Editor’s Letter–November 2019
The dreamiest homes in the Valley.
By John Roark
During my formative years parked in front of the TV with a buffet of shockingly non-nutritious after-school snacks spread before me, I would watch reruns of “I Dream of Jeannie.” Whenever the mischievous heroine returned to her bottle, I would marvel at her colorful, gilded glass dwelling, which was unlike anything I had ever seen. Regardless of the fact that it consisted only of a 360-degree sectional sofa and a bunch of throw pillows—and was without plumbing, a kitchen or storage—I thought, “Now that would be a cool place to live.” It may have been my first personal conceptualization of a dream home. Thankfully my tastes have evolved, and I grew up to live in an actual house, not a furnished decanter.
In this issue, we invite you to experience a collection of truly remarkable Valley residences. From a sprawling estate that includes its own bowling alley and beauty salon, to an urban apartment with lofty golf-course views, to a Biltmore manse with lovingly manicured French-inspired gardens, we trust that these homes will inspire some daydreams of your own.
Speaking of spectacular houses, we hope you’ll join us at the annual Phoenix Home & Garden Home Tour, Saturday, Nov. 9. Five singular sensations in Arcadia, Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale represent a range of architectural and decor styles for you to explore during this self-guided event. VIP ticket holders will kick off the day with brunch at Royal Palms Resort and Spa and enjoy exclusive access to a sixth residence. This is a day we look forward to every year, and the 2019 lineup promises to make this one of our most memorable tours yet. For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit phgmag.com/hometour.