A helpful guide about Southwest Tucson for newcomers and native Tucsonans, alike. The Tucson Metro area consists of a whopping 9,189 square miles. This guide is to help you narrow down what area of Tucson you’d like to live in based on your lifestyle. Learn about the history of the area, about some of the popular neighborhoods, what amenities and services are located here, and search homes for sale on the southwest part of Tucson. Your questions are welcome! Hello@RealTucson.com
Top 5 Reasons to Live in Southwest Tucson:
- More affordable options
- Close to I-19
- Near Casino Del Sol and the AVA Amphitheater
- Quiet area that’s off the beaten path
- Close to hiking trails in the Tucson Mountains
The Tucson Multiple Listing Service defines the southwest area of Tucson to be west of I-19, southwest of the Tucson Mountains, east of Sandario Road, and north of Hermans Road.
The zip codes in the area are 85713, 85714, 85735, 85746, 85757.
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Popular Southwest side Tucson Neighborhoods
- Midvale Park
- Star Valley
- Tucson Estates
- Drexel Heights
Description of Southwest Tucson
The Southwest part of Tucson is tucked among the jagged peaks of the Tucson Mountains. The area offers lots of recreation options like Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, and Saguaro National Park West.
Homes vary from suburban neighborhoods full of newer-built stucco homes with 2 car garages, to manufactured homes on large parcels of land, to park model mobile homes in 55+ age restricted communities.
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Southwest Tucson Attractions and Amenities
Public Parks and Recreation
There’s a few public and community parks in the area including: Winston Reynolds-Manzanita Park, Oaktree Park, Ebonee Marie Moody Park, Mission Ridge Park, Lawrence District Park, and Star Valley Park.
Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park West
Tucson Mountain Park abuts Saguaro National Park West and includes the Gates Pass area. It’s a popular area for hiking, biking, or just taking a scenic drive.
Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is a great place to take your out of town visitors. Part zoo, part desert garden, part art gallery, the desert museum has something for everyone.
Old Tucson Studios
Old Tucson Studios was a victim of the pandemic, but has plans of reopening soon. The movie studio was established in 1939 to film the movie Arizona. Since then many westerns have been filmed in the area including Rio Bravo, Little House on the Prairie, Tombstone, and Three Amigos
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak is a short drive from the southwestern part of Tucson. It was established in 1964 and offers many programs that are open to the public.
The Loop Multi-Use Path
The loop offers over 130-miles of car-free paved path for walking or bicycling. On the southwest part of town the loop travels along the Santa Cruz River and ends at Valencia Road, although the path is under consideration to be expanded further south through Sahuarita and Green Valley.
Casino Del Sol Resort
Casino del Sol is operated by the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe and includes a hotel, casino, outdoor amphitheater, golf, dining, RV Park.
Historic San Xavier del Bac Mission
Built in the late 1700s, this beautiful historic Spanish Catholic Mission is worth a trip no matter what religion you believe or practice.
Nearly every big box store is available within the Tucson Spectrum shopping center near I-19. There’s many shopping centers along Valencia Road as well.
Area Healthcare and Hospitals
Most homes in the southwestern part of Tucson are serviced by the Tucson Unified School District. A few homes on the western portion of the SW side of town are serviced by Altar Valley Elementary District.
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