I think Tucson is a dusty little border town with some good views. You lived in a very pretty area.
I live in a rural area, way out West Ajo Way in the Altar Valley. For non-Tucson folks that is pronounced "Aah ho" and it means garlic, though we all know what people mean when they say "a-joe". We also know they are tourists.
I so want to move to Northern CA to be near DH's rellies and sources of WATER! I want to retire to live by a lake or a creek....sigh.