2014 Windsor Square Home and Garden Tour Recap

windsor square tour 2014 (113 of 133)The 2014 Windsor Square Home & Garden Tour in Phoenix has come and gone, but what a great day and tour. I am a bit of historic home tour junkie… just love these old houses that tell the story of our city’s past and the people who cherish and celebrate them. Below is a recap of the day’s events along with a YouTube video… hope you enjoy.

The Windsor Square Home & Garden tour was held on March 30th. It is a tour that celebrates on of Phoenix’s premier historic home districts and the northern most with houses typically from the 1920-1940’s. The homeowners definitely have something to be proud of as exemplified by CNN’s article calling it the Best Big City Neighborhood in America.

We have an article about the history of Windsor Square Historic district on our site for those who want to learn more about the neighborhood.
You can even see what homes are currently for sale in Windsor Square.

The 2014 Windsor Tour was truly exceptional. Stephanie DePascal and Sara Schantz did an amazing job selecting the 12 homes and gardens that were on display. Each home was special and showed the visiting public great examples of period architecture and how these homes have been kept grand by past and present homeowners.

Jeffrey Long and Bob Beukema, the event’s co-chairs, lead a strong team of homeowners that pulled together a great affair. The tour’s program had extensive information about each home and the activities of the day. An included map was easy to understand and follow.

I am told over 1800 people came to the event making it a roaring neighborhood success. In addition to the 12 homes and gardens, guests enjoyed the SunUp Brewery beer garden, the dozen or so food vendors and a well-thought crafts fair.

Each home on the tour was well marked and there were bike racks out front for the two-wheeled attendees. While most people walked the neighborhood, Ollie the Trolley was there to make the travel even easier. The organizers thought of everything.

windsor square tour 2014 (51 of 133)windsor square tour 2014 (122 of 133)The Urban Team began our own “Best of Tour” nominations earlier this year at the Willo and Coronado tours. We had a tough time choosing one at Windsor since all the homes and gardens were truly special. However, after a bit of muddling we settled on two homes for quite different reasons. Home #1 on the tour at 5001 N 6th was a co-winner for ambience. I sat back and listened to people going through the home and several commented on how warm and welcoming the place was… I felt it too. The co-winning home located at 511 E Orange won due to its uniqueness. True revival style homes are somewhat rare in Windsor Square due to the fact most homes were built in the late 30’s or after WWII when the craze was Ranch Style design. We were taken by the Santa Fe/Monterrey influences, high open-beam ceilings and other period accurate details.

Below we have a YouTube hosted “Tour of the Tour”. It includes pictures of all the homes and gardens on the tour as well as shots of the festival side. Again, we want to put a BIG SHOUT out to the planning committee and volunteers who make this day wonderful and special thanks to the homeowners who shared their extraordinary places with us.

A Tour of the 2014 Windsor Square Home & Garden Tour

Gene Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
Specializing in Historic Homes in Phoenix

Connecting people to the perfect place for over 20 years.

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