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Andrew Ford

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Authentic Tucson Experience: Mud Adobe Casita Nestled in Canyon Among Wildlife

15 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Arizona 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)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Andrew Ford chose Arizona

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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 15 traveler reviews

Authentic Tucson Experience: Mud Adobe Casita Nestled in Canyon Among Wildlife
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

BACK IN TIME

  • 5 of 5

A senior German couple, we enjoyed the two weeks of our stay and called that place a home - a comfortable one with much charm. You will find many memories of Old Mexico in style and architecture. Therefore the casita is not only a secluded getaway to enjoy a lazy day or a starting point for adventurous hikes into the nearby mountains and the Sonoran desert (beginning with the easy stroll through the fantastic Sonora Desert Museum only a few miles away) but also an inspiring "base camp" from where you can travel back in time: to the reminders of the "Spanish Entrada" (Presidio Tubac, Missions San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori), to the atmosphere of the Wild West (much more than only visiting the tourist trap of "Old Tucson" nearby), and to so many places where Apache Indians lived their secret lives or lurked for landhungry immigrants, greedy miners or Cavalry patrols, lost in the deserts. Yes, on our last day in the casita we played ourselves "Apache Scout Sentinel" high on the cliffs of two Saguaro studded Beehive buttes in front and behind the Casita.

We would be very happy to return to this pittoresque and hospitable spot some day.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dayton, Ohio
5

SUBLIME

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay here getting away from more than we knew. The house is as advertised with the amenities being excellent, and more if new to the Sonoran Desert. While remote via the 1/2 mile dirt road, it is 10 min. to amenities, and 15-25 min. to most of all Tucson. The place is so quiet on the inside, with owls and coyotes outside at night, and good daytime birdwatching. While here, we enjoyed close proximity to the Sonoran Desert Museum, SD National Park, The Rock Shop, and Old Tucson. The San Xavier mission is nearby and worth a visit regardless of belief. (we met jeweler Joe Begay there, A must meet) Other explorations during our stay included Mt. Lemmon (a half day at least), and the Artisans Downtown. Last but not least of course is owner Andrew"s personal guided tour in the desert. Make time for it! J.S.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A perfect spot!!

  • 5 of 5

Found this place on VRBO and it was everything it said it was!! Absolutely delightful place to stay. Very quiet and peaceful with wonderful accommodations and amenities. The only downside is the very poor quality of the road to the casita. Would seem like all the folks along the road could make some improvements to even it out a little, a very rough ride to and from. But other than that, would highly recommend!! The welcome basket, the cleanliness, the soft towels, everything was perfect for us. Would definitely come again.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Forks, BC
5

Desert Elegance

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week, and wished we had booked longer. The Desert tour by our host Andrew was one of our trip highlights, and would encourage anyone staying at the casita to take the tour- you will not be disappointed. The Casita itself is cozy, with excellent amenities surrounded by elegant touches that make you feel at home. A great place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the front porch while overlooking the natural surroundings. While the Casita is off the beaten track, it is surprising close to the many things to do in the Tuscon area. We would highly recommend this accommodation. The desert tour with the host Andrew is a must.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunnyside washington
5

Winter visitor

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a week with my sister in law at this awesome casita. It was everything we could have wanted and more!! Would recommend this home to anyone wanting to enjoy the desert with all the comforts of home.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pacific NW
5

Very comfortable seclusion

  • 5 of 5

The casita is very well-decorated and exceptionally clean and well-equipped. The beauty of the exposed adobe construction tastefully complemented by colorful tile work and nice artwork created a very warm interior environment. We particularly enjoyed the quiet seclusion and natural beauty of the surroundings. It was perfect for use by a couple seeking a quiet getaway off the beaten path. We have rented VRBO properties more than 10 years and this casita is among the top selections.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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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

Tucson House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 16 2016 - Sep 29 2016
4 night minimum stay
$123
$597
$1,997
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 30 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$147
$883
$3,527
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$197
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Fall
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
$147
$883
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$197
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 2 2017 - Jan 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
$197
$1,223
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Gem Show
Jan 27 2017 - Feb 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
$227
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Feb 13 2017 - May 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$197
$1,223
$4,727
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$197
$1,183
 

Additional information about rental rates

Minimum reservation rental rate $497

Taxes and cleaning fee additional


Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Arizona 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
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming

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