North/Northwest Phoenix is a region in Phoenix, Arizona. While the area with this name has no separate official status, it usually refers to the Urban Villages of Paradise Valley (not to be confused with the independent town of Paradise Valley), North Mountain, Deer Valley, Desert View, and North Gateway.

Camelback Mountain and the Phoenix Mountains contained Native American sacred sites which had been visited for centuries. The Stoneman Military Trail from Fort McDowell to Fort Whipple (Prescott) came through the area in the 1870s.

Mining activity took place in the small town of Union in the 1880s in the area currently referred to as Deer Valley (also near the Union Hills, which bears its name). It eventually declined and left only a few ruins, making it a ghost town. The last remnants were bulldozed in the 1990s to make way for new construction.

In the 1890s, parts of this area had been slated for agricultural irrigation with water from the Verde River to its east under the auspices of the Rio Verde Canal Company, although the plan failed. Bell Road and Shea Boulevard in Phoenix are named for two farmers, James A. Shea and Harvey Bell, who later formed the Paradise Verde Irrigation District in the early 20th century in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain water to irrigate the area. A1 Bed Bug Exterminator

The old state route, now Cave Creek Road, went between Phoenix and the town of Cave Creek. The small, unincorporated town of Cactus existed near the intersection of Cactus Road and Cave Creek Road until the 1960s when Phoenix annexed it. Other named places nearby included Valley Heights and Montgomery. These locations are now within Phoenix’s city limits.


Deer Valley contains a regional mall near Route 101 and I-17, anchored by a Target store and an AMC movie theater complex. American Express, Discover Card, and Best Western Hotels operate major customer service call centers in this area.

The former Paradise Valley Mall was a major shopping center located roughly at Tatum Boulevard and Cactus Road. The mall grounds also contain a Valley Metro transit stop for buses, slated as a future light rail service location. It is not in Paradise Valley, an exclusive, highly upscale independent municipality surrounded by Phoenix and Scottsdale. Still, the mall is about two miles to the north.


Many residents commute by automobile to work in central Phoenix, AZ or other Valley cities. Major east-west arterial streets include Bell Road, Union Hills Drive, Greenway Road, and Thunderbird Road. Major north-south streets that serve the area most include 7th, 19th, and 35th Avenues, 7th, 24th, and 40th Streets, and Tatum Boulevard (essentially an arterial extension of 48th Street). Interstate 17, State Route 101 (Loop 101), and State Route 51 serve this community.

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