White Streamline Moderne style home in Sam Hughes historic district

Sam Hughes: A Favorite Historic Neighborhood

Last Updated on August 27, 2023 by Kim Labriola

About Sam Hughes Neighborhood

Sam Hughes was a Tucson merchant who arrived here in the 1860s. Hughes helped incorporate the City of Tucson and he assisted in establishing public education here. Sam Hughes Elementary School was named after Hughes first, later the neighborhood adopted the name too.

Location

The Sam Hughes neighborhood is bounded by Speedway, Broadway, Campbell, and Country Club. It is just east of University of Arizona.

Tudor style home in Sam Hughes

Style of homes in Sam Hughes

Most homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1920s through the 1950s. The architectural styles in the neighborhood are very eclectic, varying from California Bungalow to Pueblo Revival to Mission Revival to Craftsman styles. Many homes in the neighborhood were designed by Josias Joesler, Tucson’s most celebrated and well-known architect.

Historic District

The neighborhood has been designated as a Historic District which can lead to a lower property tax bill for contributing properties.

Sam Hughes neighborhood is just east of University of Arizona

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Front entry gate of a home in Sam Hughes historic district in Tucson Arizona
Front entry gate of a home in Sam Hughes historic district in Tucson Arizona

Great location is easily walkable to restaurants and shops

Many like the area because of it’s proximity to the University of Arizona, directly west of Sam Hughes. It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and downtown Tucson.

It’s easily walkable to Flora’s Market Run, Tumerico, and other nearby shops and restaurants at 6th Street and Tucson Blvd.

The southern part of the neighborhood borders the Sunshine Mile (located on Broadway) which has some exciting redevelopment plans underway.

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Sam Hughes Neighborhood Amenities

Himmel Park

Himmel Park is located inside the 1 square mile that comprises the popular Sam Hughes neighborhood in central Tucson. Himmel Park has tennis and pickleball courts, swimming pool, lots of grassy areas for softball and soccer, and it’s very own public library branch.

Let the kiddos play, then walk over to nearby Bella’s Gelato Shoppe for a fun afternoon (bonus: Bella’s is dog friendly too)

Himmel Park fields in Sam Hughes, Tucson Arizona
Himmel Park fields in Sam Hughes, Tucson Arizona
Pickleball courts at Himmel Park, within Sam Hughes neighborhood, Tucson Arizona
Pickleball courts at Himmel Park, within Sam Hughes neighborhood, Tucson Arizona
This happy looking building is where Himmel public pool is located within the park
This happy looking building is where Himmel public pool is located within the park
Joe Pagac's colorful mural in Himmel Park pays homage to the train engine that used to reside nearby.
Joe Pagac’s colorful mural in Himmel Park pays homage to the train engine that used to reside nearby

Himmel Park Library Branch

The Himmel Park Library a cozy little neighborhood library which celebrated it’s 50th year in 2011.

Himmel Park Library is located at Himmel Park within Sam Hughes neighborhood
Himmel Park Library is located within Himmel Park

Bike Boulevards

The neighborhood is very bike friendly, having a couple of bike boulevards located on Treat Avenue and 3rd Street which allows an easy bike ride to University of Arizona and beyond.

3rd Street and Treat Avenue bike boulevards run within the Sam Hughes neighborhood
3rd Street and Treat Avenue bike boulevards run within the Sam Hughes neighborhood

Public Schools

The neighborhood is serviced by these TUSD schools: Sam Hughes Elementary, Mansfeld Middle, and Tucson High.

Sam Hughes Elementary School opened in 1927
Sam Hughes Elementary School

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Favorite things about Sam Hughes neighborhood

  • Beautiful historic homes
  • Great central location
  • Walkable and bikeable to shops, restaurants, and more
  • Himmel Park and Library are great gathering spots
  • Close to University of Arizona
Sam Hughes homes are known for their charm
Midcentury ranch homes can be found in Sam Hughes too
Art abounds in the Sam Hughes neighborhood in central Tucson
Sam Hughes neighborhood is just east of University of Arizona
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