Hovnanian PietIf K. Hovnanian’s goal was to stand out in the Phoenix homebuilding marketplace, the builder has certainly succeeded with its new Line K of homes designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon. With their horizontal orientation, dark-and-white color palette, and strong symmetry, the homes are like nothing else in the Phoenix market, which is a good thing.

Phoenix isn’t exactly known for architectural pace-setting. Moreover, the K. Hovnanian venture seems to be working. The builder has sold out its first neighborhood, Pinnacle Peak Place (26 homes starting at nearly $1 million), and moved on to another (Boulder Mountain Estates). The homes, which range from 3300 sq. ft. to 3900 sq. ft., start at $960,000.

High-end homes in Phoenix are best known for blending interior and exterior spaces to dramatic effect, with large great rooms blending into covered porches and disappearing-edge pools. Though the Line K homes feature large patios with pools, casitas, and other outdoor options, there’s a strong sense of discrete indoor and outdoor spaces in these homes.

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About Boyce Thompson

Boyce Thompson, the author of The New New Home, is a writer and editor who has spent more than 30 years covering the housing market. Thompson began his career as a writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Governing, Practical Homeowner, Venture, and Changing Times, the precursor to the Kiplinger Letter.