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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.

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Winning Holidays At Pat And Bob Bondurant's Paradise Valley Home

The 7,880-square-foot custom home of the legendary driver and founder of the world-famous Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Bob Bondurant and his wife Pat welcomes family, friends and racing associates with tinsel and gingerbread, garlands, glittering wreaths, food and festivity.

Since 1968, the Phoenix school, at Firebird International Raceway since 1989, has trained 400,000-plus students to be better drivers, including 90 percent of NASCAR drivers, movie and entertainment stars, kart racers, car enthusiasts, housewives, teenagers, military specialists and chauffeurs for anti-terrorist and anti-kidnapping training.

“On average, we have about a dozen close friends with kids and grandkids who love to tour the house during the holidays,” says Pat, whose grown children are Meagan and Jason. With daughter-in-law Nicole, Jason has two children, Ty and Payton.

“Following their Bondurant sugerplum overdose, the grandkids and others always leave with a cellophane-wrapped gingerbread boy or girl and squeal above the grown-ups they want a giant tree just like Ms. Pat’s,” says the Memphis, Tenn., native. She relocated from Seattle to Sedona in 2001, where she owns a television station. Two years later, she moved to the Valley with Meagan and Jason for their education.

The traditional, 16-foot twinkling tree in the living room recalls when close family friend, Elvis Presley, toting a gingerbread house for the family, stopped by Pat’s home in 1959. “I vowed to have a tree to bring that memory to my own children and grandchildren every year,” she adds, noting that all 800 gingerbread-themed and glittering ornaments are candy, sugarplum or gingerbread edibles.

In flight next to the candy-laden tree are eight, full-scale reindeer, suspended from the 24-foot ceiling, led by bright-shiny-nosed Rudolph. “I love the same surprise year after year when the visitors see that Rudolf is really up there,” she says. “This is the real-deal reindeer house.”

Rockin’ around the recession

Last Christmas, the jet-setting couple welcomed many others through their spectacularly decorated double front door.

Traditionally, they schedule the Bondurant School’s annual Christmas Party for about 100 employees and spouses at a plush Valley ballroom; but last year, with the prolonged recession, the couple hosted the party at home. It’s “a big hit,” reports Pat, who, as the school president, is guiding its future into new markets, such as global franchising, adding locations in the United States and attracting women as students, corporate planners and gift-buyers for husbands, dads, sons and boyfriends.

“The days of ties and cologne are over for holiday gifts,” Pat says. “Women are our biggest consumers of Bondurant course gift certificates. Their men love it because they can decide the course selections.”

The Bondurants also welcomed their neighbors —a doctor, a former World Champion Diamondback, an acquisitions broker — as well as those who look after their home such as landscapers, housekeepers and their families.

“The last few years in recession, some people have had no interest in putting up a tree or trimming the house,” Pat says. “We played down gift-giving with tight budgets, but nothing stops the annual Bondurant Gingerbread House Decorating Party; it leaves the entire house smelling like the gingerbread house family.”

The home itself is a snow-globe of holiday themes, colorfully wrapped and bow-tied to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays — particularly through the recession, which hit the Valley like a race car on a sharp-turn wall.

It was the Christmas dose of glitter, gingerbread houses, twinkly lights and eight flying reindeer that people needed: “Usually by the next day, Mom will get the calls that the Christmas spirit finally hit them, and our home put them in the mood as they were pulling decorations out of their attics,” Meagan says. “I love the magic it has on everyone.”

A winning gift — holidays and year-round

Finished with many of the couple’s individual and shared memories, the citrus-shaded, Santa Barbara-style one-story was built on two-plus acres in 1984 by Hermosa Homes, with design by David Ross, both from Scottsdale.

The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home and grounds include a 50×20-foot saltwater pool; a Jacuzzi hot tub; a ramada serving as the outdoor living and dining room with a circular staircase to an observation deck; lighted tennis courts and a basketball court; a 600-square-foot stand-alone casita; mirrored gym; a 1,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine room; and the original equestrian tack room, now storing the family’s holiday decorations.

In 2002, Pat, who once owned an award-winning architectural firm, completed a renovation when she purchased the home. Hand-selecting the best local talent to her high standards, she chose Phoenix’s Ernesto Garcia, ASID, for the interior design. He helped accomplish her goals such as displaying memorabilia back to childhood and, more recently, incorporating Bob’s beloved automobilia from five decades as a driver and teacher.

After they married in May and June 2010, first at the school, then in Monaco on Turn 12 of the Formula 1 Grand Prix race course where Bob raced four times, he moved in with crates of man-cave stuff that needed a home, too.

“Bob and I share an intense love of the European culture, richness, history and finesse, so there are gobs of fabulous gold trim on everything in our home,” she says. “It’s filled with our love of fine things, our children and our love.”

In the living room, for example, are two bronze women holding torches above their heads to illuminate a large oil painting of a white stallion given to Bob on Father’s Day by Jason and Meagan, symbolizing the connection between horses and horsepower. Both Bob and his dad were both passionate equestrians; his dad took him to his first car race when he was eight. Pat’s dad also had his children on horses at early ages.

Other items in the main house and casita are Versace rugs, sculptured mermaids, Wyland’s turtles, dolphins, mischievous leprechauns, fairies and mermaids, angels and hearts.

One of their favorite rooms is the shared library, finished in stormy-blue Italian plaster and walnut-stained beams. Here are autographed race books by world-famous racers; Pat’s extensive collection, including many books about Leonardo da Vinci, her role model and mentor; and many car models, mementos and pictures recalling Bob’s track feats and racing associates such as Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, Ken Miles, Phil Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart and Enzo Ferrari.

Among these memories is Bob’s 1965 FIA World’s Manufacturers Championship. With other members of the Carroll Shelby Racing Team — Jo Schlesser, Jochen Neerspasch, Jack Sears and close friend Dan Gurney — he bested Enzo Ferrari’s unbeatable GTOs. And, a half-century later, they are still the only American team to win this prestigious event; Bob won seven of the 10 races to take the trophy — four of those solo.

Just after, the “Commandatore,” Ferrari himself, asked Bob to drive F1 for him — his most cherished racing accomplishment.

Holiday goodies, turkey to Saint Nick

At the Bondurants, Christmas preparations begin once the Thanksgiving turkey is eaten.
“The table is complete with Fitz and Lloyd turkey tureens, candleholders for each place setting, cornucopias, the pilgrim decorations and family-recipe cornbread dressing to set the tone for the upcoming holidays,” she says.

About dusk, when the dishes are done, the family pulls out the first string of Christmas lights; these are strung atop the TV cabinetry. The family has a coin toss for a favorite Christmas DVD to be played, and Pat serves and stirs cups of hot cocoa with candy canes and holiday cookies as the lights set the mood.

The family Christmas table, following Pat’s southern tradition, is decorated for all of December, and the newest 1,000-piece, Christmas-themed puzzle requires a full-day’s effort of two shifts to complete as family tradition dictates its completion by the end of Thanksgiving night. It remains on the coffee table throughout the holidays for everyone to enjoy.

Every gift under the tree is wrapped and topped with Pat’s signature, embellished handmade bows, each with a theme of angels, snowmen elves or large, glitter-dipped bells. One present per person is opened Christmas Eve.

“Without fail, everyone finds a pair of Christmas pajamas, and fuzzy, warm Christmas-themed socks are the fun gift and ‘always a surprise,’ ” Pat says. “The PJs have always had a Santa or Christmas theme, and there have been times that, last minute, I have hot-glued cute items on the collars, cuffs or pants just to make sure the reaction tops the year before.”

Christmas morning is met with homemade pecan sticky buns and cheesy scrambled eggs; and, within the hour, the smells of the Christmas dinner float through the home, mixed in with the gingerbread, peppermint and evergreen and the scents of eight more themed trees.

“Christmas with Pat tops any Christmas I have ever experienced,” Bob says. “The house is decorated like the New York downtown Macy’s department store; her cooking is out of this world, and I have never gotten presents with stick-on bows. The presents are wrapped so fantastic, you don’t want to mess them up to open the gift. I thought this magic was only in the movies, but I actually live it, and it’s just fantastic.”

Last year, Pat surprised him with a race-track-ready 1966 Ford GT40 — just like the ones he used to race many years ago. “No wife thinks of a Christmas gift like that,” says Bob, who celebrates his 80th birthday April 2013 and the school’s 45th two months earlier in February 2013.

Bob’s mom celebrated and lavishly decorated for the holidays, too, but he admits that Pat has taken the season to a higher level. “Everything in my life with Pat has the ‘wow’ factor,” he says. “She loves showing me how exciting life can be through her eyes. I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life!”

Take a tour of Pat and Bob Bondurant’s Paradise Valley home:

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Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012


2012 ASID Excellence Awards Winners: Residential

Arizona North Chapter ASID LogoThe 36th annual Interior Design Excellence awards for 2012 was held at the Arizona Biltmore on August 11, 2012 — and only the best-of-the-best, American Society of Interior Designers members received awards based on submitted interior projects.

With more than 20 categories, we’ve narrowed it down to eight and included the following residential, first-place winners in the following categories: singular space, residence less than 3,500 square feet, residence 3,500-6,000 square feet, residence greater than 6,000 square feet, total remodel, kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor space.

Congratulations to all of the 2012 ASID Excellence Awards winners!

Singular Space

Amy Bubier, Photo: Images by Ana & Lorenzo

First place: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Elements

“This was a master bedroom addition designed to be a serene retreat that opens out to the natural desert floor of this stunning Desert Mountain home. The space incorporated part of the homeowners’ extensive African art collection while pristinely concealing a high-tech A/V and smart-home system.”

Singular Space: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Element Singular Space: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Element

Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.

Ernesto Garcia, ASID; Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC

First place: Ernesto Garcia, ASID; Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC

“This project proves that it only takes a few well-designed and well-made furnishings to convey beauty, harmony and
provide great comfort.”

Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.: Ernesto Garcia Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.: Ernesto Garcia

Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.

Charles Glover, Allied ASID; Charles Glover Interiors

First place: Charles Glover, Allied ASID; Charles Glover Interiors

Charles Glover Interiors specializes in new construction and major residential renovation projects — with clients ranging from athletes to CEOs.

Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.: Charles Glover Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.: Charles Glover

Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.

Angelica Henry, ASID

First place: Angelica Henry, ASID; Angelica Henry Design

“This modern British invasion came to life through the use of bright, eye-popping color and highly graphic, yet whimsical, design. The clients, originally from England, wanted something to remind them of home while making a bold, even daring, design statement!”

Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.: Angelica Henry Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.: Angelica Henry

Total Remodel

Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design

First place: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design

“Our clients wanted a soft, minimal aesthetic. We accomplished this by layering textured stone materials, warm woods and clean-lined furniture.”

Total Remodel: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design Total Remodel: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design


Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

First place: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

“This modern, mountain home’s kitchen provides for the chef’s every needs, with two induction cook tops and two gas cook tops, alongside a 36” fridge and a 36” freezer. This is also the perfect place to entertain, with its full bar and beverage counter, as well as an ice maker hidden neatly behind the strong architectural lines and beautiful raw steel of this amazing space.”

Kitchen: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio Kitchen: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

For the full list of 2012 ASID Excellence Awards winners, visit ASID Arizona North Chapter’s website.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012