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This North Central Phoenix home optimizes Arizona's indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

The NCAA basketball playoff season is in full swing, but we like to multitask and found ourselves getting distracted by these amazing properties that have really got game — and game rooms! If your team didn’t make it to The Big Dance this year, there’s always 2022. In the meantime, maybe you’ll find some game-day inspiration here.

360-degree views in the Biltmore Corridor

This home is winning for its sheer uniqueness. This hilltop Phoenix home already has some stunning elements in place — from the amazing stairway and elevator/skywalk that leads to the double-door entry, to an elevated pool, tennis court and top floor room with views for days. With some work, this home would be a true showstopper.

Location: 2121 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, 85016
Built: 1980
Square feet: 5,913
Bedroom/Bathroom: 4/4
Price: $1,750,000
Listed by: Fred Weaver IV, eXp Realty

An (almost) acre in lush Arcadia

Sitting on almost an acre, this sprawling mid-century Arcadia home has recently undergone extensive renovations. We are especially in love with the backyard, which really bumps up the outdoor entertainment game. The family room also offers plenty of room for gatherings and the newly remodeled kitchen is a dream, with a large island, soap stone counter tops, custom soft- close cabinets and drawers, pull out mixer shelf, 60” SubZero refrigerator/freezer, pull out spice racks, two dishwashers, bread warmer, wine fridge and more.

Location: 5557 E. Exeter Blvd., Phoenix, 85018
Built: 1959
Square feet: 4,661
Bedroom/Bathroom: 4/4
Price: $2,890,000
Listed by: Stephanie Hammer, Locality Real Estate

Everything you need, plus room to expand

Here is another home on almost an acre, this time in North Central’s popular Orangewood neighborhood. This home maximizes the indoor/outdoor lifestyle with a massive sliding glass wall that opens to the incredible backyard with a fantastic patio space, pool/spa and outdoor shower plus room to expand (Guest house? Fruit orchard or family garden?). Add to that a chef’s kitchen, open floor plan, whole home audio, and this property is a slam dunk.

Location: 342 W. Berridge Ln., Phoenix, 85013
Built: 1950
Square feet: 4,718
Bedroom/Bathroom: 4/3.5
Price: $2,350,000
Listed by: Phillip Geretti, Highland Real Estate

Maximizing privacy — capitalizing on expansive views

Heading south, we found this contemporary Ahwatukee Custom Estates home designed by award-winning architect and ASU professor, Fred Linn Osmon. The home offers a billiards/theater room, home office, workout room, sauna, tennis court, diving pool, heated dog run and a beautiful great room for gathering with family and friends. If that’s not enough, check out some of really cool surfaces — from travertine fireplace and wooden ceiling accents to custom cabinetry.

The home is situated to create privacy and capitalize on the view of South Mountain Park and Preserve, which, at over 16,000 acres, is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. Hike, bike and ride more than 58 miles of trails, or follow the road to the top of the mountain for spectacular views.

Location: 3305 E. Cherokee St., Phoenix, 85044
Built: 1987
Square feet: 6,468
Bedroom/Bathroom: 5/5.5
Price: $1,250,000
Listed by: Lisa Sandoval, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Listing facts and photos courtesy of listing agents/Redfin.com

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