Sunday, July 30, 2006

Historic Signs Unveiled at Pierson Place

Historic Signs Unveiled at Pierson Place

Angela Cara Pancrazio The Arizona Republic
May. 8, 2006

Because of its proximity to light rail, developers were pressuring homeowners to sell their homes in the Phoenix Historic Pierson Place neighborhood.

The neighborhood faced a now-or-never decision on a historic designation for their central Phoenix enclave.

"We had to fast forward, whole blocks were getting offers from developers," said Barbara Stocklin, historic preservation officer.

"We moved it forward," Stocklin said, "ahead of other designations."

Pierson Place is bordered by Camelback Road, Central Avenue, the Grand Canal and Seventh Avenue.

The historic neighborhood is considered an "early residential suburb" built by mom and pop builders. The first subdivision within the neighborhood dates to 1924, when it was outside the Phoenix city limits but within a 10-minute drive to downtown Phoenix.

Newspaper advertisements from 1926 announced half-acre lots for "$400 and up, city conveniences and no city taxes."

Since the neighborhood was built out in fits and starts, the homes are an eclectic mix of styles that represent eras from the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. Those styles include a number of adobe houses - which are rare - as well as Art Moderne and the ranch house, the emblem of Phoenix postwar construction.

In 1928 the opening of nearby Brophy College and Prepatory School was a selling point, but in the 1930's construction waned during the Great Depression. Construction started up again in the late 1930's and the neighborhood was built out by the mid-1950's.

When the neighborhood found out that they were eligible for historic designation, they contacted the city's historic preservation office.

"They wanted it desperately," Stocklin said.

Being so close to light rail meant a lot of good development opportunity, and with all the high-rise zoning on the edge of the neighborhood, Stocklin said, some property owners were hoping to expand high-rise zoning.

"It was a tricky designation."

"Our policy is to have at least two-thirds of the neighborhood sign a petition for historic designation, we had three-fourths within a week," Stocklin said.

So in honor of Pierson Place becoming an official Central Phoenix historic district, the blue and white historic district sign was unveiled, which also coincided with National Historic Preservation Month.

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More U.S. Homeowners Seek Historic Designation

More U.S. Homeowners Seek Historic Designation
March 16, 2006

By Sara Schaefer Munoz, The Wall Street Journal

As the real-estate market begins to cool, a growing number of homeowners are seeking to boost their property values by getting their neighborhoods designated as historic districts.

Local historic districts, which can trigger regulations on everything from window repair to demolitions, are proliferating across the United States. But the desire for historic designation has some communities touting characteristics with questionable preservation value. Homeowners in Denver say their neighborhood deserves historic designation because it is an early example of large front lawns. A Phoenix subdivision is seeking historic status because it says its ranch homes were the first in the city with central air conditioning.

Countrywide, there were about 34,400 local historic-district properties added to the books in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2005, up from about 17,000 in fiscal year 2000, according to estimates by the department of the National Parks Service that encourages local preservation. In the past two years, Memphis, Tenn., has doubled the number of neighborhood historic districts it usually adds. Los Angeles now has nearly a dozen communities working toward designation up from just a handful in 2000.

The push for historic designation is partly a reaction to a flurry of development that has brought enormous changes to many neighborhoods, as developers have demolished older homes to make way for new construction. (Historic designation usually imposes regulations on new building.) A boost to property values is another big motivation. Values of homes in historic areas in Memphis, Tenn., rose 14 percent to 23 percent higher then those in non-historic areas, according to a 2005 study by researchers at Penn State and Rutgers Universities. A similar study of homes in Texas found historic designation was associated with value increases of between 5 percent and 20 percent over similar, non-historic neighborhoods.

Experts say designation can affect home value because it leads to neighborhood pride and better upkeep of homes and yards. Most designations encourage repairs to be made with high-quality material, such as wood, rather than vinyl, and prevent a hodge-podge of styles by blocking any new construction that doesn't fit in. Historic designation can also bring financial incentives such as tax credits and matching grant programs for home maintenance. For example, homeowners in many California cities can save between 40 percent to 60 percent a year on property taxes with an historic-district designation. A matching-grants program in Scottsdale, Ariz., will reimburse homeowners in historic districts for 50 percent of the total cost of an improvement, up to $10,000.

But there are downsides to historic designation for many homeowners. Strict regulations on construction and home modification can make repairs costly and burdensome. The potential headaches are leading some homeowners to resist being included in a historic district. In Rockford, Ill., one resident recently led an unsuccessful charge to roll back part of a historic district after the town barred her from installing vinyl siding.

There are several types of historic designation: national, state and local. A spot on the National Register of Historic Places, while prestigious, is insufficient in preventing most alterations or demolitions. Local designations, however, create regulations written into local laws, which block major changes and can even dictate details like gutter repair and fence replacement. The process starts when districts are either identified by local planning departments or by groups of residents. The city, consultants or volunteers then survey the area, cataloguing properties and recommending boundaries. Most municipalities require a strong showing of support from district residents before becoming official.

Local preservation zeal has raised questions about what's worthy of designation. For example, the modest homes in Lincoln Heights and Highland Park, some of Los Angeles' earliest neighborhoods, may be historically significant, but "are they worth preserving?" asks Christian Redfearn, a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning and Development. "Many people don't want 1,200-square-foot houses."

The prospect of higher property values spurred residents on the periphery of the 19th-century Chapin Park neighborhood in South Bend, Ind. to be included in a local historic zone. But one opponent said the historic quality of the fringe area -- which abuts a large medical center and includes mid-century homes -- is questionable. "I live across from a multi-level garage with a heliport," says Sharon Schierling, a university administrator. "Whatever historic character my house had at one time, it's pretty much gone now."

A group of energetic, determined residents is often critical to winning designation. In Historic Phoenix, residents of the Westwood Village and Estates -- an area of modest, midcentury ranch homes -- are paying Arizona State University students $14,000 for an historical survey that city officials were too backlogged to conduct themselves. In addition to the claim that their homes the first in the city with central air, they also point out on a Web site devoted to the neighborhood their status as one of the city's first planned subdivisions, with "small, box-like" and "L-shaped" brick homes. Says neighborhood association president Forest C. Slaght III, "Historical significance is in the eye of the beholder, much like art."

Officials are considering designation for a neighborhood in Riverside, California that includes minimal, depression-era architecture and so-called Hollywood driveways that have strips of grass running down their centers.

Local criteria for designation varies. Usually, codes draw on guidelines from the Secretary of the Interior, which say landmarks should have characteristics that individually or collectively represent historic or artistic significance, or are related to important historic people or events. Different cities have their own twist. St. Petersburg, Fla. for example, has special criteria for protecting early sidewalks made from hexagon-shaped concrete blocks, because officials say they lend unique character to the city. Denver will consider buildings erected as recently as 30 years ago.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

FAA: Highrise Won't Bother Airport - Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona Republic
Jul. 21, 2006 12:00 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that a towering luxury hotel and condominium project to be built by Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver will not pose a hazard to aircraft using Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Plans call for the $200 million-plus development, which includes a 39-story high-rise, to be located adjacent to the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. The site is also right next to a swath of airspace that pilots are supposed to use if they suddenly lose power during takeoff.

The project's location and vast height prompted the federal agency's months-long review.

But after considering site plans, public comments and Phoenix's own ordinances, the FAA ultimately decided that the 450-foot tower that anchors the W Phoenix Hotel and Condominiums would not be an obstruction to the airport or its operations.

Phoenix officials cheered the ruling Thursday, saying it proves that downtown development and airport safety can coexist.

"We have always said that we believe that developers and cities that work in partnership with the FAA can reach their goals, without putting the flying public at risk," Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said.

The FAA's decision does not mean that Sarver can start construction, however. He still must contend with a Maricopa County Superior Court case that seeks to bar him from building on top of a historic structure. A hearing on that issue will be today.

Thursday, the Suns owner said he was pleased with the FAA's ruling, but that he could not provide a timetable for the project's build-out.

"We're still moving forward," he said. "But I have no idea how long this process could take."

Sarver's project, which would be built at Jackson and Third streets, includes more than 200 hotel rooms, plus condominiums and high-end retail and restaurant space. It is expected to cater to athletes and the business elite, and bring a new level of luxury to downtown Phoenix.

Original plans called for the property to open in early 2008.

And while there are still hurdles to overcome, the FAA's decision does represent a major victory for Sarver's development team.

Earlier this year, Phoenix approved changes to its construction code that prevent officials from issuing a building permit for any property deemed an obstruction to planes at Sky Harbor.

The move essentially requires the city, by law, to acquiesce to the FAA if it determines that a high-rise building is hazardous.

And that means a negative ruling from the federal agency could have killed the Sarver project as it is currently designed.

But Phoenix has been optimistic that the development, a key component of the city's aggressive revitalization plans, would be approved. Officials have long said that it meets all the guidelines set out in Phoenix's height ordinances, which were revamped earlier this year after a lengthy public process.

"I think the FAA's (decision) is the validation of those months and months of hard work," Deputy City Manager David Krietor said. "We are happy that we were able to protect the airport, and, at the same time, allow for significant development downtown."

Tempe officials, who have repeatedly battled with Phoenix over Sky Harbor and issues of economic development, also seemed pleased with Thursday's ruling. They are awaiting a similar FAA decision on the Centerpoint Condominiums, a high-rise development that will be built downtown at Sixth and Ash streets.

Southwest Airlines has already sent a letter to Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman stating that the project's 30-story height would not create a problem for the airline, despite concerns by Phoenix that it could potentially be an obstruction.

That would seem to bode well for the FAA ultimately giving the project a favorable ruling.

"We just want to be treated the same way Phoenix is - that's one of the reasons I'm happy about the W Hotel," Tempe City Councilman Hut Hutson said.

In total, there are 16 community organizations and historic preservation groups that are seeking to stop Sarver and his business partners from building their luxury property. The opponents are fighting in part because they believe the design of the hotel and condominium tower would destroy the integrity of the historic 1920s-era Sun Mercantile Building, which sits on the development site. Sarver's design plans call for an 11-story condominium and mixed-use office tower to be built on top of it.

"We were willing to negotiate some kind of design changes, but the developer was not," said Beatrice Moore of Downtown Voices, one of the 16 plaintiffs that filed the suit under an umbrella organization called the Save the Sun Merc Coalition.

Moore said she and others are not against the high-rise, but the smaller 11-story tower.

"There's a big concern as to whether the (Sun Mercantile) building is even strong enough to survive (the construction)," she said. "It was built in the 1920s and it's got some fragility to it."

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Condos Springing Up ~ Phoenix, AZ

Condos Springing Up
By Glen Creno The Arizona Republic

Condominium developers are betting millions of dollars that plenty of buyers are willing to spend big money to live the luxury urban lifestyle in metropolitan Phoenix .At least 25 of these projects, offering everything from condos to lofts to brownstone-style residences, are being built or planned across the region.

With prices running from the hundreds of thousands to $1 million or more, they are chasing an unproven market in an area where new housing is dominated by tract homes on the edges of the city.

It is likely that some of the projects either will not be built or will not sell as well as their promoters hoped. That will depend on their location, demand, interest rates and competition - and whether luxury condo living in Phoenix turns out to be more than a fad. "I can't say across the board that every building will be successful just because a developer puts up a building on a piece of land," said David Hovey, founder of Optima, the Chicago-area company developing condo projects in the Biltmore area of Phoenix and near downtown Scottsdale. "Buyers are very astute."Buyers include young professionals, empty nesters looking to downsize, executives, singles, winter visitors and athletes. They come from across the state and the country.

Developers and brokers also say Europeans looking to take advantage of their strong currency have been buying.

Another trend: business executives and professionals who live in places like Paradise Valley and north Scottsdale buying lofts or condos as pied-a-terre, second homes that let them stay in the city when they work late or entertain. About half of the projects are in some phase of construction."The jury is still out on how hot the condo market is," said RL Brown, publisher of the Phoenix Housing Market Letter. "We have had a lot of noise but very little dirt being moved. Some of these will turn into live projects, but they are not here yet."New homes permitted in metro Phoenix in 2004 numbered 60,872, and analysts expect a similar performance this year. Of that number, 5.9 percent were condos, Brown said. This year to date, 5.1 percent of permits have been condos.

Many developers and brokers say the number of condos and lofts is much too small a portion, and they point to long waiting lists at new projects as evidence.

One of the most talked about is the condominium-hotel proposed by celebrity developer Donald Trump and the Bayrock Group. The developers are trying to re-tool the plan to make it agreeable to neighbors who don't want it to break height restrictions in the Biltmore area of Phoenix ."Demand for luxury condos is far from saturated," said Beau Woodring, Bayrock's managing director. "If anything, it is quite the opposite. . . . What does exist represents a remarkably small fraction of overall new housing supply. "When you see teardown homes selling for $700,000 in Arcadia , for example, it suggests a vibrant market. We believe that will continue to be the case." A big-city thing.

A growing population, new jobs, low interest rates and investors have been driving the single-family home market to records in metro Phoenix , which now has surpassed Atlanta as the country's top new-home market.

Those forces, along with the lifestyle choice of turnkey urban living, also are creating demand for condos."These are not single-family buyers," said Kim Baker, president of National Developers, which is planning a 74-unit loft building in downtown Phoenix . "They are just different animals."

Ultimately, no one knows how many buyers there are for expensive condos in a metro area less known for "condos" than for another six-letter word, sprawl. The area has lagged other cities where high-rise living is a tradition.

Phoenix is playing catch-up, developers say.

According to the U.S. Census' 2002 American Housing Survey, Phoenix had 89,300 condos, San Diego had 140,600, the Anaheim-Santa Ana area had 169,700 and the Miami , Fla. , area had 402,500."It is a phenomenon that will happen in any city that grows to a certain size. I think Phoenix has reached that size," said Jeremy Hall, a vice president of Patrinely Group, a Houston developer putting up the Residences at 2211 Camelback. The project sold out its 90 units at an average price of $1 million."I don't know how much deeper the market is," Hall said. "I do think there are projects in locations that are rather challenging."

Condo cores are emerging on Central Avenue and in the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix and in the city's downtown. New projects are on the way in Scottsdale 's downtown and in the Kierland area as well as in Tempe 's downtown and Town Lake neighborhoods.

Esplanade Place, the pricey Phoenix condo tower that opened in 2003, helped kick off the craze. A sampling of its residents: a top banker, the heads of a couple of local companies and at least three pro athletes. Keith Mishkin, a broker for Cambridge Properties, said the building contains a "who's who of Arizona business."Prices may seem excessive, especially to people who think of Phoenix as the place where, traditionally, plenty of houses were selling for less than $200,000. The price profile of the area, though, is changing. ."You have a tremendous amount of money in this Valley," Mishkin said. "Who do you think is buying all of these luxury homes?"

Nearby attractions vital Hovey, the Chicago-area developer, believes that the market will be strong for the next 10 years as long as the projects are built in neighborhoods with good restaurants, shopping or cultural attractions.

His Optima Biltmore Towers , under construction near 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix , sold out at prices ranging from $350,000 to $1.75 million.

Debbie Nute of Phoenix was one of the buyers. The single mother and owner of a collection agency is selling her 3,800-square-foot house near Piestewa Peak . She will combine two Optima condos to create a 2,400-square-foot unit that will be near restaurants, movie theaters, shopping, coffee shops and other attractions. "There so many things I want to do other than manage my home," she said.

Jay Butler, head of the Arizona Real Estate Center at Arizona State University 's Polytechnic campus, wondered about the strategy of putting cheaper condos in the same building as the most expensive units. Hovey said that creates vitality in a project. Butler suggested that picky wealthy buyers may not agree."Would you build a $300,000 home next to a million-dollar home?" he asked. "Single-family builders wouldn't do that."

A Certain Lifestyle

Bob Normile is sales manager for the condos at Hayden Ferry Lakeside in Tempe , where four luxury buildings are planned. The first, called Edgewater, opens in March. Its prices average $800,000.Investor buying is capped at 30 percent in the first two Lakeside buildings. Other developers have placed restrictions on buying by speculators who want to sell quickly and reap the appreciation in price.Normile's buyers are doctors, airline pilots, ASU professors, mortgage brokers and engineers. He said about 85 percent are from Arizona with the rest from other states, mainly California . Also, demand from Canadian buyers is increasing. "No one is moving here to retire," he said. "They are moving here for the lifestyle."

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Do's and Don'ts When Purchasing New Construction Homes

Do's and Dont's When Purchasing New Construction Homes
by Mark Nash

The vision of a new home with the ability to upgrade finishes, alter floor plans and be the first to occupy a property lures buyers into builders and developers model homes every day. According to industry sources over 70% of home buyers want a new home. These new construction focused buyers might see a picket fence, but they should be prepared to ask the right questions and see red flags before signing on the line.


Have your own agent. Believing they might get a better deal or out of ignorance many buyers use the developers sales agent to represent them. New construction buyers should research what a dual agent can and can't do under their state real estate license laws. Most states require written acceptance of dual-agency by both parties. All homebuyers should be represented by an agent who has a fiduciary responsibility to them. Buyers shouldn't forget that most developers require that your agent must accompany you the first time you visit a sales center.

Ask how much is this home as we see it. Models can be filled with every upgrade the developer offers as an example for buyers. Buyers should ask freely how much the model costs as they see it. Typically this cost will vary dramatically from advertised starting prices for a development.

Pick the right developer. Working with a developer is like a short-term marriage. Ask for references from the developers sales agents. Do your own investigation of the developers previous projects, length in business and complaints filed with business bureaus.

Consider resale characteristics. The allure of being the first to occupy a home sometimes clouds a secondary location or poor craftsmanship. Consider a resale home in a primary location before signing on the line just because it's new construction.

Question percent of project sold. Developers love to promote the sell-through of projects. Inquire how much of the percent sold are reservations (dating the project) versus contracts (engaged to the project). Some reservations don't go to contract because of a change of heart, financial concerns or occupancy timelines.

Have an attorney review all contracts. Developers contracts favor the developer and are different from standard local real estate board approved contracts. Retain a real estate attorney to review all contracts. There is little wiggle-room once you sign a developers contract, and they don't like home sale contingencies.

Investigate property taxes independently. Property taxes can be a financial surprise you weren't expecting with the purchase of a home. Because tax assessors haven't valued a home or project, developers can underestimate how much the property taxes will be. Complete your own due diligence and call the local taxing authority to find out the worst-case scenario.

Perform a home inspection. Never skip or waive the right to a inspection, the benefits far out weigh the costs and could save you numerous headaches and expenses later. New construction is not immune from defects and lackluster workmanship. Hire a professional, not Uncle Bert. Perform the inspection at least seven days prior to closing.

Inquire about investor purchased units. In the post-real-estate-bubble-world many developer contracts restrict purchase of units by speculators to flip at completion. Look for clauses in contracts that require purchasers of units to owner-occupy the first 12 months after closing. Ask sales agents what the percentage of owner occupancy is for the project.

Get a certificate of occupancy. Local municipalities issue a certificate of occupancy after a unit has passed all building code inspections. Most mortgage lenders require a certificate of occupancy before they will close on a loan. If you are paying cash, verify prior to closing that the developer will deliver you a certificate.

Understand why developers request upgrades paid for in advance. Experience has taught developers that some buyers will not purchase the unit which they have specified the floor-coverings, countertops and kitchen cabinets, that have been installed by the developer. Other buyers will want to select their own finishes and a unit that has preselected finishes by a terminated buyer is a marketing problem for developers. Plan on paying upfront for all upgrades and changes you make to a unit, and if you decide to walk from the project once you have paid for upgrades, expect a fight from the developer if you want a refund on installed changes and upgrades.

Require your deposits to go into an escrow account. Require all deposits and payments you make go into an escrow account, not the developers business account. Research state brokerage laws to discover what regulations developers must follow with buyers funds. If disputes arise it is easier to receive refunds from a neutral third-party or escrow agent than from a developer.

Request copies of blueprints, floor plans and surveys. It's easy to forget to get clean copies of blueprints and floor plans of your new home with all the activity and decisions during the construction process. In the future when you want to make changes or sell, having the footprint of your home will save you expense and time. Make sure the developer provides you with an updated survey, showing just your parcel. Verify that your new home also has it's own parcel identification number issued by taxing authorities.

Research warranties on structure, finishes and appliances. Developers typically offer five or ten year warranties on structural elements of a home and rely on manufacturers warranties for appliances, furnaces, windows and overhead garage doors. Beware of one-year warranties on structural elements.


Forget to ask for holdbacks on unfinished work. Weather or material supply problems can interrupt completion of a home. If some items aren't necessary for occupancy the developer will want to close on your home. Make sure any substantial items or features that are not completed in your new home, have designated funds set aside for their installation or completion. Request these funds be held back and deposited in an escrow account at closing.
Omit final written punch lists. You should have a final walk-through at least three days before closing on your new home. Create a punch list of all uncompleted or unfinished items. Punch lists can also call attention to items that need to be repainted or need additional attention. Both the developer and the buyers should sign the final punch list in agreement. Developers should complete punch lists within 30 days of closing.

Tune out during construction process. Family, work or distance can shift your focus away from closely monitoring the construction and completion of your new home. Proactive buyers can catch design mistakes or irregular materials by visiting the job site on a regular basis. For insurance purposes some developers limit access to construction sites. Stipulate in purchase contracts the timing of all visits during construction of your new home.

Be fooled by low assessments. Developers can use artificially low monthly homeowner assessments in new construction marketing materials. Plan on at least a twenty-five percent increase in assessments the first year after the developer delivers the association to the homeowners.

Overlook costs between standard and upgraded features. There can be a large difference in quality and useful life spans between builder grade and upgraded finishes and fixtures. It could be worth the additional expense to install better carpet, cabinets and faucets. Cross-check builder prices for upgrades at your local home center.

Ignore developer incentives as a signal of slow sales. Free condominium assessments, stainless appliances and plasma TVs are thrown in to induce buyers to write contracts to purchase. What many buyers think are a freebie are actually signals that a development is slow to sell from increased competition of a lack of buyers. Incentives are a band-aid for a languishing development.

Be surprised when developer holds firm on pricing. Developers of popular projects don't typically negotiate on unit prices. However sometimes a developer will throw in upgraded appliances or hardwood floors in place of standard carpet. When a developer doesn't move on prices it is because they have a investment formula for the project, which is typically costs plus twenty percent profit.

Disregard risks of buying pre-construction. Pre-construction pricing can attract value-driven buyers. There is some risk entering into a project before it has started. Verify that the developer has received a green light from local building authorities and has a proven track record of timely completion in the community.

Postpone discovering costs of construction loans. Variables beyond a developers control can prolong the completion of your home. Have contingency plans for cost overruns, temporary housing and bridge loans. Investigate rate-lock expiration dates on mortgages, construction or temporary loans.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Developer Seeks Help From City ~ Phoenix, AZ

Developer Seeks Help From City
By Ginger D. Richardson The Arizona Republic

Phoenix has agreed to negotiate with a group of developers that wants to build a massive $900 million mixed-use project across three square blocks on the southern end of downtown Phoenix.

The proposed high-rise development, which would include Patriots Square Park , contains four towers, about 1,200 condominium units and up to 100,000 square feet for a public plaza.

It would also include a 150-room boutique hotel and retail and office space.

If it's successful, the ambitious proposal would be the largest infusion of private dollars in burgeoning downtown Phoenix .

The problem is, the developers don't think they can make it work without Phoenix 's help.

Neither city economic development officials nor the project's backers would be specific about what Phoenix might have to do, or give, to make the deal happen. But talks could focus on everything from city-supported parking to tax subsidies.

Deputy City Manager David Krietor said negotiations would probably take place for at least the next couple of months.

"We'll have to see what would make good business sense for them, and for the city of Phoenix ," Krietor said.

The project, known as CityScape, is the brainchild of Scottsdale-based RED Development, which has completed retail developments in the Midwest and Southwest; Donald Cardon, a developer and former Phoenix deputy housing director; and Barron Collier Cos., a Naples, Fla.-based developer that owns the Collier Center in downtown Phoenix .

CityScape, at full-build out, has the potential to change the face of downtown Phoenix 's southern section.

The land on which it would sit is largely vacant or underutilized. The project would be bordered by Washington Street on the north, Jefferson Street on the south, Second Street on the east and First Avenue on the west.

Officials are confident that despite its ambitious scope it will be successful.

They acknowledge that they are banking that an influx of new energy, residents and students from other major downtown projects, such as the new Arizona State University campus, will help support it. But they say that the early response has been positive.

"What we hear is, 'It's about time, we are glad it's happening,' " said John Bacon, a RED spokesman. "That's from people in the community."

Portions of the project could open as early as 2008, developers say. The timing is key, because that's when the first phase of light-rail comes online, the city's $600 million plus expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center will be complete, and when the second, and much larger, phase of the ASU campus opens.

A key barometer of the project's success is likely to be the retail component.

Downtown Phoenix has been a challenging market for such development. The Arizona Center, for example, has struggled since opening in 1990, and traditional mall developers have avoided downtown.

But Bacon said CityScape hopes to have the one thing that has eluded downtown Phoenix: a true grocery store.

"Everyone has said that there needs to be a grocery store downtown," Bacon said. "And we agree with that. It's going to be the key."

Other options include restaurant space and traditional shopping venues, he said.

The project's plans are still very conceptual, city officials said. But it's likely that much of the public open space would be on Patriots Square Park .

The CityScape development has the backing of Mayor Phil Gordon, and most of the City Council, although some members were quick to say that they would not be in favor of giving too much assistance to the deal without having some concrete indication of how it would benefit the city.

The developer has told the city that the project would create 2,900 jobs and generate about $215 million in tax revenues during the project's construction and first 20 years of operation, Krietor said.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Apartment-Rental Rates In Valley Surge ~ Phoenix, AZ ~ Multi Family

Apartment-Rental Rates In Valley Surge

Ken Alltucker
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 21, 2006 12:00 AM

A new survey shows that the Valley's apartment-rental rates climbed at a faster rate over the past year than rates in all major West Coast cities except San Jose.

The study of large apartments in 29 cities shows that Phoenix-area rents in the second quarter surged 7.4 percent compared with the same period the year before, according to Novato, Calif.-based RealFacts Inc. The average Valley apartment rent was $783.

Despite the rapid increase, Phoenix apartments are relatively cheap compared with the pricey markets of Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area and even Las Vegas.

Strong population growth, rising interest rates and houses priced beyond the reach of many would-be buyers allowed landlords to raise rents without the fear of losing tenants. Also, the conversion craze that turned thousands of rental units into condos and a slowdown in construction of new apartment buildings combined to reduce the supply of units.

The survey showed that the Valley's second-quarter vacancy rate was 5.1 percent, down from 7.5 percent a year ago.

"Our apartment market has so much momentum right now," said Pete TeKampe, a senior investment associate with Marcus & Millichap.

Just two years ago, many Valley apartment owners struggled to keep buildings full as renters aided by low interest rates and a hot housing market bought homes. That forced many landlords to hand out perks such as rent giveaways, gift certificates or moving-expense checks to entice renters into long-term contracts.

Now, apartment owners in desirable locations don't have to resort to such freebies, although rental incentives haven't disappeared entirely.

"We're turning to a more healthy market," said Terry Feinberg, president of the Arizona Multihousing Association. "The rental market has improved because of the increased (price) in starter homes and the cost difference between buying and renting."

TeKampe, who tracks the Valley's apartment market, cautioned that using one vacancy rate for the entire region is not necessarily the most accurate way to assess the Valley's rental market. Neighborhoods such as north Scottsdale fetch average monthly rents of $1,000 while rentals in areas such as Glendale and west Phoenix command less than $600 per month.

The RealFacts report showed that San Jose rents surged 9.1 percent over the past year to $1,414.

Rental rates in Southern California climbed at a rapid pace, too. The average rent in Ventura County increased 7.3 percent to $1,320, while rents in the Inland Empire counties of San Bernardino and Riverside accelerated 5.7 percent to $1,110, the firm said.

Apartment dwellers in the market spanning Los Angeles and Orange counties faced the West's highest rents at an average of $1,510, a 6.8 percent hike over the same period last year.

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America's Best Places to Live

America's Best Places to Live
By Money Magazine

And the winners are...

Americans are flocking to places that offer big-city opportunities and amenities with a lot more green space and a lot less stress. See the top 10 Great American Towns.

1. Fort Collins, CO
2. Naperville, IL
3. Sugar Land, TX
4. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
5. Cary, NC
6. Overland Park, KS
7. Scottsdale, AZ
8. Boise, ID
9. Fairfield, CT
10. Eden Prairie, MN

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Griffin's Scottsdale Resort Sold

Griffin's Scottsdale Resort Sold
By Stephanie Paterik The Arizona Republic

Former talk-show host Merv Griffin has sold the Hilton Resort Scottsdale, the last of his U.S. hotel holdings.

A spokeswoman for Griffin said the entertainer isn't getting out of the lodging business, he just couldn't turn down a sweet deal.

The Procaccianti Group, a Rhode Island developer and hotelier, on Monday said it bought the Hilton for an undisclosed amount from the Griffin Group of Beverly Hills . TPG, as the company is known, will take over management of the hotel.

TPG hired a new general manager and plans a $10 million upgrade, which will include remodeling 45 villas that are out of use.

The new owners also are considering rebranding the hotel and will initially make small upgrades, such as replacing linens.

Griffin wasn't looking to sell the property before TPG made an offer, his spokeswoman Marcia Newberger said. She said he loved the hotel.

"Somebody approached Merv, and, you know, any asset is available for sale," she said. "(Similarly), he wasn't looking to sell the Beverly Hilton, but if somebody approaches him and it's a sweet deal, you know, that's the nature of the business."

Newberger said Griffin loved the Scottsdale resort and visited often. He named Griff's café after himself and Charlie's Poolside Bar & Grill after his dog. Griffin stipulated that the restaurant names be changed now, TPG spokesman Ralph Izzi Jr. said.

TPG owns the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort & Spa a mile away.

"Our own property just down the road has been a tremendous performer for us, and we saw tremendous opportunity in this property, as well," Izzi said.

The deal closed Friday and leaves Griffin with one hotel in Ireland . But he's not bowing out of the business, Newberger said.

"It is not to say he won't be buying other properties in the future," Newberger said. "It depends on if something appeals to him and it's good real estate."

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Scottsdale Princess Sells for $345 Million

Scottsdale Princess Sells for $345 Million
By The Business Journal

Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. Wednesday announced plans to acquire The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for $345 million.

The purchase, from an affiliate of Fairmont Raffles Holdings International, also includes an adjacent 10-acre parcel with a $15 million price tag. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter.

The 651-room destination resort is located on a 65-acre site in North Scottsdale . The hotel features 72 villas, 119 casitas, five restaurants, preferred access to the adjacent 36-hole Tournament Players Club Scottsdale golf course, 54,000 square feet of executive meeting space, and the 44,000-square-foot Willow Stream spa.

Strategic Hotels forecasts that the property will contribute about $8 million in pre-tax earnings in the last four months of 2006 and $28 million in the first 12 months of ownership.

"In addition to the significant value-added opportunities at the resort, our acquisition of the adjacent 10-acre development parcel provides an exciting consumer research-driven opportunity to add a substantial number of additional keys, indoor and outdoor meeting and conference space and other high-end amenities," said Strategic Hotels Chief Executive Laurence Geller.

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Garfield, North Garfield Become Historic Districts

Garfield, North Garfield Become Historic Districts
By Marcia Gaysue The Arizona Republic

CENTRAL PHOENIX - After 12 years of planning, the Garfield and North Garfield neighborhoods in central Phoenix have been declared Phoenix historic districts.

"We started the process in 1994," said Dana Johnson, Revitalization and Economic Development Committee chairman. "We made tiny steps, but we finally got what we wanted."

There are 728 properties in the Garfield Historic District and 290 homes in the North Garfield Historic District.

"Being a historical district increases the values of properties. Look at what it did for the Roosevelt and Fairview districts: Their property value went up," Johnson said. "It doesn't increase overnight, but it's nice too see it increasing."

The Phoenix Garfield Historic District is bounded by Roosevelt and Van Buren streets between Seventh and 16th streets.

The North Garfield District boundaries run from Interstate 10 to Roosevelt Street between Seventh and 16th streets.

For properties to be considered for designation, they must display high architectural or artistic value or have had a significant historical impact on the city. It's also required that the properties must be at least 50 years old or have achieved exceptional importance within the past five decades.

"Most people think of the Roosevelt Historic District when it comes to Phoenix historic districts, but Garfield is the new booming district," said Barbara Stocklin, director of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office. "There's a lot of activity going on here."

Central Phoenix now has 36 historic districts. Many of these neighborhoods host annual or biennial historic-home tours.

Most of the homes in the historic Garfield neighborhood are modest bungalows and period revival-style homes built between the 1890's and 1940's.

"Phoenix's historic homes may be somewhat younger than the typical historic homes back East, but it is just as important to revitalize and preserve our heritage, which is the heart and soul of our city," Stocklin said.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cardinals Stadium Slated for 2009 March Madness Action

Cardinals Stadium Slated for 2009 March Madness Action
By The Business Journal

A big-time money event is coming to the Arizona Cardinals' new stadium in Glendale, state officials are saying, as a bit of March Madness is headed this way.

The Business Journal has learned that in March 2009 the new stadium will host the NCAA Men's College Basketball Regional Tournament.

"We like to believe that it is a precursor to hosting a men's Final Four in 2012," Ted Ferris, president and chief executive of the Arizona Sports Authority told the Phoenix Business Journal Wednesday. "That's the first year that's available, as the NCAA has awarded the Men's Final Four all the way out to 2011."

In terms of hotel stays, "this is very similar to a Super Bowl, where they (teams) put in a four night minimum on a hotel stay at hotels designated for teams and alumni," added Ferris.

Four teams will come here for the event and their fans will need to book hotel rooms, too.

And starting in 2009, the NCAA will go to a center-field configuration. "Instead of pushing the court to one end of the stadium, where you seat 40,000 to 50,000 people, this will place the court in the middle of the stadium with floor chairs around it and with the permanent seats in the stadium, you're able to sit up to 80,000 people," said Ferris.

Ferris said this event could carry a Super Bowl-level economic impact of $300 million to $400 million.

Also, US Airways Center in Phoenix will host the NCAA Men's College Basketball Regionals on March 27-29, 2008.

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Three East Valley Cities Named Top Places to Live

Three East Valley Cities Named Top Places to Live
By Sarah N. Lynch Tribune

It’s true: Mesa has a reputation for being somewhat of a boring bedroom community. But a report released Monday might change people’s minds about the fast-growing city with a small-town feel — and plenty of golf courses nearby.

Money magazine announced that Mesa ranked third on its list of “Best Big Cities” in the U.S. , following No. 1 Colorado Springs, Colo., and No. 2 Austin, Texas. It was one of several East Valley cities to make the cut in the financial magazine’s 2006 list of the top 100 cities in which to live.

The magazine ranked Gilbert as the 16th best city of any size, and Scottsdale came in seventh. Although Mesa ranked higher among cities with a population of 300,000 or more, it came in at 93rd when all city sizes were considered.

Clear skies, plenty of recreational opportunities and rising home values were common attributes for all of the Valley cities on this year’s list, yet each of them had a unique personality that helped it stand out.

Mesa , for instance, was favored because it’s a relatively affordable place to live.

Scottsdale has a lot of golf courses and other recreational opportunities.

Gilbert has seen exceptional job growth, and its residents are among the highest earners in the Valley.

Some Mesa politicians and employees said the recognition was validation that they were doing a good job after a controversial May 16 property tax election left a lot of people with a negative perception of the city and its local government.

“That’s what we’ve been saying — we think Mesa is a great community,” Mesa ’s Vice Mayor Claudia Walters said. “We’ve spent a couple years talking about the challenges we face, and it’s been very difficult. I have tried to emphasize the positive messages.”

Gilbert’s status also backed up the feelings of some local politicians, who often compare the city’s per capita income and the quality of education to Scottsdale .

In fact, Gilbert, a newcomer to the list, followed closely on the heels of swanky Scottsdale .

“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman, who vowed that Gilbert will surpass Scottsdale next year as the town grows. “It’s humbling and flattering. It’s certainly something we’ll brag about.”

Every year, the magazine selects the best places to live based upon a number of categories, including ease of living, crime rates, education, leisure and culture, weather, health and transportation.

It began its search looking at cities with populations over 50,000 and then screened out places with low education scores, high crime rates and “absurdly” high housing costs, according to

Mesa , therefore, ranked higher than New York City and San Diego .

“The cost of living is very reasonable,” Walters said.

But while most people were happy to hear they made the magazine’s list this year, Mesa Councilman Tom Rawles emphasized that the list is a reflection on the people in the community — not Mesa’s city government. The areas where Mesa excels, he said, are areas with little government intervention.

“I think it’s a reflection of a good, solid community,” Rawles said.

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- Tribune writer Beth Lucas contributed to this report.

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Phoenix Tops U.S. In Home Price Appreciation

Phoenix Tops U.S. In Home Price Appreciation
By The Business Journal

Phoenix continues to have the highest home price appreciation across the country, according to the PMI U.S. Market Risk Index.

Homes values in the Valley jumped by 31.1 percent from first-quarter 2005 to first-quarter 2006, based on a review of repeat sales.

Still, according to PMI, Phoenix 's 6.02 percent employment growth over the same period should balance out the difference between price and affordability.

The index shows that a Phoenix household spends 37.9 percent of its income on a 30-year mortgage based on median income and median home price.

That's less than the 42 percent paid by Fort Lauderdale , Fla. , homeowners, who topped the spending list. Fort Worth , Texas , mortgages had the least impact on family budgets, taking just 19.6 percent of household income.

The PMI Risk Index measures geographic house-price risk by predicting the probability of a regional decline in home prices over the next two years for the nation's 50 largest metro areas over the next two years. Phoenix clocked in with a 17.5 percent chance of decline.

Repeat sales information is taken from the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, which measures average price changes in repeat sales or refinancings on the same properties.

PMI Mortgage Insurance Co., a subsidiary of The PMI Group Inc. (NYSE:PMI), is a leading U.S. residential mortgage insurer based in Walnut Creek , Calif.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Del Norte Place Historic District's History ~ Phoenix, Arizona

The history behind historic Phoenix's Del Norte Place is truly amazing. Its years of endurance and survival are admirable as you will read below.

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Del Norte Place Historic District

Staking a Claim -
The Birth of a Neighborhood

On the 21st of April 1871, William A. Hancock filed the first homestead patent to be recorded at the Arizona Territorial Capital in Tucson. His quarter section of land was then but a remote piece of desert, miles from the infant settlement of Phoenix taking root along the banks of the Salt River to the south.

Today, that land lies within the heart of the city and contains a residential neighborhood that is an oasis in the bustling core and a showplace of Phoenix history, development, and architecture - Del Norte Place Historic District.

What the Doctor Ordered

In 1912, the Territory of Arizona became the 48th state to be admitted to the Union. For the previous 19 years, Territorial Veterinarian Dr. James Collier Norton had served under seven governors, overseeing the health of the district's growing cattle industry. With statehood granted, he resigned his government post, establishing a dairy and constructing a home on the historic Hancock homestead, which Norton had purchased at the turn of the century.

A visionary, Dr. Norton had anticipated residential development on the southern half of this land. Shortly after purchase, he planted prospective gridded streets with tamarack, ash, and orange trees. With completion of his home on the property's northern edge, a large two story Mission Style structure he called Del Norte House, the scene was set for development.

Booms, Floods and Leapfrogs

The post war boom of the "Roaring Twenties" signaled growth and prosperity throughout the country. Phoenix was no exception as Arizona cotton was in high demand. By 1920, the downtown core was well developed, and a northward pattern of residential construction had been established. However seasonal flooding down the Cave Creek wash stymied growth between Central and 23rd Avenues, in the flood plain area where the Norton property was located.

In 1921, a deluge force Phoenicians to confront the problem. By 1923, construction was complete on the Cave Creek Dam and canal system, bringing both flood control and rapid development to this dormant cut of land. By 1927, the country had discovered the therapeutic benefits of the Arizona climate, Lindberg's Atlantic crossing popularized flight, and regular air service to Phoenix brought visitor s and settlers alike.

Now plotted, tree lined and flood free, Dr. Norton's dream - Del Norte Place - was perfectly positioned for residential development. Still just outside the city limits, Del Norte Place received additional impetus from the benefits of "leapfrogging," a strategy of building outside the restrictive reach of city codes and taxes, then subsequently annexing to obtain municipal services. On April 3, 1927, Del Norte Place was opened to the public.

The house That Jack Built

Platted between 15th and 17th Avenues, the original Del Norte subdivision was created in 1927 and contained 84 lots bounded by Lewis Avenue on the North and Encanto Boulevard on the South. Two years later, a second subdivision would extend the district to its current northern boundary at Virginia Avenue. Promoted as the "beautiful subdivision" and "the countryside west of town," Del Norte was conceived as a neighborhood of English cottage Style homes, an architectural revival that was gaining nationwide popularity in the late 1920's. The mature trees and vegetation of Del Norte reinforced this English imagery and helped promote the style throughout Phoenix.

The homes, priced at $5,000 to $7,000, were constructed of red birch with contrasting brick trim and steeply gabled roofs. Del Norte was off the trolley line, and as many owners were already driving automobiles, most homes were constructed with accompanying garages.

Teaming with Dr. Norton in the early development of Del Norte was J. Allen Ginn, Sr. A nationally recognized horseman, Ginn moved to the valley from Texas in 1921. He served as architect builder, and sales agent for the initial phases of the project and was featured prominently in promotion of the development. Gin's architectural styling was on the cutting-edge of a rapidly shifting market and helped secure the early success of Del Norte.

This success, through the end of the 1920's, was part of an overall wave of prosperity throughout the Valley. In addition to the residential boom, public and commercial development was abundant.

The Biltmore Hotel, the Heard Museum, Phoenix College, and The Orpheum Theatre were all developed at the end of the decade.

The End of an Era

Del Norte was one of the last Historic Phoenix neighborhoods created by one individual who exercised complete control over planning, development and marketing of the project. With the 1930's came the Great Depression.

And while the strength of the local economy withstood the initial assault, the growth of Phoenix eventually waned as it had throughout the nation. Ten houses were completed in Del Norte from 1930 to 1931 with construction of the next ten spread over five more years.

The slowdown halted the efforts of Norton and Ginn, and the team ceased to be a force in the completion of Del Norte.

In 1934, Dr. Norton sold the remainder of the parcel to the City of Phoenix for the Historic development of the Encanto Golf Course. This land was joined with other parcels to create the city's first large recreational park, which opened in 1937. The public project created a new identity for the neighborhood. Surrounded on three sides by greenbelt, the neighborhood was now promoted as "Del Norte Place in the Heart of the Park.".

"A Boost From Uncle Sam - The Role of the FHA"

In an attempt to loosen the grip of the economic depression, Congress enacted the National Housing Act of 1934 to improve nationwide housing standards, provide employment and stimulate industry, improve conditions with respect to home mortgage financing, and to realize a greater degree of stability in residential construction."

The legislation accomplished all of this and more. Under the wing of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), generous loan programs brought home financing within the reach of a broad range of the American population. On the strength of this support, a new generation of developers, contractors, and realtors came to prominence in the Valley. Development and construction resumed on a large scale.

Existing projects blossomed as well. The years from 1936 through 1941 brought the Del Norte Historic neighborhood the most rapid development in its history. A total of 77 of the district's 151 homes were constructed during this period. Inevitably, government assistance was accompanied by government controls. As FHA financing brought new life to Del Norte, FHA design standards brought a new look. Simplified versions of the Period Revival styles emerged. They were accompanied by adorned versions of earlier Period Revival styles, notably Spanish Colonial Revival and Monterey Styles representing more regional, southwestern influences. These homes were typically one story, stuccoed brick dwellings with low pitched tile roofs. Ornamentation was generally limited to modest tile work, accentuating rooflinesand doorways.

During this phase, an alternative to the Period Revivals styles also gained in popularity. The early Ranch Style house, a simple brick structure with projecting gabled wing was an economical design, fashioned to meet the FHA guidelines. The "L" shaped design was typically ornamented with brick work and trademark small, circular window beside the front door. This style gradually eclipsed the Period Revivals to become the second most prevalent style of architecture in the district.

On the Home Front

With the onset of the Second World War, growth again was stifled. The war years marked the most restrictive period of regulation in the history of the American housing industry. From 1942 through 1945, Del Norte saw the construction of 21 homes under the bureaucratic scrutiny of no fewer than four separate federal agencies. Citizens looked to these agencies for building permits, rationed resources, and direction through the maze of restrictions and guidelines.

Homes developed under the federal war programs were limited to those constructed for war industry workers. House dimensions and the number of rooms were dictated by family size and ages.And materials, primarily rubber, metal, and wood was rationed. Substitution was the order of the day. Doorknobs changed to glass from metal, tiled showers and ceramic bowls replace cast iron tubs and sinks, and plastic substituted for rubber.

By the early 1940's, the architecture in Del Norte Placehad evolved to the style of French Provincial Ranch. Characterized by the "L" shaped or irregular floor plan, a low pitched hip roof sheathed with wood shakes, and steel casement windows, 24 of these popular homes were under construction in the neighborhood in 1941. While the war slowed construction, the Ranch Style took firm hold, and its variations would soon come to dominate future construction.

Filling in the Blanks

Although construction continued in Del Norte through 1963, the last stage of concentrated development occurred in the late 1940's and the early 1950's. Phoenix once again was booming. Returning servicemen who had been stationed in the Valley for training fueled postwar growth. The establishment of new industries and the availability of air conditioning added impetus to the explosive growth.

This final phase was yet another evolution of the Ranch Style home. A simplified form of the French Provincial Ranch was christened the California Ranch.

A gable identifies these homes or hip roof extended over the entire house, brick wainscoting around the exterior wall, and a board and batten, or painted brick on the upper wall surfaces. Thousands of these homes were built in Central Phoenix during the 1950's, personifying Phoenix as a postwar, suburbanized city.

The Present and Beyond

Historic Del Norte Place in Phoenix stands today as an island of style and grace within the central historic city. A tribute to Dr. Norton and long range city planning, the neighborhood enjoys the pastoral atmosphere afforded by the surrounding greenbelt of Encanto Park and Golf Course. Historic Del Norte House, just to the north, now stands, surveying a unique collection of homes representing 16 individual architectural styles and the dramatic evolution of 20th Century Historic Phoenix.

Recent trends toward historic preservation and the repopulation of downtown historic central Phoenix areas have arisen from a recognition and appreciation for the architectural values, community spirit, and quality of life issues that originally inspired the creation of neighborhoods like Historic Phoenix Del Norte Place.

In 1992, residents formed the Del Norte Neighborhood Association to promote restoration and preservation of the historic district's heritage ~ ensuring a solid future for Dr. Norton's "beautiful sedition" in the 21st Century Historic Phoenix.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Fairview Place Historic District's History - Phoenix, Arizona

Quaint Homes, Quiet Neighborhoods, Easy Living. Fairview Place Historic District. Fairview Place Historic District History.

Fairview Place Historic District resides in a charming area of central Phoenix, between the Arizona State Fairgrounds and the Rose Garden at Encanto Park (between 17th Avenue and 15th Avenue, from McDowell Road to Encanto Boulevard).

Fairview Place Historic District is a downtown Phoenix neighborhood of modest homes that are cozy and unpretentious. There are 14 architectural styles represented here, including Southwest, Tudor, English Stone Cottage and Transitional Ranch. They average in size from 900 to 1,400 square feet. The homes are well-built with nice attention to detail. Currently the homes sell in the $100,000 to $180,000+ range.

When this neighborhood was developed in the 1920's, it was outside the city limits of the now Historic Phoenix. A 1928 newspaper advertisement boasted that a home in Fairview Place would offer "a distinct social and business asset." The suburban trend was underway and homes were built well into the 1940's.

Fairview Place neighbors decided to form an association in 1990 and look into attaining official central historic designation. This was an all-volunteer effort completed by a group of interested neighbors. They measured, photographed and researched all 342 homes in this historic Phoenix area. Neighbors also planted 360 trees in the parkways. There is a monthly newsletter and various social get-togethers which allow folks to become better acquainted. In 1994, Historic Designation was granted and Fairview Place was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Cheery Lynn Historic District History - Phoenix, Arizona

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"You will find the tract on the west side of Sixteenth Street one and one-quarter miles north of McDowell Road. Just three miles north of the post office, in walking distance from golf links and Country club. There are two model homes on the tract, awaiting your inspection beautiful homes. There is an abundance of good water. The lots have a 60-foot frontage and can be bought for easy terms. Watch for the opening announcement!


And drive they did ~ in Studebakers, Packard's, and Nash's. The year was 1928, Hoover won the White House, Earhart flew across the Atlantic, and Phoenix's future historic district was in the midst of a building boom. The Cheery Lynn subdivision was one of several new neighborhoods brought to market. Its call to buyers drive out today heralded a new phase in the physical expansion of the growing city.

Laying the Foundation

Two generation earlier, in 1867, Phoenix was born as a dusty supply outpost serving Camp McDowell to the northeast. Inspired by the traces of ancient Hohokam canals, speculators sensed the potential for a fertile Salt River Valley. The canals were reconstructed, irrigation spawned agriculture, and settlers began to arrive. By 1870, a township had been planned and platted in square mile grids just north of the Salt River flood plain.

As the population grew, the lands to the south were devoted to agriculture, and the town expanded north toward its only natural boundary, the Cave Creek ash. Selected as the territorial capital in 1889, the city added the business of government to its economic mix. By the turn of the century, Phoenix had developed into a small but flourishing urban center. The production of cotton and citrus fueled growth in the commerce of marketing and distribution. The majority of Phoenix land now was controlled by a small number of speculators anticipating agricultural and residential development.

Though the rejuvenated canals brought life giving water to the Valley, stable growth required more than the seasonal flows the Salt River could provide. Landowners pressed for governmental action on water control projects of a massive scale. Their efforts were rewarded with the passage of the National Reclamation Act of 1902. The Act enabled legislation that led to construction of Roosevelt Dam in 1911, ensuing a stable supply of water for the Valley.

With the granting of statehood in 1912, the elements were now in place for an explosion of growth. The population of Phoenix doubled during each of the first three decades of the 20th century. In 1923, construction of the Cave Creek Dam stemmed persistent floods of water, spawning new construction along the city's north-west side. The northward march continued, and growth and technology soon would couple to change the face of Phoenix. And it did. Historic Phoenix was in the making.

On the Road to the Biltmore

From its origins in 1887, the Phoenix Street Railway Company was the main transportation system for the city, early track lines radiated from downtown north to the Phoenix Indian School and north west to the State Fairgrounds. Subsequent lines paralleled Central Avenue north along second and Fifth avenues, providing transportation to the emerging "suburbs. "The correlation of streetcar lines and subdivisions was not a chance occurrence. The proximity of transportation was key to the promotion of residential developments. Eager to enhance their property values, real estate owners and investors financed the construction of extensions to the major lines. By the late 20's, however, the automobile was beginning to influence the location of new neighborhoods. The dependence on the streetcar was over.

A Historic Phoenix District was in the making.

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Country Club Park Historic District History - Phoenix, Arizona

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Eden is that old-fashioned House we dwell in every day Without suspecting our abode Until we drive away. --Emily Dickinson

Our historic Phoenix homes are a source of comfort, joy, and pride. We recognize, in both metaphor and reality that homes provide shelter, warmth, and security, while presenting images that reflect the identities of those who live within them.

But what often goes unnoticed is the history that theses structures hold. While archaeologists plumb the depths of distant, ancient sites in search of understanding, we lose the grasp on our recent past by ignoring the history that surrounds us every day.

By establishing historic Phoenix districts, the City of Phoenix has taken steps to preserve these noted structures and promote an appreciation for the heritage they embody. Representing a century of dramatic growth, the homes in these historic neighborhoods illustrate a broad range of architectural styles, construction techniques, and prevailing economic forces. No neighborhood better reveals the broad-reaching story of its dramatic and turbulent times than Country Club Park Historic District.

Surveying the Scene

When first surveyed in 1867, the land that would be Country Club Park was known as the North half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 33, Township 2 North, Range 3 East of the Gila and Salt River Meridian Survey. This dry and rambling label fit the arid, Spartan land, which had been untouched by human presence since the middle of the 15th century. But things were soon to change.

In that same year of 1867, a prospector named Jack Swilling planted the seeds of modern-day Phoenix when he reconstructed the ancient canals abandoned by the Hohokam people, some 400 years before. Establishing himself along the north bank of the Salt River, Swilling began to irrigate the land, growing crops to supply the U.S. Army troops at Camp McDowell, 20 miles to the northeast.

Additional settlers quickly followed, and in 1870 the township of Phoenix was established and platted in a square mile grid. Activity increased as the canals were expanded and more acreage was brought under irrigation. The settlement of Phoenix began to supply the mining towns in the mountain ranges surrounding the Valley. In 1881, Phoenix was incorporated, and in 1889, the thriving city was designated as the Territorial Capital.

Only a year before, in the previous capital of Tucson, Charles H.C. Orme had filled a homestead patent that included the land upon which Country Club Place would be built. Land speculation in the Phoenix area became commonplace, with large blocks of real estate controlled by a small number of investors intending to resell for agricultural and residential development. Orme held the land for only six months, then sold the northern half to Thomas W. Pemberton who, legend reports, had survived the Great Chicago fire of 1871 by wading in Lake Michigan throughout the night, his business records in hand. With his business safe and sold, Pemberton moved to Arizona with the intent of retiring to raise race horses on his new land. Too active to retire, Pemberton became treasurer of the Phoenix Savings Bank And Trust (First Interstate), Treasurer of the Arizona Territory, and founder of the utility we know today as Arizona Public Service.

Biding Time

Even in the hands of an active entrepreneur, the future site of Country Club Park remained undeveloped. The early growth of Phoenix proceeded north as residents moved away from the flood plain of the Salt River. Channeled by the streetcar lines, development clustered along Center Street, now Central Avenue, expanding west as streetcar line spurs were added.

The city's growth also was checked by the vagaries of the river's flows. Periods of drought would frustrate development as the economy receded in response to the dwindling water. The year of 1902 marked a pivotal event for the Valley. Passage of the National Reclamation Act established federal programs that led to construction of the Roosevelt Dam in 1911. Completion of the dam harnessed the waters of the Salt River, which in turn produced the initial wave of rapid growth and prosperity in the 1910's for Phoenix and surrounding communities. The project also foreshadowed the role that the federal government would play in the continued growth of the city a role that would lead directly to the development of Country Club Park.

The Third Wave

The year was 1939, and Phoenix was enjoying a third wave of new growth. The first wave, blunted by World War I, returned to crest in the 1920's. Knocked back again by the Great Depression, growth would be restored by New Deal economics. Of particular impact in the area of housing were the programs sponsored by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Create in 1934, the FHA was charged with rejuvenating the nation's sagging housing industry. The federal agency encouraged and promoted home construction and ownership through the generous provisions of its loan insurance programs.

In return for these incentives, the FHA required that qualifying projects meet an array of standards designed to stabilize the housing market. Large projects were favored for their economics of scale and rapid impact on available housing. Uniformity in design and residential styles were promoted based on the prevailing theory that consistency in design would bolster value.

Made To Order

Still undeveloped, the Pemberton land was an excellent candidate for an FHA project. The parcel had passed to Pemberton's daughter who in 1918 sold it to a Du Pont family heiress. Resisting all offers until 1937, Ecutheria L. Du Pont sold 30 acres to the City for the construction of North High School. Two years later, the remaining parcels, bounded by Thomas Road, Virginia Avenue, Dayton and Seventh Streets was sold to the Aetna Investment Corporation, the original developers of Country Club Park.

Consistent with FHA policies and standards, Country Club Park was laid out with curved, non-through streets; three-way intersections; consistent building placement; and the focal point of the neighborhood, a 2-½ acre, and elliptical park. In short, Country Club Park was a model FHA community

Weathering The Storm

Opening in October of 1939, the debut of Country Club Park coincided with the plunge of Europe into World War II. For the next two years, the development thrived despite the war as 50 percent of the lots were developed through speculative sales and the efforts of numerous builders. Country Club Park was one of the last large residential subdivisions in the city to be developed in this manner. Before the projects' completion, increased scrutiny by the FHA, teamed with the effects of war, would bring an end to conventional development for the remainder of the War years.

As with all other features, the architectural style of Country Club Park was dictated by the standards of the FHA. Simple, functional, and inexpensive, the Ranch Style home emerged as the predominant architectural style in Country Club Park. In fact, various version of the Ranch Style home became the prototype for FHA construction and would dominate the landscape of the country over the next three decades. Ranch styles would eventually account for 97 percent of the 142 homes within the Country Club Park subdivision. Complementing the French Provincial, California, and Transitional Ranch Styles are several examples of the Spanish Eclectic and Art Modern Ranch Styles. Basic features and forms are common to most of these variations of the Ranch Style, although Art Modern Ranch homes are particularly distinct. In general, they are one-story residences with low to medium pitched gable or hipped roofs, brick walls that are sometimes stuccoed. They also have metal-framed windows and often a porch over the entry or a broad eaves overhang to shade the entry walkway. The Spanish Colonial Ranch often has a hallmark red tiled roof, white stucco walls and a massive stucco or brick chimney stack. With America's entry into the war in 1941, the construction of homes across the nation was dramatically curtailed. But intervention by the federal government once again would counter the natural economic downturn to the benefit of the Valley. Safe from coastal attack, Phoenix was considered an excellent site for the location of war production plants. Sic additional military facilities were located in the Valley, giving rise to the need for housing.

All "non-essential" construction was halted, and development was put under direction of the War Production Board (WPB) with the interaction of three other federal agencies. Local businessmen formed the Eureka Investment Company to continue the development of Country Club Park under the auspices of the WPB. Still attempting to honor the uniformity sought by FHA guidelines, the architectural firm of Lescher and Mahoney was retained to match the style of existing residences and plan of Country Club Park. Despite the limitations posed by wartime rationing, the substitution of materials allowed for construction of modest homes with only minor architectural adjustments. By the end of the war, in 1946, the subdivision of Country Club Park was complete - only seven years since its inception. With its roots in the pioneer West, the Country Club Park neighborhood transcends time to tell the story of wartime America. Its form, its style, and the materials that comprise it speak of that spirit and ingenuity of a national and the triumphs of its people through adversity.

Today Country Club Park is not a museum. It is a vibrant neighborhood that draws strength and pride from its history to take its place in the fabric of a revitalizing downtown community.

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Phoenix, Arizona 85003
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Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District History - Phoenix, Arizona

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The "City Beautiful" Movement and Other Influences

Like the rest of the country, Phoenix was "booming" in the Twenties, its population soaring from a few thousand at the turn-of-the-century to over 29,000 in 1920. By this time, Phoenix had become the largest city between El Paso and Los Angeles, and was transformed from an agricultural area into a thriving retail, professional and governmental center. Suburban areas built during this period were inhabited by a population newly made mobile by the automobile, the desired mode of transportation for the average American family by the mid- I920s. The Palmcroft and Encanto Subdivisions not only reflect this trend toward suburbs planned for an automobile oriented population, but they also incorporate a number of design influences which distinguish American communities developed between the two world wars.

More than simply mass-planned subdivisions, Palmcroft and Encanto are illustrative of the City Beautiful or Garden City designs, a fully realized comprehensive approach to suburban planning which includes a unification of architecture, community planning and landscape design. This approach has its roots in the 19th century's picturesque, romantic suburbs. These movements called for innovative street plans, street landscaping, ornamental light fixtures and parks integrated into the housing areas.

There had been earlier attempts to develop attractive suburbs in Phoenix, but it was only when the Dwight B. Heard Investment Company undertook the planning and construction of Palmcroft that a sophisticated garden suburb was successfully realized. Encanto surpassed Palmcroft in its ambitions, successfully integrating Encanto Park into the neighborhood designed.

Palmcroft Subdivision

Dwight B. Heard, a New Englander who had moved to Chicago and then to Phoenix in the late 1890s, was a central force in the development of Phoenix in the early 20th century. A publisher, developer, and political activist, Heard was a friend of Theodore Roosevelt and was instrumental in the creation of the Roosevelt Dam. The Dwight B. Heard Investment Company purchased 80 acres, north of McDowell bounded by 7th and 15th Avenues on the east and west, from the half-section estate of James W. Dorris in 1926. This parcel was split into two equal plats and the 40 acres east of 11th Avenue were developed first. Heard's associate in the Palmcroft development was William G.Hartranft, developer of the Kenilworth subdivision, pioneer advocate of city planning in Phoenix, and father of the city's park system. Together with surveyor Harry E. Jones, they devised a plan for a highly ordered scheme of curving streets contained in I/ I 6-section grids. A plat was filed on April 27, 1927
and by the end of the summer, streets had been graded and the first two model homes completed.

The brochure for the subdivision asked, "Why is Palmcroft the ideal?" and answered with descriptions of "contemplated palm bordered winding drives," and its "quiet and clean" location 11 only five minutes by auto from downtown." Sewer, gas, water, sidewalks, ornamental lights and palm trees were included with the price of a lot, which ran from $850 to $2000. Deed restrictions ran from $5000 for houses built on North 11th Avenue and West Palm Lane, to $6500 on all other streets except West McDowell, which was zoned for apartments and duplexes. Palmcroft proved to be an immediate success and a year later Heard set out to repeat it. A second Palmcroft, identical in planning and building restrictions, was laid out west of the original Palmcroft on the second parcel of 40 acres between North 11th Avenue and North 15th Avenue. The new Palmcroft formally opened early in 1929.

Three of the most significant homes in Palmcroft should be noted for their influence over the entire area. The one -story brick structure at 1609 Palmcroft Drive SE was the first model home in Palmcroft. Built in 1927 on speculation by Heard and Hartranft, the Arizona Republic said "...considerable time and study has been spent on the planning of the first two houses which will be built by the Heard Company as it is its intention to set a high standard for the homes to be erected in the new subdivision."

The second model home, also built in 1927, at 1808 Palmcroft Drive NW was designed by Phoenix architect H.H. Green. The thick walls, entry porch and its arched window evoke the aura of Old Spain. Its imagery proved persuasive, for most of the houses subsequently built in the two Palmcrofts were designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style. The oldest house in the second Palmcroft, 1615 Palmcroft Way SW, is a Spanish Colonial Revival completed in 1928. It was built on speculation by the Dwight B. Heard Investment Company to promote sales in the second Palmcroft.

Encanto Subdivision

Encanto was the first major undertaking of Phoenix businessmen Lloyd C. Lakin and George T. Peter, who had sold their interest in the Arizona Grocery Company and the Pay, N Takit grocery chain to enter into real estate development. They developed a plot plan, recorded on October 2, 1928, with the same civil engineer, Harry E. Jones, who had surveyed the Palmcroft subdivision. Located north of Palm Lane, Encanto developed simultaneously with the new Palmcroft.

By the time of the formal opening on January 27, 1929, all public utilities had been installed; streets graded, and most curbs, gutters and sidewalks installed along with a unique underground irrigation system. Palms were planted along Palm Lane to match those on the Palmcroft side of the street.

Although the Encanto Historic Subdivision originally was intended to cover 80 acres bounded by 7th Avenue to 15th Avenue, Palm Lane to Encanto Boulevard, only the 40 acres west of 7th Avenue were developed initially. The Great Depression delayed the West Encanto Circle, originally designed to be identical to the East Circle. Except for a few significant homes along Palm Lane west of 11th Avenue and two on 11th Avenue, built in 1932-33, these subdivisions experienced severe slow-downs in development. Housing starts ground to a halt.

As in the rest of the country, the federal government played a central role in reviving Phoenix' economy. Programs of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) were first introduced to Phoenix in October 1934.

In that same significant year, West Encanto was replatted and a number of acres were sold to the City of Phoenix for parkland-hence the designation West Encanto Amended for the area north of Palm Lane and west of 11th Avenue.

Many of the houses in the historicEncanto-Palmcroft District were built in the years following using FHA-insured loans. The architectural style of Encanto's model homes was distinctly 11 Southwestern," in contrast to the Period Revival styles being built in Palmcroft. The building restrictions of Encanto went far beyond those of Palmcroft. The minimum cost restrictions for residences ran from $10,000 to 12,000 and only single-family dwellings were permitted throughout the subdivision. Detailed instructions for building lines were also enforced in order to maintain consistent angled setbacks, which followed the line of the streets. The house at 745 West Monte Vista is notable because George T. Peter, one of the two developers of Encanto, lived in this home, on site, for several years. Built in 1928 as one of the model homes, the unusual entry tower and its prominent location distinguish this Monterey style dwelling. At 1102 and 1106 West Palm Lane are the first two homes constructed in that section of Encanto while it was still part of the overall scheme to fill the second Encanto Circle with houses.

The West Encanto Circle was originally conceived to be the mirror image of Encanto Drive, as Palmcroft Way is the mirror image of Palmcroft Drive. The Great Depression hit Phoenix with full force in 1932, the year these two homes were completed, and all building stopped.

For the most part, the residents of Encanto and Palmcroft were well to-do rather than wealthy. The very rich were still living in older mansions closer to downtown, in established subdivisions like Los Olivos, and on "Millionaires Row" along Central Avenue. Among the prominent Phoenicians living in Encanto-Palmcroft were Nathan Diamond, co-founder of Diamond's department store; O.D. Miller, produce magnate, state senator, and gubernatorial candidate; Lynn M. Laney, attorney and Board of Regents member; and automobile dealers Shadwell H. Bowyer and W. Claude Quebedeaux.

Encanto Park

Inspired by Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Balboa Park in San Diego, Encanto Park was modeled after the English Garden Parks, which were fashionable during the Twenties and Thirties in urban planning and landscape architecture. Winding roads, serpentine lakes and picturesque tree groves all contribute to the expression of a naturalistic romantic park. Encanto Park utilizes these elements in its lagoon system and plantings of exotic trees. Land acquisition for the park began in 1934 following the creation of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board in

Aided by a grant from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a total of 222 acres were purchased from the adjacent Dorris and Norton properties and Lakin & Peter Investments. The WPA supervised the planning and construction of the park, which proceeded over three years and was completed in 1938. The overall design of the park is probably attributable to William G. Hartranft, the first Parks & Recreation Board President, but the WPA very likely had a hand in it as well.

Another popular feature of Encanto Park was "Kiddieland," an outgrowth of the children's play- ground in the original park. Believed to be the oldest carousel in Arizona, the carousel in Kiddieland was moved to the park from California in 1934.

Significance of Encanto-Palmcroft

Today the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District is significant for its excellent representation of an early design philosophy, which successfully integrated landscape and building. Architecturally, the district is one of the most important because it is an intact collection of the finest historic homes in the city. Well appointed, designed by prominent early architects, built of high quality materials and distinguished by detailing and craftsmanship of a bygone era, the harmonious mix of diverse architectural styles in Encanto-Palmcroft create one of the most distinctive neighborhoods in Historic Central Phoenix.

Architectural Styles

The houses in the Encanto-PaImcroft Historic District share a common theme, tending toward the picturesque. Mass, materials, texture and color were manipulated in a conscious attempt to emulate the asymmetry and sensuousness of nature. The result is both dramatic and understated. Many of the houses here were constructed in traditional styles. Others were designed to invoke the romantic notions of past architectural periods. A number of Phoenix based architects contributed to the historic phoenix district.

Orville Bell and H.H. Green were among the most prolific. Additionally, the prominent firm of Lescher and Mahoney designed the original buildings for Encanto Park. Regional expression was also in vogue at this time. Not surprisingly, a wide range of styles is found in the district.

The styles of particular note are those influenced by southwestern traditions. Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean are the most predominant, although excellent examples of Pueblo Revival and Monterey Revival styles can also be found. Spanish Colonial Revival stylistic elements include low-pitched roofs with little or no overhang, red tile roofs prominent arches over doors and windows and porches, and an asymmetrical facade covered with stucco. A large, formal example of this style is the Nathan Diamond house, located at 2220 North 9th Avenue. Very similar are the Mediterranean or Neo Mediterranean homes, which usually have stucco walls, round arched windows and doorways and tile roofs. Pueblo style dwellings were normally built of adobe or of brick stuccoed to resemble adobe. Like the Native American building traditions from which they are named, these homes featured flat roofs with the characteristic timber vigas and rainspouts. The vigas, protruding timber ends that originally were part of the structural support of buildings of this style, were often only ornamental by this period. Low-pitched roofs with red tile also were used in conjunction with this style as it developed. Two fine examples of the
Pueblo Revival Style in the district are located at 2040 Encanto Drive Southeast and 702 West Monte Vista Road. Monterey Revival is essentially a fusion of Spanish Colonial and American building styles, which developed in Monterrey, California. A generally symmetrical, two - story, rectangular building and full projecting porches at the second story, characterizes it. The Pafford house, located at 1021 West
Encanto Boulevard, is a good example of this style.

Information, maps provided courtesy:Historic Preservation Office of the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department 200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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