Scottsdale Real Estate
The city of Scottsdale is in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. Scottsdale is recognized as an upscale tourist and shopping destination and as a city that showcases western American lifestyle. The population of the city was 217,385 in 2010. Sunshine and good weather play a big role in Scottsdale's tourism appeal. Particularly during winter, thousands of tourists from the colder regions of the US pour into the city. The art galleries, upscale restaurants, high-end nightlife and shopping have made Scottsdale a favorite travel destination for the younger and more style-conscious people. Scottsdale's booming hotel industry has allowed other major tourism-based industries to flourish. The city has the highest number of destination spas per capita of any city in the country.
The city of Scottsdale has many shopping areas, ranging from small districts to large centers. The upscale Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Downtown Scottsdale, are well known centers with the latter being one of the major destinations for high-end retailers in the US. The internationally renowned group medical practice and non-profit organization, Mayo Clinic, has a branch in Scottsdale.
This and its resulting affects have made Scottsdale an important destination nationally for medical care. There are four parts of the city: North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, Downtown or Old Town Scottsdale and Central Scottsdale also called "Shea Corridor".
In Downtown Scottsdale you'll find art galleries, specialty stores, restaurants, nightclubs and cultural attractions. It is the center of the city's art scene, with over 100 galleries displaying contemporary, western and southwestern art pieces. One of the twenty largest malls in the country, the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, is a leading attraction in the "Old Town". The Fifth Avenue has all types of specialty stores that sell shoes, clothing and Native American art and jewelry. Hotels in the downtown area have all been renovated and are very popular among tourists.
North Scottsdale has many well planned communities that contain luxury homes, condos and town homes. Some of the most expensive homes in the country are in this part of the city. North Scottsdale is approximately 1500 feet higher than the Sonoran valley floor surrounding it. The temperatures are relatively cooler because of the elevation, and it rains twice as much here compared to the valley area.
The rapid growth of Scottsdale Airpark is responsible for much of the development in this part of the city. Airpark is the second largest employment center in the Phoenix metropolitan. It is located near the Scottsdale airport and currently provides space to 2,500 businesses in all that contribute $3 billion annually to the economy.
Scottsdale takes pride in its history, and promotes its plethora of "western" activities and events. One such event that attracts thousands of people is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. The event has been organized in the city since 1955 and exhibits close to two thousand purebred Arabian and Half-Arabian horses taking part in various competitions.
Another event that has been held in Scottsdale since 1954 is the Jaycees Parada del Sol, The PRCA Rodeo was added in 1956. This event attracts cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation. The event begins with the world's biggest horse drawn parade the Parada del Sol Parade.
Scottsdale is commonly defined by its high quality of life, and is ranked among the best golf and resort destinations in the world, with tourism generating a big portion of the city's tax revenue.
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