Tucson Area Information

We thank you for expressing an interest in our town. If you are surprised that we would call a city of over one-half million people “a town”, you should get to know us better.

We believe that we have the best of all worlds. The easy living and the wonderful weather contribute to our casual lifestyle. Tucson is a melting pot, thanks to people from every corner of the United States and from around the world who have colored the patchwork that spreads over the city so comfortably. This blend gives strength to all areas of our community living.

To better understand the geography of our area, picture a mountain range rising above the floor of the valley to an elevation of 9157 feet and running east and west. Tucson is at the southern foot of these mountains known as the Catalinas. Additionally, Tucson is bordered on the east by the Rincon Mountains and the Santa Rita Mountains are to the south. At the west side of the city are the Tucson Mountains that are profiled in our often stunning sunsets.

Our climate is one of the reasons so many people come to retire. Our good weather contributes to keeping utility costs down. Spring, Fall and Winter in Tucson are delightful and heaters are kept on low or, more often, used only when needed, as in early in the morning when preparing to begin the day.

Yes, it’s true, our summer days are hot. However, thanks to the low humidity and our 2300 foot elevation, our evenings are cool. Even on our hottest 100+ degree summer days, we can enjoy 70-85 degree evenings. Once people are acclimated to our summers, they can often be seen on the golf courses or tennis courts in the mornings or later afternoons. But PLEASE don’t come to Tucson in July or August and judge us. Give yourself a chance to adapt. The best way is to come in the Spring or Fall and ease yourself into the Summer. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Arizona Statistical Review, Tucson’s average maximum temperature is 84.1 and the minimum is 55.4. The average precipitation in inches is 16.42. We love to be able to tell people that there is no season where we have to feel shut in. Barbecues and evenings spent outside are popular all year long.

We are home to the University of Arizona which was founded in 1885 and is one of our largest employers. Over 40,000 students study in 334 fields leading to bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in such areas as astronomy, optical sciences, scientific instrumentation and electronics.. The University Hospital excels in cardiovascular medicine and has been a heart transplant center since 1977. The U of A is a member of the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC 12) and the “Arizona Wildcats” have won NCAA National Championship in basketball, baseball and softball. The golfing and swimming programs have produced world champions as well. nation.

Additionally Tucson has parochial schools, a Junior College (Pima Community College) and many private and technical schools as well as academic private elementary and high schools.

School Districts: Information and links to the various school districts in Tucson and Pima County can be found on the Pima County School Superintendents office website at http://www.schools.pima.gov/site/schools

Tucson has public branch libraries as well as book mobiles that service outlying areas. There are also the ones at the University and Pima Jr. College.

If you are interested in subscribing to a local newspaper, you may do so by contacting the Arizona Daily Starhttp://dynamic.azstarnet.com/ezaccess/subscribe/

The hi-tech companies who are in Tucson are a draw to many satellite businesses such as drafting, machine shops, light manufacturing and transportation. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is here too with the “Bone Yard” storage facility which affords visitors a look at aircraft from the Air Force’s past. There are hundreds of civil service workers as well as the military members. Industry here is almost totally of the non-polluting type, which keeps our smog, conditions at a low point. Understandably, construction is a large percentage of the work force. Wholesale and retail trade is constantly expanding to meet the demands. In recent years Tucson has welcomed many phone centers that hires thousands of people for full and part time jobs. We have four major malls in the valley as well. We’ve included the following information should you want to investigate the job market:

Arizona Department of Administration/ Personnel Division
402 W Congress Rm. 139, Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 628-6590.
Recorded employment information (520) 792-2853. (do not mail resumes)
You can also check your local state Job Service for Tucson, AZ openings. (520) 886-2145. http://www.hr.az.gov/

Pima County Human Resources/ 150 West Congress St 4th Floor/ Tucson, AZ 85701/ (520) 740-8176.
Dial a job: (520) 740-3530 http://webcms.pima.gov/government/human_resources/

City of Tucson Human Resources, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210/ (520) 791-4241.
Job Line- (520) 791-5068 http://www.tucsonaz.gov/hr

Should you be interested in exploring the area of your own business, write to:
Licenses Business and Sales Tax/ 250 West Alameda/ Tucson, AZ 85701

Temporary Employment:
Supplemental Solutions. 7290 E Broadway Tucson, AZ 85710 (520) 298-5088.
Norrell Temporary Services 2921 E Ft. Lowell Rd Ste 207/ Tucson, AZ 85716/ (520) 881-1986.

Due to the large number of retired people who choose to make Tucson home, age restricted communities and subdivisions have sprung up around out valley for those who prefer more of adult lifestyle.

Our warm weather and the dry climate is very good for people who enjoy outdoor sports such as golf and tennis as well as hiking and biking. Cyclists across the nation and the world count Tucson as one of the top center for bicycling.

Tucson is also good for people with many health issues connected with aging. associated with aging. As a city, Tucson has equipped many buildings and access areas with ramps. The Sun Tran bus system has prepared some buses to work with wheelchair bound people. For more specific information and answers to questions you never thought to ask, The Pima Council On Aging is a great place to start. 8467 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710. (520) 790-7262. https://www.pcoa.org/

Because our weather is so good, there are dozens of private tennis courts and golf courses as well as many which are run by the city. Swimming is also very popular. There are many municipal pools as well as hundreds of pools that are part of Homeowner’s Associations. Hiking, spelunking and rappelling are very popular among the more adventurous. The annual Tour de Tucson has made us well known to cyclers throughout the U.S., Canada and the world. In the winter our Catalina Mountains are frequently covered with snow and weekends can be spent on the ski slope which is about 45 minutes from downtown. Beautiful picnic and camping areas can be found here during the summer months. Tucson itself has over 100 parks covering over 29,000 acres. This is a city full of things to do leisure time

A truly remarkable site has been developed by the Tucson Visitor’s Center. We highly recommend this site as a place to help you decide where to go and what to do. http://www.visittucson.org/things-to-do/100-things-to-do/ We’ve lived in Tucson for over 30 years and this sight has shown us that we have many places yet to visit.

Housing, living costs, education, leisure time, climate and location all contribute to making Tucson a unique city in the wonderful southwest. We have attempted to paint a verbal portrait of our city for you; yet there is no way to convey the flavor, the zest and the love so many of us have for Tucson. There is really only one way for you to find out why we have such pride in our town, and that would be to experience Tucson for yourself!

AND IN CONCLUSION…… please indulge us with a small commercial
In this highly competitive business of Real Estate, we are very aware that you have many choices. You can choose to work with any one of the hundreds of Realtors here in Tucson. You can choose to work with a builder and not have an agent of your own at all. But, beware, it is never a bad idea to have your own representative in any purchase. Someone who will be with you throughout the transaction and beyond. You may also choose to buy a home from owners who have chosen not to use an agent. At Ability Realty, our goal is not to just sell you a home. We want you to find the service you receive from us is so complete that you would recommend us in the future to friends and family who may need Real Estate Assistance.

If you feel this information we have provided to you is helpful and has answered many of your questions, wait until you are here and see what we do in person!! Give us an opportunity to assist you.

At Ability Realty, we are proud of Tucson and actively participate in making this a good place in which to live.

As Realtors, we know the city well and are prepared to assess your needs and to give you the best of professional assistance. Our computer systems give us quick access to data provided by the Multiple Listing Service. You will find that our commitment to you is evident in our willingness to show the listings of companies other than Ability Realty.

As Real Estate agents work on commission and are paid no salary, your patronage is not only important, it is vital to our business. We would like to have the opportunity to assist you in your purchase. The seller, unless otherwise agreed upon in advance, pays our fees.

Should you choose to buy a new home and wish to be represented by a Realtor other than the builder’s agent, let us be your guide. As with most resale homes, commissions are paid by the seller. Please be aware that the Tucson builders have a document known as the Builder Broker Code. Item A in this code reads, “Single price Policy: Builder’s published price shall be the same whether sold by the builder or broker. Published price will include the commission.” The Builder’s Rules also state that your Realtor must accompany you on your first visit. If not, we cannot represent you. Being represented by your own Realtor may eliminate potential problems that can occur during the building process or at the closing. It pays to have a professional in your corner.

Some things that set Ability Realty apart from many other companies is that we don’t just sell you a home. We also sell you on Tucson and on us as new friends. We can honestly say that no other company or Realtors work harder than Ability Realty.

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Barry Fotheringham, Broker
7360 E. 22nd Street,
Tucson, AZ 85710