This gorgeous desert dwelling used to sit in the middle of nowhere. Built in 1928, La Casita de Maria in Paradise Valley, AZ, was one of the first structures erected in a town now known for its multimillion-dollar mansions.
Now, after an award-winning restoration and remodel, this beautiful complex of adobe buildings is on the market for $4,695,000. Nestled into a “desert botanical garden,” the nearly century-old home is a shining example of a mindful historic restoration.
Listing agent Scott Jarson says the home is no longer lonely. It’s now surrounded by a number of mansions as well as world-class shopping, dining, and resorts.
The gated compound on an acre lot offers spectacular mountain views. Inside, many of its original details—honeycomb fireplaces, exposed brick, and beamed ceilings—have been preserved.
Those vintage elements are now accompanied by resort-worthy amenities. There’s a huge pool, outdoor living spaces, and a newly added industrial kitchen. However, none of the recent additions competes with the home’s desert frontier spirit.
The kitchen features retractable glass doors, which open to the inviting backyard. There’s also a “bunkhouse” wing for big sleepovers, complete with a sitting area and bath. All together there are six fireplaces, multiple patios, and views of Camelback Mountain, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, and Piestwa Peak.
In all, the remodeled compound boasts a five-bedroom main house, one-bedroom guesthouse, roof deck, and three-car garage with shop.
Cheery cactus prints and upcycled antiques like an armoire transformed into a darling bunk bed are just a few of the surprises in this adorable adobe.
A touch of eccentric charm was exactly what this desert delight needed to achieve perfect balance.
“This is one of those homes that everyone dreams of, myself included,” says Jarson. “It’s a house that many local people drive by and often imagine a life in. It’s like a portal to another time—now thoughtfully and carefully updated with every modern amenity included.”
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