For The Equestrian In You

For serious equestrians, it’s not enough to own a piece of luxury real estate. They need to own the perfect property.

A piece of property that is not only close to world-class riding facilities, but set into a landscape that is simultaneously beautiful and conducive to year-round riding. And that’s what makes North Scottsdale such an amazing place for equestrians in need of a place to call home. 

The riding community of North Scottsdale offers a friendly, down-home environment that caters to both serious competitors and weekend-riding amateurs. Riders have unrivaled access to barns, covered arenas, backcountry trails, polo fields, and a bevy of equine-related services, thanks to the region’s penchant for equestrianism. 

More importantly, coming to this community as an equestrian affords immediate entry into an appealing and inviting social circle of horse lovers. Indeed, Arizona truly is “horse country,” and North Scottsdale a place that can only be described as an equestrian paradise, with properties that offer everything a horse, and its rider, could ever need to form an unbreakable bond.  

Of equestrian-friendly properties that are worth considering in North Scottsdale, 9701 E Happy Road no. 2 is a parcel that commands attention. 

Built on 4+ acres, 9701 E Happy Road no. 2 is for the equestrian who only wants to be a few minutes away from some of Arizona’s top breeders, barns, trainers, and training facilities. 

Inside, the home owns a distinctly “hacienda-feel”, with various accessories and stylings carefully selected by the home’s current owners to cater to the pureblooded equestrian. 

Whether relaxing by the fireplace in the warmly inviting living room, or lounging outside, underneath the watchful gaze of Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain in the distance, 9701 E Happy Road no. 2 is a 4.39-acre slice of southwestern perfection. 

Best of all, 9701 E Happy Road no. 2 puts the authentic western equine experience at your fingertips. Just jump in the car and drive 20-minutes north to Cave Creek, an old-school western town with classic cowboy bars and an inviting atmosphere, where you can see people riding their horses to lunch any day of the week.

Ride Through the Sonoran Sunrise

There’s something wonderfully indescribable about watching the sunrise over the mountains in the Sonoran Desert.

The way the inky night transitions from black to purple to early morning blue, against a rust-colored backdrop of cactus covered sandstone, is a sight unlike any in the world.

A sight like that is why riding a motorcycle here is about avoiding freeways as much as possible in favor of long-stretches of sparsely populated road.

Imagine sitting in the saddle, cruising up through Rio Verde to Fountain Hills in the early morning sun, before carrying on along the Beeline in all its high-desert majesty.

See yourself avoiding the beaten path by riding from Yarnell to Prescott, Prescott to Skull Valley, and then onward to the famed old-mining town of Jerome.

To have the freedom to take in such a vibrant tapestry of color and life every single morning is what makes living in Scottsdale, Arizona so special. And it’s why the owners of 9701 E Happy Valley Road, #13 took the time and the effort to maintain such a spectacular garage, filled with meticulously kept BMW bikes.

For the motorcycling enthusiast, this is a home without equal, where an hours long ride is less of a suggestion and more of a weekly mandate.

Although located in Scottsdale, the home not far from the town of Cave Creek, a haven for several annual bike events, Harley-gatherings, and biker bars like the Roadhouse Cave Creek Bike Week, and The World Famous Hideaway Grill. It is this kind of proximity makes 9701 E Happy Valley Road, #13 the perfect place for two-wheeled mavens.

To learn more about life at 9701 E Happy Valley Road, #13, be sure to click here.

Frank Lloyd Wright Turns 150

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ

Nearly a month removed from his June 8th birthdate, celebrations are still on-going (deservedly so) for architectural legend, Frank Lloyd Wright. He was born in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 1867, would have turned 150 this year.

Considered by many in the industry to be the finest architect in America’s centuries-old history, Wright started his professional journey in 1887 with a Chicago apprenticeship. That forgettable apprenticeship would blossom into a career spanning the entirety of the United States.

The style that is his signature—an open building plan that effortlessly blends interior architecture with the exterior environment—is readily present in each of his more than 500 buildings, including Falling Water in Pennsylvania, the Marin Civic Center in California, and Taliesin West right here in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Located at the foot of Scottsdale's McDowell Mountain, Taliesin West was built to be both Wright’s winter home and his second architectural school.

And what a school it was. With the help of his students, Wright sketched what would become the Guggenheim Museum (New York) while teaching at Taliesin West.

Today, the property is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation which works to “inspire the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced,” while simultaneously “preserving [both] Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations.”

The Foundation bent over backwards to call attention to Wright’s 150th birthday. In addition to offering tours of Taliesin West for just $1.50, the Foundation also organized marquee events across the country like the five month-long Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

For locals living in Scottsdale and Phoenix, the ability to visit and tour Taliesin West is just one of the many perks of living in the region.

To learn about some of the other things that make living in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area so incredible—including a strong economy, a local government that's focused on job-creation, and a hands-off approach to homeownership that's built on an unshakable belief in low-taxes—be sure to read this.

A Home Worthy of Pebble Beach’s Concours d'Elegance

This August, automotive aficionados, car collectors, and gearheads from across the United States will descend on the otherwise sleepy town of Monterey, California for one of the most prestigious events in the transportation industry—the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, presented by RM Sotheby’s.

For more than 50 years, this event has hosted some of the finest cars the world has ever seen, including the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster, the 1966 Ferrari 330 P4 Drogo Spyder, 1937 Delahaye 135 M Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet, and this year’s headliner—the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.

Is it any wonder why the Financial Times calls Concours “…the #1 event of its type in the world,” and the Wall Street Journal refers to it as “…the world’s best annual display of historic and beautiful cars”?

The 2017 Concours—held on August 20th—will see 200 collector cars parked across the world-famous 18th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links, and competitively judged on their grace, elegance, condition, and adherence to historical accuracy.

Although Sunday is the true day of the Concours, the entire week leading up is the pinnacle of panache.

Consider Friday the 18th, for example, when guests can attend a number of signature events including:

From 8am-3pm at the Nicklaus Club, judges will evaluate a fleet of BMWs, Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, and Audis to determine who really is the king of the world’s most famous roadway.

Hosted by the Porsche Club of America, the Werks Reunion is an all-day affair, from 7am-4pm. During that time, attendees can admire the latest releases from Porsche, take-in a number of special vehicle presentations, and possibly spot a celebrity guest or two.

Have a need for speed? The head over to Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove from 1pm to 5:30pm, for an auto rally that will feature more than 200 utterly unforgettable cars.

Admire the very best in exotics from 3pm-8pm, on the same Cannery Row made famous by author John Steinbeck. This rare-car showcase is completely open to the public and will feature more than 300 supercars, hyper-cars, and exotics.

Whether you’re in the midst of assembling your own unique car collection, or already have one well-established, the Concours is an event you cannot afford to miss. Every year, RM Sotheby’s auctions off a roster of practically unattainable automobiles that are impossibly difficult to find anywhere other than this magnificent seaside sale.

And speaking of magnificent, there’s only one listing on the Scottsdale marketplace that has a garage worthy of any new automotive acquisitions made at the Concours—9701 E Happy Valley Road, No. 2.

Built by Garage Mahals, this racing-inspired, hot-rod red, show garage is the perfect place to store your automotive works of art when they’re not out cruising long, flat stretches of open road that dot Greater Phoenix.

This luxury garage is a true extension of the home itself—9,000+ square feet of desert paradise. Envisioned, designed, and built by Gary Gietz, this elegant, 4.39-acre North Scottsdale property owns marquee amenities that cater to those with more discerning tastes—artisan wood finishes, Cantera flooring, and signature views of Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain throughout.

When you’re done motoring for the day, relax outside with your favorite beverage by the terraced fountain, or take a refreshing dip in the glittering pool.

For more information about 9701 E Happy Valley Road, No. 2, please contact Tricia Cormie at 602.359.6988 or tricia.cormie@russlyon.com

Unbeatable Lifestyle of Las Sendas

When it comes to offering an unbeatable lifestyle, few Arizona communities can compete with the majesty of Las Sendas.  The community is ideally located just 20 minutes from both the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and the Mesa-Gateway Airport allowing residents and their guests easy access to this spectacular Arizona home.

This master-planned community is more than a place to live, it’s a place to feel alive, with top-tier workout facilities, entertaining social clubs, and a world-class spa.

Golf, tennis, and swimming are just a handful of the endless activities that await homeowners each and every day in this master planned desert oasis. After waking up to scenic mountain and valley views, take a stroll along any of Las Sendas’ breathtakingly beautiful desert walkways, or head straight to the community’s northern boundary—the Tonto National Forest—for a little bit of Sonoran serenity.

When the itch of adventure needs to be scratched, jump in the car and make your way to the Apache Trail—less than a half-hour ride away.

One of the most popular hikes in the greater Phoenix area, the Apache Trail is an opportunity to walk the same centuries-old path once traveled by local Native American tribes and early American gold prospectors. 

While traversing the trail, take note of the eerily-quiet Superstition cliffs that climb more than 2,000 feet above the trailhead. Buried somewhere into that wall of rock, rests the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine—one of the most sought-after mines in the southwest.

If hiking isn’t of interest, cool-off with a floating picnic along the Salt River—a favorite summertime activity amongst Las Sendas’ residents—or visit the shooting and archery ranges located at Usary Mountain Regional Park.

Flawless and artistically sculptural, this unique Arizona paradise home is desert living at its finest where the exterior and interior will meet all of your outdoor-indoor needs.

Desert Gardens That Impress

Gardens in the southwest have some of the most impressive blooms in the country. There’s a reason Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is ranked as the 4th Best Botanical Garden in the United States.

Bright, blue skies, soul-warming daytime temperatures, and the remnants of invigorating winter rains create a perfect storm for blossoms that is difficult to replicate anywhere in nature. For the at-home desert gardener, there are plenty of drought-resistant, brightly blooming species—including Datura, Penstemon, Prickly Pear, Salvia, and Primrose—that are easy to plant, and even easier to maintain in an arid environment.

These regional blooms are extensively-adored across the southwest, and are well-known for their ability to transform desert gardens into a vibrant, charming, landscape.

As an example of what can be accomplished look at the Sonoran-styled garden of 9701 E Happy Valley Road No. 2—one of the most desirable properties on the Scottsdale market. This is a garden that translates the color and form of native desert species like saguaro and yucca, into breathtaking aesthetics that noticeably contribute to an already impressive 4.39-acre estate.

Moving along the covered rear patio, the meticulous interplay between the general landscaping, raised terraces, and earthen pottery is a sight to behold (as is the sweeping vista of Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain in the distance). It is an idyllic marriage of manufactured style and natural beauty that hosts a remarkable collection of drought tolerant plants, including grasses (like Mexican feather grass), succulents (like agave), perennials (like desert marigold), and deliciously edible herbs (like Mexican tarragon).

Lounging out by the swimming pool, it’s impossible to avoid the springy aroma of the Lady Bank Rose that covers the pavilion’s open roof. Nor is it possible to overlook the strategic incorporation of a traditional lawn which, surprisingly, does not have an astronomical impact on the property’s water usage, with water bills average under $295.00 monthly.

While these horticultural revelations about life in the southwest may come as a surprise, their surprising nature doesn’t make them any less true. If you’re a current (or aspiring) Scottsdale resident with a prominent green thumb, remember that absolutely stunning floral arrays and springtime blooms can be cultivated anywhere. Even here in the desert.

The Ultimate Desert Oasis Guesthouse

Special Luxuries For Your Guests

For a luxury estate to truly have a sense of stateliness, it needs three things:

The first?—an prominent primary house. The second?—a sizable lot. The third and final ingredient?—a guesthouse that is both unique and standalone.

Now, the first ingredient is fairly easy to attain. Here in the Scottsdale area, there are a wealth of properties offering magnificent main houses.

But, the second and third component—the offering of a 4.39 acre estate in a gated community in zip code 85255 with both location and stellar views is a find and the unique, standalone guesthouse—is less easily found and even more rarely acquired.

Stated simply, it is exceptionally difficult to find a property offering all three of the necessary ingredients of stateliness. 

And that’s what makes the opportunity at 9701 E Happy Valley Rd No. 2 so enticing.

It is one of those rare moments where a truly exclusive, and utterly unforgettable estate has become available to the market. 

9701 E Happy Valley Rd No. 2  has the main residence.

It has the lot. 

And it has the distinctive, detached guesthouse. 

In fact, one might argue that the guesthouse is THE signature feature of the entire property. 

Designed by Janet Brooks and styled with a distinctly vibrant Casablancan-flair, this 1,129-square foot Scottsdale guesthouse offers a fun, energy-infused appeal.

Though the one-bedroom guesthouse only occupies a sliver of the more than 4.39-acre lot, it’s an ideally sized companion for the Gary Gietz-designed 9,000 square-foot main house. As someone once put it, “the guesthouse at 9701 is the perfect place for hosting friends and family without actually ‘hosting’ them…it’s a self-contained getaway.”

In fact, there may be no better way to describe the guesthouse than that. It really is its own on-property escape, where guests have everything they need at their fingertips.

After waking up in the generously sized bedroom (complete with a full en-suite bathroom, and walk-in closet), occupants have the freedom do whatever they want, from preparing a sumptuous breakfast in the guest kitchen, to an early-AM yoga on the covered, private patio.

Guests can traverse the canterra stone floors of the great room (and the space’s vividly colorful, Moroccan-themed décor) with their steaming cup of coffee, open the French doors, and step outside for commanding southerly views of the desert sun rising over the property. It could be the most charming morning vista in all of Scottsdale. 

When morning rituals are complete, enjoying the day is made unconscionably easy. Guests can explore the vibrant estate grounds by moving down the lazy river-flanked steps towards the verdant garden and glittering pool. Or, they can escape the property altogether by heading into the guesthouse two-vehicle show garage (designed with a race-inspired, hot-rod red theme by Garage Majhal), and driving into Scottsdale for some authentic Arizona adventures. 

Ideal Scottsdale Living

When it comes to wintertime getaways, Scottsdale has an iconic reputation.

Not only does the city own some of the most prestigious golf courses and hotels in the nation, but it boasts practically perfect weather year-round.

Because of its incredible weather and wealth of activities it is both a well-known (and sought-after) vacation spot and a spectacular place for full-time living. 

Space to Stretch

With less than 250,000 people, Scottsdale balances an urban feeling with laid back living. Scottsdale residents can enjoy the many natural wonders such as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with its 30,000-plus acres of pristine, southwestern landscape.

The preserve provides native wildlife—like roadrunners and bobcats—with plenty of natural habitat and also provides local residents with more than 180 miles of trails for hiking and biking (an offering few cities in America can compete with).

Close-Knit Communities

Every city has neighborhoods and communities, but few have communities that are as closely-knit as Scottsdale. As an example, look at Ironwood Village, a collection of beautifully built properties quietly tucked away into the McDowell Mountain foothills.

Like many Scottsdale communities, Ironwood Village is a beautiful tapestry of the urban and natural, where abundant amenities are seamlessly situated next to natural desert flora.

Or consider DC Ranch—another one of Scottsdale’s established communities peppered with neighbors that’ve become lifelong friends.

Surrounded by both the serene (the McDowell Sonoran Preserve) and the social (Market Street—a mixed-use street dotted with restaurants, shops, offices and more), DC Ranch is a community any homeowner would be happy in.

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Everyday Amenities

Despite its modest population size, Scottsdale has everything a new homeowner could need, including more than 800 restaurants, 70 art galleries, high-street fashion houses, a lively music scene, a vibrant nightlife, and a number of fantastic health clubs and spas, none more appealing than The Village Health Clubs and Spas.

With locations in Camelback, Gainey Ranch, DC Ranch and Chandler, “The Village” (as it’s known by locals) is an ideal place to mix, mingle, exercise with vigor, or relax with intent.

Astounding Extras

From the local school system—which features the #1 high school (BASIS Scottsdale) in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News—to regional events like the Tour De Scottsdale and the Waste Management Open at the TPC,  Scottsdale is stacked with special little extras.

Incredible Homes

The local real estate market has a number of idyllic properties that perfectly encapsulate the luxury of southwestern living.

Properties like 9423 E Rosemonte Drive.

Constructed in one of the aforementioned Scottsdale communities (Ironwood Village), this is a home flanked by a number of amenities including Market Street, highway 101, the McDowell Mountain Preserve, Village Health Club (DC Ranch), golf courses, Windgate Pass, and more.

With five bedrooms, three baths, and a glistening Pebble-Tec pool, 9423 E Rosemonte Drive is reflective of the “spacious Sonoran” theme found in so many of the region’s homes.

Not a bad thing for aspiring Scottsdale homeowners who like a little room to stretch.

Fitness Rooms To Inspire & Motivate You Daily

When people think Scottsdale or Paradise Valley, they naturally think of sparkling pools and verdant, ideally manicured fairways. And why wouldn’t they, greater Scottsdale is home to several world-class golf courses and some of the finest pool-centered luxury real estate in the country. 

But with its beautiful vistas, immaculate weather, sensational flora, and vibrant fauna—including coyotes and road runners—greater Scottsdale is so much more than golf and swimming…

…it is an indisputable paradise for hikers, bikers, and general outdoor enthusiasts as well. 

From Pinnacle Peak to Camelback Mountain to the McDowell Sonoran Reserve Gateway, this region is absolutely mapped with trails and non-motorized escapes just begging for exploration. 

But exercise need not be limited to off-property pursuits.

Plenty of home’s in greater Scottsdale come with their own fitness facilities in-house. 


The house at 9701 E Happy Valley is for the serious athlete who understand health and wellness are more than choices, they are perspectives that translate to more than physical fitness. From sit-ups and pullups to weighted rows and squats, this workout room offers everything you need to get a deep burn. Set your favorite workout tunes and enjoy Pinnacle Peak mountain view as backdrop. 

Just off the his in the his and hers offices are the exercise spaces of 6151 Caballo. 

The first, an air-conditioned solarium. A unique but versatile space, this room is currently outfitted to suit cycling enthusiasts though it could quickly and easily be repurposed for any other athletic endeavor. 

Floor to ceiling glass bring the verdant outdoors in, and allow the perfect amount of Arizona light to fill the room at all times of day. It is a man-meets-nature environment that’s truly second to none.

The second, a mirror-clad exercise studio that feels both personal and professional. Whether your preferred form of fitness is weight-based, cardio-based, yoga-based, or some combination thereof, this bright, spacious room can adapt to any exercise-specific need. 

Nestled in the perfect community amidst an elite enclave of homes, the fitness center at 15883 N 107th of Castle Chase at McDowell Mountain Ranch is the ideal place for homeowners to get a workout. 

With ellipticals, stationary bikes, and machines for weights, there’s something for everyone. 

Not interested in staying inside the state of the art fitness center to exercise?

Then get outside for a tennis match or a game of pick-up basketball. Go for a swim in McDowell Mountain Ranch community pool, or take advantage of the property’s numerous hiking trails and walking paths.  

Whatever you want to do in the way of fitness, this property provides.

Set inside the guard-gated community of Desert Highlands, 10040 E Happy Valley Road #635 owns exercise amenities of an uncommon distinction. 

Desert Highlands Club features a sensational pool and large spacious workout facility with state of the art machines for every conceivable use. Additionally, Desert Highlands maintains numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as expertly manicured lawns for tennis, on-par with those of the All-England Club. 

Having said all that, the favorite form of fitness at Desert Highlands is—without question—golf, played on the property’s Jack Nicholas Signature course. 

Walk from fairway to fairway encumbered only by the stillness of the Sonoran Desert and the striking majesty of Pinnacle Peak.

A Luxury Wardrobe Deserves a Luxury Dressing Room

No master bedroom can consider itself complete without the addition of a dream-come-true dressing room. The type of dressing room that simultaneously catalogs every element of your wardrobe with meticulous precision and complete convenience.

The three-keys to creating a luxury residential dressing room are simple. They are: Lavish, Lighting, and Legroom.

Legroom
Outside of the bedroom, the dressing room is where you should feel the most comfortable. There should be plenty of Legroom to twist, turn, try-on, slip-off, and get ready for the day. After all, a dressing room without legroom isn’t a dressing room at all—it’s a glorified closet. 

Lighting
And when it comes to getting ready for the day, luminous Lighting is everything. It is the key to making sure clothes are wrinkleless, shoes are scuff-free, accessories are sparking, and the entire outfit is coming together in harmony. 

Lavish
No dressing room is complete without an ample splash of Lavish. This means shoe shelving, rods for high-hanging garments, dressing tables with chairs, ample cabinetry, and maybe even an island. 

When all three elements of the ideal dressing room come together, it creates something beyond expression—you simply need to see it to believe it. 
 


9701 E Happy Valley Lot 2

There is no disguising the centerpiece of this luxury dressing room—the partitioned, 9-row shoe shelf is a show-stopping sight to behold.  From heels to flats, working boots to cowboy boots, this shoe shelf is for those with a serious passion for the finest in footwear.  In here, it’s best to build an outfit from the ground up. And while you’re building it, ask yourself what the buyers of Bond Street, and the couture clientele of Avenue des Champs Elysées would wear? After all, this is a space for bespoke wears, worthy of the finest European boutiques. 

6151 Caballo Drive

Uncompromising luxury. Those are the only two words capable of describing the his and her dressing room experience of 6151 Caballo. For him, it’s a space to unleash his inner George Clooney. For her, it’s an ambiance to channel the glamour of Gisele and the timeless elegance of Grace Kelly. Every imaginable dressing room necessity has been accounted for and then accentuated. There are garment racks worthy of Ermenegildo Zegna, shelving units deserving of Christian Louboutin, and glass-encased cabinetry suitable for names like Tiffany and Rolex. In this dressing room, it is an air of modern sophistication that radiates forth from every angle. 

6448 El Sendero Road

When it comes to looking good, seeing is believing, which is why light, light, and more light is the essence of the walk-through master dressing room at 6448 El Sendero Road. This is a room of subdued elegance—the perfect place to experiment with fun, new, image-enhancing ensembles, or revisit your tried and true, signature looks. Glass-clad doors protect everything from high-hanging garments to neatly-folded vintage wares, and the drawer-laden island is ideal for hiding the unmentionables or disguising a hamper. 

Luxury Living Deserves Luxury Leisure

In the realm of luxury real estate, a media room is a must.

A place to lounge comfortably to take in the latest award-winners from Cannes and Sundance, or watch the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. 

A space to set up tables for pool, poker, or any other refined recreational activity imaginable. 

For some inspiration on what your next game or media room might look like, take a look at these three relaxation-ready spaces…
 


9701 E Happy Valley Road No. 2

This is your private parlor. A place where only good friends and selected family are allowed. 

Ideally positioned off-the family room and just steps from the 500-bottle wine cellar, lies the media room of every homeowner’s dreams. A media room engineered for the sole purpose of making its occupants supremely happy. 

Invite selected guests to join you as you unwind from a long week with the celestial flavors of a favorite Napa Valley cab or Côte d'Or pinot noir.

Care for a contest? Channel your inner pool shark in this elegantly designed, Arizona game room, located just off the family room of 9701 E Happy Valley Road Lot 18.

But competitors be warned—trying to bank the eight-ball into the corner pocket can be more than difficult…the awe-inspiring views of Pinnacle Peak just outside have been known to make more than one player scratch in a moment of forgotten focus.

Minimalist in nature, this is a game room built on clean-lines and uncomplicated attitudes that cultivate a profound sense of relaxation. Even the most intense contests will feel somewhat subdued in this space. 

When the final ball is sunk, step directly out onto the patio for a cigar and some post-game chitchat amidst the temperate evening air. If it gets too chilly, warm hands by the crackle of the wood-burning fireplace, and warm hearts with a selection from the beverage bar or wine cooler.

Clad in sporty blue, and built to accommodate even the rowdiest of crowds, the media and game room at 6151 Caballo

is a little slice of sports-lover paradise. Both the game room and theater room are entirely soundproofed so big volume is never a big problem, and the multi 4 panel screen-viewing experience is dramatically enhanced by the user-friendly Savant home automation system. 

This room is, at its core, about the people in it. In appearance, it’s both classic and playful, timeless and modern. It is a blend of eras and worlds to create something that looks as good as it feels. 

Sleek glass barn doors, paneled wood walls, and a fabric finished ceiling, lend a fun-filled spirit to the sound proof room that speaks to its single purpose—bringing a smile to the people using it. 
 

Blue And White Rooms

The spectacular waters of the South Pacific or Côte d'Azur aren’t the only places where taking in the bluest of blues is possible—just ask builder G M Hunt, architect Clay Scrivner, and designer Terese Messin who brought 6151 Caballo from conception to reality. One of Paradise Valley’s most sought after estates, this 1.4 privately gated home is adorned in the shades of sapphire, agate, and topaz at every turn. From the cabinetry in the butlers pantry, to the walls of the game room, to the accents of the dining room—6151 Caballo owns the designation for colorful home of the year. But the centerpiece of this blue-roomed beauty isn’t a room at all, it’s the translucent turquoise fluidity of the luxurious, lawn-bordered pool.

It is not every day you see a blue butler's pantry, then again it is not every day you see a butler's pantry as impressive as this one. Perfectly set up for the pampered chef or hostess to entertain your guests properly. 


Classic colors are timeless, especially eye-catching at 4635-Ocotillo. Associated with the elements of nature that we think of as ever present: rock stone, pebbles, marble or granite. It catches your attention, it's an ultimate accessory to compliment your home. 

Greenery - The Color of The Year

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

Those words, penned by the great Oscar Wilde, hold particular meaning when taken in the context of a home. The palette of a room can alter more than the space itself, it can radically alter the mood of its occupants. That is why choosing the right color for a room is so integral. 

To ensure the correct color is chosen, each room should be measured and weighed on a case by case basis. The room’s role, shape, and surrounding features within the home must all be considered. 

When it’s done properly, the result is truly spectacular.

For an example of this, look no further than the living room of this 2-bedroom, 2-bath Castle Chase home at McDowell Mountain Ranch.

Shaded in “Greenery” (the Pantone® color of the year for 2017), everything about the room feels natural and calm. It is a direct injection of nature into a man-made space, a healthy supplication of the stillness and serenity natively associated with a crisp Spring day.  

But the use of Greenery brings more than a “freshness” to the living room—it brings a brightness and airiness to the entire 1,681 square feet house. 

And it does so without compromising the home’s chic interior design, or drawing attention away from the ruggedly beautiful views of McDowell Mountain to the East. 

To learn more about the power of color and this year’s Color of the Year, read this article from Sotheby’s Extraordinary Living Blog

Indoor Dining Experiences

The most expensive meals almost always take place amidst the glitz and glam of high-society, be it a charity gala at the Ritz-Carlton, or an executive dinner hosted at some Michelin-starred restaurant.

But the most memorable meals (and quite frankly, the most important) are the ones that take place amidst the residual comforts of home…Your home. 

The place you spend irreplaceable hours with children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers, and sisters. 

If the home is where the heart is, the dining room table is where its rhythmic beat originates from. 

From intimate breakfast nooks, to grand Mahogany tables, indoor dining spaces are those that bring us closer together with friends, family, and the people we care most dearly about.

If you’re looking to see what it really means to dine in both comfort and style while at home, step inside the indoor dining experiences of these luminous Arizona properties


9701 E Happy Valley Road

With nearly 4.5 acres and more than 9,000 square feet, 9701 E Happy Valley Road isn’t short on elbow room, least of all in the main dining area. While other luxury dining rooms struggle to subdue their ostentatious airs, this one is intentionally muted akin to an upscale Italian farmhouse. It is simultaneously rustic and refined, casual and ceremonial, with rich exposed wood and carefully crafted wrought-iron features. Open glass views from the hallways allow the decorative outdoor grounds to be a part of every meal. Like all the other rooms in this home, the dining room is accented with patio access in case guests would like to congregate outdoors before dinner is served. 

10040 Happy Valley

Kitchen is more than just a place to prepare and cook food, it is a statement piece that brings out the home decor and multi-purpose islands that will allow you to cook away as you enjoy company of your friends with a glass of wine while tossing a salad with champagne vinaigrette. A great example of a luxury kitchen with purpose is the kitchen found in the this home. The dining room easily provides an elegant setting for a family dinner any day of the week, a dinner party to celebrate occasions, or a house filled holiday dinner with all of the fixings.


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Why settle for one indoor dining space, when two is twice as nice? Two not quite enough?—might as well add a third. For elegant affairs, the main meal must be served in the formal dining room, where expansive glass doors allow natural light and jaw-dropping views of Camelback Mountain to pour in. When the diners number five or less make it an intimate seating beneath a flowering wrought-iron chandelier and domed brick boveda ceiling. And when the meal looks to be highly casual—think bowls of cereal before that round of golf at the country club—the kitchen island with high-back barstools is the perfect venue. 

6448 El Sendero

Admittedly, it’s difficult to dine indoors at 6448 El Sendero, but that difficulty has nothing to do with the construction of the house. Kingly views of the acacia-speckled valley floor far below coupled with idyllic year-round weather make outdoor dining the preferred option at this particular residence. But when the occasion calls for it, El Sendero is as well suited to play the role of indoor host as any house in Careefree. Besides, the extensive use of floor to ceiling glass throughout the house makes inside feel like out, anyways. 

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Deliciously prepared, all-natural meals aren’t meant to be enjoyed under the intense glare of artificial lighting. They are meant to be enjoyed amidst the backdrop of an early morning sunrise, or early evening sunset. Most luxury architects overlook this reality in the design of residential indoor dining spaces, but 6151 Caballo Drive architect Clay Scrivner did not. Pane upon pane of classically cut glass adorns mullioned French doors, skylights, and windows to ensure the perfection of nature’s illumination brings out the perfection of your meal. 

Outdoor Dining Experiences

In Arizona, the art of outdoor dining is not one to overlook. It is an integral element of Southwestern culture, and an indispensable part of the privilege of living in seasonal serenity.

Winter, spring, summer, or fall—the weather is always right for an al fresco dining experience. 

So, what’s on the menu tonight? 


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When visitors arrive at 4635 E Ocotillo, they tend to be speechless—the signature views of Camelback have that effect on people. Eventually, your guests will stop gazing at the imposing aura of the mountains in the distance, giving you the opportunity to walk them towards the open-air dining area just off the kitchen. Here they can enjoy the fragrances of rosemary and white rose while sipping the cocktail of their choice. In the springtime, it’s the perfume of orange and pear blossoms that enhance the dinnertime air. 

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At 9701 E Happy Valley, no one ever dines al fresco alone—Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain join the table during every meal. As you sit beneath a gazebo entwined with the vines of honeysuckle, allow the rich aromas of the desert to consume your olfactory senses—there’s acacia, prickly-pear, and jasmine in the air. When the meal is through, take a measured pace as you make your way barefoot through carpeted lawn en-route to the house…or maybe the pool? 

15883 N 107th Place

Walking into 15883 N 107th Place, it might be hard to see the outdoor dining potential at first glance. The home owns a decidedly chic interior design that suggests to occupants a life lived indoors is a life lived best. But that suggestion slips silently away as soon as the backdoor swings open, revealing a quietly enclosed patio space, perfectly suited for an early-evening, fireside meal. Dine in peace knowing the only interruption to the conversation will be the silent departure of the setting sun.  

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An elevated home should offer an elevated outdoor dining experience, and where some of the homes in Carefree might miss, 6448 E El Sendero Road delivers without equivocation. Transition from inside to out with irreplaceable ease. Retractable wall of glass in the great room make walking out to the barbecue an effortless venture. When the cooking on the grill is complete, sit down with friends and family to enjoy the fruits of your labor. From the table, enjoy an oasis-like immersion as your eyes transition from the glittering water of the infinity pool, to the rust-clad earth of the desert valley far below.  

More interested in a casual cocktail than a full-meal? Pull back the glass sliding doors, open the wall of windows, and take a seat with that special someone at the wet bar. Even though you’re technically inside, it won’t feel like it. This is, without question, the best bar in Carefree

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An outdoor dining experience adds a special touch to any course. Enjoy panoramic views of mountains and golf courses from this privacy filled home, strategically located in an exclusively guard-gated community of Desert Highlands. This home caters to the ideal Scottsdale indoor-outdoor lifestyle and offers all the right features designed to entertain with expansive living areas.

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With 1.4 acres of privately-gated property—there’s more than enough room at 6151 Caballo to throw a lavish outdoor party or host an intimate dinner for two. Step through the stately arches of glass French-doors to the backyard where the stainless-steel barbeque awaits your master griller’s touch. Rather see the stars whilst sharing conversation and sipping an aperitif? Do so amidst the privacy of the sprawling lawns, backlit by Mummy Mountain Views and accented with the scents of lavender, rose, and orange blossom.

Sleek Bathrooms

Admittedly, the word bathroom isn’t sexy. It lacks the allure of foyer, and is devoid of the majesty associated with something like the great room.

But for the owners of a luxury home, there is no room other than perhaps the kitchen that is as important.

A true master bath—like the ones sampled below—is the desire of many. A place for indulgent flair and incomparable—a space that’s more spa like.

It is an in-home oasis for that perfect start to the day, or the ideal wrap-up to the night.


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When architect Clay Scrivner sat down to sketch this Paradise Valley masterpiece, he and the homeowners clearly had a theme in-mind—unencumbered lux. In line with that theme, one of the first design decisions involved the planning of his and her bathrooms in the master suite. Linked by a sleek laundry room, the bathrooms’ own stylish amenities reflective of their masculine and feminine dispositions. On his—rich brunette cabinetry, paired with boldly patterned stone floor and steam shower. On hers—a lovely vanity, and generous amounts of art-glass lend give the space a distinctly female flair, and a walk-in marble-tiled shower make every early AM-rinse feel like a trip to the spa.

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Whether prepping for cocktails with friends or a black-tie gala, the ornate fixtures, open design plan, and generous vanities make this the ideal bathroom for getting ready. Yes, 4635 E Ocotillo Road, has many delights across its 1.14 acres, but none are as personal and pleasing as the master bath. A spacious tub, with window overlooking the verdant yard is the centerpiece of the room, granting bathers their own slice of Versailles. Steal a soak with a glass of sauvignon blanc whilst reading the book du jour, or—if preferred—step into the steam shower for a bathing experience that is just shy of divine. 

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When the time has come to walk away from the expansive living room and retire for the evening, don’t just go to bed—unwind in a master bath even The Four Seasons would be jealous of. Enjoy a steamy soak in this luxury tub, while viewing the flickering flames of a soul-warming fire dancing just outside in the privately-walled meditation area. Designed for the discerning, and delivered for the distinguished, the master bath at 9701 E Happy Valley is unlike any other. The photos say what words can’t. 

Signature Swimming Pools

In the sphere of high-end Arizona living, nothing makes more of a profound statement than the pool—it is a feature no desert property should be without. Be it spring, summer, autumn, or winter, the pool is a main attraction in Arizona—a place for kids to play, houseguests to gawk, and owners to unwind with wine and setting sun. 

In Arizona, the pool is more than a place to sneak away for a dip—it Is an escape in the truest sense of the word. An avenue for the imagination to travel anywhere it wants to be—from the white sand beaches French Riviera to the aqua-marine waters of Santorini—simply by stepping outside. 

No homes better capture the significance a pool brings to a southwestern property than the three fantastic examples featured below. 


When Architect Clay Scrivner, and designer Terese Messin sat down to sketch out the future of 6151 Caballo, they left nothing to chance. Every element of the home has been meticulously planned, including the pristine turquoise waters of the pool. Just steps from both the guesthouse and main house, this is less swimming pool and more swimming experience, equally suited to accommodate early morning laps or late-night parties. Pay special note to the tower water feature—the perfect place to momentarily escape the summer sun without having to abandon the tranquility of the water. 

An exclusive and enviable amenity, the pool at 10040 Happy Valley offers a spalike level of recreation that transforms a residence from the spectacular to the sublime. Today’s residential indoor pools are far from ordinary. Whatever the weather forecast, a pool at this prestigious North Scottsdale location ensures year-round enjoyment, a world away from nature’s mercurial elements.

As North Scottsdale properties go, 9701 E Happy Valley's pool checks every box—scenic views of Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain from every angle, a generous spa ideally suited for entertainment, and the acoustics of falling water to set a decidedly relaxed mood. Designed by the well-renowned Gary Gietz, this isn’t just another swimming hole—it is a Sapphire in liquid form. An idyllic example of what all luxury homeowners should aspire for when considering a pool for their home. 

At 4635 E Ocotillo Road you will find an utterly inviting water-filled oasis enveloped in verdant lawn. A place to lean back with a frigid glass of lemon-infused Perrier and take-in the stunning landscape, a landscape highlighted by imposing views of Camelback Mountain. If traditional relaxation isn’t in the itinerary, simply use this emerald-cut masterpiece for some exercise by churning out lap after lap during the early morning hours.  

Small Spaces Made Special

Amidst the grandeur, the pomp, and circumstance that surrounds luxury living, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the little things. All luxury homes are grand, imposing in both stateliness and stature, and laden with amenities that have become regularities. 

The expansive kitchen, the multi-car garage, the generous guest room—these are former defining characteristics of an elite home. But as these fixtures have become more common, luxury home designers have had to reinvent ways of defining the difference between extraordinary and average. 

And that’s why today’s luxury home isn’t defined by the significance of its great room, or the extravagance of its pool—it is defined by how it makes the small places special.

 

The Powder Room

A nuanced amenity for the truly refined in taste, the powder room at 6151 Caballo is a minor feature with a major impact on the lux-living persona of this particular Paradise Valley Estate. While functionality, style, and authenticity form the backbone of this home's tasteful design, it’s signature additions like the powder room that convey an attitude that is both bespoke and haute. 

The Foyer

All homes have an entrance, but not all homes have the luxury of a fabulously designed foyer. Unblemished and unencumbered, the foyer of 25290 N 90th Way is for the truly refined in taste. Something that conveys this is a home for luxury living in no uncertain terms. Like the Desert Skyline Community in which 25290 N 90th Way resides, the foyer is a warm welcome to the modern southwestern lifestyle. 

The Fitness Center

Every home worthy of a second look can offer an impressive kitchen, but only luxury homes like 15883 N 107th Way in the Community at Castle Chase can provide amenities than include a state-of-the-art fitness center. From free-weights to the treadmill, a sweat can be had here morning, noon, or night—ideal for those unwilling to allow life to be defined by a schedule. When the hard work is done, go for a refreshing swim in the pool, or cool-off with a casual stroll along one of the many walking paths available to residents of Castle Chase. 

Wine Cellars. Appreciation for the Finer Things.

When it comes to comfortable living, some items are optional while others are not, and the wine cellar is the latter of the two. Whether storing a priceless bottle of 1852 Le Fiet Rothchild, or a leftover magnum of Moet from a friend’s wedding shower, a well-stocked wine cellar is an absolute essential—an unmistakable signature of any home worthy of the designation luxury. The wine cellar is a statement feature. An amenity that says as much about the wine it houses as it says about the property as a whole.

The native ambiance of a truly elite wine cellar automatically elevates the tasting experience. From uncorking and decanting, to sampling and evaluating, the right cellar can transform even the most mediocre wines into vinicultural masterpieces that are merely a single degree south of divine.

Yet few wine enthusiasts and even fewer luxury home owners actually have a wine cellar they can call their own. To grasp with complete clarity what it means to own an impressive wine cellar, look no further than the featured Arizona property below.

When walking into the wine cellar of 6151 Caballo, only one word comes to mind—special—because that’s exactly what the cellar is. Also known as The Bistro, this cellar is as much about storage as it is luxury entertaining. When friends and family enter, their eyes will naturally jump to the carefully-cut blue agate bar before relaxing to take in the overall grandeur of the space—candelabra-styled, iron chandeliers, earthy limestone walls, and the signature fixture—a sleek, climate-controlled, custom glass wine cellar decorated with refreshing whites and full-bodied reds. 

Rustic yet elegantly refined, the cellar of 9701 East Happy Valley Road was built to meet the needs of both amateur collectors and aspiring sommeliers. Wines are securely kept on finished oak racks not unlike the storage houses of Bordeaux and Burgundy, and wrought-iron gating offers a decidedly artisanal finish. A single lantern illuminates the space to create a nostalgic glow that transports one back to the cellars of old. For a home designed to cater to those with discerning tastes through and through, no wine cellar could be more appropriate. 

Efficient and convenient space is demonstrated here at 10040 Happy Valley home where display of a few decorative wine racks and a wine cooler will keep all your favorite labels under perfect temperature control and easily accessible.

Work Hard. Spaces That are Dynamic and Engaging

Rather than endure the inconvenience of converting the family room or kitchen counter into a portable office every weekend, consider creating a space where the sole purpose is promotion and cultivation of deep, uninterrupted work. 

These spaces need not be boring, blasé venues that commonly come to mind at the behest of the word “office”—they can be dynamic and engaging, built for both high-function and high-aesthetic. For insight into what such a space might look like, examine the four magnificently-made studies below.

With a commanding view of the primary entrance—a courtyard complete with wedding-white roses and stone-clad greenery—the primary study of 6151 Caballo is a space for truly inspiring work. Featuring custom millwork and meticulous stylings, everything about this home’s unique character is personified within the study. Just off the primary study, an air condition solarium. When pressing pause on the workday becomes necessary, the solarium is an ideal place to recharge. The secondary study is equally inspiring but decidedly different than its main counterpart. Airy wood walls with a captivating grain make it an easy environment to sit and work, while a garden-view greenhouse window offers the mind a place to wander in search of much needed inspiration. 

With 1.14 acres of courtyards, antique water features, and sensational gardens, 4635 E Ocotillo is a property where the temptation to escape outside can overwhelm even the most focused workers. To account for this, architects designed this home with two studies—one for deep, reclusive work and another for tasks that require less-than-complete attention. The former is a classic space where richly finished wood is the unapologetic theme. Warm, walnut flooring meshes masterfully with paneled walls and custom-designed bookshelves. The latter space is conveniently located in the very heart of the home, simultaneously open to the kitchen, family room, and guest wing. Its signature?—an unobstructed view of the main courtyard . Open the window to enjoy the soothing sounds of the main water feature or to bask in the perfume of fragrant blooms.

At first glance, the grounds of 9701 East Happy Valley Road seem built exclusively with play in-mind, but a closer examination reveals a delicately hidden reality—it is ideally suited for the contempletive life. Should anything else be expected from the brillaint mind of builder Gary Gietz? The flagship of this quiet contemplation is of course the study. Academically designed and artfully assembled, the study offers hand-carved wood finishes, black walnut floors, and signature views of the desert beyond. Read or work with ease as the soothing sounds from the terraced fountain outside flutter through the window with ease. 

Those who can afford to live in North Scottsdale know exactly what it takes to get to the top—a lot of hard work. But it’s not always realistic to keep that work confined to the boundaries of the office downtown, and that’s why having an at-home study like the one at 10040 Happy Valley Road is absolutely essential. Let no work go undone in this masterfully designed fortress of solitude. When the work for the day is done and it’s finally time to play, sneak outside for a quick 18 along the Jack Nicklaus signature desert golf course.