The Rim country is noted for many things -- the exceptionally clear, clean air is one of them. This weekend residents and visitors can get a whiff of some very rarefied Rim country air at the Arrowhead Canyon Ranch Estate auction.
The one-of-a-kind nature lovers' estate will be open to the public May 13-16 for an auction of personal property, topped off by an auction for the $2+ million home at the end of the weekend. The home was built in 1999.
The personal property auction benefits the Hospice of the Valley and the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society. Among the auction items are art, sculptures, clocks and watches, crystal, authenticated sports memorabilia and diamond jewelry.
The property's owner, Dr. Robert Greenberg, selected Hospice of the Valley as a beneficiary because of the service it provided his dying father.
"The hospice gives and gives to the community and now it is their time to receive," Greenberg said.
"Hospice of the Valley feels so privileged to be of service to the patients and families in Arizona who need us to provide care at such an important time in the life of a family, it's always rewarding when a community member comes forward with support of our mission," said Susan Levine, executive director of Hospice of the Valley.
The real estate can be previewed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14. The auction days are May 15 and 16. A preview for the personal property and real estate will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with lunch available for purchase and maps for self-guided tours. The personal property auction will be held at 1 p.m. each day, with the real estate auction taking place at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 16. The suggested opening bid for the real estate is $799,000.
The home is more than 5,500 square feet with five bedrooms and five baths. It is self sufficient with solar and other alternative energy sources, but is also served by APS; there are two wells, a 10,000 gallon water storage tank, a 3,000 gallon underground cistern; three different propane tanks; plus nearly 700 square feet of insulated, finished facilities for underground food and safety shelter.
The five-acre property has a year-round greenhouse with raised beds and independent heating and cooling systems. There is a four-car garage, helipad, state-of-the art fitness center, including a 5-person infrared sauna, a billiard/game room, and basketball court.
"It is estimated that individuals can live in the canyon for approximately two years without ever leaving the estate," according to a release from the R.S.V.P. Public Relations, Inc., which is handling the publicity for the auction.
There will be no admission charged, but donations will be accepted to benefit the two charities.
The Arrowhead Canyon Ranch Estate is off the road to the Tonto Natural Bridge. Take the road to the Natural Bridge for 1.8 miles, then take a sharp right onto a gated lane, follow "auction" signs to the property.
For more information, call 480-998-4323 or 602-538-7331.