Historic Fraser Fields – Downtown Mesa, Arizona

Fraser Fields is one of Mesa’s historic neighborhoods, with ranch style homes on large irrigated lots near Downtown Mesa. Homes in the Fraser Fields Local Historic District  were built in the late 40’s and 50’s and appealed to the affluent middle class, looking for a change from “the city” in what was known at the time as Mesa’s most exclusive community. Yes, that’s what it was like in the 50’s.   There is no single builder in the neighborhood – homes were built to order for the original residents, which included doctors, lawyers and businessmen with names that are easily recognized in Mesa.

Fraser Fields was originally a plot of land purchased by Hyrum Smith Phelps in the early 1900s for $80 and a mare.  He built the first house for one of his wives, Sara Lucretia Pomeroy, an adobe structure that stood where the restaurant “Bill Johnson’s Big Apple” is currently located.  Hyrum later sold the land to Dr. Jack Fraser who built a house on 4th Street (University).  Jack Fraser later sold the land to Passey Investment Corporation, which subdivided the land in 1946 and named the subdivision Fraser Fields.

Fraser Fields was a very big deal with 2/3 acre custom lots ranging in price for $800 – $2000 that were nearly double the size of the typical lot in Phoenix. Perks included 60-cycle electricity, city water, underground irrigation and wide paved streets. As a publicity stunt, the Mesa Jaycees raffled off a fully furnished $12,000 home in Fraser Fields. It was awarded to  Mrs. Irene Van Kirk, a widow and mother of two children.

Today, Fraser Fields is a well-preserved, upper middle-income ranch style neighborhood located in an area that is undergoing significant redevelopment. The Light Rail will be running along Main Street adjacent to the neighborhood, and many exciting changes are anticipated in the years to come for this area. Many of the original lots have been split but the homes still reflect the sprawling ranch style of the original builds.  Driving along the streets – all named Fraser in the main portion of the community, distinguished by Fraser East and Fraser West adjacent to Fraser Dr – you can experience that charm of the 50’s that called out the each of the current residents, some who have lived here for decades.

For more about the history of Fraser Fields, check out this article from Mesa’s Historic Preservation Department.

Wondering what’s sold recently in Fraser Fields? Here you go!

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326 N Fraser Drive, Mesa 85203, Fraser Fields Lots 17-47, 66-96

  • $350,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 2,168
  • Lot size: 12,624
  • Year built: 1956
  • MLS #: 5835289

126 N Fraser Drive, Mesa 85203, Fraser Fields Lots 17-47, 66-96

  • $305,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,664
  • Lot size: 12,637
  • Year built: 1955
  • MLS #: 5724655

325 N Fraser Drive, Mesa 85203, Fraser Fields Lots 17-47, 66-96

  • $335,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,656
  • Lot size: 12,820
  • Year built: 1955
  • MLS #: 5784440
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