EXPLORE PHOENIX’s COOLEST HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS


Take a walk on Phoenix’s historic side…

Yes, Phoenix, Arizona boasts a wealth of bright, shiny new buildings but we also have our fair share of historic neighborhoods with quaint houses (and the occasional spanish colonial), local shops and restaurants — all of which are a perfect locale for spending a day walking around and discovering our diverse and eclectic city. 

The sign that welcomed people to Phoenix in May 1940… RUSSELL LEE

Here are top six historic neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona brought to you by realtor Juan Pesqueira:

1910 historic landmark in Roosevelt Historic District! Known as the ‘Frenchy Vieux House’
  • Roosevelt: The Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood lies in Downtown Phoenix. Bounded by McDowell and Van Buren Streets, 7th Avenue to Central Avenue and encompassing the Roosevelt Historic District, the history of the neighborhood is rich and deep,  and its future exciting and ambitious. As Downtown Phoenix continues to revitalize, The Roosevelt Neighborhood has become a focus for new residential development. Brought to life by parks, a walkable scale, small businesses, restaurants and friendly people, the Roosevelt Neighborhood is the place to be in the burgeoning urban core of Phoenix. Learn more about Roosevelt Neighborhood @ https://www.rooseveltneighborhood.org/A lot of those who travel to Downtown Phoenix for arts-related events end up in Evans Churchill and don’t even know it.

Featured in Evans Churchill: 529 E Ames PL, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Virtual Tour . Property Website . More info/pics

  • Within the district’s boundaries (roughly McDowell to the north, Fillmore to the south, 7th Street to the east and Central Avenue to the west) stand many of the most relevant cultural aspects of Downtown Phoenix’s resurgence in recent years. This predominantly commercial district is commonly known as Roosevelt Row and is guided by the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC).
1930 mid-century
  • Willo: Welcome to the Willo Historic Neighborhood! Originally one of Phoenix’s first historic suburbs planned in the 1920’s, we are now part of the core of Central Phoenix and all the amenities, culture, and community the area has to offer. Come walk our palm-lined streets and catch a glimpse into Phoenix’s past with historic architectural styles – Tudors, Bungalows, and Spanish Colonials, and later Ranch styles. Or join our well-known and popular Home Tour, one of the best-attended tours in the city every second Sunday in February. The Willo neighbors are a tight-knit, supportive community who take advantage of living in the urban core of Phoenix. For more info visit https://willophx.com/
1928 Coronado Historic District ”The Art House”
  • Coronado: Coronado is known for its artsy scene, located in Midtown Phoenix. Here you can find bungalows, Spanish revivals, and a lot of ranch-style homes that date back to the 20’s and 30’s. You can also spot some new builds in the area that add a modern touch to old phoenix. Be sure to check out their home tour which is a big hit every year.
  • Encanto-Palmcroft:  Many of our homes were built prior to World War II, and offer a glimpse of old world charm that abounds in this seventy-five-year-old neighborhood, once considered an ideal suburban Phoenix retreat. Today, Encanto-Palmcroft is an attractive and desirable place to live. Many residents are renovating, restoring, and remodeling their homes with enthusiasm and flair. Neighbors pride themselves and work hard to maintain the neighborhood spirit that has developed.
  • North Central Phoenix: A great established stretch of land along Central Avenue from Camelback Road past Glendale Avenue is considered prime real estate. The area is known for its great ranch homes, historic charm and friendly neighborhoods. The cities highly regarded Catholic high schools, Brophy and Xavier, are here, and the public schools are in the strongly ranked Phoenix school district. Windsor Square and “The Sevens” have always been in high demand with their quick 10 minute downtown commute and Murphy’s Bridal path, a historic pathway that was originally used for those with horses in the late 1800’s. Now referred to as “The Bridal Path,” it is used for recreation and exercise remaining one of the main reasons people love living in north central Phoenix.
Remarkable Valley Landmark the ”Castle” proudly reigns atop one of the highest estate lots on the south slope of Camelback Mountain
  • Arcadia: Arcadia is a neighborhood in Phoenix  and Scottsdale, Arizona. It is bounded 44th Street to 68th Street and Camelback Road to the canal. Arcadia contains well-kept homes on large lots; these homes command relatively high property values (as the neighborhood is adjacent to the upscale suburbs of Paradise Valley, the Biltmore area (7 most expensive & exclusive neighborhoods), Scottsdale and north Phoenix). Built on former citrus groves, Arcadia is known for well-irrigated, mature landscaping. Several yards prominently feature orange, lemon and grapefruit trees as reminders of the area’s past; the area used to be occupied by citrus farmers from 1919 to the mid-1950s. In the mid-1950s, the rest of Phoenix caught up with the farms and the area suburbanized with characteristic ranch homes on large lots. Arcadia is frequently listed as the top place to live in all of Phoenix Metro due to its ideal location for both work and fun, vibrant food / culture, walk-ability, and plush landscape. It is also just south of the desired hiking destinations of Camelback Mountain  and Piestewa Peak. Much of Phoenix’s cycling scene pedals through this neighborhood, as Campbell / Lafayette is one of the main Phoenix cycling corridors. Although much of the homes in Arcadia are newer and or renovated. You still find the occasional spanish colonial.
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[Swipe] In the 1920s, Phoenix became the “winter playground of the Southwest.” Tourists enjoyed a smorgasbord of exciting and elegant lodging options, like the Hotel Westward Ho. But these accommodations were only available if the travelers were white. You see, the discrimination towards black people witnessed in film "Green Book" (best picture in 2018 Oscars) didn't just happen in the South… In fact, African Americans were segregated in Phoenix public schools until 1953. One of the survival tools of segregated life, according to the civil rights leader Julian Bond, the “Green Book” helped black travelers plot a course through friendly territory, identifying roadside hotels, bars, restaurants and gas stations that accommodated African-American travelers. Back in the day, Phoenix had its own listings in the Green Book — which became thought of as the ‘AAA Travel Guide for African Americans’. READ MORE 👉 Visit the link in our bio to read the latest piece in our #DTPHX history project — “A Glimpse Into Phoenix's Segregated Past: The ‘Green Book’ Guide To Downtown.” Thanks to writer Douglas C. Towne for the thoughtful contribution. ———— Photo captions: 1. Intersection of Central Avenue and Washington Street in the 1935 2. The Downtown Phoenix Woolworth’s store at First and Washington streets sold merchandise to black clientele, but did not allow them to sit at its lunch counter. 3. View looking toward E. Washington Street in 1945. Visible is a sign advertising rooms for 50 cents. Downtown hotels did not always cater to black travelers. 4. 1940 “Green Book” cover. 5. In 1937, a smorgasbord of exciting and elegant lodging options, like the Hotel Westward Ho, were only available to white travelers. Photos: ASU Library/McCulloch Bros. Woolworths photo: Vintage Phoenix. Green Book cover: Douglas C. Towne

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