There are several peaks jutting right out of the heart of Paradise Valley. The Phoenix Mountain Preserve offers several spectacular mountains to the west. And to the south, right on the border of Scottsdale, is Camelback Mountain—one of Phoenix's most prominent landmarks.
But Paradise Valley's centermost peak is Mummy Mountain. This 2,021-foot peak used to be named "Windy Gulch." But shrewd landowner Charles Mieg knew that properties on the mountain wouldn't sell with that kind of a name. So, marketer that he was, Mieg began selling real estate on the mountain he now termed "Mummy Mountain"—if you look at the rock shapes from the right angle, the peak does look like an horizontal Egyptian mummy.
That was in the mid-20th Century. But now, Mummy Mountain has become one of the most luxurious places to own a home in Paradise Valley. In fact, the highest-priced home listings for the city (currently) are located on Mummy Mountain's slopes. It's hard not to find a quality home in the city, but some of these homes are being sold in the $10 million range. Tens of millions, in fact.
There are homes located on all of the slopes. The most populous neighborhoods include the multi-million dollar neighborhoods on its eastern slopes, Mummy Mountain Park and Mummy Mountain Vista. (One home in Mummy Mountain Park is going for $20 million right now). On the northern slopes are Mummy Mountain Estates and Mummy Mountain Norte (North). Paradise Canyon is on the western slopes.
But no neighborhood is situated higher than La Place du Sommet. In French, that means "The Place of the Summit," or in other words, "The Highest Place You Can Get on This Mountain." It's a gated community of million-dollar homes right up the road from Mummy Mountain park, and literally has desert mountain terrain right in its backyard.
Much of the mountain is preserved by a Paradise Valley Town-owned trust. And no matter where you go in Paradise Valley, you will always have great mountain views. But on no other peak can you live this close to a fantastic and notable area landmark.
(Mummy Mountain information courtesy the Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust for the Town of Paradise Valley website).