Why Paradise Valley is the Perfect Place to Retire

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Lifestyle and landscape

Nestled in the shadows of Camelback Mountain, the town of Paradise Valley is an elegant oasis of multimillion-dollar homes, each boasting an acre or more of land. In 1889, the Rio Verde Canal Company sent three surveyors to help turn this open cattle-grazing land into irrigated farmland. These "Easterners" became so enthralled by the beauty and tranquility of the desert landscape that they named the area "Paradise Valley." In May 1961, the town of Paradise Valley was officially established in 1961 and has since become a haven for relaxed, private luxury.
Paradise Valley attracts residents looking for peace and quiet in a sprawling desert landscape. Its location provides easy access to the best recreational opportunities in Arizona, including top-notch golf courses and restaurants, high-end shopping, and lasting real estate value.

Although Paradise Valley is adjacent to a thriving metropolis, it offers the serenity of the desert's mountains, hiking trails, and pristine environment. This desert town maintains the calm and cool feel of an elegant yet laid-back enclave. Residents of Paradise Valley love the breathtaking landscapes and being nestled between several urban mountain ranges.

A blend of community and privacy

Paradise Valley is home to plenty of luxury amenities like golf courses, swimming pools, and tennis courts. These communities are ideal for those seeking an rejuvenating retirement and vibrant social lifestyle. They typically boast maintenance-free living and an opportunity to downsize from a larger empty nest.

If you prefer a private residence, many Paradise Valley homes have state-of-the-art theaters, sports courts, spas, and guest houses. Virtually all luxury communities are both gated and guarded, while custom luxury homes are often accessed via private roads, perched on sloping hillsides. Paradise Valley also has a variety of golf course properties located on prime real estate.

Averaging approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder retirees and snowbirds flock to Arizona. While a welcome respite from cold winter temperatures elsewhere in the country, the desert-laden state’s temperatures do soar in the summer months. Luckily, luxury Paradise Valley homes usually come equipped with beautiful swimming pools and resort-style amenities.

Golf courses, resorts, and spas

Although Paradise Valley is primarily a residential community, it is located near some of Arizona’s busiest tourist destinations, so residents benefit from a variety of full-service resorts just outside of town. Spend a day or a weekend luxuriating in the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert at a lavish spa or playing a round of golf at one of the pristine, scenic courses—all without traveling too far from home.

Camelback Inn Resort and Spa

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, Camelback Inn Resort and Spa feature 18-hole championship golf courses, a tranquil day spa, and gourmet restaurants.
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Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Immerse yourself in tranquility and comfort at the resort’s Joya Spa. Then, sharpen your game at one of the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa's world-class golf courses. Each course boasts unique characteristics and stunning views of the Sonoran Desert and surrounding mountains.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Enjoy pampering spa treatments at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Framed by Camelback and Mummy Mountain, the resort also features 40 acres of flowering gardens.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Rejuvenate and refresh at Sanctuary Resort, nestled into Camelback Mountain. It’s an Asian-inspired spa located on 53 acres of serene Scottsdale desert. True to its name, it feels like a sanctuary—cultivating pure relaxation through inspiring treatments and the location’s tranquil environment within Paradise Valley.

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale plays host to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This stop on the PGA Tour attracts the largest crowds of any golf event in the world, and the course is most famous for its par-3, 16th hole. You can see the grandstands for the event (which go up a few weeks before the tournament), creating a “coliseum-like” experience that provides fans with one of the most exciting settings in professional sports.

The rest of the year, the course is open to golfers looking to enjoy a round on the same pristine fairways as some of the sport’s top names. The fairways are maintained to PGA Tour-quality standards year-round.

Troon North

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Experience the full essence of the Scottsdale desert while playing a round at the Troon North Golf Club. This club boasts two 18-hole courses that wind through natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. The immaculate fairways give way to the rugged landscape of the Sonoran Desert and are sure to offer an iconic golfing experience for first-time players and seasoned connoisseurs alike.


Grayhawk Golf Club offers an unforgettable golfing experience with its Raptor and Talon courses. The Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course offers thrilling challenges through a high-stakes game of risk and reward. Stretching over 7,000 yards from the back tees, the par-72 course unfolds over the gentle hills and across shaded natural arroyos in this picturesque corner of the Sonoran Desert. Most of Raptor’s fairways are generous, and the greens are large with sweeping undulations. Misses tend to find deep greenside bunkers and grass collection areas, making the scramble to get up and down a true test of the short game.

Grayhawk’s Talon course was designed by 1981 U.S. Open and 1979 PGA Champion David Graham and golf course architect Gary Panks. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains as well as the Phoenix/Scottsdale skyline. Talon’s back nine is built around a series of deep box canyons with a handful of holes laid out along steep drop-offs and thick stands of Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Ironwood trees. Most of the greens are large with distinctive tiers.


Home to two award-winning golf courses, the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers breathtaking mountain views. The club lies on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land that will never be commercially developed, so you’re sure to enjoy a tranquil golf experience free of houses and roads.

The Saguaro course serves up a unique blend of distinctive desert traits and timeless traditions of golf course design. With greens close to tees, Saguaro is ideal for walking and follows the natural movement of the land. This challenging course will inspire golfers to try different shots and overcome new challenges.

Test your skill level at Cholla, a quintessential target-style desert golf course. You’ll discover shady arroyos, desert ridges, and the picturesque Sonoran Desert during your round, along with sweeping views of the nearby river valleys, Red Mountain, Four Peaks, and the rest of the majestic Superstition Mountains. There is no shortage of aesthetic charm and strategic challenge at Cholla.

Country Clubs

Paradise Valley is situated near a collection of wonderful country clubs perfect for enjoying tennis, golf, swimming, social gatherings, and more. Find community, elegance, and fun at one of these pristine, luxury country clubs within close proximity to Paradise Valley.
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Paradise Valley Country Club

Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, the Paradise Valley Country Club is a traditional, invitation-only club where you can enjoy an experience that is unique and rich with history. The grounds offer a view of Camelback Mountain to the south, Phoenix Mountain Preserve to the west, and the McDowell Mountains to the east. The location creates a picturesque backdrop for the many luxury amenities the club offers, such as golf, tennis, fitness, swimming, dining, and social engagements.

Troon Country Club

Troon Country Club boasts beautiful views and pristine fairways, as well as a buzzing social atmosphere brimming with themed dinners, wine tastings, and holiday celebrations.

Arizona Country Club

Urban sophistication meets family tradition at the Arizona Country Club.

Phoenix Country Club

Take in views of downtown Phoenix at the Phoenix Country Club, a private, urban oasis that boasts lush landscape and a sprawling 18-hole parkland-style golf course that was once home to the Phoenix Open.

Retiring to Paradise Valley

These advantages are just a few of the reasons why Paradise Valley is a perfect place to retire. If you’re looking for Paradise Valley real estate or a luxury home near Scottsdale, AZ, contact The Karas Group today for trustworthy, local guidance.

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