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Old 07-14-2019, 07:15 PM
 
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I'm moving to Tucson (around September) from the north East. I prefer it warmer than colder and hated the winter. FL weather in Ft Lauderdale, Miama, Tampa was about what I like. I'm fairly introverted so those 3.5 Satanic hot months shouldn't be too bad.

24 years old on a very good salary for the area (94k, full relo, big sign on bonus) so almost anywhere to live should be open I think.

My job is by the airport and I have heard from many that living near that southern area of Tucson or central is unsafe and to live elsewhere especially if you can afford to (I can).

1) I've been told to live in the 'hills' and above the 'river' (Rillito) for the 'better' areas. Rent here is about $750+ for a 1BR/Studio which is fine with me. Problem is this is 35minutes from work. I was hoping I can pay around this much if not slightly more and be closer to my work place. Any suggestions? I initially saw Casa Bella but the surrounding area looks sketchy. Can suggest general areas, zip, or specific apartment complex.

I have Summit Ridge, Cimarron, Entrada, Domain 3201, Summerlin Villa, Hiland Apartments currently on my list.

2) How's the dating scene? My friends I talked to said I should look into living in Central Tucson even if it is sketchier as it will be more accessible for dates and stuff. I see there are still decent restaurants and stuff up in northern Tucson near the river area. Is their advice sound?

3) Are ASU/other college extracurricular and group clubs open to people not in that school? I was in a few Asian orgs when I was in College so just curious if that was open down here as well.

4) Is crime really as bad as people say it is. I lived in LA (2.5miles from Compton) for a few months and that was a crap hole. I'm a car and motorcycle guy and I'd prefer not to have my stuff broken into or stolen.

Any other tips, suggestions or other stuff that may be helpful?

Thank you all very much. Thank you

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Old 07-15-2019, 06:47 AM
 
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If you are moving to Tucson, you'd better learn the difference between the U of A and ASU pretty fast. But with a salary like yours, you can live pretty much anywhere in town.

Crime in Tucson (same with Phoenix) changes on a block to block basis. Not uncommon to have a block of $500,000 houses a quarter mile away from rundown apartments, then go another mile and see nice houses again. There are crime maps that will give you a pretty decent idea of how much crime is in a general area. Make sure you look at city of Tucson and at Pima County depending on where your complex is.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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At your age, I'd live in near downtown/4th avenue. There are some interesting new developments going on over there, and I-10 is nearby, so you could zip to the airport area pretty easily.

NW Tucson is mostly families (think suburbia, older than you). If you live in the foothills, I think you will run into similar demographics, though it's a nice area. Not sure if either of these areas fit a 24 year old, single professional.

East Side might work as well.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:38 PM
 
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If you are moving to Tucson, you'd better learn the difference between the U of A and ASU pretty fast. But with a salary like yours, you can live pretty much anywhere in town.

Crime in Tucson (same with Phoenix) changes on a block to block basis. Not uncommon to have a block of $500,000 houses a quarter mile away from rundown apartments, then go another mile and see nice houses again. There are crime maps that will give you a pretty decent idea of how much crime is in a general area. Make sure you look at city of Tucson and at Pima County depending on where your complex is.
Yeah, I'll be doing a deep dive to make sure I can differentiate. Currently, its just a blob of "Colleges/Universities in Tucson".

Yeah, I'll be referencing those crime maps and Google Street View for sure.

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At your age, I'd live in near downtown/4th avenue. There are some interesting new developments going on over there, and I-10 is nearby, so you could zip to the airport area pretty easily.

NW Tucson is mostly families (think suburbia, older than you). If you live in the foothills, I think you will run into similar demographics, though it's a nice area. Not sure if either of these areas fit a 24 year old, single professional.

East Side might work as well.
How is the crime around those areas of downtown/4th ave?

Good point on NW Tucson, I never considered that. I'm currenly living in Suburbia where I'm at and its just....ok, not really my thing.

Still keeping my options open for sure.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:04 PM
 
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First thing you should know is U of A (in Tucson) is the best university in the state and it's best to think of ASU (in Tempe) as a big community college for the kids that can't get into U of A. But don't worry you'll learn soon enough! For living I'd recommend somewhere between Fourth Ave and downtown. As others have said you can get to I-10 quickly from there and that's where all of the college students and nightlife for young adults will be at. I think the foothills or far east or NW are all good areas but will be farther from work. All are great for families and retired folks who want quiet and to be close to nature, but I don't think would be too much fun for dating and getting to meet others in your age group. Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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First thing you should know is U of A (in Tucson) is the best university in the state and it's best to think of ASU (in Tempe) as a big community college for the kids that can't get into U of A. But don't worry you'll learn soon enough! For living I'd recommend somewhere between Fourth Ave and downtown. As others have said you can get to I-10 quickly from there and that's where all of the college students and nightlife for young adults will be at. I think the foothills or far east or NW are all good areas but will be farther from work. All are great for families and retired folks who want quiet and to be close to nature, but I don't think would be too much fun for dating and getting to meet others in your age group. Good luck!
Thank you! I knew the two colleges were there but honestly as someone completely from the opposite side of the country, did not know much about the two.

I'll definitely look into 4th ave and downtown. Do you think parking a nicer car and motorcycle will be an issue for that area?

Yeah, the foothills will definitely be much farther from work, between 32-40min commute each way which I won't be a fan of.

Thank you SeattleCat. Any recommendations for first few restaurants I HAVE to eat at?
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Old 07-16-2019, 01:28 AM
 
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There's a difference between the south part of Tucson and the town of South Tucson, which I've heard has more crime.

I live in SW Tucson, about 15 minutes from the airport, and feel quite safe. We left our house and car unattended for a month and nobody bothered anything.

But the only apartment buildings I've seen are on the main streets, and I wouldn't want to live in them.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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How is the crime around those areas of downtown/4th ave?

Good point on NW Tucson, I never considered that. I'm currenly living in Suburbia where I'm at and its just....ok, not really my thing.

Still keeping my options open for sure.
4th Avenue is a bohemia type of area with lots of shops and restaurants. It's a neat area where locals and some tourists may go to shop. The streets near there are cute but I wouldn't say they were upscale or anything. And you will have homeless people/panhandlers around. There is some petty crime but it's not a dangerous spot to be.

The "upscale" spots of Tucson are in the hills where older people live with their families.

IMHO, Tucson isn't ideal for younger professionals. You can make a life there, and there are certainly younger people and the huge university right in town. But it's not "happening" - the pace is pretty slow, the city is anti-development. U of A is nice, and being 24, you aren't that much older than college students, especially grad students, so you'll probably find your niche. Just don't expect a city full of vibrant nightlife and a huge "scene", if that makes sense.

I lived there in my early 30s, with small children. We lived in NW Tucson and it was nice for a family. When we craved "action" there wasn't much of it going on.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:57 PM
 
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Why not stay in an AirBnB place when you get here and scout out the areas, then decide where to move? You can always put your items in storage for a month.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:59 AM
 
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Kmanshouse is definitely speaking the truth about the upscaleness and opportunities. A lot of people (myself included) leave after school or shortly after because in general the economic opportunities aren't the same as other bigger cities, and it's also true that it's not exactly "upscale". Still, I find Tucson far more friendly and real even if lacking in certain areas than many other cities. Whenever I come to town my wife and I find plenty of fun nightlife downtown and on 4th on the weekends, but yeah during the week and in the summer can be pretty quiet. SomeJuanhere I think you'll just have to see if you like it.

As far as places to eat man, there are lots of excellent choices around. I am not into gourmet and fancy places to eat myself, so for it's usually El Charro and La Indita. Also, for breakfast I love Tonia's. Get their homemade tortillas for sure. Last time I was there my wife and I had a great pizza at a place downtown called Reilly's I believe. Also, I love to go to Club Congress and get a drink and see what's on the menu. That place is a national treasure. Not for the food necessarily, but just a cool place with live music and an awesome patio. I also like Union Public House in St. Phillip's Plaza. Most importantly though, every real Tucsonan has to have a favorite flavor of Eegee's. You don't know what that is yet, but you will
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