Phoenix historic homes
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HISTORIC ELLIS-SHACKELFORD HOUSE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
Arizona Humanities (AH) invites the public to a FREE Open House at the Ellis-Shackelford House on Saturday February 8th, 2014 from 11am – 3pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the nearly century old mansion that is home to AH offices and learn about this historic Phoenix treasure on ‘Millionaire’s Row.’
Built in 1917 by prominent physician Dr. William C. Ellis, the house is significant for its architectural design, use of materials, early technological achievements, and high level of craftsmanship. The style blends elements of the Prairie Style, common in the Midwest, with detailing of the Craftsman Style, which was then in vogue in Phoenix.
This home is the only unaltered survivor of early North Central Avenue mansions in Phoenix, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Phoenix Historic Property Register. During the historic period from the mid-1910s through the 1930s, this section of Central Avenue was nicknamed Millionaires’ Row for the mansions of similar style and grandeur lining the avenue.
In 2012 and 2013, the Ellis-Shackelford House went through a 9-month renovation, rehabilitating and restoring the historic property. More information on the Ellis-Shackelford House can be found at http://azhumanities.org/eshouse.php.
The newly restored Ellis-Shackelford House and home of AH is located on Central Avenue and Culver (1242 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004). The Open House is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please call 602-257-0335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Open House is in conjunction with Day at Hance Park, a celebration of the many arts and cultural organizations that surround Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix hosted by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy FREE access to cultural institutions, family activities, and performances in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Families can explore history and culture, listen to stories told by BookPALS readers, discover the magic of books, learn about upcoming classes, programs and events, take part in ceramic demonstrations and interactive tea displays, and enjoy live entertainment and puppet shows.
Other participating organizations include: Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Irish Cultural Center, Friends of Hance Dog Park, Camp Colley Foundation, Phoenix Public Library (Burton Barr), the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, and Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.
The festival will be based in the western part of Hance Park just west of the Central Avenue bridge on the green adjacent to the Japanese Friendship Garden and neighborhood playground. More information is available by phone at 602 262-4827, email@example.com, or online at http://phoenix.gov/parks.
Twice during the month of February, Phoenix area residents were treated to historic home tours. This coming Sunday, March 7, the caravan moves Uptown, for a glimpse of what life is like in Windsor Square.
The Windsor Square neighborhood, which is located just north of Camelback Road and stretches from Central Avenue to 7th Street, was originally one of Phoenix’s first suburbs. This neighborhood of 260 homes was predominantly built in the 1930s and ’40s, and is unique for older Phoenix neighborhoods, as the lots were laid out on “curvy” streets as opposed to the standard “grid” street program.
The Windsor Square Tour, which is held every other year, will be a self-guided walking tour of 11 historic homes and gardens. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance online or on the day of the event. Tour headquarters on Sunday will be at Orange Drive and 2nd Street, just northeast of the Central/Camelback intersection.
Lyle Plocher is a licensed Arizona real estate broker with the Urban Connection Realty team at HomeSmart. Lyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the things that makes Downtown Phoenix interesting is the presence of several residential neighborhoods filled with homes built from the 1920s to the 1950s. Some of those neighborhoods have been designated by the city of Phoenix as historic neighborhoods. The 85006 ZIP code, which is bounded by Van Buren to the south, Thomas to the north, 7th Street to the west and 24th Street to the east, is home to five historic neighborhoods, namely Garfield, North Garfield, Brentwood, Coronado and Country Club Park.
Living in these neighborhoods puts you within close proximity to Downtown Phoenix itself, with all of its benefits, and springing up in many of these neighborhoods are small cafés, vintage stores, clothing boutiques, art galleries and an abundance of neighborhood/community interaction opportunities.
The wide variety of bungalows and Ranch style variations, offer homeowners many options for creating unique living environments. Not only is there a diversity of architectural styles in 85006, but there is also something for every budget, with 72 single-family homes currently on the market ranging in price from $20,000 to $487,000.
Although there has been an abundance of properties on the market and prices have fallen dramatically over the last couple of years, prices have recently leveled off somewhat and there is currently only a 4.4-month supply of homes in 85006, as opposed to a 17.3-month supply of homes in January 2008. If that trend continues, prices will start to rise again. If you are intrigued by the idea of living in Downtown Phoenix, this is a good time to explore the possibilities.
Watch over the next few weeks for announcements here on DPJ about historic home tours coming up in February and March.
Lyle Plocher is an Associate Broker with the Urban Connection Realty Team at HomeSmart. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The 25th annual F.Q. Story Home Tour & Holiday Gift Sale is happening this coming weekend. Always, a great time, the F.Q. Story home tour is a two-day event with the tour homes open on Saturday night, December 5 from 6-9 p.m., when you can stroll down the streets of the neighborhood, which will be lit up with luminarias, and check out the homes on tour. On Sunday, December 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can not only check out the homes on tour, but also browse through the many street vendor booths, chow down on some tasty food and maybe find a holiday gift or two.
Get complete details about the tour here.
If you have questions about the availability of homes in the F.Q. Story neighborhood, contact Lyle Plocher with Urban Connection Realty at 602 373 3725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an incredible mid-century modern home with a 4,600+-square-foot original floor plan including eight bedrooms and five baths. The home has a great floor plan, does not feel overly huge and is in great shape with custom-stained, polished concrete floors on the first floor, a finished basement and oak floors on the second level. The kitchen has been professionally remodeled, but still retains the walk-in fridge as a pantry. Also included: custom tile in all baths, two stone fireplaces and a great pool with slide.
Asking price is $475,000, subject to the existing lender’s approval of a short sale.
For more information about this home or to arrange a personal viewing,
contact Lyle Plocher with Urban Connection Realty at 602 373 3725 or email@example.com
Listing is courtesy of HomeSmart