F.Q. Story Historic District

F.Q. Story Historic District

F.Q. Story is as interesting as the name of the subdivision. F.Q. is Francis Quarles Story an early developer of Phoenix. Although he never actually lived in Arizona he was influential in the construction of Grand Avenue in 1887. The F.Q. Story subdivision was started in 1920 and promoted in local newspapers as "The Real Estate Event of the Season!" and advertising claimed that the developers expected to sell out in thirty days. Reality was a bit more conservative with only one home built in all of 1921. Turns out 1920 was a very wet year in Phoenix and the area was directly in the flood way of Cave Creek. When the Cave Creek dam was completed in 1923, F.Q Story added thirteen more homes to the area. By 1930 the F.Q. Story hit a building peak with 133 new homes. Today 602 homes are in the F.Q. Story Historic District with architecture including Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Ranch, Bungalow and 

Annual F.Q. Story House Tour

An annual F. Q. Story home tour is held in early December. A great way to check out the real estate and peek inside some of these historic homes.

Newest F.Q. Story Listings

7 Beds 6 Baths 6721518 MLS 5,236 SqFt.
Presenting a one-of-a-kind legacy house in the FQ Story historic district. The stately, custom-built c. 1954 Glenn S. & Maude Pace residence is an exquisite example of American International architectural design. While gracefully preserved in all the right places, a decade-long renovation served to enhance the home's iconic mid-century modern design and infuse it with playful, contemporary details that feel right at home. Located on an idyllic, non-through street among an exceptional range of architectural styles sits this remarkably unaltered, character-rich modern home. Talk about curb appeal! Floor-to-ceiling walls of windows, original sandstone planters, concrete namesake plaque and clean modern lines create an enduring front elevation. Step inside to discover extraordinary craftsmanship and thoughtfully-designed spaces that flow beautifully, with many period details remaining. You'll enjoy separate living + family rooms, both formal + casual dining rooms, a 673 square foot finished basement, an upstairs loft, 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 5,236 square feet of all original livable space. The kitchen has been thoroughly-revived with classic white flat-panel cabinetry, Brazilian tile walls, quartz counters, apron sink, rounded corner display shelves, stainless steel appliances, vintage milk door and the original climate-controlled walk-in!! Easy-care concrete floors on the main level and basement are original to the home. A beautifully-preserved statement sandstone wall-to-wall fireplace extends from the living room to the dining room and is adorned with antique millstones (est. c. 1600s). The family room opens to the rear yard and has been enhanced with a new 3 panel multi-slider and new mini split AC. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 baths on the main level (1 is ensuite). An enviable, all blue time-capsule bathroom features original tiled walls and floors, pristine oversized soaking tub, large vanity and toilet. A grand staircase leads to the upstairs loft space, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Original oak wood floors upstairs have been preserved, along with the original wood paneling, laundry chute and built-in ironing board. The upstairs primary suite is very spacious for the era with a walk-in closet and remodeled bath complete with a modern free-standing soaking tub with tiled accent wall, frameless glass walk-in shower, vintage double vanity with vessel sinks and upgraded plumbing fixtures. All baths showcase a preference for vintage-inspired elements, with upgraded tiled showers, furniture-quality vanities and fun wallpaper + tile selections. The spacious finished basement is the perfect chill zone with an original brick fireplace, beamed ceilings, concrete floors, 2 picture windows and both interior and exterior entry doors. A workspace is currently used as an art studio. This home offers an inimitable indoor/outdoor connection. Every detail in the rear yard is meticulously curated to enhance the authentic mid-century modern vibes. Slide into summer with a splash into your pebble finish pool or warm up in the winter by the outdoor tiled fireplace, all surrounded by a canopy of mature trees, sprawling synthetic lawn and flourishing built-in planters. A breeze block wall accents the covered patio, which is perfect for year-round entertaining. A poolside building houses a storage room and outdoor bath (not included in bath count). This amazing home has many eco-efficiencies including Tesla PV solar, Bosch electric vehicle charger, several dual pane windows and evaporative cooling (great cost alternative in spring and fall-there is also central HVAC). FQ Story historic district is a vibrant neighborhood with incredible walkability to amazing downtown Phx eateries/bars, entertainment, galleries and hotspots. Easily walk/bike/jump on the light rail to nearby Genuwine, Walter Studios, Savage Phx, Lola Coffee, Japanese Friendship Garden, The Vig, Pomo, Press Coffee, Vovomeena, Grand Ave, First Fridays, Phoenix Art Museum, Margaret T. Hance Park and Encanto park. Phoenix historic preservation has recommended that this home be included as a contributor within the FQ Story historic district, in an expanded period of significance, which will make this home eligible for a 50% property tax savings for owner-occupants, when approved! Contact listing agent for additional details! If you have been searching for a distinguished mid-century modern home with old Phx history, this is it! Quite simply, a gem!

721 W Portland Street, Phoenix

3 Beds 3 Baths 6698107 MLS 1,567 SqFt.
This F.Q. Story Spanish compound was breathtakingly restored and professionally styled in 2020. The main home features a fountain and award-winning landscaping; gas fireplace with original surround; refinished hardwood floors; designer draperies; chef's kitchen with concrete counters and butler pantry with custom wrought-iron doors; designer wallpaper; exposed brick walls; spacious guest bedroom and full bath; and a luxurious primary suite with spa-like en-suite, walk-in closet and laundry. The arcaded rear patio looks out onto a heated/cooled pool with water features, new 1-car garage, and permitted 476 sf guest house with prvt entry, mini-split, full kitchen, electric fireplace, bedroom, spa bath, private patio, outdoor shower and tub combo. Motorized driveway gate & addtl shade parking The perfect mix of historic charm and modern amenities, all major systems on the original house were replaced during the 2020 renovation. This includes: new roof, new electrical, new plumbing, new HVAC, tankless water heater, new windows, new skylights, new sewer line, new smooth stucco, new awnings, new full perimeter block wall and alley gate, new 1" water supply line; drywalled/insulated garage with 240V supply for mini split addition/EV charger addition; and motorized wrought-iron driveway gate. The fully permitted guest house was built in 2022 and includes cozy fireplace, built-in shelving, recessed lighting, mini-split AC, spa bath with outdoor tub/shower, in-unit laundry and updated landscaping and concrete-look ceramic tile floors (completed in 2024).

1509 W Lynwood Street, Phoenix

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