About Rancho Vistoso
In the northern part of Oro Valley lies Rancho Vistoso, a 7,500-acre planned community spread over 30 subdivisions in the shadow of the Santa Catalina mountain range. Since development began in the 1990s, more than 4,000 single-family homes and 581 multi-family homes have been built to complete this homeowner association-run planned area development. Affluent and well-groomed, Rancho Vistoso has been referred to as the ‘crown jewel’ of Arizona’s master planned communities. Its borders run from north of Tangerine Road to south of the Sun City Vistoso community, and west of Oracle Road to east of La Cholla Airpark. With everything from condominiums to million-dollar homes, a golf course, parks, and Oro Valley’s dining and shopping opportunities, Rancho Vistoso offers something for everyone—from children to active adults. (There is a small, gated retirement community, Vistoso Village, within the development’s limits, and the Sun City Vistoso active adult community is also now within the development’s northeastern limits.)
Points of Interest in Rancho Vistoso
Churches: Rancho Vistoso residents can attend religious services at the Vistoso Community Church, at Oro Valley’s Dove Mountain Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, and Chabad of Oro Valley, or at Tucson’s North Valley Baptist Church, to name a few. There are many more options for diverse religious leanings in Oro Valley, Tucson, and Marana.
Food and Dining: Oro Valley serves up sandwiches, steak, brunch, and bar food alongside Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines. From breakfast and brunch to dinner and drinks, Rancho Vistoso residents don’t have to venture too far from home to indulge in dining out. For groceries and other supplies, Oro Valley is also home to a Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fry’s, and Safeway.
Schools: The community is served by the Amphitheater School District, including BASIS High School. BASIS has been ranked one of the best and most challenging high schools in the country. There are also five private schools and several preschools in close proximity to Rancho Vistoso. Just 14 miles down the road, higher education needs can be met in Tucson at The University of Arizona or Pima Community College.
Shopping: Rancho Vistoso residents can fulfill their shopping needs in Oro Valley’s many convenience stores. From florists and hardware shops to Kohl’s and Target, it’s possible to scratch everything easily off of your to-do list when you live in Rancho Vistoso.
Sports and Recreation: With 18 holes of golf and two clubhouses, eight parks within the community limits, and the nearby Catalina State Park, Canada de Oro Riverfront Park, James D. Kreigh Park, and Tohono Chul Park, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to go around. Oro Valley also offers several gyms and an aquatic center, as well as spas, dance and theater venues, and cinemas. Nearby Tucson also has a thriving arts and nightlife scene.
Why buy in Rancho Vistoso
Rancho Vistoso puts its residents—not a team of outsiders—in control. With opportunities to get involved, meet other residents, and take part in community events, Rancho Vistoso is a thriving community. At the same time, it is a low-density development, so desert beauty abounds with stunning views of the Santa Catalina and Tortolita mountains, as well as the development’s beautifully manicured grounds. Desirable, conveniently located, and well-suited for families, Rancho Vistoso is the charming community you want to call home.