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Scottsdale Desert

By Logan Oulman

There are a number of reasons that Scottsdale, Arizona homes, land and real estate are so highly sought after by families. One reason may have to do with always finding something to interest you, whether you would rather stay indoors or spend your time out of the house.

In 1937, the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, bought some of Scottsdale’s undeveloped real estate. Naming what would be become his home, studio and architectural campus Taliesin West, he built in northeast Scottsdale near the McDowell Mountains and in the lush high desert of Sonora.

Wright created a new form of architecture and established a legacy that still draws visitors from all over the world to Taliesin West, which is a living laboratory of Wright’s ideas. Wright’s private home is open to visitors and has been restored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to look inside and out how it did when first built in the 1930s.

Ranging from one to three hours, tours of Taliesin West are offered on a regular basis, allowing visitors to experience firsthand Wright’s heralded ability to integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces. Depending on the tour you select, you can visit the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Kiva and Frank Lloyd Wright’s office, all of which are linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged desert and the valley below.

Visitors to Scottsdale may also witness Wright’s work around Scottsdale, reports the Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, in prominent Scottsdale spots like the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. This luxurious resort enjoys a history filled with Hollywood celebrities as well as an architectural past linked to the Wright legacy.

The Scottsdale area also bears the imprint of a student of Wright’s, Vernon Swaback, another prominent architect. Swaback helped design and build award-winning custom homes, hotels, office buildings and recreational areas in the Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale areas in the two decades he spent at Taliesin West.

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