Generally speaking, this area of the Northwest Valley stretches from the 303 Freeway to the north and west, Bell Road to the south and the I-17 Freeway to the east. There are several different larger single-family neighborhoods within this area such as Melton Ranch, a gated subdivision in Peoria, offers custom luxury homes on lots averaging 35,000 square feet in size, with equally beautiful mountain views.
Arrowhead Ranch is one of the largest subdivisions in the Northwest Valley, and features several smaller communities such as The Vistas at Arrowhead Ranch, Estates at Arrowhead, Arrowhead Manor Estates, Arrowhead Lakes, Arrowhead Estates, Hamilton Arrowhead Ranch & Arrowhead Valley. Other neighborhoods within this area of the Northwest Valley include Casa Campana, Dave Brown Utopia, Morado Encanto, Union Hills Manor, Yorkshire Estates, Arroyo Springs, Pinnacle Peak Crossing, Saddleview Estates, Stetson Valley, Alvamar, Happy Valley Estates, Softwind Estates, Riordan Ranch and Legacy at Boulder Mountain.
Outdoor activities in the Northwest Valley include the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve, the Peoria Regional Preserve, the Cave Buttes Recreation Area, Deem Recreation Area, Thunderbird Conservation Park, and the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. There are dozens of community and neighborhood parks that dot this large area, including Buffalo Ridge Park, Coyote Basin Park, Desert Broom Park, Anthem Park, Terramar Park and Deem Hills Park. Nearby golf courses include the Arrowhead Country Club, Willow Creek Golf Course, Bellair Golf Club, Anthem Golf and Country Club, Glen Lakes, and Paradise Valley Golf Course.
Entertainment options in the Northwest Valley include Wet n Wild Water Park, Fort Adobe Paintball, Jumpstreet and SkyZone. The major shopping areas in the Northwest Valley include the Shops at Norterra, Happy Valley Towne Center, Outlets at Anthem, and Arrowhead Town Centre. There are dozens of smaller shopping centers throughout this area of Phoenix.
Schools: Three school districts serve this area of the Northwest Valley including Paradise Valley Unified School District, Cave Creek Unified School District, and Deer Valley Unified School District.