Scottsdale Waterfront isn’t the typical outdoor shopping center. Built in 2006, the two-story building is one of Arizona’s most unique and well-located mixed-use developments. The property features Class A office space, retailers, and a strong mix of fast-casual and full-service restaurants. Three of the shopping center’s most unique characteristics are listed below.
1. Urban Accessibility
Unlike a suburban grocery-anchored center where most customers typically arrive by car or public transit, patrons of Scottsdale Waterfront also arrive on foot, on bicycle, via trolley, or even on Segway.
The property overlooks the century-old canal system linking the cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The dual paved/unpaved canal trail stretches 38.62 miles and attracts pedestrians and cyclists. Trail users can access Scottsdale Waterfront directly from both sides of the canal because of two pedestrian bridges on either end of the property.
Customers also live on the premises. The thirteen-story Scottsdale Waterfront Residences is a luxury condominium nestled in the recess of the L-shaped shopping center. Residents have to walk or drive through the shopping center to access the condos. And with restaurants, clothing stores, salons, a bank, a gym, a cell provider, and a spirits store just steps from the front door, why would they shop anywhere else?
2. Tourist Attractions
In addition to the tourist traffic of Segway tours and the free Scottsdale Trolley, the center benefits from its proximity to a famous piece of art and a museum.
Herb Mignery’s statue Passing the Legacy stands at the corner of Scottsdale Waterfront and the southern canal bridge. The statue celebrates the legendary Pony Express mail service and marks the endpoint of the annual Hashknife Pony Express ride (founded 1958). The statue took two years to build and was installed in 2008.
Although not a tenant of the shopping center, Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum does share building space with Scottsdale Waterfront. Nestled between the entrance to the underground parking garage and a salon, the museum invites guests to “relive 45 years of Fiesta Bowl glory.”
The Ziegler features memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, all 128 FBS team helmets, and some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies, including the Fiesta Bowl, Heisman, Eddie Robinson, and The National Championship Coaches’ Trophy. The business also has a conference room it rents out for meetings and social events.
3. Popular Retail Node
Fashion Square Mall borders Scottsdale Waterfront across both Camelback Road and 71st Street. The mall is the largest in Arizona and has over 240 stores. Scottsdale Waterfront benefits greatly from its proximity to Fashion Square as many patrons travel between the two properties.
Scottsdale Waterfront also gathers foot traffic from its position within the same retail node as Old Town Scottsdale. The original Scottsdale downtown, just half a mile from Scottsdale Waterfront, features shops, restaurants, bars, cultural museums, historic structures, and dozens of art galleries. Residents and tourists alike visit Old Town Scottsdale for its historic and cultural destinations, and many often find their way to Scottsdale Waterfront.