Live-work in Soho Scottsdale

Author of the article: Barb Livingstone for the Calgary Herald

Publishing date: March 27, 2015

After backpacking around Europe, a chance decision to drop into a Toronto temp agency led to a summer job with a real estate developer.

Instead of studying for her law entrance exams, the University of Toronto political science graduate was tackling eclectic development projects, and juggling — for the developer — a fundraiser for then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

At the age of 23, lawyering quickly became a faint number two in the career department.

Now the Toronto-born daughter of Greek immigrants has brought what she learned about residential, commercial and industrial development in Canada — including acting as a consultant to a Calgary condo complex in Mission many years ago — to the Arizona market.

Her latest projects, particularly one in Scottsdale, will appeal to Albertans and other snowbirds looking to escape winter while, at the same time, continuing to be connected to work back home.

Soho Scottsdale will have 64 townhomes and 14 lofts, all of them designed as work/live spaces.

“The live/work concept is rather unique here,” says Clary, who partnered with internationally acclaimed Arizona architect Bing Hu on both the just-launched Soho and her other new project, 421 W 6th Street, in Tempe.

“But it is the future, as more and more areas are actually zoned for both commercial and residential uses.”

What she brings to Arizona from her years of working both with large Canadian developers and as the head of her own consulting firm is an emphasis on quality with solid building products and systems that work together.

Clary and her company Catclar (a mix of her married name and Catsibris, her maiden name) Investments are developing the Scottsdale project in the Bahia business park, where the developer’s office is situated alongside the physiotherapy clinic of her American-born husband. Other offices, services, and private schools are nearby.

The Soho site sits off the 101 Highway, near both WestWorld (where the Barrett-Jackson car auction is held every January) and the Scottsdale Fairmont Resort, where the Waste Management Open PGA Tour golf tournament is held annually.

Both events are big attractions — the Phoenix Open draws more than 500,000 spectators each year, more than any other tour event — and are heavily attended by Canadian snowbirds.

The Soho townhomes will be three or four levels, with roof top gardens (with optional spas) and decks overlooking the McDowell Mountains, and main office level floors with flexi-glass roll-up doors that fully open to the Arizona sunshine. Each will have a private two-car garage off the main level….

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