The home that Chris and Anette Brown have built on Warpaint Drive in Ahwatukee has a couple claims to fame.
- It may be the only home in the world that can be operated by an iPhone.
- It is likely the first spec home built in Ahwatukee in at least a decade.
- And it is the latest entry in the Ahwatukee market of high-end luxury homes.
Priced at just under $2.5 million, the home combines a sleek contemporary look with hi-tech convenience.
Verbal and keyboard commands operate the doors and locks, the 24-foot floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors, every light fixture inside and out as well as the home’s 182 switches, the thermostat and fireplaces, the blinds and the fire features along the portion of the balcony running alongside the gravity-edge pool.
“There is not a house in the world that has voice command,” Anette Brown said.
Say “sunset,” and the interior lights dim, the horizontal blinds lower slightly and you’re ready to enjoy the sun as it sets behind South Mountain, which is virtually the home’s backyard.
Say “bedtime” and the lights go out, the locks click on and the security system is engaged.
Say “movie time” and the theater dims and the huge, 100-inch screen and video system start to come alive.
Indeed, the house was practically built around Apple’s Home Kit, which hit the market in November – just as the Browns were a little more than halfway through the year it took them to build the house.
“My husband is into tech and we built this knowing the Apple Home Kit was coming on the market,” she said.
With six bedrooms and six baths, the 6,004-square-foot, two-story home was designed by Chris Brown, a retired commercial airline pilot whose company, Christopher David Design, built it in one year.
When they started construction in March 2016, the Browns encountered blue granite and “excavation was a challenge” as they prepared the nearly one-acre hilltop lot. “Once we got the foundation down, it came along pretty quickly,” Anette Brown added.
The home marked a major change from what the Seattle couple have been doing since moving to Ahwatukee in 2000.
Their business focuses on remodeling and reselling older homes, mostly in North Phoenix. “We’ve done 82 remodels and the last two were new-builds,” she said.
But they had never built a spec home – a house that is not built for a buyer but rather built in the hope it will find a buyer.
“We looked at these lots 15 years ago and always wanted to do something,” she said of Ahwatukee Custom estates, where the home is in the same neighborhood as homes owned by professional athletes.
“There has been no spec homes built in Ahwatukee for over a decade,” Anette Brown said. “There’ve been homes built for individuals but never one that’s new build.”
No matter where you look, the home offers jaw-dropping accents, like a glass floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet, a gourmet kitchen with two islands, a large walk-in pantry and Sub Zero refrigerator and Wolf appliances.
The master bedroom has a bath and walk in closet larger than some studio apartments and every bedroom has a private bath.
With three balconies and a huge patio with an outdoor living room and built-in barbecue, the house also is made for sunsets, Anette Brown said.
And don’t worry about the iPhone app that runs the place.
“It’s really easy to use,” Anette Brown said. Besides, “My husband said whoever buys it, he’ll give them a lesson for free.”
– Paul Maryniak, Ahwatukee Foothills News / Edited for Phoenix.org