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Carol Garey and Julie Uryasz wanted to relocate to what they call “The Bubble” (aka: the Old Town area).  So, while living in North Scottsdale, they purchased a house in Southwest Village.

This neighborhood, developed in the mid-1950s and located west of 68th Street between Osborn and Indian School roads, has become a mainstay on Scottsdale Home Tours.  No neighborhood in Scottsdale has undergone more renovation than Southwest Village.

Rather than renovating their house, Carol and Julie razed it.  From start to finish, it took eight months before they and their Rottweiler, “Stella,” were able to move in.

Because most lots in the neighborhood are relatively small, Carol says: “We wanted to maximize the width and depth we had to work with.  But at the same time, we didn’t want it to look like the ‘house that ate the lot.’”  Carol, who served as the general contractor, is in the property and construction management business, so reliable subcontractors weren’t hard to come by.

Sticking with the original 2,400-square-foot size, Carol and Julie created two spacious patios in front and back.  When large walls of windows are retracted, the home expands to about 4,000-square-feet.  This feature creates the ultimate in the “indoor-outdoor” living experience. It has also helped Carol and Julie achieve their goal of making the home a “party house,” because they love to entertain.

A small unobtrusive deck was added to the rear of the house that blends with the roofline from which visitors can view Camelback Mountain.

Carol and Julie have different opinions about what part of their home they enjoy the most.  For Carol it’s the expansive kitchen.  It has plenty of space for more than one cook at a time to prepare food for throngs of guests.  For Julie, who describes herself as a gardener, it’s the backyard with the 10-foot-high hedge that stretches across the patio that has an outdoor kitchen for grilling.

Carol and Julie have carefully selected furnishings that match their Mid Century motif, combining the best of both form and function.

As the annual Scottsdale Home Tour returns to Southwest Village, visitors are sure to find Carol and Julie’s home one of the best in “The Bubble.“

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