Tucson, Arizona Relocation Guide

Are you considering buying a Tucson home for sale? Like any large metro area, Tucson offers a diverse selection of neighborhoods to explore and homes available at all price points. At Oliver Realty, we are experienced with all of the requirements involved in long-distance real estate transactions, and we pride ourselves on being 100% honest with our clients. We can advise you on schools, school districts, traffic, shopping and dining options, recreational opportunities, and more, so that you can find the most appropriate Tucson home to meet your needs.

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Why Move To Tucson?

How does Tucson, Arizona attract new residents from across the country? Perhaps it's the daily dose of scenic desert landscapes and dry, sunny climate that draw them to Tucson homes for sale. Or maybe they're tempted by the city's friendly, fun-loving nature, which attracts a spectrum of active and adventurous people from all over the world. Perhaps it's Tucson's happening literary scene, its excellent higher education system, or it's booming downtown that attracts them. Or perhaps it's just the extremely favorable cost of living in one of the city's many communities, including the surprisingly affordable prices you'll find on Tucson's real estate market. Whatever reason people move to this city among the mountains, though, they discover that there's tons to love in Tucson.

In Tucson, you'll learn that thriving urban centers can exist not far from unspoiled wilderness, and that all the conveniences of home can be yours without sacrificing opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. From the astonishing estates of the Catalina Foothills to the hip condos you'll find Downtown, from active adult communities like SaddleBrooke to the golfer's paradises of Stone Canyon, you can rest assured that Michael Oliver and his team will help you find Tucson real estate that's right for your lifestyle and your budget.

Moving from out of state or country? Have questions about the specifics of living in Tucson? Feel free to contact Michael Oliver for expert local advice when it comes to Tucson real estate.

Here are just some of the reasons you should consider life in Tucson:

Unbeatable Weather

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, if you had tuberculosis or some other ailment of the lungs, your doctor might recommend that you come to Tucson, Arizona to recover at one of the many sanatoriums that held permits in the city. Much of the city's early infrastructure developed around the influx of tuberculosis patients arriving in the state, in fact. Today, many perfectly healthy people come to Tucson for the same reasons—the city and state still attract residents who appreciate the fresh, dry air of the region as well as 350 sunny days per year. Whether you're a snowbird looking for an escape from the cold or just somebody who thrives in warm weather, Tucson's climate can't be beaten. Blue skies and sunshine await!

Friendly Neighbors

Colorful Downtown TucsonDid you know that Tucson is widely considered to be one of the friendliest cities in the United States? It's true. Traveler magazine even named the city the most friendly in the nation. It may not be a small town, but you'll certainly have plenty of encounters that make it feel like one—people here will always stop to say hello and offer a helping hand if you need it. You may be thinking, how can you measure friendliness? If you're skeptical, the best thing to do is to visit Tucson and see for yourself.

Arts & Culture

Outsiders are sometimes surprised to learn that Tucson is a hub for creativity and diversity, but the public art on display in Downtown Tucson makes it quickly apparent. At the center of the city's art scene lies the Warehouse Arts District, a funky and once neglected neighborhood that became the adopted home of many artists starting in the late-1980s. These artists appreciated the former industrial buildings potential to act as studios, galleries, and lofts—a tradition that continues to this day. Tucson is also an unusually well-read city, hosting one of the largest book festivals in the United States each year.

Excellent Schools

Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, which boasts not only a revered sports tradition but excellent academic programs that serve more than 30,000 undergraduates each year. When it comes to younger students, you'll have the freedom to choose from a number of terrific educational options, whether that's public, private, or charter schools. These include nationally-ranked schools, like Basis Tucson North, Basis Oro Valley, and University High School. Wherever you live in the city, chances are that your kids can attend a terrific school. Read more about Tucson's universities and schools below.

Affordable Cost of Living

With a cost of living 9 percent below the U.S. average and a very affordable housing market, Tucson homes for sale certainly won't break the bank. It's expensive to live comfortably, even in some of the city's most desirable communities and neighborhoods. Is it any wonder that magazines like Forbes routinely list Tucson as one of the best places to retire?

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Major Tucson Employers

While defense, education, and government employ a large number of people in Tucson, the city offers abundant employment in a diverse cross-section of fields, from medicine and engineering to retail and spa services. The unemployment rate has declined since the recession and is below the state average. While underemployment is still a problem here, a steadily growing labor force and strong economic outlook from several reputable sources indicate that Tucsonans will likely see many opportunities in the future.

Some of Tucson's largest employers include:

  • The University of Arizona
  • Tucson Electric Power
  • State of Arizona
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • TMC HealthCare
  • Fry's Food Stores of Arizona
  • Citi Financial
  • Pima Community College
  • Corrections Corp. of America (CCA)
  • Asarco LLC
  • Wal-Mart Stores

Universities & Schools

The quality of Tucson public schools can vary greatly, in part due to recent funding issues, but there are many strong public and charter schools available for students of all ages and inclinations. Basis Tucson North, for instance, is a tuition-free charter school with a strong learning community and boasts extremely high acceptance rate—impressively, 100% of graduates were accepted to college or university in 2016. Similarly, the accelerated program at University High School, a National Blue Ribbon school, serves academically focused students by providing high-level support and advanced placement (AP) support.

In 1885, Tucson and Phoenix competed to become the home of a new, $100,000 insane asylum. When Tucson—then the largest city in the state—lost this competition, they had to settle for a paltry appropriation of $25,000 for a university. The original asylum—now part of Arizona State Hospital—burned to the ground thirty years later, while Tucson has long ago learned to love the University of Arizona, one of the premier public research universities in the country. Today, the University of Arizona is home to more than 30,000 undergraduates, 7,000 graduates, and 1,500 professional students and covers more than 200 buildings and 380 acres.

Tucson is also home to Pima Community College, a respected two-year institution that has six campuses across the city, and the Southwest University of Visual Arts, which offers baccalaureate art and design programs that range from fine art to advertising and marketing.

Parks and Recreation

With all the great weather, it's not surprising that the people of Tucson love to get outdoors. While not everybody here is obsessed with the challenges of rock climbing or running marathons, most Tucsonans find weekly excuses to take in the truly astonishing local scenery, whether from a golf course or a mountain trail. Tucson is a popular city for cyclists as well, one of the best in the nation, and it hosts the 107-mile "El Tour de Tucson" event each year. Popular outdoor activities nearby include picnicking in gorgeous Sabino Cayon, spelunking through the Kartchner Caverns, or even skiing at Mt. Lemmon.

While many of these adventures will take you beyond the city's limits, however, the Parks and Recreation Department also maintains acres of urban green space, from skate parks and community gardens to birding trails and outdoor performance areas. Aquatics programs, sports leagues, and recreation centers provide plenty of opportunities for you and your family to stay fit. Looking for more info? Visit Tucson's Parks and Recreation calendar for more.

Things To Do

San Xavier MissionIt's hard not to keep busy in Tucson. From upscale retail therapy at Tucson Mall to the fresh local produce at the St. Philip's Farmers Market, this city is brimming with shopping opportunities, from local producers as well as from the big chains. And the food here is to die for. You won't find better Mexican north of the border, and Tucson's robust craft brewing scene is second-to-none in the Southwest. From the killer chicken mole at Cafe Poca Cosa to the pork chops at Agustin Kitchen, Tucson's food scene will exceed your expectations.

Tucson is a city that's come into its own, with a vibrant arts scene and plenty of local festivals, theatre, and musical performances to keep you busy. The people here value community, so if you're looking for like-minded neighbors with whom to spend your time, you won't be short on opportunities to make friends. Other excellent local attractions include:

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Pima Air & Space Museum
  • DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Children's Museum Tucson
  • Reid Park Zoo


I would highly recommend Michael for any residential real estate need. I listed my home to test the market and received a contract on day 5 for just $2,400 less than my asking price. I was not prepared for such a quick sale! —Falena Reed

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