Best Home Tour (2010)

Willo Historic Neighborhood Home Tour

Sometimes we'll skip the Encanto or F.Q. Story home tours, but we never miss the Willo neighborhood tour, which usually falls on a weekend in February each year. Willo — bounded by Central and Seventh avenues and McDowell and Thomas roads — is one of the largest historic neighborhoods in Phoenix, with nearly 700 homes built between the 1920s and the 1940s. For us, it's like a holiday to wander through Willo's wide variety of architectural styles — 1920s bungalows, 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Greek Revival, American Colonial Revival, and Pueblo Revival homes. We even like the mid-century ranch houses. And after we've wandered through a dozen or so cool old houses, checking out the rehabbed kitchens and the neatly period-correct moldings and doorframes, we like to grab a quick bite and do a little shopping at the Willo street festival that's one of the best parts of this fun-filled event.


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