Cave Creek, AZ
- Single Family Residence
- Built in 2004
- Acreage: 54 Acres
- Location: Cave Creek, Arizona
- County: Maricopa County
- Physical: Mountaintop in Upper Sonoran Desert
- Garage parking spaces: 5
- On-site parking spaces: Additional separate areas for 10 plus vehicles
- Six bedrooms
- Seven Full bathrooms
- Heated Salt Water Swimming Pool
- Mountaintop property with 360 degree breathtaking views
- Fully monitored alarm and security cameras
Welcome to Saguaro Sanctuary, a stunning, spacious estate that’s been home to CEOs and celebrities alike. In fact, Saguaro Sanctuary has garnered its own celebrity by being featured by the Wall Street Journal, Arizona Republic, and Fox 10’s Cool House. The home has an old-world Tuscan feel with all the amenities of a modern mansion, plus abundant space over three split-levels. A stunning jewel in the crown, this grand property rests on its own private mountain of 54 acres, designed and built by highly sought-after architect Tom Argue.
Enter this spectacular home and revel in the majestic foyer and great room that showcase unobstructed views of the Upper Sonoran Desert. Antique reclaimed barn oak hardwood flooring was taken from a 150-year-old warehouse and artfully placed underfoot. The open and flowing floor plan invites you to the soaring windows that entice you to let time slip away before views of unprecedented numbers of Saguaro cacti and the valley below.
The ultimate chefs kitchen has all the latest appliances, plus surprises not found in other homes. The ivory custom cabinetry was inspired by the best Venetian homes, while a huge bricked-in skylight and ornate crystal twin chandeliers light the expansive granite island and eat-in breakfast bar. A DCS professional oven and range, large Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, three dishwashers and Dacor appliances make meal creation and clean up effortless. A large built in temperature controlled wine cooler and spacious walk-in pantry provide all the storage you need.
The formal dining room and full bar is adjacent to the kitchen, making it perfect for entertaining and enjoying your favorite holiday meals. Your guests will enjoy desert views from a different viewpoint, and access to an extensive covered patio. For more casual meals, a breakfast room offers abundant space for large families or morning guests as well.
The sumptuous master suite is like having your very own penthouse suite. Enter through the arched double doors, made of gorgeous rich wood. Enjoy perfect, unobstructed, views of natural landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, and city lights. Relax in the suite’s very own private lounge and fireplace in the sitting area. Enjoy a nightcap before retiring, or sip on your morning coffee on the cool, west-facing balcony. The master bathroom allows you to revel in the elegant, tiled step-up soaking tub and prepare for your day with both his and hers vanities and select your attire from two walk-in closets with rich wood cabinetry.
Barrel-vaulted, “boveda style” halls connect the individual wings of this home, while a grand staircase with rich wood steps and wrought iron railing and elevator lead you to the lower level and a plethora of guest rooms, each with its own personality. A total of six bedrooms and seven baths span three levels across more the than 10,000 square feet of Saguaro Sanctuary, making this home both spacious and comfortable for a family, professional, or couples retreat.
An Ideal Retreat
In addition to the comfortable living spaces, Saguaro Sanctuary has an array of amenities that are perfect for entertaining guests and holding corporate retreats. Multiple meeting areas, from large rooms to casual corners, offer plenty of room to take care of business, while entertainment spaces allow you to wine and dine friends, family, and associates. Work hard and play hard at Saguaro Sanctuary.
The library and executive office on the first floor offers refined coffered ceilings and built-in, rich wood bookcases, making it the perfect private office or a quiet nook. Venetian plaster walls, period overhead lighting, and reclaimed antique wood flooring give this space a refined feel, while private access to the exterior patio allows for peaceful breaks in the Arizona sunshine.
Get in a morning workout in the lower level oversized exercise room that offers stunning views and a healthy lifestyle with several connecting rooms for all of your equipment. And when you and your guests are ready for some recreational fun, you can head to the game room or home theater. The latter features a big screen experience, perfect for movie night or catching a sporting event. Theater lighting, and tiered, adjustable leather seating await you, while the projector is recessed into the wall and the audio equipment is housed in a separate room for an unobtrusive movie experience. There’s no need to walk upstairs for refreshment or snacks with the lower level cantina-style bar and the adjacent, expansive temperature controlled and lockable wine room around the corner.
Multiple skylights make this home bright and airy during the day, while allowing for star-gazing at night. A computerized household system gives you complete control of security cameras, temperature, window shades and more, while an intercom makes communication throughout the home convenient. Dual-pane windows with automated shutters and ceiling fans provide cool, energy efficiency throughout.
Outdoors on the Property
While the home is a work of art on its own merits, nothing compares to the prestige and privacy that comes from owning your own mountain with fifty-four acres. It’s divided into five large horse-friendly parcels, most of which already have some infrastructure like accessible roads, natural stone culverts, and a deep, natural aquifer well. Thousands of hundred-year-old Saguaro cacti dot the natural desert landscape that covers much of the property.
Within the main compound of the home, landscaped gardens and tasteful fruit orchards with fig, lemon, lime, orange and tangerine trees make Saguaro Sanctuary a paradise for those with a green thumb. The perfectly gentle sloping lawn beckons you for lounging and recreation, while the gated pool with a natural boulder waterfall, diving rock, and waterslide, plus a Pebble Tec spa, are perfect for a splash or soak in the sunshine. The poolside ramada with a gourmet outdoor kitchen and stainless steel appliances is perfect for that poolside meal and refreshing drink.
The entire enclave is walled and gated, with a large, circular motor court, while native stone-paved nature trails, meditation areas, and outdoor sitting spaces are easily accessible. The main drive is secure and gated, and stretches a quarter of a mile down the mountain, so you’re just minutes from elegant dining, shopping, and art.
Neighborhood and City
While Saguaro Sanctuary offers the utmost in privacy and peace, it’s just a short drive down the hill to shopping and restaurants. Cave Creek has been home to numerous celebrities, including Dick Van Dyke, Broadway actress Grace Fredericks, rap artist DMX, and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. The town’s quaint main street offers everything from upscale boutiques to funky shops, art and craft stores, live entertainment and music, bull riding events and some of the best authentic southwestern food.
Just minutes away is Carefree, a growing city with some of the country’s finest southwest art. Easy Street has a variety of shopping and dining experiences as well. A world famous sundial that’s more that’s 30 feet tall, hiking, biking, and farmers markets make Carefree a great sister community, while twenty world class, premier golf courses, including Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses, are close as well.
Scottsdale and the Greater Phoenix area offer all the amenities of a big city. WestWorld is a nationally recognized equestrian center and home to the annual Barrett Jackson collector car auction. Scottsdale Airpark and the Mayo Clinic (nationally ranked for 12 medical specialties) are here, too. Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is less than an hour away, making international travel for business or pleasure convenient. However, if you have your own corporate jet, Deer Valley airport is a short 10-minute drive and accommodates private jets. World class venues like the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Phoenix Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre, and Talking Stick Resort Area provide top-notch entertainment, while Fortune 500 company headquarters such as Avnet, PetSmart, and Republic Service make for a strong economy.