Widely considered one of the most architecturally significant homes in Arizona, the “Ramada House” by Tucson Architect Judith Chafee FAIA was completed in 1975. The home, located in the Santa Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Located on the original 8.75 acre natural desert site, the home was strategically placed to maximize views, privacy and efficiency. A remarkable work that incorporates regional design influences with modern architecture, this home interacts as a series of masonry masses nestled beneath an integral canopy of dimensional wood beams, slat screens and log posts (the “ramada” structure), which allows the home a respite from the Arizona sun, yet providing for completely unobstructed views beneath this comforting shelter.
Placing the Ramada on a grid, the home is allowed to interact freely beneath this canopy of dappled light and natural materials. The massive wooden posts are allowed to intersect with the interior as they may, honoring the structure above. Filtered light from above provides a constant play of light and shadow.
Utilizing mortar washed slump block reminiscent of the historic adobe blocks used in this region, the house structures allow the Ramada shelter to provide screening that creates a glorious interface between indoors and out: multiple patios, decks and oversized windows connect you to the sweeping vistas of the land and mountain views.
At nearly 4000SF, the home offers generous spaces and thoughtful details, from abundant storage to intimate rooms, the unique character of this home only enhances the users experience. Outside, the home is sheltered by additional mature trees while the view of the dramatic mountains are unimpeded. A 40’ pool, finished in an earth-colored plaster, reflects the night sky and makes for a cool destination in the summer heat.
The design includes a wealth of thoughtful amenities and details, from ample storage to built-in elegance. The library features 10’ bookcases and the home retains the original concrete tile floors and custom designed “Talivera” bath tiles, placed in a uniquely modern pattern.
The home has been cherished by the original owner who has kept the integrity of this house intact. The historic designation is reflected in a reduction of property tax and assures respect for the history and design of this very special dwelling.
Scott Jarson of azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson was the referring Broker. The sale was closed by Robin Sue Kaiserman of Long Realty Company Tucson.
About the Architect:
Judith Chafee FAIA (1932–1998) was an American architect known for her work on residential buildings in Arizona and for being a professor of architecture at the University of Arizona. She was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome during the middle of her career and was the first woman from Arizona to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
After an undergraduate degree, she studied at the School of Architecture at Yale University under the deanship of Paul Rudolph. While a student at Yale, Chafee won a competition for design, however the award ceremony was held in a men’s club and she had to go through the kitchen to receive the plaque. Chafee graduated from Yale as the only woman in her class and went on to work for Eero Saarinen, Paul Rudolph, Edward Larrabee Barnes, and The Architects Collaborative (Walter Gropius).
At the age of 38 Chafee returned to her native Tucson, Arizona to start her own architectural practice. Chafee worked out of her Tucson office for the remainder of her career, producing mostly single family residences. Her projects are highly regarded and she became the first woman in Arizona to be named an AIA Fellow. Among other awards, Chafee was awarded the Academy of Rome fellowship to study architecture in Italy. She taught for many years at the University of Arizona, was a visiting professor at the University of Texas and University of Washington, St. Louis, and led a studio at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Modern Camelback Mountain Sanctuary – CW Architecture
February 25th, 2021
A modern sanctuary at the foot of Camelback Mountain! A rare find: a bright and sophisticated Contemporary home in one of Paradise Valley’s most desirable pockets. In an abode defined by subdued sophistication, this is an interior of rich materiality, with walls covered in black basalt tile, rolled steel features, and long flanks of hardwood flooring. Oversized cook’s kitchen perfect for all stages of prep, storage and entertaining associated with cuisine! Separate dining space for formal meals and quartz breakfast bar, attached to island, for the informal breakfast! Abundant kitchen cabinets for whatever storage needs and a hidden built-in Sub Zero refrigerator add to a clean, modern aesthetic.
Floorplan organized around great room with gas fireplace, as well as a giant retractable floor-to-ceiling window — literally suitable for framing! Vaulted ceilings enhance the interiors and its openness; clerestory windows add to the daily living experience of a space lit by natural light. Generous master suite complete with a rolled steel fireplace, walk-in closets, soaking tub, separate sinks and standing steam shower. All additional bedrooms have en-suite baths, and additional separate oversized guest quarters. One of the guest bedrooms is currently used as office/workspace but space is flexible as both! Includes a five garage, including three car lifts to allow for a total of eight cars overall! Current owners were the first, but invested in smart features, like Integrated Control-4 Climate Control, Security, TV and Music System, automated lighting, blinds and doors!
A true sanctuary laid out around its front row views of Camelback and a large heated Pebble Tec pool and spa. Built-in indoor bar with counters and shelving, and places to lounge and socialize, with retractable floor-to-ceiling windows leading to the deck. An easy choice for isolation in odd times and entertaining in normal ones! Outdoor stairs to a rooftop deck with even more spectacular mountain, city views, as well sunset views, of the surrounding valley than below! Stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the ”praying monk” are available day and night!
This ”Heart of Paradise Valley” location offers a glorious views and is well-sited for privacy. You’ll enjoy all the benefits that Paradise Valley has to offer. Easy access to the world class resorts and dining experiences, flanked by the Omni and Mountain Shadows Resorts on either side. A walker’s dream, you will find access to trails, parks and bike paths! This home is an entertainers dream which won’t last long under this hot market! Hurry!
Camelback Mountain Modern – KAISERWORKS architecture
January 21st, 2021
Located on the south side of Phoenix’s iconic Camelback Mountain, this fully renovated contemporary design now showcases grand views of the surrounding desert landscape without forfeiting privacy or its ranch-style heritage.
Inspired modern design by KAISERWORKS architecture, this house discards conventional wall-and-hallway plans to organizes the space with discrete volumes for privacy that combine with open living. The large north-facing clerestory window dramatically brings the mountain into the great room. Stacking sliders serve to extend the living area into the outside.
Light-filled interiors let the outside in while generous overhangs protect from the sun. Concrete floors make for easy living all on one level. The massive kitchen includes an oversized waterfall counter complete with wood bar seating. A novel “back of house” kitchen workspace will amaze any cook and makes for generous entertaining and plenty of prep space. A full length clerestory window opens the view to Camelback allowing filtered north light to fill the main space.
A split floorplan allows for guest and owners suite privacy, and the landscape incorporates both front patio and private lawn enjoyment. There’s room to roam on this acre+ lot that includes a generous pool, spacious patios and destination outdoor “living-rooms” and gathering spots complete with fire features and seating.
Contemporary Stella Condos — The Construction Zone
February 15th, 2021
Come see this timeless architectural contemporary loft condo, designed by the iconic Construction Zone! In the heart of Phoenix, this loft-style home showcases a palette of high-end finishes and architectural details in this spacious three-level residence: Walnut wood floors, custom steel & wood stairway, and floor-to-ceiling windows which showcase city light views. Exposed masonry, high-end cabinetry, stainless steel appliances plus a custom steel island add to the unique feel of the kitchen/great room.
The large master has views of downtown, great closet space and a fantastic bath. Additionally, on the third level is a spacious second bedroom and bath, plus a built-out office area. The extra-large garage has tons of storage and a stylish opaque glass-paneled garage door.
All this near downtown and the shopping & restaurants in the Camelback Corridor. Hurry! This won’t last for long in this HOT buyer’s market!
Modern Casa Blanca Townhouse — PV Location
March 10th, 2021
The iconic Casa Blanca — original winter home to the Kellogg Family is an iconic Paradise Valley community with a rich history! This townhouse, in what was once the Casa Blanca Inn, is uniquely built with a full patio. Owner invested in new tile and carpet throughout, however; priced for the investor or buyer with an eye for design to make it their own. Residence include vaulted ceilings, a holdover feature when this was still a resort, and granite counter tops.
This gated community is situated with a superb west-facing view of Camelback Mountain — featuring 19 acres of beautifully maintained grounds with rose & cactus gardens, three pools and spas, tennis courts and walking/biking/trails.
Positioned just off Invergordon Road for perfect seclusion against noise and intrusion, but still close to Old Town Scottsdale, and its plentiful renowned shopping and dining! You are only minutes away and living in a rich piece of history to boot! There is simply nothing else like it!
Contemporary New Build at Whitewing at Germann Estates
February 12th, 2021
Want a truly move-in ready contemporary home? CHECK. Need a yard and pool where everyday is a vacation day? CHECK. Want indoor-out living w/patios & courtyards for all? CHECK. Want fireplaces everywhere & telescoping walls? CHECK. You get the point, as does this immaculate Toll Brothers guard gated luxury-everything home. A true great room w/ 16′ soaring ceilings & artistic tile walls that transition to an America’s Test Kitchen-worthy gourmet space for the chef in us all. An owner’s suite that you deserve with a Kohler soaking tub under a bubbles chandelier, two closets, courtesy laundry & more. Kids/guests don’t suffer either with their own bonus room, ensuite, split hallway, custom paint, tile & quartz. Work-at-home office rounds out everyone’s needs. Too many special features to list — see more below!
Pueblo Mission Revival Fourplex – Willo Historic District
January 18th, 2021
Fantastic Investment Opportunity for a fully-leased historic fourplex in the Central Phoenix Willo Historic District. Located nearby the Light Rail, eateries and cafes, ASU Downtown Campus, Downtown Phoenix, Melrose Arts District, Encanto Park and Golf Course, St Josephs Hospital, the I-10 freeway, and much more! This property was built before building zoning ordinances were in place and the neighborhood became reserved for exclusively single family homes making this an especially rare opportunity.
A full renovation in 2018 means no need to worry about any deferred maintenance or large unexpected expenses. All tenants renewed or signed 1 to 2 year lease terms in Q2 of 2020. Each unit features a rounded arched veranda at the front entry, original front doors, original hardwood floors, a fireplace, walk in closets, built in book shelves, a phone nook, recently updated kitchens and bathrooms, as well as personal indoor laundry. Much of the original charms have been preserved which is hard to come by in the Downtown Phoenix area which have been largely built up with substantial modern condos and apartment complexes.
No property showings until there is an accepted offer. Please do not disturb the tenants.
SOLD! Modern Equestrian Manor — The Construction Zone Architect
February 24th, 2021
JUST SOLD! This stunning custom design combines true modern architecture with a pallet of materials that makes this home a perfect backdrop for easy living. Highest quality craftsmanship is evident throughout: This house was designed and built by The Construction Zone, one of the Valley’s premier custom architectural design/build contractors.
Located on a large corner lot in the private, guard-gated community of Equestrian Manor, your security and privacy are all but assured. This exclusive neighborhood offers a superb location, yet you’ll stroll though quiet streets and cul-de-sac lanes making this a relaxing place to call home. Scottsdale Schools are a plus.
A tree lined pathway leads you to the oversized offset pivot entry door, completely custom featuring stacked glass door-lights. The sun-filled interiors offer ample overhangs and clerestory windows that keep this home light and bright, yet protected from harsh sun.
With a split floor-plan that includes a secluded master suite, separate guest room and Study wing with bonus flex room and two additional bedrooms, you’ll find this home perfect for just about any lifestyle. Excepting the workout/den/office conveniently located off of the master suite, this home is all on one level and showcases stunning, honed abalone shell and white concrete terrazzo floors.
The Great Room offers an oversized kitchen with eat-in prep island, select and matched walnut cabinets, stainless steel, quartz composite and wood block counters, glass back-splash, double wall ovens, and gas cook-top, enough to please the most gourmet of chefs. The walk-in pantry/laundry make storage simple. Ten+ foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass and doors connect you to the outside as only a custom modern home can. Perforated “screen” walls and shelving divide the space allowing for a playful interaction between the living and family room.
Paradise Valley Desert Lot
January 7th, 2021
An untouched, pristine desert lot in Paradise Valley is now the rarest of finds. This parcel offers just that! With a superb “Heart of PV” location you’ll find ease of building coupled with a gentle desert terrain and natural vegetation, perfect for your modern dream home. This location offers superb views of Camelback Mountain, all in an architecturally interesting neighborhood near Stanford and Palo Cristi. Not offered for sale in a lifetime, this superb, 1.174 acre home site will not last long! Call for details and exclusions.
Bridgewood North 40 Townhouse – Al Beadle
This Pristine remodeled top to bottom Al Beadle Townhouse in Bridgewood North 40 is THE ONE to have, the ONE to call your new HOME. Renovated every square inch by owner/architect as a ‘forever home’ shows in the finishes and thoughtful detailing. Starting with the infrastructure, owners made all the right calls. They completely updated the home with a whole new electrical panel and while at its allowed for expansion for a hot tub/spa/spool to be added to their oversized yard, more on that yard later. Roof was a full re-roof in 2019 and all plumbing fixtures were updated along with all baths.
The entire kitchen was gutted and a sleek modern Euro Striation Cabinet system with storage galore and an LG Fridge with in wall ice and water, in wall microwave, breakfast bar, cooking and stainless hood all to complete the look and functionality. Massive storage room and pantry conveniently located right off the dining room for ease of access. All flooring redone with beautifully oversized rectangular format concrete-look ceramic for durability and visual interest. Where one wants carpet, there is high loop commercial grade black and white that feels good underfoot. Another euro touch is the high-end combination washer and dryer unit to conserve space and energy and located upstairs just where you want it.
One of the most impressive elements of this remodel is the literal floor to ceiling walls of windows and doors. All of the highest grade materials and manufacturing standards through Western & Arcadia Windows and Doors. These pillars of light are steel and thick glass insulated, coated and simply grand. In and of themselves, they are impressive and set off the spaces. The volume Beadle created through his lofts and 24’+ ceilings integrates the space seamlessly both providing simple private enclaves for respite as well as impressive spaces for more galant gatherings. The position of this particular townhouse on the far Northside of the complex allowed the owners the opportunity to expand the yard and extend and raise the back clock wall adding a gate to the residential alley.
As one of the two largest yards in the entire 32 Townhouse complex, the new owners have capabilities for adding a hot tub/spa/spool even or other envisioned ideas. The addition of the single gate privatizes this yard (unlike many in complex with gates across yards to yards) and allows for quick access for walking or biking through the lovely adjacent Arcadia neighborhoods. Owners additionally have a built-in BBQ with a propane line as well as a propane line in back of yard for fire pit. Over 11K of designed and saw cut concrete was incorporated into a lovely outdoor living space surrounded by beautiful ash trees, creeping green vines, aloes & agaves that are so happy they virtually all have shoots.
Space for all inside and out with oversized glass doors you will never want to close. Seeing is believing in this special home, call for your personalized showing appointment today!
Modern Elegance – Village of Pavoreal
December 17th, 2020
Featuring stunning interior spaces by TrueOrder Architecture, this townhome offers modern contemporary design housed in a gallery-like space. Completely custom with polished concrete floors, fireplace w/metal mantle, soaring ceilings, custom doors, 3 bedrooms and split owner’s suite & intimate patios. Superb kitchen w/ top of the line appliances, cherry cabinets, private yard and deep patio complete with built in BBQ, heated spa, water feature, and signature desert landscape. This home offers an unbeatable location in the south side of the community backing to Arcadia which allows this property to have complete privacy, and dramatic light, all with an upscale urban feel. This is one of a kind and a rare opportunity. Don’t miss out!
Gorgeous Casita El Puente Patio-Home — Old Town Scottsdale
December 7th, 2020
Nestled in a great and convenient Old Town Scottsdale location that backs up to the Scottsdale Canal is this beautifully remodeled patio home with two Master Suites!
This home was completely gutted and renovated in 2018 and the detail shows! All new flooring, windows, sliders, kitchen cabinets, sinks, appliances, quartz counter tops, bathroom vanities, bathroom tub, tiled showers, lighting, barn doors, etc. Everything inside the home was replaced! When you enter off the private courtyard entry, you will be amazed at the vaulted ceilings with beautiful wood beams. No interior steps, and detached 2-car garage for plenty of parking and storage make this home a must see!
Close to Chaparral Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square, Casita El Puente has a community pool and spa that is heated year-round, guest parking, and a low monthly HOA fee.