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This $5 Million Desert Mansion Comes With Built-In Art

Keep what's there and add your own.
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Source: Sotheby's International Realty

After the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquakes in Southern California, Stephane Janssen decided it was time to leave Los Angeles. “The earthquake really upset me,” said Janssen, who was born in Belgium. “I was flipping through a magazine and saw an article called “Carefree Life,” — a play on the location, a gated community in Scottsdale, Arizona, called Carefree Ranch— “and looked it up and found three lots I could put together with extraordinary views.”

Janssen hired the architect Chuck Johnson. who drew up plans for a 11,560-square-foot building, but Janssen and Johnson subsequently had a falling-out. “We had many differences,” said Janssen. “He wanted the walls not to be straight, and I couldn’t hang my paintings. He said, ‘you’re going to ruin my house by putting art in it.”