Exceptional Homes

By Katherine Koenig –

Whether house hunting or window shopping, check out select Valley dream homes beginning this month, as CITYSunTimes presents a new Exceptional Homes feature. Each month, step inside for a sneak peak at some of the finest properties around town.

solomanhome1Tucked away on the 17th Fairway of the Boulders Resort and Golf Club is what many call nothing short of a masterpiece – a gem like no other. The perfectly secluded, organic Carefree residence is a hand-sculpted, timeless piece of art and architecture. Massive 200-year-old Spanish doors open into a serene entry-courtyard with a Japanese Zen-like garden and the sound of a meandering stream running through it.

Designed by Lash McDaniel and featured by him in the “Masters of the Southwest” edition of Phoenix Home and Garden magazine, this spectacular dwelling with separate guest house took three years to plan.

“The terms we used to convey our vision were nothing short of amorphous,” says ownersolomanhome3

Paula Soloman. “We used words such as ‘tactile,’ ‘sensual,’ ‘serene,’ ‘Zen-like.’ We wanted a piece of sculpture – something that could never be replicated and something that would be timeless.”

Curvilinear in its entirety, the home is virtually shaped and constructed by hand, with everything flowing and three-dimensional. Light plays upon the hand-troweled textured concrete walls and fireplaces, all but asking to be touched and experienced from different angles. Texture is everywhere, complementing the unison of contemporary and southwest architecture. The negative edge lagoon pool, mountains, city lights and golf course can be seen solomanhome2from ceiling-to-floor walls of glass creating an inside-out living space, with the landscape changing throughout the day.

“This time of year, around 10am, the light in the entry courtyard transforms the space into something almost magical,” says Soloman. “It intensifies the different shading and shadows of the landscaping.”

Soloman also loves the light from sunset into evening.

“The pool patio is very quiet and the sunset glowing on the mountains and boulders is truly breathtaking. As dusk turns into evening, there is yet another mood. City lights come up into the beautiful dark sky with a million stars all around.”solomanhome4

Sophisticated, yet designed with understated elegance, this Exceptional Home is, in a word, breathtaking.

For an enchanting virtual tour, visit www.34844NIndianCampTrail.com or for information, contact Re/Max Excalibur at 480.221.9023.

If you have an Exceptional Home to be featured, contact editor@CITYSunTimes.com.  | CST

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Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition Opens At Phoenix Art Museum

 “A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

FLW at Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, 1955. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright was a champion of organic architecture. His visionary designs emphasized the use of natural materials, harmonious integration of building and landscape and high functionality. Many concepts developed in Wright’s revolutionary work are central to today’s sustainable, green architecture movement.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century explores the tenets of Wright’s organic architecture – appropriateness to time, place and people – through the current perspective of green building; specifically, the concepts of energy, materials, site, climate, space efficiency, pre-fabricated technology, transportation and urban planning. It is the first exhibition to explore Wright and his relevance today through a survey of more than 40 projects, including his vision for the decentralized city, presented through rarely seen drawings, scale models, furniture, films and photographs.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and opens at PhoenixArt Museum on December 18. The exhibition closes on April 29.

For more information, call 602.257.1222 or visit www.phxart.org.

Fallingwater FLW – Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, “Fallingwater,” Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 1934-37 © 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
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