Paradise Valley : Arizona

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What it's Like to Retire in Paradise Valley

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.  The town is dominated by Mummy Mountain; Camelback Mountain is to the south.

Where to Retire in Paradise Valley and Home Prices

In mid 2015, the Zillow median home sale price was $1,369,000.


What is special about Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is an extremely wealthy community. Barry Goldwater Park has a statue of Barry.  The scenery of Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain is extraordinary.

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.

Who will like retirement in Paradise Valley

Very wealthy people live in Paradise Valley because it is so nice. A lot of snowbirds either have second homes here or rent for the winter season.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism is important to the economy, since there are 12 resorts in Paradise Valley.

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.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

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.

Valuable Links

Paradise Valley Wikipedia entry
Arizona retirement guide

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  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Suburban,Mountain,Desert,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 80,000+
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $500,001+
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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