We'll wait while you set a reminder on your phone — a smart move, as tickets are limited to a total of 1,000 and sell out every single year. The super-popular tour is put on by Modern Phoenix, a blog founded by Alison King that serves as a hub for design lovers, the architecture obsessed, and Phoenix history buffs. Over the past 12 years, Modern Phoenix has hosted a home tour that puts the spotlight on a particular neighborhood or area. Past tours have looked at South Scottsdale, homes just west of Central Avenue, and Sunnyslope, among others.
This year's edition takes place on the afternoon of April 10 and focuses on Uptown Phoenix. Attendees of the self-guided, park-and-walk tour will get an inside look at a dozen homes, including designs by Ralph Haver, Fred Guirey, Mel Ensign, and Bennie Gonzalez. Neighborhoods visited will include Marlen Grove (the main focus of the 2007 tour), Northwood, the Biltmore area, and the Central Avenue Corridor.
“I’m thrilled to bring our 12th Annual home tour back to my own neighborhood of Uptown Phoenix," King tells New Times. "The amount of growth and redevelopment we’ve seen in the upper central corridor — from spaces like the Newton and Uptown Plaza, to the care citizens put into restoring homes by Arizona architects — is inspiring."
The tour is part of Modern Phoenix Week, which encompasses the tour, a marketplace at Scottsdale Museum Contemporary Art, and a packed calendar of events. Among them will be an art show called "MOD-AZ" opening at Chartreuse Gallery on First Friday, April 1, an intimate tour of architectural special collections at ASU featuring prominent Phoenix architects, and a double-decker bus tour of Mesa's Main Street neon signage on April 3.
Some Modern Phoenix Week events are free, while others — such as the Home Tour — are ticketed. Home Tour tickets are $35 for SMoCA members, who can purchase by phone only starting January 31 at 480-299-8587. Non-members can buy tickets for $40 starting February 1 through the Modern Phoenix Week website. For all the details, visit modernphoenixweek.com.