Phoenix Historic Housing District
Arizona is a unique state filled with sunshine and friendly people. While it is considered a young state, admitted to the union in just 1912, Arizona has a storied history. Once copper was discovered in the mid-1850’s, people started to migrate to this desert state. As soon as air conditioning became commonplace in homes, Arizona’s population swelled. Now home to over six million people, Arizona embraces its rich history, as seen in its historic home districts.
Phoenix, Arizona’s capital, features 35 separate historical home districts that are designated for Historic Preservation. These varied homes, from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, offer an exclusive look into the home life of Arizonans. Preservation of these homes is a sense of community pride, with special days designated for home tours that celebrate each district’s unique heritage and connection to the past. Generally, the properties featured in the National Register must be at least fifty years old, unless the home has exceptional community significance, and then an exception can be made. Homeowners of these historic homes are able to make changes to its appearance, even up to the demolition of the home, as long as there are no federal monies attached to the home’s renovation or demolition. Most of these homeowners tend to embrace the home’s architecture and look to renovate or enhance it in some way. Exterior modifications remain minimal while interior upgrades like Granite Countertops are often preferred. Flooring is almost always upgraded and replaced.
Phoenix offers several incentive programs for owners of these historic home. Homeowners can apply for an Exterior Rehabilitation Assistance grant to help rehab a home in one of the historic districts, or listed in the Phoenix Historic Property Register. There is also a Demonstration Project Program designed to assist with rehabbing of multifamily, commercial or institutional properties. These funds pay for the restoration of historic details to retain the charm and appearance of the home’s time period. Phoenix also offers a Low Income Historic Housing Rehabilitation Program to encourage the upkeep of a historic home and funds are used for repair and reconstruction of deteriorated homes, that meet the city’s historic property guidelines. There are also other state and federal incentives as well as funds provided from other public and private foundations to help with the restoration, maintenance and rehabbing of historic homes. The goal of these programs and foundations is to build community pride and to preserve Arizona’s history. Some homeowners opt-in for Quartz Countertops.
The historic districts in Phoenix range from cute bungalow homes to large mansions. The homes are situated in the downtown and Central Phoenix areas and fetch hefty prices, due to their envied locations and historical value. Surrounded by olive and ash trees, many of these neighborhoods boast a rural, small-town feel while offering the conveniences of a large city. With backyard pools and spas with built-in bars lined with granite and other natural stones, these backyards are beautiful.
The Alvarado District is one of the most renowned historic areas, featuring the Heard Museum and homes built between 1924 and 1932. Typically, these homes are either Elizabethan, Tudor, Georgian or Spanish Colonial, Mission or Craftsman Bungalow architecturally.
The F.Q. Story neighborhood is one of the original subdivisions, owned by Francis Quarles Story, the mastermind behind the Sunkist Orange campaign. The location of these homes is close to downtown shops and galleries, as well as Chase Field and Symphony Hall. These homes, celebrated for their diversity, were constructed between the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Idylwilde Park is a unique district featuring 40 homes that each back to a three-acre park that is completely hidden from any other neighborhoods. Each homeowner in this district owns a part of the park which has a pool and grassy area. The neighborhood features Period Revival style homes.
If you live in Phoenix, you may have heard of Earll Street. Named after E.A. Earll, the historic district that bears his name features adorable cottage homes, that back in the 1930’s offered amenities like kitchen appliances and electric light switches. Earll Place homes were originally sold for less than $5,000; today they fetch well over $400,000 with Granite Countertops installed or not installed – doesn’t really matter for that price.
Yaple Park is another district named for a prominent Phoenix family. The Yaple family originally farmed this land until it was developed into 103 Transitional Early Ranch Style homes in the late 1920’s to the 1940’s. This neighborhood only encompasses three streets but sought after 7th Avenue is one of them.
The cozy little Brentwood district modeled itself after the wealthier homes in other historic districts. In the 1940’s, the end of World War II helped families purchase lots and homes in the Brentwood section. Another section featuring cozy little homes, each about 900 square feet, is the Villa Verde district. Architect Frank Wallace designed almost all of the 105 English Cottage style homes.
Back in the late 1800’s lots in the historic East Evergreen subdivision cost roughly $400.00. Homes built in this neighborhood feature deep lawns, large porches and predominantly Craftsman architecture. Both Townsend Park and Margaret T Hance Park are close by, and these homes now sell for almost $500,000.
One of the most popular historic districts is the Willo subdivision featuring Tudor, Bungalows, and Ranch homes. Most of these homes in the were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they form one of the largest historic neighborhoods in Phoenix. When the annual historic home tours are featured each year, the Willo neighborhood is always one of the most sought after due to the beautiful, tree-lined streets and unique houses built with brick, wood, and natural Granite stone.
As the saying goes, everything old is new again. Historic homes are highly sought after, especially by the younger generation who appreciate their aesthetic appeal. These historic homes offer charm and character not found in newer subdivisions. They offer unique floor plans and are considered works of art, highlighting a bygone age. Historic homes do require substantial upkeep due to their age, but people who buy them not only cherish the home itself, they cherish the community and camaraderie of their neighbors. Phoenix is primarily blessed to have so many homes in various unique historic districts, all with special features and offering an excellent centralized location. Coupled with Phoenix’s ample sunshine, excellent dining and shopping, professional sports teams and overall affordability, these historic districts are sought after homes.