Tired Tuscan to Vibrant Villa
Tuscan style homes in Scottsdale abound, lately, many in the real estate industry have referred to Scottsdale’s Tuscan style architecture as “tired Tuscan,” which is unfortunate. Essentially, these Tuscan style homes are being overlooked in exchange for the current trend: light, bright and open. However, many buyers are still seeking the character of a Tuscan style home in Scottsdale. They appreciate the charm but want to see it modernized with the lighter feel today’s buyer desires. Tuscan style homes still have much to offer and it is our responsibility to help our sellers present their Tuscan property in the most positive way. We also have the opportunity to help our buyers see the potential in a Tuscan style they may be considering for purchase. Many of these properties do offer open or semi-open concept living, which, with some thoughtful, refreshing cosmetic changes, may restore interest in these passed-over properties.
TRANSFORMING A TUSCAN STYLE HOME IN SCOTTSDALE
We recently helped transform a client’s property we have listed for sale, from “tired Tuscan” to “vibrant Villa.” This magnificent Tuscan style home in Scottsdale was designed in 2002 by acclaimed architect Bing Hu and was styled and decorated in the Tuscan trend at that time; brown-toned walls, and heavy dark draperies and furnishings. Our client had taken the first steps and removed the draperies and painted the interior a light, fresh, just off-white color, perfect for providing a look more in tune with today’s market. We knew there was, even more, we could do to further transform this home into a modern Mediterranean masterpiece.
THE MAGIC OF PAINT ON A TUSCAN STYLE HOME IN SCOTTSDALE
First, we encouraged the homeowner to paint the exterior of this home from the dark brown original color, to a more soothing and sophisticated light color that we selected. He agreed, and once the painting was complete, we were now able to see and admire the beautiful stonework and architecturally attractive lines of the home. What was once lost, was now recovered through the relatively inexpensive and simple process of applying a more updated paint color.
CHANGING OUT HEAVY FURNISHINGS
Next, we updated the interior style with lighter furnishings and accessories. Many believe that if a property is built around a particular theme, Tuscan or Hacienda for example, the furnishings have to mirror the same style. This is a misconception. By introducing light colored, timeless, transitional furnishings, crisp, white bedding and linens, this property became a fresher, more stylish version of itself, and what once felt tired, is now vibrant.
ABOUT THIS TUSCAN STYLE HOME IN SCOTTSDALE
The home that underwent this transformation is Villa Bella at Whisper Rock, a remarkable custom-built Tuscan style home in Scottsdale. This estate will captivate hearts and minds with its stunning, richly- designed features. Situated on the fairway of the 7th hole of Whisper Rock’s lower course, this home offers everything to help you enjoy the unique Sonoran Desert lifestyle.
BEAUTIFUL DESIGN AND FINISHES
High, beamed ceilings, brick archways, custom oak plank flooring, travertine, and multiple French doors throughout, convey the unique quality and style of this impressive home. The large chef’s kitchen offers abundant natural light, expansive counter space for preparing meals for family and friends, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, center island with vegetable sink, Viking Professional eight-burner gas range with griddle and double ovens, separate wall oven, and warming drawer. Custom crafted solid wood cabinetry, and stone and granite countertops complete this remarkable space. A large wine room is just off the kitchen area.
FOUR EN-SUITE BEDROOMS AND A CASITA
The home’s four bedrooms are all en-suite. The master suite offers comfortable space including a seating area with a beautifully carved cantera fireplace. The master bath features a jetted tub, and walk-in shower inlaid with impressive mosaic tilework. There are dual vanities and water closets, along with a large walk-in closet and exercise or flex room. The separate casita includes sleeping and sitting areas, kitchenette, walk-in closet, and an exceptional bath and shower area.
SECOND LEVEL OFFICE
The only room on the second level is an office that has custom wood built-in bookshelves and storage, built-in beverage fridge, and east and west patio views. This room could be a bedroom as it has a full bathroom and walk-in closet. The-east facing patio offers stunning views of mountains, rock and boulder formations and the exclusive Whisper Rock golf course. The west-facing patio offers magnificent Sonoran Desert sunsets and twinkling city lights.
WET BAR, FIREPLACES AND INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
A wet bar with countertop seating and ample storage, game area, great room with fireplace and French doors leading out to the pool deck, provide the indoor/outdoor living and entertainment lifestyle North Scottsdale is famous for. Featuring a heated pool and spa, undercover seating with a stone fireplace, dining area, Dacor built-in BBQ with dual side burners, and additional fire features, this premier exterior space creates a resort-like atmosphere.
WHISPER ROCK ESTATES
The look and feel of Villa Bella are fully expressed by its elegant architecture and finishes. Sophisticated buyers will appreciate the quality, charm, and luxury lifestyle offered in Whisper Rock Estates. You can visit this homes listing page, or call us for a private tour. You can learn more about Whisper Rock Estates by reading our latest Whisper Rock Estates Luxury Property Report, or watching our video on the community. Whisper Rock is located in North Scottsdale, watch 19 Minutes or Less, our video on the North Scottsdale area.