Encanto is Spanish for "charm", a word that aptly describes this neighborhood that dates back to the 1920s. The central vision behind this community was to create a livable, park-like setting for residents. The 222-acre park that forms its northern border was modeled after Balboa Park in San Diego and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. As one of the earliest developments in Phoenix, it lies just west of the downtown area, the hub of arts, entertainment, sports, and commerce in the metro area.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$265,000 to $5,000,000
  • Closed Prices:$37,000 to $1,250,000
  • Median Sale Price:$228,750
  • Average $ per sq ft:$289
  • Association Fee Ranges:$35 to $96.33/quarter,$0 to $35,$20 to $1211.76/mo,$0
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Single Family Home
  • Age:1921 to 1979
  • Sq. Ft.:1,386 to 5,323Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:2 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:5+ - 5+ acres


This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy. Enjoy a private clubhouse available to all residents of the community.


Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Where to Live

Unlike other historic neighborhoods in the city, Encanto doesn't have a significant multi-family component. The Great Depression slowed housing development here and, when the FHA stepped in, construction resumed in the northwestern section of the community. FHA guidelines promoted the building of ranch-style homes and architecturally the north and western halves have more ranch-style homes than the highly stylized homes built in the southern half of the community.

Where to Eat

The restaurants in Encanto are mostly along 7th Avenue and include a few local spots, but mostly contain fast food and national chain restaurants. For more local options, venture over to Central Avenue, which has several options ranging from pizzerias to seafood to one of Phoenix's most historic restaurants, The Old Spaghetti Factory. To experience all the dynamism that Phoenix has to offer, venture east to downtown, which has the finest food in the city.

What You'll See

Homeowners in this community take great pride in their homes and it shows in the meticulous condition of the homes and yards. This area is one of the first developed with curvilinear streets, which attracts bicyclists and pedestrians who take in the unique architecture and landscaping. Palm Lane is an east-west street lined with tall and stately palm trees. Encanto Park has a 7.5-acre urban lake for fishing and paddle boating and also has plenty of grassy picnic areas and playgrounds. Enchanted Island features rides for children between one and ten years old.

Friday Night Fun

Encanto offers quick access to all the best Phoenix has to offer in terms of sports, arts, movies, and dining. The Encanto area itself is quiet on Friday nights, but it does have a cocktail lounge on 7th Avenue. The park doesn't close until 10 PM all year and also offers its renowned clubhouse for private and public events until midnight.

The Perfect Sunday

Golf and recreation abound in Encanto, whose namesake park has plenty of outdoor space and a public golf course. Hiking, picnicking, photography, and cycling are Sunday pastimes during the mild-weather months. Backyard swimming pools aren't uncommon in this neighborhood and local shopping areas, museums, and theaters are open on Sundays for the public.

Locals Love

Short commute downtown • Pristine neighborhood • Historic preservation.

Locals Don't Love

Nearby new construction • Distance to local shopping.


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