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Phoenix Modern Homes

Contemporary and Modern designs have had strong roots in the Metro Phoenix area since the early 20th century, when Frank Lloyd Wright moved his school to Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Paolo Soleri moved to Arizona to work with Wright, then later established Cosanti and the Arcosanti Project, his experimental community near Prescott.

The stark, severe lines of modern architecture derived from International Style and the Bauhaus have never become dominant styles in residential architecture. After World War II, architects merged the clean lines of earlier International and Bauhaus styles with more eclectic, organic design elements to create the style now known as Mid-Century Modern. During the 1940’s, 1950’s and ’60’s, architects like Al Beadle, Blaine Drake and Ralph Haver left Phoenix Metro with a rich legacy of Mid-Century Modern homes.

Mid-Century Modernism you find today in Phoenix incorporated elements of the International and Bauhaus styles. It was influenced by Scandinavian design, while being less formal than International Style, and reflected Wright’s use of organic, natural shapes. The emphasis was on open floor plans. Innovative post and beam architectural design eliminated bulky supporting walls and allowed large walls of glass that brought the outdoors inside. With architects of this period targeting the needs of average American families, Mid-Century Modern homes proliferated in the Valley. Whether you are looking for a neo-historic home to restore or one that’s already updated, there are usually a number of Contemporary homes for sale in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Paradise Valley AZ to meet your needs.

Builder/developer Joseph Eichler, after renting a home built by Frank Lloyd Wright, built thousands of Mid-Century Modern homes in California subdivisions, so the style became known as California Ranch. As a result, searching for Ranch style homes may produce additional examples of Mid-Century Modern homes for sale in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley AZ and surrounding cities.

As you examine Metro Phoenix you might notice the area’s tradition of innovative Contemporary home design has continued, with many architects designing stunning homes and condos in the Valley. In recent years, some architects have moved away from stark Modern design, towards a more eclectic, friendly style referred to as Post Modernism, while others have taken design in many other innovative directions. Look for diverse, stunning designs in everything from pre-fab homes to condos, with great design work by many talented architects including Wendell Burnette, Eddie Jones, Circle West and Will Bruder.

Plenty of interesting Contemporary homes for sale can be found throughout the area. Neighborhoods of note for Contemporary & Modern homes include Marlen Grove, Windemer in Phoenix near Arcadia, Desert Mountain, Marion Estates in Phoenix, Troon in Scottsdale and Clearwater Hills in Paradise Valley.

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Browse through some of these amazing modern gems, currently for sale:

**Disclaimer: we are at the mercy of how listing agents in Phoenix categorize the homes in the MLS. Odds are, you will see some of the homes below and think they aren’t even close to being modern. Contact us or call us and we’ll be happy to help sift through the muck to find you the right modern home.

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 6403965 MLS 3,143 SqFt.
Modern meets Mountain. Dramatic shadows capture/stimulate your imagination. Beautiful Iron Gate opens to your private courtyard & stunning Mountain entrance. Formal Entrance turn left, Private Office, Large Kitchen 9' TALL White Cabinets open to a Family Room 30'x23' & Sunset Views. Create some memories in your Gas Chef Kitchen w/space for your friends + SubZero Beverage refrig, walk-in pantry. Enjoy outdoor entertaining? 2-12' Sliding Doors expand your entertainment area to a gas fireplace. Fully landscaped backyard. Relax in the Owners Suite, enjoy the view or renew yourself in the oversize glass shower. The additional bedrooms include a teen/game rm and ensuite w/mountain views. Keep your toys indoors & charge your Tesla indoors, 8' Tall Garage Door for toys & extra deep tandem garage Home is close to Raven Golf Course, Awesome eating at Quiessence Four Course Restaurant, Morning Glory Cafe, Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain and Los Dos Molinos Restaurant. Phoenix Point of Pride Mystery Castle is very close as is the 51 miles of trails in the South Mountain Park. Home includes: Water Softener System RO Drinking Water tankless Rinnai Gas Water Heater 8' TALL Garage Door Electric Vehicle Charger in Garage Professionally Landscaped Backyard Professionally Landscaped Front yard WiFi controlled Thermostats Bluetooth controlled window shades TV Wall Mounts Gas Fire Place in Back Courtyard Garage workspace area. GE Monogram Gas Appliances with 6 burner cook top and double ovens, GE monogram refrigerator, SubZero beverage refrigerator Upgraded kitchen countertops, 12' Multi-slider at Great Room & Dining, medium tone 6'' x 36'' wood-look tile throughout, upgraded door hardware, custom lighting package

9426 S 13th Place, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of YAY Realty.

3 Beds 2 Baths 6400386 MLS 2,004 SqFt.
This mid-century modern house has become a twenty-first century beauty, designed for today's minimalist. Stained concrete floors and light grey interior walls set the framework for this light-filled open plan. A glass entry foyer overlooks the front landscaping and opens to a welcoming sitting area and large island kitchen, the focal point of the entire house. Birch cabinets, high-end stainless appliances, a professional gas range and hood located in the island, and custom concrete countertops have all been designed for the chef who loves to entertain. A nine-foot wide sliding glass patio door and custom sliding screens open onto a covered porch with views to the north-facing rear yard and pool. The adjacent living room is perfect for TV viewing and has two large windows. At the far end of the kitchen, the dining room is flanked with custom cinnamon-stained wood and glass cabinets to display your china and glassware. A sliding glass door leads from the dining room to a separate covered outdoor eating area, also accessible from the pool terrace, and additional windows look out to the garden. The rear garden wall is a custom-designed art installation of steel panels, stucco walls and concealed LED lighting, providing the garden with the perfectly lighted ambience for evening parties. The primary bedroom is huge and completely open to the primary bath and dressing room. French doors open to the pool and a view of the rear gardens. The primary bath maintains the theme of stained concrete floors, concrete counters, and polished chrome fixtures. The large walk-in dressing room is fitted out with three walls of built-in cubbies and hanging clothes rods, plus an adjacent linen closet. A water closet provides complete privacy for the toilet. The shower is virtually a glass room with a rain-deluge shower head and single lever controls, finished in large-scale beige porcelain tile with glass details. The two additional bedrooms are served with a hall bath with concrete vanity, full size tub/shower, birch cabinets and stained concrete floor. The two-car garage is finished with new epoxy flooring and is served with an adjacent storage room. A large laundry room/ butler's pantry serves as the entry from the garage to the kitchen and is provided with a large kitchen sink and base and wall cabinets, perfect for unloading bags of groceries from the car. Entire outside of home was just painted. Back deck has been recoated. Unique, modern, open and light-filled and move-in ready!

3334 E Onyx Avenue, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Fine Properties.

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