Highly desirable to many young professionals due to the luxuriant landscaping and aesthetic charm akin to Arcadia Proper.
Verdant oasis in the middle of Phoenix
Arcadia Lite is a vibrant, thriving community situated just west of Arcadia Proper and minutes from downtown Phoenix. This community is highly desirable to many young professionals due to the luxuriant landscaping and aesthetic charm akin to Arcadia Proper — without the price tag.
While Arcadia Lite is perfect for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in a laid-back suburban setting, it also attracts trendy young professionals seeking a vibrant food and drink scene. The streets of Arcadia Lite are abuzz with fresh local hangouts and upscale dining, as well as plenty of parks with hiking and biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast.
Arcadia Lite is known for its local shops and restaurants, such as La Grande Orange Grocery. This chic, curated general store boasts a wine shop, bakery, café, gourmet pizzeria, and more. Enjoy innovative New American cuisine at Ingo’s, which features grass-fed burgers, salads, and craft beers. Head to the Stand to satisfy your cravings for locally sourced, elevated fast food. The Porch is an upscale yet relaxed neighborhood hangout with a retro vibe and offers creative pub food.
Arcadia Lite is close to the shopping and dining amenities of Phoenix and Scottsdale, including the Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square. The Biltmore Fashion Park is known for its high-end brands, including Arizona’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as dining options around every corner. The Scottsdale Fashion Square boasts miles of dining options and luxury brands, including the state’s first Saint Laurent.
Arcadia Lite is close to Old Town Scottsdale, which stretches throughout nine walkable neighborhoods. It boasts an array of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightclubs, as well as contemporary public art installations, world-class museums, and historic sites from the late 1880s.
Arcadia Lite is great for those seeking an active lifestyle. Head to the Quartz Ridge Trail for a short yet strenuous hike in a classic desert landscape dotted with saguaro cacti. It’s a bit strenuous with rocky terrain, but those who stick it out are treated to panoramic views of North Phoenix, Piestewa Peak, and Camelback Mountain.
Camelback Mountain has an elevation of more than 2,000 feet, making it an excellent spot for a hike or climb. The mountain has two trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla. Echo Canyon is a challenging hike with rocky terrain, but hikers are rewarded with phenomenal views at the summit. Much like Echo Canyon, Cholla is a challenging hike featuring breathtaking views of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Many hikers head to Cholla early to catch the stunning sunrise.
The Arizona Canal winds throughout the neighborhood and offers a scenic waterside trail in an otherwise desert-laden landscape. Completed by the Arizona Canal Company in 1885, the canal helped bring water to the north and across to the West Valley, allowing for the development of these areas. It’s part of the 132 miles of canals operated by the Salt River Project. Today, you’ll find breweries and restaurants along the canal — a perfect place to unwind!
Arcadia Proper is served by the Arcadia Unified School District and is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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