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Old 02-10-2008, 12:28 PM
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Hi there! I'm moving to Tucson in mid-April, and am looking for some opinions on the best places to live (rent) and play.

Info about me: 34 y/o single male, I'm not all about the party scene, but love to go out for a beer and enjoy the social scene now and again, love the outdoors and enjoy living in 'space', I'll be working downtown.

I'm coming from LA, and have also lived in Washington D.C., Denver, Orlando, and Tampa, so I've known some of the worst traffic...and I hear that Tucson can be pretty hairy.

Anyway, I'll make a trip about a month or so before I move to look for apartments, and am trying to narrow down the areas. I've visited Tucson twice, so I know a little about the area.

Right now I'm thinking about two areas: close to downtown/campus, or the Catalina Foothills. I'd love to live close to work, as I believe that minimizing commutes, maximizes quality of life...plus there is at least some nightlife in the area. What do you think about that area? Would you recommend any specific areas near downtown? I liked the foothills because there is more space, the mountains right there, and there are more apartment complexes to choose from? Is there any nightlife in the foothills? IMPORTANT QUESTION: What should I expect in a commute?

Any other suggestions (and why do you suggest them)?

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Old 02-10-2008, 09:11 PM
Location: Southern Arizona
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WOW, Brian . . . lots of questions.

When you refer to "foothills" . . . exactly what do you mean?

Basically, anything heading towards the Catalinas is frequently referred to as "The Foothills" but that covers a broad range.

I live near the Tucson Mall and the commute to downtown is OK (depending on exactly where downtown you need to go). There are plenty of apartment complexes in the area as well as a few fun spots for socializing.

One point to keep in mind is if you live too close to the U of A, you'll need to learn to live with lots of college party stuff which is only fun if you're part of the fun. Otherwise not fun at all.

Good Luck
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:51 AM
Location: Marana, AZ
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A great area to consider for renting is the SWAN/SUNRISE area. Just to the west of that is "La Paloma", and they have an outstanding apartment complex that is very affordable for the area. From there it is about a 15-20min drive to the center of town and about the same drive to the freeway. Very accessible to just about every part of town, and every major attraction/mall/whatever!
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:53 PM
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I second the Swan/Sunrise area. It's gorgeous!

I've lived in Tucson most of my life and whenver I go back, my parents complain about traffic but to me it's a breeze! I've lived in LA and San Francisco, along with Austin now, and I think freeway traffic up north (Cortaro/Marana areas) may be hairy, but otherwise, I never find traffic to be a huge issue there.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Location: Tucson
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Hey there, traffic is quite good here, though we are in the midst of a major interstate reconstruction. I've seen worse traffic without construction taking place. WAY better than L.A.

Tucson's downtown is similar to L.A. in the fact that during the night and weekends, it's pretty much dead. The city is trying to clean downtown up and attract more people down there. It's not the most popular place to hang out.

Living in the foothills is very nice, but you have to be more specific. There is a lot of the foothills. Stay out of South Tucson and the Central parts and you can find some pretty nice areas. Welcome back to Tucson.
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