The Bacon House at Desert Mountain is a stunning classically modern 9,860 square foot home, designed by Master of the Southwest Architectural Designer Bob Bacon. This south-facing, five-bedroom, open plan home and gallery will be built in Desert Mountain, a secure, gated, private club and recreation-oriented master planned community in Scottsdale, Arizona. The capstone of a storied career, Bacon has created a true masterpiece of livable architectural art destined to be one of the finest homes anywhere; replete with the most advanced technology (including being solar powered) and 5,550 SF of climate-controlled collector's galleries for the safe display of prized possessions such as automobiles, art, or sculpture. A Bacon curated collection of furnishings is also available separately. Desert Mountain is an 8,200 acre, mature luxury community in the spectacular High Sonoran Desert with elevations ranging up to nearly 5,000 feet. On the south-facing slopes of the Continental Mountain range in north Scottsdale, Desert Mountain overlooks Phoenix, Scottsdale and the entire Valley of the Sun. Membership is optional in the community's private club, known as The Desert Mountain Club. Among many other amenities (outlined below), Club members enjoy the private use of seven golf courses, seven clubhouses, and nine dining venues. The Bacon House at Desert Mountain offers long-range, panoramic views of hundreds of square miles of fabulous Arizona scenery, including famed "Pinnacle Peak" and the McDowell Mountains to the southeast. In addition to a western sky-full of Arizona sunsets and several layered mountain ranges to the southwest, a carpet of city lights sparkles across the valley floor at night. Homes have been completed on all lots adjacent to The Bacon House at Desert Mountain, so there is no risk of the views from this home changing in the future. The Bacon House at Desert Mountain will be built after a buyer is found for it on lot # 107 in the Village in Desert Mountain known as "The Saguaro Forest", named after its abundance of naturally occurring giant Saguaro cacti...38 of which are on this lot. All the Villages in Desert Mountain are special, but the Saguaro Forest is physically the largest with over 300 homesites and boasts the greatest concentration of Desert Mountain's most expensive homes. Individual owners in Desert Mountain have invested as much as $38,000,000 in homes designed and built for their own use. The buyer of The Bacon House at Desert Mountain can take comfort knowing that they will be living in one of America's most exceptional neighborhoods. The main floor of The Bacon House at Desert Mountain is located 3,201.5' above sea level, about 2,000' above the valley floor where nighttime temperatures are typically 15 to 20 degrees cooler than what is recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, affording a comfortable year 'round climate. The home's solar orientation and solar-specific design further ensures comfortable outdoor living even in the height of summer when the sun is much higher in the sky and goes down much further to the north. The home's southern exposure is by far the most favored orientation in Desert Mountain, not only because it is the direction of the long-range views, but also because homes with southern exposures are sunnier, brighter and warmer in the winter than homes facing north. Bob calls the design an "Homage to Early Modernism" and describes it as a seminal accomplishment, achieving a balance of open, casual, and spacious modernity, with a welcoming, warm, and intimate ambiance... all superbly arranged to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and all manner of entertaining for a family or for a couple simply wishing to enjoy a quiet retreat immersed in art. The quality of design, coupled with the best of materials and construction quality, a lush desert setting, panoramic views, and convenient location will render The Bacon House at Desert Mountain a remarkable long-term value for its owner, an example of true "legacy" real estate sure to be enjoyed by generations of proud family members. Complete floor plans, as well as several PDFs about Bob Bacon and the home's design, including details on the Collector's Galleries (column-free space designed for all collectables, equipped for automobiles, motorcycles, and statuary) can be found in the Documents section. Design highlights include: the previously mentioned Collector's Gallery served by an inconspicuous 9'x 18' lift located in one of the two opposing two-car garages (which do not face the street and are each equipped with custom cabinetry); a carefully crafted progression of tantalizing views unfold as one approaches the home, highlighted by arrival through a beautiful Wrightian art glass entry. Other highlights include a central atrium with nine pivot doors; a large recreation room with wet bar and a 2,000 bottle wine room entered through yet another art glass door; a fabulous second master suite with its own laundry, kitchen and private patio; stacked washers and dryers are in every bedroom suite; a multi-purpose office/craft/hobby room with great views both north and south; a fresh air "cigar porch"; a large air-conditioned storage room; glass block flooring on the main level admitting diffuse natural light into the core of the lower level, illuminating the galleries and back-lighting the living spaces; and a quiet commercial quality elevator to get back and forth between the two levels. The opportunity to be a member of the Desert Mountain Club is a significant part of the attraction of living in Desert Mountain for most property owners. The Club is the emotional, physical, and social "core" of the community. In addition to the Club's golf assets, which include six eighteen-hole championship Jack Nicklaus Signature courses; a single eighteen-hole, all-par-3 course (rated for handicap purposes); four practice ranges; and a high-tech golf performance center, there is a hugely popular twenty-mile long private trail system reaching an altitude of 4,890' available to all residents (hike, bike, run, or ride a horse). The trailhead is about a five-minute drive from The Bacon House at Desert Mountain. The center of activity at the Club is the Sonoran Clubhouse, a remarkable swim (three heated pools), tennis (nine courts, including one grass, five Har-Tru, and three cushioned surface hard courts), pickleball (six courts), bocce (two courts), croquet (two courts), fitness (a large, fitness center with a range of classes and private trainers), and spa facility, plus a restaurant. Very popular programs including sports instruction are also offered for children and grandchildren. The Sonoran Clubhouse enjoyed a $12,000,000 renovation completed in 2016, before the bocce, croquet, and pickleball courts were added the next year. It is now perhaps the premier facility of its type in the entire Southwest. The Bacon House at Desert Mountain will be about a five-minute drive to the Sonoran Clubhouse, and a 550-yard walk to the Chiricahua clubhouse, featuring Constantino's, the Club's signature restaurant, serving fine northern Italian cuisine in an elegant setting with eighty-mile views. Constantino's and the rest of the Club's dining venues offer a wide variety of food, wine, and atmospheres. Jackets and ties are not required! A tremendous range of social activities are also available. The Club's membership is catered to relentlessly by an attentive Club staff and Concierge, providing unparalleled service. In a word, the place is "phenomenal". So, Club membership is likely to be of great interest to the owner of The Bacon House at Desert Mountain. A wait list may apply for all categories of Desert Mountain Club memberships, after a required thirty-day long application and approval process. Contact the Club with questions and prior to writing a purchase contract. Desert Mountain is a place of surpassing service, amenities, and scenic beauty which has attracted full-and part-time residents from all over the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and more. Another attraction is strikingly low real estate taxes compared to many parts of the country, particularly the Northeast, Midwest, and California. For example, 2019 taxes on the closest comparable home (7,545 square feet, sold in May of 2019 for $9,300,000) were just $19,810. The weather is famously sunny, and our risk of natural disasters is extremely low. Being higher and somewhat removed from the city means the stars are bright at night and the air is crystal clear. Desert Mountain's Front Gate is normally about a forty-minute drive north from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and about a twenty-one-minute drive to the main private jet terminal at Scottsdale Airport (Signature Flight Support). Day-to-day shopping needs for Desert Mountain owners are conveniently met within about a ten-minute drive to the merchants in the nearby towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. There are approximately 69 restaurants and bars within about sixteen minutes' drive of the Main Gate. Otherwise, the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is famous for world-class shopping and art galleries, major league and collegiate sports (including baseball Spring Training and the Waste Management Phoenix Golf Open), terrific air service, and a wide variety of cultural attractions and special events (huge car auctions in January and February horse shows among them). 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" does not overstate it. Against this backdrop of privacy, service, beauty and recreation, The Bacon House at Desert Mountain is truly the opportunity of a lifetime for some fortunate family. We welcome the opportunity to meet interested and qualified parties to help them appreciate the many engineering, technological, and subtle design details of the home too numerous to mention here...and we would be pleased to personally introduce the community, the Club, and the area! In the meantime, enjoy the many photographs, renderings, videos, and slide shows, as well as the web links to further information on the Desert Mountain Club.
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