734 W. Cambridge Ave

04 Feb 734 W. Cambridge Ave

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734 W. Cambridge Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
MLS # 5558147
Subdivision: Encanto Vista


This historic Peter Hauskens, AIA home combines enchanting mid-century modern architecture with classic finishes in a $240,000+ renovation. 150’ of Encanto golf course frontage delivers epic sunset, golf and park views. Take in views from a 25’ wall of glass in the family room. A fireplace, vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows are sure to impress in the living room. The interior courtyard is framed in windows. A high-design kitchen features Thomasville cabinetry, Silestone counters and stainless steel appliances. The master suite has a sitting area and walk-in closet. Retro-cool baths retain vintage charm, with modern updates. Summers are a dream with a salt water diving pool, which has arching waterfalls, LED light, sun shelf and 8-person inground spa. New roof, windows and flooring in 2016.WANNA KNOW THIS HOME’S STORY…Storytime with the Twins: 734 W. Cambridge Ave.Once upon a time, cotton grew high in the fields at 7th Ave and Thomas. Cotton was one of the 5 Cs that the pre-war economy was based on in Phoenix: cotton, citrus, cattle, climate and copper. Cotton was used extensively during WWI to manufacture wartime necessities like tires, airplane wings and airships . The cotton industry crashed, primarily due to reduced demand, after the war. Many acres of these cotton fields were owned by a successful local grocer, J. W. Morris. Morris sold 101 acres to the city of Phoenix in 1934 for $400/acre . 104 additional acres were sold to the city by Dr. James Norton, of Norton Dairy, in 1934, for $350/acre. Norton also sold 6 acres of his Norton Dairy farm to the city for $350/acre. Phoenix Parks and Recreation, with the assistance of its president at the time, William Hartranft, created the vision of Encanto Park. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938. The Enchanted Island amusement park opened in 1948 and is still a local attraction.In 1943, J. W. Morris sold 20 acres of former cotton farmland along 7th Ave, and 25 acres along Thomas Rd, to developers, John H. Lester and L.M Hamman; the Encanto Vista subdivision was born. Encanto Vista means “enchanted view” in Spanish. There was a deed restriction on the land that specified that any homes built must be of a “$6,000 class or better”, and in time of war, that just wasn’t possible. While Lester and Hamman weren’t able to start construction on the homes just yet, the streets were graded in 1943. Fast forward to 1945, post-WWII, and the construction of the first 2 houses in Encanto Vista were underway (702 W. Encanto Blvd and 701 W. Lewis Ave). Due to its desirable location, unique “horseshoe” street layout and proximity to Encanto Golf Course and Park, Encanto Vista was a popular home destination for wealthy buyers. The homesites were marketed March of 1945 for between $1,175-1,275. Encanto Vista was built as a neighborhood of custom homes, many of which were built by prominent local architects and builders.Peter Bert Hauskens, a.k.a P. B. Hauskens, was a successful local architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects. He advertised his services in the classified advertising section of the Arizona Republic in the 1940s. He is credited with designing the Florence City Hall building in 1948.Mr. Hauskens and his wife, Alberta Hauskens, set their sights on building a family home for themselves and requested a building permit for a “concrete block residence and carport” on July 6th, 1948. They selected the homesite at 734 W. Cambridge Ave. The cost of construction was estimated at $10,000, according to the original building permit. The home was completed before the end of 1948.The home has had a handful of owners since 1948, all adding their own touches, and pieces of history, to the home. The clain of title goes something like this…The Hauskens family only owned the home for about a year and then sold to Mr. And Mrs. John C. Pence on May 3rd, 1949. On February 29th, 1956 the Pence family sold to George S. and Dorothea Davison. George Davison quit-claim deeded the property to Dorothea on June 7th, 1957. On December 22nd, 1958, Dorothea sold the property to R. W. Chittester, husband of Frida E Chittester and G. Parks McNaull, husband of Agnes B. McNaull, as a co-partnership of Chittester- McNaull Co. Chittester was the president of Modern Glass Co. 3 years later, on May 23rd, 1961, Chittester-McNaull Co. sells the property to Vee Jayne Hofer, wife of Jacob H. Hoffer. On 1/21/1966, there was a deed release to Guild VeeJayne Van from Hoffer Vee Jayce, but I am not sure if they sold the property the same year because there is a permit record in the names of Dr. John Van Guilder and Jan Van Guilder from 1966. Jan Van Guilder was the director at Cambridge Day School. It has been said that the Van Guilders had many birds living at the home. In fact, neighbors have said that the central courtyard was once an massive aviary. The current owner tells a funny story that confirms the bird history. While renovating the home, he was replacing electrical outlets and came to one in the kitchen area, off the central courtyard. As he was unscrewing the outlet, some small debris fell onto the floor; it ended up being bird seed. A pizza delivery man who was delivering a pizza to the current owner immediately recognized the home from his childhood. He recalls going to the house after Cambridge Day School let out for the day. He reminisced about the black plaster pool with Asian characters/symbols at the bottom. The home was decorated with an Asian-inspired style, which extended to the gardens of the home, ala the Japanese Friendship Gardens. In 1995, after 29 years of ownership, the Van Guilder estate fixed up the house and it was put up for sale. On June 5th, 1995, the John Van Guilder estate sold to Bernard Steinfelt, the uncle of the current owner. Title was then transferred to the current owner, Ted Ciccone.Encanto Vista was added the Phoenix historic register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The district is bounded by Windsor Ave, Encanto Blvd, 7th Ave. and 8th Ave. 734 W. Cambridge Ave. currently receives historic tax incentives for its inclusion as a conforming property within the district.This historic Peter Hauskens, AIA, home combines enchanting mid-century modern architecture with classic finishes in a $240,000+ renovation. 150’ of Encanto golf course frontage delivers epic sunset, golf & park views + access. This home sits on the 8th hole with picturesque views. An extended concrete walkway, sits aside a broad front lawn and leads to the oversized front door, which is set back 65’ from the front sidewalk. Upon entering the home, you arrive in the entry foyer, which features exposed, painted block walls, Dal-Tile porcelain floor tile with decorative mosaic insert and Jaima Brown designer wallpaper.One of the distinguishing features of this home is the huge central courtyard, which is framed on all 4 sides by walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. It is a virtual extension of the living space and a perfect outdoor room for all seasons. It includes a brick, wood-burning fireplace, built-in planters and Dal-Tile 18”x18” Continental Slate porcelain tile.The eat-in kitchen is all new in 2016. Delight in golf course and park views from your kitchen window, along with views to the interior courtyard, through the 15’ floor-to-ceiling wall of glass. The classic white shaker-style cabinetry by Thomasville has solid wood, dovetail construction, soft-close doors + drawers and glass front display doors. Non-porous, highly-stain resistance Silestone quartz countertops and the crackle-finish gray glass subway tile backsplash are the perfect complements to the timeless design. High-performance appliance package includes Kitchenaid Superba and Bosch stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous tongue and groove, beamed ceilings run throughout much of the home. The contemporary 18” x 18” continental slate porcelain floor tile flows throughout the space.The expansive family room has a 25’ wall of glass with some of the best views you can find in a single-level home in Central Phoenix. A butler’s pantry connects the family room to the kitchen and features a bar with built-in wine refrigerator. The contemporary Armstrong premium 12mm laminate flooring comes with a 50-year warranty. The dining area is finished with a reproduction sputnik chandelier. Recessed lighting has been added, along with a modern ceiling fan.The living room is a perfect combination of mid-century modern and usonian styles, with features rarely seen in homes of this era. Some might call the room style ‘rustic modern’, but whatever you call it, it is exquisite. Soaring, vaulted ceilings adjoin an expanse of clerestory windows, which let in gorgeous light throughout the day. The ceilings are adorned with natural tongue and groove wood. A 20’ wall of glass overlooks the interior courtyard. A substantial brick-lined, corner fireplace harkens a modern chalet. Dal-Tile 18”x18” Continental Slate porcelain tile is accented with a decorative mosaic border. A formal dining room shares the natural wood tones and usonian vibe.The master suite is quite spacious with an attached sitting room that would be perfect for a yoga/meditation space, sewing room, home office, exercise room, craft room, etc. Something you don’t see often in a 1940s Phoenix home are soaring vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows in all of the bedrooms. The Traffic Master commercial-grade carpeting comes with a 10-year warranty. There is a large walk-in closet next to the master bathroom. The master bath maintains a clean, minimalist look with expanses of white tile and Hansgrohe faucets.The 3 secondary bedrooms all have vaulted and beamed ceilings with clerestory windows, Traffic Master commercial grade carpeting with a 10-year warranty and spacious closets.A separate office/den is multi-functional and would be perfect for an office or playroom. There are gallery-style halogen track lighting with 8 fixtures. TheTraffic Master commercial grade carpeting comes with a 10-year warranty. There is also a large walk-in closet, which could be used as a workshop space.One of the hall baths features the original retro-cool powder blue bathtub, toilet and sink. It is updated with penny-round mosaic floor tile, white tiled shower surround with penny-round tile accents and new reproduction mid-century fixtures. The other guest bathroom features period-appropriate basket-weave floor tile, porcelain vessel sink, classic tiled shower and retro-inspired mirror and lighting.This home has been updated with many new home systems. There are 2 Trane HVAC systems with Trane programmable digital thermostats. An efficient Whirlpool 50-gallon gas water heater is newer, as well. There is an ADT Security System with entry, motion and smoke detectors (existing lease to be taken over by buyer).This is a one-of-a-kind lot with over 150 feet of golf course frontage. There is a gate for golf course access, which many nearby residents use as a walking path. Check out the sunset photos taken from this home. Some of the best on the horizon in central Phoenix. The front and rear yards have Rainbird zoned irrigation systems.There is a new front yard landscape design plan and rendering by SUSTAINscape, if someone wanted to take the landscaping to the next level.Talk about next level outdoor living…it doesn’t get much better than this entertainer’s paradise rear yard. The deep diving pool is a Shasta Built Master pool with a salt-water system, sun shelf and QuikClean in-floor cleaning system. The pool is finished in a 3M quartz finish and has an LED color-changing pool light and fiber optic surround lighting. The 5 arching fountains can be remote-controlled. The 8-person in-ground spa features 2 hydrotherapy jet settings and new Sta-Rite pool and spa heater (2015).The patio is finished in ShastaDeck patio coating and has a custom Sunbrella cover with retractable privacy screens. The built-in barbeque has a workspace counter with a Turbo 3 burner gas barbeque, complete with dedicated plumbed gas line. The block fencing features a unique pattern of “cross” architectural breeze block and pop-out blocks. A generous 2 car carport offers a separate storage space and a brand new modern entry door.Homes of this price point rarely offer this caliber of architectural details, distinctive finishes and stellar views. This home is truly designed for indoor/outdoor living; the outdoor spaces are a virtual extension of the livable space. The home’s windows frame the exquisite views and the outdoor spaces were designed with privacy and entertaining in mind. With the home feeling very private and tranquil, it should be noted that the location is convenient to many destinations. Outdoor enthusiasts will love being close to Encanto Park. Within 1 mile, you will find great coffee shops (Vovomeena, D’Lish, Starbucks, Central Café, etc.), popular restaurants (Original Hamburger Works, Sacks sandwiches, Z Pizza, Wild Thaiger, Durants, Duck And Decanter, Zoes Kitchen, etc) and city parks (Encanto Park, Monterey Park, Margaret T Hance park and dog park, etc), It is a rare opportunity that a treasured residence such as this comes to market, especially at an affordable price.

Upgrades list

  • Custom mid-century modern home
  • Architect designed and built personal home
  • First time on the market in over 20 years
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity
  • $240,000+ remodel completed in 2016
    • New Roof – Polyurethane Foam Roof System with a 12-year warranty
    • New Windows – Duel pane maintenance free window
    • New Paint – Dunn-Edwards paint inside and out
    • New Kitchen
    • New Flooring
    • Upgraded Baths- Kohler fixtures
  • Entry Foyer
    • Dal-Tile Continental Slate porcelain tile with decorative mosaic insert
    • Jaima Brown Designer Wallpaper
  • Kitchen
    • Golf course and park views
    • 15’ wall of glass with views of interior courtyard
    • Tongue and groove beamed ceiling
    • Kitchen Aid Superba and Bosch stainless steel appliances
    • Thomasville cabinetry
      • Solid wood dovetail construction
      • Soft close doors and drawers
      • Glass front display cabinets
    • Silestone quartz counter tops
    • Dal-Tile 18”x18” Continental Slate porcelain tile
    • Ceiling fan
  • Family Room
    • Huge family room
    • 25’ wall of glass, with views of Arizona sunsets
    • Butler’s pantry / bar with wine refrigerator
    • Armstrong Premium 12mm laminate flooring with 50-year warranty
    • Architectural ball ceiling fan
    • Sputnik chandelier
    • Recessed lighting
  • Living Room
    • Soaring vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows
    • 20’ wall of glass, with view of interior courtyard
    • Dal-Tile 18”x18” Continental Slate porcelain tile with decorative mosaic border
    • Massive L-shaped would burning fireplace
    • Natural woodwork tongue and groove beamed ceiling
  • Interior Courtyard:
    • Huge walls of glass
    • Fireplace
    • Dal-Tile 18”x18” Continental Slate porcelain tile
  • Master bedroom suite
    • Soaring vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows
    • Large walk-in closet
    • Attached Sitting/Yoga/Exercise room
    • Ceiling fan
    • Traffic Master commercial grade carpeting with 10-year warranty
    • Master bath with Hansgrohe faucets
  • Bedroom 1
    • Tongue and groove beamed ceiling
    • Large walk-in closet
    • Adjacent guest bathroom
    • Traffic Master commercial grade carpeting with 10-year warranty
  • Bedrooms 2,3
    • Soaring vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows
    • Tongue and groove beamed ceiling
    • Large closets with mirrored doors
    • Traffic Master commercial grade carpeting with 10-year warranty
  • Office:
    • Large office/home based business/playroom space
    • Gallery halogen track lighting with 8 fixtures
    • Traffic Master commercial grade carpeting with 10-year warranty
    • Large walk-in closet/workshop
  • Equipment:
    • Trane heating and cooling system
    • Trane digital programmable thermostats
    • Whirlpool 50-gallon gas water heater
    • ADT Security System with entry, motion and smoke detectors
  • Yard:
    • Large, private lot
    • 150+ feet golf course frontage
    • Golf course gate access
    • Views of spectacular Arizona sunsets
    • Rainbird zoned irrigation system
    • New front yard landscape design plan and rendering by SUSTAINscape
  • Pool, Spa & Patio: Outdoor living and entertainers’ paradise
    • Pool:
      • Shasta built Master Pool
      • Salt water, extra deep diving pool
      • QuikClean in-floor cleaning system
      • LED Color light
      • 3M Quartz interior
      • Sun shelf
      • 5 arching fountains
      • Jandy PDA remote controller
  • Spa:
    • 8 person heated spa
    • 2 hydrotherapy jet settings
    • New Sta-Rite pool and spa heater 2015
  • Patio:
    • Huge Sunbrella awning covered patio with retractable privacy screen
    • ShastaDeck patio coating
    • Built-in barbeque counter with Turbo 3 burner gas barbeque with plumbed gas line

Call Jennifer Hibbard at 602-908-5801 for more information.

Beds/Baths: 4 / 3
SF: 3,753/ Assessor
Year Built: 1925
Pool: Private Pool and Spa
Approx Lot SqFt: 13,242 sq ft / Tax assessor

Apx Lot Size Range: 12,501-15,000
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