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New neighbor coming next to Phoenician

A new planned private residential community broke ground in Scottsdale last month in a unique way.

Ascent at The Phoenician, located adjacent to The Phoenician resort and at the foot of Camelback Mountain overlooking the resort’s Golf Club, comprises approximately 200 properties, including amenities like a private homeowner pool.

To celebrate the groundbreaking, Replay Destinations and its award-winning local design team cleared their respective COVID-19 tests, donned white hard hats and gathered at the base of Camelback Mountain for an intimate outdoor dinner arranged and organized by Phoenix-based event and pop-up dinner company, Cloth & Flame.

“It was one of the most creative groundbreakings I’ve attended,” said Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, a listing agent for Ascent at The Phoenician.

“It was breathtaking as I imagined what future Ascent homeowners are going to enjoy on a daily basis.”

The properties will include condominiums at the base of Camelback Mountain and Ascent Golf Villas along the first fairway of the Phoenician Golf Club.

Ascent also plans a pool and fitness amenity.

The first release of luxury homes within the community is a limited collection of 30 golf villa homes on the first fairway of the new Phoenician Golf Club and adjacent to the golf clubhouse and Phoenician’s Tavern Restaurant.

From expansive windows to large outdoor living areas, Ascent’s spacious two- and three-bedroom Golf Villas start at $1.785 million and will boast contemporary architecture, as well as offer private two-car garages with additional storage and upper-level patio decks.

Jenkins and Joe Bushong and Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents for Ascent.

“Ascent at The Phoenician has captured the imagination of our clients and the market response we are getting to owning a home in this storied location is overwhelmingly positive,” Jenkins said.

Infrastructure construction is expected to finish in early fall 2021 by Tiffany Construction Co., with the first phase of luxury residential homes expected to be completed by PWI Residential Construction in spring 2022.

Future phases will be built out over the next several years, a press release stated.

“We’ve assembled an outstanding design team that represents the best of Arizona for Ascent at The Phoenician,” said Jeremy Pfile, Director of Development for Replay Destinations.

Replay’s carefully curated team of local design partners includes Nelsen Partners, Vallone Design, Floor Associates, and bulthaup Scottsdale.

“After years of entitlement and design work, we are excited to celebrate this important milestone with our partners and development team to officially launch a true legacy project,” Pfile said.

After breaking ground on Ascent, Replay and their design team sat down for a socially distanced, intimate outdoor sunset dinner by Cloth & Flame.

The three-course dinner included roasted fall veggies for the table, Mortimer Farms grass-fed beef with smoked carrots and a chocolate and prickly pear tart for dessert.

But the real highlight of the meal was the cornbread – made from a handwritten, 100-year-old recipe pulled from the pages of a cookbook from the original Jokake Inn built in 1926.

That property still stands inside the grounds of The Phoenician “as a symbol of the hospitality of the old Southwest,” the resort’s website states.

“It was the perfect evening in one of the most iconic desert settings in the Valley,” Jenkins said. “One of our famous Arizona cotton candy sunsets gave way to the twinkling city lights below as we enjoyed a first-class menu and the fantastic company of Ascent at The Phoenician’s design partners.”

Reservations are currently being accepted for the golf villa homes. Priority reservations include signing a Reservation Agreement and paying a $5,000 refundable deposit.

Reservation holders will have the ability to select a home at pre-construction pricing.

Ascent residents will also have a limited opportunity to join a Phoenician Amenity Access Program that provides Ascent property owners with access to resort amenities, including the pools and fitness facility, as well as preferred pricing for golf, spa, food and beverage, and other services.