Arcadia is not an official geographical area but a general neighborhood for Phoenix real estate, so its boundaries vary according to who you’re talking to (and where they happen to live). The following covers most definitions:

East/west boundaries: 32nd Street to the Phoenix/Scottsdale border (or 64th Street).
North/south boundaries: The southern foothills of Camelback Mountain, north of Camelback Road (or Camelback Road itself) to Indian School.

Arcadia Residents

The population of Arcadia is somewhere around 10,000, depending on the boundaries specified (the circulation of Arcadia News is 12,500). The median age of residents is 40, and the median household income, $92,401. When looking for Phoenix homes for sale in Arcadia, you’ll find a wide variety of architectural styles, from sprawling, 4- to 5-bedroom ranches built in the postwar era to revivals and pueblo-style homes dating to the late 1920s and early ’30s. There are quite a few new homes for sale; where older homes are torn down in favor of starting fresh, the builder typically remains true to the unique architectural character of the area. There are plenty of swimming pools, and many homes have guest houses. Lot sizes are typically at least a half acre, and are often much larger, with lush, green lawns and well-manicured landscaping, predominantly of brightly colored (and privacy-giving) oleander hedges, swaying palms, and the citrus trees that made Arcadia in such demand with Phoenix real estate seekers. arcadia2

Top Ten Reasons Residents Love Arcadia

Aside from Arcadia being named a “Best Place to Live” by Money magazine, it’s not hard to figure out what’s to love. Here are just ten of the many reasons:

10. Unique spirit of place. According to Where to Live in Phoenix, “Arcadia casts a spell like no other neighborhood in the Valley of the Sun.” Watch the sun set over Camelback Mountain from anywhere in the area and you’ll understand why.

9. Irrigated lots mean taller trees, abundant plant life, and cooler temperatures (by as much as 5 to 10 degrees compared to surrounding areas).

8. The schools are some of the best in the state.

7. Shopping. Nearby Scottsdale and The Biltmore Fashion Park will satisfy anyone’s taste for art, fashion, and fun.

6. Dining in Scottsdale, the Biltmore area, and nearby resorts offers a huge variety of flavors and experiences from casual and quick to five-star elegant. La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria is a very popular neighborhood eatery with a plethora of mouth watering dishes.

5. Hiking Camelback Mountain is a favorite challenge of the fit and fabulous from all over the Phoenix area.

4. Arcadia News, a neighborhood paper, offers updates exclusively of interest to Arcadia residents, as well as classifieds, local restaurant reviews, and (in the online edition) links to community services.

3. A clean, well-kept cluster of homes tucked between the best areas of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arcadia has a small community feel but enjoys the amenities of a big city.

2. No tract Phoenix homes for sale here; Arcadia is all about homes with character.

1. Location, location, and ooh, location. All of the above, and fast access to anywhere in the valley. Arcadia is just 10-15 minutes from downtown or the airport, and just five minutes from the freeway system.

To browse active listings in the Arcadia area click on the link below for real-time MLS access: