The Herrera residence is located in the heart of Scottsdale’s most coveted landscape, the Upper Sonoran Desert. The City of Scottsdale has embraced this rich landscape, populated with natural flora, as its identifying feature, and this native flora is central to the Herrera residence. The location is a prime example of a neighborhood that values living in harmony with its native surrounding.

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Settled into an upper Sonoran site in North Scottsdale’s Whisper Rock Estates development, the Anderson residence embraces a design influenced by the Craftsman movement of the early 1900s

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Modern architecture influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Period. The compact 2,500 square foot home was erected on pristine undisturbed natural desert. This mature and lush desert landscape offers privacy and screening for this glass dominant and adobe structure.

Homeowners Ron Finkel, real estate investor, and Linda Blumel, artist, have carefully implemented unique furnishings, accessories and artwork that integrate well with the architectural theme.

The re-vegetated landscape area incorporates contemporary garden sculpture and some non-indigenous plants which create added drama. This home features concrete floors, wood ceilings and adobe. This provides a very warm outcome for this contemporary structure.

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The project is an adaptive reuse of a late 50’s Spanish ranch within the early Paradise Valley subdivision, Casa Blanca Estates. The homeowners desired a “Santa Barbara Style” which would work with the original Spanish eclectic character as much as possible.

Rather than the large volumes created by high ceilings, the clients wanted the design to embrace the charm and human scale of the early 1900’s Spanish homes. They also desired to create a front yard conducive to mingling with neighbors who strolled the lush Casa Blanca neighborhood, one uniue for Paradise Valley.

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