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Easter and Spring Weekends: Glam Hacienda on 4+ Acres

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Eclectic 4000 Sq. Ft. 'Elegant Ranch' Renovated to Boho Perfection

This is our renovated dream home on the outskirts of Tucson, created in 2012 with a top design team, using antiques and art collected around the world. You enter the hacienda via a planted courtyard with a working fountain (stairs to our viewing porch: you can see the Catalinas, the Rincons, and the Downtown Lights from the porch, which is ideal for an intimate wedding service). Front door opens on enclosed Arizona room, now a breakfast room overlooking the living room. Five private bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms (one ensuite), family room/dining room complex, chef's open kitchen with brand new appliances, sunken living room featuring beehive gas fireplace, patios, terraces, and a private pool for just our compound. Magazine quality interior, but comfortable, artsy, and welcoming, with the sophistication of the world, and the comfort of southern Arizona. Stunning art and decorations; house features amazing concrete and antique tile floors and bathrooms (literally) hand crafted for respite and wellness. High-tech security system for added peace of mind. If you're looking for an escape, 'Two Bird' is your destination.

Marian Salzman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Marian Salzman

We're a PR pro and a law school professor, and this is our dream home renovated in 2012-2013. Someday it will be our primary residence. Today, it's an oasis from our life in New York City. Here is a picture of all of us in San Juan, taken a few summers ago.

Marian Salzman purchased this house in 2012

Why Marian Salzman chose Arizona

This $200,000 plus renovation injected the highest quality style into what had been a rundown property owned by the actor Gary Shandling. We renovated it back to be better than ever. It's at peace with nature, rambling over nearly 5000 sq. feet indoors (and more when you count covered terraces), yet it feels manageable and homey. The views are majestic: Catalinas on one side and the Rincons on the other. The house is cool and warm at the same time, private but close to the city and the mountains. There are up to five private bedrooms; the fifth one is a by day but we have a blow up queen sized bed.

What makes this house unique

This rural property is 8 minutes from Tanque Verde's shopping and 20 minutes from the University of Arizona, no more than 30 minutes from the Foothills (read: premium shopping). The national park is a bike ride (1 mile). But why would you ever leave the house, with a pool, trails, and views that seduce and property that rambles? You can hear horses, and the odd coyote. We promise you it is truly desert chic, in ways you have to live it to understand it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house. Very accomodating. Couldn't believe this gorgeous home is a rental. Big screen TV, leather couch, and brand new mattresses. Loved the linens.
May 2013
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Tucson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Master ensuite - shower
  • All 3.5 bathrooms are brand new in 2012, and the showers are state of the art.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    There are two single sleep platforms in living room - 2 child bed , If you are 5'6 or shorter they are very comfortable
    Bedroom 3 (twins) - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , We also have extra single blow up bed
  • Master has gorgeous bathroom ensuite. The second master has a private bathroom. The twins share a brand new bathroom with tub. The powder room is also very convenient to anyone sleeping in the family room or the living room sleep benches and is bathroom nearest to the den.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is ideal for a couple, a family, a reunion of friends, and small wedding parties, also families visiting the UofA. If you want privacy and the outdoors, a luxurious but comfortable environment, Two Bird Ranch is for you. Our housekeeper comes in at our expense before and after your stay. We are happy to rent for small corporate retreats, and have welcomed groups around University of Arizona events.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Easter and Spring Weekends: Glam Hacienda on 4+ Acres
average rating of 4.714286 based on 16 reviews
Salem, OR

Exquisite Desert Living

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Two Bird Ranch was a perfect escape from the city, yet close enough to shopping and the sites of Tucson. The home had everything we needed for our large family, yet also gave us space when we wanted it. We found everything needed for preparing meals and enjoying family time.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely guests who took great care of our home... thank you.
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Splendid setting in the saguaros

  • 4 of 5

We came back for a second year and might consider a third. The house is so great for families with children and there is so much to do. Watching the sun set from the roof terrace is a pleasure that never pales.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Christmas Gathering in Tucson

  • 5 of 5

Three couples, one senior, two-grown children and a dog all thoroughly enjoyed staying at Two Bird Ranch for a week over the Christmas holidays. As others have wrote in their reviews, the pictures do not do justice to the house -- it is gorgeous, spacious and very comfortable. We found the extra leaf for the dining room table under the master bedroom bed and it was wonderful for all of us to be able to sit at the table for our meals. While the December weather was too cold to heat the pool and in-ground spa, the above-ground spa was ready to go when we got there and was greatly enjoyed. The fact that all the bedrooms have doors to the back patio and access to the back gate made it convenient for people to come and go without disturbing others in the house. The yard is lovely and very secure for the dog. All the facilities in the house are high-quality and were clean and in perfect working order. The housekeeper was there to let us in on the first day and show us around. Everything went smoothly with zero issues and we would certainly rent this house again the next time we are all in Tucson.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed hosting you. Glad you had a great desert vacation.
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Beautiful spot to gather

  • 5 of 5

We had an 80th birthday party for my father - the house was the perfect setting!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Views and nice place

  • 5 of 5

Our team had a blast at the house and it was perfect for our 10 people. Really nice views. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to host you
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The house was great as advertised but the pool was not heated

  • 3 of 5

We loved the house and the rooms were great. Great view from everywhere on the property and walking trails. The disappointment was the pool was not heated on arrival. Jim did come over the next day after arrival but seemed like it was a bother. Came again the third day after calling because the spa was heating but not the pool. Again Jim seemed bothered and explained it takes days to heat the pool. If it takes days then it seems they should have turned it on before our arrival. Paid $50 per day for 4 days to heat the pool and could only use it one day.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Miles
Tucson Mcgraw's Cantina
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
2.3 Miles
Village Diner
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Mt. Lemmon
Car: necessary

A ten-minute drive from all the amenities and some decent local cafes and restaurants, but completely self-contained. Safeway Online will deliver! Enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor BBQ, etc. The kitchen is stocked with everything a cook needs and there is flatware and plates, etc. for a dinner party for 16. The dining room table seats eight (extra leaf to under master bed) and there is a second table for four in Arizona room. House truly houses 10-12 luxuriously, since our den is a private room and we offer a new blow up queen-sized bed and linens to make it a bedroom.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $75

Guests must schedule a weekly housekeeping clean up which we pay for, if they stay more than 6 nights. Checkout is 10AM unless otherwise negotiated in writing. POOL HEATER WILL BE 50 PER DAY PAID ON SITE IF YOU DECIDE TO HEAT POOL. IT CANNOT BE HEATED IF AIR TEMP IS BELOW AROUND 70 DEGREES.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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