Listing of the Day
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Price: $16 million
This nearly 18,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa with two courtyards, a grand loggia and an enormous heated swimming pool as its interior centerpiece is in the town of Paradise Valley, an upscale Phoenix suburb.
The town, which is known for its luxury golf courses and resorts, its expensive real estate and a busy restaurant scene, is Arizona’s wealthiest municipality, according to published reports.
“Paradise Valley is the Beverly Hills of our area,” said listing agent Frank Aazami, of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s a lot of entrepreneurs and old Phoenix money,” with minimum 1-acre zoning and many 5-acre spreads.
The original owner “combined two 1-acre lots to create this platform that is all one level,” he said. “They had to raise one area 6 feet to make it level.”
“They created a triangle and it’s all walled and gated,” Mr. Aazami said. “It’s a very secure and private place to live.”
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There are several layers of oleander shrubs on the exterior, he said. “You can barely see it from the street.”
The walls create a microclimate on the interior, he added. “The owner can grow bananas and papayas there. It feels like you’re in South America.”
Everything, including the ironwork and much of the furniture, was crafted and fabricated on-site with artisans and materials brought over from Italy, according to the listing.
“It really is a work of art,” Mr. Aazami said. “It took 10 years to build. It’s built like a mini-resort.”
The marble and Mexican tile flooring throughout has been carefully book-matched, he said. “You won’t see any cuts or half tiles anywhere.”
Other architectural details include grandly proportioned rooms with high and detailed ceilings, Venetian plastered walls, elaborate chandeliers, a two-story library, arched doorways and windows, and multiple balconies and decks with seating and dining areas.
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The 150,000-gallon hand-tiled mosaic pool measures 60 feet by 60 feet, according to the listing.
The primary suite, which features dual bathrooms and closets and a private patio, has its own two-car garage that is near the kitchen, Mr. Aazami said.
The home is all one level except for a second-floor flex space that’s about 800 to 900 square feet and a finished basement with a wine cellar, a home theater and a gaming range.
The 17,912-square-foot house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It sits on a 2.12-acre lot.
Amenities include the large pool, a spa, multiple garages and fireplaces, a wet bar, organic vegetable and fruit gardens, a built-in barbecue, a viewing deck, fountains, manicured lawn areas, 300 rose shrubs, a wine cellar, a home theater and a gaming range.
The home is in an upscale subdivision known as Camelback Country Club Estates, Mr. Aazami said. The country club and its golf course are just across the street from the home, and shops and boutiques are also within walking distance.
It’s a six-minute drive to downtown Scottsdale and 20 minutes to downtown Phoenix, he said. The luxury Scottsdale Fashion Square mall is also nearby.
Agents: Frank Aazami and Cheryl Anderson, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
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