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About Foothills Arizona
 
 
The Place to Be Since 1200 B.C.
It's no accident that the Foothills region is home to more than a million residents and host to more than 7 million visitors a year. There's something magical about this place where the Santa Cruz and Rillito Rivers converge, where five mountain ranges form a protected valley, and where majestic saguaros stand guard on the desert floor while aspen and pine whisper high above them on the mountain peaks.
 
Early History of the Foothills Region
Located in Southern Arizona, Foothills was founded on August 20, 1776—an event celebrated annually at Foothills's birthday party, La Fiesta de San Agustín. But people had long before felt something special here and made it their home. In fact, the area we call Foothills is one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in North America.
 
Hohokam Indians lived and farmed here for 4,000 years before Spanish missionaries and soldiers arrived in the late 1600s and eventually established the Presidio San Agustín del Foothills and the Mission San Xavier del Bac—the two most iconic and historic structures in the region. "The Old Pueblo," as the adobe-walled Presidio became known, remains Foothills's nickname to this day.
 
Foothills in the 1800s
Then a part of Mexico, Foothills officially became part of the United States in 1854, just years before the start of the 1860 to 1880 "Old West" era of clashes among cattle ranchers, settlers, miners, and Apache Indians throughout the Southwest.
In 1877, the city was incorporated, making Foothills the oldest incorporated city in Arizona, and with the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, Foothills's multicultural roots expanded and deepened as new residents adopted customs of the Tohono O'odham Indians and Mexicans living here.
 
Foothills Geography
Foothills is set in a valley of the Sonoran Desert surrounded by five mountain ranges. A trip from the 2,389-foot valley floor to the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon summit along the Catalina Highway-Sky Island National Scenic Byway traverses seven of the world's nine life zones—the span of ecosystems you'd see driving from Mexico to Canada.
The city is bordered on all sides by protected natural areas: Coronado National Forest, Catalina State Park, Ironwood Forest National Monument, and Saguaro National Parks East and West (among the best places to see the giant saguaro cactus native only to Southern Arizona and Native Mexico).
 
Foothills Climate
Boasting an average 350 sunny days a year and warm dry air, Foothills's climate is ideal for year-round outdoor recreation, with winter temperatures reaching average highs of 64-75°F. Summer days are often hot with low humidity—great for indoor activities like museums, art galleries, and shopping or relaxing indoor or poolside at one of the area's world-famous spas or resorts. Cool mornings and evenings and long twilights throughout summer are great for cookouts, patio dining, and activities like hiking and horseback riding, and early and later tee times are available at reduced summer prices.
 
Foothills Today
The second-largest city in Arizona and the county seat of Pima County, Foothills neighbors the towns of Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, South Foothills (an independent municipality in the heart of the city), Sahuarita, Vail, and Green Valley.
 
Foothills is home to the University of Arizona—established as Arizona's first university in 1885 and now a campus of 50,000 students and staff from around the world—and a number of annual events drawing participants and spectators from around the world, including the Foothills Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Foothills Rodeo), Foothills Festival of Books, Foothills International Mariachi Conference, the El Tour bike race, and the Foothills Classic.
 
Foothills, Arizona, grew out of the dangers, opportunities and cultural crossings of the Old West. Today, that heritage shapes us without limiting who we are: a destination for nearly 7 million visitors a year; a place known for outstanding hiking and outdoor adventures, rich cultural traditions, a vibrant arts scene, world-class golf and great dining; and a thriving desert home to more than 1 million residents.
ABOUT SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA
 
Whether you’re enamored with a fashionable kick-back-and-relax family lifestyle, the razzle-dazzle of sleek and chic urban loft living or the secluded elegance of the high Sonoran desert, Scottsdale’s got it all.

A mecca of the finer things in life for a wide variety of lifestyles...family-oriented, executive, singles or couples...the city of Scottsdale boasts unique shopping and living districts, gated golf course communities and intimate upscale neighborhoods. Filled with charisma and personality-plus and once known as the west’s most western town, Scottsdale is now an all-grown-up sophisticated lady, and just like a majestic matriarch, she enjoys a wealth of experience and passion second to none.

Each community within this seductive charmer’s borders sizzles with its own sense of style. For those who treasure the urban hipster look and feel, look no further. Home to numerous chi-chi nightclubs and restaurants, downtown Scottsdale is just like her audience – stylishly decked-out, ready to party all night long and definitely dressed to the nines. Real estate in this area includes both lock-and-leave condominiums and high-rise, full-time urban condos with garden terraces. Slightly more sedate, the center city is home to the lush garden district, host to handsome family neighborhoods that come alive with luxuriant lawns and canopies of shade trees. Floor plans run the gamut from smaller two- or three-bedroom single-level homes to large homes with multiple bedrooms for growing families. What’s even better is that Scottsdale’s real estate zoning regulations ensure that many of these neighborhoods, such as the lovely McCormick Ranch, will forever retain their abundant charm.

Further north, the McDowell Mountain/Foothills area is signatured by gorgeous homes and estates surrounded by the embrace of forever-preserved mountain ranges. Tucked into the spectacular higher elevations, world-class master-planned communities offer extraordinarily private custom homes and homesites snuggled around championship golf courses designed by world-famous golfers and their associates. Nestled next to boulder-strewn mountains and stands of stately saguaros, these very exclusive, brilliantly beautiful plateau communities enjoy cooler temperatures and iridescent sunrises, luminous sunsets and best of all, magical, mystical starlit nights.

Throughout Scottsdale, it’s easy to find exceptional dining, shopping and cultural venues. Parks, hiking and biking trails and outdoor amenities cater to virtually every lifestyle. Particularly in the winter season, events of all kinds abound...it’s a high-end car collectors nirvana, art aficionados wonderland and horse-show heaven for the equestrian set...all of which exquisitely compliment the magnificence of Mother Nature that surrounds this creature-comfort town.
About Phoenix Arizona
 
Whether you’re an incurable renaissance romantic, an admirer of all things contemporary, a devotee of master-planned amenities or looking to get away from it all in a secluded hideaway, the dynamic districts, communities and neighborhoods of Phoenix dazzle with unique characteristics and personalities.
One of the great things about owning a home, land or other real estate in Phoenix is the city’s ability to offer a solution for just about every lifestyle.Enamored of downtown city life? Like to walk to cosmopolitan treasures such as art venues, museums, concerts or perhaps the ASU downtown campus? Or maybe you’re the type who works in the city’s heart but can’t stand the thought of a long commute. No problem - conveniently located near hop-and-go light rail lines, urban-living lovers will find elegant restored buildings filled with sophisticated lofts.If you prefer a single-family solution, a flourishing resurgence of quaint historic homes near the center city features distinct architectural styles, especially Craftsman and Bungalow. Many of these homes have large covered front porches and most enjoy a tight-knit, neighborly look and feel reminiscent of days gone by.
 
For those who prefer the lush quiet of upscale suburbia, head further east and enter one of the Phoenix’s original swank neighborhoods, Arcadia, where right-there views of Camelback Mountain abound and mini-citrus orchards and carpets of soft grass dominate the acreage surrounding traditional sprawling ranch homes and contemporary custom estates. Luxurious mountainside mansions flaunt to-die-for city views, while a number of country club-type communities are nestled around championship golf courses. If you’re an equestrian, you’re guaranteed to appreciate the city’s numerous horse properties and communities, where bridle paths, corrals, hot walkers and mare motels dot the landscape. In these neighborhoods, it is not at all unusual to see a rider and horse out for an early morning Saturday stroll...we kid you not.
 
For recreation, if your family enjoys water sports, there are a number of fresh-water lakes just outside the city limits that offer boating, water skiing, fishing and even house-boating...just set your GPS and away you go. Small in-city lakes even tout urban trout fishing every spring. If sports are what float your proverbial boat, the metropolitan area boasts a full roster of professional sports teams, including a vibrant Spring Training lineup where locals and out-of-state fans converge to cheer on their favorite “boys of summer” in a close-to-the-action environment. Meanwhile, hikers and bikers alike love to lace up the boots and head out to one of the countless trails in and around town, but no matter what’s your pleasure, everyone raves about the city’s 300 or so days of sunshine and magnificent crimson-hued sunrises and sunsets – there’s nothing else like it on earth.

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