4930 N Calle LaVela sold in less than 2 months’ time for 815K by Long Realty. This historical charmer was designed by Tucson’s most famous architect, Josias Joesler in 1936. It encompasses almost 3K square feet on almost 2 acres, although it originally sat up on a larger homesite that was over 4 acres and then there was a lot split. This 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home, with 2 car garage has 2,570 square feet in the main house and about 400 square feet for the guest casita. Adobe walls are one foot deep to insulate the home; it is on septic and has electric heat.
Josias Joesler was born in Switzerland and had a European architectual education; he moved to Tucson in 1927 (after living in California briefly) and designed most of his homes for John W. Murphy (builder) for wealthy Americans who wished to live in Tucson for its mild climate, mostly in winter. Many of his homes sit in Catalina Foothills Estates which is close to River and Campbell, yet boasts Catalina Foothills School District. Joesler’s most famously designed building is St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church which is located on the corner of River and Campbell.
This beautiful historical home last sold for 975K in the summer of 2005; prior to that it sold for 775K in summer of 2004.