Paradise Valley : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley was founded in 1961 by The Citizens Committee, a group of residents whose mission was to create a town that promoted neighborhood unity and offered an incredible quality of life while preserving the natural beauty. It is perhaps the most exclusive suburb of Phoenix, located to its east, and is Arizona's wealthiest municipality. The population is approximately 15,000 (2019), with the average age 54 and the average income over $200,000. 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 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.

Who Will Like Retirement in Paradise Valley

Many wealthy 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 and they are the top employers.

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.

Valuable Links

Paradise Valley Wikipedia entry
Arizona retirement guide

What people are saying about Paradise Valley

Town of Paradise Valley
To clarify, as a resident of Town of Paradise Valley... there is Paradise Valley zip code and Town of Paradise Valley. On the north side of the area is Phoenix tax authority Paradise Valley. On the south side of the area is Scottsdale tax authority Paradise Valley. For those looking to buy, except for some new hotel resort live/play developments, all homes in Town of Paradise Valley are SFH and not apartment/condos. If you see a listing for an apartment/condo in Paradise Valley, it is in tax authority Scottsdale or Phoenix.
Posted by edinanmn on January 10, 2018

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