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Explore historic Phoenix homes on home and garden tour

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Phoenix was just a small town back in 1929, with a population of around 70,000. That year, the first of 260 homes were constructed in Windsor Square, billed as the first Phoenix suburb. Today, Windsor Square is a charming enclave of historic homes and one of CNN Money Magazine's "Top 10 Big-City Neighborhoods in the U.S." You have a chance to explore 12 of the homes and gardens during the 2014 Windsor Square Home and Garden Tour.

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Located in Phoenix's central corridor near Central Avenue and Camelback Road, the formal boundaries are Central Avenue, 7th Street, Pasadena Avenue and Oregon Avenue. This year's tour features the 12 historic homes and gardens, plant societies, arts and crafts vendors, and a beer garden. The homes range from traditional interiors to modern designs, making this an ideal way to garner new interior decorating ideas and see some great ways to create welcoming outdoor spaces.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Throughout the day, you can follow along on the self-guided tour, wander among the street vendors for fine arts and crafts, enjoy food from some great area food trucks and listen to live music. The tickets are $15 each and children under 12 are free.

"The residents of Windsor Square take great pride in their neighborhood and every other year we open our doors to share the rich history of our North Central Phoenix neighborhood with the public," said Historic Home Tour Committee Chair and Windsor Square resident, Jeffrey Long. "This year's will be one of our best tours yet with a wide variety of homes, a beer garden and a fantastic choice of street vendors featuring everything from food trucks to unique gifts and crafts to home improvement services."

The event location is at Orange and 2nd Street in Central Phoenix, one block east of Central Avenue and just north of Camelback Road. If you take the light rail to the event, show your ticket and receive a $1 discount off the $15 ticket cost on the day of the event. For those who drive, there will be free parking. If you want to get your tickets early, you can purchase them online at www.windsorsquarephoenix.org.

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