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Indian Ridge: Mid-Century Modern Meets the Sonoran Desert

Last Updated on February 3, 2023 by Kim Labriola

Indian Ridge Historic District in Tucson, Arizona

Indian Ridge is a beautiful mid century modern historic neighborhood located in northeast Tucson at the northwest corner of Tanque Verde Road and Sabino Canyon Road. The neighborhood is known for the angular, single-story, low slung homes with asymmetrical pitched roofs, using uniquely southwestern materials such as burnt adobe and red brick. Large angled windows and sliding glass doors are ubiquitous in the neighborhood.

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The Community of Indian Ridge

The homes were sited to take advantage of the views of the Catalina mountains. The neighborhood features wide streets with plenty desert vegetation as well as eucalyptus, pine, and palm trees. The roads meander through the neighborhood in an irregular pattern, which makes for interesting, irregular-shaped lots.

The neighborhood has a very vibrant community which plans events like the 4th of July parade and the holiday luminarias night with the classic paper bags and candles. They have a neighborhood swimming pool which has it’s own swim team. Indian Ridge Estates is serviced by these TUSD schools: Fruchthendler Elementary, Booth-Fickett Middle, and Sabino High.

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A Short History on the Lusk Corporation

Indian Ridge was developed by Lusk Corporation, which was founded by Robert Lusk in 1950, a Tucson based builder that became the 5th largest home builder in America during the 1950s. Lusk Corporation built Indian Ridge during a 10-year period from 1955-1964.  The Lusk Corporation won the prestigious Award of Merit from the National Association of Home Builders for 5 consecutive years (1954-1958). Four of those awards were for Tucson projects. The Lusk Corporation was a fully integrated company. They subdivided land, provided infrastructure planning, architectural design and construction. The building design work was lead by Arthur H. Rader (1954-1957) and Ray Kruger (1958-1962).

Newspaper ad featuring Indian Ridge neighborhood in Tucson Arizona
Newspaper ad featuring Indian Ridge neighborhood in Tucson Arizona

History of the area

The neighborhood was named for the 13-acre Hohokam Village archeological site that is nearby. The Hohokam people lived in the area around 1150 – 1450 AD. The University of Arizona maintains the archeological site today, after being gifted the land in the 1930s. Many residents have reported finding pottery shards and other artifacts when digging in their yards.

Historic District Status

Indian Ridge was entered into the National Register of Historic Districts on July 16, 2010. This designation means that owners of contributing homes in the neighborhood can take advantage of lower property taxes.

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Are you interested in learning about the Lusk Corporation? Take a look at the blog we wrote about it.
Would you like more information on mid-century homes and neighborhoods in Tucson? Check out our guide to Tucson mid-century homes here!

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If you are interested in available homes in Indian Ridge, contact us to schedule a private showing. Do you have a house in Indian Ridge that you would like to sell? We can help you. Contact us at or 520-975-8956

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