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Entrance Gates Make Me Wonder... (1 of 2)

It's a portal.  Don't you wonder what's on the other side?

...what's on the other side?

When I noticed the FOR SALE sign go up on a remarkable home in our little community of Tucson Estates II, my interest was piqued.   (Finally, I'm going to get to see what's behind that gate!)

Location?  Location.  Location!I'll tell you what's behind the gate...  next time. 

Tucson Mountain Park

Sunday evening, I climbed to a perch 800 feet above the home to get a sense of perspective on its location. 

See that little red arrow?  It's hovering over this particular home.  Come right about 200' and the road you see is the park boundry.  The entrance to the John Krein trail is right there.  That's the trail that brought us to our perch a mile away.

Wildflowers, Tucson styleOur community is surrounded on three sides by Tucson Mountain Park.  The park consists of 44,000 acres of gently sloped to mountainous terrain.  It's home to one of the most beautiful Giant Saguaro forests in the world.

You might think that with more than a million people, greater Tucson would be "built out." 

That's not the case on our side of the Tucson Mountains, because the town and county leaders had the foresight to create this preserve.  Tucson is on the other side, behind us to the east.

The city of Tucson from the John Krein trail in the Tucson Mountains

John Krein Trail

The John Krein trail is a favorite of mine, especially when I'm introducing out-of-towners to our chosen spot on the planet.

Fingernail moon over the desert.It's an easy hike to a point with a spectacular view, both to the east (Tucson) and the west (Tucson Estates II with a 75 mile horizon.)

I stayed until sunset, and walked out as dusk crept over the desert and the moon came out.  Two mountain bikers passed me, heading through the mountains back to Tucson.

I thought a little more about that gate, and what lay beyond.  I'll tell you tomorrow.  Be sure to come back and visit.

Saguaro at dusk


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Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 28 commentsMike Jones • March 31 2009 07:43AM



Thanks for the view of the area, you have me waiting to see the home.  What a surrounding area.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 12 years ago

That gate reminds me so much of Santa Fe. Nice seeing you this morning! I'll be back to see 'the rest of the story.'

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 12 years ago

The gate reminds me of some type of medieval castle!  I can't wait to see what's on the 'other' side.  You can bet I'll be back in the morning!

You're such a tease!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 12 years ago

More very nice photos, Mike!

I particularly like the door (of course) and the back-lit saguaro cactus.

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) almost 12 years ago

Okay Mike - you know I'm like a little kid that can't wait until I see those photos - not funny!  Sis-in-law. 

Posted by Kathe Morgan almost 12 years ago

MIKE! MORE GATE INFO! (laughing here, Besides my growing collection of beautiful grandchildren, doors, gates, pathways, windows make up 99% of what's hanging on my walls. My husband teases me that a psychologist would have fun with me. I say I am just going places...) kate ford

  • PS Nothing compares to the desert, unique, jaw dropping, humbling...
Posted by Kate Kate almost 12 years ago

Open the door so I can see what is outside!  Oooooo, nice...I like that!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate almost 12 years ago

Mike - I am also curious now. We have a lot of gates in WIlliamson county Tn, most of them are to keep people away from the stars who live here.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 12 years ago


We have quite a number of beautiful gates, especially in this litte corner of the community.


There's a lot of "outside" to this home, and every home in our community.


Going places...  I like that!


Más mañana!  LOL


Glad to oblige!


I'll be looking for you.


The gate reminded me of Santa Fe too.  See you tomorrow.


You can understand why we chose this spot to settle out here in the west!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago


Your sense of perspective is awesome!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 12 years ago


Location?  Location.  Location!  Thanks for the encouragement!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

You tease you.

I'm happy just to look at the get.  But, then I have a door fetish.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 12 years ago


Yes, but more importantly! Person, person, person the eye of the beholder! There is beauty in the most desolate of places, it takes a certain attitude to see it!

I believe we find what we seek. If we look for the awesome beauty If we look for good we'll find it no matter the location. Ugly exists, but only in contrast! I piety those that never see the beauty simply because they've never looked for it.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 12 years ago

Mike--What a lovely place to live! The photography is beautiful...And I cant wait to see what is  behind the gate. :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi Mike - your posts are not only inspirign me to get out there and walk my neighborhood, but to take a photography class! Beautiful!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) almost 12 years ago

Mike, You really do live ina beatiful place. I haven't been to the desert in over 30 years. Maybe I take TLW out west when she's recuperated.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Mike - That picture of the crescent moon, appearing as a perfect cup, reminds me of a few years back when Venus was conjunct with the moon.  The planet was perfectly placed just above the crescent, and looking like it was ready to drop into the cup!  It appeared mystical!

I like your other pictures too!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 12 years ago

Awesome Mike....Im thinking it's a secret garden?

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Hi Mike: Life is always better on the other side of the door - lol.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) almost 12 years ago

The desert can be very nice for about 10 months of the year the heat is just too intense for me.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 12 years ago

Can't wait for Part 2 -- meanwhile, it's a nice gate!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 12 years ago
  • Hmmmm, Mike, Isn't there to be a Part Two today? Waiting not so patiently, kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate almost 12 years ago

Dear Kate,

The day is young...  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Okayyyyyy. Just keep in mind I anticipate needing my "going places" fix  sometime during  the course of the day :) kate ford

Posted by Kate Kate almost 12 years ago

Mike - I read these out of order, but what a great post. The landscape of tye Tucson mountains is just beautiful, I love all the Saguarro cactus. Very beautiful - and very inviting!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 12 years ago

I love all of those "little green things" poking up out of the ground -- LOL.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 12 years ago


Some of those saguaros reach 50' in height and weigh as much as seven tons!


Any order is fine with me.  :)  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


I appreciate having you as a reader.  Hope you got your fix!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Love the saguaro sunset shot.  That gate reminds me of the older adobe homes that used to be around town. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 12 years ago

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