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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Paradise Valley, Arizona

This town is dominated by Mummy Mountain; Camelback Mountain is to the south. Paradise Valley is perhaps the most exclusive suburb of Phoenix, located to its east. Average income is over $180,000, average age is 46.   Paradise Valley is home to as many as 12 resorts.  It is a bit confusing but there is another Paradise Valley, a community that is northeast of the Town of Paradise Valley - the former community is part of the City of Phoenix. 

Where to Retire in Paradise Valley and Home Prices

In early 2022, the Zillow median home value was $3,019,574, up over 30% during the past year.p>

What Is Special about Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is an extremely wealthy community. It is home to luxury golf courses and a few historical sites including Barry Goldwater Park, which has a statue of Barry who was not only a politician, but also a pilot and photographer, and was known for his love of Arizona. The scenery of Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain is extraordinary, and the sun shines here close to 300 days a year.

What Is Not Special about Paradise Valley

It is very difficult for ordinary people to own property in the Town of Paradise Valley  because it is so expensive. The community of Paradise Valley (part of Phoenix) to the north is more reasonable. Summers are hot with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees.

Climate and Physical Environment

Paradise Valley is located to the east of Phoenix, dominated by Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain to the south. It is is mild in winter and extremely hot and dry in summer. January's average temperature is 54 and July's average is 94.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The many resorts here offer fine dining, spas, and golf. There is excellent shopping in Paradise Valley and especially in nearby Scottsdale.  Cultural opportunities in Phoenix are among the highest of any American city.


Crime here is about half the national average, making Paradise Valley a relatively safe place to retire.

Medical Facilities

Paradise Valley has every kind of doctor imaginable. Phoenix has a number of first rate hospitals.


Skyharbor International is one of the country's busiest airports.

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