Welcome to Willo
West of 1st Avenue to 7th Ave, bounded by Thomas Road to the north and Mcdowell Road to the south Willo Historic District is the perfect place for downtown living. Willo houses are the homes people dream of. From Bungalows, to Spanish Colonials and prime examples of homes from the 1920s and 1930s. Because of the old age of these homes, they may not seem convenient for those in need of garages and walk-in closets. The charm of these homes, however, seem to make up for the lake of modernization. Homes start around $300,000 and go up to over $800,000 so who wouldn’t dream of these houses? The neighborhood is funded by The Willo Histioric Home Tour which funds the neighborhoods special events including movie night and the Willo Yard Sale.
The Willo Historic Home Tour runs on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day from 9am-12pm and invites visitors and other residents to about a dozen of the historic homes in the neighborhood. The tour is said to hold some of Phoenix’s most beautiful Ranch, Spanish, Bungalow, and Tudor style homes. Tickets run for less than $20, what a deal for such a historic journey!
There are three light rail stops close by the Willo neighborhood, making the area extremely accessible and a convenient location. How many homes in the Phoenix area still have basements? Well that’s one characteristic that makes these homes rather one-of-a-kind. Many homes also have guest homes so residents can have their privacy as well as their lucky visitors. Both of these unique elements are a result of the homes being built in the 1920s and 1930s, leading them into the beautiful Willo Historic District it is today.
PERFECT FORThe homeowner enthusiast. Not that other people don't love their homes, its just that Willo owners really care for these homes as if they were their children.
NOT SO PERFECT FORThe home investor, unless you can spend some sweat equity, these homes are a labor of love.
THE LIFESTYLEWillo owners can be compared to high end historic car collectors. They LOVE their homes like no other and can spend hours swapping stories about their homes histories, challenges, and personalities.
THE MARKETTudors, Bungalows, and Spanish Colonials ranging from high $200's (needing work) to perfectly maintained homes in the $600's
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITHThe peacefulness of the old neighborhood and the way that these homes are timeless and yet, so much can be creatively done with them so that they never get "old."
The Willo Historic District is divided into two parts, between Encanto Blvd. and McDowell and between Thomas Road and Encanto Blvd. J.P. Holcomb used a Homestead Patent in 1878 to purchase the are between Encanto Blvd. and McDowell. And in 1886 the area between Thomas Road and Encanto Blvd was purchased through a Timber Culture Land Patent.
Willo is one of Phoenix’s largest historic neighborhoods with over 700 houses developed and seventeen subdivisions. Around the time each subdivision was constructed expresses the architectural trends of the area. Primarily between 1886 and 1910 the land was used for agricultural purposes then in the early 1900s four subdivisions were established each that had home sites with long skinny lots. The residential construction firm, Home Builders, started constructing new homes with the Bungalow style in the early 1920s. Along with the rest of the West, the town experienced a huge growth through the mid and late 1920s resulting in the expansion of the Willo area.
During the N. Kenilworth and Broadmor subdivisions, model homes were built in the area in the late 1920s with high standards set for the residential area’s construction. During this time the “Spanish Rancho Home” style was brought to the area and was included as one of these “model homes”. The “Spanish Rancho Home”’s design interprets the Spanish Style from the mid to late 1920s. And then by the early 1930s other historical styles were interpreted into the home designs. Eventually Ranch and Tudor style homes would be incorporated within the area.