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Old 03-17-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

My soon-to-be-wife and I are moving to Tucson in mid-May and starting to look at housing. She's going to be a resident at the UofA South Campus program, with (I think) a lot of time spent at the Banner Medical Center.

We're in our mid/late twenties, and moving from Dallas where rent is much much more expensive, and we'd be comfortable spending up to $1300ish a month, although if we can find something for cheaper, great!

Things that would be a "plus", in no particular order

-Proximity to Banner
-Avoid the majority of the hustle and bustle of UofA campus. Students waiting for buses? Cool. Students doing student things in the streets at 2 AM? Preferably not.
-I'd like proximity to an indoor basketball court/gym
-I work remotely, so somewhere I can get solid internet. I assume this is doable most parts of town?
-If we can live somewhere that's relatively walkable, that would be neat.
-I like spending time outside - walking, running, biking, etc. Anywhere near good bike/running trails would be cool.

All in all, I think standard things mid/late-twenties folks are looking for. We're really excited to come down there! She loved the residency program, and I lived in Albuquerque for a few years growing up and loved it, so I'm looking forward to getting back there. Can't wait to get down there and meet everyone!
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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Banner South is about 15 or 20 minutes commute from where my daughter lives at Capistrano apartments near the corner of 6th and Country Club. She rents a one bedroom for $830, utilities included (she pays cable). The building is completely quiet, on the east side of Sam Hughes, a very good neighborhood, and most of the residents are medical students or young professors with new babies. It is not a new or a perfect place, but definitely not noisy. You can probably find much nicer places, but this gives you an idea of city rents. The U of A Rec Center is very reasonable for a gym ($150 per year for alumni and not too much more for other people) and it's minutes away from her apartment. Other gyms are more like $600 a year. She takes Body Combat and Spinning and Body Pump with mostly graduate students. During the day no one uses the weight lifting equipment. No extra cost for classes. There are basketball courts available and a track which is suspended above the basketball court. I don't know much about all the ins and outs of that situation, but it's a big gym. Internet is not a problem in this town. You can walk in Sam Hughes neighborhood (very beautiful) and head for Himmel Park to run or go to the edge of town to bike/run on the 132 miles of the loop. Every Saturday morning people run around Himmel Park. Central may not be your choice and that's okay. Good luck! And welcome
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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Thanks! That all sounds great, we'll definitely check that area out! Can't wait!
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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If I were in your shoes, Rpk . . .

I would lean towards an individually owned Townhouse or Patio Home for rent rather than one of those large Apartment Complexes.

I live just South of River and Stone which is walking distance to just about everything including the Tucson Mall and the Rillito Bike / Recreational Trail. Rents for a 1200 sq ft 2 Bedroom / 2 Bath home with a full two car garage usually run in the $900 range. The only utility is electricity.

More space, more privacy and security plus definitely more of a home feeling.

Good Luck.
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:18 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

My soon-to-be-wife and I are moving to Tucson in mid-May and starting to look at housing. She's going to be a resident at the UofA South Campus program, with (I think) a lot of time spent at the Banner Medical Center.

We're in our mid/late twenties, and moving from Dallas where rent is much much more expensive, and we'd be comfortable spending up to $1300ish a month, although if we can find something for cheaper, great!

Things that would be a "plus", in no particular order

Three comments:

1) Have you contacted the folks at the UA College of Medicine? I believe that they have an office that would direct you to a good variety of housing that would appeal to residents and medical students?

2) Remember that there are two medical campuses - one on Campbell north of Speedway and the other in South Tucson on Ajo? They are a 15 minute drive apart. Many residents go between the hospitals fairly regularly.

3) There is a tendency of many UA medical students and residents coming from HCOL cities to overspend on housing because they are used to spending a lot more on housing. This is a great opportunity for you to lower your cost of living and reduce the amount of the debt load that you are carrying.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Three comments:

1) Have you contacted the folks at the UA College of Medicine? I believe that they have an office that would direct you to a good variety of housing that would appeal to residents and medical students?

2) Remember that there are two medical campuses - one on Campbell north of Speedway and the other in South Tucson on Ajo? They are a 15 minute drive apart. Many residents go between the hospitals fairly regularly.

3) There is a tendency of many UA medical students and residents coming from HCOL cities to overspend on housing because they are used to spending a lot more on housing. This is a great opportunity for you to lower your cost of living and reduce the amount of the debt load that you are carrying.
Yeah, we've taken to the people at the school but the consensus seems to be "people live everywhere, you'll find somewhere great!". ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Thanks for the reminder on the second part - at the time, I didn't realize she'd be stationed at the South campus. Aaaand third - thankfully, we don't have much debt, and with my job, we're in a place where we'd rather get a nicer place and spend a little more (within reason) than shortchange it. Thanks for the pointers!
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:29 PM
 
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...She's going to be a resident at the UofA South Campus program...
Hi, rpk292! Congratulations on your move; envious! Just wanted to point out a couple of amenities adjacent to your wife's employment.

Across the street to the north is a vast natural area with a lake, actually a rather new storm water control infrastructure that is starting to grow into a real forest. Have taken many photos there of the trees and flowers and birds (lots of hummingbirds). Birders like it. There is plenty of opportunity to ride, walk, jog etc. Beautiful pix at this link:

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...oiowCnoECA4QBg

The Loop cycling/multi-use path circles the natural area and connects with the rest of the currently 130-mile route around the city and into the county. Cycling is very big in Tucson, and people are sounding interested in living along areas with entrance to The Loop.

The Chuck Huckelberry Loop - Pima County

Adjacent to the hospital on the west side is Kino Sports Complex, and you can in fact see the hospital in the photo that is currently on the front of this page:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...n_Arizona.html

All the best to you and your wife in your relocation!
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:54 PM
 
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Hi, rpk292! Congratulations on your move; envious! Just wanted to point out a couple of amenities adjacent to your wife's employment.

Across the street to the north is a vast natural area with a lake, actually a rather new storm water control infrastructure that is starting to grow into a real forest. Have taken many photos there of the trees and flowers and birds (lots of hummingbirds). Birders like it. There is plenty of opportunity to ride, walk, jog etc. Beautiful pix at this link:

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...oiowCnoECA4QBg

The Loop cycling/multi-use path circles the natural area and connects with the rest of the currently 130-mile route around the city and into the county. Cycling is very big in Tucson, and people are sounding interested in living along areas with entrance to The Loop.

The Chuck Huckelberry Loop - Pima County

Adjacent to the hospital on the west side is Kino Sports Complex, and you can in fact see the hospital in the photo that is currently on the front of this page:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...n_Arizona.html

All the best to you and your wife in your relocation!
Thank you so much! That lake area looks beautiful!

I’m into a cycling as well, so I’ve heard of the loop and definitely looking forward to getting out for a spin on it! Is that Kino sports complex like a recreation center kind of thing? I’ll need an indoor basketball court too!
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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I’ll need an indoor basketball court too!
Since your wife will be an employee, you should probably take advantage of the perk of the #1 facility according to YELP: the U of A Campus Recreation Center. "The facility includes two separate basketball gymnasiums with a total of five basketball courts."

https://www.yelp.com/biz/university-...sketball+court


Here's the Yelp Top 10 Indoor Basketball list; I can only speak for midtown's Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club (we used to live in that neighborhood; nice place) and The "J" (Jewish Community Center), which is popular and depending if you decide to live north of the Rillito in that part of town (do not have to be of the faith). The J is not that convenient to UA Banner South hospital, though. Maybe other posters can speak for the other entries on the list. The UA has been for like 50 years a basketball school, and program alum Richard Jefferson donated a practice facility on campus with his name on it.

https://www.yelp.com/search?find_des...c=Tucson%2C+AZ


Here is UA alum, former NBA player and local leader Bob Elliott's book on Tucson basketball:

https://www.amazon.com/Tucson-Basket.../dp/1627870415


And coach Lute Olson's autobiography:

https://www.amazon.com/Lute-Seasons-...s=books&sr=1-1



This one I have not read, but I was a classmate of editor Cory Parella at the U of A; and now I see it, I will buy it. He's a brilliant guy; his dad was head of the Tucson-Pima Library system.

https://www.amazon.com/Cornerstone-A...s=books&sr=1-5


For local sports history in general, I can recommend longtime local Arizona Daily Star columnist's Greg Hansen's book:

https://www.amazon.com/Hustling-beat...r=1-1-fkmrnull


Happy hunting!

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Old 03-28-2019, 07:58 AM
 
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Since your wife will be an employee, you should probably take advantage of the perk of the #1 facility according to YELP: the U of A Campus Recreation Center. "The facility includes two separate basketball gymnasiums with a total of five basketball courts."

https://www.yelp.com/biz/university-...sketball+court


Here's the Yelp Top 10 Indoor Basketball list; I can only speak for midtown's Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club (we used to live in that neighborhood; nice place) and The "J" (Jewish Community Center), which is popular and depending if you decide to live north of the Rillito in that part of town (do not have to be of the faith). The J is not that convenient to UA Banner South hospital, though. Maybe other posters can speak for the other entries on the list. The UA has been for like 50 years a basketball school, and program alum Richard Jefferson donated a practice facility on campus with his name on it.

https://www.yelp.com/search?find_des...c=Tucson%2C+AZ


Here is UA alum, former NBA player and local leader Bob Elliott's book on Tucson basketball:

https://www.amazon.com/Tucson-Basket.../dp/1627870415


And coach Lute Olson's autobiography:

https://www.amazon.com/Lute-Seasons-...s=books&sr=1-1



This one I have not read, but I was a classmate of editor Cory Parella at the U of A; and now I see it, I will buy it. He's a brilliant guy; his dad was head of the Tucson-Pima Library system.

https://www.amazon.com/Cornerstone-A...s=books&sr=1-5


For local sports history in general, I can recommend longtime local Arizona Daily Star columnist's Greg Hansen's book:

https://www.amazon.com/Hustling-beat...r=1-1-fkmrnull


Happy hunting!
I'm a huge Spurs fan, so I'm at least tangentially knowledgeable about UA's basketball history. Love RJ but he had a rough few seasons in San Antonio. Is Bob Elliott related to Sean Elliott?
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