Tucson Sam Hughes Neighborhood

Historic Homes in Tucson Sam Hughes Neighborhood

Close To the University of Arizona

Sam Hughes Neighborhood tucsonTucson Sam Hughes Neighborhood is a piece of Tucson history and received historic designation in 1977.

Tree-lined streets and well-maintained historic homes create a welcoming and picturesque neighborhood. It is bound by Speedway Boulevard, Broadway Boulevard, Campbell Avenue and Country Club Road.

Many of the historic houses have been diligently renovated to maintain the character of the historic homes.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood offers a blend of old-world charm, convenience, and community atmosphere. It is a popular choice for families and individuals looking for a vibrant place to live.

Benefits and Features of Sam Hughes

The Sam Hughes neighborhood is a historic district in Tucson, AZ. The historic homes build in the early 20th century showcase unique architectural styles. They are not old houses, but a historical house that will become a historical home for you.

But historic homes are not the sole draw to the Sam Hughes Neighborhood. Other benefits include.

  • Near University of Arizona: One of the biggest perks is how close it is to the University of Arizona. Students and faculty can walk or bike to campus, avoiding the hassle of commuting.
  • Lively Community: The neighborhood has a vibrant and active community. Residents love the area and organize events and activities throughout the year. This creates a strong sense of community and makes it easy for newcomers to get involved.
  • Lower Property Taxes: As a designated historic district, homeowners receive reduced property tax.
  • Local Shops: Restaurants, shops, and parks, provide easy access to everything residents need.

How It Got Its Name

The naming of the neighborhood is interesting.

A school in the immediate area – Sam Hughes Elementary School – had been named after Hughes. Now this is before the neighborhood had been names. Some years later, neighborhood adopted the name too.

Samuel C. Hughes was a Welsh immigrant who came to the United States in 1837 at the age of eight. Fearing imminent death from an advanced case of tuberculosis, he made his way to Tucson in 1858 by way of California, to convalesce in the dry air, convinced that his time was short.

There is a history of people migrating to southern Arizona for health reasons. Hughes also found the desert climate to be the cure he needed.

 Sam Hughes Was a Man of Vision

With his health restored, Hughes set about opening a butcher shop and settling down in Tucson. He married a local girl, Atanacia Santa Cruz, fathered 15 children and was a true community leader. He started the first bank, served in several city council roles and was instrumental in the establishment of a public education system, calling it “the pride of my life.”

Development began in 1921. Today, 100+ years later, homes are admired for their architectural styles. Sam Hughes is a neighborhood with families and schools and a fabulous public library … and it is also a representation of Tucson’s history.

Hughes was a man of vision.  In early 1870’s he helped incorporate the City of Tucson.  He served on the first Tucson City Council.  In 1871 Hughes helped establish a public education system in the Territory of Arizona.

See Tucson Sam Hughes Neighborhood Historic District Homes for Sale

Sam Hughes is located adjacent to the University of Arizona.  The community provides its residents the convenience of being able to walk to the University while maintaining the feel of living in “Historic Tucson”.

Many Sam Hughes Neighborhood homes are upgraded and modernized but maintain the feel of the historic house.

Perhaps your historical house is waiting for you to do the same.

This Tucson neighborhood is designated as a City of Tucson Historic District. Home buyers in a historical district must maintain the homes architecture if remodeling. This can be expensive. The good news is homeowners in a historical district receive lower property taxes.

Maps of Tucson’s Historic Districts

Sam Hughes is a very popular location for students attending the University of Arizona.  Students, young families, empty nesters, working professionals, University professors and retirees live in the neighborhood. 

The area offers a strong sense of community and is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, social activities and the University of Arizona.

Sam Hughes homes are generally smaller with little “curb appeal”.  However, once inside you will be struck with the workmen ship and unique floor plans.  Sam Hughes residents treasure their lifestyle.

Considering A Home in Tucson, AZ?

Are you thinking of buying a home in the Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood or the greater Tucson area? Finding the right home can be a challenging process. But we can make the process much less stressful for you.

We have been Tucson Realtors since 2002. We know Tucson and the Tucson Real Estate market. As a top Realtor duo, we invest the time to understand your home buying interests and desires.

At our first meeting, we will review the current real estate market with you. Show you the market data and then walk you through the Arizona home buying process.

Why? We want you to know what to expect. And what to plan for.

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For us, you are not another real estate transaction. You are a client and, future friend. We strive to create a relationship that continues long after you move into your home. Review our profiles. Check out our backgrounds, education, and certifications.

We are here to help you “know what you need to know” to buy a home in Tucson, AZ. Our goal is to provide insight, advice and the highest level of professional services to you. We want you to be proud to recommend us to your family, friends and acquaintances.

But most important, our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!

Selling Your Home in The Sam Hughes Neighborhood?

Selling a home requires more than listing it in the Tucson MLS system. It’s about marketing. Marketing through multiple online channels.

To no one’s surprise, 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet. Homes must be visible on multiple internet channels. The more visible a home is, the faster it will sell.

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We will build a stand-alone website built to show your home. Our marketing program targets key cities in the U. S. based on the season.

For luxury listings, our drone service provides video of your home and neighborhood. This video along with professional photos helps the online buyer see and feel your home. Their “new” home.

To learn more about how we can help you sell your Tucson home, call us – 520-940-4541 – to arrange a meeting. We will visit your home and prepare a comparative market analysis.

Then we will meet with you to review our analysis. We will go over our Comparative Market Analysis for your home in detail and the review our marketing program to “get your home sold!”


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