Neighborhood spotlight: Midtown's El Encanto Estates

Real estate is all about location, and it is hard to beat El Encanto Estates if you are looking for a historic midtown home on a large lot. 

El Encanto Estates was built in the 1920s and 30s with large, architecturally diverse homes. Once considered the outskirts of Tucson, the neighborhood is now surrounded by the conveniences of urban living.

Don't let its location fool you. Life in El Encanto feels very suburban with homes on large, well-manicured lots with a mix of green grass and indigenous dessert plants. Its quiet streets are lined with mature palm trees.

El Encanto is bordered by 5th Street to the North and Broadway Boulevard to the South. The Reid Park Zoo is just outside the southern border of the neighborhood. El Con Mall forms the eastern border, while Country Club Road borders the western edge. The neighborhood boundaries are the same as originally platted in 1928.

El Encanto Estates has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. Its oldest home dates back to 1921, and many of the homes were constructed by some of Tucson's most noted architects of the time. There are a handful of newer construction homes in El Encanto Estates as well. Home styles include Spanish revival, mission, ranch and Pueblo eclectic.

There are six entrance points off the main roads into El Encanto's streets, the main ones of which are laid out like a wagon wheel with a neighborhood park in the center, four outer streets which form the circular portion and eight inner streets that form the "spokes" of the wheel.

Large lots, larger homes and midtown location add up to a heftier price tag than other surrounding midtown addresses. El Encanto Estates homes are the priciest in the midtown area.

Sales prices of homes sold in the last 12 months in the neighborhood ranged from the high $700s to nearly $1 million, with the average sales price at $885,000, with home sizes that ranged from 3,700 square feet to more than 4,400 square feet on lots up to 1 acre.

The neighborhood is served by the Tucson Unified School District schools of Sam Hughes Elementary, Mansfeld Middle and Tucson High schools.

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