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…)

Our Splurge: 3038 N. Manor Drive W, Phoenix, AZ is currently listed by Robin Orscheln of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,600,000.

Want to get away? You could do far worse than “The Valley of the Sun” – better known as Phoenix, Arizona. With scenic desert sunsets, towering saguaros, world-class golf, and poolside cabanas, Phoenix attracts those who seek a relaxed, yet untamed way of life.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal zeroes in on two incredible Phoenix retreats, each with luxurious outdoor amenities, and stunning natural landscapes, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose – the country club splurge or the mountain-view steal?

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