A Taste of the Good Life

By local contributor
Cacinda Maloney

Scottsdale is known worldwide as a playground for the well-to-do. Real estate investors, doctors, lawyers, heirs and heiresses, California and Canadian transplants, entrepreneurs and second-home purchasers have all gathered in the Scottsdale area. Vacationers and celebrities come here, too. In fact, North Scottsdale is the land of multi-millionaires and lavish homes, where country clubs, golf courses, luxury cars and saltwater swimming pools exist on almost every block.

But what is it that attracts the mega-wealthy to Scottsdale? Here’s the inside scoop on what draws them here and what do they do when they arrive.

A Car Lover’s Paradise

In January each year, six of the nation’s most elite car auctions visit Scottsdale, including Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele and Gooding & Company. It’s a week of classic automobiles, lifestyle events and rapid-fire auctions that’s sure to thrill any classic car aficionado. Plus, the city is dotted with luxury car dealerships ranging from Maserati and Alpha Romeo to Rolls Royce, Porsche and everything in between – just in case the urge for a test-drive or purchase strikes.

Mecca of Luxury Spas

Scottsdale has the most resort spas per capita of any city in the country. The Sonoran Desert climate has long attracted alternative healers, Reiki practitioners, and body workers, as well as innovative spa directors. With that combination, Scottsdale has enhanced the availability of transformative spa treatments. And with all this talent in town, the bar is constantly being raised as to what people want and the variety of spa treatments that are available. It is these luxury jetsetters that reap the rewards of having so much expertise in the spa genre in the Valley.

Resorts in Abundance

Scottsdale is a hub of luxury resorts, including gems like the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and JW Marriott Camelback Inn. On-property options abound, from luxury villas and desert bungalows to secluded casitas and 5,000-square-foot patio homes. Plus, Scottsdale keeps raising the bar with a trio of new luxury resorts coming on line – the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa debuted in 2016, Mountain Shadows will arrive in 2017, and by 2018, the Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley will be welcoming guests.

Spectacular Winter Weather

Now let’s talk about the real reason Scottsdale attracts the rich – and everyone else, for that matter. From November to March, Scottsdale’s weather is just about as perfect as it gets. Canadians, Midwesterners, and those from the East Coast certainly want to get away from the cold and the snow, so they come to the warmth of the desert to thaw out. And don’t even ask me why they call it the “Valley of the Sun,” because you will completely understand the nickname once you see the Technicolor beauty of the desert sky at sunset. I believe Scottsdale has some of the best sunsets that I have ever seen in the world.

Thrilling Outdoor Adventures

Along with great weather comes the great outdoors. The scenery alone will knock your socks off. Outdoor adventures range from hiking, off-roading, and biking to hot air balloon rides. Since the weather is perfect this time of year, it is great to get outdoors and explore the area. Sure, you can hear traffic noise within the city, but just take a few steps into the Sonoran Desert, and soon you will hear songbirds among the great saguaros and enjoy unobstructed mountain views. The gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain and McDowell Sonoran Preserve will all make you feel miles away from the city.

Outstanding Dining

And along with the fabulous weather and outdoor adventures come some of the best meals around. From panoramic views and patio seating to swanky bars and chef-driven restaurants, Scottsdale is a food lover’s paradise with a roster of great dining options. Scottsdale’s reputation also pulls in of some of the best chefs in the world, including several who have cooked at the renowned James Beard House like Beau MacMillan of elements and Charleen Badman of FnB, just to name a couple. If you can’t agree on where to go for dinner, don’t worry there is something for everyone!

So there you have it, six outstanding reasons the uber-rich come to Scottsdale. Come to think of it, they’re probably the same reasons why most of us flock to this Sonoran Desert gem!