1928 | Idylwilde Park

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.