Say ‘Hello’ To Resort-Style Living At This Desert Mediterranean Home


A poolside patio with a...

With the goal of creating the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience, architect Erik Peterson, general contractor Anthony Salcito, designer Rebecca Salcito and landscape architect Jeff Berghoff collaborated to create comfortable, luxurious outdoor living spaces that flow seamlessly with the interiors.

An entryway with a glass-railing...

In the light-filled entry of this Silverleaf home, Rebecca Salcito selected a hide wall treatment by Kyle Bunting to provide textural contrast to the open-glass stair rail. The custom hair-on-hide rug from Atlanta-based Moattar adds a pop of color.

A living room with a...

The silver, white and gray palette created by a Robert James Collection coffee table, swivel chairs covered in a snakeskin-patterned fabric by Kravet and a white Vanguard Furniture sectional allows the diptych by Hilario Gutierrez to take center stage in the living room.

A black-and-white dining room with...

A glass waterfall chandelier by Serip creates a dramatic focal point in the dining room, which overlooks sweeping desert views. The design team turned to Century Furniture for customized pieces such as chairs upholstered in a pearlized leather from Florida-based Barbarossa Leather and a dining table with a mélange finish.

A patio bar with three...

The bar, which is lined with Janus et Cie stools, “becomes the center point of the whole entertainment section,” says architect Erik Peterson, who designed it to serve both the indoor great room and the main outdoor living terrace.

A main bedroom with a...

With prime views across the sixth hole of the golf course, the main bedroom, which is clad in a Ralph Lauren wallpaper, features a Robert James Collection carbon-finished walnut bed with a polished-steel canopy and accents. The Vanguard Furniture bench adds a touch of sheen with its Kravet metallic linen.

Thanks to its setting on an 18-hole championship golf course and the surrounding McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Silverleaf is one of Scottsdale’s most coveted neighborhoods, boasting enviable views from any vantage point. But few are more iconic than that from the lot upon which a Colorado couple built their family vacation abode.

“It’s one of only three homes on the sixth fairway with due southwest orientation,” notes general contractor Anthony Salcito Jr. “It’s really the best lot in Silverleaf.” With its stunning vistas of the golf course, valley and mountains, the property was indeed so special that the couple decided to buy it, despite the house not being to their taste. “The existing house was sitting too low on the site and aligned in the wrong direction,” Anthony recalls. “The more elevated you are, the more you capture the views, so in order to do that, the whole house needed to be realigned.” In a bold move, the couple decided to tear down the house, bringing on Anthony, his designer wife Rebecca Salcito, architect Erik Peterson and landscape architect Jeff Berghoff to construct their getaway from the ground up. “This is one of the most special lots in Silverleaf, almost as good as being on the ocean,” Peterson says. “You have to know a lot is worth it when someone purchases a home and tears it down.”

“Capturing views of the valley, desert and spectacular Scottsdale sunsets from virtually every room in the house was our top priority,” says the husband. Though the couple are technically empty nesters, their adult daughters frequently return home for visits, so they sought an expansive gathering place for the whole family to seek refuge from the cold Colorado winters. They also wanted ample space for entertaining their friends, many of whom share the couple’s passion for golf.

Peterson drew upon the current trends in Los Angeles (he has a satellite office in Beverly Hills), conceiving a modern Mediterranean-style dwelling, mixing old- and new-world materials—think a limestone exterior, Douglas-fir beams, steel windows and tile roofs. “We had to fight to be allowed to do this style in Silverleaf, which was new and unprecedented at the time, and now everyone in the community wants it,” Peterson laughs. Of course, there’s something else everyone wants—those desert views. And Peterson brought them in spades. The width and orientation of the lot enabled him to give most of the spaces—even the exercise room—key sight lines west, capturing views of both the golf course and those famous Arizona sunsets. “If you don’t like to work out then this room will change that,” he remarks.

“We wanted it to feel like a resort,” notes Rebecca. To this end, Peterson chose towering steel windows that either pocket away or slide open, enabling the walls to virtually disappear, creating a seamless transition outside. There—set off by Berghoff’s landscaping—large, covered patios with a multitude of seating areas, cabanas, fire pits and a dazzling infinity pool bring that resort feel to life. Completing the vibe is a sprawling outdoor bar made of onyx, backlit to create a dramatic focal point. “It’s the biggest bar we’ve ever put in a home,” Rebecca observes.

For the interiors, however, the designer chose a more understated look. With plenty of stone and wall treatments peppered throughout for texture (a Kyle Bunting hide wallcovering on the stairwell and a shield-like metallic kitchen backsplash, for example), Rebecca opted for crisp white walls and a neutral palette. Working with Cheryl Lucas, a designer who works for the homeowners, she created a warm relaxed vibe, echoing the desert surroundings. The soft tones also serve as the perfect backdrop to the owners’ art collection. “They love bright, colorful art and I didn’t want anything to compete with that,” Rebecca explains.

While the decision to tear down and build anew may have been a risk, the house is decidedly worthy of its prominent location. “It is pretty fabulous when a project of this scope comes together so well,” says the husband. And the neighborhood locals agree. “It’s definitely one of the favorite homes on the golf course,” Rebecca says. “All the golfers comment on it. It’s spectacular.”

In the light-filled entry of this Silverleaf home, designer Rebecca Salcito selected a hide wall treatment by Kyle Bunting to provide textural contrast to the open-glass stair rail. The custom hair-on-hide rug from Atlanta-based Moattar adds a pop of color.