North Phoenix Area Guide

Anthem Arizona

Tucked between the mountains in the northern part of the Phoenix area off of I-17, Anthem provides a “small-town” atmosphere that is hard to find in many parts of the valley. With its own community center, mega-parks, golf courses and water park, Anthem, Arizona has something for everyone. Anthem Arizona

Arrowhead Lakes

As you head west on 101 as you past I-17 you’ll see a fairly new home development on your right with some great mountain views behind them. If you take the time to explore this neighborhood you’ll notice that it is a lake community where most of the houses border a series of small, man-made lakes offering a unique atmosphere here in the Arizona desert. Arrowhead Lakes and Arrowhead Ranch.

Black Canyon City

This is your last stop before heading into the Arizona high desert country on your way to Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff. Black Canyon City gives some incredible views and a more rural atmosphere yet still only 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. Black Canyon City


Take Scottsdale Avenue as far north as you can. Once you hit the Boulders on the right, then the road becomes Tom Darlington Road and you’ve entered the gourgeous foothills of Carefree Arizona.

Cave Creek

A unique mix of golf course communities, horse properties, and foothills estates, Cave Creek offers a great selection of homes at reasonable prices.

Deer Valley Airport

This small aircraft airport provides a home for flying enthusasts. Phoenix and the surrounding countryside is famous for its flight schools. The airport also acts as the hub for a growing commerical and industrial park housing both small and large corporations. Deer Valley Airport

Desert Hills

As you head north on I-17 you’ll see Anthem and the gorgeous mountains on the right hand side. What you won’t see is the secluded community of Desert Hills on the other side. Large lots, rural desert setting and upscale homes dot the landscape. Accessible from New River or Carefree Highway makes Desert Hills a unique and treasured neightborhood. Desert Hills

Tatum Ranch

The Tatum Ranch area is mostly filled with new homes.  This area also is referred to as "Tatum Ridge" from the huge shopping facility of the same name, which is on the corner of Highway 101 and Tatum Rd. Nearby is a sea of fairly new homes priced mostly in the $400s and up, in developments like Tatum Highlands, Tatum Ridge and Tatum Ranch. Once a part of the “far north,” residents of these developments now enjoy an easy commute to Scottsdale via 101, and Phoenix via Highway 51. 

Visiting the Tatum Ridge area? The JW Marriott has a beautiful resort, just north of the Tatum Ridge Shopping Center. Stop in for dinner, the spa, and to enjoy their outdoor patio. 


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One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a recreationist’s dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. At the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center, guests learn about the history of the area and desert wildlife. Step out onto the balcony surrounding the Visitor Center to get a beautiful view of Lake Pleasant and an up-close look at Waddell Dam. The breathtaking views offer visitors a great place to relax, whether it is from a boat or shoreline picnic site.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Arizona Fish and Game Fishing Reports