Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Phoenix, Arizona

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Our Splurge: 3038 N. Manor Drive W, Phoenix, AZ is currently listed by Robin Orscheln of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,600,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than “The Valley of the Sun” – better known as Phoenix, Arizona. With scenic desert sunsets, towering saguaros, world-class golf, and poolside cabanas, Phoenix attracts those who seek a relaxed, yet untamed way of life.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal zeroes in on two incredible Phoenix retreats, each with luxurious outdoor amenities, and stunning natural landscapes, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose – the country club splurge or the mountain-view steal?

Splurge: Stately Country Club Retreat With Pool For $3.6M

Nestled in the idyllic and gated Phoenix Country Club, this gorgeous seven-bedroom, six-bathroom retreat epitomizes elegant indoor-outdoor entertaining. “With crisp trim and inviting appeal, you may be reminded more of Martha’s Vineyard than a desert abode,” reads the property description. “This state-of-the-art home is built for family life and perfect for hosting large-scale events.”

With three levels of open, airy living space, a wine cellar, game room, wet bar, home theater, second-story library, and a kid’s playroom, there’s no shortage of spaces to live, work, and play.

The entire house is a dream, but the sparkling pool, patio, and casita are the real showstoppers!

We love how you can swing open walls of glass in the great room to bring the outside in.

“Host alfresco fêtes on the covered and open-air flagstone patios. Lounge in the pebble-finish pool by day, and spa by night, gazing at twinkling city lights,” the description adds. Suddenly we are dreaming of desert sunsets and golf course views…

Back inside, the commercial-grade kitchen and stainless steel walk-in pantry with cooler are ideal for hosting events.

The interiors are nothing short of perfection, with bead-board accents, gorgeous marbles, and rich hardwoods.

Oversized beds and baths, plus over 9,000 square feet to entertain, means there’s room for everyone.

If you have a few million to throw down on a picture-perfect Phoenix retreat, this is it!

3038 N. Manor Drive W. is currently listed by Robin Orscheln of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,600,000.

Steal: Highest Elevation In “The Preserve At Shadow Mountain” For $1.39M

Our Steal: 14248 N. 26thPlace Phoenix, AZ is currently listed for $1,399,000 by Those Callaways Real Estate.

For $2 million less than our splurge, we found a sprawling desert escape with the most spectacular mountain views and pool!

Situated on a 0.82-acre lot, this Phoenix estate boasts the highest elevation in The Preserve At Shadow Mountain, offering unobstructed 180-degree panoramas of mountain peaks, plus hiking and biking trails right outside your door!

The interiors are light and airy with ample spaces to entertain. An oversized gourmet kitchen affords a giant center island, tons of custom cabinets, built-in appliances, plus a convenient open layout to nearby living with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and wet bar.

And not one detail was overlooked in the finish-out. This elegant mosaic tile floor adds drama to the entry, but you’ll quickly find an array of sophisticated wood and stone finishes in soft neutrals throughout.

With six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, plus a giant a sparkling pool and patio, it’s comparable to our splurge, but for less than half the price. Plus, it comes complete with Arizona-inspired architecture for those who are looking to embrace the local lifestyle.

14248 N. 26thPlace  is currently listed for $1.399 million by Those Callaways Real Estate.