Authentic Tucson Experience 3 bedrooms 2 baths on 3+acres
Why Andrew F chose Tucson
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.
What makes this House unique
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. Alexander ultimately came to describe this quality as wholeness. 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.
No pets - We do NOT allow pets. Please book elsewhere.We do NOT allow pets. Please book elsewhere.
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 24
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful views and great place for the 3 of us!
A Magical Place
This is a favourite place of ours...our third weeks long stay . We love the feeling of remoteness, wildness...and the actual convenience of proximity to so many of Arizona's treasures : the Desert Museum,Tohono Chul, Pima Air and Space Museum, to name a few.
Christmas in the desert
We loved our stay and appreciated all the thoughtful extras that Andrew and Rhonda provide. The natural beauty is stunning the house is very high quality. Thanks again for a wonderful family holiday!
Stunning Adobe Palace in the Desert
Wonderful spacious locally decorated with impressive unique features - like a spiral staircase to a bedroom in the tower and bathtub to revel in with a separate walk in shower tiled with lovely river stones and agates. Kitchen perfect if cooking at home is a priority. The kitchen supplies like pots, knives (that are actually sharp!!) cookie sheets, dishes are good quality - not a mish mash of second old pieces. It is truly at the end of a long long driveway on a gorgeous piece of land, a good 25 mins from town - but an easy drive with plenty of beautiful vistas to look at. A large family could be well accommodated here - we were just 2 and we were rattling around happliy in the all the space! Would certainly stay there again!
The house is amazing. Kitchen has everything you could need. There is a rooftop deck where you can just escape the world and get some much needed sun for those of us stuck in the northeast in the winter. The ultimate highlight though is the front porch where you can have your morning tea or coffee and feel like you are in the middle of the most beautiful desert.
First of all, Andrew was a wonderful host. He was very attentive and courteous. The property was beautiful and allowed you to appreciate being out of the city without being far from any conveniences. You can appreciate the desert beauty without all the noise and light pollution that would usually detract from the experience. The hoist was rustic but at the same time comfortable. I would highly recommend this property if you want to experience the true beauty of the Sonora Desert. Thanks for the use of your wonderful house Andrew and God bless!!