Welcome to Turquoise Ridge 23, a beautiful, 4,380 square foot, four-bedroom, custom home of Santa Barbara/Mediterranean-derived architecture, designed by a highly revered Phoenix area architect, Lash McDaniel, known for an ability to create very interesting, highly livable interiors with great character. It was built in 1999 by its current owners who have lovingly maintained it ever since with the help of a full-time professional property manager. Even though the home would be extremely well-suited for full-time occupancy (quality of design and construction; easy solar exposure with which to live, and lots of storage...), the current owners have used it only on a seasonal basis, and lightly at that. The home lies in the middle of what used to be two and a half lots, on what ... is now a 114,010 square foot (2.617 acres) custom homesite that backs up to Desert Mountain's 600 acre "Golf Park", containing two golf courses, "Cochise" and "Geronimo". In addition to what the current owner has done to create spacious solitude, a neighbor acquired a lot contiguous to what the property owner owns to the northwest, so there is even more undeveloped and undevelopable natural desert on both sides of the home. A substantial portion of the home's current furniture and furnishings are available under separate agreement.
The home is in Desert Mountain, a highly acclaimed, thirty-three-year-old, gated, private club (membership is optional) and recreation-oriented master planned development in north Scottsdale, Arizona. The back patio of the home faces north (in sunny Arizona, the easiest solar exposure with which to live), and is contiguous to the 5th hole of perhaps the most well-known golf course of Desert Mountain's seven courses, "Cochise", site of many important professional and amateur tournaments over the years. The golf course and all its open space to the north adds to the home's already remarkable solitude and privacy. The golf course is not visible, by design, from the main level of the home or from the expansive and ultra-private pool and spa patio. The north side of the back patio (the golf course side) is ringed by mature trees just outside the patio walls, which, along with the significant landscaping on the inside of the walls, creates an extremely lush, completely private, and relatively intimate setting for the back patio. While not visible from the ground floor or back patio, the golf course and the mountain and golf course views beyond are visible from an upstairs patio serving an executive retreat/office/fourth bedroom (with a daybed). The size and attractiveness of the pool and the back patio overall cannot be overstated. It is a large, very gracious area, worthy of having a home oriented around its particularly special attributes.
The home is a "Kitchen/Family Room" split floor plan, with a formal Living Room and the Master Suite on one side of the home's lovely Foyer, and a formal Dining Room, the Kitchen, and two ensuite Guest Suites (both with double vanity baths) on the other side, along with Laundry, the Garage, and a private courtyard for both Guest Suites. The Dining Room, Living Room, and Master Bath all have outdoor patios with a south/southwest exposure, perfect for enjoying our colorful sunsets. The Living Room, up a few steps from the Foyer, is the very definition of gracious elegance, with a large, carved fireplace; the previously mentioned "Sunset Patio", and a small Wet Bar. The eat-in Kitchen, on the other side of the Dining Room from the Living Room, is near the Guest Suites and was designed to enjoy views of, and interact with, the Pool Patio, with a sliding kitchen window above the sink, and doors off the Breakfast Nook. (There are six other patios around the house). It is easy to get out to the covered outdoor dining area (complemented by a large fireplace), as well as the BBQ and an uncovered dining table a few feet further away. A Wine Room large enough for at least 546 bottles is near the Kitchen, with an attractive glass and wrought iron door on it. The correctly located two-door, three-car Garage is large, air conditioned to protect cars and tires from excessive heat, and has a freshly renewed epoxy floor coating. It fairly sparkles. There are also three large storage rooms and a man-door to the outside trash and recycling dumpster storage area. Very well-thought out! In addition to the freshly re-coated garage floor, the Pebble-Tec surface of the pool and spa were redone in the last year. Within the last four years, the tile on the roof was removed and a new underlayment was installed, and the flat, foam areas of the roof were re-coated; four of the home's five exterior wooden gates were rebuilt, refinished and re-hung; the exterior of the home was painted; and all air conditioners and all water heaters were replaced.
More specifically as to the home's location within Desert Mountain, it lies at the end of a long driveway on a "flag lot" (typically much more private than non-flag lots), off of a quiet cul-de-sac in Desert Mountain's most centrally located (and perhaps its most peaceful) Village, Turquoise Ridge, a short (four or five minutes) drive to one of the community's entrance/exit gates, and within about a three minute drive to the Sonoran Clubhouse, a fabulous, multi-purpose, non-golf, sports clubhouse (details below) that is part of the amenity package offered by the private club serving the community, The Desert Mountain Club. The home's owner has a "top shelf", Equity Golf Membership in the Club and is willing to sell it under separate agreement at a competitive price. Call the listing agent for current details. Very importantly, there is room available to the east of the home, on what used to be lot # 25, for connected or disconnected further development, perhaps an exceptional guest house. The current driveway could be abandoned in favor of a new driveway on what used to be lot # 25.
A thoughtful visit to the home will reveal many subtleties of Lash McDaniel's design, from built-in dressers in the Guest Suites, to the quality art lighting throughout the home, the very interesting and varied sight lines within the home, the custom chandeliers, and the way the back patio's external walls rise in height from west to east to make sure that if the trees blocking the views of golfers passing by on the adjacent cart path were to be removed, that there would still be no view of such golf carts as they pass by the house (as few as there may be, golf carts are not typically restricted to cart paths, and, given the way the 5th hole on Cochise flows, there won't be many carts on the cart path outside the back gate of the home, being some 60 yards to the right of the center line of the fairway. Players will have left the path to go to their tee shots prior to arriving at the back gate of the home. The home enjoys direct sunset views from three different patios on the south/southwest side of the home, and views of reflected sunsets on the slopes of the Continental Mountains, just a mile or so to the north. The strength of the home's location, other than how quiet it is, is how private it is, not only the home itself, but its site, and how conveniently located it is. Art lovers will like the art lighting and abundant surface space on walls on which to display art.
Desert Mountain spreads out over 8,200 acres of spectacular High Sonoran Desert on the south-facing slopes of the Continental Mountain range, about 2,000 feet above Phoenix, affording great views overlooking the entire Valley of the Sun. Home elevations range from about 2,600' to over 4,000' ASL (the home's finished floor elevation is at about 3,200'), making the community and the house very comfortable twelve months out of the year. Day-time high temperatures typically are about ten degrees cooler than downtown, with summertime evenings being fifteen to twenty degrees cooler. The people who live here throughout the year are likely to tell you summer is the most enjoyable season! The community's main gate, about six minutes away, is typically forty minutes (or less) away from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The Desert Mountain Club, among other things (outlined below), offers its members the use of seven golf courses, seven clubhouses, and nine different dining venues through three different memberships available upon successful application to suit a wide variety of interests.
The Sonoran Clubhouse underwent a $12,000,000 remodeling, completed in late 2016. The next summer it had six pickleball, two bocce, and two croquet courts added to the amenities it already had: three pools, nine tennis courts (including one grass, five Har-Tru, and three cushioned surface hard courts), a major fitness component, a large spa with all the services you'd expect in a first-class facility, and a restaurant. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the entire Southwest.
The Club's nine dining venues offer a wide variety of food, wine, and atmospheres. No coats and ties required! A tremendous range of non-golf outdoor recreation and social activities are also available.
Day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are well-handled within about a tenminute drive by the merchants in the nearby towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. There are 69 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes' drive of the Main Gate. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is famous for world-class shopping, major league and collegiate sports (including a lot of baseball during Spring Training), car shows and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, terrific air service, and a wide variety of cultural attractions. Desert Mountain is within two and a half hours of normally excellent snow skiing in Flagstaff. Its location in the southwestern part of the United States affords easy access to the entire American West, with especially easy access to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and a plethora of unbelievably beautiful places in Southern Utah. "Paradise" doesn't overstate it.
Against this backdrop of privacy, service, beauty and recreation, Turquoise Ridge 23 is an outstanding opportunity for someone. We will welcome the opportunity to meet interested parties at the home for a proper tour and presentation. To the extent you are not already familiar with Desert Mountain, the Desert Mountain Club, and the surrounding area, we'd be happy to take you on a comprehensive tour of all these things. In the meantime, enjoy the provided photographs, various videos and virtual tours, and the provided links to the Desert Mountain Club's official website.
North on Pima; right on Cave Creek, one mile to Desert Mtn. entrance; ask the guard for directions to Turquoise Ridge 23.
Listing Price: $2,750,000
Property Status: Removed
Residential For Sale
- 4 Full Bathrooms
- 1 Half Baths
Number of Floors : 2
Number of Floors : 2