This unique secluded desert home sits at the end of a dirt road in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. It is a place of refuge where one can truly experience the Sonoran Desert…and it is only 15 minutes away from a great Mexican restaurant, Safeway, a movie complex, and other places of business. This is not in a gated community. It is in a forest of Saguaros with lots of trees and foliage for birds and two ponds which regularly attract javalina (wild pigs) deer, coyotes, bobcats and other creatures of the desert. It is a perfect place for hikers, bicyclists, bird-watchers, writers and painters.
Towering Saguaros surround the house along with Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Sweet Acacia trees. Many varieties of cactus are everywhere including the beautiful ocotillo, and the mysterious night-blooming Cereus. This is the Sonoran Desert – unlike any desert in the world. When people leave this part of the country they always say that they never knew a desert could be so beautiful. From the front door of the house you can walk down to the Sweetwater Arroyo and hike for miles or you can drive one mile further into the Tucson Mountains and hike back into the Sweetwater Preserve - 600 acres of primitive desert landscape available only to hikers, horses and bicyclists. Or you can just sit and savor the desert at the house and not see anyone for days and fall asleep at night to the songs of coyotes in the darkness.
My Grandparents originally settled this land back in 1940. They built three adobe houses (made their own adobe bricks) – one of which they lived in and the other two were rented to friends. There was nothing else around at the time except their places. Two of the adobes still exist. Our friend, Betty Wickersham, with her two horses, now lives in my Grandparent’s old house. My parents acquired some of the land and built their house in 1978 out of adobe and beams from the old Bisbee Mine. They are gone now but they always opened their house to anyone who loved the desert. This is the house where you will be staying when you come to vacation at Indian Summer Ranch. Betty’s horses will greet you on your way into the property.
My mom and dad got the land from my granparents and built this house. When they died I acquired it and did not want to sell it so we are trying this approach to keep it in our family.
I am a musician and my wife Jo is an artist. I have been touring and recording with Kevin Costner and Modern West since 2005. We had a band together in the 80's when we both were living in Los Angeles. It was discontinued for a while because he became famous, had a family, and didn't have the time to devote to music. In the meantime I continued with my career...had songs in movies and television and had a recording contract in Europe. I was the Music Supervisor for Dances With Wolves.
My wife Jo works with oils on canvas and wood. She is also a printer and a bookmaker. The Indian Summer House is filled with her original art.