Once a year, southern Scottsdale resident JR deLuna visits Palm Springs.
DeLuna loves everything about the California town so much – from the lifestyle to the architecture – he completely renovated his 1962 home into what he now calls a mid-century modern retreat a la Palm Springs.
And on Nov. 10, his three-bed, two-bath home will be open for public viewing as part of the fifth annual Scottsdale Home Tour: CelebrationMOD.
“I want to inspire other people to convert their homes,” deLuna said, explaining why he decided to take part in the tour this year. “South Scottsdale is a prime area for revamping and so I’d love to see it turn into another Palm Springs.”
The Scottsdale Home Tour is a self-guided tour in southern Scottsdale of renovated homes ranging from mid-century to contemporary modern.
Over the past five years, the home tour has featured dozens of homes, as well as the Cattle Track Arts Compound. And this year, attendees will visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
“Every year, we also highlight aspects of Scottsdale’s art history,” said Dana Close, producer of the Scottsdale Home Tour. “We are proud that Scottsdale Arts supports our event. This year, there will be a stop at SMoCA where there will be an opportunity to win some really great prizes.”
The tour starts at Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows at 10:30 a.m., where attendees will pick up a map and start the tour with the home of their choice.
“We’ve come a long way. We feel like it has started to become a community tradition,” Close said. “This milestone means we tapped into something really special about our community.”
According to Close, people attend the tour to gather ideas and inspiration for their own remodels.
More specifically, attendees want to see the latest in kitchen and bathroom trends, she added.
“It has become clear over the years is that it isn’t always about the biggest or the most expensive houses. It’s about pride of ownership and place, creativity and vision,” Close said. “It is about young families working hard on their home to make it special.
“It’s also about older people who are down-sizing. It is about the people who make these houses into beautiful homes, and for how it inspires others to do the same thing.”
Homes featured on the tour range from 1,600- to 6,000-square-feet.
DeLuna’s home was originally a little more than 1,400-square-feet and has since been expanded to 1,650-square-feet.
“I renovated the entire home,” he said. “Plumbing, electrical, structural, new roof, walls removed inside, kitchens, bathrooms: Everything has been touched.”
DeLuna moved from the Willo District in Phoenix to the Cox Heights neighborhood in Scottsdale and spent two years — and about $260,000 — remodeling the home.
“It was a cool ranch home that you see everywhere else, but the inspiration was to make it mid-century modern and take a spin off of Palm Springs,” he said. “That was my favorite thing to do in Palm Springs was look at the architecture: very clean lines, the stone cladding, the rust panels. It’s very modern-slash-industrial.”
To create his personal and private retreat, deLuna added two large waterfall features, one in the front and another in the Greece-inspired backyard — his favorite spot.
“When I was in Mykonos, I loved the blue and the white and gray,” deLuna said. “It just stuck in my mind.”
DeLuna also added two fire features in the backyard and remodeled the pool.
Inside, the home boasts clean lines (and an even cleaner floor), contemporary art, floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for more natural light, and a remodeled kitchen, among other upgrades and features.
But, likely, the most notable feature of the home is the can’t-miss chartreuse wall in the front yard.
“There used to be grass in the front and then once all of that was removed, it seemed dry. So I needed a pop of color to replace the green from the grass,” deLuna explained.
The green wall out front is a new addition that allowed for more privacy.
“Often when I was home, [passersby] would come knocking and start asking questions: ‘Who was the architect? Who’s the designer?’” deLuna said. “I needed privacy.”
The front yard also features round planters and round panels, which deLuna strategically placed in both the front and back yards.
“There are so many angles, so I wanted to do circles,” he said. “It softens all the angular lines.”
The home perfectly represents deLuna, who has been an interior designer for 25 years.
“Everything that you see is me; all the finishes, all the colors, it’s me. I did this myself,” deLuna said. “The end goal was to create a place that met my lifestyle, my standards. That’s very clean, sharp, organized.”
Because DeLuna works in Tempe, two miles from his home, and plays in Old Town, also two miles from the home, the location was perfect.
“I was tired of commuting, so this is exactly where I needed to be in my life,” he said. “I wanted something that would hold my attention for the rest of my life. I’m tired of moving. This is my forever home.”
The Scottsdale Home Tour, as it has in past years, will benefit Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities.
A percentage of ticket sales from the event will be donated to the nonprofit managed by members of the Scottsdale Firefighters Association.
“They do so much more for our community than fight fires,” Close said. “I’m really proud to work with these great men and women.”
Close has lived in southern Scottsdale for 30 years, and she said her hope for the area is that people will continue to invest, revitalize, and beautiful its neighborhoods.
“For me, personally, I take great satisfaction when people are reminded of the charm and potential of our older neighborhoods,” she said. “I hope momentum created by events such as the home tour leads to more investments in restaurants and other family-friendly amenities.”
Close added: “It is important to note that when people invest in their home, they also tend to take pride in the larger community, and get involved in important issues such as education, public safety and our public amenities. It all works together.”