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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


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