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2014 Home Descriptions

Extreme Dream:
Chic Chateau
A long driveway lined with sour orange trees leads to this brand-new 6,800-square-foot estate designed in the style of a French Manor House and situated on a gated 3-acre property with 360-degree mountain views. Pavers zig-zag across the lawn to the front door, which is painted blue, and rooms showcase a mix of materials ranging from reclaimed stone and beams, to bluestone flooring, limestone fireplaces and zinc countertops. Bright, airy and casually chic, this spacious family home is dressed to impress, from the foyer's crisp white millwork and checkerboard floor to the open kitchen with its white Viking range ensconced in a tiled niche, to a great room with doors that pocket open to a large covered patio and beyond, where a pool area awaits in a vineyardlike setting.

Dream Homes:
Peak Perfection
Peaked roofs define this custom central-Phoenix home offering the appeal of a French country cottage. Boasting some 5,000 square feet, and such details as diamond-pane windows, picture-framed flooring, and recessed wood panels on stair risers, this amenity-rich residence oozes with charm indoors and out. It begins with a flower-bordered brick pathway leading to an intimate front courtyard, carries through the beautifully furnished interiors on two levels, and extends to a spacious backyard featuring a pool ramada, arbor and herb garden.

Mediterranean Paradise
The centerpiece of a beautifully landscaped gated property, this gracious two-story residence will sweep you away to another land. The journey begins with a tree-shaded courtyard, complete with fireplace, water features and sitting areas, and continues indoors with room after beautiful room offering much to admire. Unexpected delights include an interior atrium with a wall fountain, a large skylight accented with floating beams, and a covered outdoor living area overlooking a park-like yard with a pool and spa bordered by raised beds filled with flowers.

Warm Contemporary
This warm Contemporary passive-solar home packs a lot of design ideas into its 4,000 square feet. It consists of four stone and stacked masonry "boxes" linked with glass hallways that connect the home to garden courtyards. Thin cantilevered roofs offer shade; expansive sliding doors capture mountain views; and interiors feature Transitional furnishings, earthy colors and natural elements. Standouts include a wood mosaic vanity wall in the powder room, a master bath with an indoor/outdoor shower, and an angular three-sided negative-edge pool.

Desert Modern Masterpiece
Designed in 1979 by Arizona architect Ned Sawyer, and situated on a 2/3-acre lot, this 1981 AIA Home of the Year award winner was given new life by architect and current homeowner Richard Doria, who also redesigned the landscape. Now 3,500 square-feet, the concrete-block Phoenix home has a clean, tailored look and maintains a strong indoor-outdoor sensibility with its original storefront windows off the foyer and enlarged windows in many rooms. At the back of the house, outdoor living is celebrated with an observation deck offering expansive views, a bocce ball court and a dining pavilion.

House of Discovery
Recently remodeled, and boasting a sophisticated new kitchen and master bath, this 3,400 square-foot south Scottsdale home is filled with art and antiques collected from around the world by its owner, who also owns Pearson & Co., a firm specializing in interior plantscaping. Furnishings range from massive antique Mexican armoires and chests, to impressive canopy beds - including an opium bed from Bali - along with a variety of Buddha heads, which can be found indoors and out.

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