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The Arcadia neighborhood, which spans part of west Scottsdale and east Phoenix, is among the most sought-after areas of Arizona. Its large lots and unique custom homes create a powerful counterweight to the many tract developments that permeate the Valley home-building landscape.

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It began as large lot citrus farming more than 100 years ago, and you can still see the vestiges of that era in the orange trees, estate lots, and lush greenery. A few decades ago, a trend for larger, mansion-like houses replaced many of the previous smaller homes. The large lots remain, but newer and bigger homes of varying architectural styles now take up more of them. Houses sell for well into the millions, and buyers are lucky to find them available.

Arcadia is bordered by 44th Street in Phoenix east to just west of Scottsdale Road, with Camelback bordering the north and the Arizona Canal on the south. The round, iconic former Valley National Bank building at 44th and Camelback signals the edge of this similarly iconic community. Interior streets wind and are therefore not overly trafficked, and the canal offers a biking and walking path that leads into the more commercial downtown Scottsdale area.

The area is supremely situated between all the amenities of Downtown Scottsdale -- such as the Arts District, Old Town,  The Waterfront, restaurants, nightlife, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and all the events and festivals there -- and the luxury and shopping/restaurants/offices of the Biltmore area around 24th Street and Camelback.

Well-known and appreciated features in and near Arcadia include the luxury Royal Palms and Phoenician resorts, both on Camelback Road, vistas of Camelback Mountain itself, the Shemer Art Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, and one of the last residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (done for his son), a round home with views of the mountain.

Arcadia’s proud sense of community also is seen in the support for Arcadia High School and the fact that the relatively small area has its own newspaper, the Arcadia News.