Discover the charm of Carefree, Arizona, a hidden gem just north of Scottsdale. With its stunning desert landscapes, vibrant arts scene, and rich history, Carefree offers a unique blend of small-town tranquility and modern amenities.

A Hidden Gem North of Scottsdale

Originally a 400-acre goat farm bought in 1955 for $44,000. The founders envisioned a community with an easygoing, airy vibe. Today Carefree is a charming town of under 4,000 people. It maintains that small-town feel but is conveniently close to northern Scottsdale and less than an hour from downtown Phoenix. Its edge-of-the-urban-area location offers easy access to the Sonoran Desert, which boasts abundant hiking and camping opportunities.

While Carefree's location is a standout feature, the town itself offers a unique charm that attracts visitors year after year. It's home to the third-largest sundial in the Western Hemisphere and has a beautiful desert garden in the downtown area. The town also boasts plenty of shopping, great food, and a vibrant artistic vibe.

Things to Do in Carefree, Arizona

Spending a morning in downtown Carefree is essential. Explore shops, restaurants, and galleries, but the biggest draw is the four-acre desert botanical garden featuring a massive sundial.

Head to the surrounding hills for hiking, trail running, and biking. Cave Creek Regional Park, with its hiking paths, picnic spots, and campsites, is nearby. Spur Cross Ranch, north of town, offers cactus-covered trails open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, with popular group outings like the Desert 101 Hike. Brown’s Ranch Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is known for unique rock formations such as Balanced Rock and Cathedral Rock.

If hiking and biking aren't your thing, explore Carefree's shops and galleries. Start at the historic Spanish Village, Carefree’s arts and culture hub. Discover treasures like the Desert Moon Market and the Grace Renee Gallery. Don’t miss the M & E Stoyanov Fine Art Gallery or The Lazy Lizard for unique home furnishings.

Carefree offers a surprisingly large selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy healthy eats with big flavor at Confluence or head to Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse for a meat-heavy menu and rooftop stargazing. For a different experience, visit the English Rose Tea Room, which offers tea-time fare in a beautiful, floral-laden tearoom with crystal chandeliers.

Real Estate in Carefree

Welcome to, your internet resource for buying and selling in Carefree. On this site, you will be able to find nearby school information, restaurants, grocery stores, buyer resources, seller resources, and search all Carefree homes for sale. Our goal is to provide you with the most valuable information and service regarding Carefree real estate and homes for sale. Through this site, we provide you with access to MLS listings and resources for buying and selling a home, but most of all, an easy way to access expert guidance as your time to buy or sell Carefree real estate approaches.

Selling Your Carefree Real Estate

In today’s real estate market, it takes more effort, time, and resources to sell your Carefree home. We are personally committed and passionate not only about selling your home but selling it for maximum market value. We offer our clients a full line of services and a network of service providers to not only provide you with maximum market exposure through our extensive and aggressive marketing plan but to provide a tailor-made solution to handle all aspects of your real estate transaction including pre-listing preparation to how to best showcase your home. We also work with an extended list of service providers who can help meet all your needs related to the sale of your Carefree home. Find out what your Carefree home is worth TODAY.

Buying Carefree Homes for Sale

For most people, purchasing a home is the single largest and most exciting financial decision they can make. That is why we make finding a home for our clients a priority. We’re not only committed to finding you a home, but to finding you the absolute best home on the market at the best possible price, and if one does not exist on the market, we’ll search off-market properties and do our very best to find you the right Carefree home. This website also serves as a tool for clients to search properties currently on the market, receive up-to-the-minute market updates through email, and even request showings. Start searching now OR let us do it for you!

Overview for Carefree, AZ

3,642 people live in Carefree, where the median age is 66.7 and the average individual income is $83,205. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Carefree, AZ

There's plenty to do around Carefree, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Journey Rides, Hair By Shelley, and Udder Delight Natural Skincare.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Active 0.44 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.29 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.78 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Carefree, AZ

Carefree has 1,839 households, with an average household size of 1.95. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carefree do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.14 / 49.86%

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