The Tucson Foothills is the second home to a great many people who come here from all over the country. They come here to enjoy our warm sunny winter weather, and have the freedom to be outdoors in the Sonoran desert, surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Catalina mountains. The second homeowner movement in the Foothills was started back in the 1930's by John Murphey, the founder and developer of the Catalina Foothills Estates, who in partnership with the architect Josias Joesler, set out to create a lifestyle that would be attractive to wealthy midwestern and eastern families seeking a winter refuge in a desert environment. With the development of the Catalina Foothills Estates, Murphey and Joesler established a standard of large and rather lavish homes - for the time - that were surrounded by the natural desert on sprawling, hilly lots chosen for their views of the city to the south and the Catalina Mountains to the north.
And that standard, though now attainable by relatively few, to this day remains the ideal of desert living for many Foothills homeowners.
Much has changed in the Foothills since Murphey and Joesler set about to make it a destination for relaxation and recreation on a grand scale. In the coming weeks I'll be doing a series of posts on the second home market in the Foothills today, at how it's grown and changed, and a look at some of the popular second home communities, and the range of choices that are available for seekers of sun and fun in the Tucson Foothills.
If you're a 2nd homeowner in the Foothills, I'd like to hear from you, to get your opinion and point of view about the Foothills, and perhaps include it in the posts I have planned.