Saturday, November 5, 2011

Scottsdale Waterfront Condos

I mentioned a few days ago that a 10 story office building was the tallest building in Scottsdale for decades. A few years ago the City allowed these tall condos in the heart of Scottsdale. People who live here love it, as there are lots of amenities and they can walk to probably 50 restaurants. My husband and I walk here for dinner in the evening sometimes from our house.

The condos are part of the Scottsdale Waterfront Project, which combines residential towers with shops, restaurants, and offices. The Waterfront connects Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is across the street to the north, and downtown Scottsdale, which is across the canal to the south, as I showed yesterday.

I think the City allowed the height as an incentive for the developer because of the benefit of developing and uniting the land between the mall and downtown. But of course now developers want to the zoning changed in the surrounding area to allow more tall buildings.

This week we are showing photos of a mussel ranch in Nova Scotia, Canada on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

4 comments: said...

I have mixed feelings about this. When I think of the "skyline" of Scottsdale, I do not think of buildings.

I think of Camelback and Mummy Mountains to the west, the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak to the north, Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountains to the east, and Tempe Butte and the Papago Buttes to the south.

On the other hand, the Waterfront is a class project and the residents add vitality to downtown Scottsdale.

Sharon said...

Nice shot of these buildings Julie!

glenda said...

Was walking my dog along the canal the other day and a lady walking her huge white german shepard went through the gate to her waterfront condo. Never know who or what may living in these high rise condos.

Jack said...

Your post contains the usual contradiction about places like this. The city fathers (and mothers) let this highrise be built for a specific reason, but once they did it, the developers start lining up to put up more. Once you say yes, without a fullscale development plan, how do you say no?

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