Get your calendar open and put the 2014 Willo Historic Home Tour in there on February 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In its 26th year, the Willo Historic Home tour is the big one with about a dozen homes and gardens on tour, plus a big street festival. Let’s take a look at what Willo Historic District is and why this tour is so popular.
What is the Willo Historic District:
Willo is one of 35 historically designated neighborhoods in the downtown Phoenix area. It is a large neighborhood bounded by McDowell Rd, Thomas Rd (south and north) and 1st Ave to 7th avenue (east and west.)
About 900 historically significant homes can be found in Willo and the variety of period revival style houses is what makes it truly special. You’ll find Tudor, Spanish, Pueblo, Mediterranean, Bungalow, English Cottage and other wonderful homes dating back to the early 1920’s.
For more information including a YouTube video of a past tour, check out our article on Willo Historic.
What Happens At the Willo Historic Home Tour?
The Willo Tour has become one of downtown Phoenix’s premiere events. Several thousand people flock to the neighborhood to get an inside view of about a dozen special historic homes and gardens. The producers of the tour work hard to give the public access to a variety of architecturally distinctive properties.
In addition to the tour, there is a delightful street fair filled with nearly 100 vendors and food booths galore. Plus, there is music in the park and some of the best people watching around. It’s a kids and pets friendly event too. It is no wonder the tour has won Best of Phoenix awards.
You can purchase tickets online via EventBright or at the ticket booth on Sunday February 9th. The booth and will call for your online tickets is located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Monte Vista. When you get your tickets you’ll be given a wrist-band and map of the tour. It is a self-guided tour and you’ll need a wristband to get into the homes.
Tickets to the event are about $20.00 and the proceeds help in the maintenance of the Willo Historic Neighborhood and production of the next year’s tour.
Where Do I Park for the 2014 Willo Historic Home Tour?
Don’t try and park in the neighborhood itself. The streets are barricaded for the event. Free parking is available at 2020 North Central in the Arizona Central Credit Union garage. From there just walk, stroll or bike west to 3rd Ave and Monte Vista.
Miscellaneous Info About the 2014 Willo Historic Tour:
- The tour is often spread around the neighborhood so wear some comfortable shoes.
- There is a trolley that can take you around if walking is tough.
- Willo Historic draws a lot of people. We recommend you get there early to avoid the longer lines to see homes.
- There is a wide variety of food booths and food trucks.
- About 100 vendors will line the street with lots of info and goodies.
- No one is allowed to shoot video or take pictures inside the homes.
- Be courteous of the homeowners who graciously open their homes to thousands of strangers.
· Have fun, wear some sunscreen and we’ll see you there.
Gene Urban & Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
Historic Home Specialists in Downtown Phoenix
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