The top of South Mountain is a great view of Phoenix...quick easy drive. But there aren't any homes in the Nation's largest city park.
For affordability, the base of South Mountain is hard to beat. In North Scottsdale, the base of the McDowells has excellent views. The most affordable homes in North Scottsdale are in McDowell Mountain Ranch and Scottsdale Mountain. In North Phoenix, the Moon Valley and surrounding areas offer some nice view properties. In Phoenix and Scottsdale, any of the urban condo/lofts that are more than 3 stories up are also likely to offer stunning views.
Going east or west of Phoenix significantly you can find places like Las Sendas, Gold Canyon, and Vistancia with some excellent views.
But you wanna know the true view hidden gem? It's Fountain Hills. No views of Phoenix, but the views to the east of Four Peaks, Tom's Thumb, Red Mountain, etc., really are very stunning. And Fountain Hills is extremely affordable.
Steve Belt, GRI