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.