Outdoor dining is a must for Secord. “I’m a grill master,” he says, and he enjoys entertaining friends while steaks sizzle on his Viking grill. The grill/dining area is shaded from the intense Arizona sun and is just steps from the kitchen indoors. Visitors can watch outdoor TV while relaxing in the sitting area on teak chairs with ottomans for supreme comfort. During football season, a cozy built-in outdoor fireplace warms up the area as he and his friends take in Minnesota Vikings action on TV.
A native of Minnesota, Secord moved to Tucson to follow his passion for golf and to live close to the renowned Arizona National Golf Course, his favorite course of hundreds in the state. He chose to build in Sabino Springs for the proximity to the course, for the desert beauty, and the commanding views that are guaranteed to be there in the coming years. “My southern view overlooks a golf course fairway, and the northern view from the front faces the mountains, areas that will never be encroached upon,” he says. Neighbors to the east and west are near enough to be neighborly, far enough away for Secord to maintain privacy.
As a jogger and golfer, Secord revels in his natural surroundings. To enjoy it even more, he recently purchased an APO Refractor Telescope from Frontgate, and now uses the high-performance spotting scope during his spare time. “I watch the fascinating wildlife that roams everywhere up and down the mountains,” he says.
During travel time on airplanes, he often browses through the Skymall catalog to find practical Frontgate items for around his house. A favorite is Frontgate’s leather-strapped mahogany luggage rack he purchased years ago. “I keep it handy in my bedroom for easy packing because I travel all the time,” he says. He also counts on his sturdy Frontgate step ladder for chores all around the home and pool. At night, Secord’s deck glows with candlelight from the new Frontgate wrought iron candle lanterns. “They are just the right size and style to complement all the natural stonework on my deck,” he says.
Although he’s on the road quite a bit for business, Secord considers his Tucson haven to be a comfortable lifestyle to return to after business trips. “It feels like I’m coming back to my own private retreat,” he says. Thanks to developers and homeowners like Secord who strive to preserve the natural beauty around them, this beautiful home doesn’t spoil the serenity of the Tucson desert—it’s an inviting oasis that welcomes friends and family to this arid and picturesque land.