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Susan Christy

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Historic Carriage House near UofA, Med Ctr, Downtown & Fourth Avenue

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 15 nights


Tucson Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful 1 BR 1 BA loft in Early-1900's Carriage House

This light-filled, cheerful getaway is located in the heart of the West University Historic District, 4 blocks to the U of A campus, and 1 block from the 4th Avenue retail district. Walk to downtown, restaurants, shopping, and arts events. Within 10 minutes of Reid Park, home of the Tucson Zoo, the Randolph and Dell Urich golf courses, and a lovely outdoor pool and Rec Center.

All outdoor activities abound, or just enjoy sunny Tucson from the private, walled yard. Porch/patio is perfect for outdoor dining or just basking in the sun.

Please see my other listing, 322155.

The two-story loft apartment has 1 bedroom and 1 full bath. It comes completely furnished, with WiFi, TV, DVD, CD stereo, iron/ironing board, ceiling fan, air conditioning and heat. The kitchen is fully equipped, including stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, blender, toaster, cooking accessories, dishes and silverware. The apartment sleeps 1-4, with a Queen-size bed in the bedroom upstairs and a full-size fold-out couch in the living room. All bed and bath linens provided. Laundry facilities available at several local Laundromats.

If you like, we can do a pre-arrival shopping of food and beverages on a cost/hourly basis.

If you will be here for any of the holidays, we can also supply decorations and have the place festively adorned for your arrival on a cost/hourly basis as well.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Susan Christy (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english


based on 35 traveler reviews

Historic Carriage House near UofA, Med Ctr, Downtown & Fourth Avenue
average rating of 4.742857 based on 35 reviews
Burlington, VT

Wonderful Location and Perfect for Two

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week! The carriage house was just right for the two of us, it had everything we needed. The courtyard was a great spot for morning coffee or relaxing in the early evening after exploring Tucson or the surrounding area. The wonderful eclectic 4th Avenue shopping district is within walking distance, a block away. There is a very nice Co-op, Food Conspiracy Co-op, for groceries, various stores for all sort of other shopping plus a number of nice places to eat. I would also suggest Time Market, 3rd and University for beer, wine or a slice of pizza. However we mostly picked up groceries and ate in. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking.

The carriage house is also close to downtown or if you are looking to head out into the surrounding area, close to highway access. Once the light rail system is up and running in the fall of 2013, access all over the city will be even better.

We are looking forward to a return trip and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Proceed with some caution

  • 3 of 5

I just completed a two-week stay. The location was good for 4th Ave/UofA, but other than that it was one of the most average places I have ever stayed. It was not a pleasant first morning to discover there was no soap, shampoo or a blow dryer (I understand on these kind of rentals that the renter supplies this stuff but I have stayed in a lot of them across the world and have always experienced a starter set of supplies). The owner replies to emails quickly but was rather inflammatory and accusational when I pointed out that the ad indicated there was a phone and the space did not have one (being out of country this was an important feature in the space that I booked which was why I had booked months in advance). I found this out a few days before I was to arrive -- too late to find something in the same price range in the same general area. Because of work-related teleconference calls (and yes, I do know about Skype, etc) I had to have access to a phone. When I suggested this was going to add some cost to my stay and hours of inconvenience driving to a place a few times where I could use a phone, she accused me of bullying her. So please do check the ad carefully and be in touch with her regarding anything that is important for your stay. I was there for work and wanted a space to work at ... the desk that is in the photos is not in the space so another way that the advertisement was not accurate. The bed was very nice but the towels need replacing. I assume they were stained with bleach or something at some time but they did not look appealing to use (I have photos if you are interested). The couch needs replacing -- saggy and not very clean. Very old TV. I was not really fond of the alley entrance because I was there by myself. The alley is not illuminated at night so if you do not put the house external light on when you leave in the sunny daylight it is very dark to enter the property. If you are looking for a place in the coming months you might want to inquire too as to the status of the construction job next door (lots of hammering during daylight hours). Please also note that in my 30+ vacation-type rentals, I have never left a review containing negative comments but, all in all, this was not a very good experience. If your only/primary criteria is proximity to 4th Ave/UofA it is a great option. If you have other criteria such as starter amenities, accuracy of advertisement, cleanliness, I would suggest you consider other options.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Starter personal supplies include dish soap, extra TP and paper towels, hand soap and liquid body wash. I cleaned and stocked this apartment myself before her arrival so I know these things were there. Guest made this reservation 5 months in advance and we talked on the phone a few times while she was making the reservation. She was more nervous than most renters and asked a lot of questions, but never asked about a landline. From the first contact, she was trying to get me to lower the price for her 13-night stay. I let her know about a special that I always run – if you stay for a full week, the 7th night is free – and she decided to extend her stay for 1 more day. She did not ask about the landline phone until 2 weeks before she checked in. I told her there had not been one in the apartment for over 5 years and that I was not even aware that the listing still mentioned one since no one had asked for it since. When I checked, there was no mention of a landline in the written descriptions or amenities of the listing, but there was still a checked box buried deep on the last page. I apologized and, since she was from Canada, suggested she could get a SIM chip for her cell phone. She told me it was a work cell phone and she was not allowed to take it out of the country, but that she could buy a cheap or used cell phone and asked me if I would give her a free night for her trouble. I replied that I would not, and suggested she could use Skype. When she said that would not work for her either, I offered to let her out of the reservation without a cancellation fee. She refused that also, as she felt she had too much going on to find a new place. She then threatened to withhold the remaining $480 that she owed unless I gave her an additional $75 discount. It was at this point that I told her I felt bullied and strongly suggested she find another place to stay. Once again, she refused. I met her when she arrived to attempt to smooth things over and she was very nice when we met in person. Before I left town a few days later, I sent 2 emails to find out if she had everything she needed. I did not hear back from her until she posted this review. As this guest points out, I am very responsive to emails and would have liked to have had the opportunity to address her complaints in person, but had no idea she was unhappy with the apartment. Somehow I have a feeling that if I would have given her a free night, I would have gotten a better review.
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loved my 3 & 1/2 months in the Carriage House

  • 5 of 5

The Carriage House is a unique, historic place with great charm and convenience. I stayed from mid-April to the end of July and liked it so much, I stayed there again when I returned to Tucson in early September. The apartment had everything I needed to be comfortable, which is important for such a long-term stay. The bed is great! And the location is excellent, close to 4th AVE shops & cafes, the U of AZ, as well as downtown. The owner was supremely attentive and very considerate. She responded immediately to any concerns or questions. I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tucson, Arizona, USA

Infested with cockroaches and told by the owner that they were

  • 1 of 5

We were thrilled to find this very cute home in a fabulous location for our remote employees. However, when my employee settled in, there were baby cockroaches and larger cockroaches everywhere. Upon contacting the owner, who has refused to reimburse us, we were told the following:

"Since those giant roaches are so common in the desert, to reassure her I googled and found a link from the UofA Ag program about them so that she could see they were only coming inside for water because it was so hot out. I explained this and advised her that it was always a good idea to keep her food in sealed containers, and to keep the drains plugged when not in use"

If you rent this home you should be aware that they owner waited almost a week prior to getting the house treated. I think she is an attentive owner but no one should have to share a home with cockroaches. Thirsty or not, this is unacceptable and we are now seeking legal proceedings to protect other renters from this level of response from an owner.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! I don't even know where to begin to respond to this. This guest contacted me after being in the apartment for 5 nights & said that she had seen “a few” cockroaches the previous evening. I apologized and empathized - I don't like seeing them either, but this is the desert and unfortunately, these are common desert pests during the hottest part of summer. Since it was a Saturday, I told her I would call on Monday to have the apartment treated. To try to reassure her that they were not a health hazard, I sent her a link to a UofA Ag Dept. publication titled "5 Common Cockroaches of Arizona" (that's how common they are). In the heat of summer these bugs can occasionally come inside looking for water. They tend to show up near sinks, tubs and toilets - they are not the sort of cockroaches that are after food. When we desert dwellers see them we shiver inwardly, then treat for them. I did not hear back from her until Monday morning, when she told me that she had gone ahead and checked out on Saturday as the bugs were now “everywhere”. I did have the apartment treated on Monday, but the person who treated saw no sign of an infestation and no bugs have been seen since. They are gross to see, but I did what any responsible landlord would have done and had the apartment treated as soon as possible after being notified. I am not sure how the reviewer decided I waited a week to treat the apartment, since her employee checked out the same day she reported the issue to me. The guest chose not to return to the apartment after it was treated, so I immediately released the remaining dates of the reservation on the calendar in an effort to re-rent the apartment for those nights. I told the guest that I would be happy to refund the balance of her stay if I was able to re-rent the apartment for the remaining dates of her reservation. This proved not to be the case, so I was unable to reimburse her. Since this is my only negative review in 10 years, I would ask that you look at all of my other reviews and take them into consideration when making your choice. Many thanks for reading this far!
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Madison, Wi

Convenient, clean, comfortable and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Met our needs in every way, and true to how it is pictured and described. Wonderful location a couple of blocks of both 4th Ave with its eclectic shops and eaterie, and the University, and in walking distance of downtown. Thoughtfully and fully equipped, clean and well maintained. Susan was available and responsive to address our questions. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

A cozy place in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

I greatly enjoyed the month I spent here. It's perfect if you want to be close to 4th Ave, the UofA campus and only a 15 minute walk (or,of course, SunLink) to downtown. I enjoyed the bright sunlight and the efficient and easy-to-use heat/air con when needed. The property was very clean and just as pictured. Off street parking is handy (and necessary here!) and the neighborhood was very quiet and felt perfectly safe, day and night. Susan was very responsive to any issues that arose. I look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Tucson Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2016 - Oct 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2016 - Jan 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Jan 27 2017 - Feb 12 2017
15 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

$75 - 80/Night
All rates are for 2 people. For each additional adult, add $25/nt. Kids stay free. Maximum occupancy 4 people. Minimum stay is 3 nights. A deposit of 50% due at time of booking; balance + cleaning deposit due at check-in.

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Tucson Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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