The majority of homes in this community are older homes with big lots that have been remodeled, and newer homes with slightly smaller lots, but still larger than you'd find in the city. Most yards are xeriscaped - landscaped with desert plants and no ground cover - or feature natural desert plants. Newer homes are Santa Fe style stucco, older homes are more likely to be bricked ranch style houses. Most homes are likely to be backed up to natural desert or state park land than other houses or neighborhoods, creating a calm, country feel.
Amphitheater school district serves this area, a district with 22 schools and over 1,000 teachers. A little over half of the students here are enrolled in one of the 11 elementary schools, so you can tell this is an area with lots of young families. Some large employers are surprisingly close to Catalina, including Northwest Hospital, Honeywell, Sierra Tucson--an internationally known rehab center owned by Miraval-- and many more.
Catalina is also near many fun things to do in Tucson, including Catalina State park, which has miles of trails that go all the way to Mount Lemmon, Native american ruins, horseback riding and camping. The area also includes Breakers Water Park which is Tucson's largest water park along with tons of natural forest and desert to explore.