If you are in the process of considering your next move, you should put Scottsdale, Arizona at the very top of the list. There is a good reason the real estate market is super hot in the Valley right now: it continues to be an exceptional place to live, no matter your age or lifestyle!
Between the near-constant sunshine, blue skies, bustling business scene, and a social outdoor lifestyle, life in Scottsdale feels like a permanent vacation. While the rest of the country shovels snow, you can spend your winters playing golf in a t-shirt! It is truly one of the most liveable cities in the U.S.
It’s Easy to Travel Domestically and Internationally
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Whether you are looking to catch an international red-eye or just get away for the weekend, you have great options when you live in Scottsdale. Sky Harbor International Airport is the biggest airport in the state, and it is a short twenty minute drive away from Scottsdale. The airport is a hub for two major airline carriers: American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Sky Harbor was listed as one of the “World’s Best Airports” in 2015 (SkyHarbor). From Sky Harbor, not only can you catch a direct flight almost anywhere in the country, but you can also fly directly to the majority of international destinations as well.
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If you are looking to take a trip closer to home, you have some amazing driving destination options from Scottsdale. You can drive five hours west and be in San Diego, putting your toes in the sand. Within a seven hour drive you can be riding Splash Mountain at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
You also have easy access to some of the most beautiful National Parks: from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in Utah, there are beautiful nature destinations to be explored at every turn.
You can be in Flagstaff, AZ in about three hours, which is perfect when you are ready for a completely different landscape and climate than Scottsdale, especially in the heat of the summer. Enjoy the cooler mountain air and easy access to skiing at Arizona SnowBowl during the winter months.
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Life Feels Like a Vacation
Even as a year-round resident, you can take advantage of many of the awesome tourist perks of the city. Scottsdale is a great place for a “stay-cation,” or a trip where you don’t really leave at all! You can spend a weekend at one of the many beautiful resorts, enjoying spa services and the luxurious resort pools.
Something that really adds to the vacation lifestyle feeling is the beautiful mild weather the city experiences nine months out of the year. While the summers certainly get very warm, 70 degree days in December sure makes up for it!
Additionally, Scottsdale is a relatively safe place to live when it comes to natural disasters. Due to the mild weather and overall lack of rain or snow, it is very unlikely to experience any major earthquakes, hurricanes, or blizzards in the city. This offers residents wonderful peace of mind that their loved ones and home will be safe from the elements.
Experience Unparalleled Outdoor Activities
With beautiful weather and the Sonoran desert in your backyard, you can spend countless hours exploring the great outdoors. From hiking, to mountain biking, to tubing down the Salt River, there are endless ways to be active outside. One of the assets Scottsdale is most known for is the unparalleled golfing, with over 200 courses in the Scottsdale area. Many of these courses have stunning mountain views.
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If you are dreaming of water, you can stop by the Scottsdale Waterfront for an urban waterfront experience. Bartlett Lake, located in the Tonto National Forest, is another great place to spend time on the water. You can spend an afternoon at Tonto boating or jet skiing on the lake.
Enjoy a Plethora of Business Opportunities
Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs make up the fifth largest city in the United States. Unlike some of the other large cities on the list, Phoenix is spread out over a ton of land, which makes it feel less crowded and congested. Along with this, you will find a thriving job market for all industries. Some of the industries with the top job growth last year were healthcare, energy, technology, and hospitality.
Attend Great Sporting Events
The most famous sporting event in Scottsdale is the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s a one-of-a-kind golf tournament that takes place every February in the heart of Scottsdale. The tournament is the most attended golf tournament in the world, with a typical annual attendance of 500k (Livability).
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Thanks to the mild spring weather, you can also attend baseball spring training in Scottsdale. You can watch both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks play at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Living in Phoenix also offers an opportunity to root for a local team in all four of the major professional sports leagues. Watch the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks play downtown, and cheer for the Arizona Cardinals and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes as they play in Glendale, AZ.
Enjoy a Thriving Social Scene
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There are truly hundreds of incredible restaurants to try in Scottsdale. The city attracts a melting pot of people from all over the US, which lends itself to a diverse restaurant portfolio. The dining scene really offers something for everyone: from brew pubs to Nobu, the options are unlimited.
In terms of the nightlife scene, Scottsdale is far from being a sleepy suburban town! The city offers one of the most thriving nightlife scenes on the West Coast! In fact, Scottsdale is one of the new up-and-coming bachelorette party destinations for good reason. You can enjoy both a relaxing night out with friends, or spend the night dancing in Old Town Scottsdale.
It’s Fun For All Ages
The city of Scottsdale also appeals to people of all ages. Scottsdale is very family-friendly with great school districts and lots of neighborhood parks for playtime. Kids can enjoy local attractions such as Butterfly Wonderland and the Phoenix Zoo. Conversely, the city holds a lot of appeal for an older demographic as well due to the dry and warm climate.
The conventional image of Scottsdale as a quintessential resort town and snowbird retiree mecca do still ring true, but the town is continuing to evolve every year. Between the increase in large corporations moving their headquarters to Phoenix and the affordable price of living, you’ll also find a younger and more diverse demographic. We promise once you visit, you won’t want to leave!