- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Description from the owner
Nestled inside a boulder studded canyon this adobe casita is the perfect peaceful retreat possessing a commanding view of Tucson. With just under 4 acres to roam, the romance of the location will enchant couples. Possessing the rustic qualities of the classic Tucson adobe style, the massive 16' thick walls of the adobe casita were forged from the earth with adobe blocks made on site. The casita appears as though it's always been there having grown out of the ground merging seamlessly with the surrounding desert. Adobe construction including passive solar design moderate temperatures in ways unmatched by other building materials providing a...Read more
Adobe Beauty Offers Authentic Tucson Experience
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Additional Location Information
Convenient access to shopping at the .5 mile or more long Spectrum Shopping Center (10min) with grocery shopping even closer make this quiet escape a best kept secret. Skip the zoo and curl up with a good book in the window seat if you can tear your eyes away from the dramatic scenery and the varied wildlife passing by. You'll understand why this adobe casita came to be called "Moonrise" while wildlife viewing at twilight when the javelina families troop home past the window to their beds high up on a hill above the casita as the moon rises between the canyon walls. In the morning upon waking from a deep slumber you can gaze up from bed at the hawk's nest in a craggy cliff face perhaps catching a glimpse of the Hawks caring for their young. If you're extremely lucky you might just see the most elusive of all, the tiny ringtail cat. Get a photo of a ringtail cat on site and receive a refund of 1 night on a reservation of 1wk or more.
The world renowned Sonoran Desert Museum features 300 animal species in their natural habitats, a natural history museum, and botanical garden just 25 scenic minutes away.
Travel back in time at the Old Tucson Movie Studios to experience what life was like in the 'Old West'. Just a 25 minute drive and 100 years ago from the Moonrise Casita.
For the sports enthusiasts there is golf at 3 nearby courses: Star Pass (15 min), El Rio (20min), and Silverbell (25min). There is a trap and skeet range 18 minutes away.
There are 3 casinos as close as 12 minutes away such as the massive Casino Del Sol and the Desert Diamond casinos.
Hiking, Mtn biking, and rock climbing are all available on or very near to Moonrise. Skiing and sledding during the winter season are available on Mt Lemmon at 9000 + feet in elevation and 51 miles away. Horse back riding and hot air ballooning are also readily available nearby.
Or catch a movie at the new Harkins movie theatre 12 minutes away.
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.
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. Wholeness guided the design of the Starlight Casa with the intent of establishing a strong connection between people, places, and nature. Ageless design elements that span the history of humanity create a sense of belonging of the home to it's surroundings.
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. While visiting the Firelight Casita see how many you can identify.
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City vacations, Mountain nearby
Car is not necessary
Last updated on September 17, 2014
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- Damage insurance | $50
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
Tax and cleaning fee additional
With a 1 wk reservation you'll receive:
Free meals at any of 197 local Tucson restaurants up to $175 total and $25 per meal.
Free firewood for the Kiva fireplace.
Free guided tour valued at $97 per person led by a naturalist entrusted with the traditional wisdom carried by national treasures such as the great, great grandson of Sitting Bull and the Shadow Wolves local Native American trackers.
During your adventure you'll discover:
Various track & sign left by the wild inhabitants of the area.
Local birds and some of their nesting places.
Closely guarded secrets of the Sonoran Desert
With your fully paid reservation you'll receive a welcome letter including instructions for: selecting your restaurants, scheduling your tour, finding and accessing the casita.
*Rates based upon double occupancy (Children under 13 free)
- Local Guides/Maps
- A/C or climate control
- Towels Provided
- Central heating
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Ceiling Fans
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no