With winter vanquished at last, we've only got a few weeks to enjoy New York spring weather until it turns into a drippy steam bath that makes subway platforms unbearable and transforms my hair into a ball of fuzz. Coastal humidity has me dreaming of dry heat, specifically the hot desert vibes (and cacti!) you'll find in Tucson, Arizona.
This gorgeous city nestled amid mountain ranges is home to Sarah Sellers, the nurse who shocked marathoners by taking second place at the Boston Marathon earlier this month. It's also home to the spectacular Saguaro National Park, and residents make use of 350-plus days of sunshine a year, breathtaking sunsets, healthy biking infrastructure, a burgeoning restaurant scene, the University of Arizona, and lots more wildlife than you'd find in, say, Prospect Park.
And with a median home price of $177,400, Tucson's a lot more affordable than what you'll find here in subway swampland. If you're willing to spend more than that, you can score a Pueblo-Revival-style mansion in a gated golf resort community, the dream of some who would like to retire but for that pesky Brooklyn rent.
If any of that sounds appealing to you, read on for an idea of what's for sale out there.
2442 East Third St., Sam Hughes
This two-bedroom, one-bath house is a single story, like many Tucson houses, to keep the place cool. The house is in the city, east of the University of Arizona, with crown molding, wood doors, granite counters, and a Mexican tile vanity in the bathroom. There's also a fireplace, a front porch, a back patio with a built-in barbecue, a shed, and a pad for parking. The house is listed for $357,000.
2120 North Norton Ave., Catalina Vista
A three-bedroom, two bath brick ranch in a quiet residential neighborhood with loping, broad streets northeast of the university. The house has hardwood and polished concrete floors, a fireplace, a distinctive pass-through kitchen with floating shelves, a living room with a fireplace, a sun room, and a backyard with cacti and a concrete patio. It's listed for $395,000.
2252 North Klondike Dr., Forty Niners Country Club
For a slightly fancier living experience, this resplendent four-bedroom, three-bath masonry home is located in Forty Niners Country Club, a golf club in northeast Tucson. Highlights include a granite kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances, a master suite with a fireplace, and a screened-in sun porch with a view of the pool. The asking price is $429,000.
6835 East Calle Luciente, Indian Ridge Terrace
If you're willing to drop New York bucks, there's this four-bedroom, four-bath ranch house is also in the northeast suburbs, and listed for $764,000. The 3,454 square foot house has cathedral, wood-beamed ceilings, an elaborate kitchen, spacious, light-filled living areas, and beautiful marble bathrooms. There is also a saltwater, solar-heated pool. Desert living has lots of upsides.
425 East First St., West University
For more modest digs closer to downtown, there's this three-bedroom, three-bath bungalow in West University. The house was built in 1920, and the vintage charm is enticing. The house still has its original working fireplace, along with vintage tiled baths, a remodeled guest house, and an expansive backyard. The asking price is $399,900.
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