University of Arizona Neighborhoods in Tucson, Arzizon

University of Arizona Neighborhoods

By – Gregory Richman, Associate Broker HomeSmart Advantage Group


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The University of Arizona is at the epicenter of downtown Tucson. Much activity revolves around all the university has to offer. Plus, the centrally located neighborhoods around the university offer many amenities besides being close to the U and to downtown Tucson. There's shopping, dining, and, of course, quaint, older, sometimes Historic Neighborhood homes. Check out these neighborhoods around the University of Arizona.

Main Gate Square

Main Gate Square serves as the gateway to Tucson’s iconic University of Arizona.  Here you will find foods, fashion, and a positive attitude about life. Main Gate Square is a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination featuring more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona and Tucson’s historic neighborhoods. Food experiences range from the flavors of the Mediterranean, India, Greece, Asia, Thailand, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam to everywhere USA. If you are looking to find fashion, you will find the right style for you or the perfect gift for someone else.

Looking to relax and be pampered? There are seven salons and spas to choose from to boost your spirits. If you are seeking live music, jam sessions, wine tastings, or karaoke for your daytime or evening entertainment, Main Gate Square’s big-town energy, and eclectic atmosphere make it the place to be.. Merchant hours will vary, but something is always happening. Regardless of the meal you are seeking, there will be a choice of restaurants to serve you. Pick up on the University vibe at Main Gate Square.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood

One of the older and more desired residential neighborhoods in Tucson is the Historic Sam Hughes neighborhood, and it is within walking distance of the University.

Development in Sam Hughes neighborhood started in 1921 and the enclave was named for local business leader Sam Hughes, who was instrumental in establishing Tucson's public school system. Significant neighborhood features include Sam Hughes Elementary and the 24-acre Himmel Park and Himmel Park Branch Library.

Today, the neighborhood is composed of more than 2,000 residences, businesses, schools, and places of worship. Some of the homes are close to their original condition. Others have undergone extensive remodeling. Area residents rate Sam Hughes Neighborhood very highly in surveys regarding Amenities, Commutes, Health and Safety, and Schools.

Sam Hughes neighborhood is located a convenient distance from much of what you might want to visit in Tucson, so walking isn’t a real problem, but you’ll want to avoid walking in the heat of summer. Fortunately, Tucson is a cycling city, and the city busses run through the neighborhood, with bus stops located throughout. You can even find TEP e-bikes in a stand on the corner of 6th Street and Tucson Boulevard.

Blenman El;m Neighborhood

Blenman/Elm is a neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona with a population of 3,328. Blenman/Elm is considered one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Blenman/Elm offers residents an urban/ suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Blenman/Elm there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Blenman/Elm and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Blenman/Elm are highly rated.

West of University Neighborhood

Perhaps the best way to review this neighborhood is to quote comments from residents on Trulia. "Paved sidewalks throughout the neighborhood and dog park in Catalina Park, most properties have backyards/yards". "There is the (4th Avenue) Street fair twice a year and the University of Arizona constantly has events. There is always something going on in the neighborhood. " "Walking distance to restaurants, bars, downtown, 4th Ave, street car. Weekends are sometimes noisy late at night due to proximity to the university. " So, West University is both close enough for the action, but far enough for a pleasant life experience.

West University’s boundaries extend east to west from Park Ave to Stone Ave and north to south from Speedway to Sixth St. While the houses and businesses vary widely in the neighborhood, all the buildings are part of a protected historic district known as an HPZ (Historic Protection Zone).

West University was the first Tucson suburb north of the Southwestern Pacific railroad and was settled between 1890 and 1930. As Tucson grew, the neighborhood evolved from a suburb into a historic downtown neighborhood. Its strategic location, between the University of Arizona and downtown, has attracted middle and upper-middle-class residents.

The neighborhood includes more than 700 buildings in a great variety of architectural styles. Most of the styles arrived with the railroad in 1880. About half of the houses in the neighborhood are bungalows. This style originated around 1900 in California as a hand-crafted wood style. In a short time, it became the first mass-produced, speculative residential form. Typical bungalows are small, two rooms wide and two or three rooms deep, built of stuccoed brick with front porches and gable roofs. Some of them include neoclassical revival elements such as columns and roof detail.

North University Neighborhood

North University is a vibrant and historic neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona, conveniently located just north of the University of Arizona's main campus. It is bordered by East Speedway Boulevard to the south and East Fort Lowell Road to the north. This eclectic area is a mix of beautifully preserved early 20th-century bungalows and charming apartments, making it popular among both students and professionals. The neighborhood is also known for its proximity to urban amenities, such as Main Gate Square, Historic Fourth Avenue, and Downtown, and it features many popular restaurants and boutiques.

 Jefferson Park Neighborhood

Tucson's 31st Historic District is a neighborhood bounded by Grant Road on the north, Euclid on the West, Campbell Avenue on the East, and Chauncey Lane on the South. It is a vibrant historic urban neighborhood. Located in the shadow of the U of A, its residents are a mix of owner-occupants and renters. The neighborhood includes three churches and the International School of Tucson, serving students from preschool to eighth grade. Walkable and bike-friendly streets, green infrastructure, and friendly neighbors make Jefferson Park one of Tucson's premier neighborhoods.

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