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A taste of Park Place in the Valley

Park Place homes can be placed just about anywhere, says Calvis Wyant of Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes.

The Scottsdale-based custom home builder recently completed four of the one- and-two-story homes at Silverleaf, the 2,000-acre gated home community in north Scottsdale. Because of their success — all four are sold and nearing completion — the company is offering them in other premium neighborhoods.

calvisw2The Park Place homes range from 3,500 to 5,200 square feet, in a variety of architectural styles and with exterior finishes including brick, stucco and stone.

Calvis Wyant expects new-builds to sell in the $1.5 million range to buyers who have already purchased land. “These homes, with their focus on taking full advantage of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of Arizona, will work on lots from as little as 12,000 square feet up to a half acre or more,” says Scott Edwards, the company’s vice president. “We’d love to build more at Silverleaf, too; I wish I had 20 more lots.”

“We think that Park Place homes will work in many fine communities in the Phoenix area — neighborhoods like Arcadia, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, in particular,” adds Tony Calvis, who handles marketing and sales for the 27-year-old design-build firm. His business partner, Gary Wyant, AIA, designed the Park Place homes as well as many of the company’s other projects.

“Empty-nesters, retirees, second- and vacation-home owners will find these homes uniquely attractive, with their spaciousness, flexibility in design and lifestyle amenities,” explains Calvis, whose experience in home-building began more than 30 years ago as a carpenter.

“Gary has an innate ability to design a space with volume, scale and proportion that invites light and maximizes views — all with a flow that suits a particular family’s lifestyle,” he adds.

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Wyant notes: “One of the assets of these courtyard-style homes is that we customize them to our clients’ needs. While we offer a variety of floorplans, these can be changed. For example, a second office for her, an extra bedroom, a casita or any other room can be added where needed.

“We can also add a wall, a window, a set of French doors. We can even add a second floor, with an extra bedroom or two and game and media rooms. Or a wine room or barbecue patio. These are true custom homes, just more intimately sized.”

Calvis Wyant has built single homes at Silverleaf since owner DMB Associates opened the luxury golf community almost 12 years ago in 8,300-acre DC Ranch. Designed for 736 homes at high-desert elevations of 1,700 to 3,000 feet, Silverleaf is noted not only for its scenic setting against the McDowell Mountains but also for the community’s Tom-Weiskopf-designed 18-hole golf course and its 50,000-square-foot luxurious clubhouse, including a spa, restaurant, golf shop and other features.

The Park Place homes perfectly fit the Silverleaf niche and market needs. As the community was closing out the majority of its lot sales about two years ago, during the Valley’s four-year Great Recession, Calvis Wyant acquired DMB Associates’ Mediterranean-style sales office and transformed it into a high-end residence, eventually selling it to the current owners.

Across from the office was a large parking lot, which for a decade had accommodated potential buyers, brokers and Silverleaf staff. Here, Calvis and Wyant saw the opportunity to place four homes on spacious lots — homes that reiterated company standards for excellence and personal service as well as aligned with the luxury neighborhood style and active-lifestyle spirit that residents, and potential homebuyers, identify with Silverleaf.

Capitalizing on market

“Calvis Wyant’s Park Place models here at Silverleaf came out at just the right time when a down market needed a new and different product,” says Debbie Beardsley, associate broker for The Silverleaf Group, a division of the DMB Realty Network. “These were up-to-date homes with bright quality finishes and generous single-story square-footage. All the stars were aligned for these homes, and they have made a wonderful addition to the outstanding Silverleaf community.”

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 8.32.07 AM copyDavid O’Donoghue, senior vice president of Club and Resort Operations at DMB and the general manager at Silverleaf, adds: “The Calvis Wyant Park Place homes brought the Silverleaf community spacious living spaces, such as light-filled kitchens and bathrooms. These homes, in particular, fit the unique high-end lifestyle niche that Silverleaf represents.

“We’re not a second-home, vacation-home community like some of the areas farther north in Scottsdale,” he explains. “In the 11 years since Silverleaf opened, we have found that our owners are engaged in every facet of life.”

“They enjoy the neighborhood spirit our homes offer, the parks that surround them, the welcoming streetscape. You’ll see them hiking early in the morning, taking children to our Copper Ridge School, biking, golfing, enjoying our magnificent clubhouse. These are active families with a great deal of social connectivity. They like to open up their homes, entertain friends and family.

“Silverleaf is not your ‘typical’ exclusive gated community, and companies like Calvis Wyant not only build great houses here but great spaces where people want to live robustly,” O’Donoghue adds. “With these homes, Tony Calvis and Gary Wyant really took a visionary leap when they built them in the spirit of our very connected neighborhoods.”

Suited to lifestyle

Curt and Cathy Stoelting moved into one of the Park Place Silverleaf homes in March. This is a second home for the couple, who live outside Chicago in Aurora, Ill.

He’s a golfer, she’s a get-up-and-go morning person; both are bikers and hikers. “We would visit the Phoenix/Scottsdale area but got tired of staying in hotels but adore the weather and friendly people,” she says. So, they began searching for a second home in the Valley, a place to live seasonally and visit when the desert called.

“After four or five days looking at everything in the area, I walked in the model home next door and said, ‘I’m done.’ This was the perfect thing — clean lines, amazing quality and lots of indoor and outdoor space.”

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 8.32.38 AMOne daughter is attending the Arizona Culinary Institute — inspired by Cathy, a chef with a culinary degree. She does restaurant consulting, developing menus and blogging on food.
“That was one of the reasons we chose this home,” she says. “We immediately loved the combination kitchen and great room. Curt and I love to cook, and cook with friends. The kitchen and the outdoor living space are going to be great for entertaining.”

The Stoeltings were assisted by the Calvis Wyant team throughout the process. “Designing and building custom homes is very personal,” Calvis says. “It’s a people business, a service business.”

A vision realized

Cathy and Calvis Wyant also coordinated with Mesa-based interior designer, Caroline Decesare, who provided a light and bright interior: “We have heavy Mediterranean in Chicago, and we wanted something very different here,” she says.

Their home, as with the three others, offers features such as mountain views, eight-foot paneled doors, a swimming pool, a light-filled great room with ceiling beams and large clerestory windows and a home-control system featuring Lutron and Savant systems.
At the same time, they added glass to the front door for more light and, also for additional welcome, a water feature at the entry courtyard. “Our guests love to keep the guest bedroom windows open to listen to the water falling,” she says.

Inside, they added a sliding barn door from the great room to the study, and Calvis Wyant customized the cabinets to accommodate their washer and dryer. Cathy asked that the doors be deleted; in place are stylish baskets to hold sundries.

Says Cathy: “I had a vision of what I wanted the house to look like, and Calvis Wyant was amazing in making that happen.”

The pitch and the product appealed to the Stoeltings’ new wall neighbor as well. In April, Calvis and his family moved into the home just east of theirs. “We really enjoy the Silverleaf lifestyle — and we already knew how great the neighbors on all three sides would be,” he says, with a big smile.

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Hot in Scottsdale: An Insiders’ Look into what will become Scottsdale’s latest trends

Frank Aazami, of the Private Client Group, Russ Lyon I Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale, says local home-building continues to look up.

Because of the imbalance between population growth and new home-building, the Valley has several years of rising prices ahead, he says. “How fast and how high they rise, I cannot tell, but the idea that prices could fall significantly in the near term because of excess supply is not in sight,” he says.
Aazami also expects a demand surge from California residents and companies. “Compared to most of California, housing in Central Arizona is still ridiculously affordable — even if interest rates were to double,” he says.


Arizona Residential Architects $5,000 donationArizona Residential Architects (ARA) recently donated $5,000 to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. SARRC is internationally recognized for the services it delivers to families impacted by autism, from early intervention for toddlers through vocational and life skills programs for teens and adults. SARRC is also an important contributor to national research trials seeking answers and effective treatments for autism.
Brent Kendle and other members of the ARA, a group of distinguished Valley architects dedicated to luxury residential design, attended the 15th Annual SARRC Community Breakfast May 2 at the Arizona Biltmore. Kendle’s wife, Jeri, is the president of the group.

The Dialogue House, designed by Wendell Burnette, AIA, and built by Construction Zone, both Phoenix, appeared on the April cover of Dwell Magazine. Completed in 2012, the 2,700-square foot-home is, writes Burnette, “a gestalt instrument for touching the full range and specificity of desert light.”

Swaback Partners, Scottsdale, is working on final plans for Iron Horse Hotel Arizona, a 165-room hotel, spa and conference center on the Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community adjacent to Scottsdale as well as numerous homes at Martis Camp, a North Tahoe, Nev., development masterplanned by the firm.

Nick Tsontakis, AIA design, Mummy MountainNick Tsontakis, AIA, is planning a 16,500-square-foot custom home atop Mummy Mountain. The contemporary-style home will include three elevators, an eight-car garage and two infinity-edge pools that will “fall” from the south and north sides of the home. “The home captures views on the north and south while hugging the mountain ridge in the center,” says the Scottsdale architect, who expects completion by the fourth quarter of 2016.

Brent Kendle, AIA, LEED AP, has several projects in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, four under construction and three others in design. The Scottsdale-based architect is also starting design for an 18,000–22,000-square-foot contemporary home outside London for a client who saw one of his Desert Mountain Scottsdale homes on a website in London.

Desert Mountain

Desert Mountain

Interior designers

The award-winning Ernesto Garcia, ASID, is still winning. At the most recent ASID Awards, the Phoenix interior designer was called five times, including a First Place in Residential.

Scottsdale’s inimitable Janet Brooks, ASID, has two homes under construction, in Desert Mountain and Whisper Rock. The second, designed by Clint Miller, AIA, and built by Archer Custom Homes, combines traditional 12-inch adobe walls integrated with contemporary building procedures.

Susan Hersker, ASID, and business partner Elaine Ryckman, Allied ASID, have two projects under way, a spec home in Desert Mountain and a major remodel in Estancia. “We are also working on furnishings projects where we are ‘de-Tuscanizing’ — getting rid of the heavy, dark furniture and fabrics. We are seeing much more interest in contemporary styles, lighter colors and patterns in fabrics and light-medium wood tones,” Ryckman says.

Studio V Interior Design, Katherine Pullen, partner, Allied ASID, partner, Scottsdale, has been awarded the interior design contract for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Est Est, Tony and Blake Sutton, recently completed a 7,200-square-foot Fountain Hills residence, combining the finest of European styling with contemporary lighter tones and textures. “The close working relationship with Hollanti Custom Homes, LLC made this a successful experience from start to finish,” says Bianca Olsson, who, with Elaine Alexander, served as co-designers for Scottsdale-based Est Est Inc.


Tom Monte

Tom Monte

La Casa Builders, Ron Steege and Tim Larson, principals, are offering a contemporary 6,000-square-foot design/build home in Paradise Valley. This hillside custom, available through Brian Miller Sotheby’s International Realty, will capture the indoor/outdoor Arizona lifestyle with views of Camelback Mountain, Papago Buttes and Phoenix city lights.

Arizona Structures is expanding its expertise into Arcadia, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
In just four years, the Gilbert-based general contracting company, led by partners Tom Monte and Dave Green, has established itself with new build and remodeling projects in East Valley cities such as Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler.

Scottsdale’s Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes is offering its Park Place Series of homes at select locations throughout the Valley. First built at Silverleaf in north Scottsdale, the 3,700–5,100-square-foot luxury homes have a cottage/vintage style and are perfect for empty nesters, says Tony Calvis, company principal with Gary Wyant. “They are lighter and refreshing but without sacrificing amenities or luxury.”


AlyshaanThe new inventory at Alyshaan Fine Rugs, in the Scottsdale Design Center, includes Ikat designs and bamboo silk rugs. The Indian-made 8-by-10-foot Ikat rug is handspun wool and natural dyes.

Scottsdale-based Hydroscapes, Roger (II) and Sheri Soares, is completing a variety of projects Valleywide. For one, an uncompleted pool/spa, they removed the existing spa and moved it to a different location and added copper spillways bronze-colored to match the house trim. The second is a combination play pool/diving pool with a spa and fire pit area.

Larry Langhurst and Bernie Becker, Woodesign, Phoenix, recently finished the Gagganeu kitchen at Allstate Appliances, Scottsdale. The showroom features a totally suspended design from automotive buffed and polished pau ferro. The countertops were miter-folded to continue the sweeping concept of the design.

In addition, with Scottsdale interior designer, David Michael Miller, ASID, Woodesign completed a large contemporary-style home in Desert Mountain, designed by Tempe architect David Wade. The home features a curved pau ferro kitchen, bees’s wing eucalyptus on all interior doors and giant sliding barn doors, also in pau ferro, Langhurst says.

Arizona Solar Solutions, Pat Lamore Jr. CEO, Phoenix, is offering a new generation of solar panel financing, up to 10 years at 2.99%, with no money down to those with good credit. With a monthly payment under $200, the company says that homeowners get a payback period of two years and can save almost $100,000 over the course of two decades — and increase equity.


At Desert Mountain in North Scottsdale, the dedication of the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center was held May 8 for community members and their guests. Special guests were Geri Flick and 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Champion Tom Lehman, who was the keynote speaker.

Flick served as the PGA director of instruction at Desert Mountain from 1987–2005 and spent five decades coaching more than 200 PGA professionals — including his most famous student, Jack Nicklaus, and countless amateurs and junior golfers.
In addition, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale has received the 2012 Developer Award from American Trails, a national nonprofit. Desert Mountain was recognized for a 6.6-mile private trail system within a 3,000-acre natural preserve in the community.

The three trails within the Desert Mountain trail system serve as a link between the community’s residential areas and three million acres of the Tonto National Forest.