Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Scottsdale

Home to Optima Camelview Village and Optima Sonoran Village, Downtown Scottsdale is a locus of access, spanning from arts, culture, shopping and nature. Here are just a few of our favorite spots:

Fashion Square

Nextdoor neighbor to Optima Sonoran Village, Fashion Square is an upscale, contemporary shopping hub. The Square features luxury shopping, dining and entertainment unmatched by anything else in Arizona. High-scale brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Bottega Venetta, Saint Laurent and more. Scottsdale Fashion Square is also host to exclusive events and unparalleled guest amenities. The multi-level mall is the perfect place to while away the hours on a shopping spree, or even just window shopping. 

Arts and Culture

Scottsdale is home to a bustling arts scene, with an abundance of cultural institutions, museums and galleries calling the area their home. Scottsdale Arts welcomes residents and visitors to experience performing and visual arts from around the world, with programming that spans far beyond being just a theater or museum. Meanwhile, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a premier collection of modern works in art, design and architecture. Other specialized locales include the Scottsdale Historical Museum, complete with one-room schoolhouse, and the Fiesta Bowl Museum, dedicated entirely to college football memorabilia.

Dining, Drinking and More

Residents of our communities don’t have to look far to find a bite to eat. On-site at Optima Sonoran Village, Kaleidoscope Juice provides a boost with delicious organic juice and coffee drinks. And just a short walking distance away, the vibrant Downtown Scottsdale dining scene brings flavors to satiate any taste palette. 

The Great Outdoors

With Arizona set in such a gorgeous landscape, it’s only natural that there are bountiful parks and outdoor recreation areas to explore. Scottsdale offers immediate sweeping views of Camelback Mountain with Echo Canyon Trailhead just steps from Optima Sonoran Village, gorgeous greenery at Camelback Golf Course and the Phoenician Golf Course, and just down the road in bordering Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden provides a peek at desert vegetation. 

As we continue to expand in Arizona, we look forward to discovering more in our favorite places, and learning about new communities, too. Stay tuned for more neighborhood spotlights on our other Optima communities.

Green Space Spotlight: Optima Camelview Village

Optima Camelview Village landscaping is an oasis inspired by the surrounding mountains and Native American desert communities. What resulted: eleven terraced, bridge-linked buildings with courtyards that created ample opportunity to utilize our signature vertical landscaping to dramatic, and environmentally impactful, effect.

Optima Camelview Village, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Optima Camelview Village, Scottsdale, Arizona

Private Terraces

Each and every residence at Optima Camelview Village features a private terrace. The terraces are made all the more beautiful by an abundance of verdure, with lush landscaping that provides a pop of color alongside ample privacy and shade. The terraces, and their landscaping, also play into the complex layered language of shading, textures and colors that create depth and complexity throughout the community. 

The landscaping on the terraces was complicated due to the intricate geometry of Optima Camelview Village and necessitated designing for each individual terrace. By creating proper conditions for the plant life to thrive, with a specialized vacuum that deposits specially-tailored dirt for each mini-garden, we were able to make them work. 

Rooftop Gardens

The community sits on a 13-acre site, including an impressive 23-acres of rooftop gardens spread across the eleven buildings that make up Optima Camelview Village. The intense greenery that thrives atop the buildings serves as a haven for the natural wildlife of Arizona, as well as for the residents who live in the community. 

Optima Camelview Village, Scottsdale, Arizona
Optima Camelview Village, Scottsdale, Arizona

A Collaborative Effort

We worked with experts at Arizona State University for several years to get our landscaping just right. It’s crucial that the greenspace at Optima communities not only provides an aesthetic beauty, but that it contributes to the greater environment. With the help of ASU, we ensured that Optima Camelview Village’s landscaping is sustainable, with positive consequences such as re-oxygenation of the air, reduced dust and smog levels, reduced ambient noise, detainment of stormwater and thermal insulation and shielding from the desert sun.  

As always, we consider the additive value of our built communities not just in the lives of those that call Optima Camelview Village home, but of the planet that we ourselves call home.

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