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La Cebadilla Estates neighborhood features

La Cebadilla Estates is a beautiful, rural, equestrian neighborhood of luxury homes with large lots and gorgeous views of the surrounding Rincon and Santa Catalina mountains on the northeast side of Tucson. La Cebadilla Estates is located east of Tanque Verde Road and Wentworth Road, on the way to Redington Pass, north of the Tanque Verde Wash.

Most homes are in the 2,000 to 4,000 square foot range, on lots that are at least 3 – 5 acres or more in size. The neighborhood features a private pond that is a refuge for wildlife and a quiet place to enjoy a picnic. Most of the homes in La Cebadilla Estates were built from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, with a few constructed in more recent years. The neighborhood is within the Tanque Verde School District.

Homes for sale in La Cebadilla Estates

Private pond at La Cebadilla Estates

History of La Cebadilla Estates area

The area has an interesting history, some of which ties in with The Fort Lowell neighborhood which will be the subject of a future blog.

La Cebadilla is the Spanish word for a native wild barley. La Cebadilla Estates was named after the Rancho de la Cebadilla cattle ranch established by Eduardo Carrillo in the 1890s on land that was bought from his uncle.  According to a grandson named Armando Carrillo the ranch once extended north beyond what is now Agua Caliente Park and Redington Pass.

Eduardo was the nephew of the wealthy land owner and merchant Leopoldo Carrillo  who brought him to the territory in the 1870s. Prior to owning the ranch, Eduardo worked at the famous Steinfeld’s Department Store in Tucson and he also ran a store in Solomonville in Graham County East of Safford. Eduardo married Dolores Velasco on February 2, 1890.  Dolores was part of the well known and influential Velasco family.  Her father was a founding member of Alianza Hispanico-Americana in 1894, which provided insurance and social activities for Mexican Americans. Her father also owned and ran El Frontizo, a weekly Spanish newspaper, from 1878-1914.

The La Cebadilla ranch house was situated near the pond.  During the depression the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) completed projects in the Tucson and Mt Lemmon area.  They left empty buildings which became the main ranch house in the 1940s.

Dolores Carrillo sold the ranch in 1945 to Joe Hartsell.  It changed hands a few times until it was sold to Raymond Bidegain who developed it into a luxury residential area in the 1970s.

La Cebadilla neighborhood in northeast Tucson

Views of the Rincon Mountains from La Cebadilla Estates

Homes for sale in La Cebadilla Estates neighborhood

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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.

Most walkable neighborhoods Tucson

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?

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 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.

50 most walkable neighborhoods in Tucson:

  1. Iron Horse Historic District
  2. West University Historic DistrictBlog link
  3. Pie Allen Historic District
  4. Armory Park Historic DistrictBlog link
  5. Avondale
  6. Duffy
  7. Rincon Heights Historic District
  8. Highland Vista
  9. Sam Hughes Historic DistrictBlog link
  10. Swan Way Park
  11. Barrio Hollywood
  12. Dunbar Springs Historic District
  13. El Presidio Historic District
  14. Palo Verde
  15. Wakefield
  16. Ocotillo Oracle
  17. Miramonte
  18. Alvernon Heights
  19. Barrio Santa Rosa Historic District
  20. Mitman
  21. Campbell-Grant
  22. Santa Rita Park
  23. Garden District
  24. Feldman’s Historic District
  25. Shaheen Estates
  26. Barrio Viejo Historic District
  27. Balboa Heights
  28. San Gabriel
  29. Miles
  30. Harlan Heights
  31. Samos
  32. Richland Heights West
  33. Blenman Elm Historic DistrictBlog link
  34. Limberlost
  35. Thunderbird HeightsWilmot Desert Estates
  36. Vista Del Sahuaro
  37. Hedrick Acres
  38. Sewell
  39. Peter Howell
  40. Keeling
  41. Dodge Flower
  42. Vista Del Monte
  43. Grant-Glenn
  44. Broadmoor – Broadway VillageBlog link
  45. Fairgrounds
  46. Mountain-First
  47. North University
  48. Rose
  49. Mountain View
  50. Broadway-Northeast

Looking to buy or sell a home in one of these walkable neighborhoods in Tucson?Contact Nick to go over your needs. 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

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Anne Rysdale – One of the First Female Architects in Arizona

Anne Rysdale was born in Detroit in 1920 and raised in Tucson. Rysdale attended Tucson High and the University of Arizona. She graduated from UA in 1940 with a degree in Engineering and Fine Arts, since UA did not have an architecture program yet. Later she moved to Washington state and earned a architecture degree there. Anne Rysdale was the only female registered architect in the state of Arizona between 1949-1960. (Annie Rockfellow, Arizona’s first female registered architect, had retired by 1938)

Tucson Inn designed by Anne Rysdale

Tucson Inn, on Drachman Street designed by Anne Rysdale

Early career

In her early career Anne Rysdale worked for Henry Jaastad and Arthur Brown, two prominent Tucson architects. Rysdale helped introduce an anonymous application system to become a state registered architect. Although, it still took her 5 years before being admitted into the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She felt that in the male dominated profession, she had to produce more and better work to stay competitive in the field.

Tucson office building on Broadway Blvd. designed by Anne Rysdale

Tucson office building on Broadway Blvd. designed by Anne Rysdale

Residential projects

Initially Rysdale started out designing residential projects. Rysdale designed many homes in Tucson Country Club Estates, Winterhaven, Colonia Solana, and El Encanto. Her firm was also hired to design the homes in the San Paulo Village and Miramonte Terrace subdivisions, and she is thought to have designed the homes in the Flair subdivision (although I cannot find any written documentation that supports this).

Commercial projects

As her career progressed, she found the residential sector becoming too competitive and started working on more commercial projects. Some well known commercial buildings designed by Rysdale include the Sun Building (2030 E. Speedway), the Tucson Inn (127 W. Drachman), The Shelter (4155 E Grant), Pima Plaza (2030 E. Broadway), Gila County Courthouse (Globe, Arizona), and one of my favorites, the Haas Building (2610 E. Broadway).

The Shelter designed by Anne Rysdale

The Shelter on Grant Rd. designed by Anne Rysdale

After the University of Arizona started an architecture program in 1958, Rysdale lectured as an adjunct professor. The local paper featured Rysdale as a writer in the women’s section. There she wrote frequently about home building, architecture, and her career.  Anne Rysdale currently resides in Florida where she continues to work.

Sunshine Mile commercial building in Tucson designed by Anne Rysdale

Sunshine Mile commercial building on Broadway Blvd. in Tucson designed by Anne Rysdale

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Tucson Barrio Architecture Styles

Architectural Styles in the Tucson Barrio 1840 – 1900

Sonoran (1840-1890)

A simple one room square or rectangular home was the basic building block of the Tucson barrio neighborhood (Barrio is the Spanish term for neighborhood).  The homes were built right to the lot line at the street. Early on foundations were absent and it wasn’t until later that foundations of stone with a stone veneer at the exterior wall base became more commonplace.  Homes were usually one or two room, one story buildings.

Later the homes evolved, as families grew they would expand the basic rooms into row homes.  These would often take up much of a block. Homes had relatively high ceilings and originally floors were usually earthen.

Example of Sonoran architecture in the Tucson barrio

Example of Sonoran home in Tucson with water draining canales.

Adobe block construction, which offers more insulation value than Anglo building practices, became prevalent and the use of vigas as roof supports became common. The roofs were relatively flat and would have a parapet with a top course of coping made of mud, stone or later brick.  Hand-sawn lintels were used for doorway openings and windows. Doors were wooden planked and were set back from the face of the building. There was little in the way of ornamentation and there was not much trim. Decorative rejas (grills) were usually located in central hallways.

Contiguous adjacent units would be added as needed.  This was an economical way to build as they made use of shared common walls.

Sonoran architecture was influenced by the Moorish ideas regarding public and private space. One large planar wall was built at the street and separated the private residence from the public street.

The families made use of a private common area in the center of a block. The entry way was called a Zagua’n which would have a heavy gate at the street.  This space was used for gardening, livestock, cooking and outdoor living. Shade trees walls and ramadas would have been used in the common space, and the kitchen was located outdoors as well.  During the hot summer months residents often slept outdoors or on the roofs. The configuration of the buildings provided safety from the street.  Summer monsoon rains required the use of canales to drain the water from the roofs and away from the structures.

Businesses integrated into the neighborhood

Often businesses mixed in to the residential neighborhoods of the Tucson Barrio. These included bakeries, grocers, butchers, saloons, and the owner’s family may have lived in the back portion of the business.  Commercial space may have been noted by a chamfered entry wall located on a corner unit.

Transformed Sonoran (1863-1912)

The arrival of the railroad in the 1880s brought a HUGE amount of change in a short period (The railroad arrival was as revolutionary then as the internet is to modern living). The railroad brought with it an influx of Anglo settlers and different building materials such as brick, milled lumber, trim, tin, and roofing membrane. Traditional building styles were modified and shaped by Anglo culture, attitude, and materials. The most immediate change was the introduction of the gabled or pyramid shaped roof.  Canales were often still used to direct water away from the structure.

Example of Transformed Sonoran architecture in Tucson Barrio

Example of Transformed Sonoran architecture in Tucson

Transitional (Territorial) (1880-1900)

The transitional style (also referred to as the Territorial style) overlapped with the Transformed Sonoran in the Tucson barrio. This style resulted as Sonoran residents began to incorporate non-Hispanic American traditions from the East. This was evident at the urban scale as land use patterns changed.  Ideas regarding the use of space changed.

Transitional Territorial style in the Tucson Barrio

Example of a Transitional Territorial style home in Tucson

In the Hispanic tradition buildings create space.  Buildings were also built to separate the private family, multi-use spaces from the public street. The Anglo cultural attitudes were opposite of this, were the emphasis is that the building is an object in space.  Homes were built back from lot lines and were sectioned off into yards.  Transitional buildings incorporate elements of both traditions, which made use of the newly available materials and gabled roofs on adobe walls.

Corner transformed sonoran building was most likely a commercial space with it's chamfered entry

This corner transformed Sonoran building was most likely a commercial space with it’s chamfered entrance.

Learn more about Convent Avenue and Meyer Avenue and the rest of Barrio Viejo near downtown Tucson. I’d encourage you to take a walk in the area and see if you can spot some of these styles and features.

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Looking for a Home with a Guest House?

There are many reasons to purchase a home with a guest house or guest quarters. Some like the flexibility of having extra room for a hobby like an art studio, music studio, or sewing room. Some need the extra room for family members, but like the idea of a little extra privacy and autonomy. Others are looking for an extra income by renting the space to students during the school year or as a short term Airbnb rental.

Art Studio guest house

Airbnb rental, VRBO, or short term vacation rentals

Airbnb rental properties have gotten very popular in the ‘sharing economy’. Some homeowners view it as a good way to make extra money to offset their living expenses. Others enjoy the interaction with visitors from all over the world and are eager to share their hospitality with their guests.

Airbnb rental guest house bedroom

While many areas around the country strictly forbid Airbnb rentals, the Arizona government passed a law in 2016 that prevents municipalities from restricting short-term rentals. The law was also enacted to require renters to pay applicable taxes.

Tucson has about 2,000 active Airbnb rentals, with February being the most popular time for short term rentals due to the annual Gem Show.

Multi-generations living together

With the baby-boomer generation rapidly aging, many buyers in the younger generations are thinking ahead and looking for extra space so there’s room for an elderly parent or family member in the future. Multi-generation living is exploding in popularity in recent years. In fact, 1 in 5 are currently living in a multi-generational home (according to Pew Research Center). Some homeowners view this as purchasing 2 homes for the price of 1 and getting the most bang for their buck.

Multi generational home

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s son’s home is on the market

Own an Arizona architectural gem that was almost demolished!

Known as the David and Gladys Wright house, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most celebrated Arizona homes is currently on the market. The David and Gladys Wright house is in the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix, at the base of Camelback Mountain. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home for his son and daughter-in-law, who lived in it until their deaths in 1997 and 2008, respectively. The home was slated for demolition in 2009 but the demolition was dramatically reversed at the very last moment, which has been celebrated as a preservation success. Unfortunately, a recent failed attempt to utilize the building by the Taliesin Architecture School seems to have prompted the sale. Historic Preservation Landmark status is currently pending.

David and Gladys Wright home in Phoenix

David and Gladys Wright home in Phoenix

The home was completed in 1952. It is 2,553 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with a guest house (the guest house was completed in 1954) and it sits on 5.58 acres studded with trees. The house was described by House Beautiful in the November 1955 edition as “a castle in the air, curving above the hot, dusty floor of the desert, looking out in all directions above the tree tops of orange groves, ‘the lawn of the house,’ towards the surrounding mountains among which it stands as securely, as naturally, and fully as nobly as they.”

David and Gladys Wright home - Cantilevered master bedroom

David and Gladys Wright home – Cantilevered master bedroom and entry ramp similar to the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

The home was built of textile block (similar to the Arizona Biltmore and several Wright houses in the Los Angeles area) and it features a spiral ramp that leads up to the entrance of the home, a precursor to the famed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The home features a round kitchen with round windows and a cantilevered round master bedroom that has 270° views.

David and Gladys Wright Original round mahogany kitchen

David and Gladys Wright home – Original round mahogany kitchen

As typical of most FLW homes it also shows off tons of gorgeous mahogany woodwork, including the ceiling and cabinetry. The custom carpets are recreated based off the original FLW ‘March Balloons’ design (unfortunately, the original carpets were removed and sold after the property was sold in 2009).

David and Gladys Wright listing info and more pictures

Listing info courtesy of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty


David and Gladys Wright house - spiral ramp to the roof top deck

David and Gladys Wright house – spiral ramp to the roof top deck

This could be your chance to own an amazing part of American architecture history and preserve it for future generations.

Need more info? Contact Nick at 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

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Listing info courtesy of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty


David and Gladys Wright house - steel roof and textile block construction

David and Gladys Wright house – steel roof and textile block construction

Convent and Meyer Avenue in Downtown Tucson

If you would like to live in one of Tucson’s oldest, most historic properties, a home on Convent and Meyer Avenue might be for you. These narrow avenues, just south of downtown Tucson, are full of colorful mud adobe buildings loaded with character. Most of these buildings are old, but some have built recently and designed with a similar aesthetic to blend with the original structures.

A little history

The Convent and Meyer streetscapes were built beginning in the 1850s and continued until the early 1900s. Both avenues have had key properties that have been lovingly renovated. These avenues are significant because of the diversity of notable structures and a rich cross section of architecturally significant styles, including Sonoran (1850-1890) Transformed Sonoran (1863-1912), and Transitional/Territorial (1880-1900). Read more about each of these styles

The barrio was designed to be mixed use where residents lived within close proximity to local businesses since this was in an age before the automobile. Businesses included bakeries, grocers, butchers, and saloons. The business owner’s family may have lived in the back portion of the store. Commercial space was frequently noted by a chamfered entry wall, and usually were located on the corner unit.

Convent and Meyer

Example of a corner commercial property in the barrio

An example of a well-preserved commercial building on Meyer is the Theatro Carmen which Founder Carmen Soto Vasquez opened on May 20, 1915. It was one of the first theaters in Tucson dedicated to Spanish dramatic theater.

Teatro Carmen

Teatro Carmen


Preservation became very important to barrio residents after large portions of the neighborhood were bulldozed in the 1960s for construction of I-10  and in the 1970s during a nationwide urban renewal effort which brought about the Tucson Convention Center. These two events prompted preservationists to list the area on the National Historic Registry before more of this important heritage was lost. Luckily we still have some excellent examples of barrio architecture that have been preserved.  In recent years, the area’s rich history has captured the imagination of many, including noteworthy celebrities.

Convent Ave

Home on Convent Avenue

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A helpful moving checklist to make your next move go smoothly

Are you planning a move in the next year?  Do you need help downsizing or are you considering relocating out of state?  A good moving checklist can be helpful when arranging a move.

6 months prior to a move:

  • Research your new community and schools.

60 days before move date:

  • Get quotes from three movers. Ask the mover if they can do an in-home quote which will be more accurate.  You may get referrals from friends and family.  Long Realty also works with advantage partners who offer clients special rates (contact me for details)
  • Research the policies of the different moving companies.
  • Make a move binder. Include an inventory of your items and photos or videos of special items.
  • Do you have expensive special such as artwork or antiques that need extra insurance? Will you need these items appraised?
  • Contact your insurance provider to see what you need to do to transfer your medical, property, fire and auto insurance and make sure you have adequate insurance for the move.
  • Check with you accountant to see if your move is eligible for tax write offs. If so, create a file for expenses. Be sure to obtain a change of address form 8022 from the IRS.  Telephone 800-829-1040.
  • Make a designated move staging area in your home. Determine how many supplies are needed, boxes, foam, bubble wrap, tape, towels and blankets, and collect them in your staging area.
  • Do you need to schedule a car mover for your vehicle?
  • Make sure your car is serviced and ready for the trip.
  • Research any storage needs.
  • Make travel arrangements for your family and pets.
  • Notify old and new schools about the upcoming move and arrange record transfer and registration with the new schools.
  • Notify doctors, dentists and vets and ask for referrals in your new community. Make sure you have copies of your medical and dental records.
  • Transfer any memberships to your new town.
  • Pare down. Recycle, sell, donate, and discard any items you do not need.
  • Plan a garage sale. Craigslist can also be an effective way to sell unwanted items if you use it in a safe responsible way.
  • You may consider employing an estate sale company if you are downsizing. (Contact me for referrals for Tucson based companies)
  • Donate and discard additional unwanted items. (I have a local list of charities and disposal drop offs for chemicals and electronics.  Please contact me for a copy.)

Tucson door. moving checklist

14 days prior to the move:

  • Review this moving checklist so far and make sure past items are taken care of and that you are on track for the last stretch. This time can be stressful and planning and prep here can help keep things moving (pun intended).
  • Clean any emptied rooms and make sure no items were left unpacked.
  • Make sure you have moving supplies for plants.
  • Arrange for the utilities to be on and in your name. Have them active after your move in date. Arrange for any painting, cleaning, floor care, or projects be completed prior to moving in.
  • Make arrangements for your current home to be cleaned after you leave and any repairs you are required to make scheduled to be completed three days before you move.
  • Make sure you yard is in good shape and you have plants watered until your move out date.
  • Check your medication supply and see about transferring prescriptions to the new town.
  • Make copies of all your important documents such as deeds, titles, wills, passports, trusts, etc. and make sure you have originals with you.
  • Have you made arrangement for your pets move? Will you need a pet sitter?
  • Pick up your dry cleaning and return borrowed items to friends and family. Don’t forget to return any library books!
  • Discard/recycle electronics, paint, oil, fuel and weed and pest killers etc.

One week prior to moving day:

  • Don’t put this stuff off. Really! The final week before the move can be stressful.
  • Pack all items except the ones you need daily prior to the move.
  • Label your boxes. Identify the room the belong in, and if they are fragile. Mark as load last if needed.
  • Confirm your move date, and any large item movers such as pianos and vehicles.
  • Arrange payment to the mover. A $25 tip to each mover is customary.
  • Confirm closing dates, storage dates and move in dates on your new home and the one you are leaving.
  • Back up your computer.
  • Do you have a contingency plan in case the movers are delayed?
  • Cancel scheduled deliveries to the home.
  • Update your address with your banks
  • Make a file for the current home for the new buyers. Include warranties, receipts, instructions for appliances, receipts, keys, openers.
  • Clean out desks and lockers at work, gym, and schools.
  • Use up perishable foods and donate any un-opened non-perishable foods that will not be moved.
  • Make sure utilities are set up in the new home and notify your current utility companies that about you move date.

Moving day:

  • Make an emergency kit with snacks, water, dishes, toiletries, towels, change of clothes, and TP in case movers are late.
  • Double check the bill of loading and inventory list with the movers before signing.
  • Clean your home before leaving. The property needs to be in the same physical condition as when the new buyer put in the offer.
  • Put out your trash and arrange for a bulky trash pick-up if needed.
  • Are you flying out the next day? If so you may need to make hotel arrangements for the night.

After the move:

  • Did you get your deposits back?
  • Have the new home rekeyed before you move your items in.
  • Check the smoke detectors and fire extinguishers before moving in.
  • Update your information with voter registration, banks, car registration, drivers license, tax forms etc.

I hope this moving checklist is helpful for you. If you have a suggestion, please email me at Nick@RealTucson.com.

Also, if you need the help of a caring experienced realtor in the Tucson, Arizona area please give me a call at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@RealTucson.com.

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6323 E Printer Udell, Tucson, AZ

Take a look at this beautiful 1955 burnt adobe Harold Bell Wright home for sale. Harold Bell Wright Estates is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tucson, with the large lots that have retained it’s desert feel. This 3 bedroom – 2 bathroom home has wood beamed ceilings and has been lovingly updated and cared for.


Welcome to Harold Bell Wright Estates with a convenient midtown location that is close to amenities. This 1955 classic burnt adobe home features a tastefully updated kitchen that works well with the era of the home. Updated baths too! Newer central AC.

Grand living room with wood beam ceiling, wood floors, and a stunning fireplace. Sunny breakfast nook overlooks a beautifully landscaped private back courtyard. Enjoy the shade on the large covered patio. Refreshing pool on a quiet private .6 acre lot.

Family room that is perfect for entertaining or quiet conversations, side entrance makes this space extremely versatile. Amazing separate space that is currently a 400 square foot artist studio, but could be a great office, workshop or home gym. Call for a private showing today!

See the full listing details here with more photos

Please contact me to schedule a private showing: 520-975-8956 | Nick@RealTucson.com

Interested in more info on Harold Bell Wright homes for sale as well as some local history of the area? Take a look my Harold Bell Wright blog.

Listing courtesy of my colleague: Lisa Soares at Long Realty Co. – Tanque Verde Office
pool area and yard in a Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

Lush pool area retains a peaceful desert charm

Harold Bell Wright Estates front of home - burnt adobe construction

Solid burnt adobe construction and natural desert landscaping

dining in Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

Light and bright eat-in dining area

dining in Harold Bell Wright Estates home for sale

beautifully updated bathroom

yard with mature landscape

mature landscaping with a nice covered patio

Looking to buy or sell a home in the Harold Bell Wright neighborhood? Contact Nick to go over your particular needs. Nick@RealTucson.com |  520-975-8956.

Historic Barrio El Hoyo Neighborhood

Barrio El Hoyo has so much to offer, mature vegetation, quiet streets, and close-proximity to Downtown Tucson amenities. This is an small historic neighborhood with a great location. Situated southwest of downtown Tucson near the Tucson Convention Center, this barrio covers approximately 22 acres.

Elysian Grove Market in Barrio El Hoyo

El Hoyo translates loosely to “the Hole” and is named because it sits at a lower grade than the surrounding neighborhoods. It has a rural feeling, and amazingly preserved architecture. It is bordered by 11th Ave. on the west, Samaniego on the east, Cushing St. on the north. And 18th St. on the south.

Barrio El Hoyo area map - Tucson, Arizona

The historically significant period covers 1908-1950 and there are 68 contributing and 28 non-contributing buildings. The architecture is a mixture of the Sonoran Tradition, Late 19th and early 20th century revivals, and Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival. Excellent buildings of the Sonoran Tradition remain. This style features row homes and zero lot line setbacks. There are often chain link or wrought iron fences and masonry walls. Yards are often swept dirt with potted flowers.

A little history of Barrio El Hoyo:

It was owned by Leopoldo Carrillo in the 1870’s who developed the Carrillo Gardens. The area was then purchased by Emmanuel Drachman and Alex Rossi in 1903 after Carrillo’s death. Drachman developed the Elysian Grove Amusement Park which was known for its ponds, trees, picnic areas, zoo, dancing and moving pictures. The popular garden attracted high quality entertainers for its time and dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. The park closed in 1915 due to financial problems. It was later sold and subdivided into residential housing, and the Carrillo School was opened.

Mural in barrio el hoyo

After WWII the Barrio fell into a period of decline, many properties were in disrepair. During the 1970’s the national trend of urban renewal came to Tucson. This was a contentious time for Tucson barrios. Families moved or were relocated. The northern 2/3 of the subdivision was demolished to make way for the Tucson Convention Center. Citizens became active to preserve the rich culture and history in the community. Barrio El Hoyo was added to the National Register of Historic places in 2008.

Carrillo School in Barrio El Hoyo

Noteworthy buildings include:

The former Elysian Market which was built in 1929 by Jose Q. Trujillo, the market closed and is now a private residence. The building still retains the painted sign on the side of the building. The Chapel of San Cosme was built in 1931 and is located at 546 W. Simpson St, and still hosts monthly mass and special-events for its congregation. The Carrillo School is still in operation and is a Historic Site.

Homes for sale in Barrio El Hoyo:

Want to learn about other historic neighborhoods in Tucson? Check out other articles here: Historic Tucson neighborhoods.

If you would like more information on Barrio El Hoyo, please contact Nick Labriola at 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

Corner property in barrio el hoyo