About the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Willo Historic Neighborhood! Originally one of Phoenix’s first historic suburbs planned in the 1920’s, we are now part of the core of Central Phoenix and all the amenities, culture, and community the area has to offer. Come walk our palm-lined streets and catch a glimpse into Phoenix’s past with historic architectural styles – Tudors, Bungalows, and Spanish Colonials, and later Ranch styles. Or join our well-known and popular Home Tour, one of the best-attended tours in the city every second Sunday in February.

The Willo neighbors are a tight-knit, supportive community who take advantage of living in the urban core of Phoenix. This website is run by the Willo Neighborhood Association, and if you ever have any questions about living or visiting the area, feel free to contact us.

Getting Here

Centrally located in the heart of Phoenix, and just a few minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Willo Historic Neighborhood is at the core of the Valley’s freeway and public transportation networks.

Willo is bounded by McDowell Road on the south and Thomas Road on the north and navigating the area is relatively easy. For the latest information on Valley Metro Rail, bus routes, airport transportation and parking and bicycling, click here.

Map of the Neighborhood

Explore the neighborhood and notable places of interest, museums, sporting venues, and restaurants that our residents enjoy on a weekly basis.

*Click on the icons on the map to view more information and photos. Or use the button on the upper left-hand side to view everything at once.

Arts, Culture, Music and Sports

Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, the Museum has served as the cornerstone of Phoenix’s art and cultural community, boasting over 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.

Heard Museum
The Heard Museum is located walking distance from Willo and is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art.

Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center provides exploration, education and entertainment for all ages.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is one of the top children’s museums in the nation.

Phoenix Symphony Hall
The Symphony Hall Phoenix is a performing arts venue that is home to The Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera.

Arizona Opera
A cultural gem that produces exciting works by all the classic composers as well as adding new and fascinating modern productions!.

Ballet Arizona
Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. The company is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new innovative works.

Roosevelt Row
Ranked one of the top art districts in the country, Willo is only 1 or 2 light rail stops away from this bustling local art scene. Make sure to check out First Fridays when thousands of people fill the streets.

Nearby Sports Teams

Arizona Diamondbacks – Baseball
Arizona Suns – Basketball
Phoenix Mercury – Basketball
Arizona Rattlers – Arena Football

A Few Locally-Owned Spots for Food & Drink

Oven + Vine
Hip, laid-back hangout with a garden patio serving gourmet flatbreads, craft beer & wine.

5th Avenue Cafe
Jazz-themed diner with booth & counter seating, serving familiar breakfast & lunch comfort fare.

Birdhaus Coffeebar
Fast-service, casual coffee shop for pastries and drinks.

Durant’s
Upscale, old-school chophouse serving steak, seafood & martinis in a vintage red-velvet setting.

Switch
Low-key wine bar offering signature cocktails complemented by small & large New American plates.

Jasmine Thai
Casual spot offering a large menu of classic Thai dishes, plus lunch specials & takeout.

Presido Cocina
Bright nook presenting homestyle Mexican cooking, plus gourmet coffee, horchata & margaritas.

Press Coffee
Sleek cafe for pastries and drinks.

Pizza People Pub
Stone-oven pizza & updated pub fare are served in a bright, contemporary space with a full bar.

HoneyBear’s BBQ
Long-running BBQ joint grilling Memphis-style ribs & other Southern fare in a cafeteria-style setup.

Pino’s Pizza
Mellow pizza place serving pies & other casual Italian dishes in an unassuming setting.

Forno 
Classic Neapolitan pies & traditional standbys are served in a pizzeria with a homey vibe.