Carefree Real Estate


Serene but Active Luxury Living

Carefree, AZ was originally designed to be a quiet and luxurious master-planned community—but today has blossomed into a really cool town with a laid-back vibe, full of incredible local shops and restaurants, amazing art and culture, world-class golf courses, and the best outdoor escapes you could imagine!  Carefree lives up to its name, blending the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and the Tonto National Forest with the amenities of small-town living. Come live the Carefree lifestyle!


Why Do Residents Love Carefree?

Things to Do in Carefree

Carefree, AZ boasts a carefree lifestyle that still jam packed with exciting activity.  Downtown Carefree is a hot spot for shopping, dining, entertainment, and local events…all with a gorgeous Arizona desert backdrop!  Residents can visit the galleries at the Historic Spanish Village or explore the Carefree Desert Gardens (a four-acre desert oasis of native Arizona fauna), or maybe take a splash around the Kiwanis Splash Park!  

Carefree residents never miss out on the plethora of local events happening throughout the year—like Thunderbird Artists Fine Art & Wine Festival, Artisan Gift Markets, Sunday Concert Series, Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, and Farmers Markets!  One of the biggest events each year is Christmas in Carefree—a month-long event with activities that include Desert Garden Glitters, Tree Lighting, Christmas Market, Santa’s Workshop, concerts, fireworks, Gingerbread House Competition, Chanukah Celebration, and more!


Parks & Recs

There is nothing quite like the outdoor recreation offered in Carefree, AZ.  Take a Yoga or Tai Chi class at Desert Garden—taking in deep breaths while taking in stunning desert vistas and sweep mountain views.  Cave Creek Regional Park has a variation of hiking trails for different skill levels, as do Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Tonto Nation Forest. 

Carefree is also known for its beautiful natural lakes, all exceptional for boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and more!  Carefree locals love Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant, while some opt for the more secluded Horseshoe Reservoir.


Golf & Relaxation

Carefree lives up to its name with the number of wellness resorts available for residents and visitors.  The Carefree Resort & Conference Center and Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center offer blissful relaxation and mindful meditation.  And we can’t not mention the golf! Resorts are scattered throughout the Carefree area, including Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, Desert Forest Golf Club, Dove Valley Golf Course, Rancho Manana Gold Course, and The Boulders.


Neighborhood & Homes

Carefree was originally designed to be a master-planned community, so it was built for quality and luxurious living.  The beautiful and luxurious homes line stunning streets set amongst the peaceful and serene natural setting of the Sonoran Desert.  Carefree is truly a place to be a little carefree.


Carefree at a Glance

Want to know even more about residential life in this outstanding city of beautiful homes, friendly faces, and big opportunities? You don’t have to look far! As your metro Phoenix experts, we know all the insider details! Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!


Quick Facts

Population: 3,526
Growth Since 2000: + 20.5%
County: Maricopa
Median Home Price: $769,000


Travel & Commute

Scottsdale: 30 min
Downtown Phoenix: 40 min
Chandler: 50 min
Glendale: 45 min



Districts: Cave Creek Unified School District (21st Best Public-School District in Arizona)
Elementary: Black Mountain Elementary; Desert Willow Elementary; Horseshoe Trails Elementary, Lone Mountain Elementary; Desert Sun Academy


Carefree - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Carefree: $2,026,000 / County Avg $923,700


Avg Taxes in Carefree: $4,200 / County Avg $2,900


Avg Sq. Ft. in Carefree: 4,142 / County Avg 2,503


Avg Price per/sqft in Carefree:$489 / County Avg $369


Avg Walkscore in Carefree: 22 / County Avg 32


Avg Year Built in Carefree: 1995 / County Avg 1994


Avg Days on Website in Carefree: 142 / County Avg 49


Carefree Real Estate Market Health

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