Scottsdale Public School Contact Information, Attendance Boundaries, and Start Dates

If you have kids and are thinking of moving to Scottsdale, you need to know that home owners with a Scottsdale mailing address, may be residents of one of three public school districts: Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, or Cave Creek.

School Contact Info

Scottsdale Unified School District
3811 N. 44th St., Phoenix 85018
(602) 952-6100

Paradise Valley Unified School District
15002 North 32nd Street, Phoenix 85032
(602) 867-5100

Cave Creek Unified School District
33606 N. 60th Street
(480) 575-2000

School Boundary Maps

Each of the school districts posts their attendance boundary maps online, so you can quickly confirm which district the home you are considering buying is located in.

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD)

Paradise Valley School (PVUSD) Boundary Maps (Elementary, Middle, and High School)

Cave Creek Unified School Attendance Maps (Elementary, Middle, and High School)

You will want to contact the school district to make sure that their maps are the most recent (which presumably they are) and to ask if any boundary changes are proposed.  The Scottsdale district is currently discussing closing and merging a couple of schools.  So, while no decision has been made, a savvy home buyer would want to know if changes are possible, either before making an offer to purchase a home, or as part of the inspection process that occurs right after a contract is accepted.

School Calendars

Cave Creek Schools start the 2008-2009 school year on Thursday, August 7th.  Scottsdale and Paradise Valley schools are both back in session on Monday, August 11, 2008.

McCormick Ranch Horse Entrance

The long awaited McCormick Ranch horse entrance update is looking better by the day.  This past week these incredible horse sculptures were installed.

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Three sculptures have been installed. One sculpture at the left most part of the photo just above the water line, and then two more over the water features.

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The sculptures are even more beautiful close up.

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Keep an eye on the progress.   It looks like the entrance will be done soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks with all the plantings completed.  This is one project that’s been well worth the wait!

Scottsdale Sports Complex Now Online

Parks & Recreation Update — June 27, 2008 – City of Scottsdale

Through a partnership with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city’s Parks and Recreation division recently launched the Scottsdale Sports Complex Web site: www.ScottsdaleSportscomplex.com. This complex is a state-of-the-art, 71-acre competitive sport facility offering tournament level playing conditions. The facility accommodates a variety of flat field sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, Ultimate Frisbee and rugby. The site also provides tournament and league coordinators with detailed information about the facility, including an opportunity to search available dates and times.

In addition to sports fields, the complex has a full, lighted basketball court, a shaded playground, multi-use paths and open park space for drop-in public use as well as a public art component and two restrooms.

For more information, contact Sr. Recreation Coordinator Jona Davis at (480) 312-7520 or jdavis@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

These soccer fields are beautiful and offer additional recreation opportunities for Scottsdale residents who live outside a good portion of the year.  Located just next to the Tournament Players Club (TPC), where the FBR Open is held every year, the fields are easily accessible just off the 101.  The location used to be the close-in parking for the annual golf tournament, and it’s wonderful to see the space developed into facilities that can now be used year round.

How Long Does it Take to Sell a House in Scottsdale?

So, the question today is:  How long does it take to sell a house in Scottsdale? 

Interestingly enough, with the huge range of prices in Scottsdale, there’s not all that much difference in how long it’s taking for a house to sell.  The chart below is busy, but will give you the basic information.

1.  Time to sell has definitely increased significantly in the past year.

2. Regardless of where you live in Scottsdale, it’s taking approximately 3-4 months (median value) to sell a house, except in the northernmost area of the city (Desert Mountain and the surrounding areas), where 6 months is closer to the norm.

 Median Days to Sell a House in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Zip Code Map

Remember that the zip code 85266 in North Scottsdale is new as of July 2007, so the tracking data has taken a while to correct, as home owners and their agents shifted to the new code.

What Scottsdale Home Buyers Need to Know about Pool Fences

In the Arizona Purchase Contract, you will find a section called the “Swimming Pool Barrier Regulations“.  In the contract:

  1. The Buyer agrees to investigate with all applicable state, county, and city swimming pool barrier regulations.
  2. The Buyer agree to comply with and pay all costs of compliance with these regulations prior to occupying the homes, unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
  3. If the Premises contains a Swimming Pool, the Buyer acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Arizona Department of Health Services approved private pool safety notice.

From the City of Scottsdale:  “Scottsdale’s current swimming pool barrier requirements apply to all single-family residential swimming pools, spas and hot tubs constructed after July 20, 1995. There are no exemptions for households without children.”  

However, besides the traditional pool fence, options do exist for Scottsdale home owners, including self-closing/latching door or pool alarms.  Scottsdale’s laws are described both on their web site and in a white paper “INTERPRETATIONS & APPLICATIONS OF BUILDING CODES & REGULATIONS #88-14

For other cities in Arizona, see this Pool Barrier Law Contact page and find the city that the home resides in.  Bear in mind that 85% of the homes in the Scottsdale 85254 zip code are actually located in the City of Phoenix and governed by Phoenix pool regulations.

It’s summer time. Homes with pools are very attractive to home buyers at this time of year, so it’s important to know your responsibilities.  

Scottsdale Home Listing Price Update

Over the past year, median home listing prices in Scottsdale have been up and down repeatedly. Prices have fluctuated throughout the city, but are very different when the northernmost end of Scottsdale is compared to some of the central and southern parts of the city.  However, even in zip codes that are on the increase, prices are increasing more in some pricing spectrums than others. 

Median Home Listing Price in Scottsdale, Arizona

Not all Scottsdale zip codes are following the same pattern, most are. home-prices trends for each zip code, starting from the south and moving north:

South Scottsdale 85257 homes for sale 85257 – South Scottsdale bordering Tempe and East Phoenix. South of Thomas Road.
More South Scottsdale home listings 85251 – South Scottsdale homes between Thomas and Chaparral Roads.
Downtown Scottsdale 85250 number of homes for sale 85250 – Downtown and Central Scottsdale between Chaparral and Indian Bend.
McCormick and Gainey Ranch 85258 home listings 85258 – Primarily consists of homes in the McCormick and Gainey Ranch communities.
Phoenix, Arizona 85254 listings 85254 – Most of this zip code is in the City of Phoenix with a Scottsdale zip code. North of Cactus and West of Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 home listings 85260 – Homes listed north of Shea, south of Bell, east of Scottsdale Road to about 104th Street.
Scottsdale 85259 home for sale 85259 – Homes for sale north of Shea and East of 104th Street.
DC Ranch, Wingate Ranch 85255 85255 – Primarily McDowell Mountain / Wingate / DC Ranches
North Scottsdale 85266 homes 85266 – North Scottsdale has a new zip code as of July 2007
Desert Mountain housing inventory 85262 – North Scottsdale – Desert Mountain and large surrounding area

Scottsdale Real Estate Inventory Update

After the number of homes listed for sale peaked in the spring, we have seen a slight decline, but certainly not enough of a change to get very excited about.  

Number of Homes for Sale in Scottsdale

Prices have continued their downward trend, and the number of homes on the market has a direct influence on the pricing.  Not all Scottsdale zip codes are following the same pattern, most are.  Inventory trends for each zip code, starting from the south and moving north:

South Scottsdale 85257 homes for sale 85257 – South Scottsdale bordering Tempe and East Phoenix. South of Thomas Road.
More South Scottsdale home listings 85251 – South Scottsdale homes between Thomas and Chaparral Roads.
Downtown Scottsdale 85250 number of homes for sale 85250 – Downtown and Central Scottsdale between Chaparral and Indian Bend.
McCormick and Gainey Ranch 85258 home listings 85258 – Primarily consists of homes in the McCormick and Gainey Ranch communities.
Phoenix, Arizona 85254 listings 85254 – Most of this zip code is in the City of Phoenix with a Scottsdale zip code. North of Cactus and West of Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 home listings 85260 – Homes listed north of Shea, south of Bell, east of Scottsdale Road to about 104th Street.
Scottsdale 85259 home for sale 85259 – Homes for sale north of Shea and East of 104th Street.
DC Ranch, Wingate Ranch 85255 85255 – Primarily McDowell Mountain / Wingate / DC Ranches
North Scottsdale 85266 homes 85266 – North Scottsdale has a new zip code as of July 2007
Desert Mountain housing inventory 85262 – North Scottsdale – Desert Mountain and large surrounding area