Oro Valley Beauty

Julia_Pic4.jpgJulia Broder -- Greetings from The Riverside Realty Group in beautiful Westport, CT! I love forming lasting relationships with my clients, and hopefully this spills over into my work on this column.

Take a Peek? Luxe Property Lovers . . . we share the common enjoyment of peeking in on great properties, don't we? It's only natural to want to see how other people live!

My Luxe Properties column is your showcase for a new, special luxe property every week . . . luxury listings from the best independent boutique firms, of course! Learn all about luxe areas and beautiful residences that are for sale . . . ready for a wonderful buyer like you . . . then give me a call and we'll have fun shopping for your new home together.

Some Like It Warm! I’m excited this week to bring you to an area so fabulous . . . so warm . . . oh, I'm watching the rain and sleet come down as I type, and I want to move us both to where the weather is sunny and mild 350 days a year . . . Tucson, Arizona!!!

Tucson%20Downtown.jpgFab Destination! Much of the country is frigid right now . . . so there's a logical reason why people travel to Tucson from across the country and around the globe . . . to get away from lingering winters and hectic lives! This is a place where soaking up the sun is a year-round activity.

The awe-inspiring, natural beauty never ceases to amaze! You can trace Southern Arizona’s history at ancient archaeological sites and museums. And you can jump right into the middle of the cultural scene that thrives here!

Go Natural: No matter what you love to do in the great outdoors, Tucson is the place to do it. Their outdoors is always open for business . . . hiking galore, with countless trails for every experience level! Biking? Tucson is a top biking destination! Are plants and animals your thing? Discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna that have adapted to this unique ecosystem! Bird watching? With over 250 species in widely varied environments, southern Arizona is a "birders" paradise! Did anyone say astronomy? Some of the most well-respected observatories in the world are located here, so peer into the heavens all you want! Caves? Cool! You can experience the awe-inspiring beauty of a vast underground wonderland in this part of the world. 

Dine Away! For luxe property owners, your choice of fine restaurants is phenomenal! Look for variety and an emphasis on regional cuisine. The desert often serves as inspiration to the chefs here . . . they thrive on reinventing culinary favorites with a Southwestern twist! Hmmmmmm! By combining native ingredients with traditional cuisine, such as French and Latin, they WOW guests with original creations that reflect the area's unique identity.

Tucson%20Mex.jpgAnd Tucson boasts some of the best Mexican food north of the border! You'll find some of the most authentic flavors at roadside taquerías that sell fish and carne asada tacos, ice-cold horchata, and more! Rowdy cowboy-style steakhouses thrive here, too, as do fine dining establishments, which often have stunning city views as well as top-notch cuisine.

Or if it's ethnic food you crave, Tucson offers Guatemalan, Indian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisines . . . not to mention French, Italian, Pacific Rim . . . and everything from buffalo steaks to a latenight braised foie gras on Tucson's table!

For the wine enthusiast, you've come home! Fortunately, the climate and soil conditions in Southern Arizona are perfect for growing grapes. A journey into Arizona wine country makes a pleasant day trip from Tucson.

Fore! Talk about good weather . . . and you'll always hear Tucson described as a Golfer's Paradise! Why do business in the boardroom? Stay at your luxe property and get things done in the best style and comfort that Tucson has to offer. There's never a rush to leave the clubhouse following a round of golf at any of the resorts, country clubs, or municipal courses that challenge every level of play. With designs by leading architects such as Tom Weiskopf, Jack Nicklaus, John Fought, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., and Tom Fazio, Tucson's golf courses vary from traditional parkland to desert target style.

Gallery%20Golf%20Club.jpgAs a bonus, area courses boast spectacular fairway views, pristine greens, and brilliant mountain sunsets from the tee box. Tucson is now the current home of the World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship . . . an internationally-televised tournament featuring the top 64 players from the official World Golf Ranking. What better way to entertain your clients and friends from around the globe!

Canyon%20Ranch.jpgTired? Need a break from all that deal making? When you Luxe Lovers want to get away and chill out, where can you go to relax? Long considered a purifying and rejuvenating place, Tucson has a vast selection of spas . . . pick a fabulous day spa . . . or visiting one of the world-class spas located here.

Need a break from all that deal making? When you Luxe Lovers want to get away and chill out, where can you go to relax? Long considered a purifying and rejuvenating place, Tucson has a vast selection of . . . pick a fabulous day spa . . . or visiting one of the world-class spas located here.

Yes, Luxies . . . this where we go to worship the goddess Relaxation in her natural habitat -- the amazing Canyon Ranch Health Resort and luminous Miraval Life in Balance are located right here! These spas incorporate desert-based treatments that draw inspiration from Native American traditions or indigenous plant therapies . . . and of course the more traditional therapies . . . all done in the best ways for you, their very discerning luxe clients!


Our Tucson Featured Luxe Property: Now that you're relaxed and ready to go find a fabulous luxe property, consider this majestic Tuscany-inspired luxury home in the Oro Valley, located northwest of Tucson in the exclusive gated Honeybee Canyon Estates. Do you love the view in the above photo from our home's negative-edge pool? Simply stunning!

House Highlights: This Oro Valley home features unobstructed 180-degree views . . . all completely unobstructed . . . of the Catalina Mountains and Tucson's City Lights. You have to see the views to believe them!

4 bedrooms

4.5 bathrooms


Open floor plan of 5,975 square feet

Enjoy the true negative-edge pool, an elevated spa, and a really cool elevated viewing deck! Yes, Luxe Lovers, you can see all the way to downtown Tucson . . . and all those amazing lights! The outdoor living spaces are so dramatic, you will never want to go inside.


 But once inside, you will enjoy the open floor plan and its spectacular spaces!

The grand Great Room . . . perfect for the center of all your activities and relaxation


Gourmet entertaining kitchen . . . with a dramatic entrance to the Great Room

Grand Master Suite with spectacular views that go on forever . . . and two master baths . . . and a grand master closet, of course


Separate guest quarters at the opposite end of the residence also come with their own spectacular views

More enjoyment and spectacular viewing in the home's cutting-edge Media Room . . . complete with a grand screen . . . recliner loungers . . . an upper level with more seating . . . a granite countertop in front for dining or serving your popcorn and drinks . . . and don’t miss the back cabinets with mini kitchen!


Give Julia Broder a call at 1-203-247-7500: Ask me for more information about this amazing Tucson luxe property . . . totally ready for you to move in and enjoy a spectacular luxe desert lifestyle . . . and we'll arrange for you to get your own private tour! As an affiliate agent with The Riverside Realty Group, our luxe property contacts are second to none . . . locally . . . nationally . . . or abroad! And call me for advice on how to help you list and sell your beautiful home . . . or help you find a new home for 2008.

Till next week . . . I'm getting my next luxe property ready to showcase, and we'll travel together to another fantastic community! (And please email me at julia@juliabroder.com with your comments, ideas, and real estate questions. I always love to hear from my Luxies!)

All the best,



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Photo Credits: University of Arizona, Los Betos, ISTC, Gusto

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