Ensconced in the verdant core of the Orchards Community, this Emerald home is truly the Crown Jewel of the neighborhood. Imagine being at the center of a golf course, but without the golfers and the golf balls, and you might catch a glimpse of the serenity Villa Esmeralda offers. Perfectly perched above acres of manicured grass, and with only one neighbor, this villa provides 270 degrees of unobstructed views without sacrificing privacy.
Villa Esmeralda sits at the end of a quiet cul de sac, and the only house next to it is home to the nicest family, who built the home over ten years ago and have lived there ever since. Nevertheless, everyone places a high value on privacy and Villa Esmeralda delivers it royally. The fact that Villa Esmeralda has only three tiny windows facing the neighbor's house, coupled with the tall trees lining the southern backyard wall, affords guests much appreciated privacy, whether inside the home or out in the backyard. As for the other three sides of the home, there is no loss of privacy even though guests enjoy unobstructed views to the West, North and East. Although the property juts out into a community area composed of several acres of golf course-quality grass, Villa Esmeralda sits nestled high above this area, so guests have the advantage of being on higher ground, as if they were atop a hill. This is due to the fact that the 'Green Crown' that surrounds 75% of the home also doubles as flood control for those rare occasions when it rains heavily (the area was intentionally created several feet below the street level of the neighborhood). But the relative height of the property is only one part of it's strategic location. The central open community area of the neighborhood is shaped like a capital 'T' and Villa Esmeralda sits in a 'notch' right where the vertical and horizontal lines of the 'T' meet. It is this positioning that allows for the wonderful views from so many parts of the home. In fact, the builder of the home offered models named after gemstones (Sapphire, Diamond, etc.) and this particular model is the Emerald model (with many construction, interior and exterior upgrades). If you think of the 'T' shaped community area as a pedestal for the Green Crown of grass, then this Emerald sits perfectly positioned at the center of the crown - hence its name, Villa Esmeralda - Crown Jewel.
And Villa Esmeralda is a Crown Jewel that sparkles inside and out. As you approach the end of its cul de sac, you will notice the professional xeriscaping (low water landscaping) with a dry riverbed theme. The long driveway is flanked by an acacia tree on the right and a beautiful Palo Verde on the left. These trees provide shade and privacy. At the top of the driveway there is the covered front porch straight ahead and a two-garage to the right. The garage floor has a professionally finished epoxy floor, three windows with wood blinds to match the rest of the home, the water heater, and the water softening system (which leaves your skin feeling very smooth after you shower). The front porch has three large Mexican urns in front of the living room window and a wooden bench (with storage), with urns at each side, that add to the home's welcoming Hacienda look and feel. The earth tones of the urns reflect the interior of the home. The front door is enclosed with decorative translucent glass and metal which greatly contributes to the aesthetic, yet still maintains privacy.
Through the front door is the two-story living room, which is furnished luxuriously with a velvet couch and loveseat, old Mexican rocking chair, a round wood and leather coffee table, and two very heavy mesquite wood tables. The dark wood floors are diagonally installed and the light-colored shag area rug contrasts with them perfectly. A regal floor lamp is balanced by a heavy iron lamp that sits on the corner mesquite table, while art pieces adorn the mesquite console table (as well as the rest of the house). The walls have built in stereo speakers, as does the family room (5.1 surround sound), master bedroom and covered patio. The first floor has a circular layout and to the immediate right is the dining room, followed by the wide staircase to the second floor (flanked by a thick wood bannister with wrought iron balusters, that also line the upstairs open hallway). Behind the stairs is the arched entry to the family room and a hallway to the left.
The hallway leads to Hers and His offices, as well as the powder room. Her office has white glass enclosed French doors while His has a heavy black prairie glass enclosed door reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her office has large green tile flooring, while his office has multicolored tiles in earth tones, each tile ranging from rust to umber to deep crimson. Her office has a large wood writing desk with designer chair and a nook with a computer desk and filing cabinet. His office has a stately wooden desk with lawyers swivel chair, a large cowboy leather chair and ottoman, as well as a huge rustic armoire made from reclaimed Mexican church doors. His office walls have a black chair rail moulding, with the walls painted red above the moulding and with a masculine sponging effect below it. Her office walls are earth colored and finished in the same stucco effect seen throughout the rest of the house. Both offices have ceiling fans, as does the rest of the house.
The family room has a large comfortable fabric sectional with chaise, sliding glass doors leading to the covered patio, and a built-in entertainment center that includes a large mounted HD flat screen TV, HD DVR, receiver/amplifier, with bookcases on each side. It's dark green Berber carpeting transitions well into the wood floors of the kitchen, with it's dark cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, island, desk area, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also has a table for four (with leather chairs) that can expand to accommodate six.
Between the kitchen and the dining room is the pantry, with large doors that match the cabinets (as do the doors in the upstairs linen closet). The cabinets in the green-tiled laundry room, which is located between the pantry area and the garage, match as well, and they are located above a black washer and dryer.
Coming back around the circular layout, the dining room is furnished with a heavy wooden table, expandable from six to eight, four wooden side chairs (with decorative iron), and two royal velvet end chairs, plus a copper and wooden buffet table. Ceramic and metal vases, three large multicolored candle stick holders, a modern mirror, and a leather-framed art piece finish off the regal dining room.
At the top of the stairs, double doors lead to the master suite, with a large couch and ottoman in the sitting area, positioned across from an East India armoire that houses a flat screen HD TV and DVD player. Rustic laminate flooring leads you past the copper and wormwood dresser to the sleeping area. There, decorative wood and iron frames border the three tiny windows that are located above the king-sized, intricately designed wooden headboard. With two wicker night stands (each with red-shaded lamps) at its side, and a red fabric and wood bench at the foot of the bed, the Tempur-Pedic topped California king mattress offers a restful night's sleep that is beyond compare.
On the other side of the master suite's sitting area is the master bathroom, complete with double sinks mounted underneath a raised engineered-stone counter, a large soaking tub, separate shower, and separate water closet. Behind the large mirrored sliding glass door lies the huge walk-in closet, with two levels of closet rods in a U shape, along with shelving from floor to ceiling on the right and all around the top. Finally, in the sitting area is the door that leads to the huge deck, with the backyard below and spectacular mountain views to the West.
Across from the Master Suite are another set of double doors that lead in to the Wild West Recreation Room. This room comes complete with a sleeper sofa, a regular sofa, a reclining chair, a rocking chair, a side table, a coffee table, an HD flat screen TV atop a TV stand (with DVD player), and a stage coach twin bed complete with canopy.
Between the Master Suite and Rec Room lie two other bedrooms. On the left is the baseball bedroom, with a twin sized bed, baseball themed dresser and baseball glove chair. The other room has a queen bed, dark cherry double dresser and TV. Both rooms have closets and are carpeted with a light colored Berber carpet, as are the Rec Room, hallway and stairs. Between them is a full bathroom, with tub/shower, toilet and double sink. Outside the Rec Room is an open loft area perfect for children to play.
In the backyard, you'll find a rectangular shaped pool with a dark Pebble Tec surface, lined with Sedona red flagstone and featuring three large concrete wok pots that sit atop columns and are actually water features - just turn them on to have them fill with water that cascades into the pool. The slightly raised spa is also lined with the same Pebble Tec and flagstone and has several massage therapy jets, It's water also cascades into the pool. Both the spa and pool are lit from within and both can be heated over 100 degrees (but heating the pool will saddle you with a pretty large gas bill). The pool also has a shallow square Baja step for small children and a five foot safety fence is kept in the garage if needed. The pool area is surrounded by six palm trees and Kool Deck to keep bare feet from burning up on those hot summer days.
The covered patio features a square tile and metal table with four chairs, and a sitting area with two chairs and a loveseat. Topping it off is a built-in grill and gas fireplace, with a seat wall in between, all covered in flagstone. A walkway on the north side of the house leads to the pool equipment.
There is just so much to enjoy!!
Villa Esmeralda is located less than a half mile from the Surprise Spring Training Complex, home of Major League Baseball's recent American League Champions Kansas City Royals (2014) and Texas Rangers (2010, 2011). It is also less than 15 miles from the University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals and site of the 2015 Super Bowl) and the Gila River Arena (home of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes).
With the country's 5th largest city only 30 minutes away, anything you can imagine is here for you to enjoy, including more major league sports (Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns), world class cuisine, entertainment, outlet shopping and museums. Guests have enjoyed everything from high-fashion Scottsdale shopping, sunrise/sunset balloon rides, boating at several lakes, jaw-dropping desert glider rides, and day trips to San Xavier del Bac Mission near historic Tucson, awe-inspiring Sedona, amazing Lake Powell, exhilarating Horseshoe Bend, enchanting Antelope Canyon, and the majestic Grand Canyon! You can even go skiing in Flagstaff and then return to soak in the heated spa while the therapy jets massage away your aches!
There are a couple of things you don't want to miss though. First, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is just to the West (about a 20 minute drive), and there's actually a desert waterfall that appears after a thunderstorm. The trail to the waterfall is marked and not a tough hike (less than two miles roundtrip). Second, there a more than plenty of restaurants to satisfy any appetite, but you'll want to save at least one meal for Babbo Italian Eatery - the Drunken Shrimp Pasta and Pasta Valducci are favorites.
The above just scratches the surface of what you can do within just a few minutes. There are literally too many activities to include all of them here. Just a quarter mile walk to the east is the Surprise Recreation Campus, which includes the Surprise Stadium, 12 baseball fields, a sports shop and an 8-acre multipurpose field for football, soccer, art fairs, canine competition events, fireworks shows, etc. Next to it is the Surprise Community Park, which offers a 5-acre urban lake for fishing, jogging trails, 4 lighted basketball courts, 2 lighted net-sand volleyball courts, picnic tables and 10 ramadas for picnicking, 2 dog parks (for large and small dogs), drinking fountains for pets and owners, and playground units for children. The park is next to the Northwest Regional Library; the USTA award-winning Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex (25 Tennis Courts (17 lighted), 2 Indoor Racquetball Courts, a Table Tennis Room, a Pro Shop, and a 2,500 seat center arena), which has hosted several professional tournaments; the Surprise Aquatic Center (zero depth area with water play features, flume slide, tunnel slide, vortex whirlpool, competition pool, diving well, and two 1-meter boards); and Dreamcatcher Park (a fully accessible, barrier-free, multi-generational, multi-purpose athletic facility which was designed to provide athletes with special needs a fun and safe place to recreate - it can be used for baseball/soccer/football and features a urethane based surface making it safe and maneuverable for mobility devices such as wheel chairs and walkers). All of this within one mile!
For those that love to shop 'til they drop, the Antigua Retail Outlet Store is a REAL factory outlet and offers incredible bargains on all sorts of sports attire (overruns and slightly imperfects). Guests have purchased licensed sports attire for as low as $1.00. And don't forget to visit Nordstrom's Last Chance in Phoenix (1919 E Camelback Rd), where one guest paid only $99 for a new Armani suit that retails for $2,500! But be careful, these are items that either never sold at Nordstrom's/Nordstrom's Rack or were RETURNED - you need to check your merchandise thoroughly before purchasing, so give yourself plenty of time for this mother of all bargain-hunting experiences.
Finally, some other day trips that have not yet been mentioned yet are: Saguaro National Park, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Pima Air and Space Museum, Hoover Dam, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater, Camelback Mountain, South Mountain Park, Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Botanical Gardens, Casinos, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Tovrea Castle, Lowell Observatory, Taliesin West, Lake Havasu (London Bridge), Jerome, Lava River Cave, Titan Missile Museum, Casa Grande Ruins, O.K. Corral, Tempe Town Lake, Arcosanti, Canyon de Chelly, Four Corners, Monument Valley, Hualapai Tribe and Skywalk, Montezuma's Castle and Well, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Sunset Crater, Tonto Natural Bridge, Colossal Cave, Biosphere 2, Verde Canyon Railroad, and the other Cactus League Spring Training Complexes for the Diamondbacks, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, A's, Padres, Giants, and Mariners. With so much to do, you'll be wanting to return again and again!
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