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You’re Inheriting Your Family Home, Now What?   Part I

First off, I am sorry the loss of your loved one. After helping several families through this real estate transaction process, I’ve learned that this can be an emotionally charged time for a family. Homes often have a lot of sentimental value, especially if they’ve been in the family for many years and have a lifetime of memories associated with them. Sometimes old sibling rivalries and negative family dynamics can come to surface at times like this which can further complicate the situation.

Home in Tucson - Inheriting your family home

I decided to write a series of blogs to help you. This won’t bring back your loved one, but I can try to help you plan for the situation and ensure you have the best experience possible dealing with the home. I am not an attorney or financial expert, and I cannot give legal or tax advice, but I can connect you with trusted professionals who can assist in those areas.

“What do we do with the home?”

There are a few different paths you may take here. You can keep the home and either move in, rent it out, or sell the home.

Option 1: Keep the home for family use

You may be able to keep the home in the family and use it for vacations or family get-togethers. You will need to speak with the other heirs to see if this is feasible. Don’t forget about the expenses that this will entail including insurance, property taxes, utilities, HOA dues, maintenance, security, etc. You’ll need a plan for who will be responsible for paying for those items. Will you use the home enough to justify the expense?

Option 2: Move into the home

You or one of your family members may be able to move into the home. The question that arises here is will the family member occupying the home be able to buy out the others’ interest. It is important to be honest with yourself and one another here. Is it feasible to keep the home and will it justify the expense? A common problem occurs when one sibling does not want to sell the home. It is best to contact an attorney to see what options you have in a situation like this.

Option 3: Rent the home

You may also keep the home as a rental. This can offer some tax advantages, so speak with your accountant. It may also be a lucrative business if the property has a positive cash flow. The problems that come up are that you are entering a business partnership with you family. The property can be difficult to manage if you are out of state, and maintenance costs and the time commitment involved can be difficult to divvy up fairly.

Option 4: Sell the home

Often the best option is to sell. Contact me to schedule a meeting to view the home so I can prepare a Comparative Market Analysis for the property to see what the home is worth.

If you have questions regarding inheriting your family home, or would like to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your situation, please call Nick Labriola with Long Realty at 520-975-8956 or email Nick@realtucson.com

To read more on this topic:

Part II: The top four professionals you need to sell an inherited home
Part III: You’ve decided to sell an inherited home

Blooming cactus flower at Sabino Canyon - Inheriting your family home


BASIS Tucson and BASIS Oro Valley Charter Schools

Chances are, you’ve heard of BASIS schools. BASIS Tucson and BASIS Oro Valley are tuition-free charter schools (which are funded with taxes, but run by a private company) that consistently boast high scores with national school ranking organizations such as the U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

BASIS Tucson North

The founders aimed to offer a curriculum that could compete at an international level. BASIS opened it’s first school right here in Tucson back in 1998. Since then, they’ve opened many other locations throughout Arizona, including Oro Valley, in addition to a few in Texas and Washington, DC.

BASIS focuses on STEM courses and requires 9th graders to start taking AP classes for college credit. Seniors focus on a capstone project, and nearly every student attends college after graduation. Because the school is a tuition-free charter school, entry can be competitive. If BASIS schools are a good option for your student, you may decide to live closer to the school for convenience. If so, take a look at homes for sale near each BASIS campus listed below.

Search Homes for sale near BASIS Charter Schools:

BASIS Tucson Primary: Grades K-4. Near Speedway and Alvernon:

BASIS Tucson North: Grades 5-12. Near Craycroft and River:

BASIS Oro Valley (Primary: K-5 and grades 6-12). Near Oracle and 1st Ave:

Basis Tucson North School

Looking to purchase or sell a home near a BASIS school? Contact Nick to go over your particular needs.

Nick@RealTucson.com | 520-975-8956


5 crucial considerations when buying horse property

5 Key Considerations When Buying Horse Property

As we all know our pets and animals become a part of the family. It is important to an equestrian that their family member has the best care. This can include the dream of owning your own horse property. The following is a list of 5 crucial points when buying a horse property.

Riding in the Rincon Mountains in Tucson

Riding near the Rincon Mountains in Tucson

1. Water

This is especially important in Arizona. Horses need water for health and digestion and can drink between five and ten gallons of water per day. What are the water rights on the property you are considering? Is it on municipal water, private well, or shared well? What is the condition of these facilities? Their history? How are they maintained. What systems are in place for distributing the water on the land? It is important to investigate these items and records can be found at Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Having an experienced property inspector check the facilities is also recommended.

Horse corral - Horse Property in Tucson

Horse corral

2. What is the location and quality of the land?

An important question a buyer must ask is what will they use the land for? Are you interested in trail riding, roping, or any other use? This is an important consideration because not all land types will support all uses. How far is the land from riding? Is it necessary to trailer to get to a trail and if so, how far?
One should also consider the topography. Is the land flat, hilly, rocky, and will it be difficult to build on?

Horse arena

Horse arena

3. How much land do you need?

How many horses are allowed per acre and do you need additional acreage for pasture, and outbuildings? Will you be using the land for a commercial endeavor or for your own personal use?

Hay storage

4. What is the condition of the property and has it been maintained?

Are their facilities such as tack rooms, feed storage, stalls, arenas, and equipment storage? Is there electricity and water supplied at these locations? Are there waste management and drainage systems in place? It is important to know the ages of any facilities and see that they are properly maintained. It is also important to know that they are sufficient for your future-plans. This leads to zoning.

5. Zoning

After you have looked at the first four items, you need to determine if the property will work for your plans and will it accommodate any future expansion. What zoning restrictions are there that may prevent you from realizing your future goals?

This of course is not an exhaustive list. It can be helpful to contact a real estate broker that is familiar with land and acreage transactions to help you navigate the myriad of details that will come up, so you may have as smooth a transaction as possible and get the property that realizes your goals.

Horse Property For Sale – Current Listings:

Looking to buy or sell a horse property in Tucson? For more information or to schedule a free, no obligation meeting to discuss your particular needs, please call 520-975-8956 or email Nick@RealTucson.com


Just Listed! 13.5 acre Tucson Horse Property

Tucson Horse Property that has it all!

Just Listed in Northwest Tucson, Arizona

This 13.5+/-acre ranch has it all. Beautiful burnt adobe ranch house with gorgeous open beamed ceilings and stunning fireplace, pool, and spa. Top notch horse facilities including a 350′ x 140′ piped roping arena, barn, multiple corrals, round pen, chicken coop, shop, garage, 1 bedroom 1 bath guest house, mountain views, and a private well. All within minutes of I-10 and the new outlet mall at Twin Peaks. Contact me today to schedule a private showing of this beautiful Tucson horse property.

MLS Link for 5000 W Oasis Rd. Tucson, AZ

Contact Nick for more info: 520-975-8956  |  Nick@RealTucson.com

Saguaro lined driveway

Saguaro lined driveway

Front elevation of home

Front elevation of home

Great room with wood beams and burnt adobe walls

Great room with wood beams and burnt adobe walls

Living room with burnt adobe walls and wood beams

Living room with burnt adobe walls and wood beams

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Custom kitchen

Master bedroom fireplace

Master bedroom fireplace

Master bedroom

Master bedroom



Office / Bedroom

Office / Bedroom

Arizona room

Arizona room

Spacious laundry room

Spacious laundry room



Beautifully landscaped backyard

Beautifully landscaped backyard

Guest house exterior with porch

Guest house exterior with porch

Guest house kitchen

Guest house kitchen

Roping arena - Tucson horse property

Roping arena

Hay Barn

Hay Barn

Corral - Tucson Horse Property




Garage / Workshop

Garage / Workshop


  • 13.5 +/- acres
  • 4 bedrooms and 4 baths
  • Burnt adobe
  • Open beamed wood ceilings
  • Custom kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Pool & spa within a fully landscaped yard
  • Guest house: 1 bedroom and 1 bath
  • Mountain views
  • Private well
  • Close to shopping
  • Horse facilities
  • Barn and hay barn
  • Workshop
  • Garage
  • Corral
  • Arena
  • Chicken coop
  • And so much more!!!

Contact Nick Labriola for a private showing: 520-975-8956

Get more details and photos of this Tucson horse property here

Blog post: 5 Key Considerations When Buying Horse Property


Homes for sale near Sabino Canyon in Tucson

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A Runner crossing a bridge at Sabino Canyon

A Runner crossing a bridge at Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Overview:

Situated on Tucson’s northeast side of town, Sabino Canyon is a popular recreation site for residents and visitors alike. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to own a home near Sabino Canyon? This outdoor oasis could be an extension of your front yard. Walking,  jogging, hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities would be so convenient.

The 3.7 mile tram road in Sabino Canyon is a popular place for outdoor fitness enthusiasts

The 3.7 mile tram road in Sabino Canyon is a popular place for outdoor fitness enthusiasts

Sabino Canyon is located near Sabino Canyon Road and Sunrise Boulevard, in the Coronado Forest. The recreation area encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Water in Sabino Creek flows much of the year, originating near Mt. Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

View at Sabino Canyon

View at Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon Sights

Sabino Canyon tends to be the first place locals take their out of town guests to experience all the natural beauty Tucson has to offer. People of all ages enjoy visiting this unique riparian area that is combined with dramatic geology.  The plant life is stunning too, towering saguaro cacti can be found near cottonwood, sycamore, and ash trees. Wildlife abounds in the area, including Gambel’s quail, Roadrunner, cactus wren, bobcat, coyote, mountain lion, snake, toad, javalina, skunk, tortoise, and coatimundi.

Both Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon offer miles of hiking opportunities. Seven Falls is a popular destination, as are Blackett’s Ridge, and the Sabino Dam. Picnicking and swimming are popular activities for families visiting the area.

The visitors center is open 7 days a week with exhibits, activities, and a bookstore.

The paved roads within the park were built during the Great Depression by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The roads are now closed to private vehicles but they are busy with walkers and tram shuttles each day. Bicycle usage is limited to specific days and hours.

An oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Water flows much of the year in Sabino Canyon.

An oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Water flows much of the year in Sabino Canyon.

Tram Shuttles

Tram shuttles operate every day with 2 options: Sabino Canyon or Bear Canyon shuttles. The shuttles in Sabino Canyon are narrated and have 9 stops along a 3.7 mile road. The Bear Canyon shuttles are not narrated and has 3 stops along a 1.9 mile road.


Contact Nick for more information about homes for sale near Sabino Canyon. Have a home to sell? Nick can help you too. 

Contact Nick for more information about homes for sale near Sabino Canyon. Have a home to sell? Nick can help you too.

Contact Nick if you are interested in buying or selling a home near Sabino Canyon.  520-975-8956  | Nick@RealTucson.com

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Sculpture near Castle Rock neighborhood in Tucson

The sculpture at Castle Rock

If you find yourself on Tucson’s northeast side, you’ve probably seen a tall rocky sculpture on Tanque Verde between Catalina Highway and Houghton which is just outside of a gated community called The Lakes at Castle Rock.

Officially known as the Water Tribute Sculpture, the twenty-foot high sculpture has a circular layout and consists of concrete forms that are coated with rock and dirt.

A Raleigh, North Carolina artist named Thomas Sayre was commissioned to create the piece when the Bonanza Wash was rerouted during the Tanque Verde Road widening.

According to Pima County officials the pieces are actual impressions of the bottom of the Bonanza Wash.  Sayre placed rebar in the wash and poured concrete in the forms to create each piece.  The $170,000 sculpture was installed for the area neighbors as a tribute to water.

sculpture near Lakes at Castle Rock neighborhood

Sculpture near Lakes at Castle Rock neighborhood in northeast area of Tucson

The Lakes at Castle Rock neighborhood

The Lakes at Castle Rock is a gated community that features several lakes, a couple of swimming pools, a community center, a fitness center, and several other community amenities. Homes were built from 1990s – 2000s.

Most homes in this neighborhood feature a stucco exterior, are about 1,500 – 4,000 square feet in size and typically have 3 – 5 bedrooms.

Castle Rock is in the Tucson Unified School District, being served by Collier Elementary, Magee Middle, and Sabino High Schools.

Looking for more info on this neighborhood? Contact me for questions or to schedule a private tour of homes in the area: nick@realtucson.com or 520-975-8956.

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Gorgeous golf community: Tucson Country Club

Neighborhood Spotlight: Tucson Country Club Estates

Tucson Country Club

Tucson Country Club is a beautiful golf community on Tucson’s northeast side. The fantastic location is convenient to all of Tucson’s amenities yet retains a tranquil feel. The large lots, towering trees, and luxury homes provide Tucson living at its finest.

Tucson Country Club Estates

Some of the homes in the neighborhood were designed by well-known Tucson architects such as: Art Brown, Anne Rysdale, and Josias Joesler.

The club provides a 44,000 SF facility featuring old world style architecture and historic Tucson elements, 18-hole golf course designed by acclaimed father and son designers William F., and William P. Bell, aquatic center with an 8-lane saltwater lap pool, 97-foot water slide, wading pool, splash pad, five lighted championship tennis courses, pickle ball, and fine dining.

Tucson Country Club Estates

A brief history of Tucson Country Club

Charles H. Boyles owned the 1,300-acre ranch in 1935. He rented the ranch to the first Mormon community in Tucson who used it as a truck farm and dairy.
In 1935 Boyles sold 580 acres to Lenore Moore for $12,000. Her Brother built two ranch houses named Rancho de la Sombre. Unfortunately, the project failed.
In 1945 the property changed hands again, this time to Carl and Marie Reininger. In 1946 fifty prominent Tucsonans were disappointed with the El Rio Golf Course on Tucson’s West side and decided to create a golf resort that took advantage of the beautiful East side location. They formed a for profit corporation called Country Club Estates Inc.

If you would like information on buying or selling a home in Tucson Country Club Estates, please contact Nick Labriola at 520-975-8956.


Aldea Linda – One of Tucson’s Historic Districts

Aldea Linda Neighborhood

Aldea Linda is located north of 22nd St and west of Swan Rd.
Developed 1947 to 1964  |  Received Historic District status in 2009

If you are looking for a quiet, rural feeling neighborhood located in midtown Tucson that is close to shopping and amenities, look no further than Aldea Linda!

A home with a mountain view in Aldea Linda neighborhood, viewed through the native Creosote shrubs.

A home with a mountain view in Aldea Linda neighborhood, viewed through the native Creosote shrubs.

Aldea Linda means beautiful small village, with homes situated on one main road, Calle Jabali (translates to Wild Boar Street ). The neighborhood is defined by larger 2.5 – 4.8 acre parcels with great setbacks. Many properties have semicircular drives made of gravel. The natural vegetation of mesquite and creosote affords more privacy, and a quiet rural feel. The combination of these factors is a major contributor to the historic status of the neighborhood.

The unique history of Aldea Linda neighborhood

The seventy-five acre development was originally platted in 1947 by Samuel P. Goddard Jr. and Julia “Judy” Goddard. Samuel would later become governor of Arizona. Their son Terry Goddard served as the United States Attorney General.

The original subdivision consisted of eighteen buildings and included an art school and a church. Categories of homes are Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Spanish Colonial Revival, Modern Movement Ranch, Modern Sonoran, and Neo Eclectic. There are fourteen buildings that contribute to the historic designation, and four noncontributing buildings.

Home in Aldea Linda historic district of Tucson

Home in Aldea Linda historic district of Tucson

The materials used in the homes are brick, burnt adobe, asphalt shingle, concrete tile, mission tile or wood shake roofs.

Several noteworthy architects designed homes in the area, including: Josias Joesler, Emerson C. Schoeler, Builder Tom Gist, Rodrigo J. Gomez, Jerry Robinson, and T. Roger Blyth. Emerson C. Shoeler is credited with the art studio building.

Homes do not come up for sale very often due to the neighborhood’s small size.

If you would like information on buying or selling a home in Aldea Linda please contact Nick Labriola at 520-975-8956.

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Homes near the University of Arizona: a real estate guide

Thinking about buying or selling a home near the University of Arizona?

I help many families each year sell and buy homes near the University of Arizona. Sometimes I’m working with families of new undergrad students, sometimes for grad students, sometimes for university staff looking for a home close to their employer, and often times for folks looking to live closer to the amenities that the university/downtown Tucson area offers. As a UA alumnus, I have first-hand knowledge of the campus and areas around the university.

Homes for Sale near University of Arizona - Tucson-university of arizona-area-map-

Map of neighborhoods and areas convenient to UA campus to help find bike routes, shopping options, and homes for sale near University of Arizona.

This guide is to help assist you in finding a great UA area home that fits your needs. I have included many links to searches with different criteria that I hope will cater to what you’re interested in. Please don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me (520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com) with any questions on any home in the Tucson area. I’m here to help you. I’ll also create a custom search with the criteria that matters most to you, emailed to you when homes matching your requirements come on the market.

Search homes near the University of Arizona

homes near the University of Arizona

University of Arizona campus

Shopping districts near University of Arizona:

  • Campbell Avenue: between Grant Road and Fort Lowell Road

    • Albertson’s grocery
    • lots of restaurants
    • banks/services
    • lots of shops
  • Sunshine Mile: on Broadway east of Campbell Avenue

    • Safeway at Broadway and Campbell
    • banks/ services
    • restaurants
  • Main Gate: just west of the school on University Blvd

    • CVS pharmacy
    • restaurants
    • shops
  • 4th Avenue: between University Blvd and 9th Street

    • Food Conspiracy Co-op
    • lots of restaurants
    • lots of shops
  • Downtown Tucson

    • Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market
    • lots of restaurants
    • shops/banks
  • 6th Street and Tucson Boulevard

    • Rincon Market
    • restaurants
homes near the University of Arizona

Streetcar passing Time Market in West University neighborhood in Tucson

How to get around Tucson and University of Arizona area – helpful links:

Other frequently asked questions:

homes near the University of Arizona

Recently restored Old Main building on campus of University of Arizona

Are you interested in selling or buying home near University of Arizona? Contact Nick at 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

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Tucson, Arizona: A Haven for Mid-Century Homes

Tucson Mid Century Homes: a guide for buying or selling

Tucson Mid Century Homes for sale

Tucson experienced a housing boom after WWII, which means we enjoy a lot of great mid-century architecture.

Tucson grew leaps and bounds in the post war years of the 1950s and 1960s. As a result mid-century architecture is ubiquitous here. Mid-century Modern architecture has become more popular with a younger generation looking for clean lines and interesting details that are often not found in standard track homes built today. Many enjoy these homes because they are in established neighborhoods, which tend to be more centrally located and feature plenty of mature trees. Are you looking for a mid-century home in Tucson? Let this page be your guide.

Tucson Mid Century Homes currently for Sale Tucson Mid Century Condos & Townhomes for Sale
Under $100,000 Under $50,000
$100,001 – $200,000 $50,001 – $100,000
$200,001 – $300,000 $100,001 – $200,000
$300,001 – $400,000 $200,001 – $300,000
$400,001 and up $300,001 and up


Tucson Mid Century homes for sale

Who were some of the movers and shakers (i.e. builders, architects, designers) for Tucson mid century homes?

  • Builders/Developers:
    • Lusk Corporation
    • J. Herbert Oxman
    • P.A.T. (Perfect Arizona Type) Homes
    • MRF Construction
    • Busby-Carroll Construction Co.
    • Beauty Built Homes
    • Chesin Construction
    • Morrison-Fremming
    • Daly Construction Co.
    • Miller Construction Co.
    • Cheuvront Homes
    • Associated Home Builder
    • Algin Construction
  • Architects/designers:

Where are some of the Tucson mid century homes located?

Let’s not leave out Tucson mid-century condo and townhouse communities:

Green Hills advertisement from 1958 - Tucson Mid Century Homes

What features might I find in a mid century house?

Mid-century homes were built between 1945-1975. This is a broad time period so there were a lot of different styles that were popular over the years. Ranch style homes are ubiquitous during this time period. Ranch homes could veer towards the more modern range of the spectrum or toward the more traditional side. Just as styles of furnishings during this time ranged from Colonial to Danish to Mediterranean to Modern, houses, too, followed these same style trends. Here’s some of the things you may find in a Tucson mid century home.

  • Burnt adobe construction
  • Red brick
  • Wire-cut brick
  • Large windows that follow the roof line
  • Clerestory windows
  • Knotty pine cabinetry/paneling/woodwork
  • Colorful plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • Colorful tile  in the kitchen and bath
  • Formica countertops
  • Linoleum floors
  • Terrazzo floors
  • Mahogany interior doors
  • Single or double carports
  • flagstone or brick fireplaces
  • Colorful kitchen appliances
  • Phone nook
  • Breeze blocks
  • Wrought iron details
  • Decorative shutters

Midcentury home advertisement - Tucson Mid Century Homes

Are you interested in buying or selling Tucson Mid Century Homes? Contact Nick at 520-975-8956 or Nick@RealTucson.com

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