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Desert Palms Park Apartments for Rent

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Tucson’s Desert Palms Park is a planned neighborhood first designed in 1959 by Otto Small, a Polish-born civil engineer with a vision to build affordable homes in an attractive environment. The neighborhood was completed in 1968. Today, the urban area of Tucson has pushed into Desert Palms, but it still retains wide, palm tree-lined streets and much of the “smaller town” feel of the original area.

Desert Palms Park stretches from Wrightstown Road on the north to Bellevue Street on the south. It also incorporates several blocks and cul-de-sacs on either side of Avenida Ricardo Small, and it is part of the 85715 ZIP code. The majority of residents live in single-family homes, with 64 percent of all residents being homeowners. As of October 2010, the median single family income in Desert Palms Park was $56,580. There are 183 total homes in the Desert Palms Park area, with approximately 750 residents.

Many houses follow the Spanish Colonial style of architecture prominent in mid-20th century Tucson. Water-conserving landscaping features are frequently found in front lawns, including rock or cement yards with cacti or low-water trees. Houses made out of brick or adobe are common in Desert Palms Park, and many homes have large front patios. Most residences have three to four bedrooms, although larger homes can be found in the area.

One popular destination for people in the neighborhood is the Wrightstown Elementary School on the corner of Wrightstown Road and Avenida Ricardo Small. The large school has open space that is used by local children after school hours and on weekends.


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