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Dub Truong and Emilie Cox admit they are an unlikely pairing.

Dub, whose real name is Wayne, is of Chinese descent and the son of Vietnamese refugees. Emilie is the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister and is a trained opera singer. They both moved to the Valley in 2013, Dub from Canada and Emilie from her home in South Carolina.

Dub, a pediatric surgeon, and Emilie, a surgery technician, both work at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa where they first met in the operating room.

“It was Grey’s Anatomy all the way,” Emilie recalls in a soft southern drawl.

When the couple decided to begin living together, they searched for houses in Southern Scottsdale because of its location. Dub and Emilie liked the idea of being halfway between downtown Scottsdale and downtown Tempe. All Southern Scottsdale’s outdoor recreational opportunities and amenities also appealed to them.

Dub and Emilie spent quite a bit of time online looking at photos of houses throughout the area. One home caught their eye. Built in 1963, the 1,999-square-foot home had been completely remodeled, but the integrity of the Mid Century motif had been retained.

“The pictures really looked nice, but we learned that the houses usually didn’t live up to the photos we saw online,” says Dub, who is an amateur photographer. “This house was different. It was actually better than the photos.

Emilie confesses that until she and Dub moved into the house about a year ago, she didn’t know much about Mid Century design. However, she liked the open spaces in the house that fit her and Dub’s lifestyle. So it didn’t take long for Emilie to appreciate how the home met one of their most important criteria: “Because of the openness, no matter where each one of us is in the house, we feel like we’re together.”

Entering through the front door, what Emilie described is instantly apparent.

Dub has set up his office workspace just inside the home’s entryway. Recognizing the uniqueness of having his full-size desk and computer in what is technically the front room, Dub says: “When I have work to do, like studying patients’ x-rays on my computer, I can still be part of the action. Emilie can be watching TV in the front room and I can be working at my desk, but we’re together.”

Wood floors extend from the front door through the living room into the spacious kitchen. A 15-foot sliding glass door stretches along the length of the back wall which, when opened, reveals one of the most unique features of the home. When the door is pulled open, it actually disappears into a wall, creating total access to the charming backyard.

The “disappearing door” is the epitome of the concept of “bringing the outside inside.” It’s also another way of creating even more space for parties or merely for Dub and Emilie’s own enjoyment on a warm day.

Dub and Emilie’s home in Village Grove is the perfect place for both of them to treasure together.

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