Sonoran Hot Dog Tucson AZ

This Is Why One Sonoran Hot Dog Will Make You Want More

The Reason Is The Sonoran Hot Dog Is So Good Is It Might Be Illegal

sonoran hot dog tucson azThe Sonoran hot dog is a staple in Tucson, AZ. Not only Tucson, but throughout southern Arizona.

If you visit or moved to Tucson, Arizona you will soon discover why people rave about the Sonoran Hot Dog.

Locals believe the Sonoran Dog is the most delicious Mexican-inspired hot dog of all time:

Lets be clear. This is not an ordinary hot dog on a bun with ketchup or mustard. This is a whole new gastronomic experience.

With the first bite you know you’re eating something pretty unique and damn tasty.

Cities With Iconic Hot Dogs

> Chicago

In Chicago, “The Chicago Dog” has respect. It is a frankfurter, but only a Vienna Beef or Red Hot Chicago dog will do. After steaming the “dog” it is water-simmered, or boiled.

When ordered, a poppy seed bun cradles the dog. The dog and the bun await the condiments.
And then the fun begins. The Magnificent Seven. This is not a western folks.

First yellow mustard and a scattering of chopped raw white onions. Nest neon green pickle relish along with a thin pale green dill pickle spear.

Then soft red tomato diced or sliced, a few well-hidden sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.

Put a couple of these babies down, with a cold beverage of choice, and you can walk Miracle Mile in the dead of winter.

> Detroit

In Detroit it is known as “The Coney”.

Although related to the New York Coney, it comes with a style all its own.

For Detroiters, building the “Coney” is simple. start with a beef hot dog. Open a split steamed bun and to hold the dog. Top the dog with chili sauce, chopped raw onion, and a squiggle of yellow mustard.

Simple, easy and delicious.

East Coast Hot Dogs

> New York

The New York Coney. Remember the well known site of amusement parks and a seaside resort off Long island?

Coney Island was a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. Escape and enjoy fun and food. The Coney hot dog.

For New Yorkers.

It is more about the hot dog then what goes on it.

The “dog” must have good meat. A spicy, smoky flavor is a must. And a natural casing that seals in not only the juice but the smoke. Oh, and the casing snaps like fire kindling when you bite into it.

After that, add the condiments of choice.

Lots Of Cities Brag About Their Dogs

Cities across the Unites States have their special take on the hot dog.

Seattle, Phili, DC, Boston, Bal’more, and Los Angeles to name a few. Even Honolulu.

Every large city has its special “Hot Dog”.

But none, lets say that again – NONE – can match the beloved Sonoran Hot Dog in Tucson, AZ.

From Mexico To Southern Arizona

The Sonoran hot dog is Arizona’s most beloved street food. Its a bacon-wrapped hot dog covered in pinto beans and fresh salsa. Other optional toppings including guacamole, mayo, mustard, mushrooms and hot peppers.

The Sonoran Dog originated in Hermosillo, Mexico. Hermosillo is he capital of the Mexican state of Sonora. The “dog” crossed the border into Arizona in the late 1980s.

Street vendors are the purveyors of the Sonoran hot dog. These street vendors, called “dogueros”, sell from street carts. Or mobile kitchen parked on vacant lots.

There are over 200 dogueros in the greater Tucson area.

Most set up in the middle of dirt and gravel parking lots. They arrange tables and chairs underneath portable white canopies for diners.

Sonoran hots dog are also served in restaurants. Some of the restaurant owners started as “dogueros”. They became so popular they opened a restaurant.

The Bolillo Roll – It Could Be A Bun, But Its Not

In southern Arizona, the hot dog starts with a beef frankfurter. But the bun is the key to success for the Sonoran Hot Dog. It is bigger, denser, and surrounds the dog in a doughy embrace.

The roll is a “bolillo” roll. It is sturdier than a regular hot dog bun. And it needs to be. The roll is long and oval, about 6 inches long.

It has a firm crust outside and a soft crumb inside. The top of the rolls opens to hold the dog. Once the dog is in the “bolillo”, ground beef, pinto beans and grilled onions come next.

Now, get ready, condiments. Chopped fresh onions, chopped fresh tomatoes, jalapeño sauce, mayonnaise and yellow mustard.

Want more? Add salsa verde and sliced mushrooms. Scoop on some cotija cheese, chopped jalapeño peppers, and chopped fresh cilantro.

And for a piled high Sonoran dog, try chopped fresh lettuce, red salsa, green salsa, sliced avocado, crumbled chorizo sausage, bacon bits, chipotle sauce, guacamole, crumbled potato chips, cucumbers in sour cream… etc.

See why the sturdy “bolillo” is necessary! In Tucson, the Sonoran Hot Dog? aka the Mexican Hot Dog – has risen to cult status.

Where Can You Get A Sonoran Hot Dog?

First, as you drive around Tucson, be alert for the dogueros. There are over 200 of them in Tucson. Carts on wheels on corners, vacant lots and open areas. Some have tables and chairs, many don’t.

If you want a restaurant setting, here are the top 10 restaurants serving Sonoran dogs.

El Guero Canelo

Sonoran hot dog El Guero CaneloEl Guero Canelo began with one man and a street cart in 1993. Today there are three restaurants and a fourth is on the way.

They have tacos, burritos and the like and they’re delicious, but yes, people come here for the Sonoran dogs.

El Guero Canelo is at the top of the list when people talk about Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson. And for good reason.

They were one of the first in Tucson and built an audience. One thing to bare in mind. You can get a second hot dog jammed into the bun when you order the Sammie dog. Its only a bit extra.

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs

Sonoran Hot Dogs Tucson B K Carne Asada & Hotdogs,The second on the list is BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs. Yes, some will say its first.
This contender for Tucson’s Sonoran dog crown is across the street from El Guero Canelo.

Some insist by El Guero Canelo, but BK definitely holds its own.

They both make classic Sonoran dogs in the most classic manner. Along with the dogs is full menu of carne asada-themed dishes.

The wise choice is to get Sonoran Dogs from both spots and decide for yourself.

Aqui Con El Nene

sonoran hot dog tucson el neneAqui Con El Nene is the hot dog place you name drop if you’re trying to sound smart. Most folks who only know El Guero and BK.

When you tell you friends about Aqui Con El Nene, let them know there are two locations. One in the parking lot of a bar and another inside of a gas station.

Aqui Con El Nene has authenticity covered by a mile. Plus they offer a variation on the standard dog. They melt cheese into the bun on what they call a chipilón.

Taqueria Jason

Taqueria Jason tucson jason'sTaqueria Jason offers a great dog and a bacon-wrapped chile on the side.

And unlike many of the other choices, you can get a raspado (shaved ice, fresh fruit, ice cream) for dessert.

This is authentic and traditional Mexican food at its best. And they are generous with their great salsas.

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

sonoran hot dog tucson azAnd now for the who would have thunk it award.

James Beard Award winner Janos Wilder’s bar menu at his Downtown Kitchen offers a Sonoran Dog. T

His take on the Sonoran dog, the J Dawg.

A classic Sonoran dog at one of Tucson’s top restaurants. This beauty comes with chorizo black beans, a smoked poblano cream and pickled cactus. No, there aren’t any needles.

The cost is a bit higher than the street carts (not as much you’d think), but worth every penny.

Saguaro Corners

Saguaro Corners is near the Saguaro National Park – East.

This is a place to go if you want a smaller Sonoran hot dog experience.

For the light eaters of the world you can split a plate of Mini Sonoran dogs. Same great flavor, far less filling.

 

Boca Tacos y Tequila

Chef Maria Mazon makes magic every day in her spot next to the University of Arizona. And fresh salsas come from the kitchen every day.

What is unique, the Sonoran Hot Dogs at Boca Tacos y Tequila comes in the form of a taco. Why you ask.

In case you missed it, take a second look at the name of the restaurant. What would you expect?

And a word to the wise. The odds are solid that some of the Sonoran Dog taco will end up on your shirt or blouse. The bacon-wrapped dog, grilled onions, beans, and salsa is a lot to put in a taco.

Ruiz Hot Dogs

sonoran hot dogs tucson azYou have to applaud Ruiz Hot Dogs. A cart with an accompanying mobile dining room parked on the edge of Tucson’s downtown.

They sell Sonoran hot dogs and that’s about all. But they’re delicious. And they toast the buns.

Great dogs and toasted buns. What more could you want?

 

Tucson Tamale Company

sonoran hot dogs tucson azHow do you serve a Sonoran Hot Dog at a tamale restaurant? You create a Sonoran Hot Dog tamale.

The good news is that it is good. The bad news is it isn’t a regular on the menu.

But if it is give this unique approach to a Sonoran dog a try. An all-beef hot dog sauteed in bacon, chopped onion, tomato, green chile and spices. Then wrap it in corn masa with cheese and pinto beans.

The Tucson Tamale Company combines a tamale and Sonoran dog all in one. OMG!

Wild Dogs

sonoran hot dogs tucson azIf you find yourself going to Kartchner Caverns then head for Benson.

As the name implies, this place is all hot dogs. But they do have a Sonoran Hot Dog on the menu.

The Sonoran hot dog at Wild Dogs comes with refried beans and guacamole.

Putting A Rap On The Sonoran Hot Dog – And We Don’t Mean The Casing

By crossing of the border in the 1980s, the Sonoran hot dog has achieved cult status in Tucson.

Not to mention southern Arizona.

The bacon-wrapped hot dog in a the bolillo roll is a reflection of the great southwest.

Covered with flavors of the America/Mexico border communities. Beans, chopped tomatoes, onion, mustard, jalapeno sauce, and mayonnaise.

Its your choice, pile them on.

And to whoever came up with this master piece, we say thank you.

And whether you try one from a street vendor, a trailer on a vacant lot or a restaurant doesn’t matter. Give one a try!

You might find the Sonoran Hot Dog is so good, it might be illegal.

Considering A Home In Tucson, AZ?

Are you thinking of buying a home in 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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We are here to help you “know what you need to know” to buy a home in Tucson, AZ. We provide you information on Tucson events, places to shop and restaurants. Our resources include contractors, electricians, and home services. We will also help you get deals on tile and paint to make the home you buy yours. Our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!

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Conclusion

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Pros And Cons Of Living In Arizona – Tucson That Is!

Pros And Cons Of Living In Arizona – Tucson Arizona That Is!

A List Of Biased Pros And Cons Of Living In Arizona – Tucson Is Our Home

Pros and cons of living in arizona Tucson AzWhat are the Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona? Pros and cons about any place are in the eye of the beholder.  Therefore, there are pros and cons about living anywhere.

A Bit About Arizona

Arizona has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Tucson has 350 days. That means there is almost never a rain out for any outdoor activity.

Arizona is the 6th largest area in the United States. That means temperatures change a lot depending on where you are in the State. So one of the Pros and Cons of living in Arizona is the weather.

In northern Arizona, Flagstaff has big seasonal temperature changes throughout the year. Even snow in the winter months. Actually, loads of snow. There is even a Flagstaff winter festival – Winterfest. Winterfest is Flagstaff’s 28-day winter extravaganza held in February.

Southern Arizona weather has milder winters and warmer summers. Tucson is in southern Arizona. Phoenix isn’t, but some say it is.

Tucson Is In Southern AZ

In Tucson, there are over 350 days of sunshine. Yes, the summer season is warm. OK, let’s say hot! But not near as hot as Phoenix gets! Humidity is low and you don’t have to shovel the sunshine.

Tucson’s elevation ranges from 2,400 to 3,000 feet above sea level depending on where you are. Phoenix is at an elevation of 1,100 feet. That elevation difference means Tucson is 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the summer.

As the pros and cons of living in Arizona go, the weather is a big reason people decide on to live in Tucson, Arizona. Three months of hot summer days aren’t bad for nine months of great weather.

As a Top Tucson Realtor team, we live in Tucson AZ and love it! We think Tucson is the only place to live in Arizona. But we help people find a home everywhere in southern Arizona, Phoenix and other cities.

The Pros and Cons of Living In Arizona or anywhere else come from each person’s perspective.  We love Tucson and enjoy living here. So, we have a bias. With that said, here are our pros and cons of living in Arizona – Tucson AZ that is! Tucson AZ is the best city in Arizona!

Top 5 Pros In The Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona – Tucson

1. Mountains. If you feel you are home anytime you see mountains, you’ll be completely captivated in by Tucson. Five mountain ranges surround Tucson.

2. Sunsets. The combination of the Sonora Desert landscape and Mountain creates amazing sunsets. Tucson is a place where you can end each day with artistic sunset. Vivid colors, wispy clouds and shimmering rays of sunlight. Simply magnificent!

3. Weather. This can only be a pro in the pros and cons of living in Arizona. Especially Tucson. What can be bad about lots of sunny days? We have them – 350 days a year. We can get over 100 degrees in the summer months, but the rest of the year is fantastic. Warm days, cool evenings and lots of sunshine. Oh, I said that already.

And many people believe summer weather in Tucson is hot. And summer day highes will definitely have temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees. BUT compared to other Arizona cities, Tucson is cooler. Why? Elevation and low humidity. See how Tucson ranks against other popular Arizona cities…HERE.

You can check out the monthly high and low temperatures – HERE.

4. Sunshine! In Tucson, you won’t get the cloudy day blues. Tucson boasts 350+ glorious days of sunshine. Clear sky, a few puffy clouds, and the sunshine. What else could you want?

5. Fresh Air. Tucson rankings in the top cities with clean air. It is one of the 5 Cities with the Best Air Quality in the U.S. (2013). It ranked #1  for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for 24-hour particle pollution (American Lung Association – 2013) and one of the Top 25 cleanest county’s (Pima) for Year-Round Particle Pollution (American Lung Assoc. State of the Air 2015).

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Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona – Tucson – For Active People

6. Bikers Heaven. In 2014, Bustle placed Tucson #7 among the 10 Best Cities in the U.S. For People Who Love to Ride. Tucson ranked #12 in the Bicycle Magazine’s list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities (2012). Outdoor Magazine gave it to honor of Best Road Biking City in 2010. Tucson has over 100 miles of surface trails for biking and running.

7. Runner’s euphoria. Miles and miles of surface trails make Tucson a dream come true for cyclist and runners. Runners can choose from flat trails to steep winding trails. The mild weather (start early in the summer) means you can go for a run every day. There are also organized marathons, 1/2 marathons and 5ks throughout the year.

8. Hiker’s Dream. There are many great hiking trails within the city limits. And the mountains and foothills provide a chance to hike and explore. No need to drive an hour!

9. Golfer Paradise. Perfect weather and lots of challenging courses give golfers the opportunity to play. Join a country club or tee it up on one of the daily fee courses. But play away!

10. Swimming. With 350+ days of sunshine, Tucson is a great place for swimmers. Community pools and aquatic centers abound. Both aquatic athletics poolside lounging are easy to find.

11. Rock Climbing. Remember the mountain ranges surrounding Tucson? Well, they make every rock climbers heart beat faster.

The Pros And Cons Of Living In Arizona – Tucson – Being Out and About

12. Food Scene. After all that exercise, you’ll be happy to know that Tucson’s food scene continues to excel. Especially Downtown. You will be in for a treat with the number of downtown dining spots. No matter what your food fix is, you will find it in Tucson, AZ.

13. The University of Arizona. The U of A is a Pacific Conference powerhouse. You name it, they play it! And play it well. Basketball, Football, Baseball, Tennis, Softball. The list goes on.

14. Mexican Food. This is already covered in “food scene”. But the choices of Mexican food are limitless in Tucson. And we mean real Mexican Food. From the lighter Sonora style, street tacos, and burritos with lots of cheese. Oh, and consider a Sonora dog for lunch. One of a kind!

The Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona – Tucson – About The Area

15. Monsoons. The monsoon season is from early July to mid-September. When conditions are right, clouds build up over the mountains in the early afternoon. Then around 2 to 3 PM, it rains. Actually, it can pour. But not everywhere. One block can have a downpour, and across the street, the sun is shining. After the rain, more sunshine and a beautiful sunset.

16. NO Natural Disasters. Tucson and Southern Arizona aren’t known for natural disasters. During the monsoon season, there will be “sheet” flooding in some areas. But NO hurricanes, tornadoes, haboobs, earthquakes or floods. Tucson has felt the effect of earthquakes in Mexico and California, but none has been local.

A study in June 2018 by Bloomberg News indicated home values in high risk area for natural disasters have declined over the 2007 to 2017 period. Or increased less than low risk areas.

By the way, haboobs do occur in the greater Phoenix area. So, if you are considering Phoenix, stand ready during the summer monsoon season for the haboobs.

17. Fewer Bugs. Tucson’s elevation and dry climate make it a poor habit for bugs. Yes, there are gnats in the spring and occasional fly, but the mosquito is almost non-existent. Unlike most other areas, you can play outdoors and not have pesky little things flying around.

People And Places

18. Nice People. Tucson is one happy place. People love it here and want to show everyone why. With few cloudy days and 350 days of sunshine, how could anyone be blue?

19. Close To Other Great Places. 7 hours to San Diego and Sea World, 7 hours to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Palm Springs 5.5 hours. Grand Canyon 5 hours. 4 hours to Rocky Point in Mexico. There are lots of interesting places to visit within hours of Tucson AZ.

20. Winter Skiing On Mt. Lemmon. Yes, you can be skiing within 1 to 2 hours of Tucson during the winter. Mt. Lemmon, as an elevation of 9,200 ft has black diamond ski runs. Mt. Lemmon is also a popular summer getaway. With the elevation, the temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees cooler.

Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona – Tucson – Local Scenes 

21. Desert Vistas. Not only is Tucson surrounded by 5 mountain ranges, it is in the Sonora Desert. The desert views are special. And the sunsets are spectacular.

22. Stargazing. Tucson observes low light pollution rules; unlike Phoenix. That means the stars are in your face. Also, since most evenings are crystal clear one can see the stars with the naked eye. For the more serious stargazers, get a telescope or visit Kitt Peak Observatory near Tucson. Even the less expensive telescope will let you see lots of faraway stars.

23. 4th Largest Book Festival in the USA. Be sure to mark your calendar every spring for the 4th largest book festival in the USA! Book signings!

Pros and Cons of Living in Arizona – Tucson – Its Easy and Interesting

24. Easy Access Around Downtown. The Tucson Streetcar system launched in 2014. It provides easy access throughout the downtown area. Park your car, buy a pass and see the sites. It’s easy!

25. Colorful Architecture. The central neighborhoods of Tucson have homes dating back to the early 1900’s. Artsy bungalows, row houses, cottages, adobe, and ranch-style homes populate the historic areas of Tucson.

26. Comfortable Casual Living. Tucson is pretty “laid” back. Yes, business people wear suits and ties. During the winter months. Summer is Friday casual all the time.

Last, But Not Least

27. Affordable Home Choices. Tucson has affordable housing. Median home price in July 2016 was $178,000. And yes, there is something for everyone. Homes for first time home buyers or Condo/Townhouse living. There are Mid-Century homes and historic neighborhoods. And of course, luxury $1 million plus home communities.

Affordable housing and the cost of living is lower than most other cities of its size.

  • The cost of living in Tucson is 5% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Tucson is 8% lower than the national average.
  • Tucson housing cost is 22% lower than the national average.

What more could you want?

So how about the Cons in the Pros And Cons of living in Arizona – Especially Tucson

1. No Fast Paced Living. Let’s get this straight. Tucson isn’t New York, Chicago or Los Angels. Phoenix is a much faster pace place. So, if you want to be on the fringe of a nervous breakdown, Tucson may not be for you.

2. No Freeways. There is only one freeway in Tucson, AZ. The I-10. It runs from the northwest to southeast side of Tucson. Travel in Tucson is on surface streets with a 45 MPH limit. Guess what? Traffic moves well.

3. Resort Destination. Tucson is a winter resort destination. Visitors and snowbirds flock to the area.That means lines in the restaurants, more cars in the parking lots and traffic on the streets.But guess what! Nobody cares. It is a resort destination every day, no matter who is here. We love it!

We are sure there are other Cons, but no matter what they are the Pros far outnumber them. And if these Pros and Cons aren’t enough to convince you to move to Tucson, then here are more reasons to consider why Tucson may be right for you.

Considering A Home In Tucson, Arizona?

Are you thinking of buying a home in 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 team, 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.

Interested in new construction? We’ll brief you on buying a new construction home. And what’s unique about the process.

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. We provide you information on Tucson events, places to shop and restaurants. Our resources include contractors, electricians, and home services. We will also help you get deals on tile and paint to make the home you buy yours. Our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!

Conclusion

There are pros and cons of living in Arizona as there are in other places. But in our view, the pros of living in Tucson far outweighs the cons. Tucson, AZ is a great place to live. So pack your bags and get moving to Arizona. Tucson, that is.

So if you are considering a move to Arizona, please consider Tucson, AZ. No matter why you are moving – job, education, new scenery or future place to retire.

Thank you for visiting www.premiertucsonhomes.com! It’s one of the top real estate websites in Tucson. Our clients say that, not us.

Our website provides information on communities and neighborhoods in the greater Tucson area. Want more? Give us a call – 520-940-4541. We are ready to answer your questions and help you get the information you are looking for.

We are a top Realtor duo in Tucson, AZ since 2002. Read our client testimonials. Give us a call. We look forward to making your home buying or selling a home an enjoyable experience for YOU!

Put Tucson on your list. And when you do, give us a call. We can help you find your “perfect” home in Tucson, AZ.

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City Of Tucson AZ

The City Of Tucson AZ

Tucson AZ – Modern Lifestyles In The Heart Of The Old West

The City Of Tucson AZ LightsTucson AZ is in southern Arizona about 90 miles south of Phoenix. And to the south, the Mexican border is 75 miles away.

Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona. But Phoenix is more well known due to its size and as the Capital of Arizona.

For this reason, Tucson AZ has flown under the radar in many ways. It remains a hidden gem as a place to live, winter or to retire too. Tucson embraces its history and cultural heritage.

As a matter of fact, southern Arizona and the Tucson area are one of the oldest inhabited areas in North America. Long before Spanish soldiers arrived in the 1600’s, Hohokam Indians farmed the area. Yes, farmed in the Sonora Desert Valley that surrounds Tucson.

For 4,000 years the Hohokam’s built villages close to streams and the region’s rich bottom land. Furthermore, these Tuscon Basin villagers were part of the larger Hohokam world.

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Canals

Also, the Hohokam established significant trading centers throughout the southwest. And are the original builders of the canal system around the Phoenix area.

These ancient canals were rebuilt by Mormon pioneer settling in the Lehi area of Mesa, Arizona.

The name of the city “Tucson” also comes from the Pima Indians, direct descendants of the Hohokam’s.

At the foot of “A Mountain” west of the downtown Tucson AZ, is the site of Pima Indian village called “Schuk-shon”. The name means “the place at the foot of the Black Mountain”. The Spanish who inhabited the area in the early 1700’s pronounced it “Tucson”.

Spain’s Role In Tucson

Tucson AZ San Xavier MissionAs Spain expanded its position in the world, they sent soldiers and priests to Mexico. A country they owned at that time.

From there they moved north into America. Much of what is now the southwest United States was under Spanish rule.

Along with the soldiers, came Father Francisco Kino. He established the Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1699. It was a work in progress for almost 100 years. Being completed in 1797.

Another great work is the Mission San Agustin, a “visita” of San Xavier. This smaller mission sits on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River. The construction of the mission and the convento started in 1757. It took 33 years to complete construction and completed in 1790’s.

In 1775, Hugo O’Conor established the Tucson Presidio. That year marked the official birth date of the City of Tucson AZ.

Tucson was part of Mexico when it fought for independence from Spain in 1821. With the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, Tucson AZ became part of the United States.

Gadsden Purchase

The end of the Mexican-American in 1848 established the border between the countries. Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The U.S/Mexican border ran along the Gila River.

It is important to realize that the Gila River is south of Phoenix. And for this reason, what is now southern Arizona and the City of Tucson belonged to Mexico.

In 1862, the U.S. Government’s also decided to build the transcontinental railroad. In light of that, planning for two railroad lines began.

One with a central Route through the United States. And a second Southern route through Arizona and New Mexico.

But the treaty with Mexico meant the railroad needed to run north of the Gila River. The mountains in this area make the cost of the rail line more expensive.

For this reason, the Gadsden Purchase came about. It moved the U.S border farther south. And made building the southern transcontinental railroad cheaper and faster.

To be sure, without the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, Tucson AZ might still be part of Mexico.

Railroads, Silver, And Gold

Of equal importance, the Southern Railroad route was critical to settling the southwest.

In 1877 silver was discovered in southern Arizona near the Goose Flats. It was one of the largest silver finds of the time.

In a like manner, the growth of the mining industry created a population boom. And Tucson, along with other Arizona towns, began to grow.

The Journey To Now

Arizona became an official territory in 1863. And between 1867 and 1877, Tucson AZ was the territorial capital.
In 1880, Tucson’s population reached 8,000. The driver of this growth was the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. The last state on the 48 states in the continental United States.

By 1950 Tucson’s population reaches 120,000. And by 1960 it doubled to 220,000. Not only was this growth driven by copper mining, but also by new technology. Air Conditioning!

By 1990, Tucson AZ is the 33rd largest U.S. city with a population over 400,000. And the 2010 census estimated the population of the City of Tucson at 526,000.

And coupled with the growth in the City Of Tucson, so did the greater metro area. The 2010 census estimated the population of the Tucson metro area to be 980,000.

And the 2017 estimated population for the Tucson metro area is over 1 million.

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Things To Know About Living In The Tucson AZ Metro Area

 

Tucson AZ Historic Neighborhoods

A Perfect Blend Of Desert And Mountains

The Sonora Desert Valley is a unique setting for the City of Tucson AZ. Tucson and its neighboring communities exist in a natural desert landscape. But the surrounding mountain ranges create a stunning backdrop.

Each of the five mountain ranges is distinct. From the soft rolling slopes of the Tortolita mountains in the north. To the tall and jagged ridges of the Catalina Mountains. The mountains create a unique and distinctive setting for the Town of Oro Valley.

The City of Tucson covers almost 600 square miles of desert landscape. The topography changes along with the mountain ranges based on where you are. This provides residents an array of natural landscapes, desert vistas, and mountain views.

The mountain ranges are a distinctive part of everyday life in the City of Tucson and metro area.

Tucson AZ And Southwest Home Decor

Weather

Tucson Weather is “Outstanding”. Tucson AZ boasts more than 350 days of sunshine every year. That makes it the sunniest city in the United States! OK, there may be some broken clouds.

Tucson weather has warm days and when the sun sets the evenings are cool and comfortable. Tucson weather in spring, fall & winter seasons provides mild temperatures that are legendary.

Summers can be hot. But the low humidity makes the high temperatures tolerable and the evenings pleasant.

A study by the NOAA stated Tucson AZ is one of the cooler cities in Arizona. That’s based on average summer temperatures, not being a “cool place” to live.

The Gulf Of California influences Tucson’s desert climate. The Gulf Of California is about 200 miles to the southwest. The summer moisture from the gulf creates summer monsoons.

What Is A Monsoon?

city of tucson az monsoonsOne of the frequent questions hear from our clients is “What is a monsoon?”

The word monsoon originates from the Arabic word mausim, which means season. For centuries traders sales the waters off the Arabian and Indian coasts.

They observed that dry northeast winds in the winter turned to the southwest in summer.

That change brought torrential rains to the Asian landmass.

In the Asian landmass and the Sonora Desert Valley of Tucson, these rains are beneficial. The desert wildlife and vegetation need water. Even the cacti.

These wind shifts are the mechanism for the monsoons in southern Arizona. For a most of the year, low-level winds of Tucson’s Sonora desert regions tend to blow from the land toward the sea.

In this case, the Sea is either the Gulf of California or Gulf of Mexico.

But in summer the winds shift from west to southeast. That brings moisture from the Gulf of California and Gulf of Mexico into the area.

Monsoon Season

The official period for monsoons in Tucson AZ is from June 15 to September 30. During this period prevailing winds switch from westerly to southeasterly. That wind shift brings more moisture in from the Gulf of California (mostly) and the Gulf of Mexico.

Coupled with the increased moisture is a higher dew point.

Most of Tucson’s summer days begin clear and warm. As the day progresses, giant clouds develop and tower high into the sky above the mountains. As the clouds rise, their temperatures cool.

Cooler temperatures combined with higher relative humidity creates the possibility of rain. Rain often dumping huge quantities of water in a very short time. These monsoon rains are very concentrated. One can drive from rain to no rain within a few blocks.

These “cloud bursts” will also be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and flash flooding. Flash flooding occurs as the rain comes off the mountains and collects in washes in the foothills of the mountains. As the water accumulates, it becomes deeper and moves faster. Real Fast!

Always observe the signs that says “Do Not Enter When Flooded”!

Tucson AZ Events, Attractions And Things To Do

The City Of Tucson offers an incredible array of things to do.

Places to dine, annual events, entertainment, sports and, yes, shopping.

The weather in Tucson AZ means outdoor activities take place the year around. Golf, hiking, cycling are available every day. Activities and events are rarely canceled due to weather.

Yes, it is warm in the summer, but you don’t have to shovel the sunshine! There are lots of things to do in Tucson – TAKE A LOOK!

Restaurants

Tucson Az Restaurant Oro Valley AZUnlike many cities, there isn’t a “restaurant row” in Tucson. But great Tucson Restaurants can be found throughout the Tucson AZ Metro Area. That means a little planning maybe required before heading out to dinner at a just discovered restaurant. Google Maps or Waze are handy tools.

The restaurant scene in Tucson has everything from small local eateries to Multi-Star Fine Dining.

For a great dining experience in Tucson, try the Hacienda Del Sol. Our special place.

You can sit on the patio or take a table in the main dining room. No matter the location the food and services is always a great experience.

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Shopping In Tucson AZ

Tucson provides a wide range of shopping options to meet the needs of everyone. From local stores on 4th Avenue to large shopping malls.

And during the winter season, there are lots of art fairs to explore.

The University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is in the central area of Tucson AZ. It is a downtown campus and brings a vibrant lifestyle to the area.
In a like manner, U of A athletics plays an important role in the City of Tucson. Basketball, football, baseball, and women’s softball teams are all top 20 NCAA teams.

The downtown area lots of options for student housing. Condo and townhouse may provide a good investment and student housing.

Tucson Lifestyles And Other Information

Tucson AZ Is Ranked In Top 10 Best Small cities In the U.S.

There are a lot of things to like about living in Tucson Arizona. Whether it is in the City of Tucson or one of the neighboring communities.

We picked Tucson AZ over five other western cities. And we never looked back.

But we aren’t the only ones who think Tucson is a great place to live. In Fact, BestCities.org ranked Tucson THE Best Small City in the Continental U.S.

Honolulu ranked first in the U.S., but it’s a bit offshore and expensive.

Whether you’re looking for a better job, a winter home or a place to retire to. Tucson has it all.

What makes Tucson AZ the Best Small City? It’s a large enough to have an endless list of things to do, but small enough to be very comfortable and friendly. Take a few minutes and enjoy some of the unique scenes and attractions Tucson has to offer – HERE!

And For Those Considering Where To Retire

Everyone knows Arizona is at the top of the list of states to retire..

Bankrate.com surveyed “seniors” living in cities across the United States. They were asked what they felt was important in making their decision on the best place to retire. Considerations included:

  • Cost of living
  • Weather
  • Crime rate
  • Healthcare
  • Tax rates
  • Walkability
  • Well being ( the warm fussy feeling)

The results identified three of the four top best cities to retire were in Arizona.

1. Phoenix Metro ( this include Mesa and Scottsdale, AZ)
2. Prescott
3. Tucson AZ

55+ Communities

The idea for 55+ communities started in Arizona when Del Webb developed Sun City Arizona. It was not only the first 55+ community in Arizona, it was the first in the United States. Sun City, Arizona opened on New Year’s Day 1960.

It is hard to believe, but 100,000 visitors toured the property during the first weekend. And 400 homes sold during the first month. 2,000 in the first year. Today, it is one of Arizona’s largest 55+ communities with 26,000 homes and 40,000 full and part-time residents.

Along with the homes, Sun City has 11 golf courses and countless amenities and social clubs. The demand for adult communities is as strong as it was in 1960.

Arizona and Florida have built 55+ communities for retired “boomers” and future retirees. Florida boasts over three hundred 55+ communities. Florida has more to meet the demand from the megalopolis in the Northeast.

Arizona has over one hundred 55+ communities. And almost half of those are in Tucson AZ and Southern Arizona.

Neighboring Communities Of Tucson AZ

> Town Of Oro Valley

tucson az town of oro valleyThe Town of Oro Valley is 15 to 20 minutes north of Tucson AZ. It is also recognized as one of the top ten places to live or to retire too.

Oro Valley Arizona appears in two different best places lists in the same year. Now the studies were by Nerdwallet and published on www.nerdwallet.com.

One study ranked Oro Valley as the No. 1 Best Place For Young Families in Arizona. Another ranked Oro Valley No. 4 on the list of best places to retire in the United States. MAP

I guess that means you should come to Oro Valley Arizona as soon as you can and stay forever. But many residents of Oro Valley already knew that.

The study found that No. 1 ranked Oro Valley, Arizona is a dynamic center of education and research. It is a regional center for the biotech industry that provides higher paying jobs.

The median income for Oro Valley households is about 50% higher than the US median income. Oro Valley has a #1 safety ranking by the FBI for cities in Arizona.

Oro Valley’s BASIS Charter School is ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the US.

> Dove Mountain

tucson az Dove Mountain Dove Mountain is in the Town Of Marana. The opening of a Ritz Carlton Resort in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains put it on the map.

Marana is northwest of Tucson AZ about 5 miles east off the I-10 freeway on Tangerine Rd. – MAP

Marana subdivisions including Dove Mountain offer starter homes to luxury million dollar estates.

For one thing, homes in Dove Mountain sit on the ridges of Tortolita Mountains. The soft rolling topography creates stunning sunset views and desert vistas.

Development in Dove Mountain began in 1996. Now there are over 4,000 homes in 25 neighborhoods. And more are being built each day.

As a master planned community, Dove Mountain homes are all 1 story. Builders build low-density communities. Large areas of the desert landscape are set aside to enhance the tranquil setting.

City Of Tucson Area Compared To Other Arizona Cities

Direct Flights To Tucson AZ

Tucson International Airport serves almost 3.6 million passengers a year. For visitors to Tucson, the official Tucson AZ airport code is TUS.

Tucson International Airport’s main terminal has two concourses.

  • Concourse A has 9 gates
  • Concourse B has 11 gates.

There are 6 primary carriers serving Tucson International Airport. All ticketing occurs on the upper level. This level provides access for passenger departures.

If you are parking your car the main parking lot outside the terminal is very convenient. But Expensive. More than the remote lots or the private off airport parking.

The 6 primary carriers provide none stop service to many destinations. Connecting flight are often needed for east coast and international destinations.

Not only is Tucson International available, but the Phoenix International Airport is only 75 to 90 minutes away.

Water

Tucson AZ Water is a frequent topic for people thinking of moving to Tucson. Supply and quality of Tucson water are the specific questions.

The BIG question first! Tucson has enough water! Tucson’s water supply is more than adequate for today and the foreseeable future. There is no water shortage in Tucson.

Tucson Water comes from wells across the Tucson area. And Tucson sits on top of an aquifer. The size of the aquifer is gigantic.

Research suggests it will provide Tucson water for many years. Tucson water is also supplied from the Colorado River.

Water from the Colorado River to the aquifer via the Central Arizona Project (CAP). This is a canal that runs through the middle of Arizona.
Although Tucson has plenty of water, water conservation is important. At the present time, there are no water restrictions in place. As in California and a few other states.

That said, attention to water preservation practices are important.

Considering A Home In Tucson AZ?

Are you thinking of buying a home in 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 AZ 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.

Interested in new construction? We’ll brief you on buying a new construction home. And what’s unique about the process.

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. We provide you information on Tucson events, places to shop and restaurants. Our resources include contractors, electricians, and home services. We will also help you get deals on tile and paint to make the home you buy yours. Our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!

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Thinking about selling a home in the Tucson AZ area?

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, 80% 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.

We use multiple online marketing channels to showcase your home. 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 in your 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 and our marketing program to “get your home sold!”

Conclusion

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