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Neighborhood Amenities of the Foothills in Tucson, AZ

Exquisite Mountain Views, City Lights Views, this has it all. Nestled in the North area of Tucson (not included in the City of Tucson, but just outside city lines, in Pima County), this expansive neighborhood consists of various homes of all sizes with 1-acre+ lots. Additionally, there are townhouses with common area lots. Although quiet, it's close to walking paths (the River Walk), shopping of every need possible, and restaurants within walking distance.

La Encantada Exclusive Mall

La Encantada is an upscale, outdoor shopping center located in North Tucson. It has Great shopping (including Crate & Barrel, Coach, Clarks, Pottery Barn), AJ's Fine Grocery Store and several restaurants. The views are spectacular...and you will feel the luxury. I love Happy Hour at Firebirds which is weekdays from 4:00 to 6:30.

River Walk

The Rillito River Park Trail runs for many miles (about 12 miles) along the Rillito River, from Craycroft Road to under I-10 and linking with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. This "River" is empty of water for most of the year (so you will see people riding horses in the bottom often. It fills up from Mountain rains only a few times a year.) Most of the trail "above" is paved in asphalt. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.

Cyclists can also use this trail, staying on their side of the trail. Additionally, there is a Children’s Memorial Park at a section of this trail, located between Oracle and La Canada, off North 15th Place.There are restrooms and drinking fountains, as well as exercise stations along the trail (between Oracle Road and La Cañada Drive). You can park near the trail in several places along its route (near Craycroft Road, just west of Swan Road, at Brandi Fenton Park (off Alvernon Way), off Campbell across the street from Trader Joes Grocery, by Children's Memorial Park just south of Edgewater Drive, at the end of River Fringe Drive, at the end of Shannon Road, and off Camino de la Terra just south of River Road.)

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon is located in Northeast Tucson in the Catalina Mountain Range. I love walking up the paved path through the canyon (about 7 1/2 miles up and back). There is a tram that goes up almost 3.75 miles into the canyon along the paved path ($8 for adults from 9am to 4pm most days). There is endless hiking along back trails like Bear Canyon and 7 Falls also. It's a great way to get a "feel" for Tucson.

Via Entrada Townhouses

Beautiful townhouses consisting of a total of 40 units, all single level, between 1400 and 1700 square feet each. A lush common area, pool, and the water is included in the Home Owner's Association fee. Built in the 1969 and 1970 time frame, these townhouses are in the Catalina 7 housing area. Close to shopping and restaurants..and the River Walk.

St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church

St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church was founded in 1936 and was built in Spanish Colonial architecture. It is across the street from the St Philip's Plaza. I went to a wedding there many years ago. The surroundings were (and are) beautiful. I've heard that the first service was held on Christmas Eve and that so many people attended that the seating capacity was overflowed. It remains a historic part of the Tucson community.

St. Philip's Plaza

St. Philip’s Plaza is a wonderful shopping location in the Tucson Foothills, with beautiful fountains, tile art, rose gardens, and Eucalyptus trees. It contains boutique shopping, galleries, restaurants, and professional offices. A Farmer's Market (local growers) displays its food products (and other items) on Saturday mornings in the Plaza.

Finger Rock Hiking Trail

If you look in the direction toward the Santa Catalinas from below, one of the landmarks on the Pusch Ridge skyline resembles a closed hand with the index finger extended. This is Finger Rock, at 100 foot high. It's a strenuous hike into that canyon. It's also very rocky - so watch your steps along the way. But, because it starts out easy (except watch your step because of rocks), I enjoy hiking up about 2 hours, and then coming back down. Great views. Someone who wants more, can keep going up to the finger. Plan on 7+ hours to get there, although that will depend upon the individual. From what I've read, as the going gets rougher the overlooks get better. This hike starts with lots of Saguaros and climbs up into a habitat of agave, yucca, live oak, etc.

Plaza Colonial

Plaza Colonial is yet another luxury plaza located in the foothills of Tucson at the south west corner of Campbell and Skyline, across the street from La Encantada. It has great views of the nearby Catalina Mountains. There are several upscale retail venues, that include interior design studios, restaurants, galleries and spas (including Armani at Firenze Boutique, J. Bridal Boutique, Jane Hamilton Fine Art, etc.) I love going to Shlomo&Vito Deli/Restaurant and to Tavolino's Italian Ristorante. Both have Happy Hours and mountain views from their patios. The entrances to the plaza lead to a lush green courtyard. Notice the copper dome at the corner of Plaza Colonial, it is a reminder of the importance of copper to Arizona.

Gallery Row

Gallery Row Plaza is across the street from La Encantada Luxury Mall and across the corner from the Plaza Colonial. It contains various Galleries that represent regional and national artists. The famous Diana Madaras Gallery is also located in this Plaza. In the 2014 Tucson Weekly Reader’s Poll, voters chose Madaras Gallery as it’s #1 favorite, and chose Diana Madaras as Artist of the Year for several years. Acacia restaurant is also here. Just behind this Plaza (a one minute walk) is the fabulous Vivace's Restaurant, recently re-located here.

Westward Look Resort and Spa

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa is a great hotel/resort for your out-of-town guests or for a vacation. It's also fantastic for the locals for Breakfast, lunch, dinner or Happy Hour (at the Lookout or the award-winning GOLD). I've often visited the Sonaran Spa for a massage, pedicure or facial. There are incredible views of the mountains and city below.

Westward Look originated as a hacienda-style family home built less than six months after Arizona became a state in 1912. In the 1940's it became a thriving dude ranch.

Shlomo & Vito Deli Restaurant

This New York style Deli/Restaurant is a definite "regular" visit. I've had way too many Corned Beef Reubens here. (They even have Turkey Reubens). It's located in the beautiful Plaza Colonial at the corner of Campbell and Skyline. Sit on the patio for exquisite views of the mountains. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy Hour starts at 4pm weekdays.

Catalina 7 Foothills Residential Living

This is beautiful location in the Foothills of Tucson. The homes are on 1-acre lots (or larger). The views of the city and the Catalinas are spectacular. It's quiet living, yet close to any amenity desired.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Restaurant

Located in the luxury La Encantada Mall, this is one of my favorite restaurants. They serve lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner. We love to go to the Happy Hour...great martini's, wine, etc. (M-F from 4:00 to 6:30pm). The warm pretzels and cod tacos....are a must try on the Happy Hour menu. If you see Matthew (one of the Managers)...say Hi. He's a great guy and will help you in any way possible.

Melanie Clark

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Neighborhood Amenities of the Foothills in Tucson, AZ