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Mountain Shadows resort demolished; new hotel, homes to be built

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Once upon a time, it was the place to be -- celebrities and socialites mixing it up at the Mountain Shadows Resort.

Fast forward to today and demolition crews are hard at work, tearing down the landmark resort, ready to replace it with a new hotel and homes.

Empty for about a decade, the Mountain Shadows Resort was demolished on Wednesday.  Soon, there will be nothing left of the old structure.

"This location is probably the best location in the southwest U.S. for a hotel and resort residential," said Rick Carpinelli, Crown Realty's SVP of acquisition and development.

Rather than renovate, the property's owner decided the structure was just too out of date.

"It is no longer has a useful function as it sits and we will be able to redevelop it into a magnificent property for the community," said Carpinelli.

The plan is to turn the property into a luxury hotel with at least 120 rooms.  Those who live nearby remember the hotel in its heyday.

"This was it.  This happens to be the Beverly Hills of Paradise Valley.  Mark my words young man," said Ian Grant-Whyte, who moved right next to the resort in the early 1980s.  Back then, it was the place to be.

"Fantastic.  Discos.. robin on the rocky road.. a fantastically beautiful swimming pool," he said.

Clearly, that swimming pool has seen better days.  The pool an all other mid-century elements will soon be a pile of debris, which doesn't sit well with this valley historian.

"They could have used elements of it.  Not that they had to preserve the entire building, but just elements.  They have the big stone roofs, flagstone walls, elements that allude to our past," said Marshall Shore.

Shore pointed us to a YouTube clip that thousands have watched.  It's an episode of "The Monkees" television show that was shot at the resort back in the 1960s.

"That would have been really cool to have a little plaque that said the Monkees were here. I am sure almost any teenage girl that was in the valley at that time remembers this.

Sadly, what most people now remember is the massive hotel empty and decaying for a decade.

"It has just been in disrepair and it is a positive thing that we are getting something going now I think," said Joann Timbanard, who lives nearby.


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