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The Brentwood Historic District in Phoenix Arizona

"...Bungalows and Tudors abound with more original features than we’ve seen anywhere..."

District boundaries are roughly: McDowell to the I-10, 16th Street to the 51

The Brentwood Historic District lies at the heart of Phoenix Arizona, at nexus of the I-10 and the 51, yet feels cozy and isolated from all the buzz. Bungalows and Tudors abound (reminiscent of the F.Q. Story Historic District on a smaller and more affordable scale) with more original features than we’ve seen anywhere. Real Estate for sale in Brentwood typically offers:

  • Hardwood floors,
  • built-ins,
  • original doorknobs,
  • and sometimes even the original kitchen cabinetry

These unique original features have withstood the test of time and resisted the whim of remodelers over the decades. If you are looking for authentic historic details, Phoenix’s Brentwood may just be your place.

The houses are generally around 1200 square feet but with wide archways and high coved ceilings they live much larger. The District itself is also small –only 3 blocks tall and 4 blocks wide— but that doesn’t stop it from making a big impression.

One of the star attractions in Brentwood is the people.  This flourishing neighborhood had fallen prey to gangs in the past, but through the activism of the neighbors, it is definitely on the rise. Arnie and Isabela moved here thirty years ago because they loved the cozy house with intricate brick detailing. Dianne, as a new lawyer twenty years ago, choose Brentwood for its central location. In February 2010, they were joined by the new kids on the block to paint an elderly neighbor’s home, celebrate Brentwood’s historic designation with their first Home Tour, and plant the easements so that tree-lined streets will be part of Brentwood’s future.  

These people have good energy!

On the edge of Coronado’s “Gourmet Ghetto,” you’ll find fabulous Mexican restaurant choices everywhere you turn.  Don’s favorite tacos are only a walk across McDowell, served out of the little dive “carport” taco shop on the northern wall of the Hacienda Restaurant at 16th Street. Order the unforgettable al pastor (marinated pork) street tacos complete with lime wedges and sliced radishes! Maureen would travel a little farther east on McDowell to Rosita’s, a Phoenix landmark in and of itself, still serving some of the best chicken enchiladas and Margaritas in the city.

And for pet lovers, Ryan’s Pet Supply offers screaming prices on everything except food for Felix and Fido. Primarily an internet-based and catalogue supplier, Brentwood is home to Ryan’s central warehouse. Even if you don’t decide to make Brentwood Historic District your home you are welcome to shop the warehouse shelves, Monday through Friday, 8:30a-5:30p. (Minimum purchase $25; bring Fido in but check your purse at the door.) 1805 E McDowell Road.

BRENTWOOD, by azcentral

Location: Bounded by McDowell Road, Interstate 10, and 16th and 20th streets. Developed between 1926 and 1956.

Cindy Findley moved to Brentwood in 2007, snapping up a 1930 charmer with three bedrooms and original windows and hardwood floors. She fell in love with the neighborhood's wide streets, relatively large lots and mix of bungalows, ranch- and Tudor-style homes.

"They're imperfect homes. They're all unique, from the style of windows to the color they're painted to the stucco on the walls," Findley said.

She also enjoys the central location just north of downtown, which puts her close to favorites like the Burton Barr Central Library, Tammie Coe Cakes and her son's Bioscience High School in the Phoenix Union High School District.

Last year, Brentwood held its first home tour, featuring about a dozen homes, and drew about 750 people to the neighborhood. Next up is a block party this spring. Over the years, Findley has purchased three other homes in the neighborhood as investments. She doesn't mind Brentwood's low profile among historic districts.

"Nobody knows this little pocket exists . . . it's OK that way," she said.

Brentwood was developed during the city's booming building periods before, during and after World War II. Early on, the developer touted the neighborhood's "modestly priced homes . . . with city water, gas and electricity," according to city records. And though a good bargain, the homes still offered such "modern" features as hardwood flooring.

During World War II, a housing shortage for workers in war-related industries prompted the development of more economical homes with fewer amenities. As in the rest of the city, the end of the war brought a housing craze and Brentwood grew, with more homes aimed at middle-class families and building through the 1950s.

JUST CALL DON (602) 795-2260 | OR MAUREEN (602) 327-1781 info@historicphoenix.com
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