October 28, 2010Mid Century House For Sale
By Sara In AZ
Soooo, Mike and I have been on the Mid-Century house hunt for a while now. During that time we have gone through a ton of houses. Most are remodeled to within an inch of their Mid-Century lives, and a very few are left alone. I came across this house on the Phoenix/Scottsdale border and I was intrigued. It was built in 1960 and had 2300 sq feet. The pictures on the MLS looked pretty original, but it is hard to tell from the pictures just what the place will be like in person. So we made an appointment with our realtor and we were on our way.
I probably was initially really drawn to this house because of the AWESOME concrete screen block patios on the front and back. The house also faced a mountain (which we soon learned had a down side) and was on a huge lot. I thought the 2300 sq feet could work for us, even though the house only had 2 bedrooms – we could always add on down the road if the house was that great.
Here is the front of the house with the fan-tab-u-lous enclosed concrete screen block patio. It is a ranch type home.
And here is the interior of the patio, you can also see the mountain in the background.
What lovely screen blocks they are!
Here is the first picture of the kitchen. I do have to admit that it was pretty tiny. You would be hard pressed to fit in anything but the smallest of tables if you wanted an eat in kitchen.
I thought the copper hardware and copper Vent-A-Hood were super cool!
If you walked through the kitchen (where that garbage can is) you would enter this room. It used to be the carport or garage and was converted at some point into another living room area. It felt a little chopped off from the rest of the house because it used to be the garage and you had to go back through the kitchen to get to the rest of the house.
Going back through the kitchen you would come to the main living room and dining room area of the house.
Looking to the right you would see the fireplace and living room area.
Love that copper hood!
Looking straight out you would see the back patio.
Ooooohhhhhh, more screen block!!!
Looking to the left you would see the dining area.
This is outside, on the back patio. I am in love with the patios on this house!
The house had 2 bathrooms and I was curious what they were like since there were no pictures on the MLS listing. I have to say, they were pretty tiny. One bathroom still had the original pink tile, but the vanity side, by the toilet, was badly water damaged.
Here is the other bathroom.
Here is the shower.
I only took pictures of one of the bedrooms.
Since they are just bedrooms, well, I guess they are not really that exciting!
And it was here that we found out why it was bad to live by a mountain – if your property isn’t graded properly!
See where the outlet is on the bottom left? Well on the floor (under the carpet) it was really squishy. We did not understand why this would be since this house was built on a slab. Then we started looking around the room, and we could see where there was water damage along all the baseboards and up some of the wall. Not good. Then we went outside and noticed this!
Gosh y’all, I am really so sorry I do not have a better picture of this, but if you look at the top right side of the shrub you will see a dark spot on the foundation of the house. We investigated further……to the front we went……and discovered a huge trench had been dug under the house for water to pass through! Really – not good y’all. Rain has probably been running through there and eroding the concrete slab and that is probably why the floor felt squishy.
We can get some pretty heavy rains here during our summer Monsoon season and since we don’t normally get a lot of rain our ground can’t take a lot of it, so the water just rushes to the lowest point. Since this house is situated right in front of the mountain it would get a lot of rain run-off from that and probably would flood easily if it had enough rain. We were pretty sure this bedroom was added on at a later time and this was just an easy way out of grading for run-off properly.
Since we definitely do not want to live in a house that floods easily the house search continues y’all……………………………….
Have an AWESOME Halloween y’all!