A Boulder House With Petroglyphs

One fireplace has scorch marks from ancient encampments.

Published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

It’s easy to see why the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation of Native Americans bought this house in Scottsdale, AZ.

The stone walls bear ancient petroglyphs, including rare sculptural forms, and create sacred spaces where sunlight plays during equinoxes.

A couple from the Northwest built the home in the early 1980s — if “build” is the word for pouring concrete among Precambrian granite boulders and cutting windows to fit the unusual contours of weathered stone.

They lived there more than two decades, then sold it in the mid-2000s to the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation, which expected to use it as a retreat center but found it was too far from their community. It’s now on the market for $4.2 million.

Looking at the pile of boulders, it’s hard at first to pick out the 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home among them.

It sits on 9 acres in the Sonoran Desert and includes amenities that prehistoric people would have enjoyed — fireplaces and mountain views — plus some they would not, such as double ovens, a super-wide stainless steel refrigerator and a master suite with a combined deep tub and shower.

The guest room has a private patio entrance and a natural fireplace with scorch marks believed to have been left by Native American encampments.

These boulder formations also created the landscape of the famous Boulders Resort & Spa nearby, said Preston Westmoreland, the listing agent with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

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NHL Great Claude Lemieux Sells Arizona Oasis

Chalk up a win in the real estate column for NHL legend Claude Lemieux.

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The retired hockey great has sold his trophy home in the Phoenix valley for $2.9 million. While that figure is south of the $3.5 million price tag Lemieux put on the home when it went on the market last March, it’s $800,000 more than what the former right winger for the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and other teams was asking when he first listed the desert property in 2011.

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The home is located in Paradise Valley, AZ, roughly 30 miles east of where Lemieux played for the Phoenix Coyotes during the twilight of his career. With its standard Southwestern Tuscan-style design, the home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and more than 7,300 square feet of living space.

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Inside, an open floor plan contains various luxury appointments and finishes, including wood-beamed ceilings, coffers, and custom built-ins and cabinetry. A chef’s kitchen has top-tier appliances, and a palatial master suite has a fireplace and spa-like bathroom with a large soaking tub.

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Outside, the one-acre property has a covered patio, a pool and spa with a waterfall feature, and a detached guest house.

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Lemieux, 48, is an Olympic gold-medalist and one of four NHL players to hoist the Stanley Cup trophy with three different teams. He scored 379 goals and 407 assists over the course of a 21-season career with the Canadiens, Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Coyotes, Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks.

Sandra Baldwin of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. To see the original article and more photos, click here.

Most Expensive Home in Arizona Asking $32 Million

How much is the most expensive home in Arizona worth?

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Up until a few days ago, the answer was $24.5 million. But as we’ve seen time and time again in the world of luxury real estate, trophy listings and multimillion-dollar price tags are anything but set in stone.

Case in point being this newly listed desert compound in North Scottsdale, which, at $32 million, is far and away the most expensive property offered for sale in The Grand Canyon State.

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Owned by Bancorp Services co-founder Seth Koppes, Arizona’s ritziest property combines modern convenience and stunning mountain views on 17 acres in one of Scottsdale’s most exclusive enclaves. The trophy home was built in 2005 and more than justifies its lofty price tag with a 29,700-square-foot floor plan, eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.

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Past its gated entrance, a hand-laid driveway leads to a motor court and fountain. Inside, the Tuscan-inspired mansion boasts exposed-beam ceilings, marble flooring, wrought iron finishes and beautiful woodwork throughout.

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In the amenities department, the home impresses with an Arizona room, a game room, an exercise room with a sauna, a two-story great room, a library with custom built-ins and a wine room.

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Outside, the property comes complete with a heated pool and a secluded spa area overlooking the Phoenix valley.

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While it stakes claim to the title of most expensive home in Arizona by a $7.5 million margin, the Scottsdale manse pales in comparison to the most expensive property for sale in the state. That distinction goes to a silver and gold mine in Tucson that recently listed for a whopping $100 million.

Article written by Neal J. Leitereg of Realtor.com. For more photos and article source, click here.