Historic home tours ‘draw crowds,’ ‘solidify values’
By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic
Kelly and Chris Nottleman walked through central Phoenix’s historic Willo district checking out homes on one of their first dates in 2009.
The couple is now married and opening the door to their own historic Willo home on this year’s tour. They bought a 1940 Ranch-style home a few years ago and spent six months remodeling it.
“The Willo home tour was a great date, but I was a girl from the suburbs and couldn’t see myself living there,” Kelly Nottleman said. “Now I don’t want to live anywhere else.”
The couple’s home is one of 12 open to tour on Sunday. More than 3,500 people turned up last year when Willo homeowners opened their doors for tours.