Although hardly a shack, its name comes from small holes in the home’s reclaimed wood beams, bored into by worms over time. Set on a dramatic hilltop perch, the retreat looks out to endless desert views in every direction.
According to Divelbiss’ 2018 obituary, “The Arizona property was built over a 10-year period using many repurposed architectural elements that make it a truly unique desert home, reflecting his life filled with eclectic personal individualism.”
Divelbiss was married to the former Washington state Chief Justice Barbara Durham, who passed away in 2002. And now, Divelbiss leaves a legacy in unique real estate.
Materials used by builder Sam Christman to create the home include trusses from “one of the world’s largest wooden buildings,” according to the listing. Douglas fir beams from the Northwest, 20-foot-tall fireplace made from quartz found on the property, and a collection of other treasures make this a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy the desert backdrop—with more than 600,000 open acres backing up to the property.
Completed in 2010, the six-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home has more than 6,800 square feet of living space and a detached guesthouse, making this a relaxing retreat for entertaining friends and family. The property includes 10 private acres of untouched desert.
According to the Arizona Republic, the property’s purchase price includes a unique collection of art and artifacts that Divelbiss collected on his world travels over the years.
Wickenburg is a sleepy town in the high desert, 65 miles north of Phoenix. The area’s elevation makes it a popular retreat for retirees, and Phoenicians who can afford a second home to escape the heat.
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