Whether it’s a rambling, flat-roofed hacienda or a cozy rancho, Spanish-style homes in the Phoenix real estate market combine the practical functionality and breathtaking beauty of Portuguese, Byzantine, Moorish, and Native American influences. They often resemble early Spanish missions, such as California’s famous Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Flagstone, Saltillo tile, and other natural materials complement the smooth or textured stucco. Roofs can be low-pitched with barrel tile and small or no overhang, cross-gabled, or flat with parapets (a low wall or railing on a roof). Phoenix real estate’s Spanish-style exteriors often include arched entryways, rounded windows and doors, and terra cotta ornaments.
Classic touches such as elaborate iron trim or a bell tower offer unique decorative touches. Homey interiors might incorporate brick or beehive fireplaces, colorful decorative Mexican tile around doorways and windows, and exposed beams. Floor plans tend to be rectangular, L-, or U-shaped, asymmetrical in shape, and often feature a walled-in courtyard for private communication with the outdoors.
Mustard yellows, terra-cotta tans and reds, and burnt-umber browns mix and match perfectly on the exterior or as part of the decor for an exhilarating Old West atmosphere.