Welcome to Carefree
Carefree embraces its addictively relaxed, life-loving persona. For those seeking a quiet place to get away from the urban, and even suburban to-and-from, this laid-back community just a short drive north of Scottsdale is the answer. The Carefree real estate market offers less light pollution than in the metropolitan area, you can gaze up into dark night skies, savoring constellation views, stare out over majestic mountain and desert landscapes, and revel in your rural splendor. Huge granite boulders and formations and towering saguaros dot the land, reminding you of the rugged west that was here long before we were. Carefree also has its own private airpark with available home on-site airplane hangers.
What to Love About Carefree Real Estate
- Spectacular mountain and desert views and activities
- Ample shopping, dining, and golf opportunities
- Horseback riding
- Beautiful homes on multi-acre lots
- Easy access to Scottsdale/Phoenix area
If neighboring Cave Creek emulates the Old West, Carefree is resoundingly New West. With gourmet restaurants, outdoor cafes, whimsical street names, and top-notch galleries, this is the epitome of upscale desert living. Many of the residents of Carefree own second homes here, coming into town for the glorious winter months that aren’t so, well, glorious in other regions of the country. With serene surroundings, an easy lifestyle, world-class golf, and abundant sunshine, retirees come to Carefree to relish the relaxed days they’ve been craving. Whether year-round or seasonal, residents enjoy scenic real estate with large lots and Sonoran backgrounds, gated communities, upscale subdivisions, and the inviting expanses of natural areas. If they’re not on a hiking trail, on horseback, or on the golf course, Carefree residents are shopping and dining, or watching a crimson sunset from their beautiful home and toasting their affluent, easy-going lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With its fair share of fabulous boutiques and fine dining, as well as casual eateries, Carefree invites you to relax and savor the moment. When there’s a need for more options, the restaurants, malls, museums, galleries, theaters, and cultural opportunities of Scottsdale and Phoenix are just minutes away.
Stop by Spanish Village, one of the most picturesque and historic landmarks in the state and located on delightfully named Ho Hum Road. A cultural and artistic hub since 1969, today, the village offers galleries, salons, spas, boutiques, and restaurants. Order a pie or two at Pizzicata, where the menu features family recipes and there’s live music every weekend. Start your day with a decadent diner breakfast at Black Mountain Cafe.
Don’t miss the award-winning Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal for its fun, festive outdoors seating, huge tequila list (including the restaurant’s exclusive Herradura Reposado Tequila), innovative menu, and fantastic desert views. And for romantic Italian, go to Carefree’s best-kept dining secret, Giordana Trattoria Romana.
Things to Do
Carefree residents love the finer things in life, whether food, wine, or art. Join your neighbors at the annual Carefree Fine Art Festival to peruse the works of more than 155 juried artists from around the world. Admire oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, sculptures of all sizes, hand-blown glass masterpieces, hand-crafted jewelry, arresting photography, and more.
Stroll through the four-acre Carefree Desert Garden, one of two public botanical gardens in the Valley, where you’ll find rare desert plants that represent the fascinating desert ecosystem of the region. Every fall, the town turns out at the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Exhibit for its daily pumpkin carving exhibits. Carefree is also home to America’s largest sundial, a giant copper-clad fixture that stretches 62 feet and points to the North Star from its central location on the town’s plaza.
The Deer Valley and Cave Creek Unified School Districts offer several excellent educational opportunities for those living in the Carefree real estate market, including:
Anthem School, PK-8, highly rated public elementary and middle school
Black Mountain Elementary School, K-6, highly rated public elementary school
Desert Sage Elementary, PK-6, a well-rated public elementary school
Canyon Springs, PK-8, well-rated public elementary and middle school
Deer Valley High School, 9-12, well-rated public high school