Paradise Valley has come a long way from the cattle grazing land of the late 1880s to one of the wealthiest enclaves of the Phoenix suburbs. Now home to eight full-service resorts and known for its expensive real estate, it has become a popular tourist destination. Homes are known for their large lots and the wildflowers that carpet the land were thought to be the source of the name “Paradise.” Residents fought to incorporate the area so it would not be annexed to the ever growing cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Currently for sale is a unique contemporary home known as the Planar House. Designed by Steven Holl, the structure was designed as a residence and private art gallery to showcase 20th-century works by Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons and Jannis Kounellis, including important video artworks. Sited on a acre of land, the Planar House won the 2006 AIA New York Merit Design Award. Time named Steven Holl America’s Best Architect for “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.” Listed as a two-bedroom, three-bath home, a third bedroom could be repurposed from the expansive gallery area. At 3,350 square feet, the home has multiple skylights and windows creating beams of light to shine along the vertical surfaces. Materials include Venetian plaster over concrete walls, terrazzo floors, bamboo kitchen cabinets and an organic cedar master bath. Among its unusual features is a ramp that leads from the courtyard and lap pool to a rooftop sculpture garden; a place intended for silence and reflection with a direct view of Camelback Mountain. Award winning design in the high desert of Paradise Valley, priced at $2.5 million.
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