Enamored with downtown city life? No problem — conveniently located near hop-and-go light rail lines, urban-living-lovers will find elegant restored buildings filled with sophisticated lofts. For those who prefer the lush quiet of upscale suburbia, head further east and enter one of the Phoenix’s original swank neighborhoods, Arcadia, where right-there views of Camelback Mountain abound and mini-citrus orchards and carpets of soft grass dominate the acreage surrounding traditional sprawling ranch homes and contemporary custom estates.
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Originally intended to cover 80 acres of residential land, visionaries Dwight B. Heard and William G. Hartranft purchased the land from an estate in the late 1920s and developed the Palmcroft subdivision, located on the south side of Palm Lane. Two other real estate developers — Lloyd C. Lakin and George T. Peter — developed the Encanto subdivision of the estate to the north of Palm Lane. Following an economic downturn, the west portion of the land was sold to the City of Phoenix to be used for a park with homes in close proximity, leaving the Encanto neighborhood development on the north and south sides of Palm Lane.
Encanto is considered to be one of the more affluent historic neighborhoods. Also in the community is the City of Phoenix’s lush Encanto Park — named as a Forbes Magazine ‘America’s Best City Park’ — which encompasses 222 acres of luxuriant green grass, dozens of mature shade trees, a lagoon, picnic areas, a golf course, fishing areas and an amusement park, providing entertainment for children and adults alike.
Residents of the Encanto community benefit from the neighborhood associations and their mission of preserving the area and enhancing the quality of life. This non-profit organization elects board representatives, hosts public meetings, advocates for historic preservation and raises money to financially fund community activities, charitable opportunities and neighborhood events. The Encanto Historic Preservation Association usually holds a home tour and street fair every two years to not only raise money but to introduce and welcome people to the Encanto community.
Featuring a variety of materials and designs, Encanto homes enjoy a variety of historic styles including Spanish-style Colonial Revivals, Mediterranean, Tudor, Colonial, Federal, French Cottage, Bungalow, Pueblo, Ranch and Eclectic. History demonstrates that homes in this area were purposely constructed to face each other, to encourage camaraderie among the neighbors and to build a strong sense of community.
Encanto homes provide an oasis in the center of Downtown Phoenix but offer unparalleled access to all that the urban core has to offer, including shopping, dining, sport, and antique districts all within a mile away.