Byrd Residence

Scottsdale, AZ

On the 6th green of one of Troon's most beautiful golf courses, this 2-story home in the upscale golf course community provides the ultimate in Arizona lifestyle, natural beauty and privacy.

With stunning 360-degree views of Pinnacle Peak, the McDowell Mountain Range, and the desert beyond, the home is tucked into massive boulders that were designed by nature thousands of years ago. A masterful expression of both form and function, the house was designed to blend and “disappear” into its setting, with rooflines and building shapes mirroring the rock formations of the site. The aesthetic pays tribute to the Native American Pueblo style built in the area hundreds of years ago.

An unusually large, inverted pyramid-shaped boulder became the central point from which the design would flow. Anchored at the north end, this monument and its adjacent boulders provide a hidden basin for the private pool and outdoor living areas and the home wrapped around it.

Under a round, sandcast clay tile roof, expanses of 20’x10’ butt-glazed glass comprise the threshold from indoors to out. A curving, stacked boulder-and-concrete staircase leads to the double-entry doors with artisan stained glass sidelights that mimic the mountains. Inside are yet more boulders, reinforcing the aesthetic that the house is one with the land. Rounded walls and edges, and smooth stucco-like finishes combine with traditional southwestern display features. A wagon-wheel Viga-beamed ceiling, Saltillo tiling and a Kiva fireplace with built-in banco seating completes the ancient Pueblo style.

With a subterranean garage and a barely perceptible profile, this home remains one of the finest examples of maintaining the integrity of a challenging site while providing a luxurious home in the raw desert.