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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall is Paradise

For many people when they hear the word "Arizona" an image of a barren desert wasteland comes to mind. Yet in the fall, winter and spring there is almost no other place I would like to be. I thought I would share a few pictures of homes from a neighborhood I recently visited in Paradise Valley, which is a suburb of Phoenix.


This home has its architectural roots in Spanish Colonial design. Look at how high the palm trees are!


The home below has an adobe feel. I love the xeriscape~ which is landscaping that is planned based on climate and gardening zones and reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental irrigation.



I adore the look of the bougainvillea plant with its beautiful pink flowering branches. But like the rose, it does have thorns.



I adore the wrought iron gate.



This home is a combination of an Italian villa crossed with Spanish Colonial that has a bit of fieldstone thrown in for good measure.



What a front entrance.



I am currently working on a post that will feature a tour inside one of these glorious homes.



I hope you enjoyed the tour of fall in my neck of the woods.

Don't forget to enter the Spooktacular Giveaway one post down!

19 comments :

Restyled Home said...

My goodness, you truly do live in a beautiufl place. Thanks for sharing a peek into where you live.
Cheers,
Linda

confused homemaker said...

The design and structure of the buildings is really beautiful. I love how the style "goes" with the natural environment, working with & building off it, versus competing with it. Thanks for sharing!

Terri and Bob said...

Sigh.... those are lovely.

I posted a mini post on the beautiful fall in Missouri. Come on by!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous homes. There are so many beautiful ones in Paradise Valley. Can't wait to see you Fri. Hugs, Marty

Lou Cinda said...

Laura, simply beautiful!! I love wroght iron gates too! I can't wait to see "inside" one of these beauties!

Lou Cinda :)

Jennifer said...

I'm not sure why, but I was thinking that you lived in central Texas. I guess now that website I gave you last week makes no sense. Sorry.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are really lovely homes, Laura. I love the tile roofs.

Linda said...

Wow, it's really beautiful! I've never been to Arizona, but we have family there.

Liz said...

Hi Laura, I used to have a friend that lived in the City of PV.... When you stepped on to the property it felt like you were in the MidWest. They did some incredible landscaping. It was an incredible home on about 4 acres. They were involved in the AZ Baptist Foundation scandal and no longer live there....

~Liz

Debbie said...

Lovely photos. I hope to visit that area one day!

Shelia said...

HI Laura! Oh, what gorgeous homes. We used to live in New Mexico and had these style homes, well, maybe not as grand as these! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

LiLi M. said...

Great photos! I just cannot stand the heath, so I am happy to live in a very moderate climate with seasons, but I would love to take a peek here and thanks to you I did!

blushing rose said...

it is very pretty out there, the home are lovely but it is too darn HOT for me ... love the pics.

Have a warm wonderful week. TTFN ~ Marydon

Really Rainey said...

Hi Laura! I agree, fall, winter and spring are fantastic here in Arizona! I haven't been to Paradise Valley but it looks beautiful! Have fun on Friday! I am not able to make it this time... Its a little too far of a drive for me with my low back injury still bothering me.
~Rainey

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you for stopping by. Your prayers are so comforting. Tomorrow is going to be a very hard day for all of us.

Love the beautiful homes in Paradise Valley. Absolutely gorgeous.

I look forward to meeting you on Friday at the luncheon.

Country hugs and love, Sherry

Shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

lucky lucky you!!!

its freezing out here..

Sue said...

I've never been to Arizona and I have to admit I'm surprised by all the greenery.

Mildred said...

I enjoy seeing the architecture, gates and lovely lawns very much. I appreciate your visit to my new blog.

Marie Antionette said...

Now thats what I call having fun,What adorable children.XXOO Marie Antionette