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Tucson Vacation House in a Wildlife Sanctuary

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Tucson Retreat in Desert Wildlife Sanctuary


Last updated: 07/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Tucson National Estates house description

If you love nature and seek a comfortably furnished and peaceful place to relax or work, you've found it. This spacious, custom-built 2-bedroom, 2-full-bath house is situated in the Tucson Mountains on a private 50-acre wildlife sanctuary. The estate bridges an 880-acre county nature preserve and Saguaro National Park West on the east side (city side) of the Tucson Mountains. Front and back deck and patio areas are ideal for wildlife watching and afford a nighttime view of Tucson's city lights and the full-moon rising. Rental includes a computer workstation with hi-speed WiFi Internet service. Your host and property manager Thomas Wiewandt lives nearby; he's a professional nature photographer/tour operator and southwestern author.

For Additional Information: Weaving Studio: A fully equipped weaving studio is located on the premises and available for use by experienced weavers for a $100/week rental fee, all materials included.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome
      • Pets Considered
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Low Allergen Environment

      Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

      • Master Bedroom: 1 king


      • Second Bedroom: 2 twin/ single


      • Master bedroom contains full bath, walk-in closet, laundry facilities, and private wooden deck overlooking the desert with city lights in distance. Second bedroom is near the living room and adjacent to the second full bath....moreless

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

      • Master Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


      • Second Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


      • Grip bars in both bathrooms mounted to tub-shower walls to assist the elderly...moreless

      Other Amenities

          • PC workstation + printer; WiFI DSL internet service; answering machine; puzzles; games; weaving studio option; gas stovetop; electric oven; blender; bread machine; mixer; wide assortment of condiments. ...moreless


          • Books For Adults
          • Games
          • Audio Tape Player
          • Radio
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Television
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • VCR
          • DVD Player
          • Books
          • Music Library
          • Video Library


          • Away From It All
          • Tourist Attractions


              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Horseback Riding
              • Walking
              • Scenic Drives
              • Bird Watching
              • Sight Seeing

              local services and businesses

              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Location Type

              • Mountain
              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Roller Blading
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Cycling
              • Golf

              Arrival Day

                  • Flexible

                  Communication / Internet

                      • Fax


                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people


                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Security System
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • PC
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Maps
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Fireplace
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Computer Available
                      • Internet
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Telephone
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Parking


                      • Blender
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Stove
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Toaster
                      • Oven
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Microwave
                      • Freezer
                      • Grill
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Cooking Utensils


                      • Patio
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Outdoor Grill


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                      from 23 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                      5 night min stay
                      $1,350 $3,950
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Taxes Included


                      Personal checks will be accepted only for payments made at least 7 days prior to arrival. If you cannot meet this deadline, please call us. We only accept credit cards (through PayPal) from International Guests. International Guests must pay all currency conversion charges and bank fees. Guests from Canada can avoid extra fees by sending us a bank Money Order in USDollars.

                      To make a reservation, travelers must fill out and sign our Rental Agreement--download from Reservations are confirmed when this Agreement is returned to us with 50% of the total rent due (not including our Security Deposit). The balance due plus our security deposit ($500) falls due no later than 7 days prior to arrival, 14 days prior for anyone living outside the USA.

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                      Last updated: 07/13/2014
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                      Car: Necessary

                      Ideally located, our retreat is tucked away in the Sonoran Desert foothills of the Tucson Mountains that flank Tucson's west side, yet it's only 10-minutes from Interstate 10. This provides easy access to the airport and a wealth of tourist attractions in southern Arizona.

                      The house is only 4.3 miles from scenic Gates Pass Road, which quickly takes you to Old Tucson Movie Studios, the Desert Museum, and Saguaro National Park. Grocery stores, post offices, hospitals, theaters, museums, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, downtown Tucson, Starr Pass Golf Course, the Tucson Mall, and much more lie within a 4-10 mile drive of our desert retreat.

                      Whether your passion is birding or biking, golf or gaming; the arts or astronomy; museums or missions, this is the place to be. And if you're an experienced weaver, our complete in-house weaving studio is available for your creative pleasure - see link below.

                      Other Activities: Nature photography, bird-watching, museums, cinema, shopping.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2004

                      About the owner: I'm a professional wildlife photographer/filmmaker well rooted in the Sonoran Desert. To learn more about me and to see samples of my work, please visit my website

                      Why the Owner Chose Tucson National Estates:
                      I chose this property because of its unique location and richness in desert plant and animal life. Both homes -- mine and the rental -- have been carefully nestled within this natural area, 50 acres of pristine desert. The state of Arizona levies 60% higher taxes on undeveloped land, so income from this rental is helping me to keep this land in a natural state. My goal is to have it added to Saguaro National Park West for preservation in perpetuity.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      You won't find a more restful and secluded home in Tucson, and it's perfect for anyone who loves watching wildlife and hiking. This property is also contiguous with our newest county park, Sweetwater Preserve, an 880-acre tract of pristine desert with superb hiking and mountain biking trails, rated among the best in the Tucson area. We are also located on the east side of the Tucson Mountains, just a 10-minute drive to large grocery stores and Interstate-10, providing easy access to all parts of metro-Tucson. We have the best of both worlds!

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                      Speaks: spanish, english

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                      • Tucson Retreat in Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

                        Tucson Retreat in Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

                      • Living Room (entertainment center on left, not shown here)

                        Living Room (entertainment center on left, not shown here)

                      • Kitchen


                      • Master Bath + Washer-Dryer Combo

                        Master Bath + Washer-Dryer Combo

                      • Second Bedroom with Two Twin Beds and Fax Machine

                        Second Bedroom with Two Twin Beds and Fax Machine

                      • In-House Weaving Studio - Use Optional

                        In-House Weaving Studio - Use Optional

                      • Main Entry - North Side

                        Main Entry - North Side

                      • Summer Surprise with City in Background

                        Summer Surprise with City in Background

                      • Living Room - Dining Area - Hall to Master Bedroom

                        Living Room - Dining Area - Hall to Master Bedroom

                      • Dining Area + Hallway to Second Bedroom and Bath

                        Dining Area + Hallway to Second Bedroom and Bath

                      • Master Bedroom - King-sized Bed

                        Master Bedroom - King-sized Bed

                      • East-facing Deck off Master Bedroom

                        East-facing Deck off Master Bedroom

                      • Second Full Bath

                        Second Full Bath

                      • South-facing Patio with Gas Grill

                        South-facing Patio with Gas Grill

                      • North Side of House

                        North Side of House

                      • Tucson Retreat, a Sonoran Desert Sanctuary

                        Tucson Retreat, a Sonoran Desert Sanctuary

                      $210 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 07/13/14
                      Minimum stay: 5 nights
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