11. Paradise Valley, AZ
Paradise Valley, AZ
Population: 15,050
Median family income: $195,637
Median home price: $1,185,000

This Sonoran Desert town is known for R&R -- residents and resort dwellers. Its zoning codes are strictly enforced to maintain quiet serenity and unspoiled views of local vistas including Camelback and Mummy Mountains and Indian Bend Wash.

Nine tony resorts provide luxury accommodations for visitors. Out-of-towners can even train for triathlons under the supervision of Olympians at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Spa treatments, plush rooms and stunning natural surroundings help restore weary muscles and spirits at the end of the day.

Residents have captured some prime real estate of their own. A 13,000 square-foot private estate on Mummy Mountain with a citrus grove and panoramic views can cost more than $20 million.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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