Nothing piques the imagination as a historic property. And just like the story behind it, this property will not disappoint.
This historic estate was built in the early 1930s by the famous Walter P. Douglas and his wife Catherine, who were members of the wealthy mining family after whom Douglas, Arizona was named. Walter was one of the most powerful men in Arizona in the early 1900s. Along with his family, Walter owned controlling interests in Arizona newspapers, railroads, and banks, as well as the Douglas mines.
Walter had strong organizational and executive skills and a deep distaste for organized labor. It is believed the Bisbee Deportation of 1917 is the result of his efforts. The twenty-three cattle cars ready to carry away the strikers belonged to his railway and he was the presumable source that handed out the arsenal to vigilantes. Walter was indicted by the federal government for conspiracy and kidnapping; the charges were later dropped.
When the Douglas family purchased this Phoenix property it consisted of around 120 acres, many of which were populated with orange trees. This flourishing citrus farm was possible by the historic canals that we still rely upon today. Walter and Catherine, more gentlefolk farmers than actual agriculturalists, placed their 5,000-square foot home on an unplanted section of the land. They shared this home until Walter’s death in 1946.
Shortly after Catherine’s death in 1963, the estate was sold. The new family worked with a developer to create a small neighborhood around the Douglas home. This enclave was dubbed “Dos Puertas” or “Two Gates” and is composed of 14 townhomes built in the 1970s and two additional freestanding homes that most likely were constructed as guest houses for the original residence.
This romantic home is a historic centerpiece estate tucked within Dos Puertas, boasting all the elements one would hope and expect to find in a structure of this era.
Step back in time as you enjoy the artisan touches throughout this adobe beauty. Period interior accents surround such as old world wrought iron, distinctive fireplaces, and delightful niches.
Hand plastered walls are topped withcarved beams and ornate, hand painted ceiling panels. Stained-glass windows, elaborate iron grille work, scored concrete flooring, and classic decorative trims reinforce the style and grace of its architecture.
The one-story main living quarters are gracious and inviting offering many views into the surrounding gardens.
The upper floor with outdoor entry is a light and bright retreat perfect for an art studio, personal office, or that very private 4th en-suite bedroom.
Access to an intimate wine cellar is gained from one of the multiple patios.
The 2-bedroom guest casita with private patio shares a bricked courtyard. Reminiscent of a hacienda era lifestyle, this adobe Spanish Revival is a gated wonderland in the midst of a busy metropolis.
The multiple courtyards, patios, and other alfresco spaces are delightful spaces to enjoy the beauty of the well-tended grounds. Simply a charming second home for the seasonal Phoenician or secluded retreat for the well-appointed professional.
Love it as much as we do? Contact Johnnie Orr Bianchi or Mardi Kirkland at AZ Luxury Group, for more details and a private showing.