Arcadia’s Nordon Estates introduces a Modern Western Farmhouse, Blending Past With Present
A neighborhood steeped in history, Arcadia is known for its unique ability to blend the past and present together. However, there have been some significant changes in home development happening in the area over the past year, namely on East Exeter Boulevard, which used to house the historic Nordon Manor.
The 18th century replica Pennsylvania Farmhouse was formerly owned by long-time residents Don and Norma Lo Piccolo. In 2009, the Mackey Martin Group— with mother Mackey Martin and sons Trey and Kelly Martin— acquired the listing, and in 2016, they sold the property to a local real estate investment group. The investment group then brought on architect firm Drewett Works and builder Sage Luxury Homes to begin work to completely revitalize the original estate, with plans to add six more custom homes to the surrounding area. The end product will be Nordon Estates—a completely unique subdivision unlike anything Arcadia has ever seen before.
A New Kind of Farmhouse
The plans for the second estate, located at 5134 East Exeter Boulevard, are still in the works, but the home already promises the pinnacle of luxury living. Designed in a daring modern western farmhouse style, the estate is tentatively set to feature clean, crisp lines throughout, exposed concrete flooring and steel-clad roofing, all softened by rustic wooden beams lining its soaring ceilings. The home will also fully capitalize on the breathtaking panoramic views of Camelback Mountain through a series of beautifully-wrought glass walls.
The experience begins as soon as one enters the home, where a stunning glass-clad hallway will lead into an expansive open-concept living area. High vaulted ceilings with massive wooden beams will combine with glass-covered walls to create a bright, open feel quintessential of Arcadia’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
One particularly impressive area of the home will be the master wing, situated on the main level. Here, one will pass through a glass, gallery-style hall perfect for both displaying artwork and catching a glimpse of the views out back before transitioning into the master suite, study and indoor courtyard.
Other stand out features planned for the home include an upstairs children’s wing; a front kitchen for entertaining and a back cook’s kitchen; a large guest suite with easy garage access; walk-out balconies and decks to enjoy the views alfresco; and a spectacular, almost fully glass-walled game room.
“In the end, it will look like a collection of different barn-like buildings all clad together under one steel roof,” says Mackey Martin. “That’s the whole concept; the rooms all have their own uniqueness but are brought together in harmony with the roof.”
The Arcadia Living Experience
In keeping with Arcadia’s lifestyle of neighborhoods and sense of community, this home sits on an oversized parcel and will include entertaining areas in its massive backyard and terraced gardens in the front yard, typical of the vegetation and inviting curb appeal in this sought after area of Arcadia with its unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain.
“Arcadia, especially along Exeter Boulevard, is really defined by front yard living, and homes are designed so that people driving, walking or riding their bikes by can stop by the front courtyard and sit down and have a drink and just talk for a while,” says Sage Lentz of Sage Luxury Homes. “That’s what really makes Arcadia great.”
Preserving a Legacy
When the home is finished, it will stand as a distinctive modern western farmhouse with its more contemporary, industrial look; yet it will still be in perfect harmony with the other homes in the subdivision, as all will have that same farm home sensibility. And all will be direct descendants of the main home, paying homage to the original Nordon Manor.
“The homes will all be stand-alone different, but you will also see a lot of similarities in the farmhouse feel that will tie into the main home, which is really the driver for the whole project,” says Trey Martin.
In all aspects of what will eventually be Nordon Estates, The Mackey Martin Group displays a deep-rooted commitment to both preserving a long-standing legacy and creating a new one that will influence the community for years to come.
“Arcadia is our home; we grew up here and now it’s our chance to give back to our home neighborhood,” says Kelly Martin. “To leave our home with something this amazing, you couldn’t ask for more.”
Nordon Estates, Presented by The Mackey Martin Group
6263 N Scottsdale RD Suite 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85250