Carefree Arizona homes are in a recreational-resort community. It offers a pleasant blend of an older historical theme. Carefree is nestled in the Arizona foothills, north of Scottsdale and roughly 15 miles northeast of Phoenix. Carefree was established in the late 1950s as a planned community. The surrounding natural scenery is spectacular, with massive piles of granite boulders. The sharp mountains and an abundance of desert growth thrive at the 2,300 foot altitude.