Wow House: the outdoor living space surrounds the most elegant swimming pool

  • Address: 41247 N 95TH St, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Price: $ 5,495,000
  • Square feet: 10 236
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 7.5
  • Description of the Listing: People live in Scottsdale for its scenic beauty; friendly and relaxed ‘western’ lifestyle; outdoor recreation all year round; excellent medical care; a dynamic cultural scene; college and professional sports; interesting people to meet; tons of things to do; relatively low property taxes; and easy access to the American Southwest. If they are lucky, they can enjoy these things while living in architecturally significant, especially spacious, well-designed, graceful, elegant and private homes. If they’re really lucky, their home will be in a gated community where they can enjoy special amenities and activities as members of a private club. If you’re interested, please read on about a remarkable home, ” Saguaro Forest 261 ”, in a sensational club community north of Scottsdale known as Desert Mount Saguaro Forest 261 is a 10,237 sf Of architecturally significant, exceptionally private custom designed home with, among other features described below and in supporting documents, five bedrooms and a luxurious library / office. It sits on 1.54 acres of land next to Chiricahua Fifteenth Fairway, one of seven Desert Mountain courses, on semi-mountainous terrain in the Sonoran Desert in the far north of Scottsdale. It is an extraordinarily calm and peaceful setting, far from noisy roads. Think “resort escape” or “multi-family complex”! Taxes are also low, at just $ 18,639 for 2021. The house is horseshoe shaped, open to the northeast, where the best views are, to the large granite boulders nearby, the beautiful desert vegetation and mainland mountains about a mile and a halfway, including the “Apache Peak” landmark. This open end is also where, at a carefully designed “end point”, visitors have their first real “look” at the house after experiencing an impressive “arrival sequence” (described below). . The east side of the horseshoe is about half the length of the west side and has two levels. The formal entrance to the house, an elegant foyer, is on the lower level, and what is essentially an internal two-room casita with a covered outdoor patio / view terrace with fireplace, is on the upper level above from the foyer, accessible from the point of arrival by an outside staircase. (More on this “casita” later). The house was completed in 2013 after being purchased in 2012 by an east coast couple as an incomplete speculative home. They completed it well, using materials and finishes far superior to what would have been in the house otherwise. The large (2,800 square foot) limestone tile pool deck in the middle of the horseshoe is the centerpiece of the home and features a fully reconstructed 34 foot long SICIS tile pool and spa (lighted, with overflows). ) in the shape of an arrowhead, designed by acclaimed designer David Tisherman (whose work has been featured on the covers of Architectural Digest and The Robb Report). This area is more of a “pool and party place” than a simple “pool patio”. It is a remarkable space and serves as a spectacular internal visual focal point from the main public rooms. Besides being the “star of the show”, the Pool and Party Plaza is ultra-private. There is about an acre of open desert between the house and the nearest neighbor to the north, and there can be virtually no eye contact between anyone in that house and someone in the pool and plaza. festive due to the skillful placement of a large, round, enclosed entrance rotunda that serves as the “exterior” entrance door to the house. Split-second glimpses of the golf carts can be seen on a cart path east of the house, but due to the vegetation and the way the east side of the house has been designed, the golfers in these carts can only see a small portion of the northern part of the Square. And, with a quick glance, they risk straying out of the way into a rugged wilderness. In addition to the distinctive shape of the house and the pool and party plaza, other highlights of ‘architectural significance’ include: a ‘transitional’ blend of traditional building materials on the exterior of the building. house (natural stone, tiling and stucco) unexpectedly associated very light and bright interior, “contemporary”; ceilings with exposed beams; interior finishes rich in stone and wood; numerous windows, adding to the light and bright nature of the interior and making impressive views very easy to appreciate; with the house being skillfully set over four main levels, creating wonderful interior sight lines and providing great views from the upper level windows (an elevator just inside the house to the garage level makes it easy to transport groceries to and from the house. ‘stage). The house’s expansive interior walls, daytime interior lighting levels, dedicated illuminated art shelves and art lighting, make it perfect for displaying important works of art. The special “arrival sequence” begins with a visitor walking down a curving, descending, cobblestone-covered alley 57 meters long, flanked by huge granite boulders, three giant Saguaros, to a large motor yard, of approximately 1,930 square feet. . To the right of this yard are three separate wooden garage doors, which provide access to a garage with room to park four cars as one of the bays is approximately 40 feet long. The house from this point of view has two floors and makes an impressive first impression. To the left of the automobile yard is the rotunda, with double gate and remote control for security. It sits seven steps above the carriage yard and makes a very spectacular entrance, with a tiled roof and double iron gate. As you walk up the steps to the rotunda, a visitor will begin to notice the beautiful physical textures of the house, a combination of painted stucco, rich-looking stone, traditional barrel vault tiles and landscaping, lots of it. ‘landscaping ! When they enter the rotunda, with its brick floor and bespoke light fixture, they will begin to feel that they are entering a house of unusual beauty! After passing through the rotunda, they will walk about seventy-five feet, climbing a few steps along the way, to reach the “end point”, a few steps below and to the left of the appropriate entrance to the pool and plaza. celebration. and a place from which they can begin to get a feel for the extent of the Plaza and the house. This arrival point is adorned with a long, low, stone-covered planter, filled with mature vegetation and an impressive sculptural work of art. From this point of view, they will now realize the depth, breadth, texture, privacy and overall scale of the Plaza, the house and where the actual front door is, a few yards to the left. Entrance Door and Foyer – This is a double wood and glass door that transmits light and lets in as much light as possible. The foyer has high ceilings, an elegant travertine floor with marble inserts, a large crystal chandelier, and curves around a gallery with tall windows that provide stunning views of the pool and Party Plaza. It has a long wall perfectly suited for hanging great art. Casita Instead of heading for the front door from the point of arrival, a visitor can climb the stairs to the left which lead to an upstairs covered patio with a fireplace and sitting area, essentially the “porch. avant “for an interior, second story, two-room casita, with access from the other side of the casita to the living room by impressive stairs. This patio offers spectacular views of the golf course to the east, the mountains to the north and the pool and party area below and to the west. The patio of the casita is pre-wired for media and would be one of about seven places in the house where one could consider sitting down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine for a few moments. The first room inside the casita from the patio is a combined living room, media room, games room with bar and kitchenette. It enjoys magnificent views through floor to ceiling windows due to its elevated vantage point. At the end of a small hallway is a shower room and a spacious bedroom with adjoining bathroom. Across the hall is a cedar lined closet for storing out of season clothing. This wardrobe could be converted into a second elevator. Master Suite This large bedroom is both a ‘retreat’ from the rest of the world, and a ‘feast’ for the eyes, with hardwood floors; a high beamed ceiling, a private patio and a raised fireplace accented with honey onyx. The master bathroom is large enough, but proportionately, and features a wall of light accented with honey onyx, a utility room and a single large closet with gorgeous dark stained hardwood cabinetry, a large center island and glass doors. mirrored glass wardrobes, which combine to create a space that really deserves to be called a “Dressing Room”. Kitchen with beamed ceiling; a range of primarily Thermador appliances, including a six-burner gas range with hotplate; a large central island that can accommodate four people; two wall ovens; two dishwashers and a warming drawer; has a Wolf microwave and Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator / freezer (model 642); two sinks; large walk-in pantry (fitted out for a second fridge / freezer, a more practical place than the garage); nearby is a refrigerator / ice maker under the counter, in a “pony wall” topped with a granite slab separating the kitchen from the family room; plenty of room for at least a six-tray family dining table under a contemporary chandelier; immediate and easy access to the outdoor lounge and to the swimming pool and to the party square. Family room Fully visible from the kitchen, thanks to a large opening above a low stone-top storage unit. Travertine tile; great views to the north through some windows and over the swimming pool and the Place des Fêtes in the other direction; fireplace on a raised hearth topped with marble, such a fireplace extends five or six feet to the north to provide an excellent visual “foundation” for the room. The different levels, intricate design details, and open interior architecture create interesting internal sight lines, and all of the windows, many on both sides of a room, help bring the beautiful exterior setting and views to the room. ‘inside’. Of course, these multiple levels require steps and stairs between them, but they are beautifully constructed and finished and are exciting visuals in themselves. For more details on the house, please see the separate summary of architectural highlights in the Documents section and enjoy the collection of beautiful professional photographs of the house. For more information on Saguaro Forest and Desert Mountain, please see a document by that name in the Documents section.

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