Drop $625K on this desert abode from 1980 and you'd be near-neighbors with its architect, Michael P. Johnson, in case any questions arise about how best to feng shui the place. In the listing photos, that task is gamely taken on by a set of chrome-colored chairs in the exposed-beam, kitchen-connected great room, adding to the semicircular home's somewhat UFO-like vibe. Johnson, who teaches at the Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture—which is most likely why the listing somewhat puzzlingly describes this home as "reminiscent of the Frank Lloyd Wright style"—built a few other homes in the adjacent Arizona towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, just north of Scottsdale, as well as in LA and Colorado, and this one is from a relatively early stage in his career. Its defining feature, that metallic half-moon roof, extends around a circular central volume, and is supported by a wood frame and columns of exposed stone.
Last sold in 2003 for $490K, the 2,527-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a library with a built-in bookcase, a "circular private loft area for arts/crafts," and a small but breakfast-bar-equipped kitchen, all described in the listing as "distinctive and historic" with "clean, minimalistic edges and exterior columns of natural rock." Check it out in the gallery above.
· 7915 E Primrose Path Avenue [Estately]