but the Organ Pipes are still there. Palm trees are gone. I wonder how all of the plant life around the house will do over the years.
Ah ha, I found an article from Apr 2017: Anyone who has hiked around Phoenix’s Piestewa Peak will recognize this long-vacant home that just sold for $3.2 million.
The 4,200-square-foot house at the edge of the preserve, near 36th Street and Lincoln Drive, is right off several popular trails. It has been a curiosity among many hikers, who have peered through its fence trying to figure out if anyone lived there.
No one has lived in the home next to Paradise Valley for almost two decades, but the new buyer could be moving in.
A group called Circle V LLC paid the full asking price for the home earlier this week, according to public real-estate records. But records don’t show who is behind that group.
Realty ONE Group agent Joan Levinson, a Paradise Valley expert, had the listing for the mysterious home.
She declined to discuss the buyer or seller, but said there was a lot of interest in the home, which went under contract with a buyer the week it was listed.
In 1999, the Carl W. Howell Trust paid $1.4 million for the house built in the 1960s, according to public records. A Delaware LLC called X-Ray owned the home before that.
It doesn't appear the home has been renovated since it was built.
Levinson said though the past owner of the house never lived there, he did keep the swimming pool filled and maintained.