I'm going to be moving to Scottsdale later this year and was wondering if anyone knows of any builders who made anything Eichler-like, or similarly modernist, in that area?
I know FLW's Taliesin West complex is there, so I'm hoping that a builder was sufficiently inspired!
Any leads would be much appreciated.
Lucky you! I adore Scottsdale and usually go there every year in May (very hot month, but still beautiful) for a public speaking engagement.
In my opinion, just about everything around Scottsdale looks modern and Eichler-like to me. Flat or low-sloped roofs, lots of glass and natural materials, such as concrete. Geometric shapes.
One time, I spent an entire day driving my rental car around the neighborhoods, taking pictures of many beautiful homes. IMHO, some of the most exotic modern design can be found in the Scottsdale area, and of course, there is Palm Springs, which is legendary.
That does not answer your question about architects. One possiblity would be to make a trip there, if you have not already done so, identify some homes that you really like, and then find out who designed and built them. Just a thought....
After living in Antioch, Ca for only five months (after moving from Orange County, where I salivated over several neighborhoods, especially in the Fairhills tract), a move to Scottsdale IS luck indeed!!
I'm headed there for a business trip in early May and was planning to double that up with a house-hunting trip, too. I may well accelerate the schedule, especially if my online research turns something up!
Thanks for the reply.
I have a different opinion... having lived in snobsdale (err, I mean scottsdale) for 5 yrs and having family there, I'd say the exact opposite. Yes, a lot of contemporary sturctures, but remember, contemporary doesn't always mean modern.
Clay tiles on pitched roofs definitely outnumber flat roofs and round logs definitely outnumber square beams. Remember, it's a desert community... native american art and architecture provides a great source of inspiration to the deveopers of the area. I do grant that there are a number of very nice modern structures littered here and there, but very few that I would consider modernist (by the architectural definitionof the style).
My suggestion would be to check out dwell's message board... they have an architect 'matching' section where you can seed the thought. Also, Tucson's UofA (90 minute drive south) has an incredible architecture school. It couldn't hurt to check with them and offer yourself up as a 'client' for a senior/master's case study home.
Those interested-there is a link on there to Phoenix modern homes with pics and such. Homes look like a smattering of styles-Eichler like and Palm Springs Palmer and Kriesel. Doesn't look like a lot of McMansionism going on. Take a browse there and enjoy.