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January 28, 2010

Villas At Miraval Attract Elite Desert Lovers

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Tucson, Arizona – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

A second – or even third – home purchase in today’s real estate climate may be driven as much by lifestyle considerations as by aesthetic and investment value. Such buyers have the means but also the determination to invest in something beyond conventional real estate: health, wellness and the principles of longevity in a community of like-minded neighbors who share a passion for holistic living in a place designed to satisfy their aspirations.

Central to their appeal, the Villas at Miraval offer that rare convergence of distinctive, sustainable design, desert landscapes with dramatic views, world-renowned Miraval Spa and other world-class amenities – along with seamless access to Miraval’s celebrated lifestyle experiences reflected in its easy embrace of well-established principles of well-being, healthy living and personal growth.

Thoughtfully integrated into the award-winning Miraval Arizona destination spa resort, 30 minutes north of Tucson, only four villas remain. The first 12 were sold the first year, proving affluent buyers in challenging times continue to invest in high-end real estate that supports their long-term lifestyle choices. The elegant, freestanding residences give Villas at Miraval owners complete privileges, including full access to the Miraval program experiences they can opt into throughout the resort.

“The Miraval villas offer singular home ownership found no where else. It gives discerning individuals the opportunity to invest in themselves and a beautifully designed villa – plus the freedom to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind Miraval community and resort experience,” said Tom Dunlap, vice president of development for Miraval Holdings. “We have built remarkable villas in a spectacular setting with all the amenities and program options of Miraval living, enabling homeowners to enjoy their privacy and, if they wish, pursue their special interests and benefit from tailored Miraval programs aimed at nurturing their and their families’ well-being.”

Currently for sale are two, two-bedroom villas encompassing 2,729 square feet of interior and 2,281 square feet of outdoor living space and two, three-bedroom villas, spanning 3,095 square feet of interior living and 3,187 square feet of outdoor living space. Prices range from $2.25 million to $3.4 million.

“Potential buyers who already own ski villas or beach homes might well consider owning a Miraval Villa desert home with access to Miraval Resort’s signature mix of spa, nutrition, wellness and challenge programs,” said Janell Jellison, luxury residential specialist for Tucson-based Long Realty. “The desert has traditionally been prized for its mystic qualities as a haven of solitude where people can unplug from mundane routines – and Miraval has approached this desert mystique in a fresh, contemporary way.”

With Seattle-based Mithun Architects, a national leader in sustainable design and urbanism, masterminding the construction and architecture, the villas provide a lively, exciting, sustainable interpretation of desert living – and each villa is LEED Silver-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Reflecting the region’s earth-friendly architecture, the villas use raw materials like natural stone, cedar and hickory wood and natural materials blending with the surrounding desert. Exterior villa amenities include a water-featured private courtyard, fireplace, hot tub, Viking 41 grill, single-family-sized spa pool and steam shower. Interiors boast floor-to-ceiling windows to capture panoramic mountain views, light or dark oak flooring, light gray-slated bathroom, light or dark cedar cabinetry, Spanish cedar ceilings and, in the three-bedroom villas, rammed earth walls. Gourmet kitchens are equipped with Sub Zero under-counter wine storage, Thermador Freedom refrigerators and dishwashers, and custom Lebanon cedar slatwork cabinets. Master bathrooms boast Watermark widespread faucets, Kohler Purist pivot showers and Steamist steam shower generators.

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Furnished villas remove the hassles of setting up one’s home and include local artwork, special window treatments, facades, appliances and fixtures selected by New York-based award-winning spa designer Clodagh Design.

“We worked closely with Mithun Architects to bring the beauty and expansiveness of the desert into the villas, using sustainable materials such as local native plants, reclaimed wood, outdoor stone and other desert materials. As a result, the interiors are inspired by the surroundings, imparting a seamless feel for the colors, ambience and look of the desert,” explains Rachel Massey, brand director and senior designer at Clodagh Design.

Each villa owner pays an annual fee for unlimited access to all resort programs and amenities, common area maintenance and property management, housekeeping service, roundtrip transportation to and from Tucson International Airport and a 20 percent discount on spa services, meals and retail purchases. A dedicated villas manager and concierge staff are available to assist homeowners with all their needs and requests.

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