Mid-Century Modern house, by Blaine Drake (Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice) Is For Sale for the First Time in History

We’re obsessed with all things Mid-Century Modern so when 5111 N SADDLE ROCK LN, Phoenix, AZ 85018 was listed for the 1st time ever for sale we had to showcase… And since the listing is so well described along with a little education about the architect we just could not screw it up so we copy and pasted the words of the listing agents Scott A Jarson and Deborah S Jarson with AZArchitecture/Jarson & Jarson

Asking price: $1,495,000

Mid-Century Modern Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice Blaine Drake, Camelback Mountain area home is offered for the first time. You’ll find a generous floorplan, Mountain and City Light views, gently elevated Acre lot. Masonry construction w/ high level of craftsmanship; custom steel facia, mahogany millwork, unique built-ins. Curved ”loggia” leads to entry. The home is original for the purist. Floor to ceiling glass connects to outdoors. Generous Master w/large W/I closet and en-suite bath. Office/Den w/walnut built-ins. Living room open to dining, anchored by masonry fireplace. Large Kitchen, 3 additional bedrooms, one w/en-suite bath. Corner lot w/circular drive, storage, 2-car carport, bonus shop/studio. Home is ready to enjoy, restore or renovate. Trust Sale: ”AS-IS”.

Designed by Blaine Drake in 1964, this remarkable Camelback Mountain area home is offered for sale from the original owners for the first time. True Mid-Century Desert Modern Design, this home is offers a wonderful floorplan and incredible Mountain and City light views from a gently elevated acre lot.

The Hawkins House was designed and built in 1963-1964 and figured prominently in Drake’s 1992 Exhibition “40 Years of Architecture In Arizona” which was presented at ASU. A luxury home at the time, it includes amenities often unseen in this architectural era.

The house is masonry construction showcasing a high level of craftsmanship with details that include a custom steel facia, mahogany millwork and custom built-ins. A curved “loggia” follows the path to the entry providing detail, shadow and a covered respite from the elements. Nearly original save for a few cosmetic updates, the plan has remained unchanged. Floor to ceiling glass and doors connect the home solidly to the outdoors, yet all are sheltered with generous overhangs that make this home desert-appropriate modernism.

The Master suite is particularly generous, with a large walk-in closet and en-suite bath. The Office/Den features walnut built-ins. The Living room is open to dining, anchored by a masonry fireplace. Three additional bedrooms are offered, one with en-suite bath.

This corner acre property includes natural gas service and sports a circular drive for easy access from both Saddle Rock Lane and Rockridge Drive. There is ample storage, two-car carport and bonus shop/studio/storage room.

In a time where many of Drake’s designs became more rectangularly geometric, this home is wonderfully unique in that the home consists two intersecting arcs. Each arc plays a functional part in the design; one housing living spaces with a generous master suite and office, the other connects with additional bedrooms, service area and carport. Each arc allows the home to embrace a particular view selected by the architect to be celebrated by the occupants.

For anyone interested in Mid-Century Modern Design, this home presents a uniquely unspoiled example. It is offered from the family for the first time and is ready to enjoy, restore or renovate to its fullest potential.

Trust Sale: all offers should be considered “as-is”. It is priced for immediate sale and shown by personal appointment only. NEW TO MARKET!

About the Architect:
Blaine Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices at Taliesin, Wisconsin, in 1933, and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. He designed approximately two hundred projects during his long career, nearly two-thirds of which were built. Most of his work was in the Phoenix area and focused on residential architecture, though he also designed office, medical, and apartment buildings and churches. One of the few Wright apprentices to pursue a successful independent practice, Drake was an advocate of energy-efficient design in the desert. He received national and international recognition for his work. Blaine Drake retired from architectural practice in 1985.

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