Oro Valley only saw 14 homes sell over 1 million dollars in 2006; in 2005 there were 18 homes that sold over one million. The highest priced homes for both years were found in Honey Bee Ridge for the 85737 zip code; the highest prices were $1,950,000 for 2005 and $1,562,500 for 2006. In 2006 the 85755 zip code had an incredible $4,200,000 sale at LaCholla Air Park; this property was on over 16 acres and the new owner can fly to the homesite. In 2005 the 85755 zip code saw the highest sale come from Stone Canyon III at $1,443,915. The 85737 zip code really stayed pretty level as far as the average dollar per square foot goes from 2005 – 2006; however, the 85755 zip code saw approximately a 6% increase in the average dollar per square foot. The over 4 million dollar sale skewed the figures upward and it is probably safe to say that Oro Valley luxury homes just held their own as far as the final sales price is concerned from 2005 – 2006.
Interestingly enough, houses over a million fared the best last year. In fact the number of sales increased and these high-end houses appreciated! The two prime Foothills zip codes –85718 and 85750– proved to be the best investments. Houses over a million in the 85718 zip code had a 18% increase in number of sales and the 85750 zip code had a 40% increase in the number of sales. The average cost per square foot went up 9% in the 85718 zip code and went up 6% in the 85750 zip code. The average days on the market were a little longer, but really only went up to a little over 3 months, and this is not a long time when selling a high end home compared to the past. Without a doubt, many people made huge gains in only a few years time and this appreciation is expected to continue in 2007. In 2006 the highest price house in the 85718 zip code was located in Pima Canyon and it sold for $3,100,000; the year before Pima Canyon also had the highest price house and it was even higher, at $3,600.00. In 2006 the highest price house in the 85750 zip code was located in Ventana Canyon and it sold for $2,950,000; the highest price house in 2005 was located at Rattlesnake Canyon Estates and it was priced at $3,650,000–it has a remarkable 49.12 acre homesite.
I started this blog in January 2007 to give my sphere of influence up -to -date information on the Tucson and Oro Valley luxury real estate market from my perspective. Please feel free to write to me with any of your questions, comments or observations. I look forward to this new adventure and hope we can learn a lot from one another!