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High-rise buildings and cultural facilities make up part of the Encanto Village. This area was named in honor of the local historic park, Encanto Park. The park covers over 200 acres and was inspired by the English garden theme that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Paddleboat rides, a small old-fashioned children’s amusement park, a swimming pool, several fields, and public golf courses all makeup Encanto Park.
Both commercial and residential high-rise buildings edge Central Avenue which runs through Encanto Village. Although, some of Phoenix’s most unique homes are within the borders of Encanto Village. More historic home districts are found in Encanto Village, than any other village in Phoenix. Homes showcased in the Encanto Village reflect the charming Craftsman bungalow style and spacious haciendas. These districts are set against a backdrop of wide palm tree-lined streets and old-fashioned gas-styled lights. Near the center of this village is Park Central Shopping Center, which was one of the first malls in Phoenix. Today, the shopping center has several restaurants and businesses making it a great retreat during a busy workday. The Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theater, Burton Barr Central Library, and Cancer Survivors Park make up the cultural facilities. There is something going at one of these places all year long. Both commercial and residential high-rise buildings edge Central Avenue which runs through Encanto Village. The boundaries of Encanto Village include Grand Canal to Black Canyon Highway to McDowell Road.