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AUTHENTIC TUCSON EXPERIENCE: FIRELIGHT CASITA NESTLED IN CANYON AMONG WILDLIFE

Andrew Ford

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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AUTHENTIC TUCSON EXPERIENCE: FIRELIGHT CASITA NESTLED IN CANYON AMONG WILDLIFE

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Tucson House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Nestled inside a boulder studded canyon this adobe casita is the perfect peaceful retreat possessing a commanding view of Tucson. With just under 4 acres to roam, the romance of the location will enchant couples. Possessing the rustic qualities of the classic Tucson adobe style, the massive 16' thick walls of the adobe casita were forged from the earth with adobe blocks made on site.  The casita appears as though it's always been there having grown out of the ground merging seamlessly with the surrounding desert. Adobe construction including passive solar design moderate temperatures in ways unmatched by other building materials providing an unsurpassed level of comfort.  

If you've never slept in an adobe home it may be your best night's sleep yet.  The natural materials of the casita were chosen to effect a calming harmony that will help relax you into a deep slumber at night as the coyotes serenade you to sleep.  Imagine waking fully restored with an energy reminiscent of your childhood.  

The casita features the conveniences of modern living:

•Update Facebook, connect with your family at home via Skype, or just catch up on a TV show you missed on HULU from any room with WIFI. 

•Catch the big game, your favorite soap, or the most popular prime-time shows on a large, flat screen, LED HDTV. 

•Cuddle with loved ones as the wood burning fireplace warms and transforms your nights into a cherished memory.

•Whip up a quick snack using the new microwave then stash the dishes in the new dishwasher. 

•Even though you'll start to miss the casita before you leave, take advantage of the new washer and dryer to pack fresh, clean clothes. 

•Start your morning with a complimentary coffee starter pack.

•The 300+ thread count, organic cotton sheets are a joy to sleep on. Additional linens provided to enhance your comfort.

•With more than 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is the sunniest city in the US. Attached covered parking protects your vehicle.

•For your convenience a hair dryer is stored in the bath vanity. 

•A naturalist library containing numerous field guides to look up your discoveries made during your foray into the surrounding desert. 

•A full kitchen is available for foodies wanting to cook for themselves but you may want to take advantage of our Special Offers instead and sample the wondrous delights of Southwestern cuisine among many others.

Special Offers:

With a 1 wk reservation you'll receive:

•A free guided tour valued at $97 per person led by a naturalist entrusted with the traditional wisdom carried by national treasures such as the great, great grandson of Sitting Bull and the Shadow Wolves a group of local Native American trackers.

During your adventure you'll discover:

*Various track & sign left by the wild inhabitants of the area.  

*Local birds and some of their nesting places.

*Closely guarded secrets of the Sonoran Desert.

Keywords: house, casita, adobe

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrew Ford (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Why Andrew Ford chose Tucson

Even now nearly 14 years later I still remember the first time we saw the canyon like it was yesterday. It was completely by accident. One Saturday I happened to be working as a real estate agent showing a friend homes in the area. Wanting Rhonda to get to know his family better, for the 1st time in 12 years I brought her along on an appointment with me.

In an attempt to take a short cut to the next house we tried to go through the canyon. As soon as I saw the for sale sign, we stopped so I could get out. The place was completely captivating unlike any other I'd ever seen in Tucson after living here for 40 years and seeing more than a 1000 homes in my 12 year career.

After seeing so many homes it was surprising that only 5 homes or so were truly memorable. This was something that I continued to wonder about throughout my time as an agent. What made those few homes so charming?

We were fortunate to win the property from a competing buyer. Since then we've come to regard ourselves as custodians of this valuable resource including the plants and wildlife it is home to.

In 2008 during an annual family retreat when we gather together to celebrate the past year and share our visions for the coming year, one of our goals was to build a home that our family could use to carry on our tradition.

For 10 years we had been collecting ideas for our dream home largely from multi million dollar homes throughout Arizona that we wanted to somehow incorporate into our more modest budget.

During project planning once again I returned to the question of the source of indefinable charm that only 5 homes in a thousand possess. A builder friend recommended the work of architect Christopher Alexander who studied some of the most loved buildings throughout time in an effort to capture that special quality that makes these structures so appealing.

What makes this house unique

Alexander ultimately came to describe this quality as wholeness. Wholeness guided the design of the Starlight Casa with the intent of establishing a strong connection between people, places, and nature. Ageless design elements that span the history of humanity create a sense of belonging of the home to it's surroundings.

According to Alexander there are 151 patterns that form a timeless way of building. So far we've been able to incorporate 112 of them. Hints of the pattern language are included with your welcome email. During your stay see how many you can identify.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Authentic Tucson Experience: Firelight Casita Nestled in Canyon Among Wildlife
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
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A sanctuary not with wildlife, but from my wild-life.

  • 5 of 5
I need a retreat from the continuous phone calls, emails, projects and emergencies in my business. Upon reading the story about how the owners used their home to have an annual family planning meeting, I knew this would be the spot for me.

It was ideal. I felt out of reach, but with WiFi and my cell phone, I remained in touch. Being both minutes from downtown (and many amazing restaurants) made sure my weekends were entertaining while my weekdays were productive time to get everything done without interruption.

It's a memorable space and the thick walls kept any sounds out of the bedroom. I slept better than I had in months.

The owners did everything to make me feel welcome.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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5

PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
Spent a wonderful 12 days enjoying the Sonoran desert near Saguaro National Park West. The adobe casita was an architectural delight and the location among the boulders with natural flora and fauna was PERFECT. We learned a lot from the host's desert tour and it set the mood for experiencing our desert adventures with all our senses. Enjoyed stargazing on Mt. Lemmon, attending a Mariachi event at the nearby AVA amphitheater at Casino del Sol, hiking among the blooming saguaros, bird watching in the mesquite forest at Catalina State Park, eating breakfast burritos at Tania's Flour Tortillas, and admiring unique furniture and pottery in Tubac.
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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5

Moonrise Casita works its magic!

  • 5 of 5
Moonrise Casita captured our visual interest the moment we started looking for a new vacation spot. Being from snow country, we needed a change in the climate! And a change in the type of lodging we had previously used. The casita was the answer! Our ten day stay was packed with new adventures and great weather. A welcome basket from our hosts Rhonda and Andrew awaited us in the charming main room area. Many amenities present. New to the desert environment, Andrew was a great resource person. His Saguaro Nat'l Park tour is a must. Take it! We saw during our stay, hawks, rabbits, quail, coyote and more.
The architectural details in the casita were carefully designed by Andrew. The layout of the rooms is very functional and you can have privacy or play cards/games in the main room. The internet television and our cell phones worked well on our trip. We enjoyed the wood and adobe touches, brick floor, colorful tiles and comfortable atmosphere. There are two library areas for readers including many books specific to the desert area. Check out the local eating spots. We recommend the Saguaro Nat'l Park, Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, located close to the casita. The Pima County air and Space Museum has something to offer to all age groups. We toured something every day but ran out of time. We will definitely be back to catch more. Moonrise Casita provided a unique and special place to stay while appreciating the magical, beautiful lure of the desert and mountains and area attractions.
  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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renter

  • 4 of 5
Very quiet, peaceful location. Saw several species of wildlife right up close to house. A great place to relax. The owners house, being built right next to casita, might take away from the feeling of space and peace (it was not quite finished when we rented their casita), but will still be superior to renting in a hotel or house within downtown Tucson.
It's too small for more than three.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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5

Spring break in Tucson

  • 5 of 5
The casita is even more beautifully appointed than described. We really appreicated the Electrolux washer/dryer. There are wonderful views from all the windows. The house is located only a few minutes from park land. There are other homes in the area but it still feels very secluded. It is off a private road that is not paved so a 4-wheel vehicle would be useful. You can use 4-wheel drive for the unpaved parts of the National Park, as well.
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're grateful that the upgrades to the casita were appreciated. It's true that many of Tucson's best places are off the beaten track and an SUV or truck are better for accessing many of these secret hideaways. The driveway to the casita is driven daily in our Toyota Prius, a car low to the ground, without problem according to our mechanic. Many of our guests arrive in cars and all without incident. Future guests can be assured that their cars will successfully navigate Tucson's roadway's though as this guest points out there are advantages to trucks and SUV's.
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Serenity at its best

  • 5 of 5
Moonrise Casita was an absolutely wonderful place. It was clean, spacious, modern and perfect for our Tucson vacation. We hiked in the canyons, saw red tailed hawks and quails, sunned ourselves off the porch and just generally enjoyed the peacefulness of Moonrise. Both bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and the bathroom was cozy but outfitted with everything you need. The main living room/kitchen was open with a huge flat screen tv and instructions on how to use the wireless internet. I loved the front porch because you could sit and be cool in the shade or move your chair a little and soak up the sun. They have a security system that makes you feel safe while you are away because it is somewhat isolated in the canyon and you don't see too many people or cars. The owners made sure we had everything we needed and were wonderful from start to finish. Highly recommend this gem.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
8.5 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Chili's Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
8.8 Miles
Star Pass PGA Course
Nearest Train
9.5 Miles
Amtrak N Toole Ave
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-19
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Little Mexico Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
51 Miles
Mt Lemmon Ski Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Tucson Movie Studios
Nearest Point of Interest
Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Spectrum Shopping Mall
Nearest Point of Interest
Harkins Movie Theater
Car: necessary

The 'Moonrise Casita' was built on a long since forgotten mining road leading to 2 abandoned gold mines hidden in the surrounding canyon conjuring images of the old west. You can easily imagine Apache scouts atop the stone towers guarding the entrance to their stronghold. The 'Moonrise Casita' overlooks the San Xavier Mission, the 'White Dove of the Desert', completed in 1792 and widely regarded as Tucson's most sacred place. Convenient access to shopping at the .5 mile long or more Spectrum Shopping Center (10min) with grocery shopping even closer make this quiet escape a best kept secret. Or skip the zoo and curl up with a good book in the window seat if you can tear your eyes away from the dramatic scenery and the varied wildlife passing by.

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Rates & Availability

From $127 Per night

Tucson House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 22 2014
5 night minimum stay
$133
$797
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 23 2014 - Jan 2 2015
6 night minimum stay
$187
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid-Winter
Jan 3 2015 - Jan 29 2015
5 night minimum stay
$187
$1,123
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Gem Show
Jan 30 2015 - Feb 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$187
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Feb 6 2015 - May 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
$187
$1,123
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
May 4 2015 - Sep 27 2015
4 night minimum stay
$127
$597
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$187
 

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Notes For every 7 nights booked receive 1 night FREE!
*Excludes holidays & Gem Show

Taxes and cleaning fee additional

*Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Amenities

Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 2nd bedroom can be configured to include 1 single, 2 twins, or 1 king size bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming

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