North Scottsdale is in the high Sonoran desert, roughly 1500 feet higher than the valley floor, with scattered granite mountains, hills, ridges, and knobs. Higher elevation means cooler temperatures and opportunities for mountain and city light views. Rainfall is about twice that of the valley floor creating a thick, lush, and diverse landscape.
Scottsdale, 31 miles long and 11.4 miles wide at its widest point, shares boundaries with many other municipalities. North Scottsdale has Phoenix and Carefree along the western boundary; Tonto National Forest to the North; McDowell Mountain Regional Park and the McDowell Mountains to the East. To the south is the Scottsdale Airport, Airpark , and 101 Freeway. The Scottsdale Airpark is one of the largest employment centers in the Phoenix area with more than 55,000 employees working for about 3,000 companies. There are many shopping and dining opportunities with notable regional centers at Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter.