Paradise Valley sure has a fitting name- who wouldn’t want to live somewhere called paradise? With stunning mountain scenery, architecturally exceptional homes, and communities built to have charm while embracing the natural beauty, Paradise Valley feels like it has it all. But how did Paradise Valley become what it is today? Here’s a sneak peek into the history of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

When It Began

The town of Paradise Valley’s story begins back in the 1800s. This storied treasure was once nothing more than grazing land for cattle. In the late 1800s, the land was divided up into parcels to become agricultural lots. The surveyors of the land were enamored with the beauty of vast valleys and stunning mountains, thus coining the name “Paradise Valley.”

The natural beauty of the area drew creatives, in particular Salvatore Cudia who built an entire “town” for wester movie filming. Known as Cudia City, the area included housing for actors, a Mexican village and gardens, and western streets all for filming movies. While the set is long gone, the neighborhood still bares the name.

Settlement Begins

There wasn’t much happening in Paradise Valley until after World War II. As more and more people began moving to Maricopa County,  it didn’t take long for many to realize that the prime location was this hidden gem of Paradise Valley. With the foothills of Camelback and Mummy Mountains, Two Bit Peak, and Piestewa Peak, giving way to greener valleys perfect for home building, not many could say no to this spectacular location.

As the city grew, more and more people became concerned that Paradise Valley would lose its rural charm. It was because of this that the “Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona” was born. Those that were members of this committee were mainly focused on keeping homes on at least one acre of land and making the city mostly residential, and restricting home heights in order to preserve the stunning views.

Fast Forward

Paradise Valley’s central location only adds to its appeal. Neighboring Metro Phoenix and Scottsdale, Paradise Valley is a quick drive to high-end shopping, luxurious nightlife, hiking trails with breathtaking views, and 5-star dining too. All of this combines to make Paradise Valley one of the most expensive zip codes in the state. Be sure to see our post about the recently sold Dancing Light as a prime example!

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