My first job in real estate was over 45 years ago, when I was a sophomore in high school. I got my start by cleaning what was then my grandfather, Roy H. Long's only office. By the time I earned my real estate license in the early eighties, I had been learning from the best in the business for most of my life. In the early eighties, I managed the central office, and became a co-owner and the designated broker of Long Realty. Although a career in real estate was an inevitability, it truly became my passion. I am honored to have been a part of helping so many achieve their dreams as home buyers, or reach their goals as home sellers, and I am honored to have been a part of the great company my grandfather started.
Born into Real Estate
My grandfather started Long Realty from his home. Some of my earliest 1950’s memories were at that house/office. What is now the site of McKale Center and the UofA baseball field, was where I spent summers with my grandparents, swinging on the front porch swing, catching lizards in the trees, and watching the UofA July 4th fireworks. I remember vividly standing next to my grandfather, “Pop,” as we called him, and watching him hand-write one-page real estate agreements at his flip-down desk.
I am humbled to have been born into a family with such a fascinating legacy, and to be a part of Tucson's history. My grandfather played a large role in developing Tumamoc Hill, securing land for Himmel Park, building the first YMCA, and assisted in the founding of the Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Rodeo. His achievements have instilled in me a pride, connection, and love for Tucson like no other.
From left to right:
My grandfather, Roy H. Long (founded Roy H. Long Realty in 1926), My father, Barrington Long, My brother, Randolph Long, My brother, Russell Long, Your's truly, with eyes closed, and my brother, Roy Long II
Long Family History
As with many Native Tucsonans, my grandparents relocated here to heal from Tuberculosis, which plagued the more humid half of the country between 1880 and 1945. Doctors prescribed Arizona's sunshine and dry climate to tuberculosis patients, creating a rapid increase in population. With the construction of the railway in the late 1870s,"The White Plague" attracted patients in droves, skyrocketing Arizona's population high enough to reach statehood in 1912. It is argued that the disease, also referred to as "consumption", impacted our city's development, style, and architecture, as sanatoriums implemented Native American design to portray their buildings as places of peaceful healing.
My Grandfather, Roy H. Long saw potential in the Sunshine City. In 1926 he started a business out of his home, located at what is now the University of Arizona's baseball field.
When my father took over the company in the early 1950s, Long Realty expanded into eight branch locations and added other services, making the company the most well known name in Tucson real estate. My brothers and I were passed the torch in 1980, each of us contributing to the success of our grandfather's legacy.