This year Carefree, Arizona is turning 50 years old. Quite young in compared to most of the cities or towns in the US. Moreover, Carefree founders and the people who have with them guided the town's development from the beginning with the knowledge that exceeds that of other communities.
Two close friends, with an amazing future vision created the special town, and bought scenic desert acreage north of Scottsdale in the year 1950. At the beginning of this provincial goat ranch, a few family homes were established. The residents offer up a huge serving of small town accommodation and hospitality.
Palmer and Darlington chose their location very well. Black Mountain rises from the Desert Foothills floor like an amazing welcome poster as you pass Carefree from every road. Large granite rock figures add primordial drama to the already stoic Sonoran Desert. The old boulders encouraged an architectural design in which the structure blends nicely into the landscape.
The city layout and perception was for protecting the prosperous environment, and naming the streets as well. Palmer and Darlington were clever merchants believing that they could by creating unique street names. Some of the street names are Lazy Lane, Nonchalant Avenue and Rocking Chair Road.
In Carefree, Arizona, having dazzling sunshine in the morning is what every citizen most ever wanted. The area is located adjacent to its sister town of Cave Creek. It is located several miles travelling to the north of Scottsdale and northeast of Phoenix. These nearly new residents in Maricopa County offer a luxurious ceremony and special comfort that is incomparable by many people.
In the 1950's, Carefree, Arizona settled down in the desert foothills, and it is the most prospective society in Arizona. Even though it lacks of old west history, its culture can make up for that, as well as the joyful small town charm, exceptional granite boulder formations, upscale galleries, amazing sunsets, nice shops and a star studded night sky.
Throughout its history, Carefree's inviting climate, anticipated lifestyle and spontaneous beauty, has attracted lots of corporate executives and movie stars. In year 1968, Carefree's Southwestern Studios was established, hosted movie filming of The New Dick Van Dyke Show. As the story goes, CBS promoted this the state of the art production facility in Carefree to entertain Van Dyke, who had already retired during that time and decided to relocate Carefree to a more rugged neighbor, Cave Creek, Arizona, and refused to go back to Hollywood to shoot the show.
In the year 1984, to ensure that its founders' plan and vision would live on, Carefree was incorporated. The Desert Forest Golf Club, Carefree Country Club (now The Boulders Resort), Sky Ranch at Carefree Airport, Spanish Village, and Carefree Inn (now Carefree Resort and Conference Center), were included in the projects that were originated prior to incorporation. It is a special small dining and shopping district. The founder was really proud when the projects were initiated.
Carefree has a relatively small population of around 4,000 and that includes the winter residents. The population didn't grow that much because much of its surrounding large acreage has been labeled as preserve area.
One of the key characteristics of this community is maintaining the pristine beauty of the desert landscape. It was carefully planned and prepared to make the homes look as natural and relaxing as the desert outcroppings of rock and flora. Carefree, Arizona also preserved a huge open space with its recreational sport. Carefree Resort & Villas provides guests and visitors a liberating and relaxing disappearance from the desert sun in the year 1960. Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Dick Van Dyke are a few of the most favorite resorts for many celebrities in the past, and it's still remains one of the main resorts in town.
One of the best landmarks for the visitors needs to check out when in Carefree, Arizona is The Carefree sundial (Western Hemisphere third largest sundial in the year 1959) designed by two amazing people, solar engineer John Yellott and architect Joe Wong. It has such a nice courtyard, gardens and great atmosphere. It also have relaxing features for kids and adults, art and wine festivals in the winter. The sundial is coated in anodized copper and made from a pure steel frame. The measurements in diameter are ninety feet (27m), then above the plaza, dial shadow casting portion stands 35 feet (11m) and 72 feet (22m) extends. The Carefree Sundial was once visible from 3km, however, several buildings and shopping centers was established around it, hid the view.
According to the 2010 Census, once Carefree, AZ families with young children and citizens are about 60 years old, they are not exclusively attracted to the town. Even though if you are independently wealthy or not retired, although Carefree might be just the break for the community like locals or visitors who wish to experience a more laid back, peaceful and carefree experience.