Traditional is one way to describe this home, fabulous is another. Overlooking golf course views across the fabulous property all the way to the horizon line beyond, the elegant mansion was imagined by Scottsdale-based Urban Design Associates (UDA). The architect’s portfolio lists the amazing home under the name Saguaro Forest VII and we can see in the photos how the team stands by their promise: “From the first conversation to the final nail, we spare no effort in bringing you home.” With an entry courtyard doubling as an outdoor living room beautifully fusing the inside and outside in a continuous flow, the home showcases its fantastic details. This outdoor living room centered around a koi pond welcomes owners and guests with a glimpse of the stylish indoor design.
Inside, the great room stuns with a fabulously elaborate coffer ceiling accentuating the curve of the space and highlighting its details with carefully placed lights. Fusing creativity and functionality, UDA imagined a home where “the ceiling treatments define the rooms and create intimate spaces”, perfect for either relaxing or entertaining.
A remarkable two story traditional library complete with a limetone fireplace lays the perfect setting for adventures and discoveries. Imagine dining with family in the fabulous dining room, where arched top clerestory windows guide the eye up to the dramatic domed ceiling and art chandelier. An elegant diner is followed by a relaxing sleep in the cozy master bedroom. The next morning, stretching the body and mind on the master balcony overlooking the spectacular golf course might guide your steps towards the meditation garden below for a bright start of the day.
How would you see yourself living here?
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