Woodlea Historic District
Generally located along Mackenzie Drive, Heatherbrae Drive and the south side of Glenrosa Avenue between
15th Avenue and the alley west of Seventh Avenue.
Historically Recognized: January 1999
(Period of Significance: 1928-1949)
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Though Woodlea Historic District sits in a bustling part of the city, just north of downtown, it was considered the “country” when Thomas Mackenzie first eyed it for development in 1928. He reportedly paid $20,000 in gold coins for the 47-acre patch of farmland and named it after the nearby trees, according to city historical records. Woodlea saw starts and stops with the Great Depression and World War II, but developers ultimately put in about 160 homes in a range of architectural styles from bungalow to ranch.
Today, hopeful homeowners seek out the neighborhood for its history, central location, lush landscaping and nearby amenities. Woodlea sits adjacent to the Melrose District, a hip stretch of Seventh Avenue filled with restaurants and shops, and is also near a light-rail station. Woodlea neighborhood serves as a tiny oasis in a sprawling city. Neighbors know each other. They bustle through the streets on bikes or with their dogs. They gather for neighborhood cookouts and yard sales, and light luminarias at Christmas time.
The Woodlea Historic District is primarily characterized by its Transitional Ranch and Ranch style houses, which were popular during its principal phase of construction. However, a wide range of other historic design types are also represented, including various Period Revival styles.
Information courtesy of AZ Central
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