Home Be in AFM Best Places to Live Arizona Foothills Magazine's 2010 Best Places to Live: For Good Reason

Like most Valley dwellers, you’ve already decided that plentiful sunshine and endless shopping, spa and dining selections are for you. But choosing between up-and-coming neighborhoods, high-rise condominiums and luxurious master-planned communities can be difficult. For years, AFM has found the very best spots in the Valley to call home in our annual Best Places to Live feature. Whether you’re an Arizona native looking for a new niche or a family relocating from afar, this roundup of the best places in town—and our top reasons for making the move—will help you narrow the search.

Reason to Live Here: World-Class Lifestyle

Touted for its award-winning golf and country club, Mirabel, one of Scottsdale’s foremost luxury retreats, sits 3,000 feet in elevation above the Valley. Commanding awe-inspiring views of the Sonoran Desert, the community offers potential homeowners a lifestyle affixed with world-class dining and other resort-friendly amenities. The members-only Tom Fazio golf course, full-service day spa, state-of-the-art health and fitness center, championship- caliber tennis garden and luxe swimming facilities offers residents a bevy of activities. Moreover, the full-time concierge-style member services affords security and insight into the Valley’s “it” spots. Custom homes (and homesites) within this hidden haven, priced from $995,000 to more than $5 million, are inspired by the desert’s Southwestern style and are designed to blend indoor and outdoor living. Furthermore, each home encapsulates beautiful desert views, masterfully designed layouts and the use of natural materials. 866.647.2235, www.mirabel.com. —Christine Whitton