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George and Laurie Jackson have attended previous Scottsdale Home Tours – but this year the Jacksons will actually be on the tour when they open their home to hundreds of visitors for the 4th annual home tour.

The tour has never ventured into the Vista neighborhood north of Camelback Road and east of Scottsdale Road.  And there is no better way to introduce people to that neighborhood than with George and Laurie’s ranch-style home that was built in 1960.

From the street, the Jackson’s home is deceiving.  It stretches diagonally across a square-acre lot on a small cul-de-sac.  Passers by have no clue that their home is nearly 4,000-square feet with a huge backyard with enough room for a pool, a basketball court and lots of space for entertaining.

George and Laurie bought their home in 2001.  They moved from a wonderful neighborhood near the Hermosa Inn in Phoenix so their two sons, Rocky and Colton, could attend SUSD schools.  Before they purchased their property, the home had undergone one major remodel and an addition.  They immediately renovated the master suite.  In 2008 they installed a pool and redesigned the backyard landscaping.

“We would have liked to have had our home on the tour last year,” Laurie recalls, “but we were in the middle of remodeling our kitchen, so the timing wasn’t right.”

With a wince, George agrees as he recollects preparing meals on a grill in the backyard and eating at an impromptu dining area set up in the garage during last year ’s sweltering summer.

“It was no picnic,” he says.

Entering the front door, visitors are instantly struck by the floor-to-ceiling bookcase that runs the length of the front room and opens to the newly remodeled kitchen. Just off that area is a huge room the family calls the “Teen Cave” which the two boys have turned into an entertainment zone, computer lab and everything else that accommodates their lifestyles.

Many of the homes on this year’s tour will feature outstanding art that will be sure to appeal to art aficionados.  And the Jackson’s four-bedroom home is no exception.  It has a striking collection of original art objects and stunning photography that creates an interesting and warm environment for the family and their friends to enjoy.

George and Laurie Jackson say they are looking forward to this year’s home tour from a whole new perspective – because on November 18th their home in the Vista neighborhood will be part of it.

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