Finding Willo: An eclectic Phoenix historic district has a way of making friends

Annual Willo Home Tour festivities

[Source: Katherine Bair Desmond, American Bungalow Magazine] — When my husband suggested a relocation to Phoenix four years ago to be nearer to his family, visions of endless identical postwar homes surrounded by dirt and cacti sprang to mind.  For a girl who grew up in the green hills of Atlanta and has lived in the Berkshire mountains, Boston, Washington D.C. and London, the thought of a move to the desert was less than thrilling.  The pace of life was appealing, as was the closeness to family.  But could I ever feel at home in the desert landscape?

We decided to take a “get to know Phoenix” trip.  Ryan drove me around to countless neighborhoods his mother had suggested we check out.  None spoke to me.  Many were nice — perfectly pleasant — but I needed a neighborhood with character.  A neighborhood with soul.  I started to think maybe you couldn’t find that in America’s “new” cities.  And then… we found Willo.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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