Ell Real Estate Team provides its clients with information
that really connects them to their community and provides them with
neighborhood awareness. One of our areas of focus is the Catalina Foothills
community. Our clients are drawn to this area of Tucson because of its natural
beauty, exceptional shopping, the finest restaurants and a nationally
recognized school system.
Catalina Foothills is located north of Tucson in Pima
County, situated in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Commonly
referred to as the “Foothills”, this is the most affluent community in Tucson
and in the top 20 most affluent communities in America. Some of Tucson’s most
expensive luxury homes and land lots are located in the Foothills and it
maintains the highest median property value.
The modern development of the Catalina Foothills began in
1920. Developer John Murphey began purchasing open range, cattle grazing land
north of of River Road. The largest purchase came in 1928 when he bought a
7,000 acre tract of land from Oracle to Sabino Canyon in a federal land
auction. His vision for the Catalina
Foothills community was low-density residential development on large lots
designed for maximum privacy. This concept also allowed for preserving existing
desert vegetation, the natural terrain and mountain views. Murphey originally
planned to develop 10 housing subdivisions. He retained a Swiss architect named
Josias Joesler to implement his vision. Joesler designed a number of homes in the
Catalina Foothills neighborhoods and they are now some of the most desired
homes in Tucson. Murphey and Joesler would later go on to design and build St.
Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church at the corner of River Road and Campbell
Ave as well as the first school building in the Catalina Foothills School
District just east of the church.
The Catalina Foothills community continued to expand north
along Oracle Road and east along the Ina Road/Skyline corridor. Catalina
Foothills now stretches from Oracle Road east to Sabino Canyon and River Road
North to the Santa Catalina Mountains. Some of the subdivisions include
Catalina Foothills Estates 1-10, Pima Canyon Estates, Coronado Foothills
Estates, La Paloma, Alta Vista, The Canyons, Canyon View Estates, Catalina
Ridge Estates, Cimarron, Cobblestone, Coronado Foothills, Fairfield,
Finisterra, Flecha Caida, The Foothills, Foothills Clusters, Hacienda Del Sol,
Haciendas Catalina, Las Alturas, Sabino Mountain, Shadow Hills, Sin Vacas, Skyline Bel Air, Skyline Country
Club, The Summit, Sunrise Territory, and Ventana Canyon CC.
The first resorts, Westward Look and Hacienda Del Sol were converted from existing
residences and schools when tourism increased in the area in the 1930’s and
40’s. Skyline County Club was established in
1963 and around the 1980’s the Canyon Ranch, Westin La Paloma and Loews Ventana Canyon resorts were
completed. Luxury retail space was added in 2004 with the completion of the
upscale outdoor shopping center, La Encantada. Major retailers include Anthropology, Brooks Brothers, Apple Store, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and AJ’s Fine Foods.
High-end shopping, casual and upscale dining
Madaras Art Gallery in Gallery Row
After a full day of shopping, you will undoubtedly work up
an appetite. The Catalina Foothills community has many wonderful restaurants
that range from casual to fine dining. Foothills restaurants include Blanco and North from Fox Restaurant Concepts, Ra Sushi, Acacia, Firebirds, Anthony’s in the Catalinas, Schlomo and Vitos, Tavolino, Vivace, Sullivan’s, PF Changs, Armitage, Janos, J Bar, Ginza Sushi, Gavi, and The Abby.
As the area has grown, most of the neighborhoods
have maintained a low-density, suburban feel, focusing on views of the majestic
Santa Catalina Mountains and spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the Sonoran
Desert. For a current list of available homes, please visit our web site: www.EllTeam.com and
click on the “Foothills Homes” link.