Where I Live: Willowwood Estates

The Where I Live series aims to showcase our diverse city and region by spotlighting its many vibrant neighborhoods. Each week a local resident invites us over and lets us in on what makes their neighborhood special. Have we been to your neighborhood yet? Get in touch to share your story.

Willowwood Estates has always been home to me. My parents built this house when I was 4 years old with the help of contractor Fred Michaux, who was truly ahead of his time in terms of architecture. 

Our house had all the bells and whistles, like central heating and air conditioning and an intercom system — things that were not common at that time, especially for a young Black couple in the ’60s. 

Though I was an only child, it never felt like it. My next-door neighbors on both sides were like siblings, and all the neighborhood kids would play together. After dinner, we’d all go out and play hopscotch and jump rope. Drivers were always careful because we would all ride our bikes in the street and the boys would play football.

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