Barrio Viejo

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About Barrio Viejo

Barrio Viejo is sometimes called Barrio Historico, and rightfully so. Tucson’s “old neighborhood” is historically important to the city as one of its first neighborhoods. Many of the homes were built between 1880 and 1910 and have been renovated with respects paid to maintaining their original charm.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $525,000 to $2,600,000

Closed Prices: $70,000 to $912,500

Median Sale Price: $425,000

Average $ per sq ft: $313

Association Fee Ranges: $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1872 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1872 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 4 Bathrooms

Around Barrio Viejo

The neighborhood’s commercial activity is along Main Avenue, which cuts right through its center, and in the northeast corner between Cushing and Simpson Streets. There are several blocks of professional offices and businesses in that area but the rest of Barrio Viejo is largely a quiet, residential neighborhood.

Home prices in Barrio Viejo tend to range lower than other Tucson neighborhoods. Pricing in Menlo Park and Armory Park (Barrio Viejo’s west and east neighbors) tends to be higher as those neighborhoods generally have larger houses and lots.

There aren’t many places to eat in Barrio Viejo, but the places that are here are pretty good. On the north side of the neighborhood, drop in at El Minuto Cafe for Sonoran-style Mexican food or Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant for traditional American cuisine. Five Points Market, in the southeast corner of the neighborhood, serves up espresso and an eclectic mix of Mexican and American faire.

You’ll see a lot of modest, one-story adobe homes and businesses. Many of them retain the original adobe color but some homeowners have chosen bright colors to bring some flare to the neighborhood. There’s a fair amount of mature trees and flora, at least by Arizona standards, on most streets. Most of the activity you’ll see is on Cushing Street near downtown or near the Five Points intersection.

There isn’t a lot of nightlife in Barrio Viejo. Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant hosts live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, which draws jazz aficionados from around Tucson, so reservations are recommended. Fortunately, residents do not have to travel far to find something to do on a Friday night. Fox Tucson Theatre and Rialto Theatre feature live performances and musical acts throughout the year. There are also several brewpubs and a wider selection of bars and restaurants within a mile of the neighborhood. Movie-goers have about a 10-minute drive to the nearest cineplex.

You can have a quiet start to your Sunday with a coffee drink and brunch at Five Points Market, or if you’re more energetic and fitness-minded, head over to the Santa Rosa Recreation Center which has a weight room and basketball courts. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Arizona Theatre Company are a block north of Cushing St. The museum’s exhibits change seasonally, so there’s always a reason to go back every several months. Arizona Theatre presents an array of theatrical works ranging from new works to old standards.

The #7 and #12 bus lines run north-south along Main Street. The #7 turns off Main at 22nd St, then runs west-east along 22nd for most of its route. It makes getting to the zoo and other points east of Barrio Viejo pretty easy. Barro Viejo’s walkability is not very good. It’s small enough to walk to any of the venues mentioned above, but for errands like grocery shopping, most residents rely on their cars. Virtually none of the homes in the neighborhood have garages or carports, but street parking is easy.

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