East Evergreen’s history goes back to 1893 when the land was primarily used for farming. It wasn’t long before the Phoenix Railway Co. began laying streetcar lines, using property owner subsidies to finance development.
If you find yourself just south of McDowell Rd between 7th and 3rd streets you will be in the East Evergreen Historic District… the topic of this article. We will take a look at the history of E. Evergreen, what it’s like today and as always, we will include a list of homes currently for sale in East Evergreen Historic District at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to take a look at our YouTube virtual tour of the neighborhood
A Bit of East Evergreen Historic District History:
As with other historic districts, East Evergreen Historic is not the same as the East Evergreen subdivision where it’s nestled. The subdivision was plated in 1909 and annexed by the city.
The neighborhood, in its original configuration, featured deep lots (190 feet), palm lined streets and easy access to the bustling Indian School street car line that had a stop at 3rd and McDowell.
The original subdivision included nearly 100 lots. According to public records, Willetta and Lynwood streets were the first to see homes built and included a variety of styles including Victorian, Craftsman, and bungalow. The most notable home is a two story bungalow on Willetta that once belonged to Rough Rider Colonel James McClintock.
East Evergreen is also home to Townsend Park, a 1.5 acre facility with basketball & volleyball courts and a nice playground. Not too much is known about its origins. It is believed it simply started out as a vacant lot and started showing up on local maps as a park around 1930. Most agree it was named after Fred Townsend, a local attorney who lived in the neighborhood.
The East Evergreen neighborhood went through a major transformation in the 1990’s when the deck park tunnel and I-10 expansion cut a swath down the middle of the neighborhood. Dozens of homes went bye-bye and much of the original subdivision was torn down and converted to condos and high density housing.
East Evergreen Historic District Today:
East Evergreen Historic District is a small enclave of old homes and Townsend Park. There are several fine examples of brick built Craftsman style homes, as well as ranch and Victorian.
The actual historic district is pretty small and irregular in shape as noted by the map. The I-10 freeway and tunnel carved out a large portion of the original E. Evergreen Subdivision and impacted the homes to the north and south. Thus, we find homes located on the north side of Willetta and south side of Lynwood are more desirable due to noise issues.
East Evergreen Historic, like Roosevelt Historic to the west, has numerous large and intact craftsman bungalow style homes. Several face north with views of Townsend Park and most have large porches adding to the sense of neighborhood.
In addition to the historic homes, the E. Evergreen neighborhood has several multi-housing projects including Evergreen 9 condos and some mid-century style apartment complexes.
East Evergreen is considered a highly walk-able neighborhood with walk-scores in the 80’s. The metro light rail station is .4 miles to the west, ASU downtown campus is about 1.5 miles to the SW, shopping is just a block or so north and includes Safeway, Starbucks and lots more. A local’s favorite coffee house, Giant Coffee, is to the west at 1st Street and McDowell.
The Arizona Republic wrote an article about the neighborhood when it received its historic designation. Here is a link to that East Evergreen Historic District article.
Homes and Condo for Sale in East Evergreen Historic District
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Below you will find info about any homes or condos for sale in the East Evergreen Neighborhood. We update the info several times a day. If you would like to take a look at a place, let us know we will make it happen.