Historic Preservation in Encanto-Palmcroft

Tucked away in central Phoenix, Encanto-Palmcroft offers a piece of history that offers historic homes that date back to pre-World War II.  These homes, and their residents, are part of a group hoping to preserve and maintain the homes that bring the neighborhood pride and relish the historic nature of the structures. 

Encanto-Palmcroft is centrally located to Phoenix, and was originally developed as a product of the agriculture boom in Phoenix that brought a population increase in the 1920’s. When the Kenilworth streetcar line was developed along Encanto Boulevard, the option to travel with ease made the move to the outskirts of town more manageable. Not to mention the Model T Ford had dropped to an all-time low price, making it more affordable than ever to own a car. 

The two developers and masterminds behind the neighborhood, Dwight B. Heard and William G. Hartranft, bought 80 acres in 1927 to develop. Heard was the publisher of Arizona Republican and the largest owner of land in the area. It became home to the affluent professional and business middle class of the 30’s and 40’s. 

Today, the subdivision is notable from Seventh to 15th avenues, from McDowell Road to Encanto Park and Golf Course.Most the houses were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, featuring a Spanish Colonial and Tutor Revival type of architecture. 

Today, the Encanto Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association holds regularly scheduled meetings and advocates for the historic preservation of the neighborhood and homes. There are over 330 homes in the ¼ square mile of the sub division, making it a great neighborhood to walk around and enjoy the architecture. If you’re looking for a more in-depth view of the homes, check out their home tour — which happens every other year — with proceeds going to support the preservation society. 

Homes for sale in the neighborhood are priced on average around $575,000, and it was rated in 2014 the most expensive neighborhood in Phoenix. With the neighborhood being a short five-minute drive from downtown Phoenix and a short walk from Encanto Park, it’s no wonder the neighborhood has remained so popular over the years.

Encanto Area Homes For Sale

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$414,900
Brand New Roof and A/C in 2015
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1518
Year Built: 1944
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE
Description: Wonderful opportunity to own a piece of history. This 3BD/2BA home has had ...
Last Updated: December - 10 - 2018
$450,000
2040 W CAMBRIDGE Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2135
Year Built: 1956
Subdivision: ENCANTO ESTATES
Description: Gorgeous Encanto Neigborhood. Central Corridor. Freshly painted and plush n...
Last Updated: December - 10 - 2018
$435,000
1614 N 16TH Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1705
Year Built: 1926
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE BLKS 5-8
Description: This special 1926 Spanish Revival is among the earliest homes in Fairview P...
Last Updated: December - 09 - 2018
$475,000
1535 W VIRGINIA Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2448
Year Built: 1946
Subdivision: DEL NORTE PLACE PLAT B
Description: Beautiful home in the Charming Historic District of Del Norte! This spectac...
Last Updated: December - 09 - 2018
$299,900
1624 W THOMAS Road, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1232
Year Built: 1941
Subdivision: NORTH ENCANTO PARK VISTA
Description: Nice home on Thomas with commercial potential use. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom i...
Last Updated: December - 09 - 2018
$459,995
1805 N LAUREL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1635
Year Built: 1938
Subdivision: FAIRVIEW PLACE BLKS 5-8
Description: As Featured on HGTV House Hunters Season 117, Episode 7. Stunning renovated...
Last Updated: December - 08 - 2018
$480,000
1511 W VIRGINIA Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 2179
Year Built: 1938
Subdivision: DEL NORTE PLACE PLAT B
Description: Welcome to this Beautiful Home in the Charming Historic District of Del Nor...
Last Updated: December - 08 - 2018
$885,000
1808 N 13TH Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3931
Year Built: 1940
Subdivision: PALMCROFT 124-250
Description: Great opportunity in the heart of historic Encanto Palmcroft. This Spanish ...
Last Updated: December - 07 - 2018
$385,000
1717 W Earll Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85015
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# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2247
Year Built: 1947
Subdivision: Encanto Terrace
Description: North Encanto neighborhood home w/ separate guest house! Airbnb opportunity...
Last Updated: December - 06 - 2018
$325,000
Phoenix, AZ 85007
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1195
Year Built: 1940
Subdivision: Fairview Place
Description: HISTORICAL TREASURE with loads of vintage charm! Highly desired location in...
Last Updated: December - 06 - 2018

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Crime Rates

neighborhood-street photoWhen determining what neighborhood is a good fit for you and your family, several factors likely come into play.  These factors probably include how far the neighborhood is from your place of employment, or the local airport if you travel often, whether the schools are a good fit for your children, whether there are HOAs, how centrally located the neighborhood is to shopping and major freeways.  One item you may not consider right away is the rate of crime in that particular neighborhood.  These statistics aren’t as obvious or as easily discovered as the others, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as important.

One good resource which also arguably offers the most accurate statistics is the local police department in the city or zip code in which you are searching.  For the City of Phoenix, this Police Department website offers crime maps and stats, as well as neighborhood crime counts.  This information will give you a clear picture of how much, or how little, crime has happened in that particular neighborhood.  For the City of Scottsdale, this website features the same information, specific to the city of Scottsdale.

There are also privately-run and managed websites which also offer and analyze such information.  One such website is Neighborhood Scout, which not only ranks the “safest” neighborhoods based on the numbers of reported crimes, but also groups the types of crimes between property and violent crimes.  Another privately run website which discusses crime statistics is this one, which examines crimes in Scottsdale by year and compares Scottsdale to other cities in Arizona.  These websites should only be used as a general starting point, as their accuracy can’t be verified like the government-run websites.

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Dog Parks in the Valley of the Sun

green common area photoIf your current home isn’t blessed with a large backyard, or your pooch is friendlier and more social than most, finding a great dog park may be of the utmost importance to you.  Here in the Valley of the Sun, fellow dog lovers are always on the lookout for outdoor recreational options for their pets.  These may fit the bill:

  • Grovers Basin Dog Park, located at 20th Street at Grovers Ave in Phoenix.  This 2.3- acre dog park is divided into two separate fenced enclosures, one for small dogs and one for large dogs.  The park has running water for the dogs to drink, as well as pooper scoopers.
  • Paradise Valley Park, located at 17642 N. 40th St in Phoenix.  The dog park is located in the west end of the park north of the softball fields, and features 2.4 acres of grass and two ramadas with tables and benches.  This park also has chilled drinking fountains for dogs (and humans) plus two double-gated, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs.
  • Chaparral Dog Park, located at 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ, features a 2 acre fenced area of dogs.
  • Surprise Dog Park, located at 15930 N. Bullard AvenueSurprise, AZ.  This 1.5-acre dog park is located in Community Park. It has a small dog area as well as a large dog area. The dog park is open from sun up until 10 pm and provides drinking fountains for dogs and people.
  • Desert Horizon Park, located at 15444 N 100th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, featuring one fenced area for all dogs.  There is a large grass area, shaded seating for humans, and a fountain for the dogs.
  • Foothills Dog Park and Dog Run, located at 19021 North 57th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308.  This park features an agility course as well as divided by size fenced play areas for the dogs, as well as drinking fountains.  Humans will enjoy the shaded benches and the lighting for evening visits.  This park is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.

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Northwest Valley Public Parks and Preserves

walking pathThe family friendly Northwest Valley has several beautiful public parks and preserves for everyone to enjoy.  Having a multitude of popular parks is a fantastic amenity for both buyers and sellers of homes as they provide opportunities for fitness activities, sports and play.

Farther north is the Deem Hills Community Park, located at 51st Avenue and Deem Hills Parkway (just north of Happy Valley Road).  This 40-acre park features amenities such as a playground for children age 2-5, ramadas, a walking path, restrooms, a lighted basketball court and 2 lighted soccer fields.  The Deems Hills Recreation Area is nearby, located at 39th Avenue and Pinnacle Vista.  This beautiful preservce includes 8 ½ miles of hiking trails and a picnic ramada.

To the south is Adobe Mountain Park, 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, is a 5-acre park with amenities such as two ramadas, a children’s playground, a ball field and a large open space area.  The park includes area lighting, making this a good choice for a night-time destination.

Further west is the Palo Verde Park, located at 26200 N. 73rd Drive.  Amenities in this 4-acre park include 2 shaded playgrounds, a walking path, 2 half court basketball courts, ramadas as well as a scenic overlook.     Heading south can be found two parks in Fletcher Heights.  Fletcher Heights North Park, located at 7877 W. Hillcrest Boulevard, is another 4-acre park with 2 lighted basketball courts, a shaded playground, a .30 miles walking path and picnic ramadas.  Fletcher Heights Park to the south, located at 8135 W. Lone Cactus Drive, is a 7.5-acre park with 4 picnic ramadas, 2 lighted tennis courts and 3 lighted basketball courts.  This park also features a shaded playground and restrooms.

To the east of these parks is the wonderful Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park located in the Hedgpeth Hills.  This park features 15 miles of multi-use trails, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and jogging.  Picnicking and bird watching are other popular activities in this park.