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Adobe casita, romantic and secluded. Perfect get away!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 550 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3))

. The casita is a romantic place. Very peaceful and serene. The wildlife is abundant. If you sit quietly, you might see a variety of animals come to the watering hole. We have been visited by Harris's hawks, great horned owl, coyote , deer and many hummingbirds and other birds that I need help to identify.There are 3 patios each with a unique view. Many of our guests eat breakfast outside on the front patio in the cool mornings.

There are many hiking and biking trails that begin from the front door or just a short drive away. We are three miles to the Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. 20 minutes into downtown and 45 minutes to Nogalas, 15 minutes to casinos.Going over Gates Pass will bring you right into the downtown area.

The casita is very private. Has it's own driveway, entrance and fenced area. It is separate from the main house. The property is six acres of pristine desert.

We updated the casita adding a gas stove/oven and new cupboards and closets to make it more efficient for our guests. There is plenty of room for storage so you can put that suitcase under the bed and forget about it until you are packing for the trip back home.

Keywords:Desert experience, secluded, quiet, private, nature lovers delight,

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Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2018

About Anita

I am a native of Massachusetts and have lived my entire life in the New England states before moving to Tucson in 2004. Tucson is so very different from New England that i have had to create a whole new way of life for myself. I joined the Desert Museum and started learning about my new and different surroundings. Gardening is still a challenge for me. Probably 50% of what I plant will die. My wardrobe has shrunk to nothing heavier than a light sweater and more shorts than long pants. I never leave the house without sunscreen and a jug of water.

I still have so much to learn. That is the fun part. I love seeing an animal or bird that I have never seen before, then finding out all about it. That is wonderful and exciting.

Anita purchased this studio in 2005

Why Anita chose Tucson

My husband grew up in Phoenix and has always wanted to live in Tucson. We purchased this property many years ago thinking we would retire here. We ended up here years before retirement but that's another story.

We built the casita first and lived there for one year while my husband was building the house.

We both love the casita. It feels like our tree house or a getaway of sorts. It is there that I started learning all about the Sonoran Desert. Looking out over the desert toward the mountains and dreaming. I learned that it only takes a small bowl of water to draw many animals and birds in to drink. I learned to sit quietly and things would come to me. I could watch birds building nests in cactus, then listen when the babies squacked endlessly for food. I still wonder how doves teach their young to be so very quiet and to not even blink when a roadrunner is prowling about.

What makes this studio unique

This property has the feel of total seclusion yet it is near enough to civilization so you dont need to worry.

Outside living is a must here. The front patio is our favorite. It is elevated enough to create a unique view of the desert and the mountains.

The back patio is not covered so this is great for star gazing. The best part of that is that there are no mosquitos! Really! We can be outside for hours and no buzzing and stinging.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Tucson

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • full sized soaking tub plus shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) firm and comfortable, Baby Cribs (1) portacrib available for infants. Easy to use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa folds out to futon bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing


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Adobe casita, romantic and secluded. Perfect get away!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

The casita far surpassed my expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I was quite sure I would enjoy staying at this casita in Tucson. But, in fact, it was many times better than I anticipated. I will return, this time for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Place

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our time in the desert. The casita was very comfortable and the location suited our needs perfectly. We were right by Saguaro West and the Tucson Desert Park which allowed us to not have to drive more than a mile or so for some of the best hiking in Tucson. A perfect get-away place. Anita and John were super friendly and attentive to our experience.

  • Submitted: 26-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anita and John are wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

The casita was just right for us. This is our second time staying at the Adobe Casita. It is very cozy. The addition of a more complete kitchen really was an improvement that made the casita even better. The setting is gorgeous. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, with wildlife right out the front door. The location is perfect for us. It is 5 minutes from Saguaro West National Park and 10 minutes from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - two of our favorite places. It is also easy to get to the city for restaurants, sightseeing and such.

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Olympia, Washington

Lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful casita two nights, February 23 and 24, 2017 and it exceeded our expectations by far. We loved the close to the Saguaro National Park, remote but not far from Tucson at all. The surrounding landscape is breathtaking, with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert all around. It is very private and quiet. The interior was much larger than I expected and very tastefully decorated. This is a perfect location for nature lovers, people who enjoy being off the beaten track, love the Saguaro National Park, love birds, etc. We have no complaints at all. This is definitely a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: 1-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Topinabee, Mi

Great Hosts and Great Ploace to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Anita , John and their lovable four legged Sadiki are caring and wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed the week we spent there. If we ever get back to Tucson I would not hesitate to stay there again. We really enjoyed all the birds and wildlife.

  • Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

A great place to stay in a great place to play!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed here a few times and have really enjoyed the view of the mountains, the desert life, and the nearby (biking distance) MTB trails. Saguaro West has a huge network of trails to explore. Tucson has a really cool downtown and is close enough for a night out but far enough to really feel like you're out in the desert. There are great kitchen amenities and satellite TV in the casita when you would rather relax. The roads are easy- I was able to drive around in a compact car. John, Anita, and dogs are great hosts. I would definitely recommend this spot for a couples get-away or for a small group of mountain bikers, climbers, and nature lovers.

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Gem show February, Rodeo in February, Great biking and hiking routes all year. Very near the Desert museum and Old Tucson studios.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Tucson

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High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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