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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: 08/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-5 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.

Keywords: house, casita, adobe

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

              • 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

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining Area Seats:

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              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen
              • Dishwasher
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Freezer
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items

              Amenities

              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Heating
              • Air Conditioning
              • Parking Off Street
              • Washing Machine
              • Linens Provided

              Entertainment

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

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet
              • Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Outdoor Features

                  • Porch / Veranda

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Rural
                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Medical Services
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Paragliding
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Hunting
                  • Sledding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Water Parks
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer
                  May 5 - Sep 30, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  $125
                  $597

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

                  Fall
                  Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $125
                  $750

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

                  Winter
                  Dec 1 - Dec 22, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $185
                  $1,110

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

                  Holiday
                  Dec 23 - Jan 4, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $185

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

                  Mid-Winter
                  Jan 5 - Jan 30, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $185
                  $1,110

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

                  Gem Show
                  Jan 30 - Feb 15, 2015
                  17 night min stay

                  $3,145
                  flat fee
                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay
                  $185
                  $1,110

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Property Damage Protection $69
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  For every 7 nights booked receive 1 night FREE! *Excluding December holiday and Gem Show

                  Nightly rate = $185

                  *Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.


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                  Location

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

                  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

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

                    Natural materials produce a low allergen environment increasing your relaxation.

                  • 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

                  • 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.

                  • 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.

                  • 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.

                  VRBO #399558

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                  Date last modified - Friday, August 08, 2014

                  $125 - $185 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

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