Meet The Architect Redefining Ultra-Luxury Living In Phoenix, Arizona

Rendering of upcoming luxury home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
An ultra-modern residence called 'Nova' is turning heads in the desert in Paradise Valley, Arizona. (Stratton Architects)

In the flurry of construction in the Phoenix area, ultra-luxury homes sell out quickly. That’s because only about a dozen residences are built in exclusive communities with eye-popping amenities and dramatic desert views. Unless buyers move quickly (as in, before homes are built), they miss out.

Stratton Andrews knows this rarified world. The Paradise Valley-based architect has been designing signature homes in some of the most expensive and exclusive enclaves near Arizona’s capital city.

Firepit sitting next to pool in luxury home rendering in Paradise Valley.

The 12,000-square-foot home is located on a prime lot in the new Silver Sky Development in Paradise Valley. (Stratton Architects)

The 32-year-old’s most recent work, an almost 12,000-square-foot home in the new Silver Sky development in Paradise Valley, recently won a 2023 design award from the National Assn. of Home Builders. The residence is nicknamed Nova, a nod to Andrews’ “meteoric rise in the world of architecture,” according to a Silver Sky press release.

Where do you start with plans for such a large and luxurious home with a price tag of $18.5 million?

“You start at the core of the home because everything from there sometimes falls into place,” says Andrews, who founded his firm Stratton Architects.

Fireplace and built-in book shelves center an open concept living space.

The home was designed with both European transitional and contemporary flavor. (Stratton Architects)

The core, or heart of the home, consists of a great room or living room and fireplace. The kitchen and dining room lead out to the “extremities” of the building where architectural details maximize the concept of indoor-outdoor living, Andrews says.

Nova is currently in the works. When completed, the residence will have six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, a five-car garage, a spa treatment area with steam room, and other amenities. A separate casita with a bedroom, private pool and pickleball court is also planned.

Open-concept living space and kitchen extend out to the back patio.

Clean lines combine with wood, glass and steel elements for a striking yet clean look. (Stratton Architects)

Andrews describes the estate’s stately style as European transitional, described as an “aesthetic that’s an old European estate” melded with modern clean lines of glass and steel, he says. His firm will also be designing several other residences in the community.

Andrews has made his mark on some of the most prestigious Paradise Valley communities, including Crown Canyon Estates, which places a dozen luxury homes on a 30-acre site surrounded by a nature preserve.

The award for One-the-Boards Single-Family Production Home will be presented at the 2024 International Builders’ Show from February 27-29 in Las Vegas.

Rendering of bedroom with walls of black casement, floor-to-ceiling windows.

The floor plan will include six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, three half bathrooms. (Stratton Architects)

Along with Stratton Architects, the team bringing Nova to life includes Arcadia Custom Builders, interior designer Holly Wright DesignCreative Designs in Lighting and landscaping from Berghoff Design Group.

Chris MorrisonKirk Linehan and Babbi Gabel at RETSY are the listing agents for the development.


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