About this listing
A Classic desert home in the cactus forest and wide open space. Near town but far enough to still stargaze. High on a bluff over Sweetwater wash, this secluded place at the end of the road, has wonderful city lights views and is 15 min. drive to a streetcar. Wildlife abounds. Room to roam on property and Sweetwater Nature Preserve which is also a mountain bike mecca. Close to Tucson attractions such as the Desert Museum and Old Tucson, this ranch home has two bedrooms and two baths
The house is an artist haven, creativity flows! Outdoor, shaded studio. Beautiful spaces to walk on property, in wash and on Sweetwater Biological Reserve with miles of maintained trails. Golf courses near by. Old Tucson, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Monument also close.
A path through the property takes you to a lookout to watch the Catalina's turn vermillion at sunset. The Master BR sunrise never disappoints. Plenty of space for a family or a large group, and plenty of activities focused on city and nature.
The house is fully set up for comfort. Master has a queen and twin/ day bed. Second room has two double beds. Two couches and lots of room around house to rearrange beds. Since the neighborhood is so quiet, some guests have chosen to have a bed placed outside on the porch and sleep "plein aire". (upcharge, advance notice required)
Full access to the house and property. Studio Access and use is as scheduled by Guest. Imagine a vacation where you bring home mementos created by you instead of digital photos. Sweetwater Outpost offers an attached studio environment for you to create whatever you fancy. If crafts are your field, make a walking stick or staff. If you would like bicycles available, please ask.
High season rates are January to April.
Interaction with guests
I don't hang out, you have it all on your own. We can meet and share our insights of the area so you experience it as a local, instead of a tourist. Many folks just like to enjoy the "desert". If Art is your desire, materials can be designated and waiting for your use. (see Guest Access). If you would like to schedule a workshop or have a someone to spend time with you, this can be arranged. If yoga, body work, cranio-sacral healing arts, dental work or holistic health care is something you care to explore, a local center of the healing arts has many class and treatment options. Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center is close by and offers many modalities of treatment in a professional and comfortable setting. (URL HIDDEN) Please check schedules and make reservations on your own.
It is extremely calm out here. I love that I have access to the city and what it has to offer, as well as the famous attractions. But when I want peace and quiet, I just stay here. Old Tucson & the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum are just over Gates Pass. World class Mountain biking on the very close Sweetwater Preserve.
Public transportation options are limited, the nearest bus stop is on Silverbell Road, about 2 miles, the nearest store is a 5 minute drive. Downtown, via Cmo de Oeste, Speedway, Anklam is about 17 minutes. You can park at the Mercado on Avenida del Convento at Congress and ride the streetcar through downtown, the University of Arizona and to the UMC Medical Center. If you want to ride horses, White Stallion stables is 25 minutes away. Mountain biking starts in the driveway with good rides in any direction. Most prefer Sweetwater Preserve, a 703 Acre, county maintained biological reserve with miles of spectacular single track trails. We can have mountain bikes ready for you if you ask. $99/day delivered.
Other things to note
The house is surrounded by saguaros and jojoba bushes. If it is the right time of year you can harvest the bounty of the desert. In June, the saguaro fruit is ripening and ready. Jojoba beans are dry to harvest in August. If there in February, the first buds from the Staghorn Cholla are out and can be added to your salad. 11 times the calcium of milk! If you're the type of person that looks at how clean the window is rather than the spectacular view, this is not the place for you.
Treat it like you own it, but don't worry about the laundry or trash, we will take care of that. Enjoy your time, and please don't worry about making the beds. No smoking inside, please. Outside is ok. Small parties OK, but it is a quiet neighborhood. The house is safe for children, but the wild desert can be dangerous to everyone, I expect most people know that: Hiking staffs are available, useful in most situations.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
My name is Mary and I am from Oregon although was in Tucson when I was younger. I am here now and taking care of my dads property out west. It's a lovely place to be! We are both artists and the house is outfitted with mostly his and some of my art that I've made while I've been here. I love backpacking and hiking and while I have the house do 5-10 miles a day on Sweetwater nature preserve and through the open washes around us. I also love music and frequent downtown for shows. I travel around the US in my VW van in my free time. When in Portland I work for a small homestead farm and do landscaping for residential houses. My dad Bruce manages the place when I'm out of town.