Casitas de Castilian
8643 W. Las Lomitas Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85704
In a Sunny Town, Mellow 55+ Community of Casitas de Castilian Has Two Swimming Pools, Tall Trees, Nicely Groomed Grounds and Adobe-Style Town Homes
Casitas de Castilian is a nicely groomed, low key 55+ neighborhood in northwestern Tucson. It was built between 1965 and 1974, and its innovative Bennie Gonzales design features casitas grouped around open space. The village ambiance offers residents both privacy and community.
The 120 attached homes range in size from about 800 square feet to 2,600 square feet. Although there are four two-story units, most of the one, two and three bedroom floor plans are arranged around a single level. Many have been remodeled to include skylights, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and a gourmet kitchen. Exteriors are white with a red tile roof, and most homes have a carport, a back patio with an arched entry and a little gate. Community grounds are dotted with Italian Cypress evergreens, palm trees and bushes.
Prices start in the mid-$200,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices will change over time. The HOA fees are approximately $260 to $300 per month and cover water and sewer services, as well as exterior home and patio maintenance.
The clubhouse is small but has meeting facilities, a community kitchen and room for potlucks, brunches, holiday barbecues, and coffee hours. Two outdoor pools, a tennis court, and 17 acres of open space round out the neighborhood amenities. Social clubs abound and cover a wide variety of interests - from books and memoirs to poker to yoga.
Casitas de Castilian is minutes from the shop of Tucson Mall, golf at the par three 18-hole Quail Canyon course, and outdoor adventure at Catalina State Park. Downtown Tucson, with its restaurants, museums, and theaters, is only seven miles away.
A short drive outside of town sweeps residents from the stark landscape of the Sonoran Desert to cool evergreen forests atop one of Arizona's "sky islands." These rugged mountains, comprised of four separate ranges, reach more than 9,000 feet above sea level and provide year-round opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping and bicycling.
Tucson has seven hospitals, and the University of Arizona Medical Center has won numerous national awards. It is nationally ranked in geriatric care, cardiology and heart surgery. Accredited by the Joint Commission, it accepts Medicaid and Medicare patients.
On average, Tucson has 285 sunny days per year. July's average high temperature is 100 degrees, and January's average high temperature is 52 degrees. Nights are usually cool. Precipitation is up to an inch per month.
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On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. In the southwestern region of the United States, it borders New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west and Mexico to the south. The Cactus Wren is the state's bird, and the Saguaro Blossom is the state flower. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.
Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the nation's oldest national parks, and the Hoover Dam. It covers 113,000 square miles, making it the nation's 6th largest state. However, only a small portion of the land, about 15%, is privately owned. The rest of Arizona belongs to national parks, state parks and Native American reservations.
Interestingly, the majority of Arizonans - everyone except those in the Navajo Nation - do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.
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