University

Overview

In a town brimming with history, it's amazing what visitors and residents alike can find. As Tucson built up thanks to the emergence of the railroad in the late 1800s, several of the communities developed and started to grow outward. University, better known as West University, is one of the more historic neighborhoods in the city. In fact, it was the first suburb created north of the Southwestern Pacific Railroad.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$155,000 to $975,000
  • Closed Prices:$85,000 to $670,000
  • Median Sale Price:$219,500
  • Average $ per sq ft:$204
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $275,$140 to $275/mo,$405/quarter
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1880 to 2011
  • Sq. Ft.:702 to 5,427Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 9Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 1/4acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

University features a range of home designs and prices to accommodate a variety of price points. Most common in this neighborhood are single-family homes, which usually have monthly homeowner association fees ranging from $44 to $405, and taxes for the year range from as low as $1,276 to as high as $11,217. There are also a variety of attached homes. Those usually have quarterly homeowner association fees ranging from $44 to $405. Property taxes for the year range from as low as $1,016 to as high as $3,042. Homes in the community generally have unfinished basements.

Around University

Where to Live

The University neighborhood is a rather interesting mixture of buildings. Visitors will find everything from classic Art Deco of the 1920s all the way up to modern bungalows. In terms of where to live, the best option really is the style of house someone is interested in. It is better to avoid Speedway Boulevard, as it is a major source of traffic. North 4th Avenue is where the neighborhood's collection of locally owned bars and the entertainment options are, cutting just into the southern two blocks of the neighborhood. There will be more traffic in this general area. There are several desirable places to live in the neighborhood, but staying away from major streets such as Speedway Boulevard is the way to go.

Where to Eat

There is a nice collection of different dining opportunities in University, so no matter what you're hungry for, chances are they will find it. On the east side of the neighborhood, residents will find more of the franchise restaurants. In the 4th Avenue section of the community there are all sorts of food opportunities, many of which are open late. Mr. Heads, Magpies Gourmet Pizza, and La Indita are all located here.

What You'll See

Residents from all over Tucson flock to this area of town. It isn't unusual to see a bar filled with newcomers and longtime residents alike. Although you are sure to see residents who are somehow affiliated with the university, the wide range of house designs provides an opportunity for everyone.

Friday Night Fun

This is one of the better residential neighborhoods when it comes to late night activities. 4th Avenue is a hot spot and on the first weekend of the month there are special events and activities here. Skybar is a popular spot (it's not a tall bar, but it does have rooftop access), with IBT's and Bumsteds a few hundred feet away in either direction. Crossing 6th Street on 4th Avenue leads to more bars as well. For those seeking a more low-key night, the university often hosts events including art exhibitions, plays, and musical performances.

The Perfect Sunday

This is a great neighborhood to take a morning walk. Window shopping on 4th Avenue is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Sweat out some of whatever was consumed at 4th Avenue with a yoga session. Catalina Park is centrally located and De Anza Park has a playground.

Locals Love

4th Avenue • The University of Arizona • Tucson streetcar.

Locals Don't Love

Scarce parking • Traffic congestion.

Schools

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Doolen Middle School
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 792 Students
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Mansfeld Middle School
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 800 Students
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Blenman Elementary School
  • Public
  • Grades PK-5
  • 481 Students
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Tucson Magnet High School
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 3201 Students
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  • below average 1-3
  • average 4-7
  • above average 8-10
  • score not available
Great Schools

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