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Erik Tinker Continues to Carve Out a Corner of Paradise Valley with This Stunner

Nora Burba Trulsson | May 6, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Erik Tinker’s latest spec home is a contemporary dream, from its framed views of Piestewa Peak to its sliding glass walls.

A catwalk bridges second-floor rooms and overlooks the airy living room, which opens up to the backyard.

Builder and developer Erik Tinker jokes that he is going to rename a corner in Paradise Valley Tinker Estates. It could come to pass. His Santa Barbara-traditional-style spec home recently sold, and he’s about to break ground on a modern ranch a few properties down. And, across the street from that, he’s just completed a 7,000-plus-square-foot home that’s newly on the market.

“This new house is a soft contemporary,” says Tinker of the two-story, five-bedroom house. “It has modern angles and deep overhangs, but we used details like stone walls and tongue-in-groove wood ceiling treatments to give it a warmth.”

Tinker worked with a design team that included architect Jim Blochberger and K & Q Interiors to create the house, which sits at the edge of a steep wash and was designed to capture views of nearby Piestewa Peak and the downtown Phoenix skyline. Highlights include numerous terraces and balconies, corner window walls that slide open, large-scale ceramic tile flooring, a catwalk linking parts of the second floor, custom cabinetry in the state-of-the-art kitchen and a marble-clad master bath.

Corner window walls open up to link the breakfast room to the patio.

With contemporary-meets-vintage staging provided by Modern Manor, the home has many “necessities” Tinker believes would appeal to a well-heeled buyer. “We have an elevator shaft framed in, if someone wants that,” he points out. “There’s a pop-up TV in a cabinet in the master closet, dual washers and dryers in the laundry room, and a Lutron smart system.”

The home lives equally outdoors, where the landscape design was handled by Greey|Pickett. In front, desert plantings link the home to its natural surroundings, while a fire pit-warmed front patio off the dining room offers a place to socialize with neighbors. In back, a negative-edge pool, cooled by an arc of fountains, is surrounded by covered patios that offer space for grilling, dining and lounging.

A waterfall countertop, custom cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances highlight the kitchen.

“I could see a single person who likes to entertain living in here,” says Tinker of his potential buyers, “or a family because there are spaces for the kids to do homework or hang out. In any scenario, it’s a great house.” $3.99 million, 6125 N. 38th Place, Paradise Valley, Robin Orscheln, Robin Orscheln Luxury Group,


Photography by: Branden Zavala