Today, Gallup and Sharecare released a report that examines the well-being of 186 communities across the nation.
Prescott, Arizona ranks #9 in Overall Well-being and #4 in Community.
The report analyzes well-being across the following five elements:
I was happily surprised to see that 52% of animal owners will undertake a home renovation to accommodate their pet family members.
Located approximately 1.5 miles west of Prescott's historic Courthouse Plaza, this small residential neighborhood at the base of Indian Hill is comprised of fourteen homes, all of which are contributing residences to the National Register Historic District. The homes were constructed on the easternmost 7.71 acres of the old Hassayampa Country Club and were numbered one through fourteen from north to south.
"Fun for old and young in a jewel-like setting of verdant foliage and towering pines with lovely Thumb Butte for a background."1941 club brochure
The district consists primarily of one-story residences and associated outbuildings, built between 1939 and 1945. Homes were built in three styles: granite field stone bungalows, Modern Minimal Traditional, and Spanish Eclectic. All homes contain elements derived from the Arts and Crafts tradition.
The field stone bungalows are small to moderate in size, ranging from 935 sqft. to 1,682 sqft. Porches are uncovered, and all window openings remain original.
Homes build in the Modern Minimal Traditional style were all constructed of formed and poured concrete with stucco finish; some have granite fieldstone foundations. These homes range in size from 1,375 sqft. to 5,000 sqft.
The four Spanish Eclectic homes are constructed of formed and poured concrete with stucco finish; some have granite field stone foundations. These homes range in size from 1,288 sqft. to 1,564 sqft. Entry porches are covered.
The first eight homes were conceptualized by Harvey E. Cory, the owner of the old Hassayampa Country Club; his daughter, Elizabeth Born, was responsible for the construction of the last six residences after Mr. Cory's death in 1949.
Mr. Cory had purchased the Hassayampa Country Club and 160 acres of surrounding area in 1939. With the vision to respect the natural beauty of the area, Mr. Cory constructed a new clubhouse, complete with swimming pool and tennis courts. In the years leading up to and following World War II, the club’s popularity soared—the success primarily attributed to the many business and professional people who brought families to Prescott during summer months.
The native vegetation is a defining feature, with Deodara cedar, Arizona cypress, Ponderosa pine, Alligator juniper, Piñon pine, and various species of live oak trees found in abundance. A significant feature of the district are the many beautifully crafted retaining walls made of uncut granite field stone found throughout the properties.
Regrettably, in 2001, the old clubhouse, bath house, swimming pool and tennis courts (built in the early 1940s) were demolished by the Canavest Group, which purchased the 3.25 acres to make way for a condominium complex.
Fortunately, a group of seven investors joined together to protect the fourteen historic homes from a similar fate. They were able to have each of the fourteen homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2003, the Prescott City Council approved their request for the creation of the Historic Homes at Hassayampa Country Club historic overlay district. The efforts of the investors were recognized for their efforts when they received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.
Nestled in west Prescott just off Coronado Avenue, the quiet community of Pine Crest features cozy, bungalow-style homes built between 1911 and 1935. Many houses retain their original shingled exteriors and native rock retaining walls—a signature of the district.
"We go back to the '20s, when it was peaceful and quiet, and all the neighbors knew each other. That's how we feel."Sylvia Neely
Prescott’s Chamber of Commerce developed and promoted the neighborhood as a health and vacation spot close to town.
Featured for its rich history, iconic craftsman bungalows, and amenities such as walk-ability and community, the neighborhood caught the eye of This Old House magazine when it released The Best Old House Neighborhoods 2012: The West.
The area became a historic district in 1989 and city council members declared it a preservation district in 1994.
In 1926, Milton Smith had a vision; in 1929, 450 lots were developed and Prescott’s beloved Hassayampa Mountain Club was born.
In 1937, eight Hassayampa Mountain Club residents (Charles H. Dunning, W. K. Humbert, W. W. Lane, Sidney B. Mouer, Maurice Obear, Bailey A. Phillips, John W. Spalding, C.P. Stephens) formed a non-profit organization and began organizing an attractive summer recreational club to attract other Phoenix and valley residents to the area. In 1938 the community was incorporated as Mountain Club.
In the early years, most of the water lines were on top of the ground. The water lines were uncoupled and drained before the frost season and placed in use again the following spring.
The organization adopted by-laws, rules and regulations, and established membership fees and annual dues. Through the cooperation of nearly 100 resident members, the mortgage of the organization’s Club House was paid in full in 1946.
In the early years, the organization employed a full-time activities director for all ages. To escape the intense summer heat in the valley, many families arrived at Mountain Club as soon as school let out for the summer; they stayed until school resumed again in the fall. Pot-luck suppers were the most popular events—"always friendly and cordial affairs”.
World War II impacted Prescott’s Mountain Club significantly. Due to rationing of gasoline and tires, Phoenix and valley members found it difficult to frequent their summer homes. Additionally, Prescott was experiencing a shortage of housing and rising prices. It proved beneficial for many members to sell their summer homes to full-time Prescott residents. It was this new group of Prescott “full-timers” who banded together to install water pipes underground—providing the first year-round water service for Mountain Club.
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