Paradise Valley Homes Paradise Valley History

Paradise Valley AZ was originally cattle country with open grazing. In 1889 the Rio Verde Canal Company surveyed the area for the first time. The surveyors were so impressed by the idyllic and peaceful area on the north side of Camelback Mountain that they named it Paradise Valley.

El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley AZ El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley was originally the Judson School For Girls in the 1930s. It was converted to a restaurant and lodge in 1937. Visitors to the lodge included Clark Gable, Milton Berle and other Hollywood icons.

Paradise Valley Town Hall 1963 in Paradise Valley AZ Paradise Valley Town Hall in 1963
Barry Goldwater Button Barry Goldwater was a long time Paradise Valley resident. He was a U.S. Senator for more than 30 years and Arizona’s first nominee for President in 1964. He retired to his hilltop home in Paradise Valley. In 2004 a memorial to Barry Goldwater was built on the corner of Tatum and Lincoln including a life size statue of Goldwater. He is one of the most famous residents of Paradise Valley.
Paradise Valley Fire Station in 1972 inParadise Valley AZ The Paradise Valley Fire Station was built in 1972. Paradise Valley currently contracts with the City of Phoenix Fire Department.
William Rehnquist in Paradise Valley AZ William Rehnquist was a former Paradise Valley town attorney and wrote the articles of incorporation for the town. He served on the United States Supreme Court from 1972 to 1986.
Paradise Valley Town Hall 1973 in Paradise Valley AZ The current Paradise Valley Town Hall was built in 1973. It has had several renovations and additions over the years. The complex currently includes the police department, a public works building, a municipal court and a post office.
Sandra Day O'Connor Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is another long time Paradise Valley resident. She served as Arizona Senator 1969-1975 and on the United States Supreme Court from 1981-2006.
LeonaHelmsley House in Paradise Valley AZ Leona Helmsley, often referred to as “The Queen of Mean” bought a house on Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley in 1988. The Helmsley house was 11,000-square feet and included 15 rooms, 9 1/2 bathrooms and a 1,000-square-foot pool. It is one of the highest homes in Paradise Valley and can be seen from miles away.
Photo of Photo Radar in Paradise Valley AZ Paradise Valley was the first municipality in Arizona to use photo radar. The photo radar program began in 1987.
Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley AZ The Mummy Mountain Preserve was created in 1997 in the center of Paradise Valley. Over 200 acres have been donated to the Mummy Mountain Preserve, located in the center of Paradise Valley. The purpose is to protect the natural landscape, desert plants, wildlife and scenic beauty of the mountain. About 70 percent of the land is now preserved and the eventual goal is to preserve 320 acres.
Paradise Valley Town Hall 1963 in Paradise Valley AZ Paradise Valley built two new fire stations in 2009. The town of Paradise Valley has an agreement with the City of Phoenix for fire service since 2007.
Paradise Valley Town Hall 1963 in Paradise Valley AZ Paradise Valley resident Bill Keane helped celebrate Paradise Valley’s 50th Anniversary in 2011 with a commemorative cartoon.



Paradise Valley Town History

It wasn’t until after World War 2 that the area began to attract settlers. Paradise Valley started as a rural residential area with very few commercial businesses. Most of the homes were modest in size and style but were on large 1-5 acre parcels in then unincorporated Maricopa County.

In the 1950′s Phoenix and Scottsdale began to expand their boundaries. Residents of Paradise Valley feared that they would lose their rural lifestyle if Phoenix or Scottsdale annexed the area. Locals wanted to avoid commercial development and keep lot sizes to a minimum of one home per acre. They also wanted to keep government regulation to a minimum and avoid property taxes. The Citizens Committee was formed to attempt to incorporate the Town of Paradise Valley. They petitioned residents to join them in their efforts to incorporate Paradise Valley. In April 1961 the Citizens Committee submitted their proposal to the Maricopa County Planning & Zoning Commission. Finally the Town of Paradise Valley was officially incorporated on May 24, 1961.

The Town of Paradise Valley started with a population of approximately 2000. The first Town Council was formed and it spent most of its early years establishing zoning rules and the Planning and Zoning Commission. The borders of the Town of Paradise Valley were finally defined by 1968 with a few scattered county islands. Today there is a population of 13,000 and only two county islands remain – the community of Clearwater Hills west of Tatum Boulevard and the Franciscan Renewal Center on Lincoln Drive.

Please call Carmen at (800) 300-0263 to view homes in Paradise Valley. Carmen Brodeur is a Paradise Valley Realtor and Former Attorney. She specializes in luxury homes in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, AZ.