So, do you have any hot plans for Sunday, February 10th? We’ve got a stellar idea, spend the day at the 2013 Willo Home Tour in downtown Phoenix, AZ. The fun starts 10:00 in the morning and goes 4:00 in the afternoon. Best of all its also the 25th Annual Willo Home Tour so you will be a part of historic homes making history.
The Willo Home tour is the big-dog of historic home tours in the Phoenix area. Year after year the neighbors in the Willo open about a dozen homes to the public. It is a brilliant time and quite a generous thing for the home owners to do.
In addition to viewing the homes and gardens of classic homes from the 1920’s and 30’s, you can enjoy a street festival with load of vendors, great food, kickin’ music and seriously good people watching.
Last year I talked to a number of first time visitors. Most had no idea Phoenix was home to so many sweet historic properties. Universally, people liked the Tudor revival and southwestern style homes best.
We’ve been getting the Willo Home Tour “Sneak Peak” for the past few weeks and there are some great homes on parade this year. I know for sure there will be at least 2 Tudors, one from 1929 and one from 1931, as well as a 1928 Spanish Colonial home that has been beautifully restored and updated.
We are sure you have questions, so we’ve put together answers to help you get the most out of the Willo home tour:
How To Buy Tickets For The 2013 Willo Home tour.
You can purchase tickets online using Eventbright. Most credit cards work with Eventbright and the system will even add the tour to your calendar. Just go to: http://willotour.eventbrite.com/
In the past tickets have been $15.00 and that is what I hear they are this year. Eventbright does charge a handling fee.
Where Should I Park For the Willo Tour?
There is free parking at the Arizona Central Credit Union garage located at 2020 N. Central in downtown Phoenix. You can try parking on the streets a couple blocks north or south of Monte Vista and Holly too.
How Do I See The Historic Homes On the Willo Tour?
First, you need to know this is a walking style tour. In the past they have had shuttles, however, I could not confirm if that is the case this year. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, sunscreen and a hat are good if you like your skin.
When you pick up your tickets you’ll also get a map and a wristband. You’ll need the map to get around and the wristband to get inside the homes. FYI: Earlier or later is better from a crowd standpoint. There are likely to be decent lines at the homes from 12:00-3:00.
What Are The Homes Like at The Willo Tour?
The Willo historic district is considered one of the top historic neighborhoods in all of Phoenix. The homes are from the early 1900’s to 1940’s. The earlier homes include a number of revival style homes like Tudor, Monterey, Spanish, English Cottage and more. We’ve taken a few pictures and created a post you can view: http://urbanteam.wpengine.com/2012/02/pictures-of-homes-in-willo-historic-district-in-phoenix-az/
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That’s what we help dozens of people do each year. We love historic homes and have made them our specialty. For over 20 years we’ve been connecting people to the perfect place. We’d be honored to help you.
Gene Urban and Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives