We plan to feature a subdivision, home or development every week, so we can ZOOM in on neighborhoods worthy of a little attention.
Our first neighborhood feature
NAME: Village Grove
BACKGROUND: Village Grove features 20 tracts and 1002 homes in total. Most homes in Village Grove were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Allied Construction was the builder of the homes and one architect has been identified as the designer of the modern-elevation homes in Village Grove; Charles Schreiber. The homes are block-built, post-war ranch homes. Many of the tracts were developed from Orchards and farm land. New homes were priced between $14,000-$18,000.
Here is an old ad from a 1959 Scottsdale Progress newspaper for Village Grove and a page from an original sales brochure for Village Grove:
Allied built the same series of homes, with some minor modifications in Phoenix, as well. The other community names are Hidden Village and Village Meadows.
Village Grove tracts 1-6 are located between Oak and Almeria, from 68th Sreet to 67th Street. These homes in in 1 of only 2 historic districts in all of Scottsdale. News of the historic designation made it's way into an article about post-war ranches in the New York Times because of its unusual "weeping mortar". weeping mortar is something people either love or hate. Several owners have chiseled away at the mortar for a cleaner look, but new historic guidelines will likely prohibit this practice.
Village Grove tracts 7-20 are located between 80th Place and Granite Reef, from Thomas to Oak and Thomas to Osborn between 82nd Street to 86th Street.
WHAT VILLAGE GROVE LOOKS LIKE TODAY:
Village Grove is a neighborhood still sprinkled with original owners, but another breed of owners are moving into the community. Village Grove is attracting buyers because of its proximity to downtown Scottsdale, shopping, restaurants and arts/culture, along with large lots and reasonable prices. The current average sales price so far this year in all tracts of Village Grove is $291,625. Lot sizes range from 7500 sq ft to over 16000 sq ft. The location is walking distance to the Scottsdale greenbelt, Eldorado Park and a zip away from old town Scottsdale. Out of 1002 homes in all of Village Grove only 18 of them are of the modern elevation. Charles Schreiber, the architect, explained that these modern elevation homes were inspired by homes he was building in Hawaii, and referred to this style of home as Hawaiian-style. Many lovers of mid-century modern design flock to this neighborhood in the hopes of purchasing one of the new modern elevation homes. The last modern elevation home sold for $475,000, which is a lot higher than the neighborhood average. One owner who purchased in the spring of 2007 has just completed a green renovation, including all new energy-efficient systems, complete solar package, recycled glass tile throughout, bamboo cabinetry and landscape design by nationally-acclaimed landscape architect Steve Martino. Other owners of the modern elevation Allied homes in Village Grove have completed high-end remodels, including custom kitchens, guest quarters/houses, bathroom renovation, landscape overhauls, etc.
Here is a photo of the green renovation under construction:
Here are some additional photos of the modern elevation Allied homes in Village Grove:
The neighborhood has also been the subject of interest in local newspapers and design publications:
As a proud owner in the Village Grove neighborhood, I have found myself acting as a neighborhood ambassador, opening up the eyes of buyers, sellers, Realtors and neighbors to the beauty of the mid-century, post-war housing around Village Grove and South Scottsdale in general.