By: Pam Perry
Pierson Place is historically important to Phoenix for the diversity in housing represented by 16 architectural styles. The neighborhood retains examples not only of the architecture, but of building materials and construction practices used from the 1920’s thru the 1950’s. We have 7 adobe buildings within our historic district. We are a mix of owner-occupied homes and properties offered as rentals; including single family homes on residential lots, small duplex or quads. Later infill construction provided multifamily housing for rent or sale. Many of our original residents no longer live here; however, some of my neighbors grew up here and live in the family home still. Some of us have been around for decades; others are newcomers to Phoenix and Pierson Place. We have kids, dogs, roommates, and hail from all over the world! This place offers great access to the city center and we do not have to venture far for recreation or entertainment. Schools, museums, cultural activities, First Fridays, and of course, light rail, are on our doorstep! Shopping and errands can begin and end less than a mile from my home in Pierson Place; a bike or a walk will get me to restaurants, groceries, coffee shops, boutiques, exercise programs, critter care, spas and beautifying, or just poking around looking for treasures among the many shops along 7th Avenue! Often when asked where I got some article or another I can smile and say “I shop the ‘Avenue’.” We are not the largest historic district, not the oldest, nor do we have the cachet of some, but we offer a great place to live near the resources of our large metropolitan area, we are safe and affordable, and we know and meet our neighbors along ‘the Avenue’, at the shops and stores close to home!