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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private

Bedrooms 1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Tucson Glass Cottage: open-concept living in the desert

This architect-designed original home was completed in early 2013. High sloping ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, polished concrete floors, custom poured concrete feature walls, bamboo drop ceilings, beautiful recessed lighting and myriad 'Architectural Digest' touches make this the perfect spot for the discerning traveller seeking an urbane hideaway in the Sonoran desert.

The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape. Saguaros and other cacti surround you. Quail, rabbits, javelinas, coyotes may wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Covered quartzite stone decks facing both west and east. Acacia chairs and table on the east deck, bistro table and chairs on the sunset deck. Lounge chairs for sunny afternoons. Driveway parking for one car, a second car can be parked in a pull-out immediately across from the Cottage.

The Glass Cottage comprises two separate units, connected by a covered breezeway.

One half of the Glass Cottage has a Poliform queen size bed; Wassily-style chairs and a Frank Ghery cocktail table and 'Wiggle Chair' in the sitting area facing a working acorn fireplace; dressing room with ample drawers and hanging space; huge two-person glass shower with stone floor and stunning views to the west; vanity area with bamboo sink on cantilevered concrete counter; and a separate and fully enclosed toilet room. Facing east, you will wake up facing the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains.

A few feet away across the covered breezeway, the other half of the Glass Cottage contains the fully equipped kitchen with beautiful tiled countertops; a custom-designed trestle oak dining (or work) table, with 6 chairs; a Danish swivel reading chair and Damson reading lamp; and a leather flip-down sofa, ideal for an afternoon nap. Facing west, you'll be treated to the sun setting over the Tucson Mountains as you prepare dinner.

Tucson Glass Cottage shares 3.3 acres with only the owner's residence, some 100 yards away and oriented to ensure privacy for both homes. The Cottage is accessed by a private gravel road, shared only by the owner's home. The acreage is in the center of a group of 6 similarly large plots, far from traffic.

This is the perfect spot for an individual or couple seeking real tranquility and a touch of luxury in a magical desert setting. Yet an easy drive into the University area, downtown, and into the magnificent Saguaro National Park.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About James

Professional who enjoys beautiful and very peaceful surroundings.

James purchased this cottage in 2003

Why James chose Arizona

The perfect mix of the true Sonoran desert experience with easy access to the city and all urban comforts.

What makes this cottage unique

Peaceful and gloriously natural, yet easy access to urban amenities.


Tucson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower with mid-torso jet spray, windows with privacy screen
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen size mod. firm mattress, Poliform frame
    Other - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Leather sofa in dining side of cottage flips down as bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Floor to ceiling glass window walls oriented to give you complete connection with the desert (no draperies or other window coverings). No television service.


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(27 traveler reviews)

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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private
average rating of 4.703704 based on 27 reviews

Great spot for seclusion and unplugging

  • 5 of 5

The Glass Cottage is a great place to stay if you want some privacy and to take in the Tuscon landscape. Between the two buildings you have clear views all around the cottage. Carella (the property manager) was very friendly and gave me some maps for biking around the area, and aside from that I had the entire week to myself.

I had to get used to being woken up by the sun, since the bed faces the rising sun, and the wind was surprisingly loud against the glass walls. The construction on Ina made just about everything at least 20 minutes away, but otherwise my stay was comfortable and easy.

I had few problems with the internet (mainly between getting my computers to switch between the main router and the range extender), and no problems streaming from Netflix if you turn the quality down to SD, so if you don't want to unplug, that's fine too.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the desert, in particular the nearby biking opportunities, and were able to stay as plugged in as you wished to!
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A beautiful and unique property

  • 4 of 5

We spent 6 weeks at the house this spring. It lives up to the pictures and has a wonderful rural feeling despite being very convenient to everything you need. Love to stay there again one day...

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit and kind words. Glad you appreciated and enjoyed the 'away from it all' rural environment coexisting with easy access to urban amenities. Hope to see you again soon!
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Unique - you feel like you are staying right in the desert.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I loved our desert retreat near Tucson. We loved the feeling of being gently woken up by the sunrise. We loved being a 5 minute drive from the entrance of the Saguaro National Park where we would go for daily light hikes in the trails. The Glass Cottage is separated into 2 completely separate rooms (I'm assuming for architectural interest and complete sound proofing between the 2 parts of the cottage - joined by an outdoor covered breezeway of about 10 feet.) We loved the beauty and furnishings of the bedroom half with the glass shower and a pair of comfy chairs to face the morning sun. The kitchen/living room half was beautiful too, and it was helpful for the sound separation as I did a bit of songwriting with my guitar first thing in the morning while my wife rested so the layout was prefect for that. There were 2 challenges with the kitchen/living room side. The furniture was lacking. The black faux leather couch seemed broken and uncomfortable to sit in. We also found that without window coverings the heat in the afternoon in the living room side facing the afternoon sun was too intense, and while we could turn on the AC unit it was a bit noisy. If there was a way of covering that one window wall facing the afternoon sun it would help, but with the unique design that may be impossible or cost prohibitive. All in all it was a delightful retreat for us as a couple and both Carella (property manager) and Jim (the owner who we met briefly) were absolutely delightful and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Sonoran Desert! And thanks for your feedback.
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Contemporary glass and steel

  • 5 of 5

We first saw this property on vrbo and built a driving holiday around a week stay there in February, 2017. We were not disappointed. It was as good as its listing, steel and glass. Very private as its location on the lot did not overlook or afford the impression that we were, as it were, living in a glass house.

The house is very well stocked in the kitchen, nothing to want for, three ways to make coffee if you need that? Barbecue out in the yard and we were asked by the manager to let her know if there was anything we thought it needed to further or enjoyment for the week.

For interested people, we would have no hesitation to recommend this property for a stay in a contemporary, mid century styled architectural home.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and that the Glass Cottage lived up to your architectural and comfort expectations. It would be a pleasure to have you back!
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Stunning beauty

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about how uniquely beautiful the Glass Cottage is. The building itself is an architectural showpiece while at the same time comfortable and relaxing. We woke up to stunning views of the desert landscape, conducive to lounging in bed to take in the ambience, including white-tailed rabbits hopping by. One evening we saw javelinas too. The Desert Museum is just a short distance away through the Saguaro National Park, and we enjoyed several excellent restaurants and a "First Saturday" tour of art galleries in the evening. We even did a horseback trail ride in the hills. We wouldn't have known about these excursions were it not for our fabulous and friendly host. The management of this property is first-rate -- we found it to be impeccably maintained and Jim was super responsive, friendly, and helpful. If you are considering a stay here, don't hesitate! It's an exceptional place.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a pleasure to have you stay in the Glass Cottage, Julie! Please come back soon...
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Beautiful, but some problems

  • 3 of 5

This house is spectacular, but there's also serious operational defects. Here's the pros and cons.

Pros: the setting is remarkable, and the photos don't do it justice. Its surrounding patch of desert matches anything we saw in the nearby national park. It is the complete desert experience. We even saw a javelina trotting past with her baby piglet from the deck.

The location is also very good, better than we realized in advance. It's very close to the west side of Saguaro National Park, which we thought was far more scenic than the east side, and also contains the wonderful Desert Museum and the cheesy but fascinating Old Tucson Studios. It's also convenient to a whole strip with a nice grocery store, chain restaurants, Wal-Mart etc.

The house is also lovely, with an interesting design and tasteful artwork. It's "inside-outside" two buildings is less good in the chilly desert evenings.

Set against that, cons: we found the local manager somewhat inefficient. We were told to call on leaving the airport, call again at the top of the drive, and we were still left waiting 20-30 minutes before she came to open the house on arrival. She also neglected to tell us the alarm code, which we discovered we needed to have the next morning. She e-mailed, but it delayed us an hour that day.

We found the outside grill in a state of absolute filth, with about half an inch of caked-on chicken breading. It was a safety hazard given the muscular wild perccaries running around attracted by food outside. When we left, however, they kept back a disproportionate amount of deposit for alleged extra cleaning of pots. That's never happened to us before in 10 years of such rentals. We recommend insisting that the manager does her inspection under your scrutiny when you leave, no matter what.

The trash arrangements are bizarre and inconvenient. The manager insisted we bring our trash to her house, 400 yards away, the night before we left. If you are not comfortable hauling trash that distance (e.g. If elderly) or want to risk your car rental deposit by transporting stinky trash in your car, be warned.

Overall, it could be near-perfect it run properly. But it isn't. We wouldn't say don't take it, but document everything and expect impracticality.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate the kind words for the setting, design, and art of the Glass Cottage. This guest unfortunately left quite a mess, including spilled milk all over the interior of the fridge and filthy pots/pans and dishes. No prior guest has ever left the Glass Cottage in such a state. The extra expense of the required deep cleaning was taken as a minor ($50) levy against his damage deposit, which angered him. I trust that readers will read his comments in the light of that experience, and assess them against the many 5* reviews and positive comments of others. I point in particular to the universally glowing reviews of the property manager and of her kindness and efficiency. I note too that no deficiency in the property as received was brought to the property manager's attention prior to the guest's departure -- to the contrary, the guest expressed only his delight with the property while in residence. I agree that the bbq should have been more closely inspected, and that the final check-out should have included an inspection of the interior of the fridge and inside the kitchen cabinets that would have revealed pre-departure the guest's failure to abide by property rules -- that will now happen. As for the recycling and garbage arrangements: this is a semi-rural property located down a narrow gravel road, for which urban-style service is not available. Recycling (no sorting necessary) and garbage can be left in bins outside the property manager's home, conveniently located right on the road guests drive down to reach the Glass Cottage. This can be done throughout the stay or as guests drive out for the final time -- an arrangement that everyone else has found to work well.
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
University Of Arizona
Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress
Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails
Cafe Poca Cosa
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 10 (I-10)
Car: necessary

Down a private gravel road to 3.3 acres of gorgeous and unspoiled Sonoran desert, shared only with the owner's main home (some 100 yards away). The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape -- saguaros and other cacti. Quail, rabbits, javenlinas, coyotes will wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Just minutes from the house you will be at the entrance to the magnificent Saguaro National Park (West) with endless hiking trails, climbs of varying difficulty, and the not-to-be-missed Sonoran Desert Museum.

All major shopping needs and a major cinema complex less than a five minute drive away. Five minutes also takes you to Hwy. I-10, from which it is a 15 minute drive to the University of Arizona, 20 minutes to downtown Tucson, and about an hour to Phoenix.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Damage Deposit $250

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.
An additional cleaning fee of $95 for biweekly cleaning is required for bookings in excess of 14 nights. Biweekly routine cleaning will be scheduled by property manager at a mutually convenient time for duration of stay.
Outdoor noise, including music, is not allowed.
Surcharge for stays under 30 days during Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Breach of house rules provided with rental contract will lead to additional damage claim and/or termination of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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