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Get Walking, Tucson!
Imagine waking up on a Saturday morning, walking to your favorite neighborhood diner for breakfast with friends, then stopping by the market for a few items, on the way home stopping by the neighborhood library to pick up the latest best-seller. And doing all that without a car. It’s possible with a little research before you buy a home.
Take advantage of Tucson’s sunny skies
Tucson has sunny weather 284 days of year which is great for walking. In the hot summer months walking is still comfortable in the early morning or after the sun sets. Walking is a great way to improve health and and decrease our carbon footprint.
Walkable home searching tips
A few things to think about when searching for a walkable home… What places are an easy walk from the home? Restaurants, grocery store, shopping, doctors, entertainment, library, parks, etc? Which of these places is most important to you? Will you have to cross any busy streets to get to these places? Are there sidewalks? Are the sidewalks in good condition? If you’ll be walking at night, does the area have street lights? Are there bike paths?
Looking for newer homes in the center of town? Read my article about infill neighborhoods.
Walk like a Tucsonan (err, Egyptian)– Misquoted lyric by The Bangles, circa 1986
How does Tucson rank on the walk score?
Tucson is not as dense as many cities, but there are still quite a few areas in town that are very walkable. While walkscore.com gives the overall city of Tucson a score of 42 out of 100, the top 11 Tucson neighborhoods ranks in the 70s and 80s, which is considered very walkable. Most of Tucson is pretty flat, which makes walking and biking easier than hilly cities. Walkscore.com ranks Tucson as the 28th most walkable large city.
Walking in LA, nobody walks in LA (err, Tucson?)– Missing Persons misquoted song lyric, circa 1982
Here’s a list to the 50 most walkable neighborhoods in Tucson and links (below) to homes currently for sale in each neighborhood. These neighborhoods rank from 86 to 58 on the walk score and 100 – 61 on the bike score.
Search for homes in Tucson’s 50 most walkable neighborhoods (see map above):
- Iron Horse Historic District
- West University Historic District – Blog link
- Pie Allen Historic District
- Armory Park Historic District – Blog link
- Rincon Heights Historic District
- Highland Vista
- Sam Hughes Historic District – Blog link
- Swan Way Park
- Barrio Hollywood
- Dunbar Springs Historic District
- El Presidio Historic District
- Palo Verde
- Ocotillo Oracle
- Alvernon Heights
- Barrio Santa Rosa Historic District
- Santa Rita Park
- Garden District
- Feldman’s Historic District
- Shaheen Estates
- Barrio Viejo Historic District
- Balboa Heights
- San Gabriel
- Harlan Heights
- Richland Heights West
- Blenman Elm Historic District – Blog link
- Thunderbird Heights –Wilmot Desert Estates
- Vista Del Sahuaro
- Hedrick Acres
- Peter Howell
- Dodge Flower
- Vista Del Monte
- Broadmoor – Broadway Village – Blog link
- North University
- Mountain View
You may want to consider newer “infill” neighborhoods for a more walkable neighborhood.