Sandwiched between the Arizona Canal and Camelback Mountain, Arcadia is not just gorgeous and livable but also a great place to pick a lemon. Once home to citrus farmers from 1919 to the mid-1950s, this area was occupied by hundreds of acres of sweet-smelling citrus groves, Arcadia is today the residential jewel of east Phoenix, and many homes are still hugged by lush fruit trees. Immaculately maintained, mostly mid-century ranch-style houses with wide lots perfect for backyard baseball games and family barbecues, courtyards for socializing with friendly neighbors that give Arcadia a community environment – are Arcadia’s signature. Highly respected area schools add to the allure. Built on former citrus groves, Arcadia is known for well-irrigated, mature landscaping.
For those who don’t live in Arcadia envy its proximity to La Grande Orange, one of Phoenix’s favorite epicurean epicenters. A patio-equipped café, pizzeria, coffee bar, and hip organic market all rolled into one, LGO also serves award-winning pizza and entrées at its indoor-outdoor Arcadia Room restaurant. And just down the street at Chelsea’s Kitchen, from the same owners, kids eat free on weekdays from 3-6 p.m.
Arcadia is one of the few local neighborhoods that hosts it’s own Fourth of July parade. This tradition is a kid-centric celebration featuring a fun promenade of bikes, trikes and little red wagons decorated with Arcadian pride and beaucoup red, white, and blue bunting. Vintage automobiles bring up the rear, followed by the local chapters of the Military Order of the Purple Hearts and the American Legion Color Guard.
Arcadians who require a more-than- once-a- year march love the nearby Camelback Mountain hiking trails and their breathtaking views of the Valley. Kids can stroll along the picturesque and breezy Bobby’s Rock Trail, while Mom can climb up the more strenuous Summit Trail for its view of lovely Echo Canyon.