We stayed at the Glass Cottage (GC) for the entire month of March in 2015. It was our best VRBO experience in Tucson. We had stayed in others places during our previous visits and they were all fine, but the GC was a true special experience.
1) Great location. The GC is a quick drive to shopping areas, particularly the streets of W Ina and N Oracle, full of endless shops. It is also a few minutes drive to the Sonora Desert Museum and nearby parks. Downtown is about 10-12 minute drive.
2) The environment surrounding the GC. As soon as you drive onto the private road to the GC, you are immediately surrounded by giant cacti and other desert plants. It is peaceful and private. The only occasional visitors are coyotes, javelinas, rabbits and birds.
3) Description of the GC. The building is actually two separate buildings/rooms, the kitchen and the bedroom, connected in the middle. It feels much bigger than 950 sq.ft. The ceilings are high for both rooms. You get great views from both rooms in every angle. Unlike a conventional building, which encloses or separates you from your immediate environment once you are in it, the GC blends you with your environment. The inside and the outside are like one. I often felt as if we were "camping" in a modern room. The best views for me were the moments each morning when I woke up and looked out of the glass walls/windows. The views were magically beautiful, no matter what time and what sunlight! I indeed looked forward to each morning's awakening.
The pictures of the GC on the VRBO website are actual representations. What you see is what you get. The GC practically has everything you need, from kitchen and laundry equipment to various daily necessities.
4) The owner and the manager. We met the owner Jim and had a quite pleasant chat with him, a friendly guy. The manager, Carella, who lives minutes away, was very helpful whenever we needed anything. She was the one who greeted us at the door when we arrived, and the one who said goodbye to us when we were leaving. Both Carella and Jim were invisible but present when we needed them.
In short, we had a great time staying at the Glass Cottage and will definitely return and whole heartedly recommend the GLass Cottage to anyone who wants a true desert experience in Tucson.
Thanks, Jim and Carella!