Carefree borders Scottsdale to the North at an elevation of just under 2500 feet. Characterized as an upscale residential area, Carefree was conceived in the mid-1950s as a master-planned community. Today the population of Carefree is close to 4000 full and part-time residents. The area is home to The Boulders (a Waldorf-Astoria resort) and private golf community located within an incredible group of boulder outcroppings. Home prices range from around $150,000 for a condominium to multi-million dollar private estates.
Nestled within the heart of the community is a pedestrian-friendly,vibrant business district with several dining options, unique shops and galleries and surrounded by the mountain and desert vistas and home to the famous Carefree Sundial. The town has 15 restaurants which makes for 1 restaurant for every 247 people, the highest per capita ratio in the Phoenix Metro area.
Typical of Carefree's character are its street names—Tranquil Trail, Easy Street, Ho-and-Hum Roads and Long Rifle, Stagecoach and Bloody Basin—which reflect both its quiet, casual air as well as its Western heritage. The motto of Carefree is "Home of Cowboys and Caviar, Where the Old West Meets the New”.