With a nod toward the mid-century modernism of Palm Springs, California, Architect C.P. Drewett set out to create a Desert Modern home that would capture views of the downtown Phoenix skyline as well as nearby Camelback mountain. From its hillside perch in the Paradise Valley Foothills, the lot, located on Keim Drive, is surrounded and covered by natural desert vegetation and nestles into a very quiet neighborhood populated by rock stars and business moguls. The coveted location, a southern exposure between 40th and 44th Streets and Lincoln and Stanford, offers stunning views while still remaining accessible to Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale. With only a 15-minute drive to Sky Harbor Airport, the potential homeowner gains the perfect balance between city life access and a quiet neighborhood’s privacy.

Expressing his thoughts on the design, C.P. had these words to say. “Expressing modern elegance was the goal here. I really pictured in my mind’s eye a swanky dinner party attended by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., yet wanted to express that in the relaxed style of the Arizona desert. The indoor-outdoor living spaces, especially the grass-covered roof deck, offer the kind of lifestyle found in Desert Modern homes of Palm Springs that began appearing in the 1920’s. This is not a recreation of mid-century modern. It is a 21st-century expression of Desert Modern that pays homage to the elegance of the days of the ‘Rat Pack.'”

While this project joined the ranks of Designed But Never Built, the project was a joint venture between several of the Valley of the Sun’s top real estate and custom home professionals including:

  • Realtor Brian Miller of the Brian Miller Group
  • La Casa Builders, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Elizabeth Rosensteel, Interior Designer, Rosensteel Design
  • C.P. Drewett, AIA, NCARB, DrewettWorks, Scottsdale, AZ

Perhaps you’d like this to be your home where you’ll host swanky soirees, and saunter around in your smoking jacket with your elegant friends. Just one thing…don’t forget to invite us! We were honored to be a part of the incredible team that was the brain trust behind it.

*Architectural rendering by the always-amazing Dennis Falls of Hyperline Design.