Furnished with natural wood, this desert estate features spacious outdoor patios and a private lap pool, all set against the backdrop of the soaring McDowell Mountains.

At first glance, it might seem like a heat-induced mirage—fountains arch over a gleaming pool that flows into a resort-style spa bordered by custom fire pits—yet this modern manor is anything but imaginary. With an open floor plan spanning 10,599 square feet, there’s nearly every amenity you could imagine—from a theater room outfitted with state-of-the-art media equipment to an expansive game room that doubles as a conference room. Located at 9820 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Unit 836, the estate is adjacent to North Scottsdale’s Country Club at DC Ranch, allowing its future residents to venture over to play tennis, golf or enjoy a variety of exceptional dining options.


“The level of craftsmanship is unparalleled. There’s a sleek, modern vibe throughout the estate that still maintains warmth and character,” says listing agent Mike Sweeney of Silverleaf Realty (silverleafrealty.com), where he’s closed $100 million in transactions in the last three years. “Multiple pocket doors provide for excellent flow from inside to outside. It’s a house built for entertainment and outdoor living with the various outdoor living areas and patios.”


Built in 2002, this modern manor received a full renovation by Tom and Gail Archer of Tom Archer Custom Homes & Design in 2019. They sought to fuse the boundless beauty of the surrounding desert with the serenity of the indoors. To accomplish this, they installed floor-to-ceiling windows so residents can admire the nearby mountains from the comfort of their distinctly contemporary home. When you step inside, the wide-plank white oak flooring and white walls contrast the dark wood vaulted ceilings to a breathtaking degree. Along with these features, the two-story abode flaunts six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, six closets, a barbecue-ready outdoor kitchen and an upper-level deck—all for a cool $10,375,000. There’s a sauna and cold plunge pool attached to the personal fitness facility as well, appealing to health-focused homeowners.


Although the property is primed for entertaining, Gail, the interior designer of this power couple, wanted to provide homeowners with their own refuge. She crafted a master bedroom replete with a walk-in closet, a private toilet room, a shower and a separate bath. She also raised the bar with the kitchen thanks to the addition of a waterfall marble island, an adjacent bar and two Sub-Zero wine refrigerators.


Whether you’re lounging under the chandeliers or basking in the glow of the outdoor fire pits, this modern desert estate is sure to astound.