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Adobe casita, romantic and secluded. Perfect get away!

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3))

. The casita is a romantic place. Very peaceful and serene.We are surrounded by many Giant Saguaros and many others cactus types. The wildlife is abundant. If you sit quietly, you might see a variety of animals come to the watering hole. We have been visited by Harris's hawks, great horned owl, coyote , deer and many hummingbirds and other birds that I need help to identify.There are 3 patios each with a unique view. Many of our guests eat breakfast outside on the front patio in the cool mornings.

There are many hiking and biking trails that begin from the front door or just a short drive away. We are three miles to the Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. 20 minutes into downtown and 45 minutes to Nogalas, 15 minutes to casinos.Going over Gates Pass will bring you right into the downtown area.

The casita is very private. Has it's own driveway, entrance and fenced area for small pets.

We have updated the casita this year, adding a gas stove/oven and new cupboards and closets to add more room for long term guests.

Keywords: secluded, casita desert, quiet, private, nature lovers delight,

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Anita

I am a native of Massachusetts and have lived my entire life in the New England states before moving to Tucson in 2004. Tucson is so very different from New England that i have had to create a whole new way of life for myself. I joined the Desert Museum and started learning about my new and different surroundings. Gardening is still a challenge for me. Probably 50% of what I plant will die. My wardrobe has shrunk to nothing heavier than a light sweater and more shorts than long pants. I never leave the house without sunscreen and a jug of water.

I still have so much to learn. That is the fun part. I love seeing an animal or bird that I have never seen before, then finding out all about it. That is wonderful and exciting.

Anita purchased this studio in 2005

Why Anita chose Tucson & Southern Arizona

My husband grew up in Phoenix and has always wanted to live in Tucson. We purchased this property many years ago thinking we would retire here. We ended up here many years before retirement but that's another story.

We built the casita first and lived there while the house was being built.

We both love the casita. It feels like our tree house or a getaway of sorts. It is there that I started learning all about the Sonoran Desert. Looking out over the desert toward the mountains and dreaming. I learned that it only takes a small bowl of water to draw many animals and birds in to drink. I learned to sit quietly and things would come to me. I could watch birds building nests in cactus, then listen when the babies squacked endlessly for food. I still wonder how doves teach their young to be so very quiet and to not even blink when a roadrunner is prowling about.

What makes this studio unique

This property has the feel of total seclusion yet it is near enough to civilization so you dont need to worry.

Outside living is a must here. The front patio is our favorite. It is elevated enough to create a view of the desert and the mountains.

The back patio is not covered so this is great for star gazing. The best part of that is that there are no mosquitos! Really! We can be outside for hours and no buzzing and stinging.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Adobe casita, romantic and secluded. Perfect get away!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Great Hosts and Great Ploace to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Anita , John and their lovable four legged Sadiki are caring and wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed the week we spent there. If we ever get back to Tucson I would not hesitate to stay there again. We really enjoyed all the birds and wildlife.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to stay in a great place to play!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed here a few times and have really enjoyed the view of the mountains, the desert life, and the nearby (biking distance) MTB trails. Saguaro West has a huge network of trails to explore. Tucson has a really cool downtown and is close enough for a night out but far enough to really feel like you're out in the desert. There are great kitchen amenities and satellite TV in the casita when you would rather relax. The roads are easy- I was able to drive around in a compact car. John, Anita, and dogs are great hosts. I would definitely recommend this spot for a couples get-away or for a small group of mountain bikers, climbers, and nature lovers.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 11- and 13-year-olds over spring break and had a wonderful time, exploring the nearby Desert Museum, Saguaro Cactus National Park, and Tucson Mountain Park. The Casita is a nature-lover's delight, tucked away on a quiet gravel lane west of Tucson. Birds, including a roadrunner and hummingbirds, and lizards abound. Unfortunately, it was a little cool for snakes, but we did manage to see one gopher snake while night-driving on a nearby paved road. Our 11-year-old son managed to noose several lizards, which we delicately released after taking photographs. Because of the nearby Kitt Peak Observatory, outdoor lights are regulated, making for a fairly dark sky and great nighttime star gazing.

Anita and John are great hosts with a great place. We can't wait to get back in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saquaro Immersion

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully kept casita, very peaceful, and fenced yard was great for our dog. Everything is natural, and well planned. If you want to be surround by nature, this is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gem Show Gem

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd year staying at the casita during the Gem Show. Anita and John are GREAT hosts. The casita is always spotless. The fenced yard is wonderful for our little white fluffy dog. New this year was the upgraded gravel road. Views from the front & back decks are spectacular.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely location, lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

The casita is located in a quiet spot with beautiful views of the mountains. Great sunsets, great sunrises. The owners were very accommodating and we felt right at home. The kitchen is fine - we did not eat in very often, but all we needed was the microwave and coffee pot, so that worked out fine. The refrigerator is full sized, so was great for our needs.

The casita is just 5 minutes away from our favorite Tucson spots - Saguaro West and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, so it was perfect for us.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Gem show February, Rodeo in February, Great biking and hiking routes all year. Very near the Desert museum and Old Tucson studios.


Rates & Availability

Tucson Studio Rental Rates

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Winter Rates
Jan 1 2017 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $100

We do have doggie day care at a rate of $7.00 per day for those who want to sight see without their pet. Dogs are not allowed to stay in your car for any length of time. Also, please do not leave your pet in the casita without letting us know. Many pets have anxiety issues when away from home.

Deposit of one half of the total amount will reserve your time. Second half on arrival. Cash or check.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Tucson Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • full sized soaking tub plus shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) firm and comfortable, Baby Cribs (1) portacrib available for infants. Easy to use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa folds out to futon bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing

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