Tucson, Arizona 85716
Charming Sam Hughes Neighborhood in Central Tucson Boasts Lovingly Restored Historic Homes and Palm-Lined Streets
Sam Hughes is a charming neighborhood just to the east of the University of Arizona in central Tucson and is one of the city's oldest sections. It was designated a National Historic District in 1994 and is just one square mile, bounded by Broadway Boulevard, Campbell Avenue, Speedway Boulevard and Country Club Road.
The neighborhood's namesake, Samuel C. Hughes, was a Welsh immigrant who came to the United States as a child in 1837. He eventually made his way to Tucson, where he fathered 15 children, opened a bank, helped establish a public school system, served on the city council and more.
Homes in Sam Hughes date from the 1920s to the 1950s, with architectural styles including Pueblo, Colonial, Bungalow, Territorial, Mediterranean, Tutor and others. Properties are well kept, often with colorful doors, window frames and low slung walls. Tall palm trees line neighborhood streets, with saguaros and fruit trees adorning many a front yard.
Real estate prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s, although homes starting in the low-$200,000s are more common. High end properties sell in the $900,000s.
The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association actively recruits volunteers, manages the Neighborhood Watch Program and publishes a newsletter to keep neighbors informed about local events. It also sponsors a biennial walking tour that celebrates Sam Hughes' rich history and architectural diversity.
The neighborhood is a favorite with University of Arizona staff and professors, artists, white collar employees, some students, not to mention retirees who appreciate the quiet ambiance, beautiful homes and sense of community.
Local amenities include a park and a lovely library.
Sam Hughes has some racial diversity, and politics lean to the left.
Summer temperatures in this area reach the high-90s and low-100s, with winter temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 12 inches of rain each year. The sun shines 285 days of the year.
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Population is 550,000
Median age is 33
Percentage of population with at least a bachelor's degree or higher is 35%
Estimated median household income is $51,425
Median home value is $189,996
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