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Phoenix Towers

2201 N Central Avenue in Phoenix

Will Daly
480-510-8755
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Year Built:
1950's; updated 2013
Architecture:
High Rise
Bedrooms:
1-3
Parking:
Underground
HOA Name:
Self Managed
HOA Fees:
.70/sqft/mo+/-
Additional Features:
Co-Op (financing avail), Monthly fee includes: AC/Heating; Electricity; Cable; ALSO LOOK FOR REFURBISH FEES. Also heated pool, on-site management, 24 hour door/security person, garden area, storage, roof top party room, roof top observation patio, roof top caterers kitchen

Phoenix Towers Co-Operative Apartments is a thirteen story high rise. It was built in 1957 and was the first residential high rise built in Arizona. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Phoenix Towers is located just south of the Heard Museum and sits on land that formerly housed the personal residence of Dwight and Maie Heard the founders of the Heard Museum.

The building was designed as a variation of Modernism by Chicago architect Ralph C Harris, who later lived in the building, and was built by Del Webb's construction company. The high rise consists of fifty seven residences (originally there were sixty but a few have been combined thus dropping the total to fifty seven) on thirteen floors. Originally floors two through seven housed six residences each and floors eight through thirteen held a total of four apartments each, one for each wing. There are three original floor plans with square footage of 1,210, 1,809 and 2,357 square feet. Interior finishes vary widely as many residences have completely or partially redone kitchen, baths, flooring etc... Every apartment includes two side by side parking spaces in the underground garage and a storage "pen" on the ground floor.

The community is owned by the Phoenix Towers Cooperative Apartments, Inc., a non-profit corporation owned by the residents. Legally the residents own a fractional interest in the corporation (i.e. shares like stock based on the size of the apartment, the floor it is located on and whether a pool cabana is included) and the corporation grants the resident a ninety-nine year lease to the apartment. Residents do not hold title to their specific apartment.

Residents pay monthly fees to the corporation, similar to HOA fees paid in condominiums. In the case of Phoenix Towers the fees not only cover the maintenance and operation of the building but also taxes and all utilities including basic cable for each residence. BE SURE TO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN COMPARING PHOENIX TOWERS COSTS TO THOSE IN OTHER BUILDINGS.

Although ownership of a co-op apartment is legally different than a condo building, for all practical purposes it is very similar in that residents can pretty much do whatever they want with the interior of the apartment as long as they get Board approval and the renovations do not adversely affect the operation or aesthetic of the building.

Over the last several years the building has been largely if not completely renovated. Roughly $5 million was spent on new dual pane windows in every residence and throughout the common area, new fan coil units (HVAC) in each unit, new boilers and chilled water/hot water pumps, new hot and cold water valves throughout the building, electrical upgrades, new roof on building and on pool cabanas, new parking garage roof, new asphalt surface surrounding building, refurbishment of lobby's original terrazo floor, refurbishment of brick planters at each floor, total renovation of pool, pool equipment/systems, pool decking, pool furniture, and pool restroom, new landscaping, partial painting of building and an absolutely fantastic new and hip roof terrace that must be seen! All in all, the building looks great, and this is coming from a guy (me) who was not a fan of the building as late as 2010 because I thought it looked very long in the tooth. If you like mid-century modern mixed with contemporary style then Phoenix Towers is a must see.

Myth Buster! Some people believe that because Phoenix Towers is a co-op that certain classes of people are denied the opportunity to live there. Although I have never been present for any "new member committee meeting" I have been assured by a number of owners that the only real criteria for being "approved" for ownership is the financial wherewithal of the applicant. I'll take their word for it until/unless I see evidence or behavior that contradicts the claim.

One challenge? Because Phoenix Towers is a co-op, traditional mortgages that use ownership of real property (i.e. real estate) as collateral are not available. However, since approximately 2008, Northern Trust has a loan option for co-ops that uses stock as security. Call We Know Urban Realty if you'd like to view any apartment at Phoenix Towers or if you have questions about financing options.

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For Sale
Unit 2 b
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Phoenix Towers

Classically Beautiful Phoenix Towers ..Freshly Painted, GFI's added, New Dishwasher. Unit is original but has been meticulously maintained over the years. Wood Parquet floors thru out. St. Charles Style Kitchen Cabinets Are In Execelent Condition. Lovely Out Door Patio.This place has a European Flair. Ready Move In Condition. Must Be A Cash Sale. Buyer Must Be Approved By The Board.Assoc Fee Includes All -Inclusive EverythingIncluding Property Tax. Basic Cable Only.Breath taking Roof Top Terrace. Minutes to All Museums, Restaurants, Light Rail.
$234,900
2 Bed 2 Bath 2 Garage
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Unit 2D
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This Phoenix Gem is a Mid-Century Modern classic listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Top-Notch Lock and Leave Property. 2D has beautifully refinished parquet floors and a plethora of natural light. Enjoy the benefits of a shade tree near the private balcony that adds to the calming aesthetic. This unit comes with two underground parking spots and a secure 5'x8' storage room. Located in the heart of the cultural/historic district the amenities at Phoenix Towers are unparalleled to include: roof-top terrace and meeting room with panoramic views of the Valley; heated salt-water pool with kitchen and BBQ area; dog park; community garden; laundry facility; recreation center; and 24-hour staff in the secured lobby. Monthly fee includes all utilities, taxes, cable, and internet.
$295,000
2 Bed 2 Bath 2 Garage
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Unit 2A
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Phoenix Towers

All original and beautifully preserved mid century luxury residence in Phoenix's most prestigious historic high-rise. Large rooms, higher ceilings,3 exposures and all concrete construction. One owner property purchased as a vacation home with minimal use. Original metal cabinets and built-ins are in pristine condition. Building amenities include a panoramic roof terrace, resort sized lap pool, dog park, community garden and 24/7 door staff. Monthly assessment INCLUDES real estate tax and all utilities. Pets are allowed. Approval process required to purchase Co-Op shares. Special assessment is pending.
$350,000
2 Bed 2 Bath 2 Garage

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