I was curious to know what the typical housing style is in Scottsdale? Also, what is the typical size of a home?

Asked by Sam Bowles, Columbus, GA Tue Jul 16, 2013

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scott farmer, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Aug 22, 2013
The city of Scottsdale holds a unique history. It began near Scottsdale road and 1st street with Motorola being one of its first major employers. This gave rise to small bungalow type housing for workers. Many of the surrounding homes are one level and built with the suns heat in mind (ie. screened in porches called Arizona rooms).

As time passed, the city grew North. As it grew North more deed restrictions were placed on homes, such as the NOAS (natural area open space) restriction. This allowed for lots to be more natural and homeowners were restricted on use. Combining this with the proximity to the mountains, the preserve, and the lot sizes... home builders charged more for the homes. This meant more custom homes as you travel North. Stucco began to be very popular style.

With all that said, Scottsale holds a very diverse housing style. The city started in the South and grew North as it annexed more and more land from the county. There truly is a style for everyone AND a situation for everyone (i.e. no HOA, or strong HOA's).

We see property every day. A strong agent can direct you right to the areas that have the style you are looking for... just give us your description.

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Patricia Cain, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sun Jul 28, 2013
Scottsdale is a great area. With everything from custom home, to ranch style properties on larger lots. We also offer communities with HOA's , Golf course homes and gated. You can search our MLS by going to Search the MLS Visit: http://www.sikku.com/omni - Acceptance code: OMNI. This is a Free service we provide. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day.
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Bianca Benne…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Sat Jul 27, 2013
Based on your home search criteria I can help you find what you want in the time you want. Feel free to contact me directly and I would be happy to help you!
Best Regards,

Real Estate Professional / Prestige Realty
Bianca Bennett / 602-570-7898
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Rob Ryan, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Jul 17, 2013
Sam -

There are a variety of housing styles in Scottsdale, but the most common is a Tuscan style home with a wood frame and stucco exterior. Scottsdale also offers many custom homes that include contemporary styles, Tuscan and the Santa Barbara style. Scottsdale also offer a wide variety of housing types including single-family-detached homes, town homes, condos and lofts.

I would be happy to assist you in your search for a home in Scottsdale. Please contact me when you are ready to start your search or visit my website and search the entire Scottsdale MLS for free.


Rob Ryan
Real Estate Consultant
West USA Realty
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Jeffrey Masi…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
Hi Sam:

Scottsdale has had several growth spurts from the historical farming roots. In the 1950s were many small bungalows and carport homes. 1960s saw many ranches with block construction. 1970s saw many territorials with sautillo tile. 80s and 90s saw many new planned communities go in with a myriad of styles. Lately many Tuscan as well as Southwest Sante Fe style homes. Horse ranches are mixed in. Many beautiful custom homes in all areas especially in the north Scottsdale area along the McDowell Mountains.

Try it.....you'll like it!

Jeffrey Masich, Realtor, GRI, MBA
Arizona homes and land for purchase or sale
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Joseph Domino, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
Someone needs to hop on a plane and come visit us. I think you will like what you see. While you are here you can take in some golf or tennis, go for a hike or bike ride or vist some of our world class resorts. Oh, and of course check out some of the homes and communities that make Scottsdale unique. We will look forward to seeeing you.
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Joyce Watkins, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
As you can tell from previous answers-Scottsdale home styles have evolved over time. Having said that "history" in Arizona reflects it's relatively young age (48th state in 1912). Earlier homes were generally brick, and there are some true adobe homes. Cinder block and wood frame construction followed, with stucco/tile roof construction found frequently. Spanish, Tuscan and Santa Barbara are found throughout the area. Contemporary are far less frequent and more often found in custom or semi-custom build.

If you're going to miss a green landscape view, one option you might consider is a golf course lot-green that you don't have to water or mow! Unlike Georgia, Arizona isn't close to hardwood resources. In Arizona you're going to see less woodwork, the exception being exposed beam ceilings.

Homes of every size exist. With a few details about your needs and what you enjoy doing, golf, hiking, biking, spectator sports and I could give you a much more accurate picture of what's available with pictures/prices and cost details. Current low inventory is somewhat problematic, so it would be best to decide what general location you prefer and find a realtor who is proactive & effectively uses MLS search.

Let me know if I can help further,
Joyce Watkins
West USA Realty
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Jennie Miller…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
There are many condos, single family homes, and luxury homes. It really depends on what you are looking for
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Jim Sexton, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
James (Jim) Sexton, Associate Broker, Scottsdale, AZ

Hi Sam,

Good question! But by the varied degree of answers you see here it leaves a lot up to interpretation. Scottsdale is 32 miles long and only a few miles wide in most areas. It started out in the early fifties and before on the far South end with homes just like you would see in the neighborhoods back east or in CA. It has grown all the way to the North with a gated community called Desert Mountain with homes on the average well over $1M and 5000 sq ft is on the smaller side!

Tuscan and Santa Barbara style is pretty prominent in the homes built in the last 15 years or so. Tuscan design is misunderstood by most and a little bit of everything gets thrown into that category. There are neighborhoods with nothing but Territorial and Santa Fa style too.

So nothing is "typical" to Scottsdale except to say like a couple have is we use a lot of desert colors.

To answer your question though in a very direct simplest way I would say in style the average would be "Santa Barbara", with an average square footage of 3200 to 3500.

Have A Great Day!
Jim Sexton, Associate Broker
Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Scottsdale, AZ., 85255
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Rich Arnold, Agent, Tempe, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
In Old Scottsdale you will find single level ranch-style houses built from block or brick from 800sf - 2000sf.

In the central area, it's common to see one or two level houses of wood frame and stucco with tile roofs. Few houses in the metro area have basements, although there many are bi-level houses. Patio homes are common with HOA tended front lawns and two car garages. The average is 1600-2400sf.

The north part of the city has large lots in natural desert with custom homes over 3000sf, and most of these will have pool/spas, RV gates. Few of these will have grass lawns, they may have a patch of grass. Desert plants are abundant.

A grassy lawn and shady trees can be had with sufficient irrigation. It's dry most of the year. Rains in the winter and late summer is very humid with storms.
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Jane Grimm ~…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
Hi Sam,
There are a wide variety of homes with the Sante Fe / Territorial being one of the most common. The cape cod style that you are use to seeing on the east coast and Midwest are non existent in AZ. Most of the newer homes are on average 1800 - 3000 sq ft.

I have built 2 homes ....one was 3265 and the other was 6490 sq ft. I also do " fix and flips" so I am very knowledgeable with the mechanics of a home.
Give me a shout if you have specific questions .
Have an awesome evening!
Jane Grimm
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Lucinda Tkach, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013

Thanks for your inquiry!

There are many styles wood frame and stucco is very common in the newer homes. Block homes are common in the older areas of the city. There are many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from in Scottsdale.

Feel free to contact me for any detailed information including relocation information and other information needed for your move.

References available upon request!

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Tim McManimen, , Huntington Beach, CA
Tue Jul 16, 2013
Scottsdale is quite a large city with homes from 800 square feet to over 20,000.Building began in South Scottsdale in the early 50's and homes were smaller in that period ranging from 800-2500 square feet. As time went on the market moved North and again primarily homes that were built in subdivisions stayed about the same however much larger custom homes were built up to 8000-10,000 square feet.

As time went by and the building continued both North and East many custom homes were built on 1-2 acre lots and some were absolutely huge and at the same time builder tracts increased the sizes of home in many areas to the 3000-5000 range.

Today one can find just about any size home with prices ranging from the low $200,000's to over $20,000,000!
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Matthew Hoedt, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
There really isn't a "typical" housing style in Scottsdale, you'll find a wide variety. In South Scottsdale you'll find a lot of ranch style brick homes built in the 50's and 60's, commonly 3-4 BRs and around 2000' with a median price of $259K. There's even a mid-century modern subdivision (Village Grove) featuring a number of homes by noted MCM architect Charles Schreiber.

As you move north into Central Scottsdale, you'll find a number of patio home neighborhoods and homes built in the 70's and 80's, with sizes in the 2000-2600' range and median prices in the $400s..

North Scottsdale is where you'll find most newer homes with frame/stucco construction, as well the multi-million dollar properties on sprawling lots. Average size there starts at 3200' with a median price of $600K.

Of course this is a bit of a generalization, but hopefully it gives you a feel for what to expect!
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Lorrie Feld,…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Jul 16, 2013
The typical style is wood framed stucco with tile roof. The older homes are block with shingled roof. There are quite a few territorial homes with flat foam roofs as well, but the majority are tile due to the weather here. Scottsdale is pretty large so it is hard to say what the typical size is as you have a lot of custom homes that are 4,000 sq ft with a typical custom home 5000-6000 sq ft. A typical track home would be about 2000-3000 sq ft. When people come here from out of state they say so many of the homes look the same. This is typical of homes here as most are desert tones, so it definitely is a different look than the midwest and south. Hope that helps
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