Paradise Valley Palatial
written by David M. Brown
This ultimate Arizona estate home offers the highest levels of luxury, security and privacy in guard-gated Judson Estates, Paradise Valley, one of the country’s most desired zip codes.
Built commercial grade with concrete, ICFs and steel roof trusses, the two-level Santa Barbara/Tuscan home comprises 26,393 square feet of livable space (32,115 including loggias and patios), with room for expansion on a 1.6-acre mountainview cul-de-sac lot, 6659 East Indian Bend Road.
Distinguished by rows of grand columns, Roman arches, groin vault hallways and other rich Italian villa details, the home is distinguished by a 4,634-square-foot underground car collector’s garage as well as a four-car ground-level RV-height garage.
Featuring a presidential-suite-sized master bedroom and bathroom on the ground level, the home also has a separate casita with a dedicated entrance/exit; multiple guest suites; an office/library; and a spectacular kitchen.
In addition, reminiscent of Venice, a front-courtyard reflecting pool wraps an “island” dining room, and another reflecting pool in the back yard dramatizes the heated diving pool/spa area, which also includes an almost 1,000-square-foot pool house with a barbecue area.
“Because this palatial home is in the last few months of construction and interior finishes, you can personalize it to your taste if you act now,” says Frank Aazami, principal of the Private Client Group, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale.
In the 14,490-square-foot basement, the collector garage can showcase as many as 20 of your classics or become a ball room/event center for large-scale entertaining and fund-raising. From the ground level, three stairways provide access as well as an elevator. Large light wells illuminate the cool underground space in the same way as multiple skylights brighten the first level.
Here, too, in the lower level is a wine cellar capable of storing 10,000 bottles and an adjacent tasting/cigar room; a 1,377-square foot sport/gaming room for bowling lanes; and a batting area or a shooting range. The lower level also has a 1,912-square-foot pool; theater; hair salon; exercise, steam and sauna rooms; a bank-grade vault for your art, jewelry or garments; and a separate climate-controlled fur/clothes room.
Nowadays, luxury-market agents freely use “resort-style home,” but this home justifies that praise and much more. “Every amenity is at your fingertips on site, you are within walking distance of the new world-class Ritz Carlton resort and boutique shops and a few blocks away are the many lifestyle offerings of Scottsdale,” says Jean Michel Edery, a Private Client Group associate who is co-brokering the property. “Bring all of your dreams, and this very special home will make them real.”
A Regal Place, Resplendent Spaces
The Lot 21 home has already required years of commitment.
“Looking at this project has made me realize the tremendous amount of work, care and passion that was dedicated into the completed set of construction documents,” says Luis Bonilla, principal of Peoria-based Antigua Home Design, which facilitated the approval of the complex plans by the town of Paradise Valley. Bonilla has completed and is working on homes in Scottsdale luxury communities such as Silverleaf, DC Ranch and Estancia.
The home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms for your large, growing or extended family and overnight guests. It’s a split master plan, a great opportunity for live-in parents or other guests. The larger east-side master has a dedicated exit, a generously sized walk-in closet, a sitting room and three fireplaces, two connected, and a dedicated washer and dryer. Finished in marble, the master suite bathroom includes a separate shower and jetted tub; double sinks; a toilet room; and a bidet.
The most popular room in any home, the kitchen features three walk-in coolers; energy-efficient gas appliances; wall ovens; a walk-in pantry; granite countertops; a kitchen island; and a reverse osmosis water system. Adjacent is a breakfast room.
On the lower level, the overheight lower-level garage is temperature controlled and the ground-level features four bays with stylish swing-out doors, attached cabinets and a storage area. Outside is additional covered space for cars and another 48 slab spaces.
You enter the basement garage by car along a slowly descending driveway from the street level. “We tested the lip of the decline into the driveway with a McLaren, which is very low to the ground, and we didn’t bottom out,” Aazami notes. “So, you can be comfortable bringing in Corvettes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Lotuses and other sports cars without fear of damage.”
Outside are irrigated, landscaped front and rear yards, covered patios courtyards, a children’s play area and a misting system for summer comfort.
Energy efficiency is at the highest level. Four tankless water heaters, for instance, ensure constant hot water, even with multiple guests.
In addition to its superior structure, the north-south-aligned home has been spray-foamed on both levels, and 17 natural-gas-powered high-SEER HVAC units serve the home, which has been multi-zoned and incorporates a programmable thermostat.
“The walls are six inches thick,” Aazami says. “I’ve been in the basement in the summer, and without any air-conditioning you feel like it’s on, so I expect that the units will not have to work very hard.”
Dual and triple-pane low-E windows and doors have been custom made in Italy, and mechanical sun shades provide additional comfort.
For convenience, the entry is zero grade, and the hallways are 36 inches wide. Moreover, the home has been wired for surround sound, intercom, satellite dish, security system, Smart home technology and remote devices. Lighting includes recessed ICATs and soffit.
In addition, a central vacuum, fire sprinklers and water softener are included.
“Looking for perfection?” Edery asks. “Find it on Lot 21 in Judson Estates.”
Your Timing is Just Right
To the real estate mantra, “Location, Location, Location,” add “Timing, Timing, Timing.”
“This home is in a unique stage in the building process, not too far along that a buyer can’t make it their own and far enough along that the buyer does not need to deal with the headaches of building permits,” says Shea Ryan, who opened Shea Ryan Interiors in Scottsdale in 2006. “It is a blank slate of opportunity.”
To complete the interior spaces, he is partnering with Scottsdale’s Kim Harvey Creamer Interiors, founded in 1997. “We have teamed up on this project as it is far too much for just one person,” she says. “What a treasure of a home to be a part of.”
Ryan and Creamer explain that the Judson Estates home needs finish work, lighting and wall coverings completed.
“This is the opportune time to buy this home in its current state because it is at the stage where you can make the home personal and create the interiors to reflect your wishes. Yes, the overall feel of the home is there but it is at this stage where you can add personality to the spaces and layer the interiors and really bring the spaces to life.
The large 3-ft-square light travertine stone flooring on the ground level, for example, provides many options for complementary finishes. “This home lends itself to mixing old and new, clean-lined upholstery with a mix of case goods and antiques,” Ryan adds. “A perfect interior will help create a balance with the scale of the home and all of the stone work. Now is the fun part of the process!”
Aazami adds: “To get to this stage on a home of this magnitude would take at least three years of design, approval, delivery of materials and construction, not to mention the stress. This very high-level estate home would cost millions more in today’s market, probably at least $1,000 a square foot.
“You’re picking up years of time and money buying now. Come, see what you’re getting.”
This superlative Paradise Valley home is offered at $13 million. The MLS listing is at www.pcgagents.com/Judson For questions, or to schedule your exclusive in-person tour, please call or text Frank Aazami, 480.266.0260, frank@pcgAgents.com.