Last week we re-visited our hometown of Tucson, Arizona to join the family in celebrating Father’s Day. It’s been 12 years since we’ve lived there and my how things have changed. We checked out the resurgence downtown and hope the new movie Public Enemies shines some light on an already very cool Hotel Congress as this is where John Dillinger and his gang were first captured and is now celebrated by a Dillinger Days festival.
A stones throw from Hotel Congress is the West University neighborhood which This Old House just named as one if it’s 50 Best Old House Neighborhoods. The homes consist of Spanish Revival, Craftsman Bungalow, and Prairie-style which range from $175,000 to $400,000. A light rail system is almost complete that will flow through this neighborhood from downtown and up to the University of Arizona. In a city where cars are nearly a requirement, residents of West University could almost forgo their vehicles especially if they work or study at the nearby University or downtown.
Across the University is the Sam Hughes neighborhood which has always been the premiere old house neighborhood in Tucson and consists of similar homes to West University but on a larger scale and typically maintained in a more pristine condition.
But we’re still partial to the Eastside and grew up in the Sabino Vista Heights area which is nestled at the base of the Catalina mountains and a 5 min drive from the Sabino Canyon recreation area. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting.
If you ever visit Tucson or are a resident and looking for a area of town to visit/live then checkout either of these neighborhoods as we believe they will surprise you.