Did you know Tucson has 35 Historic Districts on the National Register?
Which historic Tucson neighborhood is best for you? Where are they located? Below is an alphabetical list of each of Tucson’s Historic Districts and a description of what makes each area unique with links to homes currently for sale in each district. Have questions? Contact Nick at (520)975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com
Home in Aldea Linda historic district in Tucson
Aldea Linda Historic District
Aldea Linda – This historic Tucson neighborhood, located near 22nd Street and Swan, is one of the smallest historic districts in town with only about 15 homes located on a single street: Calle Jabali (which translates to Wild Boar Street). Aldea Linda is Spanish for ‘beautiful little village’. Homes in this neighborhood were built between 1947-1964 and are rarely for sale, since there are so few.
Sam P. Goddard Jr. (former Arizona Governor) and his wife Julia “Judy” Hatch Goddard built their home here in 1947, then had the rest of the land subdivided. Terry Goddard was their oldest son who was recently Arizona Attorney General.
The neighborhood had tight deed restrictions which caused the houses to be set far back from the street on large lots (2.5 – 4.8 acres). The neighborhood retains much of it’s original native creosote vegetation. Aldea Linda became a historic district in 2009. Search for homes for sale in Aldea Linda neighborhood
Example of a home in Armory Park Historic District near downtown Tucson
Armory Park Historic District
Armory Park is a historic Tucson neighborhood conveniently located south of the booming downtown area, between Broadway and 18th Street and between Stone and 3rd Avenue. The neighborhood was so named because the area was a military plaza and an armory from 1862 to 1873, prior to moving to Fort Lowell, northeast of Tucson. Armory Park was settled by many railroad workers after the Southern Pacific arrived in Tucson in 1880.
The neighborhood is defined by wide streets with architectural styles ranging from Victorian to simpler Sonoran-style adobe row houses. Lush, mature trees, close proximity to amenities such as downtown shops, restaurants, arts, and entertainment, all continue to make this neighborhood popular. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Click here to read more about Armory Park Click here to Search for homes in Armory Park neighborhood
An example of a home located in the Tucson Historic District called Barrio Anita
Barrio Anita Historic District
Barrio Anita – The land that Barrio Anita sits on was purchased by Thomas Hughes, a prominent businessman, who was the lesser known brother of Sam Hughes. Hughes named the streets after his friends and his sister Annie, which quickly became known as Anita. Situated between I-10 and Granada, between Speedway and St. Mary’s Road, this small neighborhood was mostly built out by the 1920s. After WWII many structures were torn down and quite a few homes in Barrio Anita were constructed more recently. The historic homes located here were built in many different styles such as: Sonoran, Queen Anne, Bungalow, Mission Revival but were usually constructed out of adobe. Search homes for sale in Barrio Anita
A home located in the historic Tucson neighborhood called Barrio El Hoyo
Barrio El Hoyo Historic District
Barrio El Hoyo, Barrio Membrillo, and Barrio Libre comprise the neighborhood that may be better known among locals as Barrio Viejo or Barrio Historico. This historic Tucson neighborhood is located just southwest of Tucson’s bustling downtown area, these 3 neighborhoods have a surprisingly slower paced feel, due in part to the narrow roads.
El Hoyo translates to ‘the hole’ because of the area’s topography. Until the 1880s the land was cultivated farm land with close proximity to the once flowing Santa Cruz River. Leopoldo Carrillo purchased the land where he grew many types of fruit trees, known as Carrillo Gardens, which also had spring fed lakes. Emanuel Drachman purchased the land in 1903, which he developed and renamed Elysian Grove, an amusement park with a baseball diamond and theater in 1910. In 1912 it was visited by Teddy Roosevelt. Elysian Grove shut down in 1915 due to financial problems. The land was sold and subdivided. Part of this land became Carrillo School, built in 1930, designed by Merritt Starkweather, a prominent architect who also designed The Arizona Inn. Barrio El Hoyo was mostly built out by 1931. The homes were built in Sonoran Transitional style, which blended traditional Sonoran with non-Hispanic elements. Search homes for sale in Barrio El Hoyo
An example of a home in the small historic neigborhood in Tucson called Barrio El Membrillo
Barrio El Membrillo
Barrio El Membrillo -Named for the quince trees that grew in this area, this small neighborhood of only 13 buildings was once much larger, but became victim to the interstate Highway System with the construction of I-10 in the 1950s and ‘urban renewal’ in the 1960s. The highway construction eliminated half the structures here and the development of the Tucson Convention Center leveled many more homes in the 1960s. The neighborhood consists of Sonoran architecture built primarily of adobe. Search homes for sale in Barrio El Membrillo
An example of a restored Sonoran row house located in a historic Tucson neighborhood called Barrio Libre just south of downtown
Barrio Libre Historic District
Barrio Libre – This historic district sits just east of Barrio El Hoyo and south of Tucson’s downtown area. Barrio Libre is the largest portion of Barrio Viejo area. This neighborhood was built between 1860s and 1920s and was known as Barrio Libre (Free District) because it was out of the city’s jurisdiction. Among the first residents were a few business people and other professionals, but most were laborers. Most of the older buildings were Sonoran row houses built of adobe. Structures built a little later were typically non-Hispanic style homes in the Victorian, Queen Anne, or American Traditional styles. Search homes for sale in Barrio Libre
A bungalow in Barrio Santa Rosa, one of Tucson’s historic districts near downtown Tucson
Barrio Santa Rosa Historic District
Barrio Santa Rosa – Close to downtown, this historic Tucson neighborhood is roughly bounded by 18th Street and 22nd Street to the north and south, 6th Avenue and Meyer to the east and west. This area’s architecture consists of Sonoran Row Houses, Post-war Territorial, Ranch, Queen Anne, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Revival, and Mission Revival. This neighborhood was listed in the National Register of Historic Districts in 2011. Sunset Magazine featured some of the new construction projects in the neighborhood. Search homes for sale in Barrio Santa Rosa
A WWII era brick home in Blenman Elm, a popular historic Tucson neighborhood
Blenman-Elm Historic District
Blenman-Elm This popular neighborhood in midtown Tucson offers diverse architectural styles in a convenient urban setting. Located just east of the University Medical Center, the “L” shaped neighborhood covers approximately one 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.
Development dates back to 1900 when developer Andrew Olsen built a home at the NE corner of Helen Street 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. Twenty-one of the homes were designed by architect Josias Joesler. Historical Landmarks include; Arizona Inn(1930), Peter and Paul Catholic Church (1931) and Blenman Elementary School (1942). The district was designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Read more about Blenman-Elm neighborhood. Or Search homes for sale in Blenman-Elm.
An example of a home in Catalina Vista, a historic Tucson neighborhood that is next to the Arizona Inn
Catalina Vista Historic District
Catalina Vista – Bordered by Grant and Elm to the north and south and Campbell and Tucson Blvd. to the west and east, this historic Tucson neighborhood forms the missing square from Blenman-Elm L-shaped border. This quaint midtown neighborhood has a lot to offer with it’s curvilinear roads encircling a central grassy park lined with towering palm trees. A second neighborhood park features a children’s playground.
Margaret Sanger Slee, probably the most well known Catalina Vista resident, had Tucson architect Arthur Brown design a home for her, after trying to hire Frank Lloyd Wright, who scoffed at the idea of building on a small city lot. Catalina Vista was listed on the National Register of Historic Districts in 2003. This neighborhood is just north of the renowned Arizona Inn, which was founded by Arizona’s first female congresswoman, Isabella Greenway. Click here to read more about Catalina Vista neighborhood. Or Search homes for sale in Catalina Vista
Natural desert landscaping in a historic Tucson neighborhood in the middle of town is a what makes Colonia Solana unique
Colonia Solana Historic District
Colonia Solana – Colonia Solana is the first Tucson neighborhood to embrace the natural desert landscape surrounding it. Located just southeast of Broadway and Country Club, this neighborhood has 123 homes on large lots. Most are Spanish Colonial Revival or Ranch style homes. Landscape Architect Steven Child of San Francisco worked on the design of the neighborhood. He had a talent for incorporating the existing topography along with native plants to create a natural landscape that highlighted the Arroyo Chico, which runs within the property. Child’s design featured an informal, non-symmetrical, curvilinear layout, in contrast to the more formal El Encanto neighborhood just to the north, which was developed in the same time period.
Most homes were built between 1928 and 1960. Many of the homes were designed by such notable architects as: Roy Place, Josias Joesler, Arthur Brown, Tom Gist, Ann Rysdale, and Merrit Starkweather. The neighborhood also is home to a 65-foot tall stucco-covered water tower designed by Roy Place in 1929 to provide water to the area. The neighborhood hugs Reid Park, Tucson’s largest park, which features a popular jogging path around the perimeter, as well as a golf course and driving range, a zoo, tennis facilities, Hi-Corbett baseball stadium, and an outdoor amphitheater. Read more about Colonia Solana neighborhood. Or Search homes for sale in Colonia Solana neighborhood
A bungalow located in Dunbar Spring neighborhood, one of 35 historic districts located in Tucson
Dunbar Spring / John Spring Historic District
Dunbar Spring/John Spring – Dunbar Spring/John Spring is a historic Tucson neighborhood just north of Downtown Tucson bordered by Speedway to the north, 6th Street to the south, the railroad to the west, and Stone to the east. It was named for 2 important Tucson residents: John Spring, who was one of Tucson’s first teachers and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, who was a renowned African-American poet.
The neighborhood was built between 1896 and 1930, on land that once was a cemetery. It was established as the first predominantly African-American neighborhood and was the location of Dunbar School, which was Tucson’s segregated elementary school. The school was later re-named John Spring Junior High School, after desegregation. Some of the architectural styles in Dunbar Spring are Bungalow, Territorial, and Victorian. Search homes for sale in Dunbar Spring neighborhood
Condos can be historic districts too! This neighborhood is convenient to the University of Arizona and very affordable.
El Encanto Condominiums Historic District
El Encanto Condominiums – Built in 1942, this complex was originally designed to be Tucson’s first luxury apartment complex for winter visitors. El Encanto Condominiums is located conveniently on 6th Street near Country Club, within close proximity to the University of Arizona. Designed by Phoenix architect Orville Bell with local architect Arthur Brown supervising construction, this is one of few examples of Monterrey style architecture in Tucson.
The property was purchased in 1962 by a group of investors who re-developed the complex into condominiums. This condo conversion required adding on additional bedrooms and/or bathrooms to most of the units, as well as constructing several new buildings. The new structures followed the design closely and are hard to distinguish from the original buildings. The property features multiple courtyards, gardens, and a pool. Search home for sale in El Encanto Condominiums
Arguably the most fancy historic Tucson neighborhood, El Encanto features large homes with impressive landscaping
El Encanto Estates Historic District
El Encanto Estates is a beautiful historic neighborhood, established in 1928 and located in midtown Tucson, near Broadway and Country Club. When established, the location took advantage of the neighboring El Conquistador Hotel (which was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the now defunct El Con Mall). Most homes were built between 1929 and 1961. The neighborhood was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Some of the most unique things about the neighborhood is the formal symmetry of the spoke-shaped streets, the palm tree-lined roads, the large yards with impeccable landscaping, and the common area in the center of the neighborhood. The street names were chosen in a contest which requested Spanish names and their English translations, the winners were awarded $5 per winning entry. Read more about El Encanto Estates Or Search homes for sale in El Encanto Estates
El Montevideo is a historic district in Tucson that is often overlooked, but is a desirable place to live.
El Montevideo Historic District
El Montevideo is a surprisingly semi-rural feeling neighborhood bordered by Broadway Boulevard, 5th Street, Alvernon Way, and Dodge. It is just north of Reid Park and east of El Con shopping center. This historic Tucson neighborhood was founded in 1930 with most homes built by 1961. The neighborhood features homes designed by many notable Tucson architects such as: Josias Joesler, Arthur Brown, William Wilde, Lew Place, and James Gresham. The styles range from Southwestern Revivals to Territorial, to Ranch, and Modern.
The restored Cheyney house located in El Presidio, a historic Tucson neighborhood adjacent to the downtown area
El Presidio Historic District
El Presidio – This neighborhood was the first Tucson neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Districts. El Presidio (the Spanish name for fort) is the oldest part of the city in the heart of downtown Tucson. Roughly bounded by 6th Street, Church, Alameda, and Granada. Some homes were designed by prominent architects Holmes and Holmes and Henry Trost. The styles ranging from Sonoran Row houses to Bungalow, Territorial, and Mission Revival. Many early prominent Tucson families lived here including the Steinfelds, the Jacomes, Sam Hughes, and J. Knox Corbett. Search homes for sale in El Presidio neighborhood
Feldman’s if a fun and funky neighborhood located close to the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson
Feldman’s Historic District
Feldman’s – Bounded by Speedway Boulevard to the south, Lee Street to the north, 7th Avenue to the west, and Park Avenue to the east, Feldman’s neighborhood was named after Alther Feldman who was an Eastern-European immigrant who moved to the US in 1958, eventually moving to Tucson in 1878 . Feldman built his home near 1st Avenue and Speedway Boulevard (Speedway was once known as Feldman Street). The Feldman’s neighborhood was founded in 1901 with much of the building occurring in the 1920s.
The neighborhood is laid out in a rectangular grid pattern. Most homes are in the Bungalow, Spanish Colonial, or Ranch styles. By 1920, five tuberculosis sanatoriums were located in or near the Feldman’s district (Tuberculosis was once a popular reason to move to Tucson), one sanatorium was converted to an assisted living residence. Search homes for sale in Feldman’s neighborhood
Fort Lowell historic district is full of old adobe homes near the Rillito River.
Fort Lowell Historic District
Fort Lowell – was originally named Camp Lowell after Brigadier General Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. of Massachusetts who was killed at Cedar Creek, Virginia in 1862. In 1873, the Camp moved about 7 miles northeast from Tucson to the area that is now near Craycroft and Fort Lowell Road.
Fort Lowell was used primarily as a supply depot and served as protection from the Apaches, before being shut down in 1891 after its use was no longer needed. The adobe buildings were constructed around a rectangular parade ground. Some of the ruins can be seen today at Fort Lowell Park as well as on the west side of Craycroft Road. Prior to this period, the area had been inhabited by Hohokam people around 300 AD – 1400s. In the early 1900s, families from Sonora Mexico started moving to the area that they called “El Fuerte”. They initially moved into the abandoned fort buildings, but soon started building their own adobe buildings, including the San Pedro Chapel. The original chapel was destroyed in a tornado, but a new chapel was built on the site in 1932.
The historic houses within the district are Sonoran style, while many of the newer non-historic houses are contemporary, but built using similar materials. People are drawn to the area by the Rillito River (which is dry except after a substantial rain) as well as the wildlife and mesquite bosques here. Search homes for sale in Fort Lowell historic neighborhood
Named for a famous author of a bygone era, Harold Bell Wright Estates is a historic Tucson neighborhood with plenty of mid-century rambling ranch homes.
Harold Bell Wright Estates District
Harold Bell Wright Estates located near Speedway Boulevard and Wilmot Road in Tucson, was named after a prolific early-20th century fiction author. Harold Bell Wright wrote 19 novels between 1903 – 1942. He is said to be the first American fiction author to sell over 1 million copies. 21 movies were based on his stories including The Shepherd of the Hills (made into a film starring John Wayne), and The Winning of Barbara Worth (one of Gary Cooper’s first films).
Wright suffered from tuberculosis and came to Tucson for his health, as so many people did back then. After living near the downtown area, he purchased a 160-acre parcel of land near Speedway & Wilmot in 1920. Wright liked the desert and wanted to get away from the city. After extensive planning, his home was finished in 1922. Wright moved to California in 1935 and sold his Tucson estate in 1936. Wright passed away in 1944 in California.
In 1950, the land was subdivided and turned into the Harold Bell Wright Estates. The land was divided into approximately 1/2 acre parcels and the streets were named after his books. The neighborhood is known for it’s large yards featuring desert landscaping. A community park is tucked away in a corner of the neighborhood with playground equipment and lots of grassy area to throw a Frisbee or kick a ball around. Click here to read more about the Harold Bell Wright Estates neighborhood. Search homes for sale in Harold Bell Wright Estates
Indian House historic district is a small enclave of homes cleverly hidden in the center of town.
Indian House Historic District
Indian House is a small neighborhood consisting of only 11 properties on large rural lots ranging from 1 to 6 acres each. The neighborhood was once on the outskirts of Tucson but is now a rural oasis in the middle of the city. Located near 5th Street and Wilmot Road on an unpaved road, each home was built in the Pueblo Revival or Territorial Revival styles.
The land was purchased in 1926 by Charles Morgan and Nan Wood who intended to make Arizona their full-time home after a few winters spent here. After Charles’ sudden passing, Nan hired Santa Fe architect William P. Henderson to build her desert home in 1929. The land was sold to May S. Carr in 1949, who subdivided the property and put in place the deed restrictions which helped maintain the original character of the neighborhood. Some of the other homes were designed by Tucson architects Starkweather & Morse, and Gordon Luepke (who worked closely with Josias Joesler on several other projects). Search homes for sale in Indian House neighborhood
Historic district called Indian Ridge Estates is the crown jewel of mid-century developer Lusk Corporation. Many homes in this neighborhood feature burnt adobe construction.
Indian Ridge Historic District
Indian Ridge Developed and built by the Lusk Corporation, this neighborhood includes Indian Crest Estates (1956) and Indian Ridge Terrace (1957). It is located on Tucson’s northeast side near Tanque Verde Road and Sabino Canyon Road in an area bordering ancient Indian ruins.
The neighborhood is known for the angular, single-story, low-slung ranch 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. Indian Ridge won the coveted Merit Award from the National Association of Home Builders in 1957 and was entered into the National Register of Historic Districts in 2010. More about Indian Ridge neighborhood Or Search home for sale in Indian Ridge Estates
Iron Horse is a historic Tucson neighborhood located near the railroad it was named for.
Iron Horse Historic District
Iron Horse – The name of this historic Tucson neighborhood references the steam locomotive that became a familiar sight when the Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR) arrived in Tucson in 1880. This neighborhood, just east of 4th Avenue and between 8th and 10th Streets, was established in the 1880s and continued being built out into the 1920s. Styles of homes include Sonoran, Territorial, Queen Anne, Bungalow, Spanish Revival, and Mission Revival. It’s the only neighborhood in Tucson that was primarily developed for rental use and also consists of all these architectural styles. Many were duplexes or single family homes with an extra boarding room attached. Naturally, the neighborhood is distinctive because of the higher density and smaller lots. The SPRR required employees to live within 1 mile of the tracks so they’d be able to hear the whistle codes, before the time of telephones. In 1910, 60% of the inhabitants of Iron Horse were railroad employees. Search homes for sale in Iron Horse
Jefferson Park is a historic Tucson district located north of the University of Arizona.
Jefferson Park Historic District
Jefferson Park – Consists of parts of 5 subdivisions that were originally filed between 1905 and 1945. This popular neighborhood is only a half mile north of the University of Arizona. It is bounded by Grant to the north, Lester to the south, Campbell to the east, and Euclid to the west. The land was homesteaded in 1898 by Annie Stattelman Lester. The neighborhood started out as an informal rural community with no restrictions on home construction, lot size, or resident’s race (as was the norm at the time). Bungalow, Spanish Colonial Revival, Pueblo Revival, Southwest, and Post-WWII Ranch style homes can all be seen here. The bulk of the homes in Jefferson Park were constructed after WWII and many were built of red brick. The neighborhood is unique because it is a rare surviving example of a rural subdivision that was slowly built up over a 60-year period, one house at a time. The neighborhood has an active, voluntary homeowner’s association. Search homes for sale in Jefferson Park neighborhood
Menlo Park is the only historic district located on the west side of Tucson. Often overlooked, this neighborhood has a lot to offer.
Menlo Park Historic District
Menlo Park – This west-side neighborhood is set in the shadow of “A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak), just west of I-10, downtown Tucson, and the Santa Cruz River. Platted in 1913, it was the first major subdivision west of downtown that was within city limits. The historic district has irregular borders, but is roughly between I-10 and Silverbell, both north and south of Congress Street.
Menlo Park was named by Henry Schwalen after the community in California, a town he never visited but read about that sounded ideal to him. The oldest home in Menlo Park was built in 1877, but homes continued to be built after WWII. Most residences are single family, but there are some duplexes and triplexes as well. The styles of the homes in Menlo Park are mostly Bungalow, Spanish Colonial Revival, Transitional Ranch, Ranch, Modern, and Vernacular. Waist-high fences that enclose the front yards are common in Menlo Park. The Mercado San Agustin and streetcar stop are popular draws to the area. Tumamoc Hill and the bike path at the Santa Cruz are both popular recreation areas nearby. Search homes for sale in Menlo Park
Named for a man who was known for selling pies many years ago, Pie Allen is very close to University of Arizona.
Pie Allen Historic District
Pie Allen – Named after John Brackett “Pie” Allen (1818-1899) who served as Tucson’s Mayor from 1875-1877. Allen also served on the Arizona Territorial Legislature and was appointed to be the Arizona Territorial Treasurer. Allen earned his nickname for the dried apple pies he sold to soldiers and other Territorial settlers for $1. Allen led the effort to move the Territorial Capitol from Prescott to Tucson in 1867.
The neighborhood that graces Allen’s name is between Euclid and Park Avenue and between 6th Street and 10th Street, sandwiched between Iron Horse Historic District to the west and Rincon Heights Historic District to the east. Pie Allen is similar to it’s bordering neighborhood, Iron Horse, as it was designed and built for tenants to live and housed many early railroad workers. Search homes for sale in Pie Allen neighborhood
Rincon Heights is a historic Tucson neighborhood located just south of the University of Arizona. This pueblo revival home is an example of many others in the area.
Rincon Heights Historic District
Rincon Heights – Just south of the University of Arizona is Rincon Heights Historic District. It is bounded by 6th Street, Broadway, Fremont, and Campbell. The long build out from 1881-1970 means that many styles of homes are represented. Spanish Colonial Revival, Pueblo Revival, Bungalow, Craftsman, and Ranch can be seen here. The lack of deed restrictions enabled Rincon Heights to be more affordable, thus attracting lower-middle to middle class residents to the modest sized houses. The neighborhood is now popular with University of Arizona students, due to it’s close proximity to the campus. The neighborhood gained historic district status in 2013. Search homes for sale in Rincon Heights neighborhood
This historic district has probably the most name recognition of all of Tucson’s neighborhoods for good reason. Located directly east of the UA campus, many of Tucson’s early elite built their homes here in the 1920s.
Sam Hughes Historic District
Sam Hughes is bounded by Speedway, Broadway, Campbell, and Country Club. Sam Hughes is named for the Tucson merchant who arrived here in the 1860s. Hughes helped incorporate the City of Tucson and he assisted in establishing public education here. Sam Hughes Elementary School was named after Hughes first, later the neighborhood surrounding the school adopted the name.
Most homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1920s through the 1950s. The architectural styles in the neighborhood are very eclectic, varying from California Bungalow to Pueblo Revival to Mission Revival to Craftsman styles. Many like Sam Hughes because of it’s proximity to the University of Arizona directly to the west. Himmel Park, a large city park featuring a small public library is also a popular feature of the neighborhood. Search homes for sale in Sam Hughes neighborhood
San Clemente is a beautiful historic Tucson neighborhood adjacent to Reid Park.
San Clemente Historic District
San Clemente – This neighborhood, which was named to evoke an image of the California town of the same name, received Historic District status in 2005. The boundaries are Broadway to the north, Timrod to the south, Alvernon to the west, and Columbus to the east. The neighborhood was platted in sections between 1923-1946 with homes being built between 1930-1960. The more northern parts of the neighborhood are curvilinear, reminiscent of nearby Colonia Solana and El Encanto neighborhoods. The other section of the neighborhood is laid out in a grid to maximize the land usage. Most homes were designed in one of six ranch styles with a few revival homes in the mix.
This neighborhood also features 2 apartment complexes that were built in 1949. Randolph House is one of these apartment buildings that features beautiful landscaped grounds. San Clemente was home to notable residents like Evo And Ora DeConcini (parents of former Arizona senator Dennis DeConcini) and Tucson architect Bernard Friedman. This neighborhood continues to be popular due to it’s close proximity to El Con, Reid Park, Broadway Village, and the University of Arizona campus. Search homes for sale in San Clemente neighborhood
Award winning San Rafael Estates is another historic neighborhood built by developer Lusk Corporation that features burnt adobe construction.
San Rafael Estates Historic District
San Rafael Estates – This neighborhood, developed by the Lusk Corporation, is located near Broadway and Wilmot on Tucson’s east side. This small neighborhood with 69 ranch style homes and a community pool consists of 3 floor plans: the ‘Lanai’, the ‘Monterrey’, and the ‘Homes for all America’. Each of these models had several elevations and materials/colors to choose from which made each home unique. Burnt Adobe was the main building material for the neighborhood. This project won the prestigious Merit Award from the National Association of Home Builders. San Rafael Estates was entered into the National Register of Historic Neighborhoods in 2013. Read more about San Rafael Estates Or Search homes for sale in San Rafael Estates
Villa Catalina is a striking mid-century condo community for those aged 55+
Villa Catalina Historic District
Villa Catalina is one of the most recognizable communities in Tucson. It’s a wonderful example of mid-century modern architecture with its broad linear roof line and the unique square & circle shaped railings. The units were constructed between 1957 – 1960 at 6th Street and Country Club. The development was designed for patio apartment living, which was popular in the post-war era and was described as ‘Tucson’s first own your own apartment homes’. The developer, Lionel Mayell, built similar communities in other parts of Arizona, California, and Texas. In 1992, Villa Catalina was converted to a 55 + community. The community was recently listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places in December 2009. Read more about Villa Catalina Or Search homes for sale in Villa Catalina
West University has it all, shopping, streetcars, bike boulevards, cute bungalows and revivals… What’s not to love with this historic Tucson neighborhood?
West University Historic District
West University– was developed in the late 1800s to the early 1900s and became the first major subdivision north of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The location of West University neighborhood was convenient to both the railroad that arrived in 1880 and the University of Arizona, which opened in 1891. It developed into an area of town that attracted many community leaders in Tucson, including local politicians, store owners, educators, and architects. The Ronstadts and the Drachmans were notable residents. During the territorial period (before statehood in 1912) there was quite a bit of building and land speculation which was stimulated by the development of the streetcar that opened in 1897, connecting the downtown area with the University of Arizona (sound familiar?).
The neighborhood is known for Bungalow style homes, about 50% are of this style. Many architects worked in West University, but Henry O. Jaastad (who also became Tucson’s mayor) was the most prolific archtect, designing about 5o of the area’s buildings. West University is a very walk-able neighborhood, having 2 major shopping/restaurant districts nearby: 4th Avenue and Main Gate Square. It also has a nice central community space in Catalina Park, a compact, grassy, tree-shaded block that has a wading pool and a children’s play area. The streetcar passes right through the neighborhood making it convenient for heading to the University of Arizona or downtown in short time. Read more about West University Historic District Or Search homes for sale in West University
A Tucson tradition in December always centers around a stroll through the historic Winterhaven neighborhood where the holiday displays get more elaborate each year.
Winterhaven Historic Districts
Winterhaven is a popular central Tucson neighborhood that was established in 1949 and is known primarily for the annual Festival of Lights when 60,000 visitors walk, bike, or drive through the neighborhood after dark. The Festival of Lights event lasts 2 weeks each year in December. The neighborhood is bounded between Prince (to the north), Fort Lowell (to the south), Tucson Boulevard (to the west), and Country Club (to the east). It is known for its ranch style homes, large pine trees, and rare Tucson lawns. Winterhaven was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 28, 2005. More about Winterhaven historic neighborhood Or Search homes for sale in Winterhaven
The major advantage to having a qualifying home in a historic districts is the property tax breaks. Many people like the unique characteristics of historic homes and the established neighborhoods that surround them. Historic districts also tend to be located in popular, central locations close to many amenities.
General information on National Register of Historic Places
These 5 factors are used to determine if a property qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP):
- Properties must be 50 years or older.
- The property must have maintained most of its original integrity.
- Has the property been associated with a historic event or activity, or important historical person?
- Does the property have distinctive design or character?
- Does the property provide information about historic events?
Each contributing NRHP district must maintain enough of its original qualities, such as location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, and feeling to visibly convey its significance. The National Register Historic District must contain a minimum of 51% contributing properties within its boundaries.
What are the advantages for NRHP listed properties?
- There could be a significant savings in property taxes
- provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance
- The property becomes part of the National Register Archives
- It encourages historic preservation
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