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Old 08-15-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Our family wil be relocating to Tucson in a few months and plan to rent prior to purchasing. The two areas that we are considering are a Rancho Vistoso neighborhood very near Catalina State Park, and what looks like a nice neighborhood near Ina and Shannon, near the Pima community college.

We have a toddler and a dog and are fairly outdoorsy and enjoy jogging/walking in the neighborhood as well as hiking. We also like museums, plays, etc. We want something safe yet not too far removed from activities. Also seeking recommendations on finding nearby quality montessori/preschools and other toddler-oriented activities.

Thank you for any information you can provide about these areas, it is hard making these decisions long-distance with just pictures to guide us!
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Thank you for any information you can provide about these areas, it is hard making these decisions long-distance with just pictures to guide us!
Either area should fit all of your needs and wants, AspenSky.

However, commuting is Tucson is anything but a "piece of cake" so where you plan to be working is very important. The two areas you have found are considered far North or Northwest. As an example, if your employment is on the far East or Southeast side of town you may be spending more time in your vehicle than your home.

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Old 08-15-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Oro Valley AZ.
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Our family wil be relocating to Tucson in a few months and plan to rent prior to purchasing. The two areas that we are considering are a Rancho Vistoso neighborhood very near Catalina State Park, and what looks like a nice neighborhood near Ina and Shannon, near the Pima community college.

We have a toddler and a dog and are fairly outdoorsy and enjoy jogging/walking in the neighborhood as well as hiking. We also like museums, plays, etc. We want something safe yet not too far removed from activities. Also seeking recommendations on finding nearby quality montessori/preschools and other toddler-oriented activities.

Thank you for any information you can provide about these areas, it is hard making these decisions long-distance with just pictures to guide us!
As Bummer said, both areas would fit your needs. I live by Rancho Vistoso, and as you mentioned Catalina State Park is nearby with hiking trails etc. In addition there is a fairly new Oro Valley park just a couple miles away down on Lambert, Riverfront Park lots of acitivties there. Very close to all the major amenities shopping/restaurant wise. There is also a new BASIS School set to open this fall. At the Ina / Shannon area there is a park off of Mona Lisa which is right behind Pima CC. with a dog park. Also at Ina/Shannon is a Montesorri School! The Ina/Shannon location is closer to town and would allow for quicker access to other areas of Tucson. Just depends on your own likes and needs. Renting first makes a lot of sense, learn all the different areas and then decide what is the best fit for your family.

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Old 08-15-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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Our family wil be relocating to Tucson in a few months and plan to rent prior to purchasing. The two areas that we are considering are a Rancho Vistoso neighborhood very near Catalina State Park, and what looks like a nice neighborhood near Ina and Shannon, near the Pima community college.

We have a toddler and a dog and are fairly outdoorsy and enjoy jogging/walking in the neighborhood as well as hiking. We also like museums, plays, etc. We want something safe yet not too far removed from activities. Also seeking recommendations on finding nearby quality montessori/preschools and other toddler-oriented activities.

Thank you for any information you can provide about these areas, it is hard making these decisions long-distance with just pictures to guide us!
I live right in the Ina and Shannon area and it is a VERY nice area, you will love it here. There's a superwalmart very nearby and a Sam's Club not too far too as well as a nice library. It is a nice safe area.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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Either area should fit all of your needs and wants, AspenSky.

However, commuting is Tucson is anything but a "piece of cake" so where you plan to be working is very important. The two areas you have found are considered far North or Northwest. As an example, if your employment is on the far East or Southeast side of town you may be spending more time in your vehicle than your home.

GOOD LUCK
That is so true, another part of Tucson is like a whole other city as far as distance is concerned. Tucson is huge! Everything is spread out here, but it's nice.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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That is so true, another part of Tucson is like a whole other city as far as distance is concerned. Tucson is huge! Everything is spread out here, but it's nice.
Yep, I do feel like I go on a day trip when I need to go to your neck of the woods. Sometimes I get on I-10 if at least the destination is closer to it, as I live about 6 miles N of it. Now that the freeway is finally back to normal, the drive is at least less irritating. The mileage may be more, but it's worth it sometimes.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Thank you all for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully! We think we'll rent in the Ina/Shannon neighborhood for now. Both areas do seem to offer a lot for our family, but I think Ina/Shannon will give us a greater opportunity to more readily explore North/NW Tucson neighborhoods. It is also closer to work and the freeway which, judging from your comments is pretty important! I also like the idea of a library, dog park, bike paths, etc, within close proximity. We are looking forward to getting to know Tucson!!! Thank you so much again.
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