Creating a luxurious outdoor living retreat at Dove Mountain
A luxurious outdoor living space amidst the stunning desert surroundings
Photo by William Lesch
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a highly customized, whole-ownership, luxury real estate community just outside of Tucson, Arizona. Solana Outdoor Living was tasked with creating a luxurious outdoor living space for this golf course and mountain-view residence. Bathed in serenity amidst the stunning Sonoran Desert surrounditngs, the biggest challenge facing the design team was addressing the residents’ desire to maximize the view while creating a place of quiet refuge.
“We wanted to provide the owners with the opportunity to lounge by the pool and take in the untamed beauty of the Tortolita Mountains, golf course, and sunsets while maintaining their sense of privacy,” says Allen Denomy, principal designer at Solana Outdoor Living. “Our design of the pool captures the perfect balance between seclusion and embracement of the Arizona landscape.”
The backyard, which overlooks the large golf course pond, combines fun amenities, such as a custom horseshoe pit, with practical components ideal for a desert region like synthetic grass, which adds a visually cooling effect to the backyard.
The pool and spa is designed in a low sleek manner with a negative edge to accentuate the raised home pad and bring the colors of the southwest into the yard. The lagoon shelf houses two Ledge Lounger chaises for in-water sunbathers, and the hardscape design boasts travertine and fossil creek flagstone and a stone fire pit.
“The goal for the landscape design was to create an environment that highlights and showcases the natural beauty of the desert, supplementing with a few varieties of flowering shrubs and ground covers,” adds Denomy. “Low voltage lighting was integrated throughout to showcase not only the home’s features, but also the beautiful sculptural plantings and large saguaros that were brought in after a salvage.”
From the thoughtful landscape planning to hardscape designs, the result is an outdoor living space that blurs the line between indoors and out with ample choices for lounging, socializing, and simply enjoying the stunning views.