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An Idea Is Born

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: January, 2007, Page 22

The intoxicating aroma of piñon pines, pristine high-country vistas, and an almost palpable feeling that the Old West is alive and well lured Phoenix Home & Garden to Prescott’s 3,600-acre Talking Rock. The premier residential community, developed by Harvard Investments, is located on land formerly devoted to cattle ranching, the Cooper-Morgan Ranch.

Inspired by Talking Rock’s unique ranch-style concept, and also the land’s place in history, we’re building our own “spread” there—the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House. And true to its name, our ranch compound on an acre of wooded land will be chock-full of ideas for enjoying Arizona’s relaxed indoor-outdoor lifestyle. We will be revealing the completed project to readers in spring of 2007, with monthly updates in Phoenix Home & Garden, and on our Web site along the way.

Our architect, Daniel Eastburn, builder Gregory Mortimer, and interior designer Denise Scott-Weber have been busy turning our vision of casual Arizona ranch-style living into what will be a trio of structures with golf course and mountain views. Ground has been broken for a stone-encrusted main house; a barnlike garage with an upstairs bunkhouse; a homestead-style guest cottage; and a free-standing Cowboy Kitchen. Like Talking Rock itself, all are designed with goals of regional relevance and preservation of the landscape’s existing ruggedness.

This indeed is a landscape steeped in history. Archaeologists have found evidence of a prehistoric Native American presence in Prescott, with several centuries of that presence recorded on American Indian petroglyphs near and within Talking Rock.

We are proud to be among the locale’s latest residents, and one day will welcome readers onto our wraparound porch and beyond.

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