Welcome back to the Weidner’s Best City List series!
Ranking #9 on the Weidner list and #62 on the U.S. News Best Places to Live, Tucson is situated in Arizona’s serene Sonoran Desert and offers residents a small-town feel with all the conveniences of big city living.
Artists and residents alike adore this city for its scenic backdrop and dramatic mountain ranges that surround this sprawling city. Much of the architecture dates back to the 19th century with restored mansions in the El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses that dominate the Barrio Historico district.
The International Festivals & Events Association recently announced that Tucson is among nine worldwide cities recognized as 2017 recipients of its IFEA World Festival & Event City award. “The award was created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide.” Tucson is also the host of the annual Gem & Mineral Show.
Hovering at just over a half-million residents, Tucson offers a wide variety of entertainment, shopping, dining and outdoor excursions.
Things to Do, See, and Taste
Outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty of adventures to choose from in Tucson. Sabina Canyon, Catalina State Park, and the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway are all rich in picturesque landscape and are a great way to appreciate the unique beauty of the desert. The Arizona Desert-Sonora Museum boasts a museum experience like no other with 85% of the experience being outdoors. Among their 97 acres, 47 are developed and curated, along with 2 miles of walking paths, 16 individual gardens, 1,200 native plant species and 56,000 individual plants.
Old Tucson is a favored hot spot as one of Arizona’s top Wild West attractions with live action stunt shows, musicals, vintage train rides and special events and is also the location backdrop for several western movies. More than 400 films and commercial productions have been filmed in Old Tucson.
The chef in the family will appreciate Tucson’s panache for Southwest foods. The Tucson Tamale Company, Café Poca Cosa, and El Charro Café are among the local favorite eateries, as are Flying V Bar & Grill and Vivace Restaurant.
You won’t have to travel far from any of our apartments in Tucson to indulge in some retail therapy. Catering to styles all its own, the city offers an eclectic blend of thrift shops, boutique shops and upscale shopping malls including La Encantada Mall, Tucson Mall, and Tucson Premium Outlets.
Education and Employment
Home to the University of Arizona, Pima College and the Southwest University of Visual Arts. Three of Tucson’s schools were named among the top in the nation: “Basis Tucson North and Basis Oro Valley were ranked the third- and sixth-best schools in the country, respectively, while University High School was ranked No. 24. The list, published annually by U.S. News & World Report, evaluates data on more than 21,500 public high schools to identify which are best at preparing students for college and careers.”
University of Arizona, Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the State of Arizona, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are among the top 5 employers in the city.
Weidner Communities in Tucson, AZ
Weidner offers several types of apartments in Tucson, ranging from Downtown Tucson living, pet-friendly apartments to luxury apartments in Tucson. Whether you are a professional seeking a quality one-bedroom near the office, a student who needs an apartment close to campus, or a family who needs a little space to grow, Weidner is pleased to say “welcome home!”
Visit Weidner Apartment Homes for a complete list of all our apartments in Tucson.
-The Weidner Team