As you can tell from previous answers-Scottsdale home styles have evolved over time. Having said that "history" in Arizona reflects it's relatively young age (48th state in 1912). Earlier homes were generally brick, and there are some true adobe homes. Cinder block and wood frame construction followed, with stucco/tile roof construction found frequently. Spanish, Tuscan and Santa Barbara are found throughout the area. Contemporary are far less frequent and more often found in custom or semi-custom build.
If you're going to miss a green landscape view, one option you might consider is a golf course lot-green that you don't have to water or mow! Unlike Georgia, Arizona isn't close to hardwood resources. In Arizona you're going to see less woodwork, the exception being exposed beam ceilings.
Homes of every size exist. With a few details about your needs and what you enjoy doing, golf, hiking, biking, spectator sports and I could give you a much more accurate picture of what's available with pictures/prices and cost details. Current low inventory is somewhat problematic, so it would be best to decide what general location you prefer and find a realtor who is proactive & effectively uses MLS search.
Let me know if I can help further,
West USA Realty