Marana, Arizona

Marana AZ Real Estate, Marana area and Community Information

Marana, Arizona, is a rapidly growing community nestled in the Tortolita Mountains. In 1990, there were fewer than 2,500 residents of Marana, and today there are more than 35,000. Railroad workers that had to deal with bushy undergrowth in the area named the town after the Spanish word for "thicket." Pinal Airpark, north of Marana, is well-known as a storage facility for commercial jets. In the 1970s, it was surreptitiously used as an airbase by the CIA.


The archaeological evidence suggests that humans have continuously lived in the area of the middle Santa Cruz Valley for over four millennia. Las Capas has been identified as an agricultural area near the present-day interchange of I-10 and Ina Road. The oldest known canals on the continent are found here. Linda Vista Hill dates to before 1350 A.D. People of the Trincheras culture lived in pit-houses on slopes above the streams and arable land. archaeologists have identified over 75 of the homes.

In the 1800s, mining and ranching was dominant, and agriculture emerged after World War I. During World War II, the Marana Airfield became the largest pilot-training facility in the world. Marana was incorporated in 1977.

Parks and Recreation

Backpackers and campers that invest in Marana real estate will want to experience Saguaro National Park. Here, the majestic Saguaro cactus enjoys protected status. Photographers love capturing silhouettes of these giant cacti at sunset. The high country includes Mica Mountain, a 8,666-ft peak. At higher elevations, aspens, alligator-bark junipers, Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine dominate the landscape.

Attractions and Activities

Hiking is widely embraced in the area, thanks in part to the many miles of scenic trails that traverse the ever-changing topography of the Tortolita Mountains. Trails of every length and every level of difficulty are available for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.


April brings the annual Marana Bluegrass Festival to Ora Mae Harn Park. The festival showcases popular Arizona bands with an occasional nationally known act thrown in for good measure. Music workshops are offered at the Marana Community Center. Booths are occupied by artisans and craftsmen displaying their special creations.

Marana's Star-Spangled Spectacular attracts more than 10,000 visitors every July 4, including many with real estate in Marana. The Founders Day event occurs over a four-day period at the end of October. It celebrates the town's incorporation.

The veritable explosion of Marana's population over the past couple of decades guarantees a profusion of newer Marana AZ homes for the prospective Marana home buyer to choose from. The young family relocating to the area will find a significant number of Marana homes for sale with 1,400-1,800 sq-ft of living space that are modestly priced.

At the same time, Lynn Kline can show the discriminating home buyer Marana properties in the million-dollar plus range. Such properties may feature more than 6,000 sq-ft of living space, multi-car garages and deluxe desert landscaping. Lynn Kline can help you to sift through the hundreds of homes for sale in Marana as you seek out the best values in Marana AZ real estate.
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