Willo Historic District

Willo Historic District Location: Homes in Willo are bounded by roughly Thomas and McDowell Roads, Central and 7th Avenues, Phoenix

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Willo Historic District in Phoenix with Laura BoyajianWillo Historic District is about one square mile of charming residential homes in a manicured neighborhood just north of downtown Phoenix.

Want to Live Where You Can Walk and Bike?

The Willo neighborhood is walking, biking and Light Rail distance to the Arizona Science Center, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix Theater, Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum and everything downtown and Central Phoenix offers.

Elegance is Pricey

Homes for sale in Willo come at a price. Willo is one of the most, if not THE most desired historic districts in Central and Downtown Phoenix. It’s basically a toss up between Willo and Encanto-Palmcroft. Either district will “wow” the fussiest buyers. Willo price entry is at least $500,000 but you can easily spend in upwards of $900,000 or more.

Why Live in Willo Historic District?

  • It has been voted one of the top 10 cottage communities in the United States
  • An amazing urban location with very short distance to the core of Downtown Phoenix
  • Walkable to 3 different Metro Phoenix Light Rail stops
  • Walk or bike to an abundance of restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, arts districts, sporting venues and employment centers
  • Palm tree-lined streets
  • A diverse mix of architectural styles
  • Immaculately well-kept homes with manicured lawns and mature landscaping
  • Pride of ownership
  • Community oriented
  • Family oriented
  • A peaceful neighborhood
  • Near several parks including Encanto Park

Tree-Lined Streets

The trees-lined streets are worth an extra mention because they add such an amazing look and feel to the neighborhood. The spectacular palm-tree lined streets in this downtown neighborhood will intrigue you from the moment your eyes land on the first home, no matter which street you stumble across.  

Architecture In Willo

Architecture of Willo homes is vast. They were built primarily during the first half of the 20th century. With more than 900 distinctively, unique homes. The Willo Historic District is one of the largest historic districts. From Bungalows to Tudors to Dutch Colonials to Spanish Colonials, to Pueblo Revivals, to American Colonials to Greek Revivals. Do you get where I’m going with this? Yes, it’s just flat out amazing as is the history of Willo.

The National Register of Historic Places

The Willo Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. J.P. Holcomb used a Homestead Patent in 1878 to acquire the southern section of Willo Historic District, between Encanto Boulevard and McDowell Road. Then, in 1886 Holcomb acquired the northern section, which is between Encanto Boulevard and Thomas Road, through a Timber Culture Land Patent. 

22 Different Subdivisions

Willo consists of 22 individual subdivisions. Each is different. You can see this in the architecture, landscaping, lot sizes and street styles. So, this is part of what makes Willo so unique. In the early 1900s, four different subdivisions were platted which accounted for plans for 41 Bungalow Style home sites. Willo is now one of downtown Phoenix’s largest historic districts with over 900 homes.

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