This post is not so much about a particular house, but more about an unusual subdivision here in Phoenix, bounded by Fairmount and Weldon on the north and south, and 12th St. and 11th St. on the east and west. Opening in 1928, this unique community featured 42 home lots surrounding (backing up to) a 3-acre “secret” park surrounded by Tamarisk trees. Each homeowner owns an equal share of this private oasis. I understand that this concept originated in Great Britain, and as far as I know, it is the only community like it in Phoenix!
Originally boasting a golf course, children’s play ground, pool and its own well, what remains today is the pool (built from native rock) and a play area. Surrounding the park are some super cute little houses, all built in revival styles: Tudor, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo and Cottage.
After I discovered Idlywilde I wanted to learn more about it. The large area in the middle was a horsetrack for trotters. I wish I could find the adverstsement about the opening. I’ll see if I can dig it up.
Yes, I did read that it had a horsetrack, but I couldn’t verify that. If you find the advertisement, please let me know!
I love the exploration of our wonderful pocket communities and history in Phoenix. Thanks for bringing them to “light” with your photos and information provided.
You are welcome! Once I learned how many Phoenicians don’t know about their city’s history, I decided to bring little bits of it “to light” this way!