Casitas Helena-Charming 2 bedroom

Apartment - Entire home/apt · East Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85705, United States
Your host, Ross
5 Reviews
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The Space

We offer a charming two bedroom /one bath apartment located in a quiet historic neighborhood within walking distance to the University of Arizona and the 4th Avenue shopping district. This apartment is well equipped with everything you'll need for a relaxing stay. One bedroom has a comfortable queen size bed with luxurious linens. The second bedroom is furnished as a study with a deluxe queen size futon couch, built in bookshelves, and desk. Bathroom has full tub/shower. Other amenities include central air conditioning/heating, flat panel LED TV with Direct TV, and wireless internet connection. Original oak floors have been refinished bringing a warmth to the interior along with many windows which bring in an abundance of light. THis apartment shares a private outdoor courtyard complete with a gas bbq gril, dining table, a set of chaise lounges, and set of adirondack chairs to enjoy a warm sunny afternoon or star filled evening.
Over the past two years, this Spanish colonial property has been lovingly renovated inside and out to bring back its southwestern charm. Guests have access to the basement apartment which has been converted into a common room with complimentary laundry facilities. Reserved off street parking is provided in the rear of the property.
This apartment is 4 blocks form the new modern street car line which can take you to the University of Arizona and UA Medical Center (east line) or down 4th Avenue and through the downtown district (west line). If you care to go by foot, you are 7 blocks to the U of A main campus and 4 blocks to the 4th avenue shopping/dining district. We also provide two complimentary commuter bikes if you care to get around by bicycle during your stay.
This property is a non-smoking residence, however, smoking is allowed in the courtyard area.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $50
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Ross was a great host. The house was superb and totally exceeded our expectations. I would definitely stay there again.

    May 2014
  • We loved our stay at Casitas Helena. Ross was a great host, meeting me at the property to give keys and show me around. I felt he really cared that I enjoyed my stay in his property which was unexpected and very nice.
    The property itself is lovely. It gets great light, is nicely decorated, clean and is a cozy happy little bungalow. Nice furniture and furnishings and very nice linens/towels were provided. Nice that there is access to laundry. We have a baby and liked being able to do laundry before heading home (babies get clothes very messy and you don't really want to let that stuff sit for long). The property is in a great location, just a few blocks walking distance to some restaurants and shops. I felt safe in the neighborhood. Thanks, Ross! Best of luck to you and your casitas.

    May 2014
    Response from Ross:

    Thanks Alisa for the nice review and feedback....I will check into the showerhead. Never showered in that specific bathroom but sounds like it is time the change the showerhead, And I will get a baking sheet for the oven....great feedback!

    May 2014
  • We loved the Casitas Helena. The neighborhood was convenient for us: close to the U of A and the 4th Ave. business district. The apartment was the perfect size for 2 of us, as well as very nicely furnished and comfortable.

    Ross was an excellent host. He clearly wanted us to have a pleasant stay with all our needs met, and he responded promptly to our small concerns (how to use Direct TV, or brief lapse in wifi).

    We also enjoyed meeting all the neighbors at the Casitas--a nice plus!

    February 2014
  • I stayed at the casita for a week, but would stay longer if I could. The place was so cozy and clean, with an amazing bed! The location is perfect to get to 4th Ave. in minutes and downtown, while still being quiet and away from the main activity. Bikes are provided, which is a huge plus and there is off street parking, which in Tucson is hard to find. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything I needed to make all my meals. Ross, the owner is a great guy, very easy going, helpful and just good energy. I will stay at Casita Helena everytime I come back to Tucson. Thanks Ross!

    December 2013
  • Casitas Helena is the perfect home away from home! Ross and his wife have created a beautiful and liveable space, full of small luxuries and thoughtful details, from the tiny perfect kitchen to the large garden space in back. They were the consummate hosts, always available and always friendly.

    The Casitas is located just at the edge of the hip student area, filled with great shops and restaurants. It is the perfect location for anyone needing to be close to the University. The Epic Cafe was a favourite for great coffee and food, while Time Market has amazing sourdough bread, wood fired pizza, and a great selection of microbrew beers. And my 4-year-old son loved the playground just a 5 min walk down the road.

    We had an amazing visit to Tucson... We are looking forward to our next visit to Casitas Helena!

    October 2013
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I have been teaching in the public school system here in Tucson for the past 28 years. My wife is also an educator at the University of Arizona. We have two amazing daughters, 15 and 13, who are the focus of our lives. We have been renting our guesthouse, Casita Emmalia, as a vacation rental for the past 8 years. We love meeting new people, building relationships, and welcoming return guests each winter season. Over the past three years, we have been working hard to restore a historic Spanish colonial 4-plex near the University of Arizona. We have completely renovated the property inside and out and are very happy with the results. We now offer two fully furnished one bedroom casitas and two fully furnished 2 bedroom units on Airbnb. Check out our listings for Casitas Helena! Since we have the summers free, we love to travel and explore new places.....especially places by water because we have so little in Arizona. We traveled to Italy during the summer of 2012 and used airbnb for several accommodation stops. We had good luck using the site and plan to use it again in future travels. We traveled with our two daughters to Ecuador during the summer of 2013 to attend a language school in the colonial town of Cuenca. We plan to use airbnb during our travels next summer. In the states, one of our favorite places to spend time is Bolinas, California.....great beaches and hiking....and so close to San Francisco, our favorite American city! We have also recently discovered Telluride, Colorado and have spent the past few New Years skiing and enjoying the beauty of the west slope of the Rocky Mountains.
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