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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private

Bedrooms 1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Tucson Glass Cottage: open-concept living in the desert

This architect-designed original home was completed in early 2013. High sloping ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, polished concrete floors, custom poured concrete feature walls, bamboo drop ceilings, beautiful recessed lighting and myriad 'Architectural Digest' touches make this the perfect spot for the discerning traveller seeking an urbane hideaway in the Sonoran desert.

The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape. Saguaros and other cacti surround you. Quail, rabbits, javelinas, coyotes may wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Covered quartzite stone decks facing both west and east. Acacia chairs and table on the east deck, bistro table and chairs on the sunset deck. Lounge chairs for sunny afternoons. Driveway parking for one car, a second car can be parked in a pull-out immediately across from the Cottage.

The Glass Cottage comprises two separate units, connected by a covered breezeway.

One half of the Glass Cottage has a Poliform queen size bed; Wassily-style chairs and a Frank Ghery cocktail table and 'Wiggle Chair' in the sitting area facing a working acorn fireplace; dressing room with ample drawers and hanging space; huge two-person glass shower with stone floor and stunning views to the west; vanity area with bamboo sink on cantilevered concrete counter; and a separate and fully enclosed toilet room. Facing east, you will wake up facing the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains.

A few feet away across the covered breezeway, the other half of the Glass Cottage contains the fully equipped kitchen with beautiful tiled countertops; a custom-designed trestle oak dining (or work) table, with 6 chairs; a Danish swivel reading chair and Damson reading lamp; and a leather flip-down sofa, ideal for an afternoon nap. Facing west, you'll be treated to the sun setting over the Tucson Mountains as you prepare dinner.

Tucson Glass Cottage shares 3.3 acres with only the owner's residence, some 100 yards away and oriented to ensure privacy for both homes. The Cottage is accessed by a private gravel road, shared only by the owner's home. The acreage is in the center of a group of 6 similarly large plots, far from traffic.

This is the perfect spot for an individual or couple seeking real tranquility and a touch of luxury in a magical desert setting. Yet an easy drive into the University area, downtown, and into the magnificent Saguaro National Park.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About James

Professional who enjoys beautiful and very peaceful surroundings.

James purchased this cottage in 2003

Why James chose Tucson & Southern Arizona

The perfect mix of the true Sonoran desert experience with easy access to the city and all urban comforts.

What makes this cottage unique

Peaceful and gloriously natural, yet easy access to urban amenities.


Tucson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower with mid-torso jet spray, windows with privacy screen
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen size mod. firm mattress, Poliform frame
    Other - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Leather sofa in dining side of cottage flips down as bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Floor to ceiling glass window walls oriented to give you complete connection with the desert (no draperies or other window coverings). No television service.


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Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private
average rating of 4.724138 based on 29 reviews

Very private

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay. Would stay again. A television wouldn't be a bad addition & a more comfortable couch. Would love to stay again in the future, already planning another stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you're already planning your return! We've had the folding couch repaired, and regret that it was not working well during your visit.
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Unique and Lovely Setting

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect property for a couple. It feels isolated (it really isn't) and affords wonderful views of nature from all angles. The sun gently woke us in the morning and we could see millions of stars at night. The juxtaposition of the home's clean, modern lines with the natural surroundings is delightful.

The home had everything we needed-from laundry with supplies to several types of coffee makers to plenty of towels. (Bring your own shampoo, though.) The kitchen was better stocked than most rentals and one could easily cook/grill a full meal for six or eight people. It was very clean and the woman who checked us in was very helpful. The only negative I can muster is that a more comfortable seating option in the living room would be appreciated. The futon was fine if I wanted to lie down and read, but difficult to sit on due to the recline of the backrest.

When we considered this property, we were a bit concerned about how far west it was from the center of Tucson. DON'T BE. It took us no longer than 30 minutes to get anywhere, and it turned out that many of the activities were actually EASIER to get to from this location because of it's proximity to the highway and attractions. (Sonoran Desert Museum, Gate's Pass, Old Tucson, the airport) We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really happy that you enjoyed your time at the Glass Cottage, and that the setting and location lived up to your expectations! To come back and commune with the desert again soon!
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Great spot for seclusion and unplugging

  • 5 of 5

The Glass Cottage is a great place to stay if you want some privacy and to take in the Tuscon landscape. Between the two buildings you have clear views all around the cottage. Carella (the property manager) was very friendly and gave me some maps for biking around the area, and aside from that I had the entire week to myself.

I had to get used to being woken up by the sun, since the bed faces the rising sun, and the wind was surprisingly loud against the glass walls. The construction on Ina made just about everything at least 20 minutes away, but otherwise my stay was comfortable and easy.

I had few problems with the internet (mainly between getting my computers to switch between the main router and the range extender), and no problems streaming from Netflix if you turn the quality down to SD, so if you don't want to unplug, that's fine too.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the desert, in particular the nearby biking opportunities, and were able to stay as plugged in as you wished to!
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A beautiful and unique property

  • 4 of 5

We spent 6 weeks at the house this spring. It lives up to the pictures and has a wonderful rural feeling despite being very convenient to everything you need. Love to stay there again one day...

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit and kind words. Glad you appreciated and enjoyed the 'away from it all' rural environment coexisting with easy access to urban amenities. Hope to see you again soon!
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Unique - you feel like you are staying right in the desert.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I loved our desert retreat near Tucson. We loved the feeling of being gently woken up by the sunrise. We loved being a 5 minute drive from the entrance of the Saguaro National Park where we would go for daily light hikes in the trails. The Glass Cottage is separated into 2 completely separate rooms (I'm assuming for architectural interest and complete sound proofing between the 2 parts of the cottage - joined by an outdoor covered breezeway of about 10 feet.) We loved the beauty and furnishings of the bedroom half with the glass shower and a pair of comfy chairs to face the morning sun. The kitchen/living room half was beautiful too, and it was helpful for the sound separation as I did a bit of songwriting with my guitar first thing in the morning while my wife rested so the layout was prefect for that. There were 2 challenges with the kitchen/living room side. The furniture was lacking. The black faux leather couch seemed broken and uncomfortable to sit in. We also found that without window coverings the heat in the afternoon in the living room side facing the afternoon sun was too intense, and while we could turn on the AC unit it was a bit noisy. If there was a way of covering that one window wall facing the afternoon sun it would help, but with the unique design that may be impossible or cost prohibitive. All in all it was a delightful retreat for us as a couple and both Carella (property manager) and Jim (the owner who we met briefly) were absolutely delightful and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Sonoran Desert! And thanks for your feedback.
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Contemporary glass and steel

  • 5 of 5

We first saw this property on vrbo and built a driving holiday around a week stay there in February, 2017. We were not disappointed. It was as good as its listing, steel and glass. Very private as its location on the lot did not overlook or afford the impression that we were, as it were, living in a glass house.

The house is very well stocked in the kitchen, nothing to want for, three ways to make coffee if you need that? Barbecue out in the yard and we were asked by the manager to let her know if there was anything we thought it needed to further or enjoyment for the week.

For interested people, we would have no hesitation to recommend this property for a stay in a contemporary, mid century styled architectural home.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and that the Glass Cottage lived up to your architectural and comfort expectations. It would be a pleasure to have you back!
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
University Of Arizona
Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress
Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails
Cafe Poca Cosa
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Tucson International
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 10 (I-10)
Car: necessary

Down a private gravel road to 3.3 acres of gorgeous and unspoiled Sonoran desert, shared only with the owner's main home (some 100 yards away). The panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls mean you will be completely in touch with the desert landscape -- saguaros and other cacti. Quail, rabbits, javenlinas, coyotes will wander by. You will wake up on the bedroom to the sun rising over the Catalina Mountains to the east and can view the sunset over the Tucson Mountains from the dining area.

Just minutes from the house you will be at the entrance to the magnificent Saguaro National Park (West) with endless hiking trails, climbs of varying difficulty, and the not-to-be-missed Sonoran Desert Museum.

All major shopping needs and a major cinema complex less than a five minute drive away. Five minutes also takes you to Hwy. I-10, from which it is a 15 minute drive to the University of Arizona, 20 minutes to downtown Tucson, and about an hour to Phoenix.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning (up to 14 nts) $95

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.
An additional cleaning fee of $95 for biweekly cleaning is required for bookings in excess of 14 nights. Biweekly routine cleaning will be scheduled by property manager at a mutually convenient time for duration of stay.
Outdoor noise, including music, is not allowed.
Surcharge for stays under 30 days during Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Breach of house rules provided with rental contract will lead to additional damage claim and/or termination of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.