Having a Cave Creek address has become one of the more desirable attributes for homebuyers in Phoenix’s North Valley. And why not? Cave Creek exudes all the wonderful characteristics home buyers want. It is upscale, trendy, old-fashion, and quirky all at the same time.
Considering a move to Cave Creek? Well, there are some things to know about your Cave Creek address before you make your offer.
Cave Creek is comprised of different neighborhoods each having their own personality and features.
First, there is the Town of Cave Creek which is where the identity comes from. The Town likes to portray itself as an old fashioned western town locked in time with values straight out of the 1880’s. Some of the more prominent characteristics of Cave Creek are a downtown anchored by several large restaurant/bars like Harrold’s Cave Creek Corral, The Horny Toad, and The Roadhouse that cater to tourists and locals alike. One honky-tonk called The Buffalo Chip Saloon even hosts a live rodeo several nights a week. While most cities and town across the country are busy revitalizing their downtowns into small walkable urban centers. The Town of Cave Creek has maintained a personality that caters to motorcycles, pickup trucks, and horse trailers.
That is not to say that The Town of Cave Creek is stodgy. It isn’t, they just prefer their wild-west image. To the south of town is the 3500’ Black Mountain which Cave Creek shares with its neighbor Carefree. The base of Black Mountain is home to dozens of luxury homes and condominiums.
Once you leave the town’s core you will find yourself in what can easily be described as Cave Creek’s rural homestead. A large part of the residential sections of Cave Creek are comprised of horse properties and mini-ranches consisting of modest homes on large parcels. Although in recent years many of the modest homes have been supplanted with larger more upscale houses.
Many of the residential areas surrounding Cave Creek are unincorporated county islands which are governed not by The Town, but by Maricopa County. These areas may or may not be served by public utilities like water, sewer or cable television. For many homes, services like fire protection, trash pickup, and water may be provided through private companies.
If you prefer something more conventional, you can find your home in one of the planned developments like Tatum Ranch, Dove Valley Ranch or Lone Mountain. These gated upscale communities of modern homes on winding streets and cul-de-sacs make up the other identity. Although it identifies itself as Cave Creek, including Cave Creek postal addresses, these developments are in fact wholly incorporated in the City of Phoenix complete with police, fire, sewer, and water. A full complement of city services.
Schools in Cave Creek may also be confusing. Much of the area is served by the Cave Creek Unified School District which also serves portions of Phoenix and Scottsdale. But residents on the west end of Cave Creek may be within the boundary of the Deer Valley School District. Fortunately, Arizona allows for “open enrollment” in most school districts, so home buyers may have a choice of which school district to attend if your district doesn’t offer a program that suits your student’s needs.
Finally, there may be other important considerations to someone wishing to become a “Creeker”. Property taxes may vary considerably depending on which area of Cave Creek you live. If governmental representation is important then knowing that The City of Phoenix, the Town of Cave Creek and Maricopa County are different organizations that all have their own rules, regulations, and management.
So when someone tells me they are considering purchasing in Cave Creek it brings up more questions than answers. At least until I learn more about their needs and expectations. When it comes to Cave Creek, there is more to consider than just address in the 85331 zip code.