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Arthur T Brown was an influential Architect who moved to Tucson area in 1936 and lived here for several decades. He designed many modern houses, as well as churches and schools, while remaining sensitive to the desert environment. The pictures of the house say it all. The Modern Architecture Preservation Project of Tucson lists this home among the top 50 significant mid century structures in the area. And, a paper entitled Arthur T Brown: Pioneer of Passive Solar was presented at last year's US Solar Conference. Glass, steel, and Adobe brick. Built in 1966.
The main feature of the house (this is a hard one - there are many incredible aspects to Brown's design) is the living area with two glass walls facing south east and south west. During the day they provide views of the city and southern mountains (the Santa Ritas) and at night - WOW - city lights AND incredible reflections of the interior furnishing and lights. The house boasts two original 'artichoke' chandeliers whose reflections bounce off the class walls like and 'infinity mirror' . . . at one point I counted 9 reflections of these two lights - like chandeliers suspended everywhere. You have to experience it to believe it.
Other features include stained concrete floors, tongue and groove ceiling throughout, wood burning fireplace, tasteful, cool and comfortable furnishings, an incredibly well thought floor plan, expansive private patios, private heated pool, Direct TV with NFL Sunday Ticket (all games available) interiors painted with fabulous colorways, indoor and outdoor dining spaces for 6, 3 roomy bedrooms, and incredible built in closet spaces.
Top quality products enhance your stay - a Tivoli radio, Bose sound system, AlClad wok and saute pan, Boltz bed in the master, Crate and Barrel outdoor seating and dining, an authentic breakfast table in the private patio, original Knoll chairs, an Eames era lounge chair in the master, numbered Kennedy Peace Prints in the Master Suite, and more!
Our house is located in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona. It boasts a 360 degree view that includes four mountain ranges (Catalinas, Rincons, Santa Ritas, and the Tucsons) as well as a bird's eye view the city. The night lights are fantastic . . . as is the location. Within a five mile radius you will find Sabino Canyon Hiking, the turn off to Mount Lemon, the best grocery store in Tucson hands down (AJ's), Copper Country Antiques, La Encantada Shopping, great golf such as Ventana Canyon (one of the best courses in Tucson) and much more.
Please take a look at the house on google earth to pinpoint our location. You will see that the south side of our property abuts Swan Rd (75 yards or so) ... While we are elevated from the road the house does have an urban vibe during the day -- though nights and mornings it has the feeling of a nature preserve with visits from havalina, hummingbirds and more. Please give me a call if you have questions regarding any aspects of our home.
Keywords: mid-century modern, arthur t brown design, private home, contemporary, great views, city lights, authentic furnishings, passive solar design, private pool, expansive outdoor space, glass walls!, great location
King size beds (1) Two twin beds can be converted to king with twin bed bridge (provided), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) These beds can be converted to king with twin bed bridge (provided)...moreless
City views, over 1500 square feet of outdoor patio and deck space, mid-century modern furnishings, architect designed, interior designer has taken great care in selecting authentic and appropriate furnishings....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
(3) DIRECT TV with NFL Sunday Ticket - TV 's are in the master bedroom, the bedroom with 2 twin beds and the main living area....moreless
360 degree views of the Catalinas, Tucsons, Rincons, and Santa Ritas. City lights at night....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
All bedrooms appointed with spa-like linens. Everyone sleeps in a cloud of white. Heavenly....moreless
Although we don't provide a cell phone, we get strong reception at the house - which is not true everywhere in Tucson....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Aside from the garage, there is ample parking at the house....moreless
You might see this pic and wish the kitchen were upgraded. However, we have chosen to retain the charm of the kitchen and the GE Americana Range. We've hosted parties from this battle station and let me tell you it leaves nothing to desire in terms of space planning, efficiency, small appliances, knives, pans, flatware and more. This is a fun kitchen that is warm . . . and very functional....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Over 1500 sq. feet of patio and deck space with ample seating for six . . . to relax and to dine poolside....moreless
Pool / Spa
Just down from the upper patios, the pool provides a wonderful space to cool off, swim, and relax. Pool can be heated for a surcharge based on temperature setting and weather. Best feature? Float around and look up at the dramatic roofline of the house silhouetted against the Catalina Mountains. Visually stunning....moreless
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Cancellation Policy: 50% of the rental fee is due to reserve the property of which 90% is refundable up to 60 days prior to check in. 60 days prior to check in your entire rental fee is due and non-refundable at that time. We encourage travel insurance for life's unexpected events.
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Did you know that Tucson has some of the best birding in North America? We recommend the following book if you are interested:
Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona
(7th Ed., 2007)
Tucson Audubon's book is your best source of detailed information that will help in planning bird watching adventures throughout southeast Arizona. Find directions to more than 150 birding locations, and know which birds you'll see where and at what time of year! Plus more!
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: That's us with our dog Abbey. We actually live in Wisconsin and visit our home in Tucson as often as possible. We have a close friend across the street from the Tucson house who will make sure your stay is exceptional.
I am an Interior Designer who loves the TV show Mad Men. That's me on the left. When we had a chance to purchase this historic mid-century property, we did so with gusto! I've done much of the work myself, honoring the intentions of the architect, Arthur T Brown. We are restoring, not renovating. Your stay will be authentic mid century modern living, right down to the GE Americana range which works like a charm.
As you can see from the photos, the house is nicely and authentically furnished. Outdoors, we have added new many new trees and plantings. Aside from the mountain views, we have an incredible Saguaro on the property viewable from most outdoor spaces. In the tradition of the Hohokum indians, we consider this large and magical catus the protector of the property.
Why the Owner Chose Catalina Foothills: We chose Tucson for our vacation home because we love the terrain, views, and people. We lived in Tucson years ago and were transferred to Wisconsin. But once you have the Tucson 'fever', it never leaves you. You can see forever. The colors, the flora and the fauna are different than anywhere in the world. A word that comes to mind is 'inspirational'. The arts scene is great; the restaurant scene even better. And the views. The hikes. The golf. The biking. The list of activities never ends. It's an active town, but sleepy too with the most stunning sunsets in the world. That's why they call it the 'painted sky'.
The Unique Benefits at this House: There are scores of rentals in Tucson that are beautiful southwestern venues. But this home is different. It's pristine mid-century modern. Roomy, well planned, well appointed. One visitor said just Sunday 'No matter where I sit in this room (the large living area) I have an incredible view of the outdoors - the mountains'. This is not by happenstance. It's because every detail of this house was attended to by one of the 20th century's great architects.