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With its spacious lots and collection of custom homes built between the 20s and the 50s, Arcadia is known for its vibrant culture and gorgeous landscape. Big, historic homes and towering trees line the highly walkable neighborhood streets. Well irrigated lots feature lush greenery that’s hard to find elsewhere in Arizona. Factor in the neighborhood’s proximity to cultural hubs like Biltmore Fashion Park or Scottsdale Fashion Square and its easy to see the perks of living in Arcadia.

Rural charm, modern convenience

Strolling Arcadia’s quiet streets, you’ll see various architectural styles—Ranch, Revival, Pueblo, and more. The area feels deceptively rural with its large lots (rarely less than half an acre) and remnants of citrus and fig groves. Don’t be fooled. Arizonans living in Arcadia are literally surrounded by modern conveniences.

Sharing a boundary with Old Town Scottsdale, Arcadia is steeped in similar historical significance. And Downtown Phoenix, the area’s urban and cultural hub, is just a short drive away. Looking for something a little more upscale and exclusive? Arcadia shares a boundary with the affluent Paradise Valley with its luxury resorts and sprawling golf courses.

Family-friendly living in Arcadia

Many of the listings in Arcadia feature 4- or 5-bedroom homes on a sprawling, grassy lot. And with its lack of commercial development (something Arcadia residents have fought hard for!), it’s an oasis for young families. Plus, with its miles of biking and walking trails along the Phoenix Canal, there’s plenty of space for family outings.

While there’s plenty to explore in Arcadia proper—like Arcadia Park or the Schemer Arts Center & Museum—location is one of Arcadia’s biggest perks. Families living in the area can easily arrange family outings to the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, or Echo Canyon Park.

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Upscale nights out

Looking for a more grown-up way to spend your time? This trendy neighborhood is known for its sophisticated wine cafes and cocktail lounges. Stop by Postino Arcadia for international wines served alongside locally-sourced eats. Or visit the Mix Up Bar, a local gem known for its seasonal craft cocktails.

Arcadia on a budget

As one of the most popular places to live, it should come as no surprise that most Arcadia homes come at a steep price. For those who want the charm of living in Arcadia without the expense, we’ve got good news! Arcadia Lite—an area to the west of Arcadia proper—offers mid-range prices. Plus, Arcadia Lite is known for its trendy food and drink scene. This part of town is home to local hot spots like La Grande Orange, The Vig, and more.

In short…

If you’re looking for a charming older home on a huge lot in a family-friendly neighborhood, living in Arcadia could be your best option. With its proximity to just about everything, it’s got rural charm with upscale, urban amenities. Want the Arcadia lifestyle without the Arcadia price tag? Arcadia Lite is an up-and-coming area where you can still spot mid-range homes. See what’s available in Arcadia and Arcadia Lite.