Villa Catalina was built between 1957 and 1961 as Tucson's first "Own Your Own Luxury Apartment Home Complex." It is located about a mile from the University of Arizona and three miles from downtown Tucson in the desirable and historic Sam Hughes Neighborhood.
Villa Catalina's four acre campus includes 20 two story residential buildings built of custom made brick and other high quality materials. Each building contains four one, two or three bedroom and bath units that range from 1,000 to more than 3,000 square feet. Typical to mid-century modern garden apartment design, the floor plans are open, and all include large expanses of glass and balconies or patios that let in the light and expand the living space. Most have spectacular views of the beautiful Catalina Mountains.
All of Villa Catalina's buildings are built around a lushly landscaped interior common area with two pools and BBQ/patio areas, two shuffleboard courts, and a putting green. The complex also offers two community laundry rooms, garage space for every unit and sufficient on-street and lot parking.
In 1992, Villa Catalina sought and received Senior Housing designation. As such now requires that at least one resident is over the age of 55 and none are under the age of 18.
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Villa Catalina prides itself on having retained its initial quality, sense of place and community spirit for more than 50 years now.
As a result, on 12/22/09,the Villa was oficially listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
• As an example of modern design applied to low-rise apartment buildings.
• As an example of the post-war garden apartment whose appeal related on its embrace of indoor-outdoor living.
• For its association with Lionel Mayell, a prominent developer of early cooperative apartment buildings in southern California, Arizona and Texas.