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Serene Studio Apt in Spectacular Sonoran Desert

SuperhostTucson, Arizona, United States
Entire guest suite hosted by Mario
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the guest suite to yourself.
Clean and tidy
6 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Mario is a Superhost
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Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
The Casita is a sweet studio apt attached to the main house on 4.4 acres of Sonoran desert in a quiet neighborhood sitting up against the Rincon Mountains. It was designed for writing & artistic retreats, but it is also a great jumping off place for bird-watching and visiting Saguaro National Park East (5 mins away). Wildlife & beauty abound. Kitchen, French press, blender, full bath, desk, table & chairs, walled garden, organic mattress, wi-fi, access to laundry, pool. It is a splendid refuge.

The space
The Casita is a studio apartment attached to the main house where the owners live, with a separate entrance. Inside you'll find a queen bed, a bathroom with a tub and shower, kitchen with full-sized fridge, two-burner stove, microwave, French press, blender, and pots and pans and dishes, along with table and chairs, and a desk and chair. Out the back door is a private walled garden. On the property is an 11-circuit labyrinth made from stones.

Visitors also have access to an onsite washer and dryer and the storied Quail House, a writing/art space tucked into the cacti. Beauty, peace, and quiet reign here. Besides this being an amazing creative space, it is nearly always perfect weather for photography, hiking, and bird-watching.

For people with allergies or multiple chemical sensitivities: No harsh chemicals are used when cleaning. No pesticides are needed or used anywhere on the property. Cotton linens are washed in an eco-friendly scent-free detergent. The mattress is made from 100% organic cotton. No recent remodeling has taken place. When we do have to fix something, we make certain we use zero-VOC materials. No domestic animals of any kind are allowed (since the owners have sensitivities, too). No smoking or vaping of any kind is allowed on the property, even for medicinal reasons. We have HEPA filters available in each apartment, and the amazing Austin Bedroom Machine (which filters just about everything) is available in the Casita if desired. Smoke-free. Fragrance-free. Pet-free.

(THIS IS NOT A HOTEL. If there's something you must have when you travel, bring it with you. This place is designed as a creative and quiet refuge. This is not for people who want to do gourmet cooking: It's a small kitchen. There is no TV here or TV service. We are basically a retreat place for artists, writers, and those who need a respite or want to explore. It is a comfortable and beautiful place, but it is not luxurious! If you want all the comforts of home or an expensive hotel, this isn't your place. )

Many amazing writers and artists have lived, stayed, and worked in these buildings and on this property. Kim Antieau wrote Church of the Old Mermaids here. Come for the sun, and stay for the inspiration!

Stay for a short retreat or come for longer and write a book, draw, paint, take photographs. We say that this place is part fairy tale, part magic, and all Sonoran Desert. Stories are everywhere here. Come find yours.

(We also have another guest space here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/35680327.)

Guest access
You'll have your apartment and walled garden to yourself, and then the pool and patio area as well as the front porch is shared space.

Other things to note
The retreat spaces are not yet fully accessible. Each space has a step up, and the Casita has two steps up to the kitchen and the bathroom area. The paths around the retreat areas are dirt and sand and not currently suitable for wheelchairs. The entire property is non-smoking, inside and outdoors. The places is designed as a retreat space for artists, writers, caretakers, and people needing a quiet place restful place for a time.

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The Casita is a sweet studio apt attached to the main house on 4.4 acres of Sonoran desert in a quiet neighborhood sitting up against the Rincon Mountains. It was designed for writing & artistic retreats, but it is also a great jumping off place for bird-watching and visiting Saguaro National Park East (5 mins away). Wildlife & beauty abound. Kitchen, French press, blender, full bath, desk, table & chairs, walled ga…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pool
Laptop-friendly workspace
Dryer
Hangers
Washing machine
Heating
Air conditioning

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Tucson, Arizona, United States

It is a quiet neighborhood, and we protect and cherish that. We see wildlife all the time, including birds galore and rabbits, lizards, javelinas, bobcats, gila monsters, and more. Saguaro National Park East is 5 mins. away by car. (You can walk it, too.) A movie theater is 8 mins away, along with the Safeway which is across the street from it. Natural Grocers and Sprouts are about 14 mins. away. Sabino Canyon is 23 minutes away. The nearest public library is 11 mins. away.
It is a quiet neighborhood, and we protect and cherish that. We see wildlife all the time, including birds galore and rabbits, lizards, javelinas, bobcats, gila monsters, and more. Saguaro National Park East is…

Hosted by Mario

Joined in June 2019
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Kim Antieau and I live on the Old Mermaids Sanctuary. We've been married for 38 years, after meeting at a writing workshop in 1980. We're still both writers. We came to this property for 11 winters for writing retreats before we bought it last year. It has always been a place of renewal and creativity for us, and now we want to share it with others.
Kim Antieau and I live on the Old Mermaids Sanctuary. We've been married for 38 years, after meeting at a writing workshop in 1980. We're still both writers. We came to this proper…
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    Things to know

    House rules
    Check-in: After 15:00
    Check out: 11:00
    Not suitable for children and infants
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events
    Safety & Property
    May encounter potentially dangerous animals
    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm
    Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £159