The name “Arcadia” comes from Greek mythology describing a region located in the Peloponnese that offered peace and contentment. It was considered as a wilderness area where the god Pan lived with dryads, nymphs and other spirits. A utopic place where other inhuman creatures lived in mythology, Arcadia is the name of a region in modern-day Greece. As a name for a baby, its Greek meaning is “pastoral simplicity and happiness”.
The community of Arcadia spans an area south of the town of Paradise Valley and west of Old Town Scottsdale. The current high school boundaries place it, with south alignment at Thomas Road, from 40th Street to 68th Street, from Oak Street on up to Camelback Mountain. Sky Harbor International Airport is only a mere eight minutes' drive, while downtown Phoenix is approximately ten minutes away, and only eight minutes from the best shopping centers the Valley has to offer.
This beautiful, peaceful community itself showcases in three parts: Arcadia Proper, follows the canal along Indian School Road to Camelback Road, from 44th Street to 68th Street; Lower Arcadia, located south of Indian School Road to Thomas Road, from 44th Street to 56th Street; and Arcadia Lite, located between 32nd Street and 44th Street, from Indian School Road north to Camelback Road.
The original Arcadia development was first recorded December 1919, although Citrus Homes Development first recorded in 1915. At the time, Arcadia was bounded between Lafayette Boulevard to the south, Scottsdale Road to the east, Rockridge Road to the north, and 44th Street to the west. The mandate was no home would be constructed for less than $5,000. Arcadia was, and is still, home to the original citrus orchards that helped the community take root in the early 1900s.
The current zip code for Arcadia is 85018 with a population of 37, 978 recorded in 2015. There are approximately 19,000 houses and condominiums; renter-occupied apartments number around 7,600, with the percentage totaling about half of the population. The average age of residents is about 27 to 53. The median home sale price at the end of Q3 2014 was $368,000 – nearly double the average value statewide. Property taxes for housing units with mortgages average around $2,200. Approximately 44% of the residents hold a Bachelor's degree; approximately 17% hold either a graduate or professional degree. Married couples and family households make up approximately 40% of the residents, with 37% having never entered into matrimony. Average adjusted income is approximately $115,000, again, nearly doubling average incomes statewide. (Statistics courtesy of http://www.city-data.com/zips/85018.html)
This community boasts very well-kept homes, known also for its palm tree-lined streets, exquisite ranch homes and lush landscaping. While some neighborhoods within Arcadia are known for their quiet and solace, there are also neighborhoods that have a Midwestern flavor: barbeques with neighbors, a quiet setting on your front porch, an occasional lemonade stand, and block parties. It is common to see young families out for a stroll or jogging along the bank of the canal. Aracadians can enjoy the breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain while hikers can venture its paths at Echo Canyon Recreation Area.
The Arcadia area is known for having some of the best restaurants in the Valley, with menus and service that tantalize appetites and offer a variety of complexity. Included in this exclusive list are Chelsea's Kitchen, The Vig, Postino Arcadia, O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery, The Capital Grille, La Grande Orange, Arcadia Room, and Buck & Rider.
Arcadia is approximately midway between Biltmore Fashion Park to the west and Fashion Square Mall to the east. Both centers are located on Camelback Road. The Biltmore Fashion Park is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and home to high-end boutiques featuring Escada, Calypso, Ralph Lauren, Stuart Weitzman, and Cole Haan, and several restaurants. Fashion Square Mall is a regional luxury shopping mall with a vast number of stores including upscale boutiques such as Jimmy Choo, Burberry & Cartier, as well as anchor stores Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. A food court, restaurants and a multi-screen movie theater provide additional options to mall visitors.
With downtown Phoenix only moments away, Arcadians can enjoy its wealth of attractions, including: the Herberger Theater, the historic Orpheum Theater, Arizona Science Center, and, for those in a higher-learning track, ASU's downtown campus. For those sports-minded folks, downtown Phoenix is home to Chase Field and the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, and US Airways Center and the Phoenix Suns basketball team.
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