One of the first homes all visitors spot as they
approach Carefree from the south is imposing Boulder Reign, located in
exclusive Carefree Grandview Estates, on the south slopes of Black Mountain.
Scroll down to see the epic scene from the MGM film Zabriskie Point,
when this house blows up! (a model of course)
This home had a helicopter landing pad that was used
for years, until the Town of Carefree banned helicopter landings within city
limits, except in an emergency. On rocks near the former Carefree
Studios (behind the Summit shopping center), the director of the
movie "Zabriskie Point" built a large replica of the home, which was
blown-up at the end of the movie. Scorch marks are still on the rocks! The
home was also used in a Bob Hope movie. Also filmed in the area were
"The Gambler", "Flirting with Disaster", "Electra Glide in Blue" and nearby Cave Creek
featured "The Getaway"
Epic finale from the MGM 1970's film Zabriskie Point, when
Boulder Reign was blown up. Much of the picture was filmed in
Carefree and centered in the Boulder Reign house above. The movie never
made much money but had a lot of beautiful desert scenes in addition to
promoting the young town.
For a story on the Carefree Studios and a list of the major movies done
in the area, check out the story in our Carefree Times Blog at:
Credit: MGM Studios, Zabriskie Point, from Director
One of the most extraordinary homes in Carefree was
one of the first. The two founders of Carefree, Tom Darlington and K.T.
Palmer had almost any choice of homesites in the new village. K.T.
Palmer chose this one, bridging a wash between rock outcroppings on the east
flanks of Black Mountain. The home is on Stagecoach Pass. It was later
rented out occasionally to director, actor Orson Wells.
About a quarter mile to the north of K.T. Palmer's
home, Tom Darlington chose to build on this fortress-like rock. The
home even has a wine cellar down in the rocks!