Nestled on the south side of the Santa Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon are the majestic Catalina Foothills. The foothills are cushioned along Catalina State Park, the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area, and Coronado National Forest in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Whether looking for a private, resort-style setting or custom-home lots ready to build, the foothills offers prospective homeowners a connection to nature with stunning views of both Tucson and the mountains combined with the convenience of local shopping, golf courses and schools.
Homeowners in the foothills can escape into the tranquility of the desert right in their own back yard while enjoying all of the amenities and entertainment of the city. Imagine spending a day shopping at the upscale La Encantada or golfing at one of the many local resorts, catching a play at the University of Arizona in the evening after a fine dining experience in Tucson, and then relaxing at home under the stars while listening to the sounds of the nighttime desert.
Since the 1930’s, people in Tucson have called the suburban , low-density area of the Catalina Foothills home when it was first developed for residential use by John Murphey. Murphey envisioned the area as a place for residential use that would preserve the natural terrain and vegetation of the desert as well as the spectacular mountain vistas while providing privacy for the homeowner. Catalina Foothills is considered one of the most affluent residential communities in Arizona today and boasts a population of just more than 50,000 residents.
The residents of the Catalina Foothills are served by three local school districts: the Amphitheater Public Schools, the Catalina Foothills School District, and the Tucson Unified School District. Neighborhoods such as Pima Canyon Estates, Cobblestone Estates and the Via Entrada neighborhood are served by the Amphitheater Unified School District. The Amphi district possesses some of the top performing schools in the state including Canyon del Oro High School, which was rated one of the top 5% of schools in the United States by Newsweek in both 2007 and 2010. Catalina Foothills School District offers schools with some of the highest scores on state standardized tests and offers Catalina Foothills High School, the only high school located in Catalina Foothills proper. The Tucson Unified School District offers residents in the area several elementary and middle schools as well as Catalina High School and Sabino High School.