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Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Skinny: Today we return to Arizona, the scene of horror after horror, and find… a pretty nice house! This relatively tasteful, restrained manor in Scottsdale is the total antithesis of the played-out, beige stucco boxes that cynically try to pawn off a watered-down Spanish Colonial style as quintessentially Arizonan. Better to do as this house has done: dump all the pretense, and embrace the fact that modern Arizona, with its total dependence on imported water and air conditioning, is so beyond artificial that a French manor house is just as apt a design choice as any. The brokerbabble may lay it on a bit thick—does "it rival the most spectacular homes in the nation"? Are "even the hallways are completely jaw dropping"? Well, no.—but this home exceeds expectations so totally that a bit of irrational exuberance on the part of the broker is understandable. The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home, which was last on the market in 2012, is asking $7.995M.