The Del Norte Place Historic District boundaries are roughly Virginia Avenue to Encanto Boulevard and 17th Avenue to 15th Avenue. Del Norte Historic District is adjacent to the Encanto Golf Course which opened in 1937, making the neighborhood a highly desirable location for homebuyers.
The neighborhood represents a range of architectural styles popular in Phoenix between World Wars I and II. The homes in Del Norte Place average around 1,500 square feet, usually with 3 bedrooms with a blend of English Cottages, Pueblo Revivals, Tudor Revivals, Bungalows, French Provincial Ranches, Spanish Colonial Revivals, Period Revivals and Early, 1940’s Ranch-style homes are also found in the district. Corner casement windows were popular on some Early Ranch-style homes.
Homes in the Del Norte Place neighborhood were built between 1927 and 1945. Encanto Park, with its 222 acres of picnic areas, playgrounds, lagoons, wildlife, nature trails and golf courses, made the Del Norte Place district a desirable location for homebuyers in the mid-twentieth century.
Developed by Dr. James Collier Norton, Del Norte Place was opened to the public in 1927. Conceived as an English Cottage style neighborhood, further development of surrounding areas enclosed Del Norte Place on three sides by park greenbelt. Later construction featured Ranch and Period Revival homes to be showcased in Dr. Norton’s “beautiful subdivision.”
Best of Phoenix In 2009: In the realm of central Phoenix historic districts, Del Norte Place is flanked by some heavy hitters: Encanto-Palmcroft, Willo, Roosevelt, and F.Q. Story. But, this little sleeper of a neighborhood, dating to the 1920’s, is an idyllic place. Its broad, tree-lined streets and carefully manicured lawns make you feel you’re somewhere else, like Mayberry. People hang out on their front porches and kids ride their bikes and play in the street. The architecture varies from English Cottage to California ranch, with front porches rather than monster garages.
Spend any time here and it’s evident that this is a tight-knit neighborhood. The well-organized Del Norte Place Neighborhood Association is all about being, well, neighborly. They organize neighborhood yard sales and get together for summer barbeques, holiday parties, and Easter egg hunts. Now, who’s got the apple pie?
Encanto Park: Encanto Park in Phoenix was listed alongside New York City’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Boston Commons as one of the Nation’s 12 Best City Parks according to Forbes Magazine. Forbes further recognized Encanto Park for its old-fashioned qualities and charming attractions, including boat rentals and an amusement park, all located in the heart of central Phoenix.
Del Norte Place Website: A site created for the enrichment and enjoyment of Del Norte Place friends and neighbors.
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