Cheery Lynn Historic District in Phoenix Arizona
"...The manicured lawns of this “subdivision” may feel suburban, but that’s where the similarity ends. This was no cookie-cutter development...."
Roughly bounded by Flower Street to the north, Earll Drive to the south, Randolph Road on the west, and 16th Street on the east.
You may have driven past the distinctive homes of Cheery Lynn a hundred times without ever realizing they were there. If so, the next time you are heading north on 16th Street, take a left turn onto Cherry Lynn Road (just a few streets north of Thomas) and take a look. When Cherry Lynn Road ends at Randolph Road, turn right to tour Flower Street or left to travel Earll. That’s the Cheery Lynn Historic District: a trio of three long, uninterrupted blocks of lovely homes behind grassy lawns.
The manicured lawns of this “subdivision” may feel suburban, but that’s where the similarity ends. This was no cookie-cutter development. Each of these homes is one of a kind. Many are English Tudor or Cottage style, built in the 20s and 30s. A few magnificent Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes add a high note. Homes built later, post-WWII, are of a more modest French Provincial Ranch style. This blend of styles creates an interesting rhythm to the streetscapes of Cheery Lynn—with pitchy roofs next to red-tiled second stories next to low roof lines.
The average home in the Cheery Lynn Historic District has 1350 square feet, but that average may be deceptive. The 40s ranch homes typically have around 1000 square feet with two bedrooms and 1 bath, while the grander, older homes are somewhere closer to 3000 square feet and have at least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (and possibly a second story).
Cheery Lynn was remote from downtown Phoenix when the first home was built in 1928. Today, it is a central Phoenix neighborhood by anyone’s measure, retaining its residential quality while enjoying retail along 16th Street. (Don wouldn’t take his 4-legged friends to anyone other than A Family Affair for pet grooming (3004 N 16th Street). Maureen swears by the fresh pita bread from the Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli at 3052 N 16 Street.) More than 80 years have passed since this real estate was developed, yet Cheery Lynn retains the distinction it had when these homes were brand new and sold at a premium because they were walkable to the exclusive Phoenix Country Club just west.
Note: The Greater Cheery Lynn Neighborhood Association considers their neighborhood to be larger than the official historic designation, pushing the northern boundary up to Osborn Road. You might want to think bigger too so you don’t miss a chance at owning a home in the greater Cheery Lynn neighborhood.