Tucson has so much going for it. The weather is cooler than Phoenix, there is a strong, vibrant retirement community, the cost of living is not too high and, depending on where you live, the crime rate is moderate. The mean listing price for the Tucson area is $159,950 and rents average $900 per month. We know several people from Washington State who have purchased a second home down there and are so happy they’ve got a winter place to retire in Tucson, Arizona! Pack up the car and drive down, stay the winter, and drive back home.
We found this nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with 1,270 square feet for $150,000. This has all the appliances, a covered patio with landscaping. Built in 2004.
When my Dad bought a winter park model in Arizona, he bought a second car and left it down there in his very well equipped home. Come fall, he’d pack up the dog and his laptop and fly down for the winter. When it got too hot, he’d fly back north.
So let’s talk Tucson. This is the high desert at 2,643 feet and surrounded by several mountain ranges. Interstate 10 which runs from Santa Monica, CA to Jacksonville, FL runs right through Tucson. The town is 118 miles south of Phoenix, but has its own big airport. While the summers can get to 100 degrees for days on end, the winters run between 65 and 75 degrees F. The most rainfall, which is very little, is in June and July.
Tucson is a mix of old and new architecture, a college town (University of Arizona) with parks, the wild west, galleries and museums, modern shopping venues, Native American Culture and sites, fabulous resorts, golf courses, and nature preserves. Tucson is an artists town with festivals, indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibits.
One of the most interesting things to do in town is visit the B-52 boneyard at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. While still an active base, it also houses the surplus decommissioned aircraft and has an amazing history. The Pima Air and Space Museum is a must see.
When you are missing real trees, drive up the Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway for a fabulous view. Take your camera!
Another place to visit is the Saguaro National Park in the foothills of east Tucson. There is a visitors center where you can learn about Saguaro cactus and how it retains water and has survived in this area for millennia. You can also see prehistoric rock petroglyphs.
Winters are amazing. Imagine sitting outside on your veranda (in January) at sunset, having a margarita in your short sleeves! This is so much better than shoveling snow!
Zoom in and out on the map below to see roads and attractions!