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Paradise Valley


Paradise Valley was given its name at the
turn of the century when promoters for a canal project saw the flower-covered
valley in early spring. Today, the town is known as Arizona’s
most upscale community, with a median home value of more than $800,000.

Paradise Valley is nestled between Squaw
Peak Mountain, Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain; it’s bordered
by Scottsdale (on the east) and Phoenix (to the north, west and south).

The population
of Paradise Valley was pegged at around 13,660 in mid-2000. The median
age was 46.3, and 75% of the population was over 18 years of age.

The town
is strictly zoned for single-family dwellings; in general you will find
one acre lots with one house per lot. About 97% of Paradise Valley homes
are owner-occupied; the remainder are rented. Multiple housing units
or common walls are not allowed. There are no townhomes or patio homes
in Paradise Valley. There also are no commercial shopping areas; any
use of land other than residential requires a Special Use Permit. Such
non-residential establishments as religious facilities, resorts, medical
clinics, stables, golf courses and private schools have been granted
Special Use permits.

Paradise Valley does not have a property
tax. The town says its main sources of revenue come from “a share
of the State of Arizona sales tax, income tax and gasoline taxes, a
1.4% Town sales tax, a 3% Town bed tax, a 1.4% Town use tax, permit
fees, annual franchise fees from the utilities, and interest from investments.”
Residents contract separately for solid waste removal, fire protection
and water service.†Paradise Valley public school students attend
schools in Scottsdale.

The Mummy
Mountain Preserve Trust ensures that the area’s land, plants and
wildlife will be protected. The Trust’s mission is “to acquire,
maintain, preserve and protect in perpetuity undeveloped real property
and developed real property that can be returned to its natural state
on and around the Mountain Preserve,” currently about 320 acres.


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