Take Happy Valley Road in scenic north Scottsdale to this grand Mediterranean-style home in guarded/gated Windy Walk, also known as Troon Village. Light, quiet and bright, with inspiring high desert views from every room, the 4,300-square-foot bi-level custom is on an acre-plus pie-shaped cul de sac lot that vees to an expansive backyard, set off from a neighborhood road by a community wall and pool/spa fencing. Beyond are unobstructed panoramic mountain views of Four Peaks and the Mazatzals to the east, landmark Toms Thumb and Weaver’s Needle south and Troon Mountain immediately northwest. A long paved road from the cul de sac invites you to an intimate courtyard fitted with an antique bell, reminiscent of early Southwest homes. Inside is a dramatic two-story rotunda foyer topped by clerestory windows and an iron chandelier. A tiered interior leads to the completely upgraded gourmet chef’s kitchen, breakfast nook and the family room.
This space opens out to a resort-like back yard with a large retiled negative-edge pool, waterfall, heated spa and a ramada with a gas fireplace. An outdoor shower has hot and cold water. “You’ll never take a shower inside again,” says the seller.
The back yard also has a covered patio for breakfast or dining, a rose garden, a new artificial grass area, flagstone pavers, mature landscaping and, when the time is right, relaxing quail-watching.
The home’s four bedrooms plus a flex den and 4 ½ bathrooms are well suited for a young family; an upstairs office has a dedicated stairway from the front courtyard. On the opposite side of the home is an L-configured four-car garage with finished floors; parking in the adjacent auto court provides for more cars or those of your guests. The recently updated attached casita on the ground level has white marble and black granite flooring. The remainder of the home also has stone and wood floors, with no high-maintenance carpet.
For guests or a live-in arrangement, the wheelchair-accessible casita has a dedicated outside entrance onto a private courtyard with a fountain. This room leads to the kitchen, making the home also ideal for a family who prefers fewer steps.
The all-new kitchen has wood cabinets and the finest appliances, including a Viking range, two Bosch dishwashers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and wine storage unit. The island’s new quartz countertop is underlit, and a pass-through window above the sink, with dramatic views of Troon Mountain, adds to the home’s many entertainment assets. The adjacent butler’s pantry can easily be transformed into a temperature-controlled wine cellar.
A winding underlit stairwell from the entry rotunda leads to the upstairs master, featuring a large his-and-hers closet, washer and dryer and conveniences such as a built-in refrigerator and coffee-maker. A soaking tub and his-and-hers vanities are included in the luminous bathroom suite, and the shower stall has new contemporary tilework. The room is radiused for the mountain views, and a balcony overlooks the elegant dark-blue-tiled pool.
Among the many recently updated components are dual high-efficiency Goodman® air-conditioning units, tile roof, dual-pane windows, doors and an animal-protected drip-irrigation system.
“We have enjoyed the great lifestyle that Troon affords, in particular, the privacy, quiet, the ever-changing sunrise and set views, the high elevations,” He notes that Troon, at 2,400 feet, is about 1,000 feet higher than much of Scottsdale. As a result, temperatures are a number of degrees cooler (see winder wonderland images), aided also by foothills breezes, low community density and minimal lights and traffic. “Every few winters, we enjoy snow dustings here, and the mountain peaks become pure white for days,”. “Just magical.
“If you want a luxury home in maximum tranquility, close to the Four Seasons Resort, with outstanding hiking and biking trails and a refuge from all of the stress, this is an ideal home in an ideal community.” Private, Peaceful Scottsdale’s Troon celebrates Scotland’s Troon, site of the Royal Troon golf course, a host for the Open Golf Championship.
Minutes from the home is the 1,400-acre environmentally sensitive, remodeled a few years ago Troon Country Club. To accommodate multiple skills, the Jay Morrish- and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course has tee markers for course lengths from 5,167 to 7,041 yards.
The privately owned Troon Golf & Country Club has a 9,000-square-foot health and wellness center, tennis and pickleball courts, a pool, dining and posts an extensive schedule of members’ activities (trooncc.com).
The home is private and sheltered. Protecting the western exposure of the home from the afternoon sun is 3,478-foot-high Troon Mountain, with its community-signature boulders. On another side of the home, a rip rap-lined natural wash and native vegetation buffers the property from the neighbor’s. “During the summer monsoons, it’s wonderful to watch the water rush down between the properties to lower ground,”
On the garage side is a boulder-strewn knoll separating the home from that neighbor’s. “It’s NAOS [Natural Area Open Space] land, room for expansion,” Look for our favorite rock formation that resembles the head of a dolphin, the Puppy and Heart shaped formations. “We often hike up there, and the views are even more spectacular at the top; It’s also a good place to take a book to read or watch the stars, since north Scottsdale protects against light pollution.”
The final property on the cul-de-sac is the very large home built by the community’s developer, enhancing adjacent home values.
“This is a move-in home in one of the most desirable desert communities in the Southwest,” “It combines contemporary luxury, low maintenance and significant recent upgrades.”
The fine Windywalk home at Troon is offered at $1.899 million; the owner/agent may offer seller financing and consider a trade. It can be sold with or without the furnishings.