Adobe Beauty:Enjoy Rooftop Sunsets & Wildlife Show

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  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • House

Just 10 miles and 100 years from downtown this brand new adobe home built in the classic Tucson styles offers an authentic Tucson experience. Passing through the entry of the Starlight Casa you cross a gateway between past and present.

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Adobe Beauty:Enjoy Rooftop Sunsets & Wildlife Show
Tucson, Arizona

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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 Starlight Casa see how many you can identify.

What's Nearby

Golf course within 30 minute drive, Golf course on-site or within 15 minute walk, Horse riding nearby

Getting There

Nearest airport: Tucson International Airport, 8.5 miles
Nearest train station: Amtrak N Toole Ave, 9.5 miles
Car is essential


Last updated on September 28, 2014
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DatesNightlyWeeklyMonthlyMinimum Stay
Jul 3 - Sep 30, 2014
$147$7974 Nights
Oct 1 - Dec 11, 2014
$247$1,4874 Nights
Dec 12 - May 4, 2015
$325$1,9975 Nights
All other dates
$325$1,9975 Nights
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Rental fees

  • Damage insurance | $40
  • Cleaning fee | $200 per stay
  • Fees for additional guests may apply.

Additional notes from the owner

Free Guided Tours

For the Diné (Navajo), the largest Arizona tribe, Hozho or "Walking in Beauty" is a state of grace where an individual exists in harmonious balance with nature. This connection to nature is linked to time and space by the cardinal directions of a compass.

The 8 directions for many tribes symbolize disciplines related to time always moving in a clockwise direction beginning somewhere in the East where the sun begins it's daily travels.

Here is an example of their timeless wisdom:

East -Inspiration; Hazards
Southeast -Curiosity; Games
South -Learning; Pattern recognition
Southwest -Culture; Knowledge of Place
West -Legends; Ecology
Northwest -Celebration; Traditions
North -Wisdom; Lore
Northeast -Awareness; Instincts

Budget overruns on the construction of the Starlight Casa prevent us from spending most of our time with our out of state grandchildren. While we're still here for the next year you can choose 1 free tour for every complete week booked. Additional tours can be added for $97 per person per tour.

Many of the principles and skills featured during the tours come from a period of 4 years when I was involved in mentoring naturalists for $10,000 per person. Each of the tours offered is related to the timeless wisdom of the 8 directions.

The time machine element of the Starlight Casa allows you to forego the tradition of beginning in the east and select any of the tours from the following list.

Desert Connection
Family Nature Games
Wildlife Viewing/Tracking
Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk (Wildflower Walk in Season)
Haunted Tucson Tour
Guided Downtown Tour
Ghost Town Tour
Bird Language Tour

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Should you fail to find the temporal or architectural qualities of the Starlight Casa satisfactory you can "travel back in time" and change your mind. We're so confident that you'll be enchanted by the magic of the "Starlight Casa" that we guarantee your satisfaction in writing within the hospitality agreement. So go ahead and pick your travel dates and request your agreement while you’re still on this listing.


  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Linens Provided
  • Corporate bookings allowed
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Central heating
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron
  • Towels Provided
  • A/C or climate control
  • Ceiling Fans
Phone / Internet
  • Internet Access
Property Features
  • Parking
  • Mountain Views
  • Secure parking space
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Stove or Oven
  • Television
  • Satellite or cable TV
  • Books
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Porch
  • Pet friendly - no
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - no
  • Wheelchair accessible - no

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