- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Scottsdale officials have approved the $4 million purchase of a secluded desert home surrounded by the city’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/29OWMYZ ) that Scottsdale City Council voted to approve the purchase July 5. The contract includes a provision allowing seller Shawn Murphy to live in the 2,600-square-foot house for the rest of his life.

City officials say the property is a significant asset in its plans to create a contiguous preserve. The purchase was paid for by a city sales tax set aside for desert preservation.

County records show that Murphy has owned the home since its 1999 construction. The contract says Murphy will remain responsible for utilities maintenance and insurance.

Murphy could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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