Blenman-Elm neighborhood is a historic district full of charming homes.

Blenman-Elm: Location and Charm

Last Updated on August 27, 2023 by Kim Labriola

About Blenman-Elm Neighborhood

Popular neighborhood Blenman-Elm in midtown Tucson offers diverse architectural styles and history in a conveniently central area. Located in Tucson, just east of the University Medical Center, the “L” shaped neighborhood covers approximately three-quarters of a square mile and is bordered by Grant Road on the north, Speedway on the south, Country Club on the east and Campbell on the west. The neighborhood wraps around the Catalina Vista neighborhood, which is also a historic district.

Homes for sale in Blenman-Elm Historic District

Close Map
11 Matches Found
1 2 Next
The data relating to real estate listings on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) program of Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Listings provided by brokerages other than the listing brokerage here are identified with the MLSSAZ IDX Logo. All Information Is Deemed Reliable But Is Not Guaranteed Accurate. Listing information Copyright 2020 MLS of Southern Arizona. All Rights Reserved.

Interested in buying or selling a home in Tucson? Contact us to go over your needs. 520-975-8956 or

Lovely home in historic Blenman-Elm neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona

Historic District

Blenman-Elm neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. This can lead to a significant savings on property taxes for contributing properties.

Historical Landmarks in the neighborhood include Arizona Inn (1930), Peter and Paul Catholic Church (1931) and Blenman Elementary School (1942).

Relax in the lovely grounds at Arizona Inn in Tucson
Relax in the lovely grounds at Arizona Inn in Tucson

Great Central Location

Blenman-Elm is popular because of it’s great location within the center of Tucson. It’s just across the corner from University of Arizona. It’s only about 2.5 miles to downtown. It’s about a 1/2 mile from all the great local shops and restaurants on Campbell Avenue. The Historic Arizona Inn is a charming spot for a nice dinner and drinks.

University Medical Center is located just to the west of the neighborhood, and the eastern terminus of the streetcar is by UMC.

University Medical Center - Tucson Arizona
University Medical Center – Tucson Arizona

Bikeable neighborhood

Blenman Elm neighborhood is very bikeable, especially along Treat Avenue Bike Boulevard which leads to Himmel Park and the University of Arizona and beyond.

Jackie Kinman Butterfly Garden located at Treat and Waverly
Jackie Kinman Butterfly Garden located at Treat and Waverly
Red brick ranch home in Blenman-Elm neighborhood is a classic.

Public Schools

Blenman-Elm is serviced by these TUSD schools: Blenman Elementary, Doolen Middle, and Catalina High.

Interested in buying or selling a home in Tucson? Contact us to go over your needs. 520-975-8956 or

A Brief History of Blenman-Elm

Development dates back to 1900 when developer Andrew Olsen built a home at the NE corner of Helen St. and Plumer Avenue. Growth was slow until a boom occurred in 1936. Peak growth was in 1955. By 1960 the area was mostly built out.

Home in Blenman-Elm Historic District in Tucson AZ

Who is the Blenman neighborhood named for?

Charles Blenman was an Oxford-educated lawyer who came to Tucson and became a well-respected judge, as well as a land speculator.

Blenman was born in the seaside town of Torquay, England in 1859. Prior to coming to Tucson, Blenman’s first stop in the US was San Francisco before eventually going to Tombstone, Arizona. He practiced law in Arizona, defending the notorious outlaw Bill Downing.

Blenman made his way to Tucson, moving to the area in 1891. He became a judge in Tucson, then went into land speculation. In 1903, he homesteaded a portion of the land that later became the Blenman-Elm neighborhood.

Blenman owned a home, which was also his law office, in the Armory Park neighborhood that is currently occupied by a bed and breakfast.

Blenman is credited with bringing affordable homes to Tucson. When it was initially developed it was in considered a suburb. Many of the smaller homes sold for only $4000 at the time. Now this neighborhood is popular due to its close proximity to the University of Arizona and University Medical Center.

Twenty-one of the homes in the neighborhood were designed by Swiss born architect Josias Joesler.

Homes for sale in Blenman-Elm neighborhood, Tucson

What We Love About Blenman-Elm

  • Fantastic central location
  • Walkable/Bikeable
  • Close the the Tucson Streetcar and Arizona Inn
  • Every home is unique
  • Tons of charm!
House for sale in Blenman Elm historic Tucson neighborhood

Looking to buy or sell a home in Blenman-Elm neighborhood? Let’s craft a plan tailored to your needs. Contact us today: 520-975-8956 or fill out form below.