The North Scottsdale ZIP of 85255 is close to the hub of both Phoenix and Scottsdale, just off of the Loop 101, but feels far away from it all. Situated near the base of the McDowell Mountains, the area offers wide open desert spaces, amazing parks and trails with views for days, and upscale living, dining and shopping. It is also just a stone’s throw away from a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Buy a home
The median sale price is 832$K — recent sales range from a 1bd/1ba, 900sq.-ft. condo for $228K to a 6bd/8ba, 8,324 sq.-ft. home that sold for $4.25M. (Source: Redfin.com)
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead is fully barrier-free and has all the amenities an outdoor recreation enthusiast could want. This trailhead is the access point to many unique Scottsdale trails. Even kids in strollers love the games and activities along the Bajada Nature Trail. Kids of all ages are able to explore the Gateway Loop trail and older kids love the challenge offered by interior trails.
Location: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.
Take in some culture
Just a couple miles south of this ZIP, visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will now enjoy new nods to the past thanks to a number of reinterpretation and restoration projects completed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation designed to resurrect the essence the site had when it served as the prolific architect’s winter laboratory in the late 1950s.
Location: 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Info: 480.860.2700; franklloydwright.org
Grab a bite to eat
Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia heads the kitchen at The Craftsman, which opened in late 2020. The restaurant specializes in creative American tastes, hand-crafted cocktails, wines, craft beers and a comfortable, yet lively dining experience. Their menu aims to be “familiar, but never predictable.” Check out their Valentine’s Day specials, which includes The Craftsman “Candy Bar” — a dense chocolate brownie, hazelnut feuilletine, coffee mocha mousse and the Craftsman amaro drizzle.
Location: 20469 N. Hayden Rd.
Info: 480.401.1102; thecraftsmanaz.com