There must be something about the Arizona desert that brings out an architect’s muse. We’ve seen a house veiled by steel curtains and a home with billion-year-old rock walls. Now we’ve found a fascinating (and curvy) home in Phoenix, which just hit the market at $ 550,000.
The precise architectural style of this home is difficult to pin down. Its curved ceilings are a little postmodern, while the clean lines and floor-to-ceiling windows in the back of the house remind us of a Mid-Century Modern.
“I call it ultracontemporary,” says listing agent Jennifer Hibbard. “It’s somewhat minimalist in a way. … There’s nothing else like it in the area.”
The home was built in 1979 by noted Phoenix architect Michael Munninger and has undergone $ 200,000 in remodels and additions by the current owners. They hired Munninger in 2009 to consult on the work, so the transition from old to new was seamless.
The curvilinear home’s exterior is faced with acid-dipped granite bricks. The bricks were dyed for differing durations or with a different mix of acid, which created different shades of patina turquoise. Decorative steel bars curve over windows on the building’s right side, enhancing the building’s curve appeal. The gleaming wood roof is made from quarter-barrel copper.
Hibbard says the building’s unique look, along with its architectural pedigree, will help it fetch a bigger price than other homes in the area. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom home is at the higher end of the market in the historic neighborhood of Cheery Lynn (though this house does not have historic status).
Common home styles in the hood are bungalows, Monterey revivals, L-shaped transitional ranches, and Tudor revivals. Hibbard notes that the hard-to-describe home is a great deal for someone looking to make a unique splash in the neighborhood.
In other parts of the Phoenix metro, this home would fetch even more. “If you put this in Scottsdale, it’d have seven or eight [figures] in front of it. A million in Paradise Valley,” Hibbard says. “It’s an affordable way to purchase the most unique architecture” in the Cheery Lynn neighborhood.
It’s also bigger than its peers in Cheery Lynn. The average-size home in the neighborhood is 1,350 square feet, while this home measures in at 2,088.
Inside the home, you’ll see the same acid-dipped bricks, terrazzo floors, and a wood-burning fireplace with a floating concrete slab hearth.
The kitchen has been remodeled with stainless-steel appliances, glass backsplash, steel countertops, and espresso-finish cabinetry.
The en suite bathrooms have also been renovated. The master bathroom has a floating, Euro-style sink and vanity and a walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead.
Other recent additions include a detached and expanded garage, detached office space, and a pool, which includes water features and an oblong glassed-in fireplace. Near the foot of the pool, a mesquite tree provides shade and ambiance, as well as light from hanging pendants.
Hibbard says the owners bought it planning to stay, but they wound up having to relocate. She figures it will be a pretty smooth sale. “It’s one of those things where the market is hot, because there are no other homes like it,” she says.
“There are very few houses that impress me, that make me stop and think about living there, but this is one of them. It’s a quintessential modern in Phoenix,” Hibbard says.