Sam Hughes

In the heart of old Tucson is the historic neighborhood of Sam Hughes. Constructed between 1921 and the late 1950’s directly east of the University of Arizona campus, this community is popular with professionals working at the university, students, young families and history buffs alike. Its central location, sense of community and beautiful homes make Sam Hughes a hip and highly desirable district for those interested in living in Central Tucson while maintaining a small-town feel.

The neighborhood was named after well-known, visionary business leader Sam Hughes. He was an immigrant who settled in Tucson after the gold rush who was instrumental in establishing Tucson’s free public school system including the Roy Place-designed Sam Hughes Elementary School built in 1927. He also helped incorporate Tucson and served on the city council.

In addition to historic homes, the one-square-mile Sam Hughes district offers much in the way of conveniences. The area includes the 24-acre Himmel Park, a branch of the Pima County Public Libraries, and a major bike route boulevard making the area popular with bicyclists. The district is within walking distance of many local shops and restaurants and offers easy access to entertainment including the nightlife of the revitalized downtown Tucson.

The homes in Sam Hughes feature a variety of 16 different architectural styles varying from Mission Revival to Craftsman Bungalow and Spanish Eclectic. While the homes are mature, the neighborhood is in a constant state of rebirth as homeowners rehabilitate the historic buildings. Some of the homes in the area may not look too impressive from the street, but once inside they are a unique statement piece with much beauty and craftsmanship. Many of the tree-lined streets are closed to through traffic providing a sense of calm to the charming community where neighbors are friendly and the schools are highly regarded. There are 1,748 homes in the greater Sam Hughes area with a variety of floorplans, square footage and amenities. Homes in Sam Hughes range from less than $350,000 to upwards of $850,000.

Sam Hughes residents are served by the Tucson Unified School District. Schools in the area include Hughes Elementary, Mansfeld Middle School and Tucson High School. Charters and private schools are also located nearby for those seeking an alternative to public education.

To learn more about the relaxed lifestyle of the Sam Hughes District, call Team Al and Sandy today at (520) 488-6088.


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