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Southwest Living in the Desert Foothills

by Suzanne Pickett Martinson

Celebrating the Essence of Southwest Living

Southwest Living in the Desert FoothillsThere are many reasons to love Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale, and one of them is putting on a vibrant show right now. The yellow blossoms of native Palo Verde and Mesquite trees, brittlebush and desert marigold wildflowers blanket the landscape against the backdrop of majestic Saguaro and red-plumed ocotillo. Include the mountain vistas, stunning sunrises and sunsets and it is no wonder that so many photographers choose this desert foothills region to capture the essence of the Southwest. Likewise, it is no surprise that this area is home to residents who value wide-open spaces replete with stunning natural beauty.

At a higher elevation than the Phoenix-Metro area, Cave Creek and its surrounding towns enjoy cooler temperatures throughout the year, greatly appreciated during the hot summer when even five degrees make the difference between living life, and just getting through it. These cooler temperatures provide more opportunities for outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, organized sports, horseback riding, biking, and outdoor dining with family and friends.

The Southwest lifestyle is also evident in the type of home design and architecture found throughout these desert foothills. Whether it be historic ranch charm or sophisticated contemporary, in a planned neighborhood or on sprawling acreage, close to town or in the expansive desert, what stands out clear:  the people of the region harbor a genuine respect for nature, appreciate individuality, and love the Arizona environment and western culture.  

Close enough to the Phoenix Metropolitan amenities and Sky Harbor airport yet far enough away to soak up the genuine warmth of the people who live and work here, Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale offer unique shopping and dining experiences as well as a wide variety of cultural and special events and exploring opportunities on horseback, motorcycles, bikes, in jeeps or hiking throughout the year. Fine resorts and quaint hotels offer visitors a taste of Southwest living, prompting some of those visitors to eventually make this area their home.

Join Cave Creek Live each month as we explore and celebrate Southwest living in the Valley of the Sun’s desert foothills.

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