Authentic Southwest architecture abounds in this timeless one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Designed by Lash McDaniel, a Phoenix Home & Garden's Master of the Southwest, and built by Kitchell, the stucco walls, and red tile roof set the stage for thoughtful architectural details and craftsmanship. Imported Mexican wood doors, clerestory windows, ornamental ironwork, curved walls, arches, beamed openings, colorful tiles, and beautiful brickwork combine with intimate covered patios, airy outdoor living, and lush landscaped spaces to create a very special retreat. The prime location on an acre lot near Camelback Mountain is Arizona at its best. You'll feel a world away while still being close to plenty of resorts, hikinAuthentic Southwest architecture abounds in this timeless one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Designed by Lash McDaniel, a Phoenix Home & Garden's Master of the Southwest, and built by Kitchell, the stucco walls, and red tile roof set the stage for thoughtful architectural details and craftsmanship. Imported Mexican wood doors, clerestory windows, ornamental ironwork, curved walls, arches, beamed openings, colorful tiles, and beautiful brickwork combine with intimate covered patios, airy outdoor living, and lush landscaped spaces to create a very special retreat. The prime location on an acre lot near Camelback Mountain is Arizona at its best. You'll feel a world away while still being close to plenty of resorts, hiking, golf, dining, and great shopping. It's the best of both worlds!
A charming Saltillo tile walkway, a wooden privacy gate, and scalloped walls guide you to the front courtyard with a gracious fountain that creates an ambiance you can only find in far-off places. The heavy wooden front door expresses solidity with a dramatic stone surround that sets it apart from other façade openings and is protected with covered patios supported by traditional carved wood posts. The heavy rustic wooden front door is surrounded by reclaimed stone and welcomes you to a hexagonal foyer with soaring ceilings with faux medallion, a gorgeous iron chandelier, and decorative iron clerestory windows. The reclaimed French roof tile flooring flows throughout most of the house and even into the attached garage.
The foyer opens to a spacious great room with clerestory windows, a large front window framed with incredible saguaro rib shutters, a stone surround fireplace, and beautiful double doors that open to a large, covered patio boast distinctive hardware and custom wooden screen doors so you can enjoy the fresh air all year long. A convenient bar with granite countertops, a brass shell sink, an undercabinet beverage refrigerator, an icemaker, a glass-shelved storage hutch, and a charming arched metal window overlooks the covered patio
Waiting outside is an abundance of entertaining spaces. The adjacent covered patio with carved wood posts shares the same reclaimed French roof tile floor as the home creating a seamless feel. Stucco banquettes with colorful pillows, ironwork chandeliers, and the charming arched bar window help to create this unique space accessible by the owner's bedroom, the great room, and a guest bedroom. As you continue out to the backyard towards the casita, you will find a large artificial grass area, lush landscaping, and an additional large vaulted and wood-beamed entertaining ramada created with scalloped walls, stucco banquettes, a gas fireplace, TV, grill, and dining area. Flanking the casita is a 75-foot, tiled, salt-water lap pool and spa intentionally designed so that no individual tiles were cut. Eight pillared spillways with ceramic tile, massive agaves, and planted urns adorn the lap pool. The backyard is complete under the watchful eye of the lion carved into the low wall separating the lap pool from the ramada.
The dining room vaulted tongue and grove wood beamed ceiling continue the spacious feel of the great room while a faux-finished scallop shell motif niche adds a touch of Spanish influence to the home. Two large windows with saguaro rib shutters overlook the front courtyard.
An arched butler's station including a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and a built-in Miele coffee station opens to a well-appointed kitchen with a stunning vaulted brick ceiling suspended above clerestory windows supported by rustic wood beams. A stone-carved fireplace anchors the dining area and built-in desk while a stone-carved hood balances the 6-burner Wolff range with a griddle and pot filler. The large center island with live edge granite boasts a large copper sink and room to gather. Custom cabinets with iron-scrolled accents house SubZero, Viking, and Asko appliances. A spacious pantry, with a rustic arched wooden plank door, rounds out the kitchen and gives way to an enviable laundry room with a large arched window and desk overlooking the front courtyard and Camelback Mountain. The farm sink is framed in a stunning tiled arched opening and custom cabinetry offers great storage, a hide-a-way washer and dryer, and an integrated TV! Faux-painted niches and brick-arched ceilings guide you to the attached one of two 2 car garages through another beautiful wooden arched door.
The owner's bedroom is located off the great room through enchanting wooden double doors with black wrought iron nail heads, decorative iron rope, and reclaimed door handles. Once inside the wooden floors give way comfortable space with a large sitting area and classic curved niches. Double doors with plantation shutters open to a covered patio, entertaining spaces, and the 75 ft. lap pool. The arched entrance to the primary bath highlights a stunning one-piece onyx bathtub set majestically in front of a large window overlooking a tranquil, lush, and private courtyard with a ceramic tiled fountain and outdoor shower. Marble and onyx tile details and arches create balance and beauty while creating two separate sink areas, a separate commode with bidet, and a walk-in shower with accented ceramic tile, rain, and handheld showerheads, and access to the outdoor courtyard shower. There are even heated floors! Two spacious separate closets with extensive built-ins and decorative skylights finish off this tranquil owner's retreat.
Another set of unique wooden double doors off the foyer open to the office with a kiva fireplace and a window seat banco that overlooks the front patio. These classic design elements combine with high ceilings, built-in bookshelves, and double doors that open to a private covered patio with carved wood posts to create a very special space.
The office accesses a large bathroom that connects to an adjoining bedroom. The office could be used as another bedroom or to create a suite. The large connecting bathroom offers plentiful custom cabinetry with two separate large sink areas. Beautiful hand-painted ceramic tiles are showcased throughout the bathroom and a separate commode and walk-in shower sit at the base of a massive tower with stained glass windows. The commode is highlighted by an enchanting antique decorative gate. The adjoining bedroom has the same incredible saguaro rib shutter as much of the home and double doors that open to the main patio and is accessible off the foyer hallway through wood plank iron accented double doors. A powder room, with a brass lotus sink and wood-carved cabinetry circles back to the hexagonal foyer.
Off the kitchen is another spacious ensuite guest bedroom and bathroom with an arched tile ceiling Guests have their own private covered patio which leads to a picturesque seating area and detached fitness room and an additional 2-car garage. Access to the pool and backyard is through a serene, landscaped walking pathway along the east end of the property.
The 400+ square foot fitness center has two large sliding double doors that fill the room with light and fresh air. In cooler months you can enjoy an al fresco workout and in summer months enjoy the air-conditioning. Citrus trees line the back side of the fitness center and provide months of grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes.
An alluring casita offers guests direct access to the large covered entertaining space with a TV, grill, and dining table as well as the lap pool. Radiating charm and character you enter the kitchen, equipped with sink, microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer drawer with icemaker, and a Wolf induction 2-burner cooktop. A large, curved stucco banco creates a classic indoor dining space while another offers a wonderful spot to utilize as you wish. The same French reclaimed roof tile guides you down a few steps to a voluminous living area with a bed and TV viewing area. Double doors open directly to the covered walkway that runs along the lap pool and wraps around to a private covered patio, large artificial grass area, and peaceful fountain. Another set of quaint stairs leads you to the walk-in closet and ensuite bath with a walk-in shower and separate commode as well as an additional exterior door so that it is accessible from the large entertaining space or pool.
The 4-car garage spaces are divided into two 2-car garages. One enters the main home close to the kitchen and laundry room and the other is attached to the fitness center. The garages are connected via a vine-wrapped scalloped wall with a wooden gate. Lush landscaping, a tiled fountain, and a stone bench accent the incredible concrete paver driveway.
Truly a work of art, love, and history, this home is one of a kind. It bears the characteristics of the lion that watches over it, strong, seductive, and majestic. The ambiance and craftsmanship of another world and time are right here in paradise.
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