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W ith stunning mountain views and more than 30,000 acres of protected land, Scottsdale, Arizona, is rich with natural beauty. There are countless options for outdoor recreation, including beautiful public parks, aquatic centers, and recreation areas. The entire city is surrounded by the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak, offering scenic vistas and miles of hiking trails. The city is easily accessible via major freeways and within close proximity to Phoenix, so its 231,200 residents (as of 2015) don't have to sacrifice convenience for beautiful surroundings. Studies have shown that the population swells by approximately 300,000 people in the winter months due to the part-time residents known as "snowbirds," who flock to the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area (including Scottsdale) for the beautiful weather and affordable prices. The housing market in Scottsdale is strong, with an average sales price of $509,305 (YTD through September 30, 2016). Great schools and an abun - dance of master-planned communities contribute greatly to the city's continuous population growth. Scottsdale Unified School District is one of the most highly regarded in Arizona, with 19 schools earning the state's highest rating of "excelling." Residents also have access to highly ranked charter and private schools and many state-of-the-art libraries spread throughout the city. For higher education, Scottsdale Community College offers an extensive selection of courses and programs. Equally impres - sive are the choices of top-rated hospitals and health care facilities, including a Mayo Clinic campus and the HonorHealth system. Golfers can take their pick of more than 200 spectacular courses in the area, many of which are nationally ranked. Residents and visitors can also Scottsdale, Arizona By Marc Krebs, CRP MARKET SUMMARY 24 Mobility | January 2017

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