Friday, November 1, 2013

The Unique Homes, Mansions and Architecture of Tempe, Arizona | HUNT Real Estate ERA

What happens when you mix a growing populous of education and commerce with a historic area that is filled with a unique blend of culture, landscape and activity? The result is a focused effort on creativity, innovation and progress mixed with preservation and appreciation for the past. The Tempe area of greater Phoenix brings us these attributes, and nothing is more prevalent than the unique real estate, homes and architecture found throughout the area. If you love a beautifully designed, contemporary home, Tempe has it.  If you’d like something more traditional bringing you the characteristics of the past, you can find it here too.

Let’s take a look at some of the unique homes and architecture in the area.

Modern Looking Homes and Mansions:

406 W 14th Street, Tempe  This beautiful four bedroom, custom built residence, by Chen+Suchart Studio, has a modern, urban flare, but completely embraces the nature around it. Located near Arizona State University, the home blends indoor and outdoor effortlessly, providing an open environment with tremendous volume, but holds on to that intimate feel. Consistently praised for its design, this home is a must see for architecture lovers in the area.

Towsend Residence – If you really want to see something unique, check out the Townsend Residence built into a mountainside lot in Paradise Valley.  Designed by William P Bruder Architect Ltd in 1995, the home is a free-flowing contrast to the harsh, serrated mount it sits in. “The plan poetically captures the pragmatic functional needs while evolving an inside/out/outside/in feeling of site connectivity.”

Loloma 5 Condominiums – Living and working in Downtown Scottsdale has never been better with the Loloma 5 Condominiums. Five beautiful work/live spaces are located in the downtown area but take advantage of the Camelback Mountain view to the northwest. Another William P Bruder Architect Ltd design, these units are perfect for anyone looking to transform both their work and living space.

Classic Designs and Mansions:

Farmer-Goodwin Mansion – Built in 1883, the Farmer-Goodwin Mansion in Tempe is very significant in the fabric of the area’s history. A lot of character comes along with this mansion, as is evident by the defining elements within the home and front veranda porch. According to the Tempe Historic Property Survey, “The Farmer/Goodwin House is a good example of a Folk expression of Victorian-era architecture. Its massing is similar to other Victorian-era styles, but this building lacks the "gingerbread" detailing often found in Victorian-era buildings.”

Niels Peterson House – This home is over 100 years old, but has been restored and preserved through the years.  Niels Peterson, a Danish immigrant and prominent local farmer, hired a well-known Arizona architect for the project built in 1892. This is the oldest Queen Anne style residence in the area, and today it’s operated by the Tempe Historical Museum as a historic house museum. This mansion has 13 rooms, a foyer, study, parlor, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, enclosed breezeway and kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting room upstairs.

Other Unique Tempe Architecture:

Beyond the amazing homes in the area, Tempe has some amazing architecture and design elements scattered throughout the area. For starters, check out Arizona State University and their Tempe Campus. They have many beautiful buildings, including Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Bridges of Town Lake – In total, six bridges can be found in the area. Some are old and some are newer, but all offer something different.  The newest is the Pedestrian Bridge connecting the north and south shores of Town Lake. 

Peter F. Hunt