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About Catalina Foothills

The Catalina Foothills community lies in the southern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountain range. This upscale area, which is home to one of the top-15 highest per-capita income demographics in the US, offers gorgeous homes set against a dramatic landscape. The community was first developed in the 1920s, and architectural styles range from Spanish colonial to modernist in design. The area stretches from north of River Road to the southern border of the Coronado National Forest’s Santa Catalina Ranger District, and from east of Oracle Road to west of Sabino Creek. For such a large section of the Tucson metropolitan area, the population is only about 53,000 people, and is comprised of families and senior citizens, as well as University of Arizona students and young professionals.

Points of Interest in Oro Valley

  • Arts: Art lovers will enjoy Catalina Foothills’ galleries, which feature predominantly southwestern art. These include the famed DeGrazia Gallery, as well as the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery and the Medicine Man Gallery. The Flying Leap Vineyards tasting room also features contemporary art by local artists. 

  • Churches: Catalina Foothills is home to several churches, including the progressive Christian Unity Church of Tucson, St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, and the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. Northminster Presbyterian, the Catalina Church of Midtown, and Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal are also just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

  • Dining: Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely brunch at The Grill at the Hacienda del Sol, a burger and a shake at Zinburger, or dinner and drinks at Caffe Torino, Catalina Foothills boasts a vibrant array of dining. Foodies aren’t the only ones whose taste buds will delight in the community’s restaurant offerings, which include burgers, sushi, bars, steakhouses, gastropubs, Italian, Mexican, and New American cuisine. 

  • Schools: Three school districts serve the Catalina Foothills community: Amphitheater Public Schools, Catalina Foothills School District, and Tucson Unified School District. Of the three high schools in these districts, Newsweek Magazine has rated Amphitheater Public Schools’ Canyon del Oro High School in the Top 5 percent of US public schools. The Catalina Foothills district has also had one of the highest percentages in Arizona of students exceeding reading and math standards on standardized tests.

  • Shopping: A wide variety of grocery stores are situated in Catalina Foothills, including an AJs Fine Foods, Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and Bashas’. Trader Joe’s is also close by in the neighboring Campus Farm community. For clothing, household, specialty goods, and other needs, the La Encantada shopping center offers everything from Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma to Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. 

  • Sports and Recreation: Recreational activities are available in spades in this community, with tennis, golf, mountain biking, hiking, and yoga nearby. The Rillito River Park runs right through the community, and the bordering wilderness areas include Bear Canyon, Pima Canyon, Sabino Canyon, and Ventana Canyon. The Skyline Country Club and Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club, as well as several private gyms and fitness studios, offer both indoor and outdoor activities. Four of Tucson’s resorts are also situated in Catalina Foothills: Loews Ventana Canyon, the Westin La Paloma, Hacienda Del Sol, and Canyon Ranch. Westward Look is also just outside the community’s borders.

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Why buy real estate in the Catalina Foothills

With fine dining, luxury shopping, well-maintained homes, and breathtaking nature, Catalina Foothills is the crème de la crème of Tucson’s communities. Whether you enjoy outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, and golf, or indoor activities like barre, yoga, and shopping, there’s an activity to fit your interests in Catalina Foothills. The commingling of wild beauty with sparsely populated, high-style living in Catalina Foothills makes this community a spectacular spot to call home for arts enthusiasts, foodies, and nature lovers alike.


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