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About Willo

Established in the late 1800s for agricultural use, the Willo District now sits in the heart of the Phoenix metro area surrounded by the central business, arts, and entertainment districts in this city of over 3.5 million people. Once in the neighborhood, the vestiges of the city fall away and you're surrounded by lush green lawns, mature trees, and impeccably restored homes from the 1930s and 40s.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $309,900 to $699,900

Closed Prices: $217,500 to $3,725,000

Median Sale Price: $615,000

Average $ per sq ft: $404

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $160 to $900/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1917 to 2016

Sq. Ft.: 558 to 10560 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Willo

Around Willo

You'll find single-family homes spread throughout Willo , with a few townhome and condominium projects along Central Avenue and Thomas Road. The architectural styles range from Tudors to bungalows and pueblos. As you approach Thomas Road, you'll find more modern versions of ranch-style homes built in the 1940s and 50s. Because the earlier homes were built before cars were commonplace, their garages sit at the back of the lots, where they're often used as a home office.

There is certainly no lack of variety of dining options in this area. As Phoenix's central hub, you'll find a full range of eateries including stand-alone restaurants, downtown hotels, and in the Arizona Center, an upscale mall a few blocks east of Willo. Most of Willo's culinary options are nestled along Central Avenue, which has fusion restaurants, wine bars, and Asian establishments. You can grab a sandwich from a deli or a bakery for an impromptu lunch at nearby Margaret Hance Park.

When you stay within the boundaries of the Willo District, you'll see impeccably maintained homes and yards. Look up and you'll see the city skyline including Chase Field where the Arizona Diamondbacks play or the Talking Stick Resort Arena, the downtown home of the Phoenix Suns. The neighborhood is quiet with tree-lined streets that bicyclists and pedestrians enjoy. During Phoenix's mild fall, winter, and spring, office workers often walk through the neighborhood on their lunch hours. Willo's designation as a historic district prevents the surrounding suburban sprawl from encroaching on the neighborhood, allowing the neighborhood to maintain its historical and charming character.

Start off the evening with a cocktail along 7th Avenue before your dinner reservations on Central Avenue. McDowell Road is the neighborhood's center for art galleries that often open their doors for passersby to come glance at their latest offerings. A ballgame or a downtown event increase foot and vehicular traffic in the neighborhood, and Central and 7th Avenues are always busy. Residents have the arts and entertainment district within walking distance, along with the movie theaters at the Arizona Center. The light rail provides ample service downtown to spend the evening in places beyond walking distance.

Start off the day with a tour of the Heard Museum, which is directly across the street and chronicles the history of Native Americans in the Valley. Brunch along Central or 7th Avenues is always a popular option for locals. Encanto Golf Course, which offers 18 holes of beautiful play just outside of the downtown area, is a publicly owned course that attracts golfers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Get ready for the week with some shopping along McDowell Road.

Locals Love

  • Mature landscaping
  • Strong property values
  • Walkability

Locals Don't Love

  • Lack of everyday shopping options
  • Weekday traffic

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