Every autumn we do a monthly cottage feature, to share with you the wonderful local inspiration of other homeowners in the Prescott, Arizona area. #cottagesofprescott
For October, we got to check out Vyne House, in downtown Prescott.
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The current owners love everything about their old family home and, in fact, not much has changed over all the years.
The original home was about 1,200 square feet and remained that way until an upstairs dormer was added in back with an additional 600 square feet, about 9 or 10 years ago. Some solar panels were added, along with a couple of large water catchment systems for the garden.
Aside from that, most everything else is still original including the stucco siding (which looks to be brand new, but the owner says hasn't had to be repaired at all), the steel casement windows, the front door, and virtually everything inside.
The owner says he grew up right across the street, and he moved into the home about 50 or 60 years ago when his grandparents moved out. So he has lived on this block his entire life.
The back of the house features a small balcony to the new dormer addition, and a fenced-in shady garden with patios and walks. Refurbished steel seating is sprinkled around the entire property so there is always a place to take a break and entertain friends and neighbors.
Most of the installation in the garden was designed and created by Cisco Ortega who has worked with the owners over many years to create the flagstone walkways, patios, and a sweet rustic gazebo to sit and relax.
The owner remembered a funny story about how his Grandmother would hang out her laundry to dry in the back yard, and the neighbor built a metal screen to block the view, so he wouldn't have to look at his neighbors' laundry. And, that screen is still there.
The gazebo is just barely large enough for 2 comfortable chairs, and sits high up on the back corner of the lot with a nice view of the entire garden.
Tucked into the small side yard is a simple but functional greenhouse, attached to the house.
On the southwest corner of the house is a small covered porch with just a hint of the views that the owners enjoy of the expansive views to the west.
This is one well-built cottage that has stood the test of time, with original stucco that still looks new and electrical that is as sound and functional as ever.
I don't believe the cottage is listed on the National Historic Register, but perhaps it will be added in the future.
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.