Old Town Scottsdale
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Welcome to Old Town Scottsdale
Located in an area filled with Arizona culture and an unbeatable art and nightlife scene, Old Town Scottsdale has plenty to offer. It is one of the most unique and popular places to live in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Metro area. Luxury apartments, condos/lofts, town homes, and rental apartments surround this central spot, as well as a variety of homes.
The biggest attractions in downtown Scottsdale include Fashion Square mall which is one of the largest upscale malls in the U.S., 5th avenue shops and boutiques, Scottsdale waterfront, and award-winning restaurants and bars. Since most of the housing is centrally located, almost everything is within walking and biking distance. Also nearby is the Civic Center Park, which offers 21 acres of lush grass and beautiful paths and is home to an assortment of festivals, concerts, and other events. There are 9 different districts/neighborhoods in the Old Town Scottsdale area, all offering similar amenities in close proximity to one another.
PERFECT FORProfessionals that are looking to be close by the state's hottest nightlife or culinary hot spots
NOT SO PERFECT FORThose who don't adorn the ritz and glamour lifestyle
THE LIFESTYLEThe New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach"
THE MARKETA mix of mid-range homes and condos everywhere from the most expensive to extremely affordable
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITHPeople watching. From the nightlife scene, to hiking Camelback Mountain, to hanging at Scottsdale Fashion Square, to Spring training, there's plenty to see in this area
Old Town Scottsdale began as a small farming community that was divided into lots, drawing early settlers in. The first business in Old Town was J.L. Davis’ General Store, which opened in 1897. In 1904, Sarah Thomas purchased the store, making it the first female-owned business in town. Many other small stores followed and the town grew from there. The 1909 Little Red School House, now home of the Scottsdale Historical Museum, is the central historical spot in Old Town and remains as a reminder of Scottsdale’s past. Within the museum, historical exhibits showcase Scottsdale’s origins and early history. Across from the today’s local performing arts center is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, which operates in the same building as the town’s old, original movie theater.
Scottsdale Civic Center mall is a park-like pedestrian mall in Old Town positioned in the center of the original historic town. Main street used to run all the way down to the Little Red School House, but now stops at Civic Center mall.
Although the town of Scottsdale was incorporated in 1951, the art community in Old Town didn’t really take off until 1970, when the first art walks took place. These walks are known as “America’s original art walks” and have remained a weekly occurrence ever since. The art community, western themed saloons, and historic “old town” feel, mixed with modern buildings and a contemporary style, is what’s made Old Town Scottsdale the desirable community it is today.