Shangri La at the Mountain Preserves

Imagine living RIGHT on the Mountain Preserve: A stone’s throw away from some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the city, two minutes from the 51 interstate to get everywhere quickly, on a quiet cul-de-sac and walking distance to some of the best schools around in the Mercury Mine area and you have … SHANGRI-LA.  James Hilton named the place of perfection and THIS house on THIS street might just be close! Gorgeous Pebble Sheen pool that is perfect with mountain tops visible from several decks, wrap around porches, updated kitchen with appliances, bathrooms nicely updated too. Brand new paint and absolutely lovingly taken care of with pride of ownership evident. Either a fourth bedroom or a home office/bonus room for the kids, you have the choice. A two-sided fireplace and a speak easy door are just a few of the ‘CHARM’ factors here. Thick wood beams wrapped in stacked stone and accentuated with green landscaping creates a warm palate for the eye.  All new windows and doors with beautiful screens, truly indoor-out living, this home has it all!

The Platt Residence by William P. Bruder, FAIA

Designed in 1978 by Will Bruder and built in 1980 by original resident, David Platt, The Platt Residence is a unique desert oasis that would be virtually impossible to replicate today. Nestled on a scenic 2.2 acre parcel of land bordered by the Arizona canal, the Platt Residence boasts mountainous views from a quiet, rural setting that just happens to be minutes from the 101 and I-17 freeways as well as the shopping areas at Norterra. Bruder expertly used a combination of glass, steel, copper and desert masonry, to design the Platt Residence. The now internationally acclaimed architect and one-time Paolo Soleri apprentice, won the AIA Arizona/Phoenix Home & Garden 1989 Honor Award for his design.

This impressive home boasts spacious grounds, a sparkling pool and three bedrooms each replete with its own private patio. The crown jewel of this unique home is the roof. Comprised of oil-field piping, the intricately designed roof provides the perfect cover for the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that surround the home. When standing inside the home, it is often hard to tell where the inside of the home stops and where the outside begins.

The outdoor panoramic views through the floor-to-ceiling windows are worth boasting about. Double sets of French doors lead you to one of the four secluded patios each containing unique water features. Open the interior set French doors and listen to tranquil water-flowing while watching the birds bathe.

View the 30′ tall Saguaro cactus the home was built around and Sonoran Preserve Mountains from the heated, resort-style pool, and Jacuzzi tub in the backyard. The outdoor shower and bath off of the master bedroom take the concept of indoor/outdoor living a step beyond the typical outdoor patio. The oversized, pull through, two car garage offers ample storage space and an additional sink and laundry hookup.

In the spirit of good stewardship, the current owners have worked many hours to restore and maintain this architectural gem. They have added upgrades such as a APS connected Tesla solar system, new rain gutters, new propane line and tan, and new pool heater in addition to repairing and maintaining the AC unit and ductwork. Reconstructing this masterpiece today would cost well over $300/SF, making this world-class architecture within reach for the Bruder enthusiast.

The Platt Residence is a brilliant combination of good design and masterful engineering. It is both handcrafted and sophisticated, a genuine diamond in the rough. To own this home is to own a work of art. This home is ready to find a new owner that will take pride in owning such a fine piece of desert architecture.

AGAVE HOUSE – RD Design Team, Inc.

High-efficiency and eco-features meet modern design in this beautiful architect-designed home with NO HOA!

“AGAVE HOUSE”, designed by the talented RD Design Team, Inc., is a modern design home completed in 2018. With clean-lined, steel, wood and stucco detailing, this home evokes the optimism of mid-century design with today’s energy efficiency and quality construction! From finished concrete floors to the euro-style cabinets with quartz composite counters, no detail has been spared in making this home timeless. Stainless steel appliances, architectural faucets, lighting and custom details complete the clean and modern project. Oversized patio doors open to let the outside in.

AGAVE offers three bedrooms, den/office, two bathrooms, two car garage, natural gas cooktop and service, all in a super “Arcadia-feel” location, close to the mid-town corridor. Enjoy an easy drive to the airport, Arcadia, Scottsdale, Biltmore Fashion Square and Downtown! Sale requires assumption of the 3 year Envision Security System service.

Priced to SELL, you will not find a better buy on new modern design!

Accepting Back Up Offers!!! Loloma 5 Live/Work Unit 1 – Will Bruder, FAIA

ACCEPTING BACK-UP OFFERS! Such is this amazing live/work home in the dynamic Loloma Arts District of downtown Scottsdale. Loloma 5 Live/Work was created by Will Bruder in 2004 and is still a definitive piece of urban architecture, the finest of its kind in the Valley. Highly acclaimed, this project continues to garner kudos and this home is the best of the best. This home offers a premier location and one-of-a-kind upgrades unique to the unit. Recently updated with new paint, Tankless hot-water heater, HVAC service, R/O sateen, disposer and faucet, decorator and LED lighting. A completely unique design by this noted world-class architect represents an opportunity not to be missed.

When architect Will Bruder creates an urban home, you can imagine that every detail has been considered, nuanced and designed to perfection! Offering a unique plan, elevation, and premium location, this home offers detailing that is completely custom: vertical apertures allowing subtle shifts of light; custom flooring, one-of-a-kind built-ins and custom floating cabinetry drive the sublime interiors. The interior spaces are superbly balanced, offering a scale that’s nearing perfection.

The kitchen is unique as well, featuring polished edge, random-orbit stainless steel counters, custom cabinetry, niched lighting/electrical, and stainless appliances. The baths are superbly finished with architectural tiles, upgraded brushed nickel finish faucets, custom air tub, and oversized showers.

Countless details such as built-in cabinets, bookcases, closets and desks, were all designed specifically for this home. Custom metal fabricated doors and screens perforate the interiors and hidden rolling doors provide access to the central built-in laundry center. Architectural porcelain tile floors grace the interiors, all with gallery finished wall base: the tile was selected, patterned and detailed by the architect.

Loloma 5 is zoned live/work which allows for a professional office or even boutique retail space to share with the residence. You’ll love the city-street views from the balcony and private roof deck. Imagine a life filled with art and convenience as only downtown Scottsdale can offer. The Valley’s finest Shops, Restaurants, Museums and Galleries, all a short walk away.

More about the project: Located in the Loloma Arts District in historic downtown Scottsdale, Loloma 5 was the first multi-unit mixed-use project to be constructed under the Scottsdale Green Building Program. Considered a masterpiece of Modernism by the internationally renowned architect, this iconic building has been published in books and magazines throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia and is featured in the book: THE GREEN HOUSE: NEW DIRECTIONS IN SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE; in periodicals such as GA (Global Architecture <Japan>); and featured in a version of the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.


Restored Paradise Valley Mid-Century – Camelback Views

Originally designed in 1956 by Architect Blaine Drake, this Mid-Century Modern home has been carefully re-envisioned in 2010 with unifying design and thoughtful additions by Architect Jack Black, AIA. Completely updated, this home offers a wealth of high-design features in a turn-key package for the discerning buyer.

Inside you’ll find the original Drake design elements of the home celebrated and artfully incorporated into the design by Black. Unifying flooring and details make this home ready for the next century with completely modernized systems, up-to-date features and an integrated design sense.

Retaining the original entry door, the 8x8x16 “solider” patterned concrete block was sandblasted to provide texture and to blend new with old. Vaulted ceilings and offset pivot doors open the outdoors connecting you to the yard, landscape and views. Painted block remains in the original bedrooms for a period feel and the home provides you with the original Master repurposed for an ultimate en-suite guest room. Two guest baths feature imported Italian fixtures, large open showers and modern ceramic and glass tile.

The original fireplace hearth anchors the home while the exposed center beam provides a signature vaulted ceiling and 12 feet of pivot doors expand the living room to the exterior patios. Rich natural cherry floors draw the eye across the space and allow for the warmth of the sophisticated material to compliment the modern interior. Virtually the entire home has been reglazed with tinted, dual-pane, mill-finished aluminum windows.

The kitchen opens to the family room for a connection to guests and the outdoor views. Designed for serious cooking and entertaining, top of the line appliances include Thermador oven and 6-burner gas cooktop, built-in Viking fridge and quartz composite counters. This space includes a wonderful seated island with work space galore. You’ll also find a wine cooler and amazing storage throughout.

The comfortable family room offers a built-in desk/casual dining table, excellent storage and a wood and metal entertainment center featuring surround-sound wiring and a stainless steel clad fireplace. Tile floors make living easy and double doors open to the patio for alfresco dining and casual gatherings.

The Master Suite addition offers a spa-like bath, a built-in desk plus a separate office alcove, oversized walk-in closet and a direct connection to the views and yard through full-glazed double doors and windows. A subtle vertical fireplace adds visual warmth and romance; matching concrete block adds texture and design continuity. A pet-door allows your furry friends easy access to the secure yard.

The bath will astound you with Zen-like beauty and clarity of design: skylights provide natural light to the oversized dual vanity sinks featuring natural wood cabinets and stone top. A large oval soaking tub is framed by an innovative custom wood and plaster wall; a full length glass double shower features a private view to the outdoors.

The yard is a complete respite from the world offering a perfectly placed Pebble Tec pool which follows the lines of the house, modern sculptural steel water feature, ample patios and built-in BBQ. Desert landscape includes a mature specimen Joshua tree, synthetic turf lawn and a gas fire ring for warm gatherings on cool desert nights. You’ll find exterior lighting throughout including era-perfect vintage globe post lamps. Stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the “praying monk” are available day and night. The enclosed yard is dog friendly.

This “Heart of Paradise Valley” location offers a glorious view of the surrounding mountains. 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. A walker’s dream, you will find access to trails, parks and bike paths.

This home is offered for the first time and is shown by appointment. NEW TO MARKET!

Accepting Back Up Offers!!! Al Beadle Bridgewood

A rare find: This sublime townhome in Al Beadle’s Bridgewood has been carefully renovated with designer interiors. Inside you’ll find complete attention to detail and thoughtful planning: the space has been transformed into an open and peaceful sanctuary. Soaring ceilings and upgraded glazing allow for complete interaction with the exteriors. Hidden glass door panels and designer lighting complete the scene. The kitchen and baths are superb. Built-in details define this space which includes highest quality appointments: polished chrome and nickel finished hardware and faucets, select Carrera marble and custom wood cabinetry couple with finished concrete and French-style parquet floors. The end unit location allows for a generous private patio and a walk out view of the fountain and bridge. Privacy, luxury and abound in this fabulous home.

Modern Hillside – Edward B. Sawyer, AIA


With decades of experience, numerous Design Awards and more than 150 completed projects, Architect Ned Sawyer is one of Arizona’s most significant modern architects. His design philosophy is always site specific, and this home is no different. Completely updated, this is one special home, at an amazing price!

This Hillside home was designed by Architect Ned Sawyer AIA, recognized for his distinctive Modern designs. Positioned for maximum views along the top of this 1.45+- acre desert Hillside site, the home subtly commands the landscape, but never overwhelms the natural beauty of the location. Vaulted wood ceilings, loft-style master suite and open plan make for dramatic interiors that include oak wood and finished concrete floors. Freshly painted gallery finished walls are highlighted by the decorator lighting. Split plan includes three bedrooms while the master bath includes a glorious shower and oversized tub with jets. The master closet is oversized and there is an adjacent work/study/office.

The updated kitchen includes a full suite of features and appliances. There is a view patio with built-in BBQ. The acre+ lot gains privacy and is loaded with potential for additions, pool and more. The garage has extra air conditioned space for shop/storage; even a convenience toilet.

Outside you’ll marvel at the standing-seam-metal roof, smooth plastered walls and original redwood decking with architectural cable-rail barriers. Stunning views surround this home offering intimate mountain vistas and city lights, all from the super location close to the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.

With new paint inside and out, refinished floors and more, this home has been completely freshened and is ready to enjoy without any work. The location is superb with all that this popular location has to offer including convenient shopping, freeway access and wonderful Paradise Valley Schools too!

Here is your rare opportunity to own an architectural home designed by a name that has contributed so much to our Valley! Modern Hillside Living… Don’t miss it!

Camelback PV Mid-Century – Blaine Drake Architect

WOW! – SUPER HOT NEW PRICE!  This choice Blaine Drake designed home in Paradise Valley’s Stone Canyon is a rare find!

Designed in 1959-60 by Arizona Architect Blaine Drake, the home has had only two owners since new. Combining a wonderful history with unspoiled original details and finishes, this house defines 1950’s and 60’s mid-century desert-modern living. Thoughtful additions, as well as modest updating, make this move-in ready or restore this home to create a sanctuary in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. Stunning red rock views surround this home located in the Stone Canyon area of Camelback Mountain. The original architectural details are intact including Drake signatures such as exposed wood and beam ceiling construction, natural wood finishes, original turquoise beams and a floating steel fireplace. The floor plan embraces indoor/outdoor relationships that wrap the pool and patios.

White tile floors, natural cork and original paneling keep this home authentic. The split-plan offers a generous master suite with built in closets and connected studio/office filled with abundant natural light and a separate entrance. There are three additional bedrooms, one with en-suite bath. The formal dining room offers a built-in buffet for entertaining and opens to the front patio. The current owners have enjoyed this comfortable home since the 1970s, completing the additions, all of which are seamless to the original design. It’s rare to find a Mid-century home in such original condition that combines location, views and affordability, especially in Paradise Valley. Shown by Appointment Only.

About Architect Blaine Drake:

Mr. Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. According to ASU, Mr. Drake designed approximately two hundred projects during his career, nearly two-thirds of which were constructed. Thankfully, for us in Arizona, most of his work was in the Phoenix area and focused on residential architecture, though he also designed office, medical, and apartment buildings and churches.

Mr. Drake was one of the few Wright apprentices to pursue a successful independent practice. He was an advocate of energy-efficient design in the desert. He received national and international recognition for his work. Blaine Drake retired from architectural practice in 1985. His remaining buildings are highly sought after and indeed very special.

His Architectural Archive is located at Arizona State University.