If you have spent any time in, or passing through, the Roosevelt District of Phoenix, you’ll have noticed that it is mainly a neighborhood of ranches and bungalows. However, there is one tall building that stands proud right in the middle of the neighborhood. That building is the Embassy Condominiums. Built in 1964 by Del Webb as a swanky Hotel, it boasts one of the only “floating” pools in Arizona. The pool is actually just off the 3rd floor event room and covers the driveway entrance to the building. Because of the elevated pool, the short distance from the downtown high rise clusters, and the mature palm trees surrounding the building; it provides one of the most amazing poolside views of downtown Phoenix.
In 1982, the Embassy was converted to condominiums and featured 79 units for sale, a laundry room, gym, and event room. All contained in a secure access building with an onsite doorperson. A sizeable part of the current residents were among the original purchasers when the building was converted to condos. But, because of the current real estate market conditions, affordability is at some of the best levels the Embassy has ever seen. Now many more people are making this building their new home, because they can finally afford to live here. Another thing to note is that in addition to the HOA fees at the Embassy covering all of the usual common area maintenance, master insurance policy, etc.; they also cover your electricity, on-site desk person, and basic cable television. There aren’t many buildings in Phoenix that have this sort of “all-inclusive” HOA coverage. In recent years the building has seen some soft face lifts, and more recently Embassy resident Ben Bethel, of Clarendon Hotel fame, has spearheaded some great visual remodels within the building that have stayed true to the mid-century era that the building was born in.
When residents decide to venture out into their neighborhood, they don’t have to walk far in order to find dining, shopping and services. Local business within a short walk include, CIBO Pizza and Wine Bar, Local Breeze, Lola Coffeebar, Pita Jungle (coming soon), and the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, which also includes Royal Coffee at the Market. It is situated about 2.5 blocks from the Roosevelt Light Rail Station, so residents are a short walk from endless other offerings.
For anyone interested in experiencing the original high rise living in Phoenix, I would encourage you to check out the Embassy Condominiums.