The New York Times
On a private 1.72-acre corner lot, the Modern Desert Contemporary custom has been optimally sited for unobstructed views of landmark Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak and is minutes from the dining, shopping, recreational and cultural assets of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix. Sky Harbor International Airport is 20 minutes south, and there are several private and municipal airports in close proximity.
With six-bedrooms and six full and three half bathrooms, the single-level includes an independent guest wing comprising a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
The automotive fan will enjoy the 2,000-square-foot double-height garage, which has six spaces; with stowing lifts added, this capacity doubles. Offering ample cabinetry, storage and workspace, the garage directly accesses the main living quarters. For those with larger car collections, more bays can be added on the adjacent land.
Four years in design and construction by the owner, the Camino Sin Nombre home is just months short of completion, allowing you the opportunity to customize it to your needs.
“You will save money that you’d have to spend to build a masterpiece like this –– to capture the views, to create its unique floor plan and the organic touch of its structural components,” he adds. “You can come in now with your interior expert and finish and furnish it to your taste. This is a great opportunity for a lucky buyer.”
“This house is amazing, one of a kind. And, the new owner can complete the home to their desires, which is a special opportunity,” explains Keith R. Galbut, President of Advocate-Residential Construction Advisors, also Phoenix, who is serving as an owners representative and consultant. Other master vendors can be recommended for additional millwork, landscaping and enhancements to the prewired audio/visual, home automation and security systems.
“However this home is finished, and by what owner, it will be warm, spiritual, ethereal, artful and exciting,” Wilson says. “It is big enough and intimate enough to entertain hundreds and also serve as an inviting family home. This remarkable home can answer to all of your needs and moods.”
This flexibility informed the vision from the start. “We wanted to have a unique home that captured true modernist architectural theory and philosophy but that didn’t sacrifice warmth and livability,” says the owner, who had to change his moving plans to the Valley despite the time and money invested in the home.
“We wanted the home to provide us with open, airy and efficient living spaces that were specifically programmed for an active lifestyle and that would allow for both grand entertaining and still provide an enormous amount of intimate spaces and experiences.”
Built-in an angled “U” shape, the Camino Sin Nombre home features two mirroring corridors, one for the master bedroom and the other for the family bedrooms and guest quarters. These and the home’s central corridor make this an art-collector’s dream space, especially with custom lighting by the inimitable Walter Spitz, Creative Designs in Lighting (CDL), Scottsdale.
Between these bedroom corridors, uniting them is a focal point 25-meter zero-edge lap and reflecting pool, which repeats their geometry outdoors. Electronically controlled curtains on the floating window system along both passageways will offer privacy and shade on demand.
The inspired design and rich materials palette ensure the achievement of the home. “We wanted the architecture to be aesthetic, and we wanted the home’s structure to define that,” the owner explains.
To this end, extensive poured-in-place white concrete, using snap ties and board-form techniques, appears inside and out, celebrating the strength, character and candor of the home. Custom steel siding and metal structural materials intensify this theme. Similarly inspired interior materials to include granite, steel and glass.
“You want to touch these walls, they are so expressive and a central concept of this remarkable home,” Wilson explains. “Whenever I visit, that’s exactly what I do, and I immediately connect to the energy and inspiration.”
In the same way, polished custom white concrete floors add to the crispness of the design as well as the comfort of a desert home without carpeting.
Paradise Valley is an exclusive enclave and offers privacy and luxury.
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2019-06-02 NYT Sunday Real Estate