I always enjoy telling people about the Willo Historic District. It’s a very cool historic neighborhood bounded by McDowell and Thomas Roads on the North and South and 1st to 7th Avenues on the east and West. Each year, the residents of Willo put on the annual Willo Historic District Home Tour.
The annual Willo Home Tour attracts thousands of people each year because of our collective love affair with the cool homes in this awesome downtown Phoenix location.
This self guided tour of Willo allows people to peak inside of some great homes while walking the tree lined streets or by taking one of the shuttle busses around the neighborhood.
This year’s Willo tour showcases 13 homes and the old historic firehouse at 13th Avenue and Jewel. In addition to touring these historic homes, there is a LOT of excitement around the Willo street fair that has food, music and so much more. It really is a great way to spend a Sunday.
Here’s the scoop…
Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Time: Tour open 10am-4pm ( pick up will call tickets starting at 9am )
Place: Willo! ( McDowell to Thomas – 1st Ave to 7th Ave )
Tickets: You can BUY TICKETS for $15.75 before the tour, $18.00 day of tour
Parking: Free parking at 1st Ave and Holly ( just north of Chateau )
TAKE LIGHT RAIL: Seriously, why would you try to park with 3000 other people?
With 3-4000 people expected to attend the tour, the light rail is a great way to get to and from the Willo Home Tour. Traffic can be a nightmare, don’t even mess with it when you can take the light rail to a station that is just a short walk from the tour and shuttle busses.
Below is a map of the area. If you are first time light rail riders or are not familiar with riding the trains, please keep these things in mind.
1. Purchase a light rail pass. An all day adult pass is just $3.50.
2. Take advantage of the FREE Park and Ride lots.
3. Know your light rail stations. See the light rail map below.
View Homes Near METRO light Rail in a larger map
The proceeds from the Willo Historic Home Tour benefit the neighborhood, the park and the entire community. This is an awesome volunteer effort that ultimately benefits Willo and it’s surrounding areas.
“A variety of homes from Tudor to Spanish Revival - Bungalow to Ranch style homes dating from the 1920's through the 1940's will be on tour.” – Willo Home Tour
To truly experience Willo, you might want to tour the homes for sale in Willo which can be done just about any time. Take a look below. You’ll be glad you did. :)
Check out the Willo Home Tour on Twitter, as well. :)