Tapestry on Central
Tapestry on Central is a sprawling 280-unit development with a mix of brownstone, condo, townhome and loft residences. Located on Central Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, it’s within minutes of Phoenix’s Financial District and the airport.
Tapestry On Central
Tapestry on Central (aka Willo Walk) has seen its share of ups and downs. Those of us who hung out in the area back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s remember a courageous development called Willo Walk. It was a large condo project that loomed west of Central on Vernon Avenue and now stands as Tapestry on Central.
Willo Walk was touted as an urban loft project even though the units were condos, not lofts. We were performing a market study for a local development company at the time and couldn’t understand why a condo project was being called a loft development. Perhaps they didn’t know the difference?
Willo Walk ended up failing and was bought by a Canadian firm (GDC Development) who contracted with Scottsdale-based Starpointe Communities to finish and market the 107-unit project. GDC renamed the project Tapestry on Central and created a 3-phase development with 280 condo units plus street-level retail space in the building that fronts Central Avenue. GDC ran into problems when the market tanked in 2007 and ended up bulk-selling a bunch of condo units to an investment firm who sold some and has converted many others to rental units.
Tapestry On Central Today
As we’ve said, Tapestry on Central is comprised of 3 buildings, one at 17 W. Vernon, one at 24 W. Encanto Blvd., and the final one, a mixed-use retail and residential structure at 2302 N. Central Ave. Tapestry on Central has a variety of floor plans including 2-story units on the 1st, 5th and 6th floors and one story condo homes on the 3rd and 4th floors.
Tapestry on Central wasn’t one of our “you got to see this place” communities when it came out of the ground as Willo Walk and it still not. The original builder finishes, cabinets and floorings were nothing to write home about and the floor plans, especially the 2-story units, lacked a sense of flow. Our favorite condos units were and are the larger single story plans, especially the south-facing units on Encanto where you can get some epic views. One final note, Tapestry does have some nice amenities that we’ll discuss later.
A Bit About The Floor Plans and HOA Fees
- Single Story units come in 1 bedroom/1 bath to 2 bedroom/2 bath + den condo homes with square footage ranging from 837 to 2120.
- Two Story units come with a variety of 2 bedroom floor plans with optional dens and up to 3 bath. The sizes range from 1514 sq.ft. to 1743 sq.ft.
- The penthouses are all 2 bedroom homes varying in size from 1470 to 2390 square feet and include a rooftop terrace. Some units also include a den/office.
- HOA fees vary based on the size of the unit. The latest numbers show HOA fees ranging from $237.72 to $577.26. HOA fees are subject to change.
Tapestry on Central offers the following amenities to homeowners:
- Lap Pool
- Spa (it is non-operational as of this article in February 2012)
- Fitness Center
- Club House with Theater
- Large Sauna
- Underground Gated Parking
- Located On The Encanto Light Rail Station
Conclusions about Tapestry on Central
The best part of Tapestry on Central, in our opinion, is its location. The Valley Metro Light Rail is just a moment away and homeowners have easy access to the Burton Barr Library, Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum and many local restaurants and pubs.
Although the original design elements were uninspired, a spiffy remodel and décor can make these condo homes shine. Plus, the amenities are pretty darn nice.