Mid-Century Modern Condos
Villa Catalina Apartments are one of the most recognizable communities in Tucson. They’re a wonderful example of mid-century modern architecture with its broad linear roof line and the unique square and circle shaped railings. The units were constructed between 1957 – 1960 in what was a more rural area at the time. Now it is conveniently located in the middle of town, at 6th Street and Country Club.
The development was designed for patio apartment living, which was popular in the post-war era and was described as ‘Tucson’s first own your own apartment homes’. The developer, Lionel Mayell, built similar communities in other parts of Arizona, California, and Texas.
In 1992, Villa Catalina was converted to a 55 + community. One resident must be at least 55, and no one under the age of 18 can live there. Pets are not allowed either. The units vary in size from 1000 – 3000 sf, with 1 – 3 bedrooms. There are 2 pools within the lush courtyard. Each unit has garage space too. The community was recently listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places in December 2009, which offers significant tax savings.