I like to think of Tucson, (Too-sawn) a city & metropolitan area of over a million folks now, as a big, sprawling town. (195 square miles) To me, it has a relaxed atmosphere and friendly residents that give it the feel of a much smaller place where folks know each other.
It’s made up of many incorporated suburbs, including Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, South Tucson, Vail, Catalina, as well as Corona de Tucson, and more.
One of the most striking features of our city are the dominating mountain ranges in every direction that encircle the town. The Santa Catalina’s to the North, Tucson Mountains to the West, Rincon’s to the East and Santa Rita Mountains to the south. Bordering the northern edge of Marana and Oro Valley sit the Tortolita Mountains as well, and nearby Mt. Lemmon provides much needed summer relief from the heat.
Tucson is also referred to as “The Old Pueblo”. Archaeologists have dated excavation sites as far back as 4,000 years ago and the San Xavier del Bac Mission was founded in 1700 about 7 miles from Tucson proper.
Neighborhoods are very distinctive and if you are looking for a home steeped in history, consider the El Presidio, Barrio Historico, or Armory Park areas. We have several other historical neighborhoods including Feldman’s, Menlo Park, Sam Hughes, and West University.
As you might well know, temperatures can reach 105 and even beyond in summer months. Night time temperatures rarely drop below 65. Early summer is characterized with blue cloudless skies until the Monsoons blow in right around the fourth of July. Expect almost daily rain for the months of July and August, with flash floods and lightning strikes…however, only for a few hours! Tucson really is an area where you can count on over 300 sunny days a year. Expect those 100 degree days to last into October!
Winters, to me, are the best. Freezing temps are rare, and snow even more so. Rain days are few and rarely consecutive. Spring blooms begin in February and the cycle repeats itself.