People relocate to Phoenix from all over the world. The climate, the year-around recreation, the culture and the Fortune 500 companies draw an eclectic mix of professionals, tourists, retirees, students, families, and artists seeking Phoenix real estate.
Phoenix has seen both sides of the housing boom, from rapid development to rampant foreclosure. But the pride of home ownership is alive and well in Phoenix! If you need proof, start by looking at Willo.
The Willo Historic District is more or less bounded by Central Avenue, McDowell Road, 7th Avenue, and Thomas Rd. It also includes, approximately, areas bounded by Edgemont and Cambridge Roads, and 7th and 3rd Avenue. Well, it might be easier if you look at a property map. But there are two elements that make Willo stand out: its people, and its architecture.
When urban sprawl marched through Phoenix in the 1980’s, concerned homeowners in this tight-knit community banded together to preserve it. They succeeded in obtaining historic designation for the neighborhood, ensuring that their vintage homes would have a future in the Phoenix real estate to come.
In Willo, historic residential architecture is truly world-class, from Spanish and American colonials, to English Tudors, to French Provincials. Many of these homes are surrounded by impressive landscaping and gardens. Homeowners in Willo share and show off these properties during the annual Willo Home Tour.
Homeowners in Willo’s Historic District see themselves as stewards of these unique properties. The sense of community runs strong in neighborhoods that plan to stick around! Perhaps it’s best summed up by these two residents who opened their home to the Willo Home Tour:
“We love living where neighbors are truly neighbors! We love being able to show and share our home. We want this to be the place where our daughter grows up. We’ll want to keep it in the family for years to come.”
That’s the spirit of homeownership that preserves neighborhoods. Phoenix is fortunate to have several special neighborhoods that share history, architecture, and a strong sense of community. The Roosevelt Historic District and the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District have bragging rights of their own. Meanwhile, the Camelback Corridor and the Biltmore neighborhood mix classic architecture with contemporary design on a grand scale.
When it’s time to by a home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Paradise Valley, let me know. I specialize in one-of-a-kind properties and there are some fantastic homes for sale right now in the Phoenix real estate market. With my knowledge of architecture and style, I will find the home that’s looking for you! If you have questions about real estate, or just want to talk houses, give me a call at 602.620.6267 or email me.
Joe Janus, real estate agent and Realtor® specializing in Homes with Exceptional Style in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, Arizona