PHOENIX, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Arizona homebuilders, realtors and architects have unveiled their latest project revitalizing a landmark 18th century-style farmhouse in the heart of Arcadia.
Set against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain, the group held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday detailing their plans to develop the approximately 4-acre lot into four parcels with Nordon Manor as its centerpiece.
"This makes the community stronger," said Bruce Grebin, vice chair of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce ambassador program. "This property demonstrates that there is continued economic success in Phoenix, especially in Scottsdale."
The home is named for its original owners Donald and Norma LoPiccolo, who built it in 1970, carefully replicating an 18th century Pennsylvania farmhouse using original materials moved by rail and truck to Arizona.
From handmade bricks and intricate trim, to support beams reclaimed from actual Pennsylvania barns, the home was crafted in painstaking detail. So much detail, the home is more fit for an 18th century lifestyle than a modern one.
That's why The Martin Mackey Group, Sage Luxury Homes and C.P. Drewett/Drewett Works Architecture are working together to preserve the home's beauty and tradition while updating it for a modern home buyer.
"Our goal is to convert Nordon Manor into a Western-style farmhouse, but we want to keep the DNA of what's here right now," said C.P. Drewett, lead architect and owner of Drewett Works Architecture.
Inspired by the pristine view of Camelback Mountain and the Arizona sunshine, Drewett plans to open up the home with two-story glass windows facing the backyard and the mountain. Beside the main house, Drewett has re-designed the old-style summer house into a recreation den and getaway with a hay loft and patio overlooking the pool.
Mackey Martin, founder of The Martin Mackey Group, first got the listing for the home in 2009 while Arizona's housing market was in a downward spiral. Today, the property sold for $7.2 million, one of the largest per foot sales in the Valley.
"Most people wanted to tear the house down because it had a lot of functional obsolescence," Mackey said. "From a standpoint of a mother, it just has all those bells and whistles. If you look at the floor plan today, it hits every hot-button consumer desire you can think of."
The finished home will feature five bedrooms, 5 car garage, a home library and office in addition to a wellness room on the third floor complete with an exercise area, sauna and massage room.
Sage Luxury Homes is currently working on permitting for the construction and plans to begin building in August. Builder Sage Lentz expects the re-model and the first of three new homes developed on the land to be completed in the next 10 months.
"As these homes start coming to life, people will see the beauty of everything we are doing here. When people drive by they are going to go wow that is amazing," Lentz said.
Ryan Van Velzer
SOURCE The Mackey Martin Group