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Carefree, Arizona

The town of Carefree was founded in the 1950s by K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington, and incorporated in 1984.  It covers about 8.5 square miles of beautiful Sonoran Desert, and is bordered by the town of Cave Creek to the west, the Tonto National Forest to the north, and the city of Scottsdale to the south and east.  Known for its sundial located in the center of town, and for its whimsical street names, the town of Carefree suggests a leisurely style of life.  Home construction began in the late 1950s and continues through today, but thanks to strict zoning regulations, its architecture blends in with its desert surroundings, and its population density remains low.  While there are custom home sites and horse properties in the outlying areas, the subdivisions closer to the center of town tend to consist of townhouses, patio homes, apartment style flats, and single family detached homes – nineteen different ones are selectable from the Communities drop-down menu.

Carefree, and its neighbor to the west, Cave Creek, always seem to have some entertaining events in the works.  Check out the Upcoming Events in the link below, as well as links that touch on the history and future of both communities through active conservation efforts.  Please take some time to browse, and learn a little about the area.

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CAREFREE and CAVE CREEK:
Carefree, Arizona
Profile of Carefree via City-Data.com

Town of Carefree
Experience the Difference

Cave Creek, Arizona
Profile of Cave Creek via City-Data.com

Town of Cave Creek
Preserving the Spirit of the Desert

Carefree – Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Improving the economic vitality of the business community

Cave Creek Museum
Preserving the historical heritage of the desert foothills

LAND CONSERVATION:
Desert Foothills Land Trust
Protecting the landscape you love

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area on Facebook
The newest addition to the Maricopa County Regional Parks System

carefree town
carefree cave creek chamber
town of cave creek

A Statistical Perspective of Carefree Real Estate

Per data from ARMLS®, since August 2007 there have been 277 closed listings among these nineteen subdivisions, of which only 35 were distressed properties (short sales or lender owned).  There are presently 10 active listings resulting in an estimated 5.3 months worth of inventory.  Reviewing the data from only the 242 normal sales, this period has seen an average increase in value of 34.5%, from about $145/sqft up to $195/sqft.  A time series chart is shown below to help illustrate the results.

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All Active Listings in Carefree, Arizona

74 matches found

$205,000
7502 E CAREFREE Drive, 102, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 880
Year Built: 1982
Subdivision: CAREFREE PALMS UNIT 101-106 & 201-206
Description: This quaint community puts you in the middle of the Carefree lifestyle. Wa...
Last Updated: December - 10 - 2019
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$279,000
7501 E Happy Hollow Drive, 3, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 975
Year Built: 1976
Subdivision: Carefree villas
Description: A rare find under $300,00 in Carefree! Across the street from Carefree Town...
Last Updated: December - 07 - 2019
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$299,999
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1156
Year Built: 1975
Subdivision: CAREFREE TERRACE CONDOMINIUMS
Description: SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS at the BEST CONDO w/ ELEVATOR in the heart of Ca...
Last Updated: August - 27 - 2019
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$320,000
Front of the home
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1841
Year Built: 1980
Subdivision: CANYON RIDGE HOMES
Description: Charming townhouse, right in the heart of Carefree. Light and bright living...
Last Updated: October - 10 - 2019
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$350,000
7501 E SUNDANCE Trail, 4, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1485
Year Built: 1983
Subdivision: VISTA DEL NORTE CONDO LOT 1-11
Description: With an exceptional location, located in the heart of Carefree with unobstr...
Last Updated: August - 29 - 2019
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$360,000
37300 N TOM DARLINGTON Drive, G, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1451
Year Built: 1984
Subdivision: VILLA DEL SOL CONDO NOT A SUB
Description: A perfect home to call your own or use as an investment. Spacious condo o...
Last Updated: December - 09 - 2019
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$368,000
36601 N MULE TRAIN Road, D29, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1970
Year Built: 2000
Subdivision: VILLAGE AT CAREFREE CONFERENCE RESORT
Description: Carefree townhouse with great Mountain View's all around including sunsets ...
Last Updated: December - 03 - 2019
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$410,000
36601 N MULE TRAIN Road, B14, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2216
Year Built: 2005
Subdivision: VILLAGE AT CAREFREE CONFERENCE RESORT
Description: Welcome to your bright and spacious townhome in Carefree AZ! Use it as your...
Last Updated: November - 17 - 2019
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$499,900
7200 E Ridgeview Place, 5, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2563
Year Built: 2006
Subdivision: THE VILLAGES AT CLARENDON
Description: Exclusive gated Carefree Community. This Sororan inspired village features ...
Last Updated: November - 03 - 2019
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$509,000
103 ALMARTE Drive, Carefree, AZ 85377
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1705
Year Built: 2016
Subdivision: ALMARTE AMD
Description: ''Like new'' energy efficient contemporary home adjacent to downtown Carefr...
Last Updated: December - 06 - 2019
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