Desert Star Customizes Luxury

The custom-built 27,881 square foot (with 35,828 sq ft. under roof) estate is located on a tiered, 5-acre parcel in Paradise Valley, Ariz., perfectly situated to capture city light and mountain views. A future MLB Hall of Famer approached Desert Star Construction to build this dream home for him and his family to enjoy.

The residence features seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a commercial-grade fitness facility, and detached two-bedroom guesthouse.

This timeless Mediterranean style home features a combination of warmly painted Tuscan hand applied stucco, stone and brick, and a clay tiled roof. The guest drive court leads to an exquisite front entry with a cut stone arch and column accents connected to a courtyard featuring a stone fronted fireplace with low garden walls and a wood and tile porch. Custom wrought iron lanterns, cut stone surrounds, and wood shutters accent the outside walls and windows.

“Each room is crafted as its own unique architectural experience,” said Jerry Meek, president of Desert Star Construction. “Ceilings change from a groin vaulted two-story entry hall to wood paneled and coffered ceilings. Impression limestone columns, mosaic tile marble floors, and crown molding carved and painted by hand are testimony to the exquisite detail devoted throughout. Specialty lighting softly accents the night, while chandeliers and sconces bring elegance and drama. The pool provides a dramatic foreground to the valley vista beyond.”

Team DSC worked closely with the family, the design team, and a brigade of contractors, vendors, and suppliers to orchestrate the building of all structural elements of the exquisitely tailored residence. The entire home was completed in just 22 months, a truly remarkable achievement for a project of this scope, complexity, and magnitude. The five-time Cy Young award winner wanted the estate to be elegant, yet functional. The resort-style rear grounds are perfect locations for parties and family gatherings where multiple seating areas invite conversation and relaxation in style.

“For 36 years, Desert Star Construction has had the honor and opportunity to work with some truly talented architects, interior designers, and trades professionals to build homes for some of the most amazing people you would ever hope to meet and work for,” Meek said. “Our team thrives on more challenging projects with designs that stretch our abilities. Every aspect of this project inspired our team to pursue the highest standard of quality and excellence. Delivering outstanding results based on the hopes, dreams, and vision of our clients and partners has made Desert Star Construction a better builder and shaped our entire team as leaders in our industry.”



A successful project is one that achieves the perfect balance of creating the most value with the highest quality, being stewards of their client’s budget, and staying on time with their schedule. “Our team remained proactive throughout the entire design and building process,” Meek said. “We took a proactive approach, which allowed us to streamline and optimize a very complex project and deliver extraordinary results.” Two desert washes on the property were relocated to allow for project construction. The desert was then restored to its natural state upon project completion.

Team DSC was integral to the building of the main house, guest residence, and fitness facility including the framework, foundation, flooring, and roofing, the build of the outdoor amenities including the beach entry pool with a two-story waterslide, resort-style cabana, and private bathhouse, and the installation of all home automation, fiber optic, and electronic systems, custom designed marble mosaic tile flooring and fixtures, hand-carved and painted crown molding, cedar closets, and impression limestone columns.

The main level includes a formal living room with a massive Canterra stone fireplace and soaring 24-foot ceilings, a tasteful 12-seat dining room with adjacent temperature controlled wine cellar, and scenic art-lined hallway with groin vaulted ceilings. A custom stone archway leads through a generous butler’s pantry to the gourmet chef’s kitchen complete with granite countertops, handcrafted Hickory cabinetry, stainless steel Viking professional-grade appliances, and an oversized island. The kitchen and breakfast area overlook the home’s Great Room with wood-beamed ceiling and impressive gas fireplace.


Adding to the ease of moving from one level to the next is a home elevator that serves all three floors of the estate. Cradled on the lowest level of the residence is a five-star entertainment mecca including a professional recording studio and music performance space with stage, lights, and sound equipment. Two bank vault doors were installed to secure the homeowner’s listening room and highly impressive guitar collection.

Team DSC has remained at the forefront of sustainable custom luxury for over three decades being the first in Arizona to employ a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional and achieving a total of 16 LEED certified custom projects located throughout the state. They built the first LEED certified homes in the exclusive communities of Paradise Valley and Silverleaf, the first Net Zero Energy luxury home in Paradise Valley, and the first LEED Gold Certified full-service restaurant in Arizona.

“Our team has become exemplary leaders at directing sustainable processes from conception to planning and finally to execution,” Meek said. “We wish to take our unique experiences in sustainable building and use them to communicate the value of these processes to our community in order to create awareness surrounding best practices that ensure sustainability initiatives are cost effective and rewarding.

For example, there are a variety of passive techniques that enable good design to be sustainable without incurring higher costs such as site orientation and proper landscaping. We want to contribute this type of practical input and applicable knowledge in order to benefit the investment decisions of those interested in building sustainable projects.”

Tamara Philips is the assistant editor for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at

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