Historic Duplex Tucson - Downtown

House - Entire home/apt · East 12th Street, Tucson, AZ 85701, United States

A colorful historic home in the heart of growing downtown Tucson!

The Space

I absolutely adore my historic (1916) bungalow in the Armory Park neighborhood of downtown Tucson, but since my work as a flutist will have me in Miami much of this year, I am offering it to you! This fully furnished, darling, and colorful 1BR/BA is perfect for 2 visitors any time of year. (A very comfy air mattress can accommodate an additional couple if desired.)

Enjoy dining out? Take a short stroll for fabulous ice cream at The Hub, local foods at Proper or Diabolo Burger, upscale Mexican cuisine at Cafe Poca Cosa, inexpensive New York style pizza at Empire Pizza, superb cocktails at 47 Scott, homemade pastas and wood fired pizzas at Reilly's, great coffee at Sparkroot Cafe (the only Blue Bottle Coffee in Arizona), Downtown Kitchen and Cocktails (owned by a James Beard culinary award semi-finalist), three microbreweries, or sample the lot by taking Downtown Tucson's Food Walking Tour.

If you prefer to prepare food in house, you'll appreciate the recently restored kitchen with its quality cookware, knives and extensive cookbook library, two downtown farmers markets, along with Tucson's Organic Food Cooperative market on Fourth Avenue.

The arts and entertainment minded will find countless events and venues downtown, including the Fox Theater, the Tucson Convention Center and Music Hall, the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Rialto Theater, the Arizona Theatre Company, The Screening Room, as well the Philabaum Glass studio, the Sonoran Glass School and a number of funky and fun art studios. You might even hear me performing at the symphony or opera! (Psst! A little secret: If you're interested in attending, I may be able wrangle a few free symphony tickets, or discounted opera tickets.)

Feel like attending a festival or special event? The world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the bi-annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair, the Annual Tucson Folk Festival, the "Tucson Meet Yourself" Folklife Festival, Tucson's monthly "2nd Saturday Downtown," "Dillinger Days," the Open Studio Tour, and our First Saturday Art Walk are all accessible using just your two feet.

You'll find a number of museums in the immediate area, as well, including the Tucson Museum of Art, the Arizona Historical Society's Downtown Museum, the Tucson Children's Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum.

Active visitors will enjoy the nearby "Meet Me at Maynard's" Monday evening social walk/run, popular yoga studios (Tucson Yoga, Yoga Oasis, Fourth Avenue Yoga), the gym and pool at the downtown YMCA, O2 Modern Fitness, "Rocks and Ropes" climbing gym, all within a few blocks. Follow the blue line of the "Presidio Trail" for an informative historic downtown walking tour, or take the house bicycle on nearby bike routes and bike paths.

Don't want the hassle of parking at the University of Arizona, but want to enjoy its many educational, cultural, and sporting events and opportunities? It's quicker, more convenient, and far more enjoyable to put the aforementioned bicycle to use than to drive.

If you want to expand your Tucson experience, hop in a car and explore Saguaro National Park, Mount Lemmon (yes, you can ski in Tucson!), Sabino Canyon, and the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, along with high end shopping and popular outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.

You'll find many amenities and services within a short walk of the house as well, including a central bus station (Sun Tran Rondstat Transit Center), the Amtrak Station, the free Downtown Loop shuttle, a full service post office, laundry facilities, a large library branch, and many city and county offices. The airport is an easy 15 minute drive away, and the Greyhound Bus station is on the opposite edge of downtown, about a mile away.

Enjoy your stay as a Tucson Downtown Denizen!

Guest Access

Entire home (half of duplex). Fenced back yard, not including motorcycle which may or may not be parked there during time of you stay!
I will still have most of my belongings in the house, but I have made closet, dresser, can medicine cabinet space available to you.

Interaction with Guests

Since the house is available because I am working in Miami, I will most likely not be in Tucson during the time of your stay. (There are some exceptions, during which I would love to meet you personally!) However, my very friendly and helpful boyfriend is available and willing to help you locally, should you need any assistance that can not be solved by me via phone/text/email!

Getting around

Suntran (bus) Ronstadt Transit Station a short walk . Free downtown "LOOP" shuttle stops very close to the house. University of Arizona CatTran downtown route may also be accessible. Streetcar to begin operation in 2014.

Other Things to Note

Be aware that historic houses are... historic! While my guests have been pleased with their experiences here, if you are looking for a home with fire hose water pressure, state of the art central climate control, floors that do not creak, or perfectly square angles, this house is not for you. But if you enjoy experiencing a bit of history, a colorful and cozy environment, and being downtown, you will not be disappointed.
Other disclaimers:
There are train tracks on the east side of my neighborhood. I don't notice the noise, my neighbors don't complain, and more than one AirBnB guest has described my house as "quiet." But I thought you should know.
Also from the "I thought you should know" department: the bathroom is not ADA compliant. The antique tub is higher than standard tubs. It's a big step to get in and out!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $400 /week
Monthly Price: $1300 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $60
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Nice spot! Very tidy and comfortable. I would recommend it!

    April 2014
  • This is a sweet space with a lovely host, a winning combination. We rented Paula's place for a week to get a break from our long North Dakota winter. After a day of traveling and flight delays, we were thrilled to find everything laid out and inviting, so much so, that we just poured a class of water and curled up in our beds for a great nights sleep! Paula was so responsive and kind in anticipating what we might need, I only regret that we did not meet in person. Oh, and there is a yoga studio I still need to visit right across the street :) I do hope to come back as Tucson is now one of my very favorite places. I found a book of local hiking trails on the shelf and it gave me a perfect spot to take my friend from LA and our two pre-schoolers. What a way to experience nature!

    My pedometer also says this place is good for the heart, so many fun restaurants, a coffee shop, a brewery, and a children's museum are in walking distance. It was just what we needed for a vacation. Thank you Paula!

    March 2014
  • Paula's place was wonderful! The location was great - within walking distance to downtown and 4th Ave and a variety of other attractions. She was out of town while we were visiting, but we had no problems with the apartment and communication was very easy leading up to and during the stay. I would definitely stay here again!

    March 2014
  • The historic duplex is in an amazing location. 1 or 2 short blocks away from Hotel Congress, 4th ave, and the activity of downtown Tucson. The apartment is well decorated and well appointed. It's very charming and evokes a sense of nostalgia for a historical Tucson few can remember.

    Additionally Paula was extremely accommodating and went above and beyond reasonable expectations to turn the apartment over prior to our arrival. As a result we had a great trip.

    February 2014
  • Paula's casita was a really lovely rental property in a central location, for a great price. The various gem shows were 5-15 minutes away, a big improvement over other places I've stayed. The neighborhood was very quiet, making it easy to get a good night's sleep. Plenty of space in the fridge, plenty of dishes, cups, pot, pans, etc. for any cooking I wanted to do. Only negative was low water pressure for the shower, but she plans to have this fixed - and then the place will be perfect! Hope I can stay there next year!

    February 2014
    Response from Paula:

    Water pressure fixed! Hooray!

  • Charming Duplex in a great location! Close to downtown- nice and quiet as well. Paula was a super host and communicated well during the process. Overall- great experience! Thanks Paula

    January 2014
  • Paula's home was a great base for our Tucson vacation. We really appreciated the proximity to downtown -- just a few minute walk to the Congress Hotel, a microbrewery and other restaurants -- and with a car, we liked the ease of getting out of town and into nature. The house itself was a comfy, cozy nest with all the basics for us to cook and relax, and the older, historic feel was a plus for us. While we didn't get a chance to meet Paula, she was great to deal with via email; very responsive when we had questions.

    As a P.S, since others have mentioned it, we found the futon to be very comfortable and left it open as a bed the whole time we were there, since we had the living room and dining room to hang out in as well.

    December 2013
  • Paula's place was charming and located in walking distance to downtown. She has a pretty old house with a lot of character. At first I was concerned about sleeping on a futon, but she left it open as a bed and it worked just fine for the two of us. Paula responded very quickly to all my messages and she left cookies and a bottle of Pellegrino water for us on the dining table. Nice touch!

    December 2013
  • Paula's charming historic duplex was the perfect place for me to stay while in town for the Tour de Tucson bike ride. Its location in the Armory Historic District was within walking distance to many great restaurants downtown, and the Armory District is a great walkable neighborhood. Paula was very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed for our stay, and we really appeciated that she accomodated our two dogs. If you are looking for a place in downtown Tucson - this is it!

    November 2013
  • Wonderful house with everything you need to have a great stay in Tucson. Perfect for 1-2 people. Paula was extremely well organized and made the experience easy from start to finish.

    November 2013
    Response from Paula:

    Thank you, Lily. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!

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I'm a real live "starving artist" (aka symphony/opera flutist)! When I'm not working out of town, I love hiking, enjoying time with "Miss Molly" the beagle, cooking, blogging, and... riding my motorcycle! To be honest, I'm a little nervous about renting out my own space - I trust you will respect it as you respect your own!
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