Need a little inspiration to get your home and yard in shape? Home and garden tours are a great way to get home-improvement ideas while discovering new parts of the Valley. Check out our list, which leads into peak home-tour season in spring 2017.
2/12: 29th Annual Willo Historic Home Tour and Street Fair
With over 900 homes, Willo is Phoenix’s biggest historic district. Once a year, Willo opens its doors to visitors with around 12 homes and the historic firehouse available to tour. The event also includes a classic car show, a beer and wine garden and a street fair with local vendors.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Willo Historic District, Third Avenue and West Monte Vista Road, Phoenix. $18. willohistoricdistrict.com.
2/26: Coronado Home & Garden Tour: Historically Modern
Visit historical homes in Revival, Norman and bungalow styles in the Coronado Historic District near downtown Phoenix in this tour’s 30th year. A street fair featuring local vendors, food trucks, bicycles and classic cars is part of the celebration.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Coronado Park, 1717 N. 12th St., Phoenix. $17 online, $20 day of; $5 for ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. thecoronadoneighborhood.com.
3/12: Cave Creek Homes and Garden Tour
Four contemporary and historical homes will open on this self-guided tour. They include the Hamline Residence, which was one of the original five homes built in Carefree, and the Binkovitz Residence, a modest mid-century modern home. No children under age 12 are admitted.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Drive, Cave Creek. $35 through March 6; $40 after. cavecreekmuseum.com.
3/26: Encanto/Palmcroft Historic Home Tour and Street Fair
This stately Phoenix historical district hosts a home tour every two years. Visit several homes and learn about their history. Once you park, a trolley will take you to stops on the tour and to a street fair at Holly Street and 12th Avenue that includes entertainment, food and local vendors. There will also be a 21-and-over raffle.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26. 2102 N. 12th Ave., Phoenix. $18 advance, $20 day of. encantopalmcroft.org.
4/2: Modern Phoenix home tour
For those fascinated with the Valley’s mid-century modern architecture, this is a must-do event. This year, the tour explores Paradise Gardens. The event has morphed into Modern Phoenix Week, with talks, socials and other activities.
Details: Sunday, April 2. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 1. modernphoenixweek.com.
5/13: Greater Phoenix Pond Society tour
Take a self-guided tour of Greater Phoenix Pond Society members’ backyard features. Snap perfect Instagram pictures and chat with the owners about their labors of love, and what it takes to install your own pond. The map for the annual tour will be available Monday, May 8, on the society’s website. Choose to start at any home on the map, and stop at as many as you like.
Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Various locations in metro Phoenix. Free. www.phoenixponds.com
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