Modern Living: Ah! Wilderness

THE SUBURBS Castles used to be few, and for the really rich. Today there are apt to be chateaux—modern style, of course—everywhere. Newest patch of stately subdivision is a rock-strewn desert 20 miles north of Phoenix, Ariz. Its name is Carefree, which is reasonably close to what anyone should be who builds a ranch-style house there for $100,000.

Six years ago, this barren acreage looked to the unknowing eye like plenty of sun-baked nothing. But ebullient Real Estate Promoter Thomas Darlington and Partner Kenyon T. Palmer, who bought the sand for as little as $100 an acre, saw nuggets in every boulder....

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