Willo Historic District Homes for Sale
About the Willo Historic District
It's hard to believe, but Willo was once considered the suburbs!! Willo is located just North of McDowell, South of Thomas, and in between 1st and 7th Avenues.
Willo has a rich history dating back to 1878 when the original owner of the land, J.P. Holcomb, got the land between Encanto and McDowell from the federal government by using the Homestead patent. The land between Thomas and Encanto was acquired a few years later in 1886 using a Timber Culture land patent. This large area of land was used for farming until the 1920's when the first 41 homes were built. These homes still exist today!
The construction slowed during the great depression until the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) allowed for the continuation of development in the area in the mid-1930's. During this time period, we see a few different home building styles including Monterey and French Provincial. You can find these homes in the middle to the Northern part of Willo. You can still see the original concrete sidewalks stamped with dates in the 1930's!
Today the Willo Historic District enjoys conservation status, which will preserve the rich history and keep commercial development out of the area. If you ever get the chance you should really make it to the Willo Home Tour held once a year in spring!