My name is Ross Raderstorf and I am the owner of Casitas Helena. My wife and I have spent the last three years renovating this fantastic property. Although it had been neglected in the past decade, we have now restored it and brought it back to its original glory. This gave us great satisfaction.....seeing the original oak floors come back to life through refinishing, giving both the interior and exterior a fresh coat of paint, planting new trees and shrubs.
I took on this project once I decided to retire from teaching after 25 years in a local school district. I find renovation work highly rewarding. I also enjoy meeting people who come from all over the world and provide whatever they need to make their stay enjoyable and memorable.
We make Tucson our home and live fairly close to Casitas Helena. Together with our two daughters (age 15 & 13) we sometimes check in to our casitas for a staycation ourselves, shopping along 4th Avenue, taking in a musical concert on the U of A campus, or heading on foot or riding the streetcar downtown for great meal.
Ross Raderstorf purchased this apartment in 2010
We knew this property had great potential. We loved the courtyard area and the fact that all 4 casitas shared this common space. Expanding the courtyard to the rear of the property completely changed the space. Because of Tucson's mild winter weather, we created an outdoor room that can be enjoyed all season long. We love to sit in the courtyard and hear birds singing from all sides of the property. There is room for several groups of people to enjoy the space at the same time, but yet still have their own privacy. The property also has a basement apartment (rare for Tucson) that has been converted into a complimentary laundry area and common room for our guests.
Casita Helena is in a great location for central Tucson. It is conveniently located near the University of Arizona main campus (6 blocks), the University Medical Center (9 blocks) and the 4th Avenue shopping district (5 blocks). The new modern street car line (4 blocks) has just begun operation and connects all the above areas and continue on through the downtown district, to the west side. Since the street car stop will be four blocks from the casita, it will be easy for our guests to enjoy easy access to central Tucson without having to get in a car.