Scottsdale might just surprise you. It might be set way out west in the Sonoran Desert, but this buzzing Arizona city is more like Miami Beach than Tombstone. Seriously stylish—with lush waterfront boulevards and chic modern architecture—Scottsdale's as famous for its fairways and pamper spas as it is for its desert-based adventures. During the day, Scottsdale's home to high-end boutiques and fashion stores, while come nightfall, the city comes alive with microbreweries and fine-dining restaurants. You'll find plenty of vacation condos for rent in Scottsdale, the perfect home bases for a getaway in what's dubbed the West's most Western town.
Luxury condos for rent in Scottsdale
As you might expect from such a decadent place, there are loads of luxury apartment rentals and condos in Scottsdale—a good number of which are located near golf resorts or the downtown area. Book a vacation in an upmarket rental and you'll be looking at Scottsdale condos furnished with with high thread-count sheets, granite surfaces, and huge flat screen TVs. Most will have private or shared pools, plus garages and outdoor grills. What's more, some luxury Scottsdale apartment rentals might offer resort amenities like water parks, restaurants, sports courts, and golf course access.
Cheap condos for rent in Scottsdale
Scottsdale's among those places where even cheap condos come with premium amenities. Inexpensive Scottsdale condos are still usually situated within posh, purpose-built condo resorts, and while the apartments themselves might be slightly more low-key, you'll usually still find great communal amenities like pools, fitness rooms, and even sports facilities. An added bonus is that you can save money by cooking for yourself occasionally. You might also get cheaper rates on Scottsdale condo rentals if you've got a bit more time to spend in the city, since some condo owners will drop their prices for longer stays.
Scottsdale attractions and things to do
The best thing about renting a condo in Scottsdale is that you'll never be short of things to do. The area's renowned for its many golf courses and sumptuous spas, and it's also a big hit with sports fans. The San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball (MLB) team do their spring training at Scottsdale Stadium, while the nearby state capital of Phoenix is home to pro teams including the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The surrounding Sonoran desert is a great place to go hiking or horse-riding, and the area's also got plenty of other attractions, including museums, galleries, and zoos.
Dominating the surrounding area, 2,706-foot-tall Camelback Mountain is one of the most distinctive landmarks near Scottsdale. If you're fit and adventurous, a Scottsdale condo rental makes a great base from which to tackle the strenuous hike up to the summit. There are two routes—Echo Canyon and Cholla—and the climb takes around 3 hours. Both paths take a decent level of fitness, and while Cholla is a longer way up, Echo Canyon's a bit steeper. Make the top, and you'll be rewarded with far-reaching views of the surrounding area. Named for its pronounced hump shape, Camelback Mountain's also a popular spot for rock climbing.
If you're looking for some slightly easier hiking, you might want to try Papago Park. This 1,500-acre park is most famous for its unusual red rock formations, the best known of which is Hole in the Rock. For the ultimate Scottsdale and Phoenix outdoor experience, take the short hike up here late in the day to watch the sun go down. A condo rental near Papago Park will also put you right next to Phoenix Zoo, which is the biggest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the USA.
If you're wondering why the condo buildings in Scottsdale are so stylish, it's because they've got a lot to live up to. One of the city's most famous residents was legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who spent his winters in Scottsdale for more than 20 years. The home he built is called Taliesin West, and these days it's home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Designed to fit sympathetically into its desert surroundings and built with local materials, it's open to the public for tours—though they can be very popular so it's worth booking ahead.