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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Accurately Historically Restored With Functioning Antiques and Fantastic Views

Step back into 1898 with all the comforts of modern day conveniences. 2 bedroom, one bath, with 1200 square feet of wood deck and flagstone patio overlooking the center of the Town of Jerome and the entire Verde Valley. Easy (vertical) walking distance to the center of town shops, wineries, restaurants. Great year round weather and peaceful mountain air evenings. Stay in a house that is 118 years old buried in mud and abandoned for 60 years.

The John Riordan House is the highest rentable space available in Jerome. It is located directly above the center of town with fantastic views of the tourists and valley below. Please perform an internet search for much more complete information and interesting history on 'The John Riordan House, Jerome.'

A full two page story of the 81 and 86 year old Riordan brothers returning to their childhood home after it was buried for over 60 years was featured in the November's 2014 issue of Arizona Highways magazine. That story is on the link below "Owners Info" near the bottom of this page.

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Jerome House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Modern Bathroom has full size shower, vanity and separate toilet room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Lovely front master bedroom has a queen sized bed and contains two dressers, and small closet.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9397593 based on 83 reviews

wonderful historic home

  • 5 of 5

The view from this house is worth a million dollars! Glad I didn't have to pay it!

Really the placement and restoration of the house is great. Very comfortable for four people. Five is pushing it and six, well, I probably wouldn't unless they were children. We had five adults and things were tight but comfortable. The only real drawback was the cooking arrangement. The outside gas grill is fine if weather permits (barely in January) The only other cooking is an electric skillet and an induction burner we couldn't get to work with the stainless pan provided. We might have been able to use the cast iron skillet but we wanted to boil water for tea without flavoring the water with the coffeemaker.

Other than that wrinkle the experience was great and the restoration is marvelous especially (to me) the reuse of the original siding. GREAT JOB!

Would definitely stay here again but would bring at least an electric pot with me.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Views, Views, Views!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 2 teenaged sons stayed at the house for a quick winter break from the Valley. We love Jerome and decided it was time to stay for night instead of day tripping. The location of the house is perfect. A short walk downtown to shop and eat. However, once you are sitting on the porch or swinging on the swing, it's hard to get motivated to leave. Promptly after dinner, we walked back to the house and played cards and enjoyed each other's company with out the distraction of a TV. Inside there are great historical furnishings and photos that captured the unearthing and re-hab of this unique historic house. The neighbors and the neighborhood cat were all very friendly.

Be aware that you will be walking up and down many steep stairs to get to and from the downtown area, but if you've ever been to Jerome, you know that you will get a good leg workout just wondering around the town in general.

A great house in one of my favorite places. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A homely, restored property with a view that you must see!

  • 4 of 5

Location is everything and this house plays a careful line. Obviously the view is special and is why you book this property. Absolutely worth it for that. The antique decorations set a great mood for learning about the town.

We loved our stay and took many memorable photos of us and the kids. The town is small enough to walk within 5-10 minutes, but has so many shops you might not visit them all in 1 day. They get many, many tourists and it is great to escape to this house for privacy.

However, you should be very aware the location is precarious. The entire town is on the side of a mountain. The foundations of buildings on one side of the street are above the roofs of buildings on the other side of the street. The road up from the main road is very steep and narrowed by parked cars. There is a very serious turn onto the "road" for the house - it WILL take at least 2 attempts before you are able to make the turn. The "road" itself is a very rough hard pack that you shouldn't attempt with low vehicles. (Our Grand Caravan bottomed out at the turn and was large for the parking spot.) If cars are parked on both sides of the street at the house, you will have quite an adventure backing into the parking spot. (The listed 2 spots are actually barely 1.5 spots wide.)

The house itself is a difficult restoration. Enjoy reliving the story of the house as told through the labeled photos on the walls and the binders and books about the house and town. It was fun to interact with artifacts of days gone by.

A wood fire cooking stove is not for a novice. (And wood is sparse, bring some with you if you plan to use the stove.) There were an electric skillet, a microwave, and large outdoor grill for alternative cooking methods.

Some maintenance items are lacking for those expecting a finer stay. Exterior doors are visibly drafty. The patio is very usable but shows much wear. Shower loses hot water for a minute about 5 minutes in, and then is mostly fine. Laundry machines rattle despite simple attempts to reduce that noise. The Victrola record player and pipe organ don't function but a great decorations. But a lot of these issues are easily overlooked during your stay; I only wanted to mention for honesty.

The home was plenty warm in late December with the central blower heat. With 3 teenagers, we had plenty of room for everyone to sleep and play.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing house!! Beautiful place to stay. Will come again!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Great house beautiful views

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Time Travel

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! This place is amazing! Glenn did a historical rebuild with only a fraction of the original house remaining after a rock and mud slide that nearly totaled the house and occurred over 60 years ago! Little wall plaques have been used to note where the debris settled which gives the guests a feel for what had to be removed in order to being the construction. The rooms have been carefully redone making you feel like you have gone back in time except there are a number of modern conveniences . Some are "hidden" in the kitchen and of course there is Wi-Fi but don't plan on watching TV for there is none. What you'll want to watch is the stars in the night sky and the view from the amazing patio and porch area. If this doesn't leave you breathless and wishing that you could stay longer I'd be surprised! Thanks Glenn, you are a special individual with such a special talent!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glenn Odegard
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Glenn Odegard

As a fifth generation general contractor and carpenter, I bought the house with the intent to restore to it's original state to preserve a unique piece of Jerome and Arizona history.

Pictured along with myself (on right) is Neil Riordan(on left). Neil, now age 81 along with his brother John , now aged 86, who grew up in this house from 1931 until 1953. Click on the second link below to read the 2 page article in ARIZONA HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE about the families life and their escape when the mudslide struck the house while living inside.

Glenn Odegard purchased this house in 2012


Car: necessary

Jerome is a nationally Certified former Ghost and Historic town. The John Riordan House is easy walking distance to the center of town.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 3.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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