When Canal Partners managing partner Todd Belfer and his family were looking to move back to the Phoenix area from California, his wife, Julie, fell in love with a home at the base of Camelback mountain.
Although the home, affectionately known as the Pink Palace, wasn’t for sale, and was painted pink inside and out with Lucite and glass fountains throughout the property, the Belfers worked their magic to buy and completely renovate the home four years ago.
“We wanted to keep the integrity of the home, but update it to current times,” said Belfer, who explains more of the renovations and the steps they took to buy the home in the accompanying video. “We kept the wooden, accordion doors, the stained glass windows, the original staircase and the brick walls. We kept the unique, original shape of the home, but completely repainted the house and got rid of about eight fountains.”
The Belfers, who originally lived in the Arcadia area, were moving back from Laguna Beach because they liked Phoenix better, Belfer said.
The couple live in the Phoenix home with their two French bulldogs, Marcel, 12, and Gigi, 10, and their two teenager sons, who are 16 and 18 years old and attend Arcadia High School.
Click through the slideshow at the bottom of the page to see more of the Belfer home, and watch the video to hear what makes his home so unique and special to the family.
Here’s more on the Belfer home:
Size: 6,000 square feet
Size of lot: 2 acres
Year built: 1971
Bedrooms/bathrooms: Five bedrooms and seven bathrooms
Your home’s conversation piece: The kitchen with its unique Bulthaup, a German company, counters, drawers and cupboards’ design giving the room a clean, modern look that could easily be seen in a luxury home magazine.
The most unique aspect of your home: The design and shape of the living room, with it’s 20-foot high ceilings, geometric shape, fireplaces and open, loft-style design.
What sold you on the home: The unique design of the house.
Biggest renovation since you bought it: The house was completely renovated for $2.2 million over a year and a half, including redesigning the kitchen and the bathrooms and putting in new flooring, electrical, plumbing, windows and landscaping. The architect was James Trahan with Phoenix-based 180 Degrees Inc.
Why you chose the area: The Belfers love living at the base of Camelback Mountain for the beautiful natural background and easy hiking access. The family’s whole life, including school, work and where they like to hang out, is in the area, between 44th Street, Camelback and Scottsdale roads.
Cool cars: 2016 Maserati Quattroporte Q4 with red wine leather interior
Coolest thing about your backyard: The Belfers decided to keep the original pool design and tile, but changed everything else about the backyard, adding new landscaping, concrete walkways and a BBQ and bar area to maximize the party atmosphere for the family.
Collections: Baseball cards, comic books and guitars, including Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora’s guitar