Desert Mountain Luxury Vacation Home

I got a bit jealous when I looked at the pictures of this stunning Desert Mountain home. How about you?


The 5,473 square-foot home was recently purchased by a San Francisco family, furniture and all, as a vacation home. How nice! It is situated at Desert Mountain’s highest point, between 3,100-3,800 feet, with views of the Valley all the way to South Mountain which you can see on a clear day. The design is a Southwestern territorial ranch style with a covered porch and veranda, deep-set windows, hand-hewn timbers, outdoor fireplaces and a stone exterior. Old wood doors open to a central courtyard which is enclosed by the home. A walkway leading to the front door has a stream flowing under it.


Highlights include:
— Voluminous great room and dining room with a shocking red accent wall hung with vintage prints and ephemera and a south wall of pocket doors leading to an expansive patio with stairs leading to a negative edge pool and spa and mountains beyond.
— A master bedroom with its own private outdoor room and private courtyard leading to a luxurious guest casita
–Master bath with a tub room featuring a black stone Japanese soaking tub and angled stone sink with waterfall faucet, and a shower room with pebble-floored steam shower and custom granite vanity. A charming desk situated in an alcove separates the two rooms. Walls have been custom stenciled.
–Secret room in the study
–Contemporary salmon chintz guest room with double beds and wall of multiple mini-vases

Interiors were done by Hillary Reed of Denver, Colo.


The site also retains some Old West history as it was formerly Carefree Ranch, once the largest cattle ranch in the area and owned by the pioneering Cartwright family who came to Arizona in 1874. Until recently, cattle roamed the property tended by Desert Mountain’s own cow boss who mended fences and maintained the corrals. The property is bisected by game trails for desert wildlife including mule deer, javelina, desert tortoise and Arizona chuckwalla.


Can I come visit?

  1. that family rooms loosk so comfortable and useable, and yet posh at the same time. ya i totally love this place. lucky owners!

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