Desert Mountain’s Forever Home
There are at least three elements to the luxury real estate listing titled Saguaro Forest 244 that are unique. Let’s start with curb appeal that includes driving up a mountain. Then there’s the gated entrance in which your sole neighbor is a National Forest. Finally, there’s the “wow” factor of opening the door to a view that goes on “forever.”
For a cool $9.9 million the property branded Saguaro Forest 224 in Desert Mountain is all yours including the furnishings. When it comes to the total buying package encompassing this 5-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot residence, Desert Mountain Realtor Kathleen Benoit likes to say, “All you have to bring is your toothbrush.”
The features built into the Forever Home include a disappearing exterior wall, an elevator, a floating staircase, a dramatic rainfall water feature, radiant heated floors, smart home control system, motorized sun shades, 105 solar panels, a wine wall that holds 800 bottles, and a 25-meter lap pool.
Ride to the Mountaintop
Let’s back up a bit and return to the early morning ride leading up to your first glimpse of the Forever Home. Benoit has sold real estate in Desert Mountain for 13 years and the stories she shares regarding the history of Desert Mountain and specifically the land arching to the Forever Home are like stepping back in time.
Before Desert Mountain burst on the Scottsdale, AZ, luxury real estate scene back in the mid-80s, the community’s 8,000-acres buttressing the Sonoran Desert were as wild west at they come. The days of ranchers and miners literally fighting over the land have given way to a prestigious golf community that features six Jack Nicklaus signature courses, nine restaurants, a 42,000-square-foot fitness center, tennis courts, and 15-miles of private hiking trails.
As quiet as the environment appears as Benoit’s white BMW climbs high up the mountain leading to the Forever Home, the growing real estate numbers emanating from Desert Mountain are equally loud. In 2018, 131 new members from 26 states and four countries planted roots in Desert Mountain’s rolling hills located 40 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Forever Views and Making Walls Disappear
Benoit parks on the paved drive fronting the Forever Home and your eyes are riveted beyond the 16-foot glass windows flanking the front doorway. As she opens the door the home is filled with natural light and it almost feels like you’re about to take off from the living room runway and jet out to Pinnacle Peak, Camelback Mountain, and the glittering lights of the Valley below.
When Benoit starts pressing buttons, that’s when the Forever Home comes alive. First a glass wall that encompassed the whole southern exposure of the home starts to glide from left to right until it disappears. In a matter of seconds you’re standing, living, and breathing in the great outdoors.
Benoit walks over to a master bedroom located to your right and with the flip of a switch the bedroom is suddenly al fresco with more open air. For a dramatic touch she turns on the huge brick fireplace inside the master. The idea of laying your head each night inside a bedroom with views this dramatic is mind bending.
Taking Sides on Location, Location, Location
As you walk through the massive chef’s kitchen Benoit points out a wine wall that currently holds 800 bottles. Next you step down a floating staircase to more bedrooms in which each features a private balcony and bath.
The Forever Home’s interiors are each personal, yet tastefully connect with the next room in terms of tile, granite, color, texture, and fabric. Smart Home technology and convenience become one as the heat, air conditioning, lighting and security can all be monitored through your phone. At night the fingertip possibilities soar as the light show embracing the infinity pool continue to the city lights of Phoenix located almost 50 miles away.
Before heading back out to her car, Benoit notes that the landscape, elevations, pine trees, and quiet outside the front door is all part of the 2 million-acre Tonto National Forest. So if the key to luxury real estate is location, location, location, consider that on one side of this 10-acre home are views that go forever. On the other side is a pristine national forest. Talk about a win-win.
As the sliding glass wall closes, the new potential owner gives in to one last glimpse of forever. Upon observing her client’s expression, Benoit reads his mind and smiles before saying. “The only thing standing between you and owning Forever is a toothbrush.”