The Los Olivos Historic District in Phoenix Arizona
"... a prestigious out-of-town address when these homes were custom built in the 1920s. Although the city has grown around Los Olivos over the decades and it is now central Phoenix, it hasn’t lost any of that original prestige..."
Located along Monte Vista Road between Third and Seventh streets, Phoenix, Arizona.
Deep landscaped lawns and large Revival Style and Craftsman custom homes make up the smallest historic district in phoenix—Los Olivos. Add the palm-lined streetscape (which is itself considered to be historic) to the 14 romantic homes on the 300 block of East Monte Vista, and you’ve got it!
The original developers of Los Olivos Historic District aimed for quality construction, well-heeled buyers and stable property values. They hit the mark. You will probably find a grand living room, formal dining room, and detached garage on any one of these ¾ acre estates. You may find a wine cellar or tennis courts, library or guest quarters. And chances are good there will be a pool even though pools were not a standard feature in 1920s Phoenix.
The average square footage of a Los Olivos home means little since each is custom built and unique, but that average—just for the record—is around 2800 square feet, typically with 4 or 5 bedrooms and a similar number of baths.
Los Olivos Historic District was a prestigious out-of-town address when these homes were custom built in the 1920s. Although the city has grown around Los Olivos over the decades and it is now central Phoenix, it hasn’t lost any of that original prestige. Homes rarely come on the market and, when they do, they are some of the priciest historic real estate in Phoenix. (Our search of real estate for sale in Los Olivos will include homes in neighboring gem Alvarado so there’s a chance you will find at least one possibility.)
If you like the custom mix of home styles, the ample living space and the lush landscaping here, you may also like the custom homes in the Alvarado, Encanto-Palmcroft and La Hacienda historic districts or in the Country Club Manor neighborhood.
More history is available in the nomination to the National Historic Register.
LOS OLIVOS, by azcentral
Location: Generally along Monte Vista Road between Third and Seventh streets. Developed between 1906 and 1935.
When the Los Olivos subdivision was conceived by prominent businessman Dwight B. Heard, the neighborhood's mandate was clear: There would be no room for buildings of "any undesirable character," according to historical records.
That shows today in the exclusive neighborhood of 14 homes. Los Olivos boasts well-preserved, two-story houses and generous manicured lots along a single street lined with palms and olive trees. The custom-built homes have varying architectural styles, from Craftsman to Spanish Eclectic to Colonial Revival, and make the neighborhood a standout in a crowded field of historical districts.
Los Olivos also has location on its side. It is surrounded by three other well-maintained historical neighborhoods and is near cultural institutions, dining hot spots and a light-rail station.