10 Cool Things We Saw at the 2014 Modern Phoenix Home Tour of Arcadia

Becky Bartkowski
Look ma, no rails.

2. Another Windemere Haver on the tour featured a second-level addition with a cantilever porch hovering over its pool.

Becky Bartkowski
This Soleri unified the indoors and outdoors.

1. One of the two single-family homes designed by Paolo Soleri, the split-level home near Camelback Road and 21st Street, featured plenty of access points to the outdoors -- including this cutout balcony window that framed foliage.

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Camelback Mountain/Echo Canyon Recreation Area

5950 N. Echo Canyon Parkway, Paradise Valley, AZ

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Modern Manor

716 W. Hazelwood St., Phoenix, AZ

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It looks like a container home. I have seen these before and they are pretty amazing


The Phoenix/Scottsdale metro has arguably the largest extant collection of mid-century modern architecture in the nation. A lot of commercial and residential buildings of artistic value are gone forever but kudos to the many residents who preserve and defend this unique heritage. 

It's something that should have been on Matt Hendley's list of 10 underrated things about Phoenix.  

Putting on that house tour takes hundreds of volunteers working their butts off.  Sincere thanks to them and especially the home owners who open their doors so we can explore one of the cultural gems of Phoenix. 


Polynesian-inspired cement blocks, weeping mortar joints and a cantilever porch masquerading as a second story deck with no railing? BTW, that kind of half-ass construction doesn't pass home inspections.

Pssssss, Everything you pointed out is complete garbage. Might want to run this article next April 1st.


@pedro.dalion If you don't appreciate it, there are hundreds of square miles of newer subdivisions where you can revel in a Pulte, DR Horton, Fulton, or Meritage home that will look comfortingly like your neighbor's.  To each his or her own. 

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@Jukes @pedro.dalion  I agree with both your posts, as it is a personal taste issue, so no one has to agree. To each it's own.

 I've lived in mostly older homes but thats me and it depends on where a person is in life too, of course. The one with no railings also gave me a double take and surely isn't up to code but that's not my problem and will have to be addressed upon resell (if not before). 

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