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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 Casey Sapio



Michelle Hotchkiss. Photo by Casey Sapio

Where it is:  Catalina Foothills Estates No. 4

Listed by: RE/MAX

The damage: $525,000

How many square feet? 4169

You’ll love it because: Because of the rare pre-cast concrete wall panels.  The swellegant fireplace that divides the living room and dining area. The bi-level bedroom quarters. The big kitchen with butler’s pantry. Because of the outdoor ramada with chinese oven, and enclosed large pool. This midcentury house used to be home to Sam and Lee Levitz, of Sam Levitz furniture store fame – hence the multiple dog runs (they loved their Pomeranians). The seller has the original 1969 house plans by architect Stroud Watson, and a wonderful remodel rendering you can refer to by Chris Evans, the architect who founded Tucson’s Modern Architecture Preservation Project.

miraval3 Here comes the but: The house would look much better if you removed the solarium addition over the entrance hall and restored the front elevation to the vision of Chris Evans.  Chris has also done more detailed plans for the entire property, to include covering all of the eaves with Zinc plate. So while it’s priced well for this private Foothills location, I hope someone comes along and has the budget to remodel appropriately.

For more on Michelle read her Atomic Tucson Facebook page or contact Michelle Hotchkiss, a RE/MAX Catalina Foothills Realty agent, here.

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