Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour 2015
I love being surprised, to have one of those what the heck moments. Driving through Paradise Valley or along Biltmore Circle Drive does that too me and so does the Encanto Palmcroft neighborhood. I remember the first time I “got lost” and ended up on Palmcroft Drive; there was no way I was still in Phoenix. The road moved in sweeping curves, the landscaping had grass, stunning old trees and texture. Then there were the homes. I didn’t know Phoenix had a neighborhood filled with large elegant homes from the 1920’s.
Every two years, the homeowners in Encanto Palmcroft open their special neighborhood and several houses to the public. 2015 is one such year and they cordially invite all of us to the Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour where approximately a dozen homes and gardens will have their doors open saying… come see a bit of Phoenix’s history.
Like other historic neighborhoods, Encanto Palmcroft has a rich history. Here is a little tidbit from their neighborhood web site:
Two visionaries, Dwight B. Heard and William G. Hartranft, bought 80 acres from the half-section estate of James W. Dorris to develop as Palmcroft (croft is an English term which means “little garden”). The plan they devised, in conjunction with their surveyor, Harry E. Jones, was a picturesque scheme of curving streets.
The proximity of the neighborhood to the park (Encanto) represents an approach to suburban planning that had its roots in 18th century England. It flourished in America as the “City Beautiful” movement and evolved in Phoenix as a highly successful achievement. The houses within the subdivisions were designed as parts of the whole. They tend to “look towards each other” reinforcing the sense of neighborhood and are harmonious in style.
The Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour has more than homes to offer. At the corner of 9th Ave and Monte Vista you’ll find a hub of activity including:
- Yummy food
- An estimated 75 arts and crafts booths
- Classic Cars, mostly from the 1920’s and 30’s
- Music and people having a good time
To keep things simple and safe there is no on-street parking. People either park at Phoenix College and take the shuttle into the neighborhood or walk/roll/bike into the event. This is nice as the streets are a bit narrow and keeping them open to walkers, bike riders and the Trolley is important.
Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour — The Details
- Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
- Parking: There is no neighborhood parking allowed. You will want to park at The Phoenix College parking lot located on the NE corner of 15th Ave and Thomas Rd.
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchase at the ticket booth in the Phoenix College Parking lot, at the 9th Ave and Monte Vista booth or online. VERY IMPORTANT: They do not take credit cards at the booth… cash or check only. Tickets are $20.00 on the day of the event or $18.00 online. Children under 12 are free when with their parental unit. Click Here to Buy Online.
- Food: Food is never a problem at our downtown historic home tours. We have some of the best food trucks in the country here. No doubt some local favorites like Short Leash and the Grilled Cheese Truck.
- Getting Around the Neighborhood: You have choices. You can get some exercise walking or biking to the various homes or take one of the shuttle buses that will drop you off.
If you’d like to take a peak at the neighborhood online… guess what, we have a YouTube Neighborhood Tour for you.
Naturally, when people come to the Encanto Palmcroft home tour they often get an itch to own one of these charmers. Below is a list of homes in the downtown area that may peak your interest. If you find one you want to see, just let us know. We love historic homes and delight in helping people explore what Phoenix has to offer.
Hope to see you at the tour.
The Urban Team
7600 N 16th St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85020