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Secluded Adobe Home on 4 Acres in the Tucson Mountain Foothills

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Last updated: 07/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This unique secluded desert home sits at the end of a dirt road in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. It is a place of refuge where one can truly experience the Sonoran Desert…and it is only 15 minutes away from a great Mexican restaurant, Safeway, a movie complex, and other places of business. This is not in a gated community. It is in a forest of Saguaros with lots of trees and foliage for birds and two ponds which regularly attract javalina (wild pigs) deer, coyotes, bobcats and other creatures of the desert. It is a perfect place for hikers, bicyclists, bird-watchers, writers and painters.

Towering Saguaros surround the house along with Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Sweet Acacia trees. Many varieties of cactus are everywhere including the beautiful ocotillo, and the mysterious night-blooming Cereus. This is the Sonoran Desert – unlike any desert in the world. When people leave this part of the country they always say that they never knew a desert could be so beautiful. From the front door of the house you can walk down to the Sweetwater Arroyo and hike for miles or you can drive one mile further into the Tucson Mountains and hike back into the Sweetwater Preserve - 600 acres of primitive desert landscape available only to hikers, horses and bicyclists. Or you can just sit and savor the desert at the house and not see anyone for days and fall asleep at night to the songs of coyotes in the darkness.

My Grandparents originally settled this land back in 1940. They built three adobe houses (made their own adobe bricks) – one of which they lived in and the other two were rented to friends. There was nothing else around at the time except their places. Two of the adobes still exist. Our friend, Betty Wickersham, with her two horses, now lives in my Grandparent’s old house. My parents acquired some of the land and built their house in 1978 out of adobe and beams from the old Bisbee Mine. They are gone now but they always opened their house to anyone who loved the desert. This is the house where you will be staying when you come to vacation at Indian Summer Ranch. Betty’s horses will greet you on your way into the property.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • The house sleeps 9 people when using the fold out couch in the living room and the one fold out single in the sunroom. Otherwise just using the bedrooms it sleeps 6....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Panels
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Last updated: 07/28/2015
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Owner info

About the owner: My mom and dad got the land from my granparents and built this house. When they died I acquired it and did not want to sell it so we are trying this approach to keep it in our family. I am a musician and my wife Jo is an artist. I have been touring and recording with Kevin Costner and Modern West since 2005. We had a band together in the 80's when we both were living in Los Angeles. It was discontinued for a while because he became famous, had a family, and didn't have the time to devote to music. In the meantime I continued with my career...had songs in movies and television and had a recording contract in Europe. I was the Music Supervisor for Dances With Wolves. My wife Jo works with oils on canvas and wood. She is also a printer and a bookmaker. The Indian Summer House is filled with her original art.

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  • Front of House

    Front of House

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Totally secluded swimming pool

    Totally secluded swimming pool

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Small Middle Bedroom

    Small Middle Bedroom

  • Smaller Dining Area Off Kitchen

    Smaller Dining Area Off Kitchen

  • Entrance to Indian Summer Ranch House

    Entrance to Indian Summer Ranch House

  • Living Room/ Dining Room

    Living Room/ Dining Room

  • Sun Room with wall of windows to wildlife

    Sun Room with wall of windows to wildlife

  • Back Bedroom

    Back Bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Back porch

    Back porch

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Date last modified - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Secluded Adobe home on 4 acres in the Tucson Mountain Foothills

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