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Old 10-29-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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Hi everyone! My fiance is considering a job opportunity in Tucson. We are both unfamiliar with this part of Arizona. The job would be near Wilmot and Broadway. I would love to get opinions about that area of town and whether it is safe, nice, etc. We currently live in a walking city and love it, so an apartment close to the fiance's work would be ideal.

So far I have stumbled across Finisterra, Veranda at Ventana, and El Dorado. Any word on these apartments? We're looking to pay no more than $1400/month and ideally looking for a place that's not too student-centric as we are both professionals.

Would appreciate any/all of your thoughts! Thanks in advance.

*My impression from this forum is that the Foothills area would be a good fit for our budget, but might be prohibitively far from the Park Mall area where my fiance will be working? Another (convenient) issue: "one" of us has a severe bug phobia, okay, it's me, so I assumed that anything near mountains would be problematic. Is that accurate?

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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The area is nice and while it's not really "walkable" per se (as in the handful of really walkable cities), there are many businesses around, in addition to the mall. In this stretch of Broadway, I'd live North of it. Your budget is more than decent for the rents in Tucson, so you’ll be fine.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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$1400 a month should get you an excellent place-and as far as a "bug" phobia, just make sure the landlord has the place sprayed before you move in. Or ask them when the last time it was sprayed for pests. I lived in LaQuinta at 5th/Wilmot; and the lady downstairs from me had SO much junk and papers and boxes that the cockroaches were everywhere. So it depends a lot of the routine mainmainence of the complex. Or- you can buy a bug bomb yourself before you move in and do it yourself if you want to know for sure that it's not going to be a problem. I lived in Tucson for years, and aside from that one experience-I never had a bug problem. Hope this helps you. Good luck, I wish it were me moving there.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:37 AM
 
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It's not a bad area... not really a great area, either... a little too much crime for my tastes. I would say that area is walkable enough--within two miles is quite a bit of shopping/dining/entertainment. For everything else there is the bus. A car would be even better....

I hope these help:
Tucson, AZ Crime Map - Showing Crimes in Tucson - Crime Statistics, Alerts and Reports - Crime Stops Here
Arizona Daily Star -- Crime Map
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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It's not a bad area... not really a great area, either... a little too much crime for my tastes. I would say that area is walkable enough--within two miles is quite a bit of shopping/dining/entertainment. For everything else there is the bus. A car would be even better....

I hope these help:
Tucson, AZ Crime Map - Showing Crimes in Tucson - Crime Statistics, Alerts and Reports - Crime Stops Here
Arizona Daily Star -- Crime Map
I've always found this particular map inaccurate, Ritchie, because even though the areas that look pristine are good, they're actually outside of the city limits and this map covers only the city crime.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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The great thing about renting is that you can move if you don't like it. I like that area, lots of resturants and stores. I don't live there but I go there every couple weeks
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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We just moved about 4-5 miles north of there this summer. We also drive to that area to go shopping, it seems very nice but I don't know how the apartments are to live there. I can talk about the bugs though, you are going to want to make sure the landlord has a pest control contract. A big part of it is killing crickets, beetles, etc because they are food for other nastier critters like spiders, snakes, scorpions etc. I agree with the earlier comment that renting is nice b/c you can use that as a test place and then once your there, you can figure out the city and pick a location that you would enjoy. And we LOVE tucson, we moved there from PA and the city, the mountains and the people are wonderful.
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