Arcadia is a neighborhood located within the boundaries of both Phoenix and Scottsdale. Situated in the area from Indian School Road north to Camelback Mountain, and from 40th Street to Scottsdale Road, the hallmark of Arcadia is its ranch style homes on large manicured lots. Arcadia proper originated in an area with citrus groves. The irrigation system led to large, mature landscaped yards, many with citrus trees, as well as shaded, leafy streets which are a signature of Arcadia.
Development of this area of Arcadia began mostly in the mid-1950s amongst the remaining citrus farms, and therefore the homes in Arcadia include several different types, from large ranch homes, to custom and patio homes. Some homes still remain from the 1920s and the majority of the homes in Arcadia have been partially or fully updated. The homes have a variety of architectural styles beyond its typical ranch homes, including country cottage, Revival, Pueblo and blended architectural types. The majority of the lot sizes in Arcadia are large, with few under a half acre, and some properties are up to 5 acres in size. Many homes have swimming pools in their large yards, and others have sports courts.
Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy nearby Camelback Mountain as well as the many bike and jogging paths throughout Arcadia and along the Arizona Canal. Golfers have many options as well, including the Phoenician Golf Course, in the foothills of Camelback Mountain. Shopping, culture and entertainment options are centrally located to Arcadia. Arcadia is five minutes from downtown Scottsdale, a cultural and art hub. Shopping at the Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square is minutes away, and ten minutes away is downtown Phoenix with its many museums (science, children’s, art), sporting venues (Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena) and theatres (Herberger and the Dodge).
Arcadia is very family-friendly. The Scottsdale School District serves Arcadia, including Hopi Elementary and Tavan Elementary, Ingleside Middle School and Arcadia High School. All are A rated public schools. Arcadia also has several private and charter school options available to its residents.