Published on January 25th, 2018 | by admin0
Reacreational Reasons to Buy a New Home in Tucson
Recreational Reasons to Move to Tucson
National parks and forests and wide-open deserts provide an ideal environment for an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, in and around Arizona’s second-largest city of Tucson. Boasting a population of over a half million residents, Tucson is known for its share of history and culture, as well, with turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods and museums, and an 18th-century mission that remains functional to this day.
With its majestic beauty and historic pride, you will also enjoy an ultra-progressive cultural diversity that includes U.S., Mexican, and Native American influences with distinctively Western flavors. Affordable flights in and out of Tucson, a variety of hotels, and the healthy housing industry in Tucson make building in Tucson or buying a new home there a solid, smart investment.
Tucson’s Surrounding Mountains
Enjoy forested and desert mountains in every direction when you move to Tucson. Moving to Tucson means enjoying views and activities in five distinctly different mountain ranges, providing continuous recreation, year-round:
South: Santa Rita Mountains
East: Rincon Mountains
West: Tucson Mountains
Flights to Tucson
Tucson is the largest city in the southern part of Arizona, served by international hub, Tucson International Airport. All major airlines are represented, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United, and more.
Hotels in Tucson
Whether you need an economy hotel or are looking for a vacation-style suite overlooking forests, wetlands, or mountains, Tucson provides a variety of accommodations:
Homes in Tucson
LGI Homes in Tucson knows that cost of living matters, and you may be surprised to find that a move to Tucson will improve your quality of life recreationally and financially. The cost of living in Tucson is slightly lower than in other areas of Arizona, and nearly 9 percent lower than the national average.
As Tucson’s housing market continues to improve, showing an increase of 6 percent in home sales this past year alone, now is the time to get in on some prime area real estate. With the average price per square foot having risen from $117 to $125 this past year, now may be the ideal time to get in on the market in Tucson.
Tucson Parks, Wildlife, and Scenery
While your home is being built, or just while scoping out the area prior to your move, practice your golf swing or equestrian skills and camp and hike through the wilderness at the Tucson Mountain Park. Marvel at the sea of thousands of cacti at adjacent Saguaro National Park, or enjoy the scenic view of the famous Gates Pass Overlook, both a mere six-minute drive from the official Tucson Mountain Park area.
Afterwards, discover the wonders of one of the greenest deserts on earth, the Sonoran Desert , just over an hour down AZ-86 W. Visit nearby Sabino Canyon, an hour east of the Sonoran, which draws over a million yearly visitors to its rocky peaks and cliffs and scenic valleys and canyons.
Tucson Mountain Park
Whether avid hikers or bikers, visitors and residents relish Tucson Mountain Park for all its natural space, with room enough to get lost in the moment, while feeding the need for outdoor recreation. Encompassing approximately 20,000 acres, this park is an enormous natural resource area, where most activities can be enjoyed free of charge. Take in the wildlife and appreciate its mountainous terrain, with more than 60 miles of trails that are closed to motorists, but open to all on foot or non-motorized bikes, providing amazing experiences and vast, breathtaking views.
Saguaro National Park
Enjoy the shiny, white blooms of Arizona’s state flower, the Saguaro Cactus Blossom, at Saguaro National Park. The indigenous, giant Saguaro cactus blooms in summers, reaching heights between 40 and 50 feet over a lifespan of nearly 200 years. Park rangers lead guided programs where guests tour fauna and flora, in both the eastern half of the park, the Rincon Mountain District, and in the western half, the Tucson Mountain District. Workshops for budding artists are also offered, and a modest entry fee, honored for seven days beyond the date paid, covers access to workshops, programs, and free reign on both sides of the park.
Gates Pass Overlook
Gates Pass overlook includes interpretive displays of historic structures, matching conventional displays for those without handicaps. Families can picnic while enjoying the wildlife-viewing opportunities that are located throughout the park, without the worry of a spontaneous rainfall, as Tucson receives little enough predictable rain between its winter sprinkles and summer monsoons to keep the area a desert designation.
Steep, challenging cliffs await you at Sabino Canyon, just east of the Sonoran Desert. Children and adults alike marvel at Sabino Canyon’s unique reptilian, amphibian, flying, and furry creatures, living among indigenous plants seen nowhere else in the world.
Sonoran Desert Tucson Wildlife Center
Tucson Wildlife Center is Southern Arizona’s only state-of-the-art wildlife hospital, running 24/7, 365 days a year, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Southern Arizona’s injured or orphaned wildlife.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Open to the public seven days a week for self-guided tours and bird-watching is Sweetwater Wetlands Park, just East of the Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain Park. Tucson Water supports this community, so families can enjoy the Wetlands Park, provided its guidelines are respected. The Sweetwater Wetlands is known as a water treatment facility, wildlife habitat, and an outdoor learning facility.
Presidio San Agustín del Tucson
Take in the intrigue of what life was like in the 1700s for Native Americans, Presidioi residents, and Territorial Period settlers in the Santa Cruz Valley. The Tucson Presidio, created anew, offers guided tours, taking visitors back in time to 1775, when the Tucson Presidio was built, up through more modern life.
Indulge your amateur archeologist by viewing preserved, architectural remains of a pit- house. Enjoy a stroll towards a classic, 150-year old Sonoran row house, along the length of the actual, authentic Presidio wall. Or, enjoy a Blacksmith demonstration given by resident blacksmiths, who will be on hand working hard at the forge, demonstrating how to craft nails, crosses, hooks and other important period accessories and tools.
Recreationally and financially, moving to Tucson will not disappoint. Outdoor adventurists, especially, will appreciate all the free or small-fee outdoor recreation that Tucson offers. A variety of hotels and flights for every budget await your scheduled or impromptu travel plans. With so much to do and so many people to do it with in and around Arizona’s second-largest city, a move to Tucson is a life decision you will not regret.