Paradise Valley

THE TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County and is located 2 miles NW of Scottsdale, Arizona and 9 miles NE of Phoenix, Arizona . It is Arizona's wealthiest municipality. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, real estate, and restaurant scene. Despite its relatively small area and population compared to other municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to several full-service resorts, making it one of Arizona's premier tourist destinations. It is also known for expensive real estate. The town's name comes from the expansive area known as Paradise Valley that spreads from north of the Phoenix Mountains to Cave Creek and Carefree on the north and the McDowell Mountains to the east.

A Little History of Paradise Valley. During the late 1800s, cattle grazed in the area surrounded by the McDowell Mountains to the east and Camelback Mountain to the south. In the 1880’s, the Rio Verde Canal Company turned this open grazing area into irrigated farmland. In 1889, the Rio Verde Canal Company sent three surveyors to this area who were so taken by the beauty and tranquility of the desert landscape that they named this area Paradise Valley. Settlement in Paradise Valley did not begin in earnest until post World War II. Paradise Valley, which is in Maricopa County, was a rural residential area with few commercial entities. Though the homes were modest in size and style, they were on large parcels of land, usually one to five acres.

In the late 1950s, Phoenix and Scottsdale were looking to expand their respective boundaries. Residents who lived in Paradise Valley area feared that they would lose the rural lifestyle they had become accustomed to and would soon be swallowed up by Phoenix or Scottsdale, and eventually subdivisions, shopping centers, new zoning laws and property taxes would be a commonality. These concerned residents formed a “Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona,” who set out with petitions urging residents to join them in their attempt to incorporate Paradise Valley. The residents' main goals were to keep zoning to a one house per acre minimum; to keep the area entirely residential; and to keep government regulation to a minimum. In April 1961, the Citizens Committee for Incorporation presented their petition to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. On May 24, 1961, incorporation was granted and the Town of Paradise Valley was established.

Throughout the Town’s 50-plus-year history, the residents have striven to preserve the Town’s original mission - to maintain a residential community in a quiet and country-like setting with little government intervention.

Although Paradise Valley is predominantly zoned single-family residential, limited commercial businesses are permitted so long as they are compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods. Fine resorts share the beautiful and peaceful vistas of the Town along with country clubs, medical clinics, public and private schools, and churches of many denominations.


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