Hidden Valley neighborhood in North Tucson

Hidden Valley Neighborhood: A Hidden Tucson Gem

Last Updated on September 22, 2021 by Kim Labriola

About Hidden Valley Neighborhood

Hidden Valley is a neighborhood just south of Sabino Canyon Recreation area, near Snyder Road and Sabino Canyon Road. It consists mostly of ranch-style homes built between 1960s and 1970s, although there are newer homes in the area too. Homes are typically on large ½ acre to 1-1/2 acre lots. Residents are often seen taking a walk or jogging through the slightly hilly area. Search Hidden Valley homes for sale.

Developer Wesley Miller aptly named the area Hidden Valley because the land was between the Santa Catalina mountains to the north and a large hill to the south, which created the hidden valley.

Mountain view from the Hidden Valley neighborhood in the Tucson Foothills
View from the Hidden Valley neighborhood in the Tucson Foothills

Homes for Sale in Hidden Valley Neighborhood

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Schools for Hidden Valley residents

The northern part of the neighborhood falls within the Catalina Foothills School District #16, with these servicing schools: Canyon View Elementary, Esperero Canyon Middle School, and Catalina Foothills High School. The southern part of the neighborhood falls within the Tucson Unified School District with these schools serving the neighborhood: Fruchthendler Elementary, Magee Middle School, Sabino High School.

Wes Miller Park

There is a voluntary HOA which allows access to the Wes Miller private park just east of the neighborhood. The Wes Miller Park has a couple of grills, a pit for horseshoes, and access to Sabino Creek that runs most of the year. The park is private property and is closed to non-residents and residents who don’t contribute to the voluntary HOA.

A bit of rare fall foliage and running water in the private Wes Miller Park within the Hidden Valley neighborhood.
A bit of rare fall foliage and running water in the private Wes Miller Park within the Hidden Valley neighborhood.

History of the Hidden Valley Area

El Sabino Ranch

The land that Hidden Valley neighborhood occupies was once known as El Sabino Ranch. El Sabino Ranch was started in 1916 by Charles “Charley” DeBaud Sr. DeBaud was a cowboy and rancher who was born in Tucson in 1876. He got his first ranching job at the age of 15. DeBaud owned other Arizona ranches including Hidden Spring Ranch, near Sonoita, and a ranch near St. David.

In 1938 the El Sabino Ranch was purchased by Pell Foster. Foster was a board member of the US Steel Corporation. He spent the winter months at the 700-acre ranch, which consisted of a 10-room main house, a guest house, and 4 employee houses. Foster died on a train while en route from Tucson to New York in 1947.

After Pell Foster’s death in 1947, his estate sold the ranch in 1953 to Mary Gardner. Gardner bought the property “as an investment with the possibility of establishing a registered cattle ranch for purebred Herefords.” As a side note, Gardner purchased Harold Bell Wright’s estate in 1950, which she subdivided a couple years later with the help of Lewis A. Romine.

Pell Foster, Pell Foster Jr, and Pell Foster III
Photo of Pell Foster on right with his son Pell Jr., and his grandson Pell III. (courtesy of John Foster, Pell Foster’s great-grandson)

Historic El Sabino Ranch property is for sale:

8550 E Snyder Road, Tucson, AZ 85750

$2,250,000
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 5 Square Footage: 3,639 Lot Size (sq. ft.): 648,608 Status: Active
Current Price: $2,250,000 List Date: 9/22/2021 Last Modified: 10/15/2021

Description

Own a piece of Tucson history! This beautiful 3 bed/3 bath historic ranch home sits secluded at the base of Sabino Canyon. Built in 1917, the home has been meticulously renovated & restored to meet the standards of the most discerning. Nearly 15 amazing acres, Sabino Ranch is a paradise to be explored. Walk through the mature trees & down to Sabino Creek as it runs across the property. In addition to the main house, you will find a 2 bed/1bath adobe guesthouse, a large adobe shop/garage with an office & covered carport. Take in the views of the Catalina Mountains from the pool & spa, which has its own pool house. The stables have plenty of storage with two covered paddocks & the tack room is an inviting space to lounge in after riding. Just up the hill is a huge arena/turnout & round pen.

Suppliments: The Sabino Ranch is a must see! Breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains across the property. A beautiful organic vegetable/flower garden is tucked behind the stables. The homestead was built in 1917 by Charles DeBaud, one of the pioneer ranch owners. Along with the renovations and restoration of all ranch buildings by Means Design and Building Corporation, Eric Means's work includes facilitating phase two of the San Xaviers conservation project. The interior decor was designed by Christy Martin whose work at Sabino Ranch was featured in March 2011 Arizona Opera League's Home Tour. Jeffrey Trent of Landscape & Living Environments is the designer who has overseen the landscape & garden for over 20 years. His vision & execution have won multiple awards from Sunset Magazine Western Garden and Design. Each detail, inside & out, has been conceived & executed to an impeccable standard. *Please see the historic write-up of Sabino Ranch in the documents.*

More Information MLS# 22124435

Address Information

Street #: 8550 Direction: E Street Name: Snyder Suffix: Road State/Province: AZ Zip Code: 85750 County: Pima Country: USA

Location, Tax & Legal

Comparable Only Listing: No Tax Code: 114-18-001Q Tax Year: 2020 Taxes: 6350.04 Legal Description: From Parcel:11418001P /Ptn W403.62' E1099.7' N705.85' Ne4 Ne4 6.53 Ac Sec 21-13-15 See Below Area: North Subdivision: Unsubdivided Community: None Township: 13 Range: 15 Section: 21 Municipality/Zoning: Tucson - SR Fire Protection: Subscription Fema Flood Zone: No Municipal Flood Zone: No

Contract Information

Current Price: $2,250,000 List Price: $2,250,000 Listing Date: 2021-09-22 Status: Active Method of Title: Fee (Simple) Distressed Info: None

Showing Information

Directions: From River Rd, N Sabino Cyn, E Snyder, Turn right on private Rd Sign, left through gate.

General Property Information

Dwelling Type: Single Family Residence Construction Status: Existing Lot Dimensions: Irregular Lot Acres: 14.89 Lot Sqft: 648608 Lot Size Source: Assessor Combined SqFt: 3639 Main House SqFt: 2838 Guest House SqFt: 801 Source of SqFt: Assessor # of Garage Spaces: 2 # of Carport Spaces: 3 # of Covered Prkng: 5 Bedrooms: 5 Full Baths: 5 Total Baths: 5 Basement: No # of Fireplaces: 1 Year Built: 1917 School District: TUSD Elementary School: Fruchthendler Middle School: Magee High School: Sabino Horse Property: Yes - By Zoning Horse Facilities: Yes List Price/SqFt: 618.3 Lot Size Price/SqFt: 3.47

Remarks & Misc

Geo Lat: 32.293338 Geo Lon: -110.80978

Interior Features

Interior Steps Y/N: N

Fireplace Location

Other: Library and shop

Electric

Electric Company: Tep

Pool

Conventional: Yes

Subdivision Restrict

Age Restrictions: No CC&Rs: Yes Deed Restrictions: Yes

Association & Fees

HOA: No

Home Protection

Offered: No

Property Features

Stories: One Construction: Mud Adobe Style: Ranch Roof: Shingle Living Areas: Family Room; Living Room Dining Areas: Dining Area; Formal Dining Room Kitchen Features: Gas Oven; Gas Range; Refrigerator; Water Purifier Master Bathroom Features: Shower & Tub Laundry: Dryer; Laundry Room; Stacked Space; Washer Extra Room: Library; Office; Workshop Guest Facilities: House Interior Features: Exposed Beams; High Ceilings 9+ Fireplace: Gas; Pellet Stove Floor Covering: Ceramic Tile; Concrete; Wood Window Covering: Stay Technology: Alarm System; High Speed Internet Main Cooling: Central Air Main Heating: Forced Air; Natural Gas Water Heater: Natural Gas Gas: Natural Sewer: Connected Accessibility Option: None Security: Alarm Installed Garage/Carport Feat: Attached Garage/Carport Patio/Deck: Covered; Patio Pool: Heated Spa: Portable Fence: Barbed Wire; Wood Landscape - Front: Desert Plantings; Natural Desert; Shrubs; Sprinkler/Drip; Trees Landscape - Rear: Desert Plantings; Natural Desert; Shrubs; Sprinkler/Drip; Trees; Vegetable Garden View: Mountain(s); Pasture; Sunrise; Sunset; Wooded Road Type: Gravel Driveway: To Property Line RV Parking: Space Available Exterior Features: Native Plants Lot Features: Adjacent to Wash; Dividable Lot Neighborhood Feature: Historic; Horse Facilities; Horses Allowed; Pool; Spa; Walking Trail Terms: Cash; Conventional; Submit Submit With Offer: Proof of Funds Property Disclosures: None Special Conditions: None

Supplements

The Sabino Ranch is a must see! Breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains across the property. A beautiful organic vegetable/flower garden is tucked behind the stables. The homestead was built in 1917 by Charles DeBaud, one of the pioneer ranch owners. Along with the renovations and restoration of all ranch buildings by Means Design and Building Corporation, Eric Means's work includes facilitating phase two of the San Xaviers conservation project. The interior decor was designed by Christy Martin whose work at Sabino Ranch was featured in March 2011 Arizona Opera League's Home Tour. Jeffrey Trent of Landscape & Living Environments is the designer who has overseen the landscape & garden for over 20 years. His vision & execution have won multiple awards from Sunset Magazine Western Garden and Design. Each detail, inside & out, has been conceived & executed to an impeccable standard. *Please see the historic write-up of Sabino Ranch in the documents.*
Listing Office: Engel & Volkers Tucson
Last Updated: October - 15 - 2021
8550 E Snyder Road, Tucson, AZ 85750- MLS# 22124435
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.

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Becoming Hidden Valley

Mary Gardner sold the land to Wesley and Helen Miller in 1957. The Miller’s, along with their son John Wesley Miller, developed the land in 1958 to 1972. They also developed neighboring Rockcliff Estates subdivision in 1973.

John Wesley Miller is more recently known for developing the Armory Park del Sol, a solar neighborhood that he started in the early 2000s near downtown Tucson. John Wesley Miller remains an active Tucson builder today.

Longtime Tucsonans fondly remember the old Hidden Valley Inn restaurant around the corner from the neighborhood and will forever associate the restaurant with the name of the neighborhood.

Hidden Valley street names

According to the Arizona Daily Star:

  • Amethyst Lane: Named after Helen’s February birthstone
  • Bauxite: The Miller’s family was from a Missouri mining town and named many streets after minerals. Bauxite is the mineral that is a source of aluminium
  • Big Horn Trail: Named for the Bighorn Sheep in the Catalina Mountains
  • Bornite Way: Named for the copper ore mineral named after Austrian mineralogist Ignaz von Born
  • Buffalo Run: Named for the buffalos that used to roam the plains of Missouri where the Miller’s were from
  • Rockcliff Road: Named because the road is built into the side of a large rocky hill
  • Rockgate Road: Named for the gate to the old El Sabino Ranch
  • Rawhide Trail: Named after the western themed TV show
  • Surrey Trail: Named after the carriage used in the late 19th and early 20th century
  • Siesta Drive: Named for Wes Miller’s napping habit, evidently he could take a name anywhere
  • Moonstone Drive: Named to honor Helen’s mother’s wedding ring.

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Beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains from Hidden Valley neighborhood.
Beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains from Hidden Valley neighborhood.

5 things I love about Hidden Valley

  • The gorgeous panoramic mountain views
  • Access to a private park with seasonally flowing creek
  • Unique architecture & custom homes
  • The close proximity to Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area
  • The gentle hills in the neighborhood are a great place to take a walk and meet some neighbors

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BBQ grills at the private Wes Miller Park within the Hidden Valley neighborhood
BBQ grills at the private Wes Miller Park within the Hidden Valley neighborhood

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