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Authentic Tucson Experience: Firelight Casita Nestled in Canyon Among Wildlife

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Dramatic sunsets are accentuated by the ever changing colors of the canyon walls

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Last updated: 12/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Private Homes house description

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.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Low Allergen Environment
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • 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....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Television
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Mountain
              • Mountain View
              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Paragliding
              • Roller Blading
              • Skiing
              • Swimming

              Dining

                  • Dining Area

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Carport
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Covered Parking:

                    2 Car Carport...moreless

                  • Ducted Cooling
                  • Fireplace
                  • Firewood
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Area
                  • Parking
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    Kiva Fireplace...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator

                  Outside

                      • Porch / Veranda

                      Payment Type

                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa
                       

                      Reviews

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Holiday
                      Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      $187

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                      Mid-Winter
                      Jan 3 - Jan 29, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $187
                      $1,123

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                      Gem Show
                      Jan 30 - Feb 5, 2015
                      7 night min stay
                      $187

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                      Spring
                      Feb 6 - May 3, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $187
                      $1,123

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                      Summer
                      May 4 - Sep 27, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      $127
                      $597

                      Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      5 night min stay
                      $187

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      For every 7 nights booked receive 1 night FREE!

                      *Excludes holidays & Gem Show

                      Taxes and cleaning fee additional

                      *Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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                      Last updated: 12/25/2014
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                      Location

                      8.5 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Tucson International Airport
                      2.5 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Chili's Bar & Grill
                      8.8 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Star Pass PGA Course
                      9.5 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak N Toole Ave
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      I-19
                      1.4 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Little Mexico Steakhouse
                      51 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Mt Lemmon Ski Valley

                      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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
                      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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      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.


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                      Photos

                      • Dramatic sunsets are accentuated by the ever changing colors of the canyon walls

                        Dramatic sunsets are accentuated by the ever changing colors of the canyon walls

                      • Easy access describes this well equipped kitchen with brand new appliances.

                        Easy access describes this well equipped kitchen with brand new appliances.

                      • This room can be configured with 1single, 2 twins, or a king with advance notice

                        This room can be configured with 1single, 2 twins, or a king with advance notice

                      • The kiva fireplace adds a soft glow and crackling voice to soothe the senses

                        The kiva fireplace adds a soft glow and crackling voice to soothe the senses

                      • Horseback riding is available at nearby Old Tucson Studios.

                        Horseback riding is available at nearby Old Tucson Studios.

                      • View from the cozy window seat with enough room to stretch out for a siesta.

                        View from the cozy window seat with enough room to stretch out for a siesta.

                      • A light rain inspired this desert dweller to visit the casita patio.

                        A light rain inspired this desert dweller to visit the casita patio.

                      • Red Tail Hawks permanently reside in the canyon surrounding Moonrise

                        Red Tail Hawks permanently reside in the canyon surrounding Moonrise

                      • Javelina family groups frequent Moonrise in early mornings and evenings.

                        Javelina family groups frequent Moonrise in early mornings and evenings.

                      • Beginning in 1775 Tucson homes were built of adobe or mud blocks

                        Beginning in 1775 Tucson homes were built of adobe or mud blocks

                      • Professional design completes the rustic decor

                        Professional design completes the rustic decor

                      • Architectural details enhance the casita making it the perfect peaceful retreat.

                        Architectural details enhance the casita making it the perfect peaceful retreat.

                      • This hand painted Talavera sink exemplifies the folk art displayed throughout

                        This hand painted Talavera sink exemplifies the folk art displayed throughout

                      • Springtime shows the casita aging gracefully. Adobe homes improve with age.

                        Springtime shows the casita aging gracefully. Adobe homes improve with age.

                      • The moon rising within the canyon walls inspired the name 'Moonrise'.

                        The moon rising within the canyon walls inspired the name 'Moonrise'.

                      • Nearby Saguaro National Monument offers numerous interesting hiking trails.

                        Nearby Saguaro National Monument offers numerous interesting hiking trails.

                      • Photo a ringtail cat on site and receive a refund of 1 night on your 1wk+ stay.

                        Photo a ringtail cat on site and receive a refund of 1 night on your 1wk+ stay.

                      • Bobcats are common around Moonrise.  Their tracks are often found nearby.

                        Bobcats are common around Moonrise. Their tracks are often found nearby.

                      • Natural materials produce a low allergen environment increasing your relaxation.

                        Natural materials produce a low allergen environment increasing your relaxation.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Thursday, December 25, 2014

                      $127 - $187 per night (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

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                      Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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