Cave Creek Museum’s Home & Garden Tour Features Four Stunning Homes on March 12

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 12, to attend Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour featuring four stunning homes. The popular event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is one of the Museum’s biggest fund-raising events of the year.

This year’s tour features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern:

• Binkovitz Residence: This unique, mid-century modern home boasts spectacular views of the surrounding desert and mountains from its location atop a hill above Rancho Mañana. The modest home, which is owned by Dr. Larry and Jean Binkovitz, uses a creative design to maximize its 1,660 square feet of living space. Functional, built-in bedroom furniture, floor to ceiling windows and an expansive deck give the home a feeling of space tthat belies its size. The weathered corten steel exterior blends into the earthy browns and tans of the surrounding desert and a cantilevered design will intrigue architecture enthusiasts and novices alike.

• Hamline Residence: One of the original five homes built in Carefree, this historical home was designed by renowned Carefree architect Gerry Jones. Jones has designed more than 300 mountain residences in Arizona and many are among the most sought after luxury custom homes in the state. In 2006, the home was remodeled and sided with chemically rusted steel. The new look gives the home a more contemporary, industrial feel that is continued throughout the interior. Rustic modern architectural details—including massive doors, floor to ceiling windows and wood beamed ceilings—create a visually interesting yet comfortable atmosphere. Standing at the back of the house, one can see all the way through to the view on the other side of the home.

• Spurgin Residence: This beautiful and sprawling 4,424 square foot home was designed to house the owners’ extensive fine art collection. The attention to architectural detail and interior décor highlight the incredible artwork throughout the residence. Built in 2005, the home has numerous patios that provide incredible views of Four Peaks, Weavers Needle and even the Fountain Hills Fountain. The guest house patio overlooks the Hohokam archaeological site. The Museum will conduct a “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” at this tour stop where guests can purchase homemade baked goods, small cooking and gardening accessories, plants and crafts. All proceeds from the “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” benefit Cave Creek Museum.

• Dickens Home: Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, this recently renovated residence belongs to award-winning artist Lucy Dickens and her husband Richard. The ceilings add a unique charm to this home, with a beamed ceiling in the massive great room and a brick ceiling in the kitchen that add to the European ambience throughout. The bathrooms feature antique chests repurposed as sink cabinets. A resort-like backyard offers views of massive boulders. From the second floor patio, one can see Phoenix city lights in the evening. Dickens’ studio will also be open during the tour for those interested in seeing her paintings and workspace.

A self-guided tour, the event provides the flexibility of choosing the order in which you visit the properties. The Museum will provide a pamphlet that serves as your ticket and includes the history and a detailed description of each home. On-site docents will point out additional aspects. Once you have your admission pamphlet, you can start the tour at any of the featured locations.

Tickets to Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour are $35 per person through 5 p.m. Monday, March 6, and may be purchased online at, at the Museum, 6140 Skyline Drive, or with credit card by phone. After March 6, tickets are $40 per person but they will not be mailed to purchasers so must be picked up in person at the Museum. The Museum will also open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes.

No pets, food, beverages or photography will be allowed within the homes and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Please note that some of the homes are on uneven terrain and may not be accessible for those with disabilities.

Now in its 47th year, Cave Creek Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. To learn more, visit, follow Cave Creek Museum on Facebook or call 480-488-2764.

Win Free Tickets for Home & Garden Tour!

One lucky reader will win two free tickets to the Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour on March 12. To enter, send an email to: and put Home and Garden Tour in the subject line. Or send a letter or postcard to: The Antique Register, 515 E. Carefree Hwy, #1128, Phoenix, AZ 85085. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. One entry per person, please.

Because time is short, entries must be received by March 6 and the drawing will be held on March 7 and arrangements will be made for the winner to get the tickets. The winner will be announced in the May-June issue.

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