflective of the “spacious Sonoran” theme found in so many of the region’s homes.

Not a bad thing for aspiring Scottsdale homeowners who like a little room to stretch.