We are here in Scottsdale visiting our friends Roy and Joan. They live in a community of gorgeous homes in the hills overlooking Phoenix. We love visiting them — for their hospitality and for the opportunity to be in their lovely home and partake of this beautiful desert landscape.
On Thursdays, there is home tour in the community. Like a giant “open house” where you visit about 20 homes that are for sale. We love to do it — brings out the voyeur in me — and it is probably my only chance to see what a $4.5 million dollar house is like!
Seeing these amazing homes got me thinking. How come this kind of interesting architecture and the beautiful interiors are never featured in the mainstream house magazines? I read a lot of these magazines on a regular basis: House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, Luxe, and sometimes Architectural Digest. And I have never seen these Southwest homes in any of these magazines.
Not every one is to my taste — but then again, not everything in House Beautiful is either. So How Come? How come these architects and interior designers are never featured? Is it too “niche”? I’ve seen pieces on lofts in Chicago and townhouses in Charleston. Why aren’t those “too niche”?
Here are some photos of these interesting houses taken from Phoenix Home and Garden. You can see how gorgeous they are and how eclectic.
The photo above is from Mortensen Homes. Mortensen builds “soft contemporary” homes that are beautiful, livable, and large (how about 5,000 square feet).
I think these homes deserve to be seen more.