Scottsdale is more than just a beautiful desert oasis; it's a place where A-listers come to play, with some even calling it home. Celebs love Scottsdale for its temperate climate and its location, which is close enough to the Los Angeles area to make it a viable weekend destination but far enough away to be called a true getaway. Hotels near downtown Scottsdale and spas, with our Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch at the top of the list, pamper them throughout their stay and make each visit unforgettable.
Scottsdale has done its part to contribute to the Hollywood success story, as it's the birthplace of many successful actors and actresses. Emma Stone, who received critical acclaim for her roles in "The Help" and "Crazy, Stupid Love" was born in Scottsdale in 1988. While she doesn't live here now, she comes back often to visit friends and family. Gabrielle Carteris of "Raising Cain" and Sammi Hanratty of "A Christmas Carol" are also Scottsdalians by birth.
Many of the celebs who currently call Scottsdale home made it big in professional sports. Charles Barkley, the well-known Phoenix Suns basketball player, lives in a 6,000-square-foot mansion in Gainey Ranch, which has an eight-car garage, tennis courts and a putting green for those lazy weekend days. After retirement, Kurt Warner of Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams fame moved to North Scottsdale, where he continues to work in the sport as the offensive coordinator for the local Desert Mountain High School football team. NASCAR racer Danica Patrick enjoys spending her free time at her 7,500-square-foot home at the base of the McDowell Mountains located near Taliesin West.
Scottsdale also has its share of musicians. Poison's lead singer Bret Michaels lives in Silverleaf in DC Ranch. His 10,800-square-foot home boasts a kitchen fit for a professional chef, a wine cellar and a home theater, but the three acres of natural beauty that the home sits on is its most fabulous feature. Megadeth bass player David Ellefson has lived in Scottsdale since 1999. While his 3,000-square-foot home is a bit more modest, it has all of the stunning desert views that Scottsdale homes are known for.
And, of course, many celebrities call the hotels near downtown Scottsdale their home away from home while vacationing in the Sonoran Desert. Over the years, Scottsdale has been the place for stars such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Beyonce, Jay-Z, George Clooney and John Legend to spend free time. Come and visit us at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, and let us pamper you like a celebrity.