Catalina Foothills

Suburban community on the southern end of the mountain.

Welcome to the Catalina Foothills

Located north of Tucson in Pima County, Arizona, lies the Catalina Foothillssituated on Arizona’s most striking mountain range. In the early 1930s, the Catalina Foothills, developed by local designer John Murphy and Swiss architect Josias Joesler without disturbing the desert landscape, envisioned a resort community for wealthy Midwestern families to seek refuge during the winter months. Nestled between the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountaintops are luxurious Mexican-style properties and sleek modern homes. 
The beautiful desert terrain and Southwestern culture draw young families to the Catalina Foothills. Surrounded by nature, it’s a highly sought-after area where residents enjoy tranquility, vibrant sunrises, and panoramic sunsets over the foothills, plus great access to in-town action. Within this area are several unique communities, including gated communities, golf communities, and non-gated rustic communities. Located at the base of Santa Catalina Mountain, Sabino Canyon offers an assortment of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Other activities to take the family include multicultural galleries, golf courses, and unique restaurants. 

What to Love

  • High-performing schools
  • Finger Rock’s two-mile trail
  • Best city view from the mountains

Local Lifestyle

The Catalina Foothills is a relaxed and friendly community. The pleasant weather and absence of congestion create a nice blend of action and serenity. Residents have the luxury of connecting with nature on a picnic or hiking during the day before experiencing diverse bars, eateries, and fine dining during the evening. There are a number of opportunities to join a nearby country club, including Ventana Canyon and La Paloma.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

La Encantada is a sophisticated outdoor shopping center with a dynamic view of the Catalina Foothills. It has over 60 luxury brands, specialty shops that can only be found in the Southwest, and eateries. Throughout the year, join residents in the courtyard of La Encantada for community events, markets, and festivals. Located in La Encantada’s restaurant circle is Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, an American restaurant and steakhouse known for its bold flavors and upscale dining experience. Enjoy an intimate dinner with family and friends on the patio or indoors. Also in La Encantada, Blanco Tacos + Tequila adds an innovative twist to classic Mexican eats like tacos, burritos, and bowls. Enjoy refreshing tequila flights and savory dishes served with fresh salsa and their famous house guacamole. For fresh, handcrafted pasta, chef’s choice pizzas, and other savory Italian dishes in a warm and indulgent atmosphere, look no further than North Italia.
Located right at the base of the Cataline Mountains, Chef Massimo Tenino’s award-winning Tavolino Ristorante Italiano offers patrons an authentic Northern Italian dining experience with traditional recipes, excellent service, and exceptional wine. Vivace is another fine Northern Italian eatery that has a reputation for superior staff and delicious seafood. Fleming's prime steakhouse and wine bar has an impressive selection of premium cut steaks and a curated wine list. Meet family and friends for lunch or dinner at Contigo Latin Kitchen for a beautiful marriage of Spanish and South American dining. Known for their stunning view of the Tucson city skyline, they have an impressive selection of tapas, salads, and soups that you can enjoy indoors or on their patio. 

Things to Do

DeGrazia Gallery is a 10-acre museum celebrating the life of Ted Degrazia and his artwork depicting life in the Southwest. This gallery highlights historical events and a collection of DeGrazia’s most famous oil paintings, sculptures, watercolor paintings, and ceramic art. 
Skyline Country Club is a clubhouse with various outdoor activities, including health and wellness spas. A round of golf at Skyline Country Club presents a unique golf experience with an enchanting view of the Sonoran Desert and Tucson Valley. Golf enthusiasts of all skill levels can enjoy 18-hole, 71-par golf courses individually or in groups. Outdoor activities include special tennis events and access to the swimming pool.
Ventana Canyon is 600 acres of rolling hills, desert flowers, and pine trees. Play golf, pamper yourself at the spa, or enjoy some of Tuscon's finest dining at the Catalina Dining Room, which offers fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list. St. Phillips Plaza is a chic European-style shopping plaza filled with boutique shops, restaurants, and health and wellness stores. In the courtyard of the plaza, residents enjoy live music from local artists.


Students in the Catalina Foothills attend Unified School District #16.


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