For more than 4,000 years, man has been drawn to the base of Sentinel Peak to harvest the land and to create a home. From early pit houses to Spanish settlements and modern-day luxury dwellings, what is now known as Menlo Park Neighborhood is truly Tucson's birthplace.
Nicole Harrington and daughter Hannah, 1, visit with a horse at the Tanque Verde Stables. Rather than a pool or tennis court, the stables were originally used as an incentive to buy a home in Bel Air Ranch Estates.
Pride, the iconic fiberglass horse, stands watch at the Bel Air Ranch Estates entrance on Tucson's far northeast side.
The dining room of Dorrell-Jo MacWhinnie and Ed Berkeley, who moved into their burnt adobe brick home nearly two decades ago.
"It's really a wonderful place to live," says Dave Baird, who moved into the neighborhood in 1972. Baird's backyard is shown.
Tanque Verde Stables owner Dennis Cole, left, talks with trainer Tommy Rodden as he works with Morena, a quarter horse. The stables were originally a community amenity. Some residents still board horses there.
Dave Baird's backyard reflects the quiet, rural ambience of the neighborhood, which is a few minutes away from groceries and other essentials of life.
Dorrell-Jo MacWhinnie's home in Bel Air Ranch Estates also has accommodations for horses, including Nicolai, an Egyptian Arabian who is a neighborhood star.
Editor's note: Our series explores Tucson neighborhoods' homes, vibes and people. Look for the Where We Live series monthly in the Home + Life section of the Arizona Daily Star.