|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Architect Designed, Fabulous Location
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. Also, a paper entitled Arthur T Brown: Pioneer of Passive Solar was presented at the 2009 US Solar Conference. This year, 2015, the home was featured on the Tucson Modernism Week Tour of homes and was featured on a PBS Special on the architect, Art Brown. 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, Marshall Speaker with Bluetooth, AlClad wok and saute pan, Boltz bed in the master, restored mid century Brown and Jordan seating, original Knoll chairs, an Eames era lounge chair, 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), a beautiful Whole Foods Store, 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
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.
Anne Hunt purchased this house in 2010
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'.
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.
We had a wonderful stay with our family of 6 (4 adults / 2 kids 7 & 11). The vibe of the house was excellent - we loved the architecture, floor to ceiling windows, spacious rooms, and great views. We were fortunate to have perfect Tucson hot weather - a nice relief from the East Coast chill. The deck was nice to spend time out on, and the pool area was perfect for us - nice chairs and umbrellas under a cloudless sky. And pool time was great - we went in several times per day with the pool heated. Plenty of pool toys and lots and lots of towels which let us avoid having to constantly do laundry.
The mid-century decor was perfect down to the details - Eames chairs and a great double-sized built in sofa in a living room with plenty of room for all of us to hang out. We loved the aesthetic of the desert landscaping and our kids got a kick out of seeing a few lizards scurrying around. The Foothills area where the house is located is a beautiful area not too far from everywhere.
First time back in Tucson since college in the 90s, and the town has really grown and developed significantly. Excellent food shopping nearby down the road from the house at Bashas, and nice spa luxuriating at the Spa at Lowe's Ventana Canyon. Loved brunch at Prep & Pastry (hip & tasty). Downtown has grown in a major way - we enjoyed grilled cheese on an inside out donut with local beers and craft whiskey at Batch, yummy Poke and creative sushi at Obon, and a fun visit to the legendary Hotel Congress. Real deal Mexican Food at BK, and an enjoyable breezy night game of UofA Softball on campus. And oh yeah: In-N-Out Burger - because Double Double [Protein Style] (undeniable).
Nice treats in the fridge upon arrival, and small house requests were easily and quickly fulfilled by Anne. We'd be happy to come back again!
We loved our stay at the ATB house! One senior, one college student and 2 parents. The living room was large enough to accomodate us all, and had a beautiful view--amazing sunsets. We have been to many VRBO's, and the pool was the best to date--very clean! The kitchen was well stocked with cookware, spices, etc. The location is close to many stores and restaurants, but while we were in the house we felt secluded. As others mentioned, we could hear traffic during the day, but it was not an issue. Anne was welcoming and great to work with, and provided thorough information about the house. We would love to return to this unique and tranquil house!--The Minneapolitans
Comfortable and we'll equipped home in a great location for visiting the mountains or U of A and downtown. Home is work of art. Views everywhere from this home. Inside is comfortable with great beds and spacious bathrooms. Grounds, decks and pool areas are beautifully appointed, decorated and landscaped. We spent many hours throughout the day outdoors enjoying the many different seating areas for morning coffee, lunch, swimming or watching the city lights and stars at night. Home one day and already missing Tucson and ATB House.
My wife and I just spent the better part of our vacation here. We have furnished and decorated our downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin condo in a complete Mid-century theme, love looking at and reading all things about modernism and took our 25th wedding anniversary in Palm Springs, California about five years ago at the historic Riviera resort.
If you're like us, you have found your fantasy in this "ATB" home from 1966. It's impeccably preserved and appointed. Every single detail (and there are many of them) is period-perfect and correct. For the aficionado of this era, nothing is really left to chance (OK, there could be a Predicta TV in here, but that's not all that practical for most vacation-goers).
The views are inspiring. The newly reconstructed pool is perfect, either for short laps or just for floating. The pool area is "sunken" with a short barrier wall and various kinds of trees that provide privacy, intimacy and serve as a practical shield against any breeze that might come up.
Continuing outside, there are three other "patio" areas to enjoy: an outside dining table area that faces West, a gathering area about 25 feet away to the South, and a sunken patio with barrier walls off the bedrooms. There is also a set of chairs on the East side of the property in which to view the mountains as well. Which areas did we use to relax?--all of them as they all give you a different view and vibe from both the distant vistas and the amazing house itself.
The owner recently attained "Master Gardener" status in the Tucson area organization for such things and her expertise shows all around the house. Like the inside details, nothing is left to chance as every tree, cactus and plant is strategically placed for maximum effect--both visual and practical.
We planned on a one-day hiking excursion when we arrived. After being blown-away in my initial self-guided tour, I petitioned my wife to "just stay here" for our visit and allow us to unwind and truly appreciate what living in such a home could be like. She agreed and said we could see other things in the area "next time".
I'm a big "retro" type of person, born in 1958 and have lots of early memories of Mid-century furnishings and such. If you dig that period like I do, consider satiating your desires at this ATB home. And if you do, put the Rat Pack on the radio, sip a gin martini and immerse yourself for a time in a special era in America's recent optimistic past.
My husband and I have been to Tucson many times to visit our UA student. This time we brought grandma with us so instead of a hotel we chose this beautiful home. It worked out perfectly and suited all our needs. Everything was as described and it was fun to spend time in an historic home. It has clearly been a 'labor of love" restoration with great attention to detail. I wanted to cook for my family and found the kitchen to be a joy to work in. All appliances and accessories were top notch and I had everything I needed (including Henkel knives). The view was gorgeous and we were fortunate on one evening to enjoy THE most beautiful sunset! I especially liked the outdoor space and the landscaping choices (you can hear the traffic but it didn't bother me at all). The location is great for visiting Tucson. We took grandma on the tram ride at Sabino Canyon (a good idea for older adults who may have trouble walking). Anne was a real pleasure to work with and very accommodating. I so appreciate that they have decided not to charge a cleaning fee and just ask guests to leave the home as they found it. I would absolutely stay at this property again!
I had the pleasure to stay at Anne's house in Tucson for a second time ( we went there in 2013) and I still didn't regret my choice ! We went there for road biking .
We were two couples ( and could have been three) and we enjoyed all ! The house is very convenient and full equiped and so nice decorate , the bedrooms with a lot of "intimité". The space around the swimming pool , the patios, the area with a lot of services in less than 2 miles. The view ,etc.
And the kindness of Anne, the owner, if you need anything.
I fully recommand this place
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!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.