Along Oracle Road, you can’t help but run into the unmistakable architecture of the community of Casas Adobes.
The community was founded more than 60 years ago by Silvio “Sam”
Nannini, who came to the area seeking to cure the bronchial asthma of his wife, Giaconda. The two settled in and built a series of housing subdivisions on about 300 acres using mud, or “adobe,” bricks, hence the community’s name, “houses of adobe.”
Nearly 66,800 people live here, home to Tohono Chul Park, resorts, restaurants and boutiques.
• Though Casas Adobes is an unincorporated community, it is older than both the towns of Oro Valley and Marana. Casas Adobes is notable for having the upscale shopping center.
Casas Adobes Plaza, its only shopping mall, Foothills Mall, a major hospital, Northwest Medical Center, and the only botanical park, Tohono Chul Park
There is no sign on the side of the road indicating your arrival in Catalina Foothills, but once you encounter the area’s trademark hills dotted with some of the most spectacular homes and views in Pima County, you’ll know you have arrived.
Nearly 50,800 people live in this affluent community with excellent schools, nearby canyons and trailheads, a thriving art community, the upscale retail hub at Campbell and Skyline, and its exclusive resorts.
The history of the modern development of the Catalina Foothills dates back to the early 1920s.
• Catalina Foothills is one of the most affluent communities in Arizona and the U.S., with the 6th highest per capita income in Arizona, and the 14th highest in the U.S.
Catalina, roughly 17 square miles in size, is located about 12 miles north of Tucson in the rolling foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Catalina State Park borders the community on the south, while Coronado National Forest borders it on the east. This quaint town boasts slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall than its metropolitan neighbors.
Catalina began as a ranching community, and it’s been home to Tucsonans seeking a quiet life and starry skies. Today, more than 7,500 live in Catalina.
• Catalina continues to experience increasing population growth, while attempting to maintain its rural character.
Just over the rolling hills of Catalina is SaddleBrooke, an age-restricted community of golf courses, clubhouses, activity centers, outdoor recreation, a performing arts center, more than 4,500 homes and fabulous vistas. Some 9,614 people call SaddleBrooke home.
Although SaddleBrooke is in Pinal County, it is a vital part of Northwest Tucson and Pima County. Robson Communities began building SaddleBrooke in 1986, and has now expanded into a new community, SaddleBrooke Ranch, just north of Oracle Junction.
• SaddleBrooke is built on the side of a mountain range that climbs to 9,100 feet above sea level. Residents can walk out their back door into the Coronado National Forest.