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Carefree, Arizona is a desert community that offers respite from the buzz of the metro areas of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Although centrally located to each of these cities, Carefree is located among the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Its natural terrain, beautiful landscape, and “carefree” atmosphere make it a top pick for families, retirees, and snowbirds.The Community
Founded in the mid-1950s by business partners K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington, Carefree was designed to be an upscale, master-planned community. Black Mountain is a local landmark that anchors the community and is shared by the neighboring community of Cave Creek. Comprised of only 8.9 square miles, Carefree is home to a mere 3,363 people (Source: 2010 United States Census reports).

Cultural Events
Carefree residents are treated to a variety of entertainment and events throughout the year. A few of the more popular events are:

  • The Carefree Christmas Festival
  • Annual Foothills Hunger 5K Walk/Run
  • Photo Contests
  • Zumbathon
  • Town Concert Series

Dining and Shopping
Foodies love Carefree for its eclectic dining options. From charming tearooms to lively bars and nightlife to restaurants offering traditional Southwestern food, residents of Carefree will never go hungry. Popular restaurants include:

  • Cellar 13
  • Giordano’s Trattoria Romana
  • English Rose Tea Room
  • Brix Wine Bar

Carefree’s shopping district is just what the doctor ordered for residents in need of a little retail therapy. The shops in this area sell all kinds of things, from cigars, clothing, and dog biscuits to jewelry and Native American art. For boutique shoppers, Carefree fits the bill.

Prominent Figures
Carefree is, and has been, home to a number of notable people. From actors to Olympic medalists and entrepreneurs, residents are sure to find some on the following list that they recognize:

  • Dick Van Dyke, actor
  • Eric Bischoff, pro wrestling producer and entrepreneur
  • Hugh Downs, television news host and broadcaster
  • Willi Kuhweide, world sailing champion and Olympic medalist