Marion Estates/Cudia City Estates

Boundaries: North of Camelback and West of 44th Street

Views, Views, Views...this neighborhood differs from most of Arcadia, it was never citrus groves. Most yards still have desert landscaping and have head-on views of the Camel's head. On the east side of the area, you will find a mix of mid-century modern homes and traditional ranch-style homes developed during the 1960s. The area west of 40th Street offers larger homesites and custom homes.

The majority of the area is served by Hopi/Ingleside/Arcadia schools and the private Phoenix Country Day School(K-12) sits in the neighborhood. Camelback Bible Church at Stanford and 40th offers a small pre-school.

Just like most of the general area, restaurants and shopping are very close by!

Movie History

In 1938, Salvatore Pace Budanza Cudia built a movie studio on the northeast corner of Camelback Road and 40th Street in Phoenix, Arizona. At first known as the Valley of the Sun studio, it soon became known as Cudia City.

The Arizona Canal, 44th Street and the movie studio

The Arizona Canal, 44th Street and the movie studio

Film production began in 1941. He had plans for 12 films, but only 4 were made because of World War II.

"Wanted Dead or Alive" and "26 Men" television shows used the studio.

The studio site in the late 1950's became a dinner-theater, then a local hangout for the teenagers of the area (under the name Cudia City's Sound Stage One). In the 1960's, all the buildings were removed and an apartment complex erected.

Bat-Watching Area
Did you know Phoenix has a great urban bat-watching opportunity? Each summer several thousand Mexican free-tailed bats and western pipistrelle bats use the Maricopa County Flood Control Tunnel near 40th Street and Camelback Road as a day roost.

Directions to see the bats:
From 40th Street and Camelback Road intersection, head north on 40th Street. (Parking is very limited; please respect private property and restricted areas. You may need to park south of the intersection.) The path (levee) to the tunnel is located on the north side of the Arizona Canal. Head west on the path about 200 yards (past buildings and parking garage). You will see the flood control channel just north of the canal. Head north about 20 feet from the gravel path to the paved path. The paved path will take you to the top of the tunnel (you'll see bat-watching information signs posted here), and you can look over as the bats fly out of the tunnel.

They exit the tunnel just after sunset each night (total exit time; approximately 45 minutes) throughout the summer months (May through October). If you're an early bird, you may just want to see them return around sunrise each morning!