You’d be hard-pressed to find architecture more suited to allow a homeowner to regularly enjoy the views of Camelback Mountain than Midcentury Modern. So when eagle eyes alerted us to this 1964 home built by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Blaine Drake that showcases mountain views and views of Phoenix, we knew we had our next historical shelter.

The home is being sold as-is, but that doesn’t mean it’s falling down around your ears. What it does mean is that whoever buys this house will only be the second owners, as it’s being sold by the original owners.

It has the innovation you’d expect in a 1960 Midcentury home, with open floorplans and plenty of windows that make the views and vistas outside part of the interior decor.

According to listing agent Scott Jarson, the Hawkins House, as the home is referred to, was designed to be a showpiece for Drake.

“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,” Jarson said. “A luxury home at the time, it includes amenities often unseen in this architectural era.” (more…)

MurrayWhen David Murray — the first Murray of the Princess Anne County, Virginia, Murrays — arrived in the colonies in 1622, he was an indentured servant. But the 650 acres he eventually earned became the seat for a generation of Murrays, including Thomas Murray, whose father Isaac built him a brick gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonia home on the Elizabeth River in 1791.

In fact, he built all three of his sons’ homes on the land that would eventually be part of what would become Virginia Beach, Virginia, likely pressing his initials into a brick in the chimneys of each home, just as he did in the Thomas Murray House. That’s just a guess, though, because of the three homes, Thomas’ is the only one to survive the centuries that grew America.

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brenhamSituated at one of the highest points in Washington County, Texas, this Queen Ann Victorian in Brenham clearly still has some stories to tell.

Built in 1901, the grand lady was moved to its current site — the former home of the Live Oak Female Seminary established in 1853 — much later and restored to its Victorian glory. Sitting on nearly 47 acres of land along the historic La Bahia Trail, 9105 Mayfair Lane sits near Independence and Brenham, and boasts rolling views clear to Lake Somerville and College Station.

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MontanaIt’s not often that we come across a historical shelter that is both a potential second home and a possible income generator, but The Centennial Inn property in Livingston, Montana is just such a two-fer.

The best part? It sits on 13 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, with 1,000 feet of river frontage. Gorgeous, pristine, canyon property between the Gallatin and Absaroka mountains. 

Currently, the showpiece is a turn-of-the-century train car that has been refurbished to its original Victorian style (with a few updates). 

“This turn of the century Northern Pacific railcar has seen the country as a railway express, U.S. rolling post office and as an Old West attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair representing Montana during Montana’s territorial centennial,” said Visit Montana. (more…)

big surOne of California’s best scenic drives is Highway 1 through Big Sur — and this week’s historical shelter is not only boasting a Highway 1 address, but it was built by one of the foundational members of the Big Sur community.

Back in the day, Big Sur was quite the hotbed of artistic talent, from sculptor Harry Dick Ross, to novelist Henry Miller, collage artist Jean Varda, painter Emil White, poet Robinson Jeffers, writer George Sterling, poet Eric Barker, painter Ephraim Doner, Jack Kerouac, and photographer Ansel Adams.

Big Sur’s pioneer era began sometime between 1821 and 1846 and ended in 1937, with the opening of Highway 1. In the years in between, families that still call Big Sur home today took root —  Pfeiffer, Bixby, Post, Trotter, Dani, Notley, Partington, and Harlan.

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Grapevine

A lot has changed since mobster Herbert “The Cat” Noble owned the land now home to a luxurious estate – including the fact that there is now a Lake Grapevine.

All that’s really left to remind anyone of the time Herbert “The Cat” Noble lived in North Texas is the stretch of land he bought up around 1941, before there was a Lake Grapevine, in southern Denton County. 

Suffice to say, Noble wouldn’t recognize the extravagant estate that sits there now, either. When he lived there, there were two cabins and a 280-acre farm, and no lake.  (more…)

Camp Woods Estate is surrounded by rich American history. Located in Ambler, Pennsylvania, the estate took its name from the adjacent 36-acre Camp Woods Land Preserve where General George Washington and his troops spent the fall of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. And the birthplace of America in Philadelphia’s Center City is only 16 miles north. (more…)