A Brutalist Arizona Apartment With a Velvety Interior Lists for $670K

Architect Vince Scarano created a swanky wonderland within this landmark flat’s crisp concrete shell.

Property Details:

Location: 6502 N Central Ave A202, Phoenix, Arizona

Price: $670,000

Year Built: 1964

Architect: Robert Starkovich

Footprint: 1,675 square feet (one bedroom, two baths)

From the Agent: "This beautiful condo located in the central corridor of Phoenix has undergone an amazing renovation. The owner, Vince Scarano, is an architect with a passion for 1970s brutalist design which he showcases expertly in his personal residence we are now selling. The building itself, Olympus, is an iconic Phoenix fixture, designed in the 1960s by architect Robert Starkovich."

The renovated loft sits within Olympus, a pale yellow condominium complex designed by architect Robert Starkovich in 1964. With an exterior marked by walls of fleur-de-lis patterned breeze blocks and concrete arches, the complex is surrounded by plants characteristic of Phoenix’s hot desert climate.

"It’s a passionately implemented renovation that is ‘newtro’ in quality, taking cues from vintage design with decidedly current day upgrades," notes listing agent Jennifer Schaefer. The apartment is located on the top floor (with elevator access), and floor-to-ceiling glazing bathes the space in daylight.

A Cocoon Aeris ethanol-fueled fireplace hangs before a unique wood-paneled backdrop designed by artist Peter Glassford.

Perhaps the most notable element of the apartment is what the agent describes as the "dramatic concrete barrel vault ceiling, refinished by a walnut shell blast with a matte, velvety-soft texture."

The kitchen’s central island, adorned with Paul Evans cityscape-inspired metal mosaic tile, provides a casual eating and cooking space.

Plush velvet chairs juxtapose the concrete ceilings in a small sitting area between the kitchen and sleeping area. 

As the agent notes, "exposed copper plumbing lines are bent and configured artistically from wall to wall across the ceiling."

The open layout of the apartment enables one space to flow effortlessly into the next.

Golden wall panels and hanging spun-fiberglass globe lights from Spain serve as the backdrop for the glitzy sleeping area.

Light floods through the arched windows of the sleeping area to gently wake residents from their slumber.

The striking master bathroom is "outfitted with a stainless-steel multi-nozzle spa treatment shower unit, a wall-mounted water-resistant dual-sink vanity, glass subway wall tile, and mosaic circle tile flooring," the agent writes.

Among the condo’s many draws is the turquoise community pool, perfect for cooling off on especially hot days.

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