Let us introduce you to the Valley’s top design and build professionals. Today, let’s get to know Irene Catsibris Clary of Catclar Investments, LLC, and the allure of lock-and-leave living, smart home tech and more.
Name and company: Irene Catsibris Clary, Catclar Investments, LLC
Instagram, Twitter and Facebook handles: SOHO Scottsdale, 4TwentyOneWest, The Rosedale Residences
How did you get started in the design/build industry? I had completed a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. After backpacking Europe, I was preparing to write my LSAT going to law schools. I popped into a temp agency for a summer job. I was approached by a well-known developer who offered me a job in land development. I truly believe it was all fate. I started working on retail shopping centers and master-planned communities and just kept going.
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What is your favorite project in Arizona? The character of each project is unique and offers distinct reasons to favor each, therefore it’s impossible to pick a favorite!
What inspires you and your work? Out-of-the-box ideas, team work and creating unique projects that bring something special to their existing neighborhoods.
What is something timeless every home should have? Functional floorplans and classic finishes that never go out of style.
What is considered trendy in homes at this time? Lock-and-leave living is a trend at this time. People are attracted to the lock-and-leave lifestyle which allows them the comforts of a luxury home without the maintenance. Indoor/outdoor living space has become very important. Smart home technology is dictated more by necessity and forward thinking than trendiness. We like to combine all the current market trends with classic elements for a design that remains relevant through the years.
What do you consider your biggest professional accomplishment? I am proud of all my projects, and I strive to build sustainable communities that are well-built and withstand the test of time. Building sustainable quality projects that one can be proud of and be able to visit in 20 to 50 years down the road is a big accomplishment.
What advice do you have for young people or students hoping to pursue a design/build career? Think out of the box, and create projects that will be sustainable and unique within the neighborhoods that they exist.