La Madera Neighborhood Profile

La Madera Neighborhood by CJ Boyd 

The La Madera Neighborhood runs from Fort Lowell Road to Glenn Street and from Tucson Boulevard to Country Club Road. La Madera Park is at the center of the neighborhood, both in the geographical and cultural sense. The park is a hub for family gatherings, games, and all sorts of other recreation. 

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The playground at La Madera Park

 

About 1,500 people live in La Madera. The population is mostly families and most own their home. Thought there are some apartment buildings, the majority of the neighborhood is made of single-family homes. Many of the homes were built in the 1940s and 1950, though there are also quite a few newer homes. According to the website Niche, which allows users to rate neighborhoods all over the country, La Madera is the #7 best neighborhood in which to live in Tucson. 

Treat Avenue, which runs down the middle of the neighborhood except where the park interrupts it, is a Bike Boulevard and is used widely by bicyclists in the area. 

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Treat Avenue, one of Tucson's Bike Boulevards

While there are no schools located within the bounds of La Madera, there are two located just across Tucson Blvd in neighboring Shaheen Estates. Gertrude Cragin Elementary School sits at Tucson Blvd. and Blacklidge Drive, and Northminster Christian School, which is housed inside Northminster Presbyterian Church, is located at the corner of Fort Lowell Rd. and Tucson Blvd. 

Similarly, there are no churches located in the La Madera Neighborhood, but there are four just outside its official boundaries. Besides Northminster Presbyterian, there's Tucson Chinese Baptist Church at the corner of Tucson Blvd and Fort Lowell. Across Country Club in the Cabrini neighborhood is Vineyard City Church, located in Winterhaven Square, the strip mall that includes The Egg Connection and D’s Island Grill. Finally, across Glenn in the Country Glenn neighborhood, is the Tucson Church of God of Prophecy. 

Along the northern border of La Madera, there are a number of neighborhood gems for food and beverages. Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas recently relocated from Sam Hughes to a lovely new spot on the corner of Fort Lowell and Tucson Blvd. That location also has a wonderful new mural on display. And just east of there on Fort Lowell, diners and drinkers can find Gallery of Food, Maria Bonita Mexican Kitchen, and Danny's Baboquivari Lounge. Caravan Grill is nearby, too, at the corner of Country Club and Glenn. 

La Madera is also home to a few small, locally owned markets such as Aqua Vita Market and Caravan Mideastern Foods, both located at the corner of Glenn and Country Club, and Carniceria Aguajito on Fort Lowell and Treat. 

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Local market Aqua Vita

La Madera resident Steve Rains lives just across the street from La Madera Park. When asked what he loves about the neighborhood, he said, "I enjoy living in La Madera because of the sense of community. The neighborhood is a great group of folks who care and look out for one another. It's like extended family—except without as much bickering." 

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Open space at La Madera Park 

 

Another neighbor, Hunter Basteen, said, “What I enjoy about living in La Madera are the variety of experiences I am so close to! I can ride my bike for less than ten minutes to multiple delicious restaurant options, walk my dog at our park, go quickly down Campbell for anything related to the University, or a bit further and I’m downtown. La Madera is a great home base for someone who wants easy access to the different things Tucson has to offer using both the bike path that runs right through our neighborhood or a car. We walk to Winterhaven every December and enjoy Cyclovia’s stop outside our front door! Because so much is happening, it definitely feels like a community.”