1908 Craftsman in Tucson, AZ – $550,000

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Added to OHD on 7/15/20   -   Last OHD Update: 9/22/20   -   24 Comments
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903 N 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

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  • $550,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2473 Sq Ft
  • 0.42 Ac.
Time Capsule of a 1908 Greene & Greene style, Arts & Crafts home. Designed by acclaimed Pasadena, CA architect, Arthur Heineman. He used the drama of space, massive volcanic stone foundation, leaded glass, built in cabinets & wood shingles. Craftsmen from Pasadena hand milled the window sashing, columns, open beams and distinctive built-ins w/ leaded glass like the Gamble House. Traditional items for the Craftsman Era. Time stopped & almost everything is original & a vision of the past. Grand space of the LR w/ the massive FP, large DR w/ FP, 2 BR's each access the sleeping porch. Additional built in storage is thru the home. 0.42 acre corner lot w/ basalt lava rock walls, a detached garage w/ living quarters & BA. HR-3 Zoning. Close to the U of A, downtown & light rail. Restoration needed
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Patti Scanlon, Realty Executives
(520) 207-0903 / 520-906-7632
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24 Comments on 1908 Craftsman in Tucson, AZ – $550,000

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  1. Anne M.Anne M. says: 862 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    Wow, this place is something!

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  2. BethanyBethany says: 3498 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I almost skipped this cause craftsman is not my fave, but wow am I glad I clicked through! What a treasure! I’m dying to go through all the goodies inside, and what a huge potential for a gorgeous restoration!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      > gorgeous restoration!
      No, no, no. No touchy! 😉

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      • BethanyBethany says: 3498 comments
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        1983 White elephant
        Escondido, CA

        Now now, I didn’t say remodel; restoration to me just means repairs and elbow grease to restore its full beauty, leaving the patina of time intact as much as possible.

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        • Gail M.Gail M. says: 202 comments
          1964 Brutalist midmod condo
          Saint Paul, MN

          Once the house is emptied, just give it a good scrub and go from there. Go for it, Bethany!

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        • MichaelMichael says: 2530 comments
          1979 That 70's show
          Otis Orchards, WA

          I agree with you as well, Bethany. Most of the house looks to be unchanged and hasn’t been altered. The exterior looks to need the most work to save some of those glorious details. This home was well designed when it was built. It would be a shame to see it lose it’s identity.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Heheheh. No, you’re absolutely right. It most definitely needs work. I guess I just don’t want it to lose the delightful character I’ve known all these years. The dry rot to the exterior elements is pervasive. The pergola on the side has long since rotted, fallen in, and been pitched. If it was mine, I wouldn’t do much to it; but I’m a freak. 🙂

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    • brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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      1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
      Smalltown, OK

      A friend never lets a friend go junkin’ alone.
      Can I be your friend…?

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    • I’ve walked past this house many times and thought how sad it was that it’s in such disrepair.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5470 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    I love the rustic feel and look of this house. It shouldn’t require much to take this home’s interior back to 1908. I agree with Bethany that this house appears to have great restoration potential. I discern some Green Bros. as well as Charles R. Mackintosh Art Nouveau influences in the interior designs.

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  4. JimHJimH says: 5120 comments
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    Part of the NRHP West University Historic District, this house was built with the one next door, apparently as an investment in a fast growing neighborhood. It was one of the early works of Arthur Heineman, an architect known for his Craftsman designs of homes, bungalow courts and the first Mo-Tel.

    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2019/11/21/pasadenas-landmark-james-allen-freeman-house-seeks-10-5-million/

    http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2010/04/27/charlie-and-kevins-house-from-monster-in-law/

    A fantastic house, and I agree with Bethany: huge potential for a gorgeous restoration!

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  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 6545 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    What a joy to finally see inside of this fabulous house! Without question one of the most interesting houses in Tucson: long a mystery and source of fascination to MANY. I used to live right across the park; and would OFTEN walk past at night straining for a glimpse through the dusty windows into the dimly lit interior; hoping for a peek at what I always fantasized were the wonders within. I have no doubt that I was far from the only one doing so. Well, I guess it turns out that it’s no Green and Green masterpiece interior; but mark my words, this house will trade well above ask after a serious bidding war between multiple buyers. It is VERY special in Tucson; and in an enviable location for those wishing to live in the 4th ave / West University neighborhood, (even despite some attendant urban issues).

    This home should be purchased for the University of Arizona; preserved; and made open to the public in some capacity. Perhaps one of the benefactor families might make this possible. Fingers crossed.

    FUN FACT –
    “Revenge of the Nerds” was filmed almost entirely on location in Tucson in 1984. Several of the primary locations used are even on Catalina Park. The Tri-Lam house itself is just three doors down the block; and the PI sorority is catty corner on 1st.
    NERDS!!! 😉
    https://sites.google.com/site/80sfilmlocations/Film-List/revenge-of-the-nerds-1984

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  6. I’m in love! The rich collection of clutter only tells me a collector with a kind heart once lived here. Absolutely fantastic home. Beautiful and I pray some wonderful person who loves craftsman homes purchased it and gives it a gentle restoration. Thank you for posting it.

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  7. brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    The picture of that wonderful vintage phone between the tub and toilet made me giggle. Musta been an important person who lived here if they didn’t want to miss a call in the 1940s!

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  8. MWMW says: 902 comments

    Man this place is awesome. Right down to the rotary phone next to the toilet and bathtub. Can’t be missing any important calls, lol!

    I agree, this place has a lot of great potential and was saved somehow by appearing to have been possibly not lived in and not “fixed up” for a quite a while.

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  9. JefsndyJefsndy says: 135 comments
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    1915 Craftsman
    Orange, CA

    This is the first house that I shared with my husband that really got his attention. He is a big fan of Heinemans work and loves this house.
    He even said “would you really move to Tucson for this house?” Sure! If I had a mountain house to go to from April to Oct! I’m up for it. We could restore this one to it’s glory.
    I am concerned that they are having a garage sale as there could be some original house parts, hopefully they have a wise person preparing the sale. The goodies would be great to go to the buyer to sift through. What a treasure-wish it wasn’t in a state that is 102 most of the year.

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  10. ctmeddctmedd says: 117 comments

    Such potential. Love the window designs.

  11. DJZDJZ says: 213 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    IF I had the money, I would buy this house! im loving everything im seeing in this house, EVERYTHING! As a antique glass & lamp collector, I want to buy it for the contents but a craftsman lover, this house has everything im loving. With a bit of elbow grease and proper restoration, this house would be amazing! Id love to see what the wood floors look like under that carpet.

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  12. miles227miles227 says: 241 comments
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    1955 Storybook Ranch
    Northridge, CA

    New photos on Redfin without all the stuff and cleaned up inside.

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  13. brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    Wow, what a difference a clean-up makes. Just hope they didn’t remove the bathroom phone!

  14. ErickHErickH says: 51 comments

    So glad that I took a moment to look at this amazing house! It is absolutely the style I love. Sad that it was allowed to deteriorate to this point but it has so much potential to be brought back to its former self with some thoughtful and careful restoration. Unfortunately, as a upper Midwesterner, this is not the climate for me. I hope to see it all spruced up soon!

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