9290 E. Thompson Peak Parkway Scottsdale, AZ 85255 – DC Ranch 411
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 4 car-garage | 3,648 sq. ft.


A Charming and Unique Custom Home in DC Ranch designed by renowned architect Don Ziebell as his Personal Residence

 This exquisite home in DC Ranch was built as a truly unique custom home that incorporates state-of-the-art construction techniques and a wide range of irreplaceable antique and reclaimed materials.  The result is a timeless piece of art, perfect for the homebuyer with the appreciation for materials with a storied past and the desire for modern amenities. This custom home is a one-of-a-kind showpiece with a deep history and will be cherished for years to come. Learn more about the artifacts and custom finishes that complete this Scottsdale masterpiece below.

The compound style floor plan emphasizes true indoor-outdoor living, with all living spaces organized around a protected central pool courtyard. The home features four fireplaces, including one in the outdoor living loggia that is designed to be used as a cooking fireplace.

As founder and President of Oz Architects, Don Ziebell is responsible for maintaining the high level of design quality, creativity and responsiveness to client’s needs. Mr. Ziebell has over 30 years of experience on a wide range of project types throughout the west coast, Mexico, and Hawaii. Well-known projects such as the Silverleaf Clubhouse and Spa in Scottsdale, The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Kukui’ula Plantation Clubhouse and Spa in Kauai, The Hermosa Inn Paradise Valley, Superstition Mountain Golf Clubhouse, Seven Canyons in Sedona, Glenwild Golf Club in Park City, Utah, as well as over 30 custom homes have all cemented the firm’s reputation for attention to quality and timeless design. These projects have received over 50 local, regional and national awards; in addition, Mr. Ziebell was named a “Master of the Southwest” by Phoenix Home and Garden magazine in 2006. He founded and remains the sole owner of Antiquities Imports, a business dedicated to importing authentic, antique and reclaimed elements that are utilized in a number of the firm’s projects as a means to achieving a uniquely high level of authenticity and quality.

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Antiquities and Reclaimed Materials


  • Antique 19th-century Spanish terracotta roof tiles

  • Antique 18th-century European beams- oak beams on the exterior, pine on the interior

  • Exterior gates constructed from reclaimed oak boards

  • Antique iron door and gate hardware

  • Antique stone table

  • Fountains constructed from antique stone elements. Wall fountain by stone table utilizes an antique stone basin, antique brass spout, and Bourgogne stone wall panel.


Entry foyer-

  • Antique Pine 19th-century Spanish entry door

  • Antique 19th-century white terracotta tiles,

  • Antique European pine beams

  • 18th century Louis XIII walnut closet door.

Living room-

  • Antique 18th-century European oak flooring, with

    natural buffed wax finish

  • 18th-century Louis XIII limestone mantel with matching trumeau, with antique European firebrick (currently set up as wood burning FP, but can be converted to gas simply with burner and log set added).

  • Antique European pine beams

  • Wood true divided lite inswing windows with authentic drip edge


  • Antique European oak flooring, with natural buffed wax, finish inset with antique terracotta parefeuille tiles.

  • Soapstone perimeter counters

  • Solid poured pewter island top (one piece, no seams)

  • Antique 18th-century Louis XIII cabinet repurposed as China and dish storage cabinet (transfers with the house).

  • Reclaimed Chicago brick cabinet supports

  • Antique European oak-pine ceiling beams

  • New dishwasher, convection oven, and built-in Microwave. 36” gas convection oven, side by side built in R and F, warming drawer, all KitchenAid professional series in stainless steel

  • Custom stainless steel two basin sink

  • Large food pantry, and separate dish pantry

Master Bedroom-

  • 18th century Louis XIII limestone mantle, with antique European firebrick (currently set up as wood burning FP, but can be converted to gas simply with burner and log set added).

  • Antique European oak-pine beams

  • 18th century Louis XIII walnut doors with original hardware at entry, closet and bath entries

  • New 100% wool Berber carpet

Master Bath-

  • Antique 19th clay fireclay soaking tub salvaged from HH Richardson estate (very rare to find these tubs, as they are extremely heavy so were typically demolished. Replacement value over $20,000.)

  • Large walk-in closet with custom built-ins

Master bath courtyard-

  • Outdoor brass shower with antique stone shower basin

  • Basin fountain featuring antique column fragment

  • Antique European oak trellis beams

Upper-level bedrooms-

  • Two bedrooms sharing large covered view deck with city light views

  • Shared Bath with freestanding tub/shower

  • Unique vanity sink in an antique 18th-century cabinet

  • Antique painted pine closet doors in each bedroom

  • One bedroom features raised a separate sitting area

Outside living loggia-

  • Raised cooking fireplace constructed from 19th-century Limestone window surround (currently set up as wood burning FP, but can be converted to gas simply with burner and log set added).

  • Antique terra cotta parefeuille floor tiles.

  • Antique European oak beams

  • Rods installed for sheers

Studio Office

  • American clay veneer wall plaster

  • Antique terracotta parefeuille floor tiles.

  • 19th century carved limestone mantle with antique European firebrick (currently set up as wood burning FP, but can be converted to gas simply with burner and log set added).

  • separate powder bath

Separate Guest Casita

  • Antique terracotta parefeuille floor tiles.

  • Painted antique pine closet doors

  • Built-in kitchenette capability including sink and storage capacity.


  • Two car garage

  • Extensive built-in wall storage and attic storage


  • New landscaping and irrigation

  • New pool tile, plaster, and equipment with a raised antique stone weir, glass waterline tile. Gas pool heater.

  • Rear vegetable cutting garden with raised bed

  • Separate HVAC zones in the main house (one unit with two zones with thermostatic damper- LR and upstairs, plus separate MBR zone with dedicated condenser), separate guest casita, and separate studio zones.

  • Roof tile recently inspected and repaired with any broken/chipped tiles replaced

Interior doors are a mix of antique 18th century Louis XIII walnut doors and reedition walnut doors in the same style and incorporate authentic period hardware.

The two interior fireplaces in the main house are antique 18th century Louis XIII limestone mantles. The fireplace in the exterior office/studio is a 19th century carved limestone mantle, while the raised fireplace is built from a reclaimed 18th-century window surround.

The wood floor in the main house is antique European oak, with antique terracotta parefeuille tiles inset in the kitchen.

The home has been featured in numerous publications, including Haciendas, a design book edited by Linda Leigh Paul and published by Rizzoli.

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About Silverleaf Realty

Silverleaf Realty is an affiliate of Legacy Real Estate Partners, an international sales and marketing company-providing solutions in the luxury residential real estate industry. Silverleaf Realty has been an integral part of the Silverleaf community before the first roads were even paved. The team of experienced professionals with proven results, offer specialized expertise as well as in-depth knowledge of the purchasing habits, market trends, pricing structures and home values in the Silverleaf community and the luxury home market.  Silverleaf Realty has sold more than $1.5 billion in real estate.


About DC Ranch  

DC Ranch is a nationally acclaimed private golf and residential community in Scottsdale, Arizona. The community’s location at the base of the McDowell Mountains provides panoramic views of Scottsdale and Phoenix below. Developed with a deep respect for the integrity of the land and a commitment to the preservation of open desert space, DC Ranch is a living tribute to the Sonoran Desert landscape.  Market Street, a high-end retail development sits inside DC Ranch and boasts fine dining, relaxed options, and retail storefronts. Offering easy access to the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) DC Ranch is easily connected to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Valley airports and popular destinations.  All of DC Ranch encompasses 4,400 total acres with approximately 2,600 developable acres, the balance incorporated into the neighboring McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Elevation ranges from approximately 1,580 to 3,840 feet.

Made up of four residential villages – Country Club, Desert Camp, Silverleaf, and Desert Parks, DC Ranch has a variety of options each with a distinct identity and style.   DC Ranch is home to three prestigious clubs; The Country Club at DC Ranch, Silverleaf Club and DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, each providing fitness, wellness and social opportunities in elegant surroundings.

DC Ranch Country Club Village 

Country Club Village provides a blend of a small-town atmosphere and access to modern conveniences with deep architectural roots that celebrate and preserve the natural character of the Sonoran Desert, as reflected in both homes and landscaping.  DC Ranch Country Club consists of 147 homesites surrounding the private DC Ranch Country Club.  Custom homes, semi-custom homes, and townhomes offer a broad variety of architectural styles range from Western Regional Farmhouse and Ranch House to traditional Spanish Eclectic and contemporary styles.  The Country Club’s “Fun, Family and Friendliness” mission statement reinforces its commitment to serving its members’ diverse interests in a welcoming, family-friendly environment.  Members of the private Club enjoy its Tom Lehman and John Fought-designed golf course, the elegant Hacienda with relaxing patios and dining, a fitness room, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

When the Niedermans selected their prime lot in Cullum Homes’ Village at Silverleaf, they knew that they wanted to take advantage of the views of the Silverleaf Golf Course.  Their finished Cottage features dramatic windows that frame the spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and the driving range from every angle of the home.

The Silverleaf Realty team is excited to announce the sale of a custom home in Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon by Deborah Beardsley, associate broker.  The home sold for a record price of $11,110,000, the most expensive home ever purchased in Silverleaf!

This 12,833 square foot custom home, originally designed by Dale Gardon in 2004, features six bedrooms and nine baths, and a private guest house on the 4-acre property.  From the 1,000 bottle wine cellar, to the game room and theater, to the gym and sauna, there’s something for every interest in this home.


  • Highest priced home to sell in Silverleaf
  • Sets a new record for the highest priced sale
  • Contemporary Mediterranean glamour and sophistication
  • 6 bedrooms, 9 bath, and a private guest house on 4 acres
  • Estate quality and experience set on four acres
  • Dramatic entry to the home with a long driveway to the home
  • Exquisite gardens and grounds with water and fire features
  • Resort style pools and elegant outdoor living spaces
  • Unparalleled views of pristine Sonoran Desert

To date in 2016, there has been more than $169 million in sales (closed and pending) in Silverleaf.  Silverleaf Realty has closed $125 million to date with another $25 million pending.

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One of Silverleaf’s most elegant neighborhoods is nearing completion with the construction of two of the final Sterling Estate Villas. Silverleaf Realty, the designated broker for this neighborhood, noted that two estate villas are under construction, leaving only one lot remaining for development in this enclave in Horseshoe Canyon.


Cypress Development created this 11-home neighborhood to take advantage of its exclusive location in the Horseshoe Canyon and the breathtaking views and access to the McDowell Mountains.  These European-styled home showcase the dramatic views using inspired architectural design and details.  All floorplans include an attached cabana or casita with separate entrances to encourage visitors, retain privacy.

The homes, designed to be luxury retreats, offer not only lock and leave convenience; they include integrated technologies throughout the home to control audio/video, security, lighting and temperature.  The architectural design and construction of the homes meet exacting green standards and have earned the National Association of Home Builder’s gold certification.  Each home includes insulated garages and heated outdoor areas making this a home to enjoy for all seasons.

Mike Sweeney, Silverleaf Realty’s Designated Broker explained why these homes have been so attractive to buyers, “The Sterling Estate Villas look and live like a high-tech custom home.  From the Mediterranean styled wrought iron to wood beam high ceilings to the top of the line appliances and technology, it’s luxurious and easy to live in.  The relaxing outdoor living spaces connect the homeowner directly into the McDowell Preserve. It’s truly one of a kind Silverleaf lifestyle.”

Home prices for the final Estate Villas start at $2.45 million.  Floor plans and elevation renderings are available in The Silverleaf Sales and Information Center or for an exclusive tour of the Sterling Estate Villa community, contact Silverleaf Realty at (480) 502.6902.

15-081(DMB)4.jpg copyThe newest Sterling Estate Villa model in The Sterling Collection collection is now available. All Sterling Estate Villas feature a distinct Mediterranean design with a combination of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival architecture. Reflecting the beauty of the architecture, the Villa’s feature lush courtyards, mature landscaping, and sweeping mountain views.  Modern luxury is evident in all the details, including iPad controlled automation systems, exquisite gourmet kitchens with Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances, natural stone and wood flooring and custom designed stone showers. The Sterling Estate Villa collection has also been awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders as the ”greenest homes in Arizona.” Situated in a prime location with a short distance to the prestigious Silverleaf Club and Village Health Club, this stunning collection of Villa’s are the epitome of fine living within the gates of Silverleaf. Contact Silverleaf Realty for your private showing of the newest model.


This Silverleaf custom home is perfection. Located on Desert Spring Park and one of only four homes overlooking the lake, this magnificent formal Mediterranean-style home sits proudly on the park offering mountain, city light and lush park views from every window, 4 enclosed balconies and courtyard. The details in the home include: 2 room guest casita, 8 fireplaces, wine cellar, butler’s pantry, prep kitchen, limestone flooring, air conditioned 8 car garage, and outdoor entertaining/kitchen areas are inspired and well thought out. For more information click heretimthumb timthumb (1) timthumb (2) timthumb (3) timthumb (4) timthumb (5)

A rare combination of single level living and privacy, this 4,157 SF home features 3 bedrooms, media room, and detached guesthouse –all backing up to the mountain preserve and city views from the front. True resort-style backyard living includes large covered patio with fireplace and TV, outdoor kitchen/BBQ center with bar tops and Ramada, custom pool/spa, and putting green. Full sun on the pool area year round– a perfect retreat! For more information on this exquisite home, click here!




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Absolutely stunning Scottsdale custom home located in The Parks neighborhood of the Silverleaf community. This home offers a stylish soft contemporary design with a Great Room floor plan and limestone flooring in the main living areas. It is an entertainer’s dream home featuring an exceptional gourmet kitchen with Subzero/Wolf appliances and stone counters which are open to the spacious great room and separate dining room. The main floor master retreat includes a beautiful custom fireplace surround and sitting area. The master bath has gorgeous marble flooring, tub and shower surrounds with a large walk-in closet. A media room/game room features wood flooring, unique wall finishes and city light views. The secluded resort style backyard includes a large pool, spa and covered loggia with a built-in BBQ and bar area. For more information on this exquisite home, click here.

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