Oldest Home in Phoenix

Oldest Home in Phoenix
Happy 135th Birthday! If the Farmer-Goodwin property is not the oldest remaining home in Phoenix, it is certainly tied for first and features the most interesting history.

Originally built in 1883 by a saloon keeper on land he bought in 1880, it was then purchased by Hiram Farmer in 1886 for $3000 and situated on 160 acres. It served as Farmer’s home during his work as (what is now) Arizona State University’s first professor and principal.

So where does Goodwin fit in? When the railroad arrived in 1887, Farmer developed his land into one of Tempe’s early subdivisions but when he left the area in 1890, the property passed through several owners until it was acquired in 1897 by James Wilson, whose daughter Libbie married James Goodwin in 1902 and the house was deeded to her.

Goodwin was a successful Tempe rancher and businessman. He was a member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and served in the Arizona State Legislature from 1915 to 1918. The house continued to be owned by the Goodwin family until the death of James and Libbie’s son, Woodrow Wilson Goodwin, in 1992.

The home represents Victorian-era architecture but lacks the “gingerbread” detailing often found in Victorian-era buildings. It is a two level adobe structure, rectangular and symmetrical in floor plan, with exterior adobe walls finished in plaster and scored with lines to simulate the look of cut stone.

Inside the house has a central hall with approximately equal-sized rooms symmetrically on either side of it. The room layout is identical on the upper level and access is by a stairway in the central hall, located in the very middle of the home.

Today the mansion sits on a 25,000 sqft lot and features just over 4,000 sqft living space along with a pool and detached 2-car garage with guest casita. It resides (aptly) at 820 S Farmer Ave and is in the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Farmer-Goodwin floor plan

13140 W BAKER DR, Peoria

RARE CORNER LOT WITH VIEWS! Incredible opportunity to be the envy of everyone with this prime location in guard gated community and perfect outdoor entertaining oasis. Plenty of privacy thanks to lush mature landscaping and delightful front courtyard. Gigantic laundry room has abundance of cabinets and very comfortable workspace. Plenty more storage is found in 3.5 car garage with built-in cabinets and epoxy floor coating. Highly upgraded exterior living with travertine flooring at front & back, built-in gas BBQ and expanded covered patio. Thoughtful interior touches include central vacuum, water softener, water filtration system and upgraded window treatments with honeycomb shades, large walk-in master closet with custom cabinets and guest bedroom with full en-suite bathroom.

Peoria AZ home for sale marketed by Peoria AZ Realtor Andrew Robb.

Listing Price: $519,000
MLS #: 5851507
Address: 13140 W BAKER DR
City: Peoria
State: AZ
ZIP: 85383
Home Size: 2,305
Lot Size: 7,850
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Garages: 3
Pool: N
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Real Estate Then and Now

How Technology Changed Real Estate
After 8 years as a full-time realtor, I’ve seen some changes in my career and that got me thinking about how much buying and selling a home in Phoenix has changed in the last 20 years:

– MLS (all listed homes are online in our searchable realtor database vs found in a printed book much like a telephone book)
– Docusign (approve documents with a few taps on your phone, table or laptop vs having to sign paperwork with a pen)
– Pictures (homes for sale have lots of professional photos online vs one blurry shot of home exterior taken by agent to print in book)
– Lockbox (agents obtain key at property using their phone vs driving to listing agent office for key and returning it)
– Internet (nothing could function without it today vs somehow millions of homes have been bought and sold without it)
– Zipform (documents generated and completed online vs having to press hard with a pen to be sure you could read carbon copies)
– Drone (home pictures and video taken from remote controlled aircraft vs nothing like it)
– Matterport (gives viewer 3D experience of walking through home vs nothing like it)
– Phone apps (closing cost estimator, mortgage calculator, value estimates and MLS search vs nothing like it)
– Texting (texting for property info vs calling an agent for details)
– Short sale and foreclosure (very common in 2011-2014 vs essentially non-existant)
– Mortgage interest rate (30-year fixed 7% then vs 4.75% now)

These are the big changes I could think of and I’m sure there are many other smaller ones I have omitted. As with most everything the past 20 years, technology has revolutionized how we work, play and function.

13311 W EDGEMONT AVE, Goodyear

* UNDER CONTRACT * REMODELED! Popular split floorplan in desirable Palm Valley, with master bedroom separate from other bedrooms for privacy & no carpet anywhere means easy cleaning. Large open concept modern kitchen (with all stainless steel appliances) located off family room is ideal for entertaining. Heated pebble-tec pool with waterfall, built-in BBQ & artificial grass at front/back for maximum enjoyment, plus RV gate & shed. Looking for more space? Oversized 3-car garage features sink, soft water loop, built-in workbench, attached cabinets and in-wall storage. Less to worry about thanks to newer AC (2012), pool heater (2013) & all high-end appliances (2012) included – even fridge, washer & dryer!

Goodyear AZ home for sale marketed by Goodyear AZ Realtor Andrew Robb.

Listing Price: $278,500
MLS #: 5848416
Address: 13311 W EDGEMONT AVE
City: Goodyear
State: AZ
ZIP: 85395
Home Size: 1,582
Lot Size: 7,800
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Garages: 3
Pool: Y
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November 2018 Phoenix Real Estate Report

phoenix real estate market updateHighlights of my November 2018 Phoenix Real Estate Market Report:

1. How fast are homes selling? Average number of days on market for homes sold is 60 (down 5 from last year)
2. How many homes are for sale? We currently have 19,654 properties for sale (down 4.5% from last year)
3. What is the average sales price? Homes across the valley are selling for $326,100 (up 9.8% from last year)

The Phoenix real estate market has been very good to homeowners for many years and we are still on an upward trajectory that started a long while back. October’s supply (measured by homes listed for sale last month) was down 1.4% from October 2017 and October’s demand (measured by homes sold last month) was down 1.2% from October 2017. Since the rate of drop in demand was essentially the same as the drop in supply, we would expect home values to be flat of late – which they have been and will likely remain so through the holiday season that is upon us. There is good news however: home values have still risen almost 10% on average in the past 12 months but our current market absorption rate has spiked to 2.43 months (keep in mind, lower is better if you are selling) from under 2.2 months not long ago. Absorption rate means that if no additional homes were listed for sale, it would take 73 days for every home listed in the valley to sell, based on current level of demand. Last year it would have taken over 78 days to absorb every home offered for sale in Phoenix, so we are still better off in theory than a year ago. A seller’s market is said to occur when absorption is below 3 months and a buyer’s market is when it is over 5 months. When absorption is between 3 and 5 months, it is deemed to be a balanced market favoring no side in particular.

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