Make your Tucson visit memorable with a stay in a very unique travel accommodation. The Tennis House is one of two guest homes situated on the former estate of playwright Clifford Goldsmith in historic Casas Adobes. Goldsmith’s work includes Broadway, Hollywood and television, but he is best known for “The Aldrich Family” radio show. Built by noted architect Arthur T. Brown in 1947, this private estate was once called home by some other interesting people. Past residents include: Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin, movie producer Larry G. Spangler, Kansas City Ford Exec. Rudy Fick (the auto dealer mentioned in the FBI’s notorious 1950 UFO memo) and newspaper publisher Carl Winter.
Like other ranches and citrus groves in the historic Casas Adobes area, development gobbled up most of the surrounding land over the years and what remains today is a tranquil 8 acre knoll covered with natural desert vegetation and abundant wildlife. The entire property, which you are welcome to roam, consists of this home, a main house (occupied by a nonprofit foundation) and two other guest houses. (One of these is The Bunkhouse listed on VRBO as #725631 and the other is The Ranch House listed as #4325448.) The property entrance is off the main road, but all buildings are set back over 600-800 feet and hidden from view. It feels amazingly peaceful and secluded here, but in reality you’ll only be about a mile or so from major shopping, dining and travel destinations, such as historic Casas Adobes Plaza, the Foothills Mall, Tohono Chul Park and NW Medical Center.
Private resort-style amenities on the grounds are exclusively for the use of our guests and include a tennis court, two pickleball courts, basketball, shuffleboard and a huge swimming pool (unheated) with views of the Catalina Mountains and city lights of the foothills and downtown Tucson. Sunset vistas over the Tucson Mountains are equally spectacular. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy nearby hiking, golfing, horseback riding, and a network of paved bike routes throughout the area that can be accessed from the end of our driveway!
The Tennis House used to be home to the Goldsmith Family's nanny. It is aptly named for its proximity to the property's full-size tennis court, just a short walk from its back patio. It is peaceful and secluded with a charming "mid-century meets the west" feel. It is spacious with a cozy feel and has approximately 1,050 sq ft. of beautifully decorated living area with a/c, WiFi, basic cable, kitchen with breakfast nook, authentic linoleum floors, pink tiled bathroom, plus generous closet, drawer & cupboard space. There are two identical bedrooms with queen-sized beds and plenty of pillows (one has a gel-infused memory foam mattress and the other has a firmer Posturepedic mattress). Both bedrooms have a window, large closet with plenty of hangers and built-in drawers, writing desk, chair, and two nightstands with lamps and a clock radio. The great room is spacious with dining for 6. It also includes a leather sofa, love-seat, armoire and flat screen TV. The retro-style kitchen is equipped with a range, microwave, refrigerator, garbage disposal, washer, dryer, coffee maker and toaster. Parking is steps from your front door and the back patio has a dining table for 6 with umbrella, a comfy hammock, Weber grill (charcoal) and is shaded by a huge Palo Verde Tree.
Your stay in The Tennis House also includes: all linens & towels, dishes, cookware & utensils, cutlery, silverware & glassware, iron & ironing board, and a variety of board games, books and DVDs for your use (many with local or western interest).
The Tennis House is ideal for short or long-term stays for up to four persons interested in Tucson's history and looking for a unique, high-quality travel accommodation. We love this place and think you will, too! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.