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Luxury Home with Camelback Mountain Views in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Photos courtesy of Desert Star Construction

Luxury home with Camelback Mountain Views

Courtesy of Desert Star Construction

In Paradise Valley, a new luxury home with Camelback Mountain views makes the most of its setting.

In Paradise Valley, Arizona, a newly constructed luxury home has dead-center views of Camelback Mountain, a light-drenched interior and plenty of wall space to house a collection of contemporary art. “There was no compromise with talent, design and materials with this house,” says Jeremy Meek, president of Desert Star Construction. “The homeowners wanted the best.”

Dubbed “Panorama Chique,” the luxury home project in Paradise Valley was spearheaded by Meek, who served as the on-the-ground liaison for a team that included Boston-based Catalano Architects and Manuel de Santaren interiors, and, for landscape, Berghoff Design Group of Phoenix.

The project started with the acquisition of a property in an established neighborhood dating to the 1960s. “This was a tight lot, with tight access,” explains Meek. “The desire was to create a home that maximized the mountain view and meet the lifestyle needs of the owners, a couple with young adult children.”

Luxury home's Living room in Paradise Valley

To that end, the existing older home on the lot was razed and the salvage was donated to a charity that could repurpose the materials. Catalano Architects designed the luxurious new 6,000-square-foot plan in Paradise Valley to wrap around an intimate entry courtyard and to open up the main living areas at the back of the house to a patio—and views of landmark Camelback Mountain. 

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In form, the luxury Paradise Valley home’s exterior balances the classic ranch-style homes that mark the metro Phoenix area and more modern desert interpretations, detailed with a mix of not-so-ordinary materials. “We used Old Texas Brick as the exterior cladding, with a lime-washed finish,” says Meek of the pale walls, whose rugged texture creates interest and shadows. 

For the roof, fired clay tiles in a mix of gray shades are at once old and new, while black steel-framed Hope’s windows and doors provide a contrast to the white walls and create a glow by night. Other exterior details include thermally modified wood, which turns silver with age and lead-coated copper soffits and eaves, which direct rainwater from the roof into the landscape. 

Luxury Paradise Valley Home entry art

Art by: El Anatsui

Inside this luxury Paradise Valley home, the entry doubles as a gallery, where a wall sculpture by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui is displayed and illuminated by concealed skylights. There, room was made for a wine closet and bar. The floor plan is anchored by a great room with access to the backyard and has Camelback Mountain views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass. 

The neutral background includes European white oak and reclaimed limestone flooring, as well as  specialty plaster walls by Hopper Finishes. “The walls are done in a matte finish, with custom trowel work,” Meek explains. “This lends visual undulations to the walls.” Contemporary wood millwork by Scottsdale craftsperson Dan Allaire adds an organic warmth to the space. 

The selection of slabs used for walls and countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms was extensive.  “This house was literally a sampling from the earth,” says Meek. “We used granite, marble, limestone, quartzite, dolomite and a couple of man-made varieties for good measure.”

For the interiors of the luxury home in Paradise Valley, the homeowners reached out to De Santaren not only for his expertise in design, but also because of his passion for art, both as a collector and as a board member of several art institutions. “The art came first,” says the interior designer of the project.“We worked with their existing collection that includes works by women artists of the 20th century, as well as other artists.” De Santaren suggested a quiet, neutral color palette for the furnishings, keeping the emphasis on art and views as seen through the windows. 

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Furnishings were chosen for their clean lines and comfort, as well as luxe fabrics and finishes. De Santaren designed numerous custom pieces, including the living room sofa and dual cocktail tables and, for the primary bedroom, a glass case to display a collection of turtle sculptures and artifacts, a favorite of one of the homeowners.

Outdoors, landscape designer Jeff Berghoff mixed traditional plantings with desert natives. A hedge of drought-tolerant hop bush was planted for privacy in the backyard, where a negative-edge fountain provides a cooling touch. 

Conceived, designed and built largely through the pandemic years, the project is a testament to organization and professionalism. “There were very few site visits,” remembers Meek. “Almost everything was virtual and through Zoom. But we were able to execute the project and deliver uncompromising value to the clients.”

For the homeowners, the residence is a soothing gathering place, where they can delight in the desert setting with family and intimate friends.

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