Putting on the Ritz

A new crown jewel arises in the Valley resort scene.

The guest-room interiors offer a contemporary, highly sophisticated Sonoran mood.

It’s not surprising that the The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley project commands a $2 billion price tag. The new luxury residential and retail community currently underway sits atop 105 acres of property near the northwestern corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive, a prime space selected by Scottsdale-based Five Star Development. It has all the underpinnings of lavish resort living, including a pool that spans 400 feet, the longest in the world. Residents and guests alike will enjoy access to all the resort’s luxe amenities.

The first release of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, which started in the low $1 million range, sold out instantly last June. But there will be several more releases to follow, including the Estate Homes this fall. Project architect Peter Mason and his San Carlos, Calif.-based Mason Architects designed the master plan—a 200-casita resort, three high-end residential neighborhoods, 94 villas, a high-end fashion shopping enclave, and restaurants fed by an on-site garden and citrus orchards.

Making the property stand out in an area of other impressive luxury resorts was a priority, Mason explains. “Phoenix is a mature hospitality market, and we wanted to meet the evolving tastes of today’s luxury consumer.” The exterior design is clean and modern, with expansive roof overhangs, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding door panels for a mood that flows seamlessly into the central gardens. The feel is tactile minimalism, showcasing rich, natural materials like cream-bluff limestone, exposed burnished steel, intricate wood lattice screens and bronze decorative metalwork.

“The new generation is highly influenced by the pared-down aesthetic of today’s technology companies, so a youthful, contemporary design in the modern desert architecture tradition appealed to us.” 

Larger residences impress with private plunge pools and outdoor showers, while villas are centered around lush courtyards, gardens and pools.

The designers also paid homage to Arizona’s dramatic natural environment. “We envisioned the resort and the residential villas as a modern interpretation of a Sonoran Desert riverine oasis,” Mason said. “We nestled the public spaces and guest units within their landscaping, in sinuous horizontal lines stepping down and branching from a central axis, to echo the iconic cottonwood and willow groves of Sonoran river valleys.” Slated for 2018 opening, 866.779.7489