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Luxury Living in Glendale, Arizona

by Nate Martinez

Luxury Living in Glendale, Arizona 

Thunderbird Mountain located in Glendale, Arizona is home to the premier destination for luxury living on the Westside. Beyond the gated security lies the intimate community of Tuscany Hills – a local hotspot for some ofGlendale’s most elite homeowners. Perched high atop the mountain, you will find one of the finest luxury homes on the market today. With nearly 10,000 square feet in design and over an acre home site, the views of the native desert terrain and surrounding city are sublime.

Welcome to 24218 N 63rd Drive – a true “hill top” property that can brag about having 360 degree views and mean it. Located at the highest point in Tuscany Hills and backing to the mountain preserve, the 1.36 acre home site provides the privacy one might be looking for in a home of this significance.

At the entry you will find the attention to detail starts with the custom front door, adorned with impeccable craftsmanship in the iron accents. However once inside, your attention will be drawn to the impressive chandelier that graciously illuminates the foyer and the grand stature of the Italian imported pillars (rumored to be valued at $350,000). Although it may be difficult to decide which direction to start your tour, you will find it is led by marble flooring throughout the main level. Through the grand foyer are the formal living areas; to the right is the master retreat and to the left is the family room and kitchen.

The seller has spared no expense with quality and unique amenities you may not find in another luxury home, such as the lighted onyx sink in the guest powder room or the gold plated fixtures throughout. Overlooking the kitchen and a view of the grounds, the family room is accented by the soft light of the tray ceiling and the rich tones of the Alder wood wall unit that surrounds the fireplace.  The gourmet kitchen will remind you of something you saw featured on HGTV – walnut wood floors mixed with Alder wood at the island and a subtle distressed antique look to the cabinetry - not only pleasing to the eye, it is functional and practical.

Also on the main floor is the master’s quarters, which has a hidden room that could easily be a reading room or a private study. The two-way fireplace will draw you into the Mediterranean-resort-like bathroom, were we will see more of the uniquely elegant details featured in this home. The primary focal point is no doubt the huge Roman-style tub, which is like what you might find when visiting old world Rome - a huge tub with gracious archways supported by pillars and surrounded by marble. His-n-her vanities with onyx sinks and lamp-style wall sconces, accented with gold plated fixtures. At first glance, the walk-in shower will appear to be glowing, but that is just the shimmering effect of the glass tile – another uniquely elegant detail that the seller spared no expense with.

There are two ways to access the second level, one of which is the convenient elevator that also accesses the garage. Upstairs is were the real fun begins – literally. Here you will find a poker room which has its own private balcony – the seller calls it a poker room, but it could be used for whatever suites you. Just off the poker room is the massive game or bonus room, which has a full wet bar with an appliance package and plenty of cabinets for storing all your favorite spirits. A savory game room such as this wouldn’t be complete without a private bathroom, fireplace and of course a two-way salt water fish tank. While all those amenities are fantastic, it is here that you may have the first opportunity to appreciate the magnificent views. But wait, there is more…within the game room is a separate theater, decorated just like an original opera house with theater-style seating for seven. Elegant and classic in décor but modern with technology - this media room comes with a fiber optic star-filled night sky ceiling and Crestron Home System. 

While it’s a fact that this home makes entertaining a cinch, there is work to be done at some point in the day and you’ll appreciate having the study or office nearby. Encased with floor-to-ceiling Alder wood and built-in book shelves, the vibrant colors from the salt water fish tank compliment this warm and inviting space. Here you will also find a second hidden room that stores all the security systems in this home. 

Upstairs are the secondary bedrooms, four of them to be exactly, each with their own themed amenities and private en suite baths. If you need to fulfill a princess’s bedroom-dreams-come-true, then you will love the theme in bedroom number two. Every princess needs a little pink décor and of course a balcony! The bathroom is just as sweet with a hand-painted floral sink, large soaker tub and gold plated swan faucets – yet another one of those unique details the seller has spared no expense with.

In a home of this quality, you would expect to a guest casita but perhaps not guest quarters such as these. This guest house is nearly 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms, one bath, a living area, full kitchen and a one garage attached garage.  In addition to the guest parking, there is an oversized four car garage attached to the main house and plenty of parking on the cobblestone driveway.

The hilltop grounds are just as impressive as the interior. Nestled against the side of the mountain preserve, privacy is a key element of this backyard. Surrounded by Canterra stone, the lap pool has a negative edge spa and a rock waterfall that is built into the side of the preserve. An extensive use of Travertine stone has been used at both the covered patio and the wrap-around balcony. Some of the backyard amenities include multiple fireplaces, an outdoor shower and a built-in BBQ with Lynx brand appliances. 

While the views from the balcony are breathtaking, the real awe-inspiring 360 degree views are seen from the roof top deck. There is literally hundreds of square feet of outdoor space where the views are nearly perfect – on a clear day you can see the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium to the west and at night the city lights sparkling like diamonds on the horizon.

The only thing left to do is imagine for a moment, the sound of cobblestone under your tires as you accelerate past the gated entry and make your way to the top of the hill. That is the welcoming sound of luxury living and it can be yours today. Contact Nate for a private tour at 602-430-5226. 

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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Old World Europe Meets Modern Day Luxury

by Nate Martinez

Old World Europe Meets Modern Day Luxury

Parlez-vous francais? Why, yes sir I do and welcome to “Le top Manoir de Montagne.”

Thunderbird Mountain located in Glendale, Arizona is home to the premier destination for luxury living on the Westside. Beyond the gated security lies the intimate community of Tuscany Hills – the local hotspot for those who have a sweet tooth for quality and elegance, with a panoramic view of the city.

The exterior vibe is the best of old world Mediterranean with a splash of French influence, colliding together to create a style that is unique to this property. Iron accents, hand-carved Canterra Stone and a solid copper Turret are just a few of the impeccable details you will find at the front entry.

Through the imported custom front door to the grand foyer – true to the meaning “foyer” the seller has spared no expense; breathtaking to say the least. Your attention will immediately go to the $12,000 chandelier that gracefully accepts the importance as the focal point. The dual spiral staircase is like something out of a fairytale. Hand-stained wood with iron details, will beckon you to have a closer look at the hand-painted Italian ceiling artwork.


To the left you will find a private library, completely incased with hand-carved book shelves made with clear alder wood and exotic rosewood flooring; the fireplace mantles are from the early 1900s. To the right you will enter the traditional formal dining room – accented with clear alder wood panels, lighted tray ceilings and a chandelier that once hung in the grand ballroom at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans. The formal dining room spills out onto a private courtyard where you can take in the amazing views of the city while enjoying the fireplace and bubbling water fountain.

At the eat-in gourmet kitchen, you will find the French influence at its best. Antiqued cabinetry sets the stage for the gorgeous granite counter tops and marble backsplash. The large island provides a workable area with a sink as well as bar seating and the etched glass door at the walk-in pantry is just the touch you’d expect to see. The professional grade appliance package includes a six burner Wolfe gas cook top, two Wolfe electric ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator, GE Monogram microwave, wine refrigerator, ASKO dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, two Fisher Paykel dishwashers and a Dacor warming drawer.

Off the kitchen is the cozy family room, where you’ll continue to appreciate the exotic rosewood flooring and the attention to detail given at the fireplace.  The tile accents are from the late 1800s and the beautiful cherubs are hand-carved into the wood mantle.  There are two powder rooms, one for the gentlemen and the second for the ladies, which has antique wall scones, an imported vanity from France with a hand-painted sink from Italy.


With over 5,400 square feet, there are three bedrooms upstairs, plus a generous loft space and the master’s private quarters are located downstairs. The formal living room has 21 foot ceilings and overlooks the negative edge pool. There are three balconies upstairs, each lending their own magnificent view of the city and surrounding mountains. Your guest will enjoy the comforts of their own private master suite and bedrooms two and three share a “Jack-n-Jill” bathroom concept.

The classic look of the marble flooring will lead you down a private vestibule to the master’s chambers. At the end of the walk way you’ll find a quaint garden courtyard complete with a lovely fountain. The master bedroom fireplace has marble surrounds imported from Italy and with lighted tray ceilings, creates a soft ambience that enhances the rich décor.

The bathroom looks as if it’s been taken from the pages of a posh European hotel brochure. Exquisite detail combined with quality craftsmanship, and a well-thought out design create a functional bathroom that finally fulfills your sweet tooth cravings.

As the morning sun crests on the horizon, the natural light will beg you to take a relaxing bath in the jetted garden tub. Supported by extensive travertine, pillars and a cozy fireplace, the lady of the manor will feel like a queen – and not just for the day.

There are three vanities – one for him and two for the queen. Separate “make-up” vanity includes a private dressing area and a mini refrigerator. The elegant travertine continues at the walk-in shower, which was designed with multiple shower heads. Personal organization system in the master closet is constructed with clear alder wood and built-in armoire is early 1900s maple wood. 

“Le top Manoir de Montagne” translates from French to English as the “Mountain Top Manor” which is exactly how one could describe the 44,470 square foot home site. Perched at the top of Thunderbird Mountain, the views of the local desert terrain and the surrounding city are quite arguably the best in the West Valley.


The backyard is nestled against the secluded preserve and provides the ultimate privacy when you want to enjoy the outdoor amenities. Slate tile extends the length of the main patio and leads to the outdoor Dacor BBQ. With the views in mind, the sellers designed a separate fire pit seating area that is the perfect place to enjoy a great bottle of wine or a fresh cup of morning Joe. A unique split swimming pool allows the water to cascade down a beautiful rock water fall and flow into a lower pool that meets the main patio area. Easy maintenance desert landscaping just makes sense against the mountain scenery.

Now the only question left to ask: “Do you speak French?” If you said “Oui” then call me for a private tour and a chance to purchase one of Glendale’s exclusive custom estates. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you simply do not want to miss. 

Open House: October 16th. Please contact Nate for details. 

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20241 North 67th Avenue, Suite A1
Glendale AZ 85308
Fax: 602-532-7352

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