This Contemporary mansion is located at 5937 N La Colina Drive in Paradise Valley, AZ and is situated on an acre of land with spectacular views. It has a current asking price of $5,000,000 and will be going up for auction with no reserve on October 20th. This one-of-a-kind, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired masterpiece designed by Wright’s son-in-law, architect Charles Schiffner, features exposed steel beams, cascading glass windows overlooking unobstructed views of the downtown Phoenix skyline and two-feet-thick concrete walls. Built in 2009, it boasts 9,523 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2-story open concept living room/dining room/kitchen, billiards room, home theater, private studio, swimming pool, 4-car garage and more.

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  • Daniel

    Yuck. Looks like a gym inside and out.




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    • Marie

      My thoughts exactly.




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  • Grrrowler

    Good contemporary design can be beautiful. To pull it off, every detail must be carefully thought out, and every detail must be exquisite. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened here. It looks like it the designer followed a formulaic list for building a mediocre contemporary:

    1. Use plenty of exposed steel and concrete.
    2. Use lots and lots of white with random bits of color thrown in to count as “design”.
    3. Add a wall of glass.
    4. Fill it with very safe, very predictable average quality modern furniture. Make sure there is at least some stainless steel and frosted glass in the design.
    5. Voila! A contemporary house.

    There is nothing…NOTHING!…Wrightian about this place.




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  • Venom

    Barney is going to love this pile of junk.

    It is nauseating, down to the tacky pool table that I think they stole from a pool tournament.
    I will take the black leather couch and chairs, you all can have the rest.




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    • Barney

      NO, Barney ISN’T going to LOVE this house! BUT……the one thing I do LOVE are the comments I get when I like/love a contemporary house, and everyone else trashes the living fork out of it. But when YET ANOTHER traditional English/French/Spanish/Early American/WHATever ABJECTLY & USELESSLY GARGANTUAN house is shown, OVER decorated, claustrophobic, cloying, full-of-NO-surprises-or-originality-of-ANY-kind, and is stuffed with ghastly, pitiful “expensive”, traditional furniture knock offs that’s drooled over, I generally DON’T shit all over it, like my favorites are.

      This place has a nice shape, but an underdone, too loft-like, STRICTLY bachelor appeal, all the way. The rear facade with the floor-to-HIGH-ceiling wall of glass looking out onto the pool is terrific, but the entire place needs LOTS of “warming up” & depth, style & personality. IF I was not feeling defensive about my tastes, I would’ve shown you guys a good number of pics I took of a recently torn down, FANTASTIC Wallace Frost, early 1950’s contemporary on a lake here in metro-Detroit that WAS gorgeous and incredibly glamorous, but in un-restorable shape, hence the demolition. It looked astoundingly like the back of this place.




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      • Grrrowler

        Barney, like you I do love a well-done contemporary house. But, we so rarely see the well-done ones here it seems. And, I agree that there are way too many bloated, uninteresting, and downright terrible pseudo-traditional Early American Ugly houses that tend to get a better rap here than a mediocre contemporary will.

        The problem I have with the contemporary houses we see here is that they are either overdone or underdone. As I’ve said numerous times, a well-done contemporary needs to be exquisitely but subtly detailed (that’s becoming my mantra), but so often it’s just white walls with wood or marble floors and the same predictable furniture, or ridiculous extraneous metal beams and blocks of color. What we need to be asking for are not just more contemporary houses on HOTR, but more beautiful contemporary houses!




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        • Daniel

          Speaking of overblown and overdone, Google has updated StreetView for all of south Florida, including Palm Beach! Stunning HD imagery. You can even take a gander at streets previously excluded, including nearly all south of Worth Ave. Casa Nana’s County Road entrance looks especially beautiful.




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      • Venom

        Barney,

        I never said I do not like contemporary houses, in fact the next house I build will most likely be one.
        My point is I am not going to pay the same amount of more money for a contemporary that has much less work in it that a traditional home. The only people that do that are idiots.

        My father’s colleague has a gorgeous white all brick contemporary that is 7,000 plus square feet above ground with another 3,000 sq.ft in the finished basement with an elevator, balconies and a top of the line kitchen with double Sub Zeros, dishwashers, all marble floors etc.
        His lot cost over $125,000 alone and the house was built about 10 years ago.

        I really love the house and was curious what he would sell it for if he ever decided to move and he told me that when he retired, he would probably sell it for $900,000. So he either paid that much for the house, or probably even less than that for it which is how a contemporary should be priced.

        So when I see these crooked builders and designers trying to charge massive amounts of money for contemporaries, all I can do is just laugh at them and the people that pay the prices for them.




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        • Barney

          Everyone’s entitiled to their opinion, Venom.

          Yours and mine regarding contemporary homes and their costs per square foot to build and decorate WELL are completely different however. You view them as inherently LESS than ANY traditional home, and I couldn’t disagree more. Just like what opionns are compared to, we all have one, if catch my drift.




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          • Venom

            Clever, you sound like my father with that line.
            It is kind of lame when he uses it and it still is now.

            Feel free to explain to me how you have determined how contemporary homes cost as much as too or more to build as a traditional home.
            You are an agent, if you were selling me a home, convince me that I should spend the money on a contemporary.




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  • NOVA Ben

    This realtor needs to be taken out back and shot for the Frank Lloyd Wright reference. The architect having a family connection to Wright or not, this is just about as far, philosophically and aesthetically, as you can get from Wright. Anybody can slap some marble floors in a warehouse and call it a masterpiece.

    This is just dumb. It might get a million at auction, and even that’s too much. What a disgrace.




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    • Barney

      Agreed on that one, BIG time, Ben.




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  • Charles S

    For anyone interested, checked the MLS and this house was originally listed on 9/5 for $5MM, then Raised to $5.5MM on 9/9, and Raised again to its current list price of $6MM on 9/16. Interesting dynamics in a market where the high end has been having trouble lately.

    Their auction website claims it is a “$9M estate”, which is absurd – nothing has sold even close to that for ages.

    Having not seen the interior I hesitate to comp it – but the absolute MAX would be $5MM – and there are recent comps out there for REO’s as low as $210/sq ft. This is not bank owned – but an unreserved auction seems close to me – which would put this closer to $2.1MM than $5MM (at least to me).




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  • Maverick Commins

    Hello All,

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    623-910-7518




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