390 E. Monte Vista Rd.
390 E. Monte Vista Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Subdivision: Los Olivos Resub
Dwight B. Heard is synonymous with Los Olivos historic. You may have “heard” the name before. Dwight was the developer of Los Olivos and his real estate company also marketed the homesites for sale. He is also the namesake of the Heard museum, which was opened in 1929, shortly after Dwight’s passing. The Heards had amassed an impressive collection of native art, which was the founding collection at the museum.
In 1906, 160 acres was platted by Heard, in what would ultimately become the Los Olivos subdivision. The subdivision was re-subdivided in 1909, due to slow sales of the original 5 acre homesites. “Los Olivos Re-Subdivided” was the name given to the Northeast portion of Los Olivos, which is now known as the Los Olivos historic district. The district only contains homes on 1 street; Monte Vista Rd, between 7th St and 3rd St. It is lined with its namesake olive trees, in addition to palm trees, which create a picturesque tree-lined streetscape. Monte Vista Rd. was a gravel road, when the subdivision was first being developed, as this was prior to the common ownership of motor vehicles. Paved roads came at a later date.
In 1908, early advertising for Los Olivos started appearing in the newspaper. A 1912 advertisement indicated that some of the land was previously orange groves. There may have been varied farm land uses before the subdivision was platted. 1 home appears to be built circa 1900-1915 (324 E. Monte Vista Rd), with the next oldest home being built in 1915 (340 E. Monte Vista). There are 14 homes in the Los Olivos historic district and each one was custom built. The subdivision features a wide range of architectural styles, including craftman, craftsman/prairie, Spanish eclectic, French eclectic, Spanish colonial, tutor revival, colonial revival and ranch styles. Heard didn’t skimp on marketing, with large scale advertisements catered towards the affluent. He also had a knack for marketing with tag lines like, “You owe it to your wife, yourself and to your children to LIVE in a HOME of your OWN.”. Heard romanticized homeownership in his Los Olivos ads. Everything from rich and fertile soil, first class water rights, palm-lined streets, unobstructed views, city water and electric and cement walks and curbs were advertised. Heard also advertised proximity to the downtown area, via the Indian School street car line, which was called the Phoenix Street railway.
The lots in Los Olivos Resub were offered for sale between $600-2,000 with deed restrictions requiring the homes to be of a class between $3,000 to $4,500 (as indicated on a 1913 advertisement).
390 E. Monte Vista Rd was the 6th house built in Los Olivos Resub. It is the only home built in the colonial revival architectural style, within the subdivision. E.E. Lane, aka Eben Lane, was the original owner of the home. Eben was president of Lane-Smith Investments, a real estate, insurance, mortgage and securities firm. Prior to that, he worked for Dwight B. Heard Investment company from approximately 1913-1925. He was the sales manager from 1922-1925. Lane was a well-known Realtor and also a former president of the Phoenix real estate board. Other original owners in the subdivision included judges, lawyers, surgeons, physicians, investment brokers and those in other prestigious occupations.
The home is set back 90’ from the street, which is consistent with other homes in the district. It is the only L-shaped lot in the district, which was split into 3 lots. Historical architectural features include side-gabled roof with ‘gingerbread’ architectural shingles, decorative shutters, arched ‘eyebrow’ porch hood, original arched front door with inset window, colonial covered porch with decorative wooden pillars and reclaimed wood ceiling and curved concrete steps, at the front entry. Exterior features a synthetic stucco finish with integrated color (no paint needed). Los Olivos was added to the Phoenix historic register and the National Register of Historic Places in December 2003. 390 E. Monte Vista Rd. currently receives historic tax incentives for its inclusion as a contributing property within the district. Historic plaques will be placed in the coming weeks.
This historic home combines enchanting colonial revival architecture with classic finishes in a down-to-the-studs $500,000+ period-appropriate renovation. It was featured in an August 2004 Phoenix Homes And Gardens magazine article titled Preserving The Past; Neglected For Years A Downtown Phoenix Property Undergoes a Dramatic Transformation. Lots this grand are a rare find in Central Phoenix. This estate-sized lot is approximately 73’ wide x 203’ deep. This home sits back 90’ from the curb. A brick driveway was crafted from reclaimed vintage bricks that were acquired over the course of a number of years from local Phoenix sources. An ornate wrought iron fence with matching gates surrounds the entire property and it was sourced from a demolished hotel on Van Buren. A gothic dragon post light and mailbox greet you before entering the pedestrian gate. A remote-controlled electric gate opens for vehicle access. The entire property has flood irrigation available, although the yards are currently serviced by a sprinkler system. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with 1 covered patio, 2 open patios, sprawling lawns and manicured hedges both front and rear. The property is cultivated with 2 pecan trees, 2 fig trees, peach, apricot, pomegranate, pear, apple, orange and lemon trees, along with seedless grape vines.
There are 2 adjacent lots, located to the South of the property that are available for purchase, only as part of this home sale. The zoning is classified as C-N (commercial neighborhood)/C1 (Commercial and Neighborhood Retail). Lot # 22 (2218 N. 7th St. and 2222 N. 7th St) are 6,796 sq ft and 7,787 sq ft respectively. Both have frontage on 7th Street: 2222 N. 7th St has 51’ of frontage and 2218 N. 7th St. has 45’ of frontage. Both lots have irrigation rights, but are currently serviced by an automatic sprinkler system. The shipping containers do not convey with the property.
Upon entering the home, you arrive in formal entry foyer. The impressive detailing includes decorative moldings, 7” base molding and subtle two-tone paint. The grand staircase is finished with decorative wrought iron railing and oak treads and a modern crystal chandelier with black netted drum illuminates the stairs.
The family room has been renovated with authentic details. Recessed lighting is inlayed in the molded ceilings. An original brick fireplace has been modernized with gas and features a colonial wood mantel and travertine tile hearth. Original oak hardwood flooring has been refinished on the entire first level. In-floor electric, original art deco air conditioning registers and wood-framed windows are just a few of the historic features. Original built-in bookshelves flank the French doors leading to the private rear deck. There is access to the front covered patio, off the family room, as well.
The formal dining room features a modern crystal chandelier with black netted drum, oak hardwood flooring, picture window overlooking the manicured front lawn and French pocket doors with access to the butler’s/prep kitchen.
The downstairs powder room features a concealed vanity, housed in an antique armoire. The armoire opens to reveal a hexagonal porcelain sink with circular glass mosaic tile counter and backsplash.
The decorative coffered ceiling in the living room is spectacular. Oak hardwood floors extend through the space. Original French colonial architectural windows beautify the room with warm, natural light. A kitchen pass-through was created for convenience.
The high-design kitchen has an impressive $100,000 of high-end upgrades. Delight in park-like views to your own backyard. The custom, furniture-quality cabinetry is painted in soft white and has glass front display doors with interior lighting and soft-close hinges. The finishes include slab granite countertops and backsplash, crown molding, Allia Paris Fireclay sink (Acid/alkali/abrasion-resistant) and a tumbled marble accent wall. The high-performance appliance package includes a 48” stainless steel Thermador Professional 6-burner range/oven with wall-mounted pot filler, commercial Vent-A-Hood, paneled Thermador dishwasher and separate alder-wood paneled 36” Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer units. The separate butler’s/prep kitchen is the perfect complement to the main kitchen, making entertaining a breeze. It is superbly appointed with matching furniture-quality cabinetry, granite counters, farm sink, separate prep sink, stainless steel Viking Professional warming drawer, Thermador built-in microwave, paneled Miele dishwasher and stainless steel Silhouette Professional beverage refrigerator.
Off the butler’s/prep kitchen is the access to the finished basement wine cellar. The spiraled staircase is adorned with wrought iron railing and solid pine treads, which lead to princely wine cellar. Custom alder wine cabinetry lines one entire wall. The beamed ceilings are finished with tongue and groove wood and task lighting. Period-appropriate reproduction lighting, Versailles-set travertine flooring and antique-finished plaster walls enhance the atmosphere. The cellar is climate-controlled through the main HVAC system. An aficionado will feel right at home in this space.
There are two owner’s suites upstairs. The first owner’s suite features a wonderful attached room with French doors leading to the bedroom. This space would be perfectly suited for a yoga studio, home office, reading den or sitting room. The $50,000 renovated bathroom features lavish expanses of marble including plank marble flooring, slab marble countertop and floor-to-ceiling marble-tiled shower and water closet. The shower features dual shower heads, beauty bench and frameless glass enclosure. The separate water closet has a frameless glass enclosure and a Toto toilet. A glass chandelier hangs over a modern Englishcast ‘Elwick’ Victoria + Albert free-standing soaker tub, which features a pedestal base and reproduction chrome fixtures with a handheld shower nozzle. Soak your troubles away while overlooking the lush grounds through an arched picture window. Vanity area has dual porcelain sinks, chrome fixtures, furniture-quality cabinetry, wall-mounted sconce lighting and reproduction colonial-style mirrors. Plentiful storage with dual European wardrobe closets, built-in laundry hamper and linen cabinetry.
The second of two owner’s suites is quite spacious. It features new ¾” oak hardwood flooring, crown molding and double French door entry. A furniture-quality European wardrobe closet matches the custom cabinetry throughout the home. The accompanying bathroom features polished travertine flooring, accent wall and shower surround/shower pan. The shower is enclosed with frameless glass and has a beauty bench and dual shower heads. An antique China cabinet has been re-purposed as a vanity, with marble top and Villeroy & Boch titan ceramic wash basin. Additional features include wall-mounted sink faucet, hanging pendant and recessed lighting and wood-framed colonial-style mirror.
This home has been updated with many new home systems. The roof is approximately 4-5 years old. There are 2 HVAC systems (The downstairs is serviced by a 1 year old unit and the upstairs unit is 4-5 years old). An efficient on-demand, tankless water heater services the upper level facilities. R-40 blown-in insulation has been added to the home. All new electrical service with 200 amp panel and re-wired outlets throughout in 2016. All new supply piping throughout the home.
Talk about next level outdoor living…it doesn’t get much better than this entertainer’s paradise rear yard. Numerous outdoor spaces can be accessed throughout the home. Off the kitchen is a 12’ x 18’ wood deck with decorative white railing, which leads to a sprawling rear lawn. Mature pecan trees canopy the yard. Brick-lined planter beds with ground cover complement the English garden.
A reclaimed brick parking court seamlessly connects to open patio spaces. An elevated, circular garden pond is surrounded by flowering bushes.
The original carriage house has been previously used as a greenhouse and aviary. It has the original carriage house doors. There is electric, both hot + cold water and a potting room. Rumor has it previous homeowners even had show pigeons. The entire carriage house renovation was permitted through the city.
This home offers estate-like grounds, unique colonial-revival architecture, intact historical 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. Home has an impressive WalkScore of 79/100. Within 1 mile, you will find 30 awesome coffee shops including The Coronado, Nami, Bikini Beans, Starbucks, Rollover Donuts, Giant Coffee, HobNobs, Futuro and Songbird, 78 restaurants including America’s Taco Shop, Green, Humble Pie, Main Ingredient, Tuck Shop, Switch, Durant’s, Pizza People, Welcome Diner, Z Pizza, Ike’s, Matt’s Big Breakfast, Habit, Milk Bar and Five Guys and 5 city parks including Monterey, Townsend, Country Club Oval, Coronado and Margaret T. Hance park. It is a rare opportunity that a treasured residence with this caliber of quality craftsmanship and architectural ornamentation comes to market.
Call Christie Kinchen at 602-908-8946 for more information.
Beds/Baths: 2 / 2.5
SF: 2,741/ Assessor
Year Built: 1923
Pool: No Pool
Approx Lot SqFt: 14,909 sq ft / Tax assessor
Apx Lot Size Range: 12,501-15,000