Oro Valley Real Estate
Oro Valley's amazingly scenic mountain views and quality of living have earned the Tucson metro town the distinction of one of "America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities." Only six miles north of Tucson, Oro Valley has risen from its small 1974 incorporation beginnings to become a rising star among Arizona's many quality towns. It's no wonder Oro Valley real estate is drawing attention both locally and nationally.
Anyone residing in Oro Valley can tell you why: the city boasts a relatively low population-to-city size (40,000 residents to about 35 square miles with more acreage being annexed). Additionally, Oro Valley features top-rated schools, medical facilities and golf courses. Oro Valley also reports a region-high median household income of $61,037. Tucson is only six miles to the south and Phoenix is just 110 miles from Oro Valley. The Santa Catalina Mountains loom to the east, the Tortolita Mountains rise majestically to the north and the Tucson Mountains encircle the south, offering amazing views throughout Oro Valley.
From luxury homes in gated communities to scenic golf course homes and residences in family subdivisions, you're bound to find the price range and neighborhood you are looking for when you invest in Oro Valley real estate. A popular age-restricted community here is Sun City, a dynamic retirement community just 14 miles from Tucson. Sun City's one-story homes and townhouses feature mountain views from most every property. Highlighting the Sun City community is the championship 18-hole golf course readily playable for golfers of all skill levels. Sun City also features three recreation centers with three pools available for resident use, in addition to an indoor spa with handicapped access, a fitness center, miniature golf course, and eight tennis courts. Sun City recently lowered the age requirement from 55 to 45, opening Sun City's 2,500-plus homes to even more new residents.
A number of other golf community homes are also available in Oro Valley including homes on or near courses in El Conquistador Country Club, Stone Canyon, Vistoso Resort Casitas, and Villages of La Canada. Residential communities in non-gated Oro Valley subdivisions include Canada Hills, Catalina Shadows, Copper Creek, Monterra, Pusch Ridge Estates, Rams Canyon and Verde Ranch. Among the numerous higher-end gated communities in Oro Valley, you'll find Coyote Ridge, High Mesa, Monterey at Vistoso, Palisades and Stone Canyon. Oro Valley real estate ownership can put you in a new lifestyle in one of Arizona's most desirable communities.
Activities and attractions in Oro Valley draw many tourists and residents, but for very different reasons. In the heart of Oro Valley, the brand new Northwest Medical Center offers cutting-edge technology and expert healthcare professionals. No one likes to be in the hospital, but when you're sick or hurt, you want the best, and you will find it at Northwest Medical. For more entertaining attractions, visit Biosphere 2, a three-acre model of the earth's ecosystem. This man-made enclosed ecological system was used to test whether people could live and work in a closed biosphere while carrying out scientific experiments. Scientists and researchers used the facility to study the possible colonization of planets other than Earth.
You'll find a whole host of additional things to do and see in Oro Valley. Parks such as the James D. Kriegh Park, Canada del Oro Riverfront Park and West Lambert Lane Park in nearby Canada Hills offers sports and recreation areas, walking and hiking trails and swimming pools. The Naranja Town Site is currently in the planning and early construction phase, and will ultimately be the largest recreational park in Southern Arizona. Dozens of resort and spa retreats compete with Oro Valley's golf courses for local and tourist dollars. Oro Valley is also the site for major athletic events like the El Tour de Tucson bicycle race, the Tucson Marathon, the Cactus Speed Classic for inline skaters, and the Arizona Distance Classic, all of which draw thousands of people annually.