Car Heaven on Church Road
Car Lovers: Here’s a high-octane desert home to showcase your oh-so-cool rides.
On 8.1 acres in Pinnacle Peak Heights in prime North Scottsdale 85255, the seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom two-story custom, with separate casita, is 12,500-plus square feet of luxury, extraordinary multi-mile desert mountain views, entertainment wow!, exquisite detail and serenity.
You will enjoy man-caving in 2,200 square feet of garage, with seven bays accommodating nine cars. Two bays are extended, two are fitted with lifts and one bay is fully carpeted, including a chandelier, for a showroom finish. Furniture-quality cabinetry, a built-in pressure washer and drain allow the owner or vendors ample room to service and detail the collection.
Built in 1990 by Unicom, the Contemporary Rustic Tudor Estate, 23035 N. Church Road, was completely renovated and expanded from the original 8,500 square feet in 2004 by Monster Builders of Phoenix, as designed by SB Design Group, Scottsdale.
“My clients sought a retreat and reprieve from the day to day,” says Steven Benitez, design professional and principal of SB Design Group. “They also sought the ability to effortlessly entertain large numbers of guests as they so often did.”
Enjoy your cars as well as great movies, music and live entertainment with friends and family in the unique detached theater. The ultra-room features 32 fully reclining virtual reality seats, incorporating Buttkicker® simulators: If a Ferrari burns the asphalt, you see and feel the screech; if there’s an earthquake on screen, the shake is in your seat.
In addition, the theater has a snack bar and soda station, popcorn machine, his and hers bathrooms and an audio and lighting room, even a green room. A full stage provides opportunities for live performances and plays. And, the room easily flexes for business meetings and live TV feeds.
For outdoors entertaining, the home has three prep, serve and bar areas: one adjacent to the interior kitchen and living room; another just off the pool and spa with a giant screen viewable from the pool; and a third, the stand-alone outdoor kitchen, which Benitez sited for large and small parties, with the appointments of the finest traditional kitchens. “With an appearance of the tropics, a touch of rustic stone and simple contemporary metal roofing, this low-slung structure was designed to refrain from blocking city views and still easily entertain your guests,” he explains.
Adjacent to this kitchen are a putting green, fire pits, shuffleboard, lighted tennis and sport courts, numerous waterfalls and grottos and a pond.
A fully-tiled 96,000-gallon pool with 12 diving points, underwater sound system, and a one-story waterfall with a secret grotto sitting 12 provides your family, friends and guests a rare multi- sensuous combination of homey intimacy and resort grandeur.
“I have seen parties here of over 600 people here comfortably, fully catered, and I’ve also seen the family here with a few friends enjoying the privacy, peace and seclusion for a long weekend,” says Jason Seekell, the Monster Builders owner who helped build the home.
“Many homes boast of having a resort-style backyard,” says David Mayo, primary listing agent with the Private Client Group of Russ Lyon|Sotheby’s, Scottsdale. “But this home truly delivers on that promise. One look from either of the two second-floor view decks, across the pool, the water features and the greenery and into the mountains, and you’ll know you’re in a five-diamond home, for sure.”
Pro athletes and fitness devotees will also enjoy this home to relax and to stay on their game. Adjacent the home theater are full gym facilities, including a massage table, weight room, lockers, steam shower and tanning room. Just outside is a motorized current pool for laps. And, accessible to home are trails accessing the McDowell Mountain Preserve for superlative high-desert hiking and biking.
Among the many additions were two ensuite bedrooms with a connected private patio; a dramatic foyer; a larger yet intimate dining room, with details such as a stone fireplace, timber beams, iron details and intricate rustic lighting; three pairs of glass doors onto garden patios; thoughtfully situated entertainment bars; a second powder room; Smart Home technology; and detailed plans for extensive expansion vertically and horizontally.
The home also features an entertainment bar next to the dining room; wine and game rooms, a custom office, multiple sit-down bars and lounge space and a remarkable master suite with a raised Jacuzzi tub. “The owner loves to sit in the tub, watch movies from the drop-down TV, look outside at the waterfall and at the mountains,” Seekell says. “Where else can you get an experience like that?”
“This house has everything: views as far south as South Mountain, seclusion, peace and privacy with no vehicles and all of the amenities of a first-class resort,” says Frank Aazami, principal of the Private Client Group of Russ Lyon|Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale, who is listing the property with David Mayo.
“Most people leave their homes, even very fine ones, for getaways,” he says. “This home is a getaway –– every day.”
This remarkable car lover’s castle is offered at $7,995,000.
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