Positioned just north of Scottsdale, Carefree is a luxurious desert oasis with small-town charm. Established in the 1950s by entrepreneurs K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington, Carefree is a community that has stayed true to its mission of protecting and preserving the pristine indigenous desert growth.

Its natural beauty, tranquil atmosphere and year-round outdoor activities attract residents and visitors of all ages. From upscale resorts and championship golf courses to quaint boutiques and unique restaurants, Carefree provides a lifestyle for every taste. 

Downtown Carefree is charming and is the center of activity throughout the year. Anchored by Easy Street, it hosts a collection of restaurants, boutiques, wine bars. galleries and more. Museums and local artisans showcase the area’s storied past and thriving present. 

Within the stunning Carefree Desert Gardens sits the Carefree Sundial landmark, the largest sundial in the country. Erected in 1959, it was designed by architect Joe Wong and solar engineer John Yellott.

A new splash pad for children was unveiled and has quickly become another way for the community to get together and enjoy the Carefree lifestyle.

Carefree is even home to a small airport and airport community called Sky Ranch. Sky Ranch residents have the option to fly in, land and park their planes in the hangers right near their homes. 

The birthplace of extreme mountain architecture, Carefree’s signature home designs — originated by renowned architect Gerry Jones — continue to be in demand 50 years later. 

In addition to a variety of luxury single-family homes,  many of them located within The Boulders or nestled into Black Mountain, condominiums and townhomes offer myriad real estate options. 

Carefree Events

Carefree is home to several annual Art & Wine Festivals, community events as well as a seasonal farmer's market. 

A varied collection of live performances and events take place throughout the year in the city center's Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. 

Carefree Schools

Carefree students fall under the Cave Creek Unified School District. Please visit the Arizona Department of Education's School Report Card section for more information about the schools and their performance metrics.

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Carefree Condos and Townhomes for Sale

3 beds - 3 Baths

7199 E RIDGEVIEW Place #112

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Mercury Real Estate Services, LLC

MLS® ID: 5636430

2 beds - 2+ Baths

36601 N MULE TRAIN Road #B22

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Congress Realty, Inc.

MLS® ID: 5626318

2 beds - 1 Bath

7501 E HAPPY HOLLOW Drive #2

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: My Home Group Real Estate, LLC

MLS® ID: 5625377

2 beds - 2 Baths

37300 N Tom Darlington Drive #N

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles

MLS® ID: 5624278

Carefree Homes Under $1 Million

3 beds - 3+ Baths


Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Cerreta Real Estate

MLS® ID: 5636512

4 beds - 4 Baths

36650 N MULE TRAIN Road

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Attorneys Realty

MLS® ID: 5623496

5 beds - 4+ Baths

35037 N EL SENDERO Road

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

MLS® ID: 5632204

3 beds - 2 Baths

36656 N STARDUST Lane

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: United Southwest Realty

MLS® ID: 5631735

Carefree Homes Over $1 Million 


5 beds - 5+ Baths

35802 N MEANDER Way

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: West USA Realty

MLS® ID: 5499522

5 beds - 5+ Baths

37251 Nighthawk Way N

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

MLS® ID: 5637117

4 beds - 4 Baths

7078 E Stagecoach Pass Road

Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Realty Executives

MLS® ID: 5628921

4 beds - 3+ Baths


Carefree, Arizona

Listing office: Realty Executives

MLS® ID: 5624838