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Michelle Hotchkiss, real estate agent and mid-century fiend, has square feet and a nose for great property. Each issue she brings us her pick of properties for sale. Photos by Robin McMasters.

Listed by:  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Where it is: Tucson’s north east side, off Tanque Verde Road.

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

The damage: $699,000

How many square feet? 4491

You’ll love it because: If you know me by now,  you know how I won’t stop gushing over Tom Gist, acclaimed regional modernist designer with approximately 170 custom homes built in Southern AZ.  Here’s a big estate with a private, gated drive, out east on more than four lush desert acres! gisthouse2  The home features signature details not to be messed with, clerestory windows, cement terrazzo floors, handsome custom mahogany carpentry, built-ins, and living spaces that flow seamlessly throughout. There is a total of five bedrooms, an in-home sauna, exercise room, wrap-around brick porches, shoji screens, an extensive Arizona room and a separate studio or mother-in-law suite. As if all that wasn’t enough, this home was selected with around 20 other Gists for a book about his work due to be published next year.

gisthouse3 Here comes the but: There is a lot of ceramic tile over the cement floors that would be nice if removed and the floors just left polished. National Historic Register status for Gist properties is in the works. But this property is not eligible to be on the Registry and for tax credit benefits until the year 2020!

Read more about Michelle, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, at Atomic Tucson.



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