Willo Historic District

Utilized as agricultural land dating back to the late 1800s and eventually developing into a small community of bungalow-style homes, the Willo Historic District has maintained its character and charm, enticing residents who are seeking a quaint neighborhood with direct access to arts, culture and entertainment in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

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Welcome to Willo Historic Distric

Homes in the Willo District, located west of First Avenue to Seventh Avenue, situated north of McDowell Road to south of Thomas Road, were first constructed in the early 1900s and feature a variety of architectural designs including bungalow, Tudor, American Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival and ranch-style homes.
As the city of Phoenix grew, the quiet suburb and valuable land gained interest from commercial developers in the 1980s, which inspired residents to rally for a conservation district and protect its historic status. Today, the Phoenix Preservation Historic Office governs home renovations and upgrades to Willo District homes in an effort to maintain historic appeal.

The Neighbors

A diverse yet close-knit group of professionals, families, and single adults.
While many of the residents of the Willo District are business professionals who benefit from the short commute and close proximity to downtown Phoenix, a growing number of families are seeking this attractive, centrally located neighborhood as a great place to set down roots and raise their children. With palm-tree-lined streets and plenty of biking and walking routes, parks and nightlife, residents of all ages can enjoy this quaint neighborhood that’s just minutes from the bustling city.

What To Expect

A historic community rich in culture, a group of homeowners who invest in creating beautiful home renovations and restorations, and a supportive neighborhood association that advocates for historic preservation.
Keeping safety a top priority, the Willo District neighborhood ‘block watch’, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, encourages residents to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity or people to the police. Together, Willo District neighbors are watching out for each other, their homes and are helping to keep the community free from crime.

What Not To Expect

Tract or 'cookie-cutter' housing.
The annual Willo Historic Home Tour draws visitors valley-wide for a unique experience of touring Phoenix's most famed classic, traditional, ranch, and modern homes. Guests are granted full access to explore homes and enjoy the street fair ambience, complete with music and food.

The Lifestyle

Options to walk, bike or take public transportation for work or entertainment purposes, such as a trip to the museum, a visit to the opera, dining out, or catching a sporting event.
Located just a few short miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Willo District provides residents access to public transportation such as the Phoenix METRO light rail, bus service, DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) and DEE (Downtown Evening Express). For those looking for an evening out on the town, the Willo District offers plenty of fun, hip, casual, upscale and modern restaurants, bars and lounges perfect for any lifestyle. Whether a romantic meal or a quick bite with friends, a glass of wine or a pint of beer, there are a wide variety of drinking and dining options including a large selection of independently owned establishments that feature locally sourced ingredients, proving to be an ideal spot for food and beverage connoisseurs.

You'll Fall In Love With

The individuality of each home, the beautifully maintained neighborhood and the charm of this historic community.
Nestled near the cultural hubs of the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Willo District is directly situated near museums, theaters, art districts, antique shops, concert venues and local sporting facilities. Indeed, the area provides an endless amount of entertainment options well-suited for children as well as all ages of adults.