Mediterranean Villa in Mesa, Arizona

A taste of Italy awaits you in this Mediterranean Inspired Villa with very private Roman-like inner courtyard, lined with Cantera Stone Pillars, potted flowering vines, Heated, Saltwater Pebble Sheen Pool & Spa, outdoor kitchen, fountains and crackling Tuscan fire pots.   Fully furnished with decorative lighting, home automation, alarm and intercom, State of the Art Electronics, Flat Screen TV's, bedding & linens - very turn key for that very busy lifestyle.  Tri-level, 21 person Theater w/ custom leather "snuggle couches", Mitsubishi Projector, 12 ft Screen & private Wet Bar. Gourmet Kitchen w/ Wolf, Sub Zero & Viking Appliances and exquisite floating ceiling above large granite island - perfect for entertaining!  Unbelievable architecture w/ distinctive ceilings in every room, rough edge Travertine flooring w/high quality, sculpted carpet in all the Bedrooms.  Separate Entrances from courtyard to Library, Yoga Room and Casita w/ Master, separate tub & showers, laundry room, living & kitchen.  This hillside estate has private rooftop viewing deck with spectacular mountain & city views.   Located in the Award Winning Master Planned Community of Las Sendas spanning over 1800 acres - World Class Golf Course, Trailhead Members Athletic Club & Spa, 6 Tennis Courts, (4 Private). For more information, contact Tina Garcia at 480-652-0088.


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Amazing Views in Scottsdale, Arizona

If your priorities are privacy, views and most importantly location, you have found your home. 7,523 square feet, sitting on nearly rwo acres, accompanied by a Southwest contemporary design. Six bedrooms (including a two-bedroom Casita with a full kitchen and living room), four bathrooms, powder room and a pool bath outside, private office and workshop, all on a single level of living. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views to the stunning backyard from virtually every room, accompanied by an outdoor entertainment center rivaling that of a resort hotel. Most prominently, this home has a combined 12-car garage/RV storage and room (in the motor court) for 10 or more! For more information, contact Steve Jury at 435-602-5555.


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Desert Serenity

One of the most extraordinary homes ever built in the prestigious guard gated golf community of Estancia.  This unique property is set on one of the most magnificent 1.86 acre lots in North Scottsdale with breathtaking city light and golf course views.  The main residence boasts 3 bedrooms, living room with stunning sunset views, dining room, inviting family room and two additional guest suites. This world-class residence also includes a private separate guest house and a four car garage.  Exceptional in every way, this 7,309 square foot elegant home with European flair is a ‘Must-See’ – come experience the lifestyle that it offers!  Seller will consider a trade. Offered at $5,495,000. Contact Bob Hassett at 602-750-1000 for more information.


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Posted on: 1/15/2013 at 9:17 AM
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Approx. 20 Acres – Bring All Your Cars and Toys!

Reduced from $35,000,000!  The uniqueness of this 27,000 square foot estate in North Scottsdale is something to experience firsthand, not read about.  Erected using the finest materials available anywhere and boasting 5 bedrooms in main home, two separate one bedroom guest/caretaker houses, executive office with built-ins and so much more!  Unlimited potential here - this could serve as a secluded private lair or lavish corporate retreat or a great property for a car collector or horse enthusiast.  No HOA or CC&R’s.  Every amenity and luxury add-on has been thoughtfully taken care of, including an award-winning indoor tennis facility, a jaw-dropping indoor lap pool, spectacular views and garage parking for 10 + cars and outdoor parking for an additional 20 cars or more! This estate has no rivals. Offered at $12,999,000. Contact Bob Hassett at 602-750-1000 for more information.


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Enjoy Arizona's Lifestyle

Scottsdale and Phoenix offer all of the luxuries of cosmopolitan cities, but still present the options to unwind in the serenity of nature. Whether you choose to watch a picturesque sunset explode across the Sonoran desert sky, or enjoy an upscale lounge in the city center of Scottsdale, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Carin Nguyen, of The Carin Nyugen Team, is a fourth generation Arizona native, and has been selling real estate there for 9 years. From a local’s viewpoint, Nguyen believes much of the buzz around Scottsdale and Phoenix is due to the diverse activities, and landscapes, available in each.

“Within a 30 minute drive from Scottsdale-Phoenix, you can find hiking trails, golf courses, one of our many professional sports' venues, a musical or theatrical production, or enjoy the vibrant city nightlife,” says Nguyen. “In less than 2 hours, you can be in the mountains surrounded by tall pines and snow.”

With such wonderful amenities, it is no surprise that the Phoenix-Scottsdale area has attracted some star power. Both professional athletes and famous musicians have historically chosen the cities for their primary or second homes.

It seems everyone can appreciate the range of activities in the area: from upscale shopping to fine dining to mountain biking, the Phoenix-Scottsdale region is a playground for those who appreciate a healthy mix of outdoors and city life.

Carin Nguyen and her team understand the importance of finding the perfect property for the lifestyle of their clients, and finding the most value in each deal negotiated. This could explain why “Real Trends” in The Wall Street Journal recognized the Carin Nguyen Team as the #2 team in the country for sales in 2011.  

Nguyen notes that there is much opportunity for buyers and sellers, alike, in the current Phoenix-Scottsdale market. These trends are due to a combination of the bank-owned inventory vanishing, the market appreciating, paired with interest rates that are at an all-time record low.

So whether you are seeking mountain vistas or desert sunsets, consider purchasing your dream home in Arizona. Let yourself fall in love with these two unique cities that present endless possibilities.


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Scottsdale, Beverly Hills of the Desert

It has been called the Beverly Hills of the desert. If nobody had heard of Scottsdale, Arizona a decade ago, they are definitely hearing about it now. A suburb next to Arizona’s flagship city of Phoenix, Scottsdale has been attracting a steady stream of visitors and transplants looking to call the sophisticated city in the beautiful Sonoran desert home.

Offering top-notch restaurants, breathtaking mountain scenery, world-class golf and a great selection of fashionable shops, Scottsdale can play host to all; anyone from the outdoor enthusiast to the foodie to the fashion maven will find that the city with a population of 235,000 has decidedly cosmopolitan amenities.  Take in panoramic sunset views as you hike Camelback Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the desert, and then make your way to the W Hotel in the city center for a night on the town. With 125 art galleries and numerous outdoor concert venues, Scottsdale has a thriving and creative community. 

Realtor Bob Hassett has worked with luxury properties in Scottsdale for 26 years at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. With 80% of business stemming from client referrals, Hassett is a wealth of knowledge on this scenic city. This year, however, has been unique. Sales have hit an all-time high, yet properties boasting world-class amenities are still available for those considering a move. 

Homes such as the expansive Chateau de Vie, for example. This custom estate spans 14,000 square feet and offers creek-front living situated on a lushly landscaped 10+-acre property. Features include 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a 20-person media room, full gym, guesthouse, tennis court and your very own British Pub. Located just a half an hour’s drive from Scottsdale in the neighboring city of Chandler, this European-styled estate will give its owner privacy, but have the capacity to entertain in royal fashion.

Pair top-notch activities, luxury properties, and a sophisticated city with Scottsdale’s year-round temperate climate, and you may begin to understand how Scottsdale has intrigued those who visit this oasis in the desert.  


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Golden Arizona

It's not difficult to play golf in Paradise -- or Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Arizona's golfing Mecca sports 185 public, private, and resort courses. That's 3600 holes. "You could play another course just about every day," says Lisa Wadey of Russ Lyon Sotheby's Realty.

An avid golfer herself, who happens to be married to a professional and is the daughter of one as well, Wadey says: "Golf, real estate and people are my passions. I've combined the three."

Not surprisingly, she specializes in luxury real estate near some of the areas most celebrated courses.

But, she assures, Phoenix is not just for golfers. "People don't realize we have lakes for boating and mountain ranges for hiking," she says. Not to mention great dining, gardens, museums, and more than 100 art galleries.

If-- somehow-- you're bored, there's Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and even the ocean is just a five hour drive away.

Long considered a golden spot for the golden years, Arizona's delicious climate is increasingly attracting younger residents, particularly Floridians who love warmth but hate storms. "There are 360 days of sunshine," says Wadey. Without a hurricane on the horizon.

"Coming out of the recession, this market is thriving," she says. "If you were to buy something here for a million dollars, it would be three to four million in California or on the east coast. The dollar goes a lot farther."

Tempted? There's a 7,000 square foot home on almost five stunning acres in the exclusive Silverleaf community, with its exceptional golf course and a 50,000 sq ft clubhouse that's virtually a private resort.

On the drawing boards of Argue Custom Homes, one of the state's premier builders, the Mediterranean style palazzo offers unobstructed views of the McDowell Mountains and the twinkling lights of downtown Phoenix. With five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a beautiful pool and spa, this extraordinary home is ready to build.

Just pick your finishes and customize paradise.


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Argue Custom Homes in Scottsdale, Arizona

As a luxury home builder, Argue Custom Homes of Scottsdale, Arizona is in the business of turning dreams into reality.

The company strives to match the clientele's vision for design and meticulous construction techniques. As they say: "if you can dream it, we can build it."

"I've always had a burning desire to build homes that stand out," says Tom Argue.  "When we meet a client we get excited, we're passionate about it." 

Argue is one of the most prolific builders in the Valley and, with a 20 year history of stellar projects, one of the most respected.

Business is particularly brisk within the exclusive community of Silverleaf, a private enclave of custom estate home sites and intimate retreats tucked into the canyons of the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale, Arizona.

With its extraordinary views, classically designed Tom Weiskopf golf course, and 50,000 square foot clubhouse and spa, this is the epitome of elegant desert living.

"We value DMB Realty's vision for the community and stringent guidelines for design and development," says Argue.  "If you build in Silverleaf, you build to a higher standard."   

With a strong focus on clients needs, the builder works to ensure each question is answered and every detail attended to, from the initial design process to move-in. They provide the highest level of customer service, ensuring that the home building experience is both positive and exciting.

After all, says Argue: "One of the most rewarding things a person can do is design and build a wonderful home."

To learn more about Argue Custom Homes, visit www.ArgueCustomHomes.com.



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A Refined Modern Estate in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Arizona Best Real Estate is pleased to feature the work of Scottsdale based Kendle Design Collaborative. Kendle is also a member of Arizona Residential Architects (ARA), a distinguished organization of 15 leading architectural firms.

Few places exemplify true luxury like Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nestled amongst the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, residents of Paradise Valley enjoy the diversity of architecture, sweeping mountain views, boutique resorts, public and private golf amenities such as Paradise Valley Country Club and borders Phoenix and Scottsdale. As the Crown Jewel of the Valley, the town is known for acre-plus lots and estates while maintaining its rural charm and affluent cache of not being populated with commercial buildings and businesses. Known as a "dark" town, low density lighting protects the night skies and extraordinary views.

A vision for all of these things were apparent to the owners of this soft contemporary masterpiece when it rose like a Phoenix from the ashes, transforming into what it is today: a refined modern estate.

In addition, this 12,000-plus-square-foot contemporary desert jewel resides near the base of Mummy Mountain on more than 2 acres including 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 powder rooms in the main house as well as 5 interior fireplaces, a 250-plus wine room, theater lounge and 6-car garage. The property also features a separate 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest home, a large exercise studio, spa quality locker room, steam room and dry sauna. The exterior of the home boasts a resort-style 33-foot saltwater negative edge pool enveloped by 3 exterior fireplaces and intimate seating areas. The outdoor spaces include a professional grade lighted tennis court and separate sport court.

The family room is the heart of the home with clearstory windows, fireplace and dramatic art walls leading to the wrap-around covered patio with built in BBQ, wet bar and cozy seating areas.

Retractable doors invite the outdoors in to capture the Arizona desert lifestyle. The James Bond-style steel, glass and limestone suspended staircase lead you to your gaming and entertainment lounge. Lutron and Crestron systems control the lighting, climate, fire featuers, audio, video and security systems.

The kitchen is complete with chef's table of fiddle-back Anigre wood, 3-position design, commercial-grade appliances and imported espresso station. Finishes include a unique blend of steel, book-matched East Indian Rosewood, Anigre and quartz surfaces.

The cantilevered front door punctuates the entry with exquisite art walls and views of Mummy Mountain.

Eight fireplace highlighted with blackened steel interiors, tumbled glass, masonry spheres of varying sizes and three-dimensional limestone accentuate comfortable seating areas. The family room fireplace is framed in polished quartz.

Bask in unparalleled views to the east from the comfort of your entertainment lounge patio.

This gated estate is perfect for those who appreciate the quality of soft-contemporary design.

For more information, contact Denise Pruitt and Kirsten Johnson at 480-948-4711, or click here to see more about this property.


Estancia Luxury in Scottsdale, Arizona

An extraordinary 7,105 SF hillside property nestled just under Pinnacle Peak on the highest lot in prestigious Estancia.  This 4 Bedroom, 6 Bath home offers a unique and exceptional example of tradition, charm and elegance.  Perfectly suited for gracious living and the keen golfers' lifestyle.  Beautifully landscaped pool setting with spectacular city, mountain and golf course views.  Enjoy tranquil relaxation or entertaining on a grand scale. A world-class property in a beautiful desert setting to be experienced and enjoyed.  Seller will consider a trade to a NY property or possibly a ski property.  Offered at $4,495,000.


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Desert Serenity in North Scottsdale

One of the most extraordinary homes ever built in prestigious guard gated Estancia.  This unique property is set on one of the most magnificent 1.86 acre lots in North Scottsdale with breathtaking city light and golf course views.  The main residence boasts 3 bedrooms, living room with stunning sunset views, dining room, inviting family room and two additional guest suites. This world-class residence also includes a private separate guest house.  Exceptional in every way, this 7,309 square foot elegant home with European flair is a ‘Must-See’ – come experience the lifestyle that it offers!  Seller will consider a trade to a NY property or possibly a ski property. Offered at $5,495,000.


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Simply Spectacular in Scottsdale, Arizona

These panoramic city light and mountain views are simply spectacular! This stunning contemporary home boasts over 16,000 SF under roof and over 10,000 SF of air conditioned space set on a spacious 4.39 acres of lush desert landscape. 7 bedrooms, 9 baths, media room, exercise room and garage parking for 6 cars are the perfect addition for any lifestyle! The home’s outdoor amenities are equally as impressive with large sport court, sparkling pool, putting green, spa, expansive grass areas and tropic landscape! Separate guesthouse is complete with full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 car garage and spacious living room. Offered at $4,795,000.


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Astounding Contemporary in North Scottsdale

Perfectly perched on 10 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert, in a desirable North Scottsdale gated community.  This astounding five bedroom, eight bath, 6,847 square foot home was designed by renowned Edward Jones/Jones Studio Architects.  Constructed of rammed earth, clear and sandblasted glass, rusted and galvanized metals plus sleek rustic materials, this one-of-a-kind, award-winning contemporary residence is a spectacle to behold.  This property includes two air conditioned auto collector’s garages, detached guest house, maid’s quarters, sparkling pool, exercise room with sauna and panoramic, unobstructed city light and mountain views. Offered at $4,495,000. Click here for more information.


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17th Anniversary Top 10: Outdoor Living Areas

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Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

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Market Insight: Phoenix, Arizona - Chateau of Central Transcends Idea of Arizona Living with Five-Story Luxury Brownstones

With Arizona traditionally known for palatial desert estates, Chateau On Central’s unexpected five-story brick and masonry brownstones in Phoenix offer a leek East Coast alternative to the traditional tile-roof and adobe-style homes synonymous to Arizona.

This elegant Old World style brownstone community features the same brick and mortar architecture of the historic buildings which line the streets of the most elite brownstone communities throughout the East Coast. From classic patina turrets and wrought iron detailing to spacious private terraces, Chateau on Central is a sophisticated 21-residence brownstone community that offers Arizona residents a rare opportunity to experience an opulent East Coast lifestyle.

 

Returning to the market earlier this year newly priced in the low $1 millions, the luxury development is especially unique to Arizona because it’s the only high-end community in the Valley to have so closely replicated the Queen Anne style architecture from the late 19th century. Chateau on Centrals architecture was inspired by the historic Rosson House in downtown Phoenix, the Victorian style home was built in 1985 and at the time was considered one of the most prominent residences in the Valley. Today the Rosson House functions as a museum and is the only remaining example of Victorian architecture in the state.

Over a century later, Chateau on Central bears a similar prestige given its lavish design, historic influence and Old World style. The landmark community is idyllic in location, just steps away from the state’s most prestigious art museums, shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues.

 

Each of the 21 homes at Chateau On Central features five levels of lavish living space and dramatic architecture that blends Old World sophistication with the charm of a historic brownstone in the heart of Phoenix’s arts, culture and entertainment district. Ranging in size from 5,200 to nearly 5,800 square feet, with a signature residence that boasts a sprawling 8,200 square feet, generous square footage along with multifunction zoning allow for potential office and/or boutique retail space. Priced from approximately $1.1 million, Cambridge Properties is the broker of record for Chateau on Central.