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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.


Camelback Inn Announces New $10 Million Golf Course

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa announced that it will unveil its new Ambiente golf course at Camelback Golf Club in the fall of 2013. Spanish for the word “environment,” Ambiente, which is designed with a detailed eco-friendly focus, will become the first new golf course development project in the Phoenix-Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas in over five years, and one of a select group of new courses to be built nationwide.

The completion of the $10 million Ambiente golf course will culminate a seven-year, $70 million Marriott renewal project at Camelback Inn, designed to blend reverence for the past with relevance for the future. From preserving the resort’s 1930s adobe brick to the stylish renovation of the Inn’s 453 casita-style guestrooms, and from a new 20,000 square-foot, hi-tech grand ballroom to the debut of BLT Steak, Laurent Tourondel’s modern American steakhouse, the renewal project involved virtually every aspect of the historic resort. Today the new-look 125-acre Camelback Inn, set on its Sonoran Desert surroundings in Paradise Valley, strikes the perfect balance between showcasing the best of the resort’s storied past, while setting a visionary course for the future.

Adding to the lore of Camelback, Ambiente is expected to gain golf industry-wide acclaim for its distinct design, the challenging, yet enjoyable experience it presents to golfers of all levels and the overall aesthetic and environmental qualities it brings to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In concert with the popular Padre golf course, Ambiente will help to establish a one-of-a-kind 36-hole Southwest golf destination, for both leisure and group golfers, within the enchanting resort atmosphere of the Camelback Inn.

“Ambiente is more than just a new golf course, for it represents the final phase in Marriott’s unmatched commitment to reinvigorate Camelback Inn for the future, while preserving its history and the unique Southwestern style that has made it a favorite for generations of travelers,” said Jim Rose, General Manager, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. “While Ambiente is sure to distract golfers with its natural beauty and breathtaking views of Mummy Mountain, Camelback, the McDowells and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, our golfing guests will find a friendly test of skill and shotmaking that will redefine the golf experience at a resort long known for its exceptional service, palette pleasing food, luxurious accommodations and spirit of adventure.”

The launch of Ambiente, which replaces the old Indian Bend golf course, will create a uniquely different golf experience than the Padre course, which today is regarded as a great parkland style golf course that, while scenic, boasts numerous water hazards, towering Pine and Eucalyptus trees and 18 golf holes that will test every golfer’s ability. In contrast, Ambiente, which was designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, will present a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot. Golfers will find the eye-catching elevation changes, as well as rolling fairways with significant drops throughout the course, are among its most striking features.

Ambiente will also feature five sets of tee boxes, designed to positively impact today’s golf industry “growth of the game” effort. The new forward tees have no forced carries and offer easier approach angles, which create opportunities for aspiring golfers to enjoy regardless of their playing ability. One of the most golfer-friendly features of Ambiente is the creatively shaped greens. The overall green acreage, which stands at about 122,000 square feet, offers great movement, character and feel. Visually intimidating, the putting surfaces are very fair, but will challenge golfers to bring their best putting stroke every time out.

Environment is a significant part of the Ambiente golf course story, which centers on water conservation, wildlife habitat creation and an overall 50 percent decrease in pesticide/fertilizer and fossil fuel use, as compared to the former Indian Bend golf course. The design and layout of the course will be highlighted by 100 acres of new native desert and grass areas that will feature a mix of acacias, jojobas and sagebrush among many other desert shrubs and grasses, as well as an eye-catching collection of both summer and winter desert wildflower mixes.

These native areas, which will require one-third less water than Indian Bend, will be complemented by 85 acres of hybrid turf grass that also requires significantly less water, while reducing the daily labor and machinery intensive maintenance of traditional Bermuda grass. Overall, the combined native areas will give the course a more Northern desert look compared to the area’s traditional Sonoran Desert layouts, making it a must-play Southwestern layout in Paradise Valley.

From an Audubon standpoint, Ambiente is designed to cater to wildlife, which is part of Marriott’s overall role as a steward of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program. By removing over 100 acres of turf grass and replacing it with native desert and grass areas, bird inventory, as well as the local mammal population, will increase substantially.

Adds Rose, “Environmental consciousness has long been a hallmark at Marriott, and we believe that Ambiente is a perfect example of the Company’s commitment to protecting wildlife and natural resources, while continually serving as a leader in eco-friendly business practices. Upon completion, we expect golfers in the community will find that Ambiente stands alongside the premier golf landscapes in the Phoenix-Scottsdale market, while we expect the course to redefine the destination golf experience for group and leisure customers visiting the Camelback Inn.”