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A Scottsdale Couple Seeks Unobstructed Views and Ample Entertaining Space in Their Silverleaf Estate

By Lauren Swanson-Tyda | March 11, 2020 | Home & Real Estate


Berghoff Design Group added bright pops of floral to the patio, which features stunning panoramic views.

Anthony Salcito of Salcito Custom Homes and Erik Peterson of PHX Architecture were introduced to Bill and Ann Barker through mutual acquaintances. “We hit it off immediately,” Salcito says of the homeowners, who recruited the duo to build their dream abode in the quiet, prestigious community of Silverleaf in North Scottsdale.

“The initial inspiration for the design and the overall layout of the home was the site itself,” Peterson explains of the property, which borders 180 degrees of McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Ann knew she wanted unobstructed views of the mountains, and the couple both agreed the goal was clear views of the city lights. Salcito and Peterson began working on the design, which drew on Spanish influences.



From top: The family room opens up to a lounge area on the patio with a fireplace and flat-screen TV; the kitchen features a central island complete with a lower tier for casual dining.

Interior designer Rebecca Salcito aimed for transitional interiors to pair with the modern Mediterranean facade. “Both Bill and Ann were looking for interiors that reflected their sophisticated taste and would provide an elegant, modern backdrop for their wonderful art collection,” Rebecca says of the couple. “In addition, they wanted the home to be extremely functional because they love to cook, bake and entertain.” Rebecca decided on a simple color palette—light hues with hints of blue to enhance the light from the ample windows and complement the lush desert landscapes by Berghoff Design Group. “I am a big fan of the kitchen, farmhouse table and family room combination,” Rebecca says. “It is a terrific area for large or small gatherings.”

The overall goal for the team was to deliver a design that stood the test of time—and the Barkers were thrilled with the results, especially the incorporation of the views.

“The site is certainly one of the best we have ever worked on,” Anthony says. “And we were able to accommodate both southern and southwestern views from every major living space in the home.” Talk about a match made in heaven.



From top: A coffered ceiling, a world-class wine cellar and moody-colored textured wallcoverings add drama to the dining room; interior designer Rebecca Salcito opted for calming neutral colors in the master bedroom.

Photography by: Nick Johnson Photography