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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale. Photos courtesy of Long Realty Company.

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Listed by:  Long Realty

Where it is: Blenman-Elm, midtown Tucson
Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

The damage: $375,000

How many square feet? 1612 sq ft main house and 650 sq ft guest house
You'll love it because: The sellers of this property are only the second owners! Established in 1937, this historic Tucson property was the original home of the youngest son to Carlos and Dionicia Jacome.
"The Jacome family, can truly be credited as original Tucson pioneers, helping to establish Tucson's retail hub by owning and operating Jacome's Department Stores (1896-1980) in downtown Tucson, " says listing agent Pete Torrez.
It might not be a "Joesler", but it's from the day of excellent craftsman and carpenters that noted Tucson architect Josias Joesler used. No one has ever put nails for carpeting in the  beautiful polished colored concrete floors. The antique stove in the main house kitchen is even original to the house. Also it's close to the U of A, UMC, Himmel Park and the stunning Arizona Inn.
mabelsqft1 Here comes the but: I can see how, for some, it might need a bigger garage or a few cosmetic fixes - maybe even a new kitchen with more counter space. But overall I think it's a lovely property.

Contact Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, here.

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Inside the guest house.

Inside the guest house.

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale. Photos courtesy of Michael Fassett.

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Listed by:  Nordstrom Group

Where it is: Windsor Park on Tucson's far east side.
Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

The damage: $1175 a month.

How many square feet? 1649

dexter5 You'll love it because: At the time Windsor Park, a hidden enclave of well-preserved MCM homes northeast of Speedway and Camino Seco, was being developed by J Herbert Oxman in consultation with Tucson architect David Swanson, the newest thing on the market was "a push-pull measuring tape with thumb lock which keeps the extended blade from creeping back into the case." (Tucson Daily Citizen, 3.25.56). Oxman's ads (see below) next to this news about hot products said "with landscaping by Nature, (sic) your home in Windsor Park has a setting that sends poets searching for new words." He had put a glass window wall in every room, giving the three-bedroom house 575 sq ft of glass area. "Which is almost like living outdoors," said Oxman. These houses were meant for entertaining.
I often get asked by out-of-towners where to drive around to see mid century modern properties. If you have not ever visited this subdivision and you, like me, are a fan of quintessential Tucson MCM burnt adobes (southeastern Arizona’s unique local building material), this is definitely at or near the top of my list. This particular model, named Camelot, was voted “Best Home for the Money” by American Home Magazine in 1963.
Here comes the but: This rental is not for sale!  And not many of my buyers will look this Far East anyway...but I have to break it to you, that's where you've got to go!

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

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The house retains the original kitchen...

 

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... including the cooker.

 

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale. Photos by Robin McMasters.

Listed by:  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Where it is: Tucson's north east side, off Tanque Verde Road.

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

The damage: $699,000

How many square feet? 4491

You'll love it because: If you know me by now,  you know how I won't stop gushing over Tom Gist, acclaimed regional modernist designer with approximately 170 custom homes built in Southern AZ.  Here's a big estate with a private, gated drive, out east on more than four lush desert acres! gisthouse2  The home features signature details not to be messed with, clerestory windows, cement terrazzo floors, handsome custom mahogany carpentry, built-ins, and living spaces that flow seamlessly throughout. There is a total of five bedrooms, an in-home sauna, exercise room, wrap-around brick porches, shoji screens, an extensive Arizona room and a separate studio or mother-in-law suite. As if all that wasn't enough, this home was selected with around 20 other Gists for a book about his work due to be published next year.

gisthouse3 Here comes the but: There is a lot of ceramic tile over the cement floors that would be nice if removed and the floors just left polished. National Historic Register status for Gist properties is in the works. But this property is not eligible to be on the Registry and for tax credit benefits until the year 2020!

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale. Photos by Kurt Munger.

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Photo by Ellie Leacock

Listed by: Long Realty

Where it is: Broadmoor neighborhood, at Country Club and Broadway.

The damage: $349,000

How many square feet? 1871

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You'll love it because: This is a beautiful one-story Spanish Colonial red tile roof home, built in the late 1940s. The property is in Broadmoor, a community that's a favorite of mine - full of friendly families, with annual voluntary neighborhood dues of just $15. Broadmoor has a solid mix of homes all with very distinct features, yet with a consistent line of gorgeous houses street after street.

The landscaping scores high, with its built-in planters out front and a mature, low-care classic desert yard, as does this walk-friendly 'hood. Nearby Broadway Village is maximizing its potential, with plenty of new businesses serving the nearby residents.

Inside, some of my favorite touches are the lovely Talavera tile in the bathrooms and kitchen and sweet hand-carved cornices over the windows. I also love the gorgeous backyard.

Here comes the but: A very desirable location, but with very little inventory of available homes for sale. That's good for sellers but bad for buyers. This property is receiving a lot of attention, although the price may be scaring people away. I'd say go for it - do the comps and make an offer!

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

 

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale.

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Photo by Ellie Leacock

Listed by: Long Realty

Where it is: On five acres deep inside the eastside Indian Ridge subdivision.

The damage: $649,000

You'll love it because: This 1930's desert estate draws its design from early modernist international style. It's significant because it's so different for its era. Over to Demion Clinco, president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation: "Attributed to architect Richard Morse, the sophisticated progressive simplified design is a departure from the Spanish and Pueblo Revival styles fashionable in Tucson between the First and Second World Wars.  The clean lines, corner windows and streamlined massing of this chic modernist retreat is one of only a handful of pre‑WWII modernist projects. Morse's work was influenced by the European Modern movement and Bauhaus," says Demion.

Here comes the but: This property needs a preservation-minded buyer who will restore the home to its former glory and the fabulous estate it could be. Money needs to be spent on landscaping, and restoring the drained pool.

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

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We take a peek inside a hot rental at the ultra cool Ice House Lofts. By Madeleine Boos

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Where it is: The Ice House Lofts, 1001 E 17th St Tucson, AZ 85719

Listed by: The owner

The damage: $3000 per month

You'll love it because: This 4200 square foot double unit is fully furnished and available for short- or long-term rental. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gated parking lot with four parking spaces (two of them covered). It's ideal for entertaining, inside and out, with large private courtyard. On-site amenities include swimming pool and workout room. Mountain views too.

Here comes the but: While we're not saying its overpriced, it's still a cool $3000 a month down by the railroad tracks. But for that kind of square footage in an urban loft, it's worth a look.

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Photo by Madeleine Boos

Square feet cool rental

Photo by Madeleine Boos

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Contact the owner for more information at masmaas@aol.com. To learn more about the Ice House Lofts visit Rob Paulus Architect.

 

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of the week

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Photo by Ellie Leacock

Where it is: La Madera Park

Listed by: Long Realty

The damage: $314,900

You'll love it because: This very pretty periwinkle house sits with La Madera Park right outside its front door. There are beautiful wood floors, corner windows, built-ins, and handsome updates with upgraded finishes. This is not a "flip" but a home well maintained by two single families since being built in 1950.  There is AC and swamp cooling, a newer roof and new water line to the home, and a lot of living space with a split floor plan. I love this neighborhood, near Glen and Campbell. It's a quick jaunt to UA and it's community oriented; on weekends I've seen everyone out and about at the park or working together as a big group on a yard that fronts the park.

Here comes the but: While I'm not saying its overpriced, you would have the most expensive property in this eclectic neighborhood. Not to mention no garage, no covered parking.

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothill Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

Photo courtesy of Long Realty

 

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Square Feet

Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of the week.

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Photo courtesy of Long Realty

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Where it is: Catalina Vista in midtown Tucson

Listed by: Long Realty

The damage: $299,500

You'll love it because: This old school, Spanish Eclectic type of home is in a neighborhood developed in the 1940s to put a different spin on midcentury neighborhoods: curved streets instead of straight ones, single-story homes to ensure mountain views, and landscaped medians and traffic roundabouts.

Here comes the but: This 1542 sq ft home is only a large 2-bedroom.  The room that could serve as a third bedroom is a detached 200 sq ft studio.

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothill Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of the week.

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Photo courtesy of Long Realty

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Where it is: Skyline Bel Air Estates

Listed by: Long Realty

The damage: $525,000

You'll love it because: If you need a large family home that's been handsomely updated, this one has generous sized rooms and I love the makeovers in the kitchen and baths.  I'd put this on a tour of "tasteful" remodels. Bonus: this is one of my favorite classic mid century neighborhoods of Tucson and it is walking distance to the enchanting DeGrazia Gallery on Swan Road.

Here comes the but: No city light views; the property sits in a dip off a ridge.  Also two larger and more amazing mid century modern homes just sold in there at prices per square foot that put this one off the mark, and in my opinion, overpriced.

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Photo courtesy of Long Realty

Photo courtesy of Long Realty

Find more of Michelle’s property picks at Atomic Tucson

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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of the week.

Photo by Gillian Drummond

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Where it is: Villa Catalina Apartments in Sam Hughes

Listed by: Long Realty

The damage: $107,500

You'll love it because: These "garden apartment style" condos are the most swinging places I can think of in town!  This is iconic architecture of the MCM style, built in the late 1950's featuring mint green accents on the metal railings and deep eaves, and more horizontal spansions of brick and glass. Most of them I've seen on the market still retain their original finishing touches in the bathrooms and kitchens.  This one is absolutely in the most coveted location in the complex, with mountain, sunset and courtyard-side views. The property is listed on the National Historic Register.

Here comes the but: At least one resident must be over the age of 55, and none can be under 18. The HOA fee is practically an entire mortgage payment, with averages of around $600 per month. But keep in mind this includes two pools, free use of a laundry room, water, electric, trash, sewer, property tax, building insurance, landscaping, roof and building exterior maintenance, and HVAC/plumbing maintenance.

Find more of Michelle’s property picks at Atomic Tucson

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Photo by Gillian Drummond

Photo by Gillian Drummond

Photo by Gillian Drummond