By David Brown
This fine high-desert home in guard/gated Windywalk, also called Troon Village, inspires walking, hiking, mountain climbing, and biking in the magnificent high desert of north Scottsdale. It’s a house with energy.
On an acre-plus at the end of a super-quiet cul de sac, the Mediterranean-style 4,300-square-foot home has many recently updated features and offers the recreational opportunities of Troon, one of the Southwest’s premier golf communities. Built-in 1998, the bi-level includes four bedrooms, a flex den and 4 ½ bathrooms –– perfect for a young family.
A long paved road from the cul de sac leads to the entry, featuring a courtyard and an antique bell, reminiscent of Southwest ranches and missions.
Here a stairway leads to an upstairs office, and another wheelchair-accessible entrance with a fountain opens to the attached casita.
This room has new white marble flooring matching that in the foyer. The rest of the home also has stone and wood floors; throughout, no high-heat, high-maintenance carpet has been used.
On the opposite side of the home, on the northeast, is an L-configured four-car garage with finished floors. The adjacent auto court accommodates more vehicles: yours and your guests’.
The pie-shaped lot vees to the extensive back yard twice set off from a neighborhood road by a community wall and property fencing. Never to be disturbed by community building is a mountain showcase of Four Peaks, the Mazatzals, Toms Thumb, Weaver’s Needle, and Troon Mountain.
“Every room has inspiring high desert views,” says owner/agent, Frank Aazami, principal of the Private Client Group, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale.
A large negative-edge pool refinished in elegant deep-blue tiling is the centerpiece of the resortlike back yard. Here, too, is a waterfall, heated spa, and a ramada with a gas fireplace.
The area also has a covered patio for breakfast or dining, a new artificial grass area, flagstone pavers, and mature landscaping including a rose garden. An outdoor shower with hot and cold water is refreshing year-round.
Aazami: “You’ll never take a shower inside the house again.”
Light, Light, and More Light:
Inside the home is a dramatic two-story rotunda foyer topped by luminous clerestory windows and an iron chandelier.
The tiered interior of the space leads to the completely upgraded gourmet chef’s kitchen, breakfast nook, and the family room.
The all-new kitchen has wood cabinets and the best appliances, such as a Viking range, two Bosch dishwashers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a freezer, and a wine storage unit.
The island incorporates a new underlit quartz countertop, and a pass-through window above the sink, with dramatic views of Troon Mountain, adds to the home’s entertainment advantages. Next to this, the butler’s pantry can be transformed into a temperature-controlled wine cellar.
A winding underlit stairwell from the entry rotunda leads to the upstairs master, which is radiused for the mountain views; the balcony overlooks the pool and beyond to the mountain panorama.
The suite features a large his-and-hers closet, a washer and dryer, and a built-in refrigerator and coffee-maker.
A soaking tub and his-and-hers vanities are included in the spacious bathroom suite, and the shower stall features new Contemporary-style tilework.
Aazami has also updated many other components in the home, including dual high-efficiency Goodman® air-conditioning units, dual-pane windows, doors, an animal-protected drip-irrigation system, and a new tile roof about five years ago.
“We have enjoyed the great lifestyle that Troon affords, in particular, the privacy, quiet, the ever-changing views and the high elevation,” Aazami says.
Troon, he adds, is at 2,400 feet, about 1,000 feet higher than much of Scottsdale. Because of this, temperatures are slightly cooler, aided by soothing foothills breezes, low density, and minimal lights and traffic.
“Every few winters, we enjoy snow dustings, and the mountain peaks become pure white for a few days,” Aazami recalls. “It’s just magical.”
Troon is Scotland comes to Scottsdale: The name celebrates the Royal Troon golf course in Scotland. Minutes from the Windywalk home is Troon Country Club, built-in 1986 and remodeled a few years ago.
The Jay Morrish- and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course has tee markers for course lengths from 5,167 to 7,041 yards, accommodating various skill levels.
The privately owned Troon Golf & Country Club has a 9,000-square-foot health and wellness center, tennis and pickleball courts, a pool, dining and posts an extensive schedule of members’ activities (trooncc.com).
“If you want a luxury home in maximum tranquility, close to the Four Seasons Resort, with outstanding hiking and biking trails and a refuge from all of the stress,” he adds, “this is an ideal home in an ideal community.”
Quiet, Private and Protected:
The Windywalk home is private and sheltered. Protecting the western exposure of the home from the afternoon desert sun is 3,478-foot-high Troon Mountain, with its signature boulders.
On another side of the home, a rip rap-lined natural wash and native vegetation buffers the property from the neighbor’s. “During the summer monsoons, it’s wonderful to watch the water rush down between the properties to lower ground,” Aazami says.
On the garage side is a boulder-strewn knoll separating the home from that neighbor’s. “It’s NAOS [Natural Area Open Space] land, room for expansion,” he explains.
He points out one rock formation that resembles the head of a dolphin. “We often hike up there, and the views are even more spectacular at the top than from the home,” he says. “It’s also a good place to take a book to read or watch the stars since north Scottsdale protects against light pollution.”
The final property on the cul de sac is the very large home built by the community’s developer, enhancing adjacent values.
“This is a move-in home in one of the most desirable desert communities in the Southwest,” Aazami adds. “It combines contemporary luxury, low maintenance, and significant recent upgrades. And, it’s priced to sell quickly.”
The superb Windywalk home at Troon is offered at $1.799 million; the owner may offer seller financing. It can be sold with or without the furnishings.