The Shea/Cactus Corridor West is bounded by Thunderbird Road to the north and Shea Boulevard to the south, stretching east from Tatum Boulevard to the 101 Freeway. This rectangular area of central Scottsdale rests between North Scottsdale and downtown Scottsdale, and is home to several established neighborhoods.
Many of the Cactus Shea neighborhoods, such as Desert Trails and Sundown/Stone Ridge Manor for example, feature single-family homes primarily between 1970 and 2002, are situated on large lots, and are set back from the street with large front yards.
Other neighborhoods such as the golf neighborhood Scottsdale Country Club/Starfire have a range of home sizes, from smaller attached units up to larger single-family three-bedrooms. Paradise Valley Ranchos is another community with a mix of homes including apartments, condos, and single family houses. Most of these homes were built by Custom Homes, and reflect a distinctive Southwestern style. To the west is Equestrian Manor, which is a guard-gated community offering luxury custom homes.
The central location of the Shea Cactus Corridor is one of the biggest factors driving the popularity of this community. Nearby shopping includes the Scottsdale Quarter, home to an Apple store, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and American Girl. Kierland Commons is due west, across Scottsdale Road, and features retailers such as Anthropologie, H&M, Nike, and Crate and Barrel. Paradise Valley Mall with its large department stores is another retail option. Dining opportunities are plentiful with a wide variety in the Shea Cactus Corridor thanks to the many fine dining as well as locally owned restaurants which populate this rectangle.
For active and fitness-minded residents, there are dozens of parks with walking and biking trails, as well as numerous fitness centers. Golfers can take advantage of the year round beautiful weather on courses such as the Starfire Golf Club, the Scottsdale Country Club East and the Orange Tree Golf Resort.
The schools in this area are in the top-rated Paradise Valley Unified School District and include Sonoran Sky Elementary School, Desert Shadows Middle School and Horizon High School.