Why you'd want to live in Scottsdale
Since its founding in 1888 by United States Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, Scottsdale has grown from a collection of cattle ranches and citrus farms into a cosmopolitan community of young professionals, families and retirees. The city’s resort lifestyle extends far beyond the grounds of its expansive hotels. Many housing developments feature golf courses and recreational complexes, with shopping and other amenities just a bike ride away. Although the days of cattle ranching in the area are long past, the names of vast multi-development neighborhoods, such as McCormick Ranch and Gainey Ranch, still pay homage to the area’s early days. These neighborhoods are often a mix of residential homes that include single-family homes, condominiums, patio homes and town homes. More than 40 percent of Scottsdale’s residents fall into the over 40-year age bracket, which has helped build a growing medical community that includes the western campus of the Mayo Clinic. For a city in the middle of the Sonoran Desert in Maricopa County, Scottsdale is remarkably green, with nationally acclaimed golf courses and Indian Bend Wash, the centerpiece of Scottsdale’s extensive recreational amenities. This miles-long ribbon of greenbelt, which extends down the middle of the vertically drawn city, is bordered by several parks that feature bike paths, small fishing lakes and recreation complexes.