Glimpses from the Mid-Century Modern Homes Tour 2023

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 SA585680000

The 2023 Tour of Mid-Century modern homes took me to 9 neighborhoods in Midtown, North and East Phoenix, and in Paradise Valley. The homes on the tour, with one exception, are not for sale. This annual tour is very popular, it sells only 1,000 tickets and they are gone within hours after they are released.

The homes we viewed were selected by architectural historian Alison King. This print of Taliesin West by Alison King adorns my office, and you can easily guess that I am a fan of what she does.

Experience Fellowship at Taliesin WestExperience Fellowship at Taliesin West, by Alison King – the print to the right

I attend the tours almost each year because they are so enjoyable and inspiring. I also share the knowledge of neighborhoods and the beauty of the homes with clients and friends here on my blog, on my web-site and on my Facebook page.

On this year’s tour, which included homes in historic neighborhoods, tucked-away townhomes and a new build in the mid-century tradition and spirit, I observed and admired the architectural ideas of Ralph Haver IAI, Thomas Pansing, Blaine Drake ( a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright), Ronald Craik, Lescher and Mahoney and interior designer Miles McDermott. The self-guided tour ended at the elegant Eye Opener furniture store,  with some mid-century finds shipped all the way from the Netherlands.

Highlights from the tour for me were the use of clerestory windows - excellent for letting daylight in, while protecting from the desert sun, too. Notice on the photo below - the eves are made of light-colored wood, bringing in more reflective light.

Horizontal ranch home in Willo District               Clerestory Windows – letting indirect light inside

Imagine lying on your couch and watching the everchanging moods and colors of our Arizona skies. This home was conceived as a quiet courtyard, surrounded by lush vegetation and two structures on both sides of the courtyard.

                        Pool outdoor shower   Pool in front of bedroom, vegetation for shade                                            Outdoor shower

 Outdoor Fireplace                         Outdoor fireplace and dining area                                                           Open space between the main house and secondary

In this home in Willo Historic District, the clever bump-outs in the living room with slot windows let in more indirect light.

                  Interior and exterior view of bump-out with slot windows

The Haver home that will be coming to the market soon.

Original home designed by R. Haver.

Haver Home - interior

Completely remodeled interior. 


Links to homes available for sale in neighborhoods with mid-century modern gems (contact me for access):

Willo Historic District close to downtown Phoenix

Mayfair Manor

Alvarado close to downtown Phoenix

Brentwood Park - Orangewood Manor

Town and Country Scottsdale


Posted by

Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (602) 710-8161

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260


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Comments (10)

J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Great blog. We have quite a few MCM homes in my area, and I too love their features and style. Makes me feel like a kid again and seeing these properties on TV sitcoms. 
I love the fact you linked to your website in the blog post. 

Apr 03, 2023 06:14 PM
Steffy Hristova

J.R. Schloemer, CRS , MCM homes have so many cool features. And when a thoughtful update to today's tastes is done, they are a delight to live in. Thanks for your comment.

Apr 04, 2023 06:36 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I was hoping one of them was your listing, now with that said I love the Frank Lloyd Wright homes I have been meaning to post about them for a while... we have a few here in Los Angeles, Endre

Apr 03, 2023 09:30 PM
Steffy Hristova

Endre Barath, Jr. , I just sold (in January) a mid-century modern home. Some high quality original features were quite fascinating. It will be wonderful to see a post about Frank Lloyd Wright's homes in CA. 

Apr 04, 2023 06:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Steffy - thank you for sharing your insights into this MCM tour in your area.  And speaking of "insights" clever design techniques such as the use of clerestory windows seem quite appropriate to desert living.  I can understand why you include this as must-attend event.  

Apr 04, 2023 04:41 AM
Steffy Hristova

Michael Jacobs , thanks for your comment. Clerestory windows and  connecting patios and living rooms with wide doors are some of my favorite features. 

Apr 04, 2023 06:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What fun, Steffy. I'm a fan of home tours like this. Mid-century modern has become a "thing" here in Charlotte in recent years. Of course, when I see some of the furniture, to me it's just what I grew up with. My mother obviously was ahead of her time!

Apr 04, 2023 05:07 AM
Steffy Hristova

Nina Hollander, Broker , you probably can see some of the mid-century furniture via the link in the blog. I like the elegance and light-weight of the furniture. Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 04, 2023 06:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like a wonderful home tour - I like that it's "themed." Thank you for sharing!

Apr 04, 2023 05:09 AM
Steffy Hristova

Kat Palmiotti , I like "themed" , too. I add some extra focus for myself - to observe how daylight is brought indoors, how open spaces are used. Thanks for your comment.

Apr 04, 2023 06:47 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a cool tour!  I had a client way back in the day that wanted a home that was mid-century modern so I did lots of research for them and even put together a search roping off all of the possible mid-century modern neighborhoods.  They never even bought here but I still benefited from finding out more about mid-century modern.

Apr 04, 2023 06:31 AM
Steffy Hristova

Brian England , MCM homes can be hard to find. I am glad that there was a newly built home in the mid-century tradition. It is so fascinating, it deserves a special blog about it. I would like more remodelers and builders create in this fashion. Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 04, 2023 06:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steffy, this would be so much fun, love mid-century modern homes, and all they offer.

Apr 04, 2023 08:01 AM
Steffy Hristova

Joan Cox , looks like there is another fan of mid-century modern homes here. 😀Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 06, 2023 11:58 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Apr 04, 2023 01:05 PM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley , thanks for stopping by. I have been following your blog for a while.

Apr 06, 2023 12:07 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I agree Steffy Hristova, with the right renovation, a MCM with modern updates and features are really cool, a delight to live in, and very practical. Thanks for the post and response.

Apr 04, 2023 07:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steffy Hristova - a Tour of Mid Century Modern homes would be so much fun and interesting! The quality of homes are built to last and this was a great way to showcase the tour of homes. 

Apr 05, 2023 10:22 PM
Steffy Hristova

Yes, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , you are right - it's a pleasure to see homes built to last. And it has a little bit different flavor than the regular MLS listings tours. On this tour interiors are personalized, while on the MLS tours they are staged primarily to remove the personalization.

Apr 07, 2023 06:57 AM