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The Villas at Miraval Resort


Earth-friendly Abodes

By Misty Milioto

The Villas at Miraval Resort photo by Robin Stancliff Photography


From sustainable desert living to eco-conscious design, these two homes speak to the environmentally aware buyer.

The Villas at Miraval Resort
If you’re looking for a unique opportunity to make health and wellness a permanent part of your life, look no further than The Villas at Miraval Resort. This two-bedroom, three-bath home features 2,729 square feet of LEED Silver architecture by Mithun (which has offices in Seattle and San Francisco) and interiors by New York-based Clodagh Design. Sustainable features include a system on the roof that absorbs heat to provide high volumes of hot water, and rammed earth walls—made from the desert’s sandy soil—that collect heat to cool interiors during the day and to warm interiors at night. Meanwhile, the villas are carefully oriented to optimize daylight with subtle interior lighting that makes shadows come to life.

LOCATION, LOCATION Situated on 400 acres of idyllic land in the Sonoran Desert, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa offers creative programs, unique spa treatments, nourishing cuisine and access to top wellness specialists. This home—which offers spectacular views of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains—is one
of only 16 villas on-site, and owners have access to all of the resort’s wellness activities and services. 

PRICE TAG $2.2 million

MORE DETAILS 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 8, Tucson; contact Christina Tierney, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 520.269.9649,

Tusayan at Troon Village

Tusayan at Troon Village
This ubergreen home offers the rare opportunity for the design-oriented buyer to own a renowned residence in the private gated community of Tusayan at Troon Village. Engineer and inventor Bryan Beaulieu conceptualized the 5,000-square-foot home, constructed of steel, concrete, stone and glass. The four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath home consists of five cast-in-place hexagonal concrete structures that are set at different levels on the 5-acre cul-de-sac lot. These structures are topped with rooftop garden structures and solar panels, thereby helping to reduce power consumption. Other green features include clay walls, recirculation piping in the structures carrying both hot and cold water, and a decomposed granite driveway.

LOCATION, LOCATION This one-of-a-kind property in north Scottsdale sits at nearly 2,600 feet of elevation, blending seamlessly with the landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

PRICE TAG $2 million

MORE DETAILS 10989 E. Tusayan Trail, Scottsdale; contact Lisa Lucky, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.320.8415,