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View from front door.  One of two beautiful white-washed churches flanking the plaza.  The front yard now has new desert landscaping.The great room at the center of the house.
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Historic Home in Sonoran Desert

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Historic Home in Sonoran Desert

4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
Sparkling clean5 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

The space

My home looks out at the Spanish Colonial Revival style plaza in Ajo's historic center, one of the most beautiful plazas in N. America. Ajo is a small former copper mining town located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and is entirely surrounded by public lands: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge (Edward Abbey's former stomping grounds), the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, BLM lands. You can literally be out in the wild within a couple minutes of this home in lush, quintessential saguaro-studded desert. BLM backroads lead into Cabeza Prieta, the nations 2nd largest wildlife refuge. Ajo is 40 miles north of the border, just 100 miles from Puerto Penasco at the head of the Sea of Cortez. Excursions abound.

Ajo is architecturally unique in that its historic heart is still intact and was modeled on the City Beautiful movement in 1914. Many of its homes and public buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Curley School has been refurbished into artist studios and apartments. Ajo's friendly residents are bound by love of their community and the surrounding desert.

This Spanish Colonial Revival style home was built in 1916, has a large comfortable "great room," and is beautifully furnished with Mexican furuniture. You can step out at night and see the Milky Way! (Ajo is minimally lit with an eye to night skies). Javelina often trot down the street at dusk and coyote are heard nightly. Ajo is one of only 65 towns in the country that have been designated National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. Birds abound and are your morning wake-up call.

This 1400 sq/ft home has a spacious and well-appointed kitchen, an outdoor gas grill, and a Southwestern library of guidebooks, maps, natural history, and non-fiction books to assist you on your explorations. It is 110 miles from Phoenix, 130 from Tucson, a beautiful desert drive on a quiet two-lane with Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Tohono O'odham Cultural Center along the way. Many people have referred to Ajo as a well-kept secret.


Air conditioning
Cable TV

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check out by 12PM (noon)


37 Reviews

Dorrit User Profile
May 2018
Great stay, the amenities were above and beyond, we bought nothing, could have easily cooked a gourmet meal, only needing the main course, everything else was provided, spices, oils, serving and cooking utensils, tastefully decorated that suited the area, fell in love with one pi…
Margery User Profile
March 2018
This place is a real gem that is conveniently located near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Since it is in the historic center of the tiny town of Ajo, I was a bit worried that it would be too noisy. However, it was actually very quiet. It was nice being able to wander over t…
Anita User Profile
Response from Anita:
Margery, thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I'm so glad the house worked out for you!
March 2018
Mitchell User Profile
January 2018
This is the sort of place you dream about finding!! Ajo is unique and Anita's home is beyond amazing. It is beautifully furnished in southwest style, comfortable and better than well equipped. It is steps from the famous town plaza. The garden, with its birds and plants is a …
John User Profile
January 2018
The gold standard for Airbnb experiences. Wonderful location, house has oodles of charm, many personal touches, great library of maps, guide books, etc. providing support for local interests. Anita goes above and beyond, she is a great hostess, and this is a fabulous area for o…
Linda User Profile
October 2017
You will never go wrong staying here! From the thoughtfulness of the hostess, Anita, to the beautiful decorations in this wonderful old house. Our stay was so relaxing and special. It was close to downtown activities, the kitchen was up to date and all appliances were in worki…
Anita User Profile
Response from Anita:
Thank you Linda. I am so glad your reunion was enhanced by staying in my home!
October 2017
Susie User Profile
September 2017
Anita's Ajo home is a great value! The accommodations were super clean and comfortable, the location is quiet and private, and the all important air conditioner (temperatures were over 100 degrees) quietly kept the house very comfortable. There is also the most complete kitchen I…
Cindy User Profile
September 2017
We (5 adults) were in town for a remodel project on a family home, so this was not our first visit to Ajo. The location was perfect, just steps away from the historic, and picturesque plaza, shops, restaurants, and other sites. This home met all of our needs, it is spacious, com…
Anita User Profile
Response from Anita:
Cindy, thank you for your generous and kind words! And for being such an exemplary guest. Look forward your return!
September 2017

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Alaska, United StatesJoined in May 2012
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I love the spacious, uncluttered landscapes of desert and tundra. I also have a cabin on the boundary of Denali National Park in Alaska and feel fortunate to live in two beautiful places which, though they seem opposites, are actually very similar in that they are both extreme e…
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