Tucson Neighborhoods Overview


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The Tucson valley contains a wide mix of historic and modern homes; from tightly spaced townhouse communities all the way up to un-subdivided properties of an acre or more. In general the lower priced (up to $100,000) to mid priced (from $100,000 to $250,000) newer homes tend to be built on smaller lots in developments; however you can still find older homes in this price range on a half an acre or so. The best way to describe the neighborhoods in Tucson is by geographic location. In general, the different areas are divided accordingly:

CENTRAL: This is an area of long-standing neighborhoods, most near parks. The area is in the heart of Tucson's shopping, and includes the University of Arizona and Downtown Tucson. It is the hub of the business community and the Tucson Arts District. While much of central Tucson is the focus of urban renewal, there are many lovely established communities, such as the Sam Hughes area. The Arizona Inn is in this area, as are the El Con Mall and the Park Mall.

EAST: Bordered on the east by the National Park boundary, on the north by Speedway, on the west by Wilmot Road, and on the south by Golf Links Road. This area includes commercial strips, apartments, condominiums, and lower priced and mid priced housing developments. There are also a few custom homes on large lots, and lots of older mid-priced homes on about one-quarter of an acre or less. It offers easy access to shopping and restaurants, and relatively easy access to I-10.

WEST: Mostly bordered on the east by I-10, on the north by Ina Road, on the west by the Saguaro National Park, and on the south by the Mountain Park boundary. This area offers easy access to I-10 and downtown. This area includes parts of Marana, the western tip of Tucson, and unincorporated Pima County. In general the west side is characterized by open desert spaces, city views, and an abundance of wildlife. It is just a short drive to Saguaro National Park, Gates Pass, and the Arizona Sonora Desert. The housing is a mix of semi-rural and clustered developments.

NORTH: Bordered on the east by Sabino Canyon Road, on the north by the Catalina Mountains, on the west by Oracle Road, and on the south by River Road. The North side is nestled in the Catalina foothills, and features dramatic mountain settings and desert vegetation. Gorgeous custom homes on large lots are mixed with a potpourri of apartments, townhouses and single-family home developments. The prestigious foothills area contains both new resort-oriented developments and established neighborhoods built decades ago. There is easy access to Central, Northeast and Northwest Tucson. The Westin La Paloma Resort and the Ventana Canyon Resort are in this area

NORTHWEST: Generally bordered on the east by Oracle Road, goes all the way north to Pinal County, on the west by Camino de Oeste, and on the south by River Road. This is Tucson's fastest growing area, and includes Oro Valley, parts of Marana, the northwestern tip of Tucson, and unincorporated Pima County. The terrain tends to be a bit hillier than the rest of Tucson, and there are good views of the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges. There is a good mix of housing, from inexpensive older homes on half an acre of so, to custom built homes in developments like Honey Bee Canyon and Stone Canyon, with the bulk of the newer development in the mid price range. This is also were most of the adult communities are located (including Sun City Tucson, Saddlebrooke, Heritage Highlands and Sunflower). There is easy access to I-10, and the shopping facilities include the Tucson Mall and the Foothills Mall. The Sheraton El Conquistador Resort and the Westward Look Resort are in this area.

NORTHEAST: Generally bordered on the east by Wentworth Road, on the north by National & State forest/park, on the west by Sabino Canyon Road, and on the south by Speedway Road. This area offers mountains near it mostly semi-rural home sites, and easy access to Mt. Lemmon. There are also several moderately priced subdivisions with homes on smaller lots. It has relatively convenient access to restaurants and retail, and easy access to Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park East.

SOUTHEAST: Bordered on the east by Vail, on the north by Speedway Road, and on the west by Nogales Freeway.This area is in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, and offers easy access to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and several major employers (in the buildings previously developed and owned by IBM). In the far eastern outskirts the area is characterized by open desert space and mountain views; as you get closer to Central Tucson you find more mid-priced developments with smaller lots.

SOUTHWEST: Bordered on the east by Nogales Freeway, on the north by Speedway Road, and on the west by Federal/Native American land. This area is characterized by both very old and very new neighborhoods. Housing is affordable with prices starting around $70,000. This area has easy access to the Raytheon facility, as well as the Saguaro National Park West.

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