Spanish Colonial Architecture

Spanish Colonial Architecture In Phoenix, Arizona

Spanish Colonial Architecture can also be known as Mediterranean Revival style as they both show strong Latin influences and foster a connection to nature.

Historic Phoenix Districts with Spanish Colonial Architecture

Spanish Colonial Architecture Homes PhoenixPhoenix, Arizona has plenty of Spanish Colonials for sale to choose from in many different historic districts scattered in Central Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix.

These homes are drop dead gorgeous and going into each one is different in so many ways. Therefore, it ever gets old viewing these unique homes.

Which Historic Phoenix Districts Have Spanish Colonial Revivals For Sale?

Some of the historic districts that offer Spanish Colonials are Encanto-Palmcroft, Los Olivos Historic DistrictNorth Encanto, F.Q. Story, Woodlea (by the Melrose District), Alvarado, Country Club Park and Willo.

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A Spanish Colonial home is characteristically one with its environment, says Lisa Stacholy, of LKS Architects in Atlanta, Ga. The casual dwellings boast thick stuccoed walls, red tile roofs and enclosed courtyards that extend one’s living space.

 

The Spanish Conquistadores

“This style dates back to the tail end of the Spanish Conquistadores,” explains Stacholy. “It is what they knew how to build, and the style fit the environment.”

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Slightly Different Styles with Similar Characteristics

As the style migrated throughout the then-Spanish territories, these homes began to veer away from the Spanish and Mexican originals.

Today’s Spanish Revival

Today, the term Spanish Colonial Revival is used to describe homes built in the early 20th century that incorporate various elements of Mediterranean architecture. But, as with all true styles, these homes are linked by a set of common physical characteristics.

Common Features of the Spanish Colonial Revival:

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  • Built from Indigenous Components
    Spanish Colonial homes might be made of adobe in the Southwest and coquina rock in Florida.
  • Thick, Stucco-Clad Walls
    These types of walls are situated for a hot environment. So, thick walls absorb the day’s heat and gently radiate it back into the building during the cool evenings.
  • Small, Open Windows
    Smaller windows, originally sealed by wrought iron grates rather than glass panes, are sited on the building to best capture breezes while avoiding the direct rays of the sun. Wooden shutters, when present, are traditionally mounted on the inside of the home.
  • One Story
    The Spanish Colonial is the ancestor of our ranch-style house.
  • Limited Ornamentation
    Ornamentation on these informal homes was often limited to arches on entryway’s, principal windows and interior passageways. But, more elaborate homes might feature intricate stone or tile work, detailed chimney tops and square towers.
  • Wooden Support Beams
    Wooden roof supports project out over the exterior walls in classic Spanish Colonials.
  • Inner Courtyard
    Historically, the courtyard let families move the cooking to accompany heat and steam outside. Today, these patios, porches and courtyards act as informal gathering spots for family, extended family and friends.

Possible Challenges

In hot, arid climates, stucco-clad adobe walls are remarkably long-lasting. However, when located in colder, wetter climates, adobe bricks can shrink and swell. This can the protective stucco to crack or pull away from the interior wall.

Cracking Stucco

Spanish Colonial Architecture homes might require minor patches or complete resurfacing to prevent serious moisture problems. Cracked stucco can also be indicative of foundation issues.

Flat Roofs & Clay Roof Tiles

Many Spanish Colonials were built with flat roofs, which, when not drained properly, can leak. Clay-tile roof tiles are durable lifetime materials that require only periodic maintenance. Check regularly for cracked, missing or out-of-place tiles.

The Wooden Timbers

Wooden timbers, both interior and exterior, should be inspected for moisture and insect damage.

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Comfortable Homes

Stacholy says, “To me, Spanish Colonial homes are the type where you can’t help but feel comfortable, the kind where you kick off your shoes at the door and pad around in bare feet,” 

Relaxing Home Environment

With plenty of alfresco gathering spaces, these rambling homes express a sense of relaxation and foster a connection to nature and the surrounding environment.

Where to Buy a Spanish Colonial House?

The style is prevalent in the toasty climates of Phoenix, AZ, Florida, California and the Southwest. Therefore, it’s more ideal to buy  a Spanish Colonial home in the sunshine states.

Spanish Style Homes For Sale In Phoenix, AZ 1970 and Older

22 matches found

$260,000
2015 W ANDERSON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85023
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Open House (12/13/2019 - 2:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1782
Year Built: 1964
Subdivision: VILLAGE MEADOWS 9
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Charming 4 bedroom, 2 bath home conveniently located to many amenities with...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 11 - 2019
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$345,000
758 E MCKINLEY Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1026
Year Built: 1923
Subdivision: VICTORIA PLACE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Charming home in the Historic Garfield neighborhood! This Spanish Bungalow ...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 11 - 2019
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$190,000
1049 E CLARENDON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85014
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 927
Year Built: 1940
Subdivision: WEST IDLEWILDE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Attention investors and historic central corridor vintage home hunters! Cha...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 11 - 2019
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$264,500
2201 E YALE Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1065
Year Built: 1940
Subdivision: AVALON ANNEX BLKS 9, 10
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Beautiful 2 bed 1 bath PLUS a den hacienda home on large corner lot, comple...
UCB or CCBS: No
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 10 - 2019
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$225,000
4531 N 29TH Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1140
Year Built: 1952
Subdivision: NORTHWEST VILLAGE 2
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 10 - 2019
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$349,900
1813 E ALMERIA Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1944
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: MCDOWELL MANORS ANNEX
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Looking for an awesome house near downtown Phoenix? This is it! Large house...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 09 - 2019
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$840,000
1825 PALMCROFT Way NW, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.75
Square Footage: 2606
Year Built: 1938
Subdivision: PALMCROFT 124-250
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: From the gracious living room to the spacious eat in kitchen to an enchanti...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 08 - 2019
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$460,000
1307 E BUTLER Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2448
Year Built: 1964
Subdivision: MCGOUGH TERRACE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: AMAZING MOVE-IN READY OPPORTUNITY. Tons of Southwest charm throughout the ...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 06 - 2019
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$1,200,000
1132 E THOMAS Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3806
Year Built: 1928
Subdivision: COUNTRY CLUB PLACE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Architecturally significant 1928 Spanish Colonial home, designed by Fitzhug...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 05 - 2019
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$685,000
537 W Wakonda Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85023
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2324
Year Built: 1967
Subdivision: MOON VALLEY LOTS 1-128, 146-339, TR A-E
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Rare Opportunity! Location, Location, Location! Pride of ownership abounds...
Status: Active
Last Updated: December - 05 - 2019
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