Grow Up and Grow Old
These are the stories of real residents who have grown up in the community and still call it home! Hear what they have to say about their lives in Rancho Sahuarita so far.
Residents since 2022
Originally from Illinois, Richard and Elizabeth Boudreau retired to Rancho Sahuarita in April 2022. Through word of mouth, they discovered Rancho Sahuarita and found that the community met all their wants and needs.
Residents since 2005
Since moving to Rancho Sahuarita in November of 2005, Chrissi Gomez has wasted no time getting involved in the community. Originally from Norwalk, a city in southern California (not far from Disneyland), she and her husband P.J. had been in search of a smaller town that would serve as a nice place to raise their son Matthew. Having a passion and strong desire to make a difference, Chrissi quickly found a variety of ways to do just that in Sahuarita.
Residents since 2014
Edgar and Salvacion Lytle relocated to Rancho Sahuarita after their retirement in 2014 from Alaska to be closer to their grandkids. Ed and Sal also have 3 dogs and enjoy the miles of walkable trails throughout the community.
Bryan and Joy Hopper are 9-year residents enjoying life in Rancho Sahuarita. They both have long careers in the Air Force and chose to move to Arizona to be closer to family. They had 3 days to find a house and looked at multiple areas in the surrounding communities of Tucson. Bryan said after they saw Rancho Sahuarita their decision was easy because the amenities and nearby stores and restaurants at the Rancho Sahuarita Marketplace appealed to them.
Dr. Celeste Bryson and her husband, Mike N. Bryson, LPC, NCC, along with their 4 youngest children, moved to Rancho Sahuarita in January of 2019 from Clayton, Delaware, (where their two oldest children still reside.) The Brysons heard about Rancho Sahuarita from a friend on the East Coast who told them the community would be a good fit for their family.
Justin and Dennise Jarvis moved to Rancho Sahuarita with their six children in June of 2019 to be closer to family. They are originally from Southern California but spent recent years in Missouri where Justin taught at Truman State University.
Rick and Claudia Ochoa, originally from Tucson, moved to Rancho Sahuarita in the summer of 2004 to be closer to Rick’s job. They moved here when their two daughters were toddlers and they are now young adults. Their youngest child is about enter high school and he is Rancho Sahuarita born and raised!
One of the first families in the community, the Montijo family moved to Rancho Sahuarita from Tucson in November of 2001. Andrew, Denise, and their three children loved the location of the community and all of the amenities that were included. Andrew’s job first brought his family to Sahuarita, and little did they know that their experiences gained in the community would be greater than they ever could have imagined.
One of the first families in the community, Donnie and Amanda Back moved to Rancho Sahuarita in December of 2001. The couple explained that during their search for a home, safety and affordability was crucial; they are pleased with the growth of the Rancho Sahuarita community while maintaining affordability and that it is also known to be one of the safest places to live in the U.S.
Chris and Cindy are one of Rancho Sahuarita’s founding families. During their search for a home, community culture and proximity was what first brought them to Rancho Sahuarita in December of 2001. Twenty years ago, the couple envisioned great potential for the community; now, “there’s so many amenities, no drawbacks, and close proximity”, they shared.
One of the first families in the community, Joshua and Misty Grant grew up in Sahuarita; both attended Sahuarita High School and graduated together in 1996. The couple loved the hometown feeling of Rancho Sahuarita and chose their forever home in September of 2001. Over the past two decades, the couple have raised their three children here; their daughter, Rhiley, and two sons, Benjamin and Wesley.